The former chief planner may have an actual plan. Mayor John Tory took on Jennifer Keesmaat's conflicted remarks about city secession as she starts meeting the media. Meanwhile, since her nomination signatures mostly came from NDP-affiliated city hallers, here comes the Toronto Sun:

What you won’t hear on Ontario News Now. Doug Ford’s propaganda operation keeps getting criticism. Yet, we’ve seen this social media show before, even if it now has more clapping. Ford doesn't have total control over the media hordes yet, though: questions about scrapping the province's basic income pilot led to social services minister Lisa MacLeod admitting that the move broke a promise.

Rob Ford’s wife is really out of their bungalow. Despite much ado over Renata Ford’s $16.5-million lawsuit, the case appears to be moving towards an out-of-court settlement. So, it’s probably not a coincidence that a previous handmade sign offering the Ford family residence at 223 Edenbridge Drive for sale has now been replaced with a proper listing:

The case against Albert Schultz has been resolved in a way “that is satisfactory to him.” Soulpepper’s departed impresario was accused in January of inappropriate behaviour by four actresses, who filed lawsuits against him and the theatre company. Now his lawyer has confirmed a settlement that was previously cited by Toronto Life

“People were coming from every corner of our farm and just inundating our farm properties, so we had no control whatsoever.” Barry Bogle, who’d been welcoming visitors to his family sunflower field near Hamilton since 1969, continues to talk about closing it off to selfie-seekers. Similarly swarming shutterbugs have found greener pastures:

Revenge of the anti-vegan protesters. A promotion by a restaurant collective known as Vegandale, located on Queen West between Dufferin and Brock, has been a prime mocking point for the Instagram account @parkdalelife. Now, in the face of a weekend block party along that strip, a possibly genuine event is scheduled in opposition:

“Methodist Rome” wasn’t built in any day. J.J. McCullough’s column about the municipal election for the Washington Post claims that “all the tour books” refer to a nickname for Toronto that doesn’t actually exist. Robertson Davies referenced the city as the “Rome of Methodism” in his novel What’s Bred in the Bone, which likely inspired an entry on Wikipedia. (The page is now marked for deletion.)

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McDonald’s is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac by introducing its own cryptocurrency.

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