Godwin’s Law in the age of GoPro. The Rebel hosted a rally to oppose federal anti-Islamophobia motion M-103, to which four Conservative leadership contenders turned out, most notably an upbeat Kellie Leitch. A Vice squad of reporters claimed to have spotted a Nazi salute in the crowd, but their accounts were challenged in real-time by Ezra Levant. Everyone seemed to spend the rest of the night debating whether there was any diabolical meaning behind someone raising their arm.

A different kind of “Moving to Canada” story. The prospect of President Trump had people like Lena Dunham vowing to move to Canada. Now, the narrative has changed, with tales of asylum seekers walking for hours to reach the border—in particular, Somalis living in Minneapolis, who are now being warned not to risk their lives by attempting the freezing-cold crossing. A new cover story at Maclean’s calls it “The new underground railroad.”

Mink Mile building unaffected by city budget. While a property tax increase squeaked through city council late last night, CBC News reported on how a shopping complex at 131 Bloor West operates without paying any property taxes whatsoever, because of a deal with Victoria College that dates back to 1951. Developed in the early-‘60s, in what was then a struggling neighbourhood, the Colonnade is now home to Cartier, Chanel and Prada, among other high-end retailers. Victoria College officials say changing the policy would have an adverse effect on students.

Coyote parkas outlast encrypted keypads. Persistent PETA protests couldn’t stop Canada Goose from filing for an IPO. But Canadian corporate success stories don’t last forever: BlackBerry’s share of the smartphone market is now down to zero per cent.

High and dry in a time of Tinder. Hadiya Roderique’s cover story for the Walrus outlines her experience trying out digital dating profiles with her white friend as a surrogate. Spoiler: she quit online dating, then found a boyfriend on Facebook.

Shania Twain staunchly refuses to be our new Leonard Cohen. Her first album in 15 years sounds like an intense listening experience: Twain has changed her singing style after overcoming a vocal-cord disorder called dysphonia; she has disavowed the sound of her one-time producer and ex-husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange and the tracklist is heavy on ballads she wrote in a state of despair. But gloom only goes so far for Twain. In a Rolling Stone interview, she describes being sick in the Rogers Centre hotel during a Blue Jays game, but drawing inspiration from the victory below for a song called “We Got Something They Don’t.” Ah well.

Pitbull can’t stop Toronto Real Estate Expo prices from falling. The cost of a “VIP Ticket” to a day headlined by Anthony Robbins is being advertised at a significant discount, even as the $1,495 “Ultimate VIP Experience” is supposedly sold out. Yeah, the savings are probably just a marketing ploy, but paying customers also get a performance by perpetually pumped party rapper Pitbull, right after he unleashes his new album, Climate Change.

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The obituaries for Stuart McLean, who died of of cancer yesterday at age 68, cite this story from Vinyl Café as his most exemplary work.

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