Canada’s anti-society of YouTubers define these times. The battle between pro-Trump contrarians and Silicon Valley values goes on, with Rebel Media now looking to create its own app to circumvent YouTube, for which Ezra Levant hopes to raise $302,000. Meanwhile, the New York Times Magazine defines YouTube as the new talk radio. Prime examples in this orbit: one-time Montreal child actor Steven Crowder, banned-from-Patreon Rebel refugee Lauren Southern, and Peel Region's most opinionated provocateur Stefan Molyneux:

The National is sill lurking. Be vigilant. Four anchors raising their pay grade at jobs they already have is unlikely to sustain much mass excitement for the future of CBC News. And so, here’s Michael Harris using the occasion to lay into everything he finds wrong about the situation: “Not even Old Petey himself would ride this camel,” the iPolitics column concludes, before Harris possibly choked on his bile.

Niki Ashton’s gloves are off for Jagmeet Singh. Now that Singh is seen as the putative front-runner to lead the federal NDP—even if his fundraising is still largely confined to his own turf—Ashton, also vying for the leadership, is on the attack. At a debate in Victoria, she got into Singh's response to a past controversy over the Ontario sex-ed curriculum. Ashton accused Singh of “the kind of language I expect from Conservatives” when he said the government “must respect the diversity of beliefs.” The race will be decided by October 15; until then, Ashton has a boilerplate for every topic in the sea:

“Peter Parkour” fears that the city will throw him in jail. After being cited last year while clambering up lighting standards at Yonge and Dundas, then charged in January for violating probation by acting up within nine metres of Queen and Spadina—which he says he only did to speak to a fan—superhero simulacrum Mark Zilio has a March 8 court date to challenge city citations. “They’ll wait until the second I step too close… they’ll say I’m breaking the law,” Zilio tells the City Centre Mirror, noting that he snared a real shoplifter last fall. “It’s like J. Jonah Jameson’s doing articles on me.”

Berczy Park’s healed dogs still can’t kick the skaters away. Cracks and chips on a couple of canine sculptures surrounding the new St. Lawrence Market-area fountain just prior to its official opening at the start of summer were blamed on skateboarders. Fear not: the damage has been fixed.

Bloor Viaduct bridge living imagined in the post cookie-cutter-condo era. Since a city can only have so many glass rectangles in the sky, one new residential building proposal for Queens Quay East looks like a series of waves, and there are sketches floating around of vertical forests. Even more audacious: futuristic housing above the Don Valley:

The would-be Magic Mikes will live to table dance another day. Between recent tales of strip joint conversion, and Downtown Yonge despair growing amidst soaring property taxes, curiosity was piqued by a bartender job posting at Remington’s Men of Steel. The Yonge and Gerrard all-male strip club had been an expected casualty of gentrification, but it turns out the place will stay open through next July 22. (Whoever runs the Remington's Facebook page says a new location is in the works at Queen and Bathurst, to open in June.)

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The city is now giving it away at five waterfront parks, truly living up to Baz Luhrmann's musical maxim that everybody's free to wear it.

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