Jason Kenney falls into a fresh cauldron. The new leader of Alberta’s PC party said parents should be informed if their child joins a gay-straight alliance. During two decades in Ottawa, he never got a reaction like this, or at least not from a celebrity:

Guess who’s coming to dinner to complain about the federal Conservatives? After tweeting that Canadian punditry is “really boring," Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore offered his call to arms for fellow centre-righties, pledging to hold a national conversation with some food for those who want a party that’s not fixated upon gays, guns or God. (The natural counter-response is to tell Gilmore it'd be much easier to just join the Liberals, given how his wife Catherine McKenna is environment minister.)

Changing the channel on #lacgate. The Globe and Mail announced that Leah McLaren has been suspended following her controversial column of a week ago. Coincidentally, the paper delivered a meditation on a different milk-related topic, explaining the design that’s been intact for the past one-third of Canada’s 150 years:

Rosie DiManno tries to fumigate the debate over “Legs-it!” Distracted from covering figure skating in Helsinki, the columnist uses the furor over the Daily Mail’s front page for one of her periodic fusillades against social media, contrasting the backlash with how no one complained when the Toronto Star went to great lengths to glorify shirtless Justin Trudeau. And to illustrate her point, DiManno closes with a photo of herself selling sex on the street a few decades ago on behalf of the Star.

America seems to actually have a need for Lauren Southern. Three weeks after leaving Ezra Levant’s Rebel team for what she claimed was freer speech—a move cheered by her white nationalist fans—the 21-year-old is at the top of a BuzzFeed News story: “Pro-Trump Media Has A New Obsession: The White House Briefing Room.” The way her initial visit is described, anti-Trump media was sent into such hysterics over Southern getting inside, it’s accelerated her chances of becoming the new Helen Thomas—or at least the next Tomi Lahren. Since then, she's taken New York to appear on a Fox News podcast and make other new frenemies:

Columnists can’t compete with sponsored trolling. A lesson of the fake news flare-up was that few Facebook users read past the headline, which signals a sunset for articles that require reading to notice the advertiser, and more posts that cut to the chase. The tactic leads to hundreds of critical comments, too, whether extolling the social virtues of Airbnb or seeking staff for Canada Border Services Agency. Even a cheap supermarket knows that it’s better to fan the flames than to fade away:

Prince Harry’s girlfriend was more interesting when nobody knew about her. Five months after the courtship on the streets of Seaton Village was first revealed, People’s cover teases “Meaghan Markle’s Untold Story,” whose online interation insists that readers will love what a friend reveals to Markle's own motto: “I choose happiness.”

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