The new war within the stream. “Equitable contributions” from content providers operating in Canada are being recommended by the CRTC—although heritage minister Mélanie Joly has delayed any legislation related to the likes of Netflix. But there's also been lobbying for a levy on hardware:

“This is not about the nanny state, this is about a state that cares about the well-being of its residents.” Councillor Joe Mihevc, in his role as board of health chair, wants big-screen tobacco use to be off-limits to unaccompanied minors. (If Mihevc's motion is successful, a city recommendation would be passed along to the provincial film review board.) The move comes in concert with the latest push stateside, which drew minimal media attention; after all, there's now more smoking on edgy shows on streaming services.

Justin Trudeau’s left eyebrow is the new conspiracy obsession. Snopes has dedicated a fact-check page to the falling face hair. CNN legend Jeanne Moos plucked through the evidence:

Luxury real estate promoted with a "Fuck Trump!" Robert De Niro cleared customs the morning after being bleeped on the Tony Awards. The purpose of his visit to Canada: a promotional appearance on behalf of 660 condo units (and 36 luxury hotel suites) at the groundbreaking for Nobu Toronto. Mayor John Tory said his favourite De Niro flick is Meet the Parents, because he likes a laugh.

Patrick Brown now palling around Peel. Brown revealed on election night that he’s engaged to his girlfriend, Genevieve Gualtieri. And now we know that the exiled Ontario PC leader has moved from Barrie to Mississauga. No doubt this relates to his still-quiet ambition to be the first elected Peel regional chair. Brown has started showing off how much he loves hanging out with everyone. But he can’t win without the affections of Hazel McCallion:

Lil Tay’s “rebranding” comes to a newsstand near you. The saga of "the youngest flexer,” whose mother was fired from a Vancouver real estate firm because of her nine-year-old's foul-mouthed videos, reached a curious apogee when her Instagram was wiped clean after gaining 2 million followers. Diomi Cordero, the “influencer manager” representing Lil Tay and her 16-year-old filmmaking brother, is now facilitating a move to L.A. In the meantime, Tay has been immortalized in this salute to the overpriced city she's leaving behind:

Two new business models for business journalism. The Logic has launched with a $299 yearly subscription service for stories about Canada’s information economy. The site's debut comes on the same day the Toronto Star announced it would be hooking up with the Wall Street Journal, in the apparent belief that business readers aren’t averse to a socially progressive media outlet.

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An amendment to the Globe and Mail style guide rules that health care doctorates are now required in order for a person to merit this honourific in newspaper articles.

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