The reporter who wrote the Leah McLaren suspension story deserves a suspension, too. Bad journalism must be contagious. For the final draft of its coverage of the flap, the Toronto Star could only reveal that McLaren’s piece (about a decade-ago attempt to breastfeed Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong’s baby) may have been published accidentally. Sticking up for her, with the lamest take of the week, is a former Stephen Harper spokesman:

Andrew Potter’s supporter list now as long as Niagara Falls. The count of columns about the column is past 50, plus an editorial statement from Maclean’s. The spotlight has now shifted from McGill, where Potter had to step down from his post as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada, to Ryerson, whose president apologized to the mayor of Niagara Falls for a student film criticizing the local shabbiness. (The filmmaker made the mistake of putting the school’s logo at the end.) Whatever the deal, it seems like everyone creating content these days could use a better editor.

Postmedia newspapers are really trying to stick up for themselves. “Built on trust,” says a new self-promotional campaign for the newspaper chain. Contrast this with Paul Godfrey shrugging about how the papers “haven’t become unacceptable.”  

Toronto Sun now counting the days until its last goofy photo of Kathleen Wynne. But today, she gets another cover—this one crowing about Forum Research poll results that project the Grits losing official party status. But Wynne still can't lose in the Toronto Star, which spun a front page headline out of criticism for Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown speaking at a luncheon affiliated with the men-only Cambridge Club—the fake fruits of “spray and pray.”

Uber begs you to bug the government, again. The feds say it's time for every ride to include GST, but Uber believes their drivers should be as exempt as any low-earning contractor. Uber's crowing about this “tax on innovation” finds a defender in John Ivison. Meanwhile, the app-maker has started emailing its users with alarming messages about how their ride prices are on the verge of rising. One click fires off a subject-line fulmination to your Member of Parliament, with a Bcc: to Uber. After all, they can easily guess who your MP is, given how they’ve been to your front door:

The Junos can’t lose that loserish look. Canada’s music awards can't shake complaints over lack of gender diversity, or the fact that many nominees need to work day jobs. Much like their supermarket sponsor, Metro, they're there whenever necessary, but lacking branding aesthetics. Ahead of Sunday night's ceremony comes this quintessentially Canadian collision of terrible typography:

Food Basics won’t cuck in the face of clucks about its ribald rotisserie. The complaints keep on coming for the supermarket chain's boudoir Facebook photo of a BBQ chicken. The company has apologized, but, in a rare display of digital marketing resolve, the image hasn’t been deleted.

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Police charged a man who calls himself “Master Raghav” with this—along with extortion and fraud—after he charged somebody $101,000 to remove an evil spirit.

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