Justin Trudeau’s next vacation will be more accountable than yours. Going to a private island in the Bahamas last Christmas violated multiple conflict laws, even if it was Sophie who scored the invite. The prime minister struggled to “reorder the thoughts” while grilled about exactly to what extent the Aga Khan is “a personal friend.” Look for less Liberal smarm in 2018—if the party can help itself.

“What a creep. Chasing a cougar with dogs until they are exhausted then shooting a scared, cornered and tired animal. Must be compensating for something, small penis probably.” Laureen Harper tweeted her views on wilderness TV star Steve Ecklund bragging about making stir-fry out of a large cat. (The wife of the former PM clarified that her comments weren’t a result of her account being hacked.)

No comments at the Globe and Mail. Canada’s National Newspaper seems eager to stir controversy by naming the polarizing Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta artist of the year. But readers can't post reactions for the time being, because the Globe’s commenting system was powered by an American startup that evidently ran out of money. Meanwhile, at a time when Time, Inc. ceases to exist, Jann Wenner no longer owns Rolling Stone, and alt-weeklies are marked for death, maybe it’s positive that people still complain about print media:

Lindsay Shepherd will be back next semester. Following a mea culpa from WIlfrid Laurier University, the teaching assistant gets a rigorous defence from Terry Glavin, who wonders why it’s now considered woke to align with authority. Shepherd will continue her studies under a professor who signed an open letter arguing that she represents an intimidating threat. Meanwhile, another “free speech” controversy bubbles up in London, where Global News Radio host Andrew Lawton has been blocked by his bosses from speaking at the anti-abortion March For Life.

At the movies in a time of #MeToo. Downsizing, the Alexander Payne film lensed last year in Leaside, opens this weekend as its star, Matt Damon, gets dragged for saying not every Hollywood type accused of sexual misconduct deserves to be destroyed. But the reckoning has been kinder to Christopher Plummer, whose last-minute replacement of Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty is being touted as the best thing about All the Money in the World (if not the only good thing), making for a surreal career milestone 40 years after he robbed the brand new Eaton Centre in The Silent Partner:

The truth about CBC Comedy is beneath the blank space. Kevin Wiener’s access to information request, which was aimed at finding out how many people were visiting the government humour vertical, was fulfilled months later with a heap of redacted data. The rancour toward CBC Comedy has mellowed since the summer, as the site has moved away from articles satirizing political events—a job that now seems better left to The Beaverton. Nonetheless, the CBC's claim that divulging the data would help commercial competitors was only the second-most ridiculous thing that was revealed here:

Google is watching you watching them watching you watching them. As artificial intelligence gets ready to govern us a little bit more, the team behind Sidewalk Toronto issued a report from its first town hall—which acknowledges criticism of the Alphabet venture, yet also relishes the degree to which urban lifestyles have largely yielded to Silicon Valley. Just don't expect the initial architects of Sidewalk to live here: most of the job openings are based stateside.

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The most Modernist of the buildings at the Canadian National Exhibition now finds a future as a homeless shelter.

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