Montreal mayor says he didn’t push to mute a Toronto cop on Twitter. Just before he lost Montreal's mayoral election, Denis Coderre was accused of contributing to the deactivation of @TPS_ParkingPal's Twitter account. Parking officer Kyle Ashley, who used his social media presence to shame cars parked in bike lanes, says some heat came from Montreal's city hall, where his tweets were being used to push Coderre into action on road safety. Coderre's staff denied having any role in this.

The National hopes you like its cuddly sitcom cast. Four anchors for the CBC’s big show means four times the sources for quotes about how honoured these featured faces feel to be the gatekeepers of news—even if the audience for such things is shrinking and aging. The promotion plays up the idea that the new anchors want to be your friends; the plan is to have fewer stories and leverage the National's authority in new ways. (CTV National News, which has twice the nightly live viewership, will attempt to counter all this flash tonight by airing an interview with Anne Murray.)

“Climate Barbie” clash rouses The Rebel back to relevance. Environment minister Catherine McKenna interrupted her own press conference to ask Rebel Media's B.C. bureau chief, Christopher Wilson, if he could stop using that nickname for her. Wilson claimed he never used the term himself—although he did—then passed the buck to his Alberta colleague, who sniffs censorship in the air.

“Julie Payette’s transgression is more serious than some suppose.” John Ibbitson enters the debate over the governor general, suggesting that Justin Trudeau’s defence of her science spiel could have political implications—not to mention its perceived affront to all faiths. It could get even uglier if Payette starts hearing from First Nations.

Stouffville mayor strikes back at stucco-hating graffiti artist. After being docked 30 days pay for his CSI-style bathroom wall, Stouffville mayor Justin Altmann helped paint over some sentiments regarding a Main Street renovation. The heritage building's owner says he had no choice but to turn to stucco after his insurance company flagged his disintegrating bricks. The mayor’s wife drew attention to the vandalism on Facebook with the kind of despair usually reserved for racism:

Moose Knuckles will be stroking its stuff on Pornhub. The parka-maker just opened its first retail outlet, at Yorkdale—marijuana cookies were among the door prizes—coinciding with a partnership with a fellow Montreal brand, whose deleterious effects on society were recently documented by Jon Ronson. Three years ago, Moose Knuckles met with backlash for a video parody of the FLQ. A campaign with Porhnub is sure to seem respectable by comparison.

Don Tapscott’s son calls off a cryptocurrency venture after being busted for a chain of lies. The Blockchain Revolution, a book that Alex Tapscott wrote with his famous futurist dad, was a precursor to him entering the crypto industry with a firm called NextBlock Global. But his plans started to unravel after Forbes revealed that young Tapscott falsified the names of four advisors. NextBlock returned money to investors and “will work hard to rebuild the trust of those we have disappointed.”

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A proposed name change for an Etobicoke high school, which is being suggested on the grounds that Rudyard Kipling is now problematic, has met resistance in the form of an online petition.

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