Political Blind Date gets Doug Ford in a bike lane. Jagmeet Singh’s face-off with Terry Milewski is still a subject of raging debates three weeks later. So, it’s a good thing the NDP leader had another show in the can, for a TVO series touted as “Tinder for policymakers.” The promotion comes with a spoiler:

“I believe being a politician is a public service, not a career.” Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has thrown down the gauntlet by announcing she won’t run in the next municipal election because of her belief in a two-term limit. Several colleagues who’ve served for decades don’t concur; Norm Kelly didn't seem to be available for comment.

The Athletic co-founder regrets sounding too much like a tech bro. Alex Mather, who's behind the U.S. sports media startup with a successful Toronto outpost, initially blamed “three cold brews” for a quote in the New York Times about how he hopes newspapers will “continuously bleed until we are the last one standing.” The cocky quotes spurred a backlash—even if others took them for capitalist bravado. He cooled down after the brews wore off:

A former CTV sports anchor is accused of robbing banks. Steve Vogelsang, a Ryerson graduate who became a familiar face on Winnipeg newscasts, was charged after allegedly stealing cash from two bank branches in Medicine Hat. Some recent personal turbulence for Vogelsang included losing his house after a divorce.

“I sympathize with those who fear that sex-ed will sexualize kids. Our youngest studied WWI on a Monday; by Friday he'd invaded Belgium.” Michael Coren tweeted this pretty good quip, which was rewarded with applause around the planet—even though he was repeating a joke he'd made previously in 2015 and 2016. And there was a less successful remix earlier this year. (The pre-woke Coren once called the Ontario sex-ed curriculum “perverse and animalistic.”) When this recycling was pointed out, Coren responded by blocking, not wanting anyone get in the way of such viral glory.

Van Halen paid to try and raise the game for Van Houtte. Maclean’s used some questionable polling tactics to calculate that McDonald’s is now Canada’s favourite coffee chain, just ahead of the increasingly desperate Second Cup, with Starbucks getting the bronze—and Tim Hortons falling short of the podium. Van Houtte, which came in fifth, is now advertising itself as one of the world’s famous Vans—a list that includes Van Gogh, Van Beethoven, Van Damme and Eddie Van Halen's riffing guitar.

Hudson’s Bay parts with some old-school retailing. Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan has been sold by HBC for a billion Canadian dollars. A smaller shop will remain while the rest of it gets occupied by shared office space operator WeWork. The sale follows the exit of CEO Jerry Storch, as the carnage at Sears Canada is increasingly making some HBC investors nervous.

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The number of submissions Amazon received from places hoping to host its HQ2. The quantity casts more doubt on Toronto's chances.

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