Patrick Brown celebrates a year since being turfed from Queen’s Park. It’s the anniversary of the weird evening that followed a CTV News report on the fallen Ontario PC leader’s dating life. (The story is now at the centre of an $8-million lawsuit that Brown expects will be resolved in “up to four or five years.”) Now he looks back fondly at it all:

Doug Ford already has a 2022 “election readiness committee.” Ford became premier after about three months of campaigning, and now a team will spend over three years preparing to win him a second term. But nothing is ever certain with DoFo in charge: Hazel McCallion says she hasn’t formally accepted a special advisor job, despite a formal announcement.

Mink Mile weed store's owners say they'll open without selling software. Much curiosity has surrounded the Fire & Flower storefront at 95 Bloor West. The Globe and Mail’s cannabis industry news service reports that, while the Alberta company hasn't ruled out negotiations with Toronto’s first five weed retail lottery winners, it’s not planning on selling any actual herb until the next wave of retail licenses are released. Regardless, this location is clearly hoping to be serving smokeables shortly:

Dual arrests attempt to defuse LCBO theft trend. Toronto police nabbed a man who allegedly lifted several bottles of whisky without paying at Yonge and Bloor. Meanwhile, in Mississauga, a man was charged after seemingly loading up his duffel bag with bottles. Both incidents occured after coverage about how easy it is to rob the LCBO. In other burglaries, an A.Y. Jackson painting worth over $200,000 was stolen from a home in the Annex.

“There’s no way to choose and so we’ve decided that he’ll go in with no team.” Roy Halladay’s family decided that neither the Blue Jays nor the Phillies will be represented on his cap on a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The hat's front will be left blank instead. Toronto fans of the late pitcher are nonetheless arguing that Doc’s heart was left here:

Two sides of the coin in the business of hockey. The latest in the Commons podcast series about corruption in Canada looks at “Hockey’s Hall of Shame,” particularly as it relates to the class action lawsuit on behalf of minor league players seeking minimum wage—although the Ontario government has taken the side of the OHL. And here’s a story about the NHL going down the road of Moneyball:

Your Ward News dudes guilty of promoting hatred against women and Jews. A verdict against editor James Sears and publisher LeRoy St. Germaine concludes that their newspaper was dedicated to wilful hate. Sears plans to appeal the ruling, for which both men face a maximum six weeks in jail.

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