“Every clown represents a bottle of beer he would have bought.” A brick bungalow in Brantford received plenty of viral attention, abetted by a promotional video and a $239,000 asking price that's a bargain by bigger city standards. But while the agent basked in the curiosity over this unusual thematic motif, Vice got the real story behind all of the clowns. They were a way for a wife to try and help her husband stay sober for several decades.

Pride Toronto likely to retain its grant despite dictating to the cops. Councillor John Campbell will put forth a motion to withhold $260,000 in parade funding, but it isn’t likely to fly. The debate over Pride's city grant seems to have shrunk to semantics about how police should dress during the festivities.

Joe Warmington gets psychoanalyzed over a column.Thanks for nothing, officer,” read his headline on Monday. In the accompanying piece, he argued that there's a “drought of basic human decency when it comes to filling city coffers.” Warmington's contempt was directed at the gremlin who slapped a $55 ticket on his car while he was fetching his sick four-year-old son from school during a rainstorm. Scrawler wrote that Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie was "looking into it"—although, in the end, she sided with the officer. Nonetheless, the Toronto Sun diatribe made for another great Joe Warmington day on Twitter:

“Canadian Kardashians” take aim at what they insist is fake news. Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, accused of attempting to extort a Nigerian billionaire in the final days of 2016, returned to Toronto shortly thereafter. (Few knew that they were back, because they didn't update their once-prolific Instagrams.) An interview with CTV News last week was their first attempt to set the record straight. They say they made a video apology purely to avoid prison, and they're savouring the fact that there’s no extradition treaty between Canada and Nigeria. Their website, in an effort to correct all the other coverage (they specifically single out "Avery Hainous," of CityNews), has detailed documentation and photos.

Commerce Court North’s observation deck is sorta back open. A balcony on the 32nd floor of the CIBC building, constructed in 1931, once charged 25 cents for admission—but it closed some time ago, having been superceded by the CN Tower. Liability concerns will likely keep it closed to the public, but, as CIBC prepares to move to new downtown headquarters, the bank is letting media take peeks, even if the view isn’t what it used to be.

It’s new trailer has turned down the clown. The cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel may not turn out to be the most successful movie ever shot in the Toronto area—but its first online preview was the most popular trailer of all time. A new sneak peek features snapshots of locations in Port Hope and Oshawa, plus the Congregation Knesseth Israel synagogue in the Junction.

Condo patio public shamer got his tarp taken down. Richmond Hill resident Wayne Russell, whose big scrawled sign crudely begged his neighbours to stop spitting and tossing cigarette butts, was inevitably forced to stop, as revealed in an interview with As It Happens. The property managers also asked Russell to stop filming his suspects, but he won't back down, like a cartoon George H.W. Bush.

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The name of a Google-affiliated "urban innovation unit," which is eyeing the Quayside waterfront strip as a place to build its first urban zone "from the internet up."

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