A viral video in search of a story. The woman who ranted about her demands for a “white doctor” who “doesn’t have brown teeth” and “speaks English” at a Mississauga drop-in clinic had her son treated and nothing was reported to police. Still, the ranting was too compelling to ignore. CBC News quoted a Ryerson sociology professor who blamed it on President Trump. Later, the president-elect of the Ontario Medical Association confirmed such demands are unfortunately common. CTV News went knocking and got no response, but neighbours claim the woman is a regular with racial slurs. But her face was blurred out until the story went global:

Mayor tees off on his own executive committee. John Tory is being praised for his leadership in refuting opposition from his close circle of councillors to a men’s shelter located in a former Goodwill store at Runnymede and St. Clair. Short-term rental regulations were hashed out, too, while the effects of Airbnb on Kensington Market continue to come to light. Meanwhile, the city can’t figure out what happened to $9.4 million in rent from tenants at Union Station, as they no longer have the luxury of recouping it in quarters from the Amuse-O-Matic.

Life coach taught a few lessons on Twitter. Following his epic exposition on the story about his family buying a Parkdale crack house, Julian Humphreys reacted to detractors, claiming his Toronto Life writer wife Catherine Jheon approved his portrayal of her. While the tirade was circulating, The Walrus posted its own Toronto renovation horror story, to minimal response. Hey, it's tough out there.

The creditor protection side of Sears. A source thinks it's unlikely a buyer will sweep in to save locations largely situated in lower-end shopping centres, and that a court filing in coming weeks will lead to liquidation. Looks like the last stand for Sears Canada trying to positively promote itself was in pushing a poll that concluded more than 80 per cent of women are absolute fans of lacy lingerie.

New Brunswick's adult contemporary cheesemonger inspired an NDP candidate. The first French commercial for the Brampton MPP Jagmeet Singh's leadership run explains how his Punjabi parents were often told they weren’t speaking the right language, inspiring him to deeply consider Quebec's nationalist issues. Singh claims he bought a Roch Voisine cassette as a 13-year-old in 1992—shortly before the crooner started courting anglos—and the rest is political history, even though the candidate is still working with a tutor.

Bad publicity is the best publicity for these PUAs. Honest Signalz is a local pick-up artist duo behind videos they claim draw men to in-person workshops. The pair was featured in the Toronto Star after a woman upset with their approach in Trinity-Bellwoods Park was left to wonder if the YouTube exposure of the incident merited criminal charges similar to those faced by the Calgary man behind the Twitter account @CanadaCreep. But nothing looks to be illegal about the Honest Signalz videos, despite their selective blurring of identities

New York Times tourists fail to study the inner suburbs. “The Interpreter” columnists Max Fisher and Amanda Taub previewed a piece with the thesis: "What Toronto’s amazing food can tell us about the country’s resistance to far-right populism." The wording raised an eyebrow from anyone who remembers Rob Ford. Nonetheless, they single out a Tamil restaurant in Scarborough, the Hopper Hut

Word of the moment


Governor General David Johnston apologized for using this phrase in a CBC Radio interview—but some see a colonial history behind it.

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