#LoveWins concert questioned over context. Cineplex Media president Salah Bachir announced a March 29 “musical love letter” at Nathan Phillips Square. The evening's entertainment will include three quarters of the Barenaked Ladies, backing Carole Pope and disco legend Thelma Houston. Weirdly, the press release specifies that the event will be taking place "in the wake of the murders that have rocked Toronto's Church-Wellesley Village." After some critical comments on Facebook about the murdery inspiration, Bachir explained that councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam came up with the idea:

“Because of your prayer and light, God’s hand will rest upon Mr. Ford.” Doug Ford may never have imagined being anointed in the controversial Prayer Palace mega-church run by Pastor Paul Melnichuk—but it happened. Divine DoFo still failed to get voting in the Ontario PC leader race extended by a week.

Twitter fights are keeping Parliament preoccupied. It’s been a wacky winter on Twitter, with more and more users finding themselves in “Twitter jail.” Into the fray came Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, who reacted to federal budget diversity efforts with some stuff about a “colour-blind society.” This riled Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who invited Bernier to talk in person. He promptly declined. So, she sprinted this victory lap:

Searching for the next story about the Shermans. All’s become quiet in the case of Barry and Honey Sherman (at least now that cousin Kerry Winter is apparently done lashing out about their legacy), which means fewer updates in the National Enquirer. But now here’s Maclean’s with the story of how former Apotex chemist Mulazim Hussain has been in a year-long court battle for allegedly stealing expensive pharmaceutical trade secrets.

Twin tales of trying to justify smashing stuff. The arrest of 38-year-old Allison York for breaking a window during a Jordan Peterson speech at Queen’s University is being described by the protest organizer as “hypocritical,” because students break things all the time during street parties and Queen's is a “profoundly wealthy university that is situated on unceded land.” Parallel ramblings come from Hamilton anarchist bookstore The Tower, which expressed support for a Saturday night riot that damaged businesses—including possibly The Tower itself. The shop that suffered some of the worst “anti-gentrification” rage is laughing it off:

Rochdale College still lives, on paper. There’s never been much at 341 Bloor West to mark the former location of the hippie education haven—although its memorial Unknown Student sculpture got recent attention for being vandalized. Instead, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Rochdale—which shuttered in a drug-addled haze of criminality—involves a display of some archival materials at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library:

“I gotta put it out there: Phil does not really love to eat hot dogs. He does eat hot dogs sometimes, maybe on the golf course. But no, he does not love to eat hot dogs.” Amanda Kessel, a recent Olympic gold medallist with the U.S. women’s hockey team, supplied her long-sought opinion on Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons’ 2015 assertion that her former Leaf brother used to pay a daily 2:30 p.m. visit to a hot dog cart parked outside his condo at Front and John. Phil Kessel winked at the claim last summer with a photo of himself eating wieners out of the Stanley Cup. (Simmons vehemently maintains to this day that his source was solid.)

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A court ruled that some bunny-skeptic foster parents had their charter rights violated when two young girls were removed from their Hamilton home.

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