The next notable Toronto landmark loss. The fast-food joint at Jarvis and Gerrard, long ago nicknamed "Hooker Harvey's" for its adjacency to a sex worker stroll, has been marked for condofication. But its infamy will be remembered after demolition—thanks in part to recurring references by sportscaster Jay Onrait, who once lived behind it.

Hatchimals might already be over. Reports that one of the robot toys was caught saying “fuck me” in its sleep gave news outlets something scandalous to write about amidst their holiday stupor. Toronto toymaker Spin Master has felt some backlash from investors over the Hatchimals hype.

Walmart accused of selling a box of non-virtual reality. PJ Mazzonna tells CBC News he used his Christmas cash to buy a Sony Playstation VR headset. And even though he says he saw a Walmart staff member remove the unit from a locked glass case, the box turned out to contain a dirty T-shirt, two bottles of water, glass cleaner and a demo disc. (In response, a Walmart manager implied that Mazzonna is trying to pull a scam.)

Canada 150 kicked off by absentee prime minister. Before he headed off on a secret Bahamas holiday, Justin Trudeau left behind a video asking Canadians to join in “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… together." Toronto hasn’t seen such a notable round-number birthday since 1984. (Meanwhile, Doug Saunders posits that Canada's centennial year, which also happens to have been the year of his own birth, was more of a milestone.)

Workin' Moms is the first 2017 CBC hater bait. Ivan Reitman’s daughter's sitcom is getting prominent promotion ahead of its premiere next week, raising questions about the ridiculous apostrophe—and the show's portrayal of moms who are anything but blue collar. Others continue to wonder why the CBC is even doing this stuff.

Critics of fake news can't avoid the trap. Rick Salutin covered the topic in a column that started by quoting a 1897 telegram from newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst ("You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war")—which confused readers who understand this tale to have been entirely apocryphal. Just as false is the idea that Teen Vogue is now regularly breaking U.S. political news; in fact, what it mostly does is low-stakes news blogging. Still, the myth satisfies one Maclean’s writer:

Bumper Stumpers rerun channel censured for David Cronenberg flick. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has reprimanded GameTV for airing an unedited cut of Eastern Promises one afternoon without adequate viewer advisories. GameTV's counsel claimed it was a case of “missing the content” of the infamous steam bath scene. The viewer who complained about the movie countered that this was akin to claiming ignorance of Sharon Stone’s flash in Basic Instinct.

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This unfortunate typo in a Toronto Star subheadline kicked off the year in print.

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