Two guys in need of a hug find one other. Just before breaking for summer, Justin Trudeau was visited by a public broadcasting fixture, Gary the Rainbow Unicorn, amidst accusations of broken promises when it comes to “Real Change,” while it’s revealed that the CBC hired an external investigator to look into nepotism accusations amongst executives. So, let's not get carried away here:

Andrew Scheer isn’t so sure about that Kellie Leitch tweet. The Conservative leader ducked questions about his colleague sharing a column by Candice Malcolm, headlined “The real legacy of Trudeau’s Syrian refugee program.” But the New York Times probed the story of the Fredericton newcomer who beat his wife with a hockey stick—who asked through an interpreter why he wasn’t told it was illegal in Canada before pleading guilty.

“Breathe in, out, in, out, find a natural pause and then squeeze the trigger.” Robert Fife of the Globe and Mail describes the success of a sniper responsible for the longest kill shot in military history: three-and-a-half kilometres. It disrupted an ISIS attack on Iraqi security forces—although the military source explains that it couldn’t be done if the shooter wasn’t accompanied by an observer.

Kindergarten teacher who claimed to be bullied for anti-bullying activism accused of making it up. Emily Wright received media attention for what she speculated were print-outs from an Orde Street Public School colleague after organizing a February event for Pink Shirt Day. “YOUR ASSEMBLY SUCKED JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO. NO ONE LIKES YOU NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY,” one typed note read. After an investigation, Wright lost her job in April; now, she’s been charged with public mischief. (Wright previously wrote a Toronto Life story about being a private school kid from Rosedale who ended up living on the street.)

What secrets lurk in the heart of the fidget spinner salesman? Dufferin Mall's new tenant My Fidget Spinner took over HMV's space earlier this month, generating the periodic observation along the lines of "I don't want to live on this planet anymore." But like any demanded product, big-box competition was sure to follow, as Toys R Us Canada unveiled a new slogan: "We have a widget for however you fidget." No wonder the spinner-centric clerk looks rather agitated from a distance.

Goth soft serve gets light from the alt-right. Activated charcoal ice cream at iHalo Krunch on Queen West quickly generated enough Instagram posts to feed its share of clickbait. While few of those waiting in line would likely relate its appeal to skin colour, it’s not every frozen dessert that gets free promotion from a transatlantic provocateur:

The last days of the capitalized Internet. A year ago, Associated Press made lower-casing “internet” and “web” the new standard for U.S. media, but the Canadian Press remained a holdout—as reminded in stories about Ottawa rejecting a tax on the Internet. (Meanwhile, several outlets have broken with CP by capitalizing Aboriginal, Black and Indigenous.) But the keeper of the stylebook implies it'll change soon.

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The future of the supermarket near Christie Pits looked uncertain due to a real estate listing for its land—but with a decade left on the lease, it's hoping to buy the property.

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