Legal weed can’t come too soon for Loblaw. But since Shoppers Drug Mart getting into the cannabis trade isn’t a sure thing, the grocery chain is stuck with worrying about Amazon, along with the possible arrival of slick German discount chains Lidl and Aldi. Meanwhile, Galen G. Weston says a boost to the minimum wage would seriously pinch Loblaw's bottom line, giving activists a chance to turn G2’s time as Loblaws pitchman on its head:

More scenes from the supermarket class struggle. No Frills made some headlines as the backdrop for a multicultural mall melee, but its Metro-owned rival gets another round of attention for opening its new Dupont and Lansdowne warehouse conversion. As BlogTO puts it: “Toronto finally gets the Food Basics it doesn’t want.”

Dr. Hook ditty gets high rotation in the Toronto Star.The cover of Rolling Stone,” a song that sounded 45 years old when it was released 45 years ago, is referenced in an editorial praising Justin Trudeau’s new cover story—and the lyrics are echoed in a column by former NDP strategist Robin Sears. (Mercifully, one brave Star columnist trashed the exercise.) But the PM's claim, in the Rolling Stone article, that his 2012 charity boxing match victory over Patrick Brazeau created “the right kind of narrative” was hissed by APTN and The Guardian. And the Conservatives chose a passage to pick on:

Markham moaners get media massing around a shiny cow on stilts. Complaints about a cow sculpture in Markham's Cathedraltown subdivision produced the ultimate newscast narrative about how the problem is that it’s scaring the children. Now, supercilious meat-smoker Zane Caplansky is saying he’d be happy to take the beef off their hands. But it's actually a serious piece of artwork—a tribute to the prize-winning Holstein raised nearby. It was sculpted by Ron Baird, best known for the Expo 86 commission now found in Barrie, Spirit Catcher.

Is there a hidden meaning behind the Pringles mascot moustache? Considering his role in recent headlines, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes isn’t likely to get any mainstream commercial endorsements. (Definitely not from clothing brand Fred Perry, which would rather not have McInnes promote its polo shirts.) But Pringles, promoting its new flavour, responded to a mean McInnes tweet. It wasn't long before the gag was deleted:

CBC Comedy removes another thing after outcry from the inside. The public broadcaster's comedy corner took a break from American news to serve up a video called "Newfoundland is beautiful...and confusing." But after CBC St. John's journalist Jeremy Eaton tweeted his dismay about the video's accent-focused satire, a few colleagues concurred. It was gone before long. Never refusing to provide comment (yet!) is CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson: "It was simply a decision to get in front of something that perhaps wasn't going to resonate in a way that the creator had intended."

Norm Macdonald hated Party Game more than he hates O.J. Simpson. In an interview with The Daily Beast to promote the return of his chat series, Norm Macdonald Live, the Canadian comic was critical of the way Saturday Night Live treats Donald Trump. He also offered some (possibly facetious) second thoughts about whether O.J. really did it. In his dismay about what it takes to make a comedy video go viral now, Macdonald is reminded of Party Gamethe 1970s Hamilton charades show: "Watching people have fun never appealed to me that much,” he says. “It always just highlighted how little fun I was having watching them.”

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The ride whose installation at the CNE later this summer has been cancelled after one person died and seven others were injured on it at the Ohio State Fair.

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