The shredding of the electoral reform file. Democratic institutions minister Karina Gould, already excited about her new job, was told by Justin Trudeau that there’ll be one less equation for her to solve. (Not changing the voting system is alright by some advocates.) The broken promise has been overshadowed by Canadian triumphalism, as exemplified by the PMO's letter to Fox News.

Norm Kelly’s social media mask slips off a bit. Following his controversial foray into shirt marketing, the councillor agreed to talk to Vice. His remarks reveal that he really doesn’t care what hip-hop culture critics think—and he could only name four local rappers when asked for five. The goodwill faded further this week with a reminder that Kelly once voted against making Toronto a sanctuary city.

“Cuck” reaches the great Canadian tipping point. Mayor John Tory maintains that his “moral obligation” to oppose discrimination doesn’t clash with his ongoing association with Kellie Leitch’s campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis. The heat cranked up a little further when Leitch's Collingwood office was draped with the names of the Quebec City mosque massacre victims. The social media shrapnel made it into a report on The National:

“I think for the true hip-hop heads and fans out there they get the reference.” Jason Lootz, co-owner of Run and Gun Coffee, defended his “Tupac Latte,” as mentioned in a BlogTO profile. He told the Toronto Star it was something of an inside joke, inspired by the 1994 shooting that 2Pac commemorated in verse. (Plus, the pictured five dots of milk described as representing bullet holes were apparently a coincidence.) The drink will no longer be up for secret order in the future, he says—and the shop has deleted an Instagram post of a sandwich board with a drawing of Notorious B.I.G. asking, “Who double shot ya?” (That's also inspired by lyrics.)

The rock will barely stop at College and Spadina. Councillor Joe Cressy corrected claims of the Silver Dollar’s eternal demise. He says the venue’s sign, bar and stage are legally required to be reinstalled in place. Meanwhile, the long-delayed El Mocambo overhaul down the block announced a summer opening, with management overseen by INK Entertainment. The sonic restoration by record producer Eddie Kramer was commissioned by new owner Michael Wekerle, for whom a regulation floral blazer is clearly as crucial as a hardhat:

This Hour Has 22 Minutes might find a purpose, after all. CBC Television is getting a lot more money next season, some of which will surely be allocated to its quarter-century-old fake newscast, even if it seems like a relic of a bygone era. Mark Critch, defending the show against accusations that it's too friendly to Justin Trudeau, offered that 22 Minutes recently featured Conservative leadership no-hoper Deepak Obhrai—and an interview with Scott Baio. (But this recent tweet from Critch's co-star displayed a spirit that never makes it to air.)

Toronto Public Library decided to buy Milo Yiannopoulos’s book. The alt-right provocateur, who triggered last night's riot at UC Berkeley, sold nine copies of Dangerous to various Toronto library branches—although TPL took a month to decide whether to place the order. “I abhor what this man puts into the world,” tweeted TPL senior manager Pam Ryan, “but will defend your right to read it.”

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City staff are proposing a sizeable hike to licensing fees for operating outdoor food and drink spaces—but outcry from owners has them offering to take a second look.

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