A new twist for Charity, Perpetuation of Perfection. The latest Toronto Star front page take on the big shiny bovine in Cathedraltown: the show cow the statue is based on never set foot in Markham. A plaque beneath the eight-foot-tall sculpture claims Charity was raised on the surrounding Romandale Farms; the 83-year-old farmer who raised her in Port Perry says it's not so. (And now, the local opponents of the cow have another argument for knocking her down.)

Airbnb accuses McGill researchers of “manipulating scraped data.” A study concluding that 10 per cent of hosts account for half the website’s revenue in the three largest Canadian cities is being challenged by Airbnb, which claims 80 per cent of its hosts rent space just three or four times a month. But there's no disputing an anecdote about a nine-unit building in downtown Montreal, where one condo-dweller (and former Airbnb host) lives in the only apartment occupied by its owner.

“Home Plate Lady” found alive behind home plate. The blue-scarved older woman, whose fame grew with the Blue Jays bandwagon, was M.I.A. in July as the team slipped out of contention. Past attempts to identify her have been stymied by her perference for privacy, despite tenacious attempts to talk to her. But an account in her honour seemed to know she’d be back, even before it was confirmed:

Google memo guy provides fast fodder for Canadian free-speechers. James Damore, freshly fired from his search engine engineering job for openly criticizing corporate diversity efforts, gave his first two interviews, both to sympathetic YouTubers: Stefan Molyneux and Jordan Peterson. (Ezra Levant’s current anti-YouTube campaign also has new cannon fodder.) The memo has another defender in Debra Soh, a York University sexual neuroscience PhD, who won over most Globe and Mail commenters with her take: “No, the Google manifesto isn’t sexist or anti-diversity. It’s science.”

Shops at Don Mills are finally finished being built. More than a decade after the razing of a 1978 mall, which replaced a 1955 strip plaza at the centre of Canada’s first planned community, Cadillac Fairview announced that the site's redevelopment is officially done. The complex’s plan was fraught with controversy, because it involved demolishing what became a community centre for older residents; then, the independent bookstore anchor, McNally Robinson, opened in May 2009 and went bankrupt eight months later. (It was replaced by a VIP Cineplex.) Douglas Coupland’s sculpture Supernova, a bouquet of 1950s CMHC suburban houses not actually found in Don Mills, is still standing there:

The excitement of Ontario Place has moved to the Kawarthas. Beyond a former parking lot turned into a trail named for former premier Bill Davis, development at Ontario Place is stalled. This summer, only a couple of sad slabs of circa-1971 concrete are being put to use, although there are plans for a larger winter exhibition. Meanwhile, a car from one of Ontario Place's abandoned rides can evidently be found in Coboconk, Ontario:

Arcade Fire are probably finished annoying everyone now. Everything Now, the much-disparaged new album, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in what’s being touted in hot takes as a renaissance for owning music. Fact is, the band bundled a download code with each concert ticket, which accounts for many of their 94,000 sales in the U.S. and 50,000 in Canada. But after a series of stunts, culminating with attaching a USB album to a $109 fidget spinner, frontman Win Butler announced a Twitter break, till the day he has something to say.

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The network's streaming service is set to launch in Canada—although that doesn't necessarily mean the same menu of shows north of the border.

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