The low overhead of Ontario election arguments. Gail Vaz-Oxlade trading on her fame for helping people get out of debt to oppose the Ontario PC leader seemed ironic to Sue-Ann Levy. But her attempt to learn more about Not Ford (not to be confused with the street-poster-promoted Not Doug) garnered no quotes from Vaz-Oxlade, who feels no need to explain who she’d rather have as premier:

Liberals flip-flop on candidate priority in St. Paul’s. Premier Kathleen Wynne was reportedly set on appointing Will Falk, a consultant with a history tied to the eHealth scandal, as a candidate in the midtown riding after the exit of health minister Eric Hoskins. The accusations that other candidates were being undermined evidently pushed the premier back to letting others take a run at it.

Leavened sentiments from the Manitoba NDP. “Happy Passover” wishes with a stock photo of woman-and-tween making challah, to commemorate a Jewish holiday that's focussed on not eating bread, were online for most of Sunday because the caucus couldn’t reach a staffer to delete it. Eventually, it vanished without a do-over:

“I think it’s a big drama for nothing.” Alan Giguere, the president of Montreal-based market research firm CROP, rejects the basis for a complaint from an Aeroplan customer invited to agree or disagree with statements on topics like immigration. Asking about male dominance and traditional marriage is how CROP gauges the attitudes of an audience. Aeroplan now promises to delete any such data it gathered.

Lindsay Shepherd has offcially left the Left. Before hosting her next event, a debate on abortion moderated by Barbara Kay, the Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student turned up on YouTube to explain how she’s moved away from describing herself as “a leftist.” The chaos surrounding the cancelled speaking event with Faith Goldy have apparently made Shepherd more sympathetic toward some generally questionable semantics:

Canada Reads 2018 won’t be remembered for the writing. Jeanne Beker’s championing of Mark Sakamoto’s non-fiction book, Forgiveness, about the experience of his two grandfathers during the Second World War—one as a prisoner of war in Japan, the other as a Japanese-Canadian interred in Alberta—prevailed over the four other celebrity-advocated titles in the broadcasted contest. But more attention has followed for this clip of Jully Black explaining why readers shouldn't be so selfish:

Antler protesters left trying to explain their tenacity. Vegan activists returned to the game-themed restaurant knowing that more press would be there after attention from the weekend before. Marni Ungar, who organized this sixth demonstration, explained her logic behind not doing this at McDonald's: "Who will I sit down with there?"

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The first Ontario location of the “McDonald's of the Philippines” opened in Scarborough to a waiting line that started 12 hours earlier.

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