Corporate supermarket embraces tattooed subversion. No Frills has introduced its slickest advertising campaign to date, showing how competitors charge higher prices for things like a jazz trio playing in the aisles, just like you'd expect to see at sister store Loblaws. The calculated “frugal-chic” revival also includes tacitly endorsing merchandise peddled by @parkdalelife, an Instagram feed that frequently ridiculed the downtrodden inhabitants of the west end, although it’s taken a turn for the sincere.

“Canadian values” not just a Kellie Leitch talking point anymore. The term was used by global affairs minister Chrystia Freeland in defending $1,877.24 spent on cardboard cut-outs of Justin Trudeau. A less tactile Liberal expenditure: around $14,500 U.S. for Snapchat filters that didn't prove popular.

Only ketchup patriotism can save Kathleen Wynne today. Emboldened by the B.C. Liberals hanging on to some amount of provincial power, the premier continues to grapple with waning popularity ahead of a Sault Ste. Marie by-election, not to mention all the transit hardball being played in Toronto. But the opening of the promised French’s production facility in North York, a year after anti-Heinz sentiment became the last refuge of a scoundrel, gives Wynne a win to tweet about.

The last words about Don Meredith. The Toronto Star is indulging in a final victory lap for breaking the story of the senator's relationship with 18-year-old “Ms. M." Kevin Donovan outlines why the source went to him rather than getting Ottawa police to press charges: even with a publication ban, her identity would have been known to anyone who attended court or examined transcripts. (The fate of Meredith's $25,000 annual pension remains unclear.)

The ROM Crystal is now 10 years closer to demolition. A decade after Daniel Libeskind’s napkin sketch became Bloor Street reality, the museum announced a revival of its original main doorway. Last year, ROM director Joshua Basseches was vague about a rumoured overhaul of the Crystal, although he later insisted it would be there to stay—even if the countdown to its demise started the day it opened. At least visitors will soon have the option of avoiding it.

Artificial intelligence is bringing on a brain gain. Uber’s plan to open a self-driving car lab in Toronto not only distracts from the company’s scandals, it also reflects a new wave of local startup energy. Witness the fact that Google co-founder Larry Page is eyeing the waterfront for a digital district. Naturally, to some, it's all Donald Trump's fault:

Weird scenes on the National Post comment pages. First the newspaper featured an op-ed from the authoritarian Hungarian government—which really didn’t sit well with erstwhile comment editor Jonathan Kay. Next, it printed a piece calling for Trevor Noah to pull out of a Toronto benefit for Islamic Relief Canada. (The piece vanished without explanation.) And then there’s Terence Corcoran getting dragged for his latest piece about a wacky Twitter battle with a short seller he accuses of being complicit in the chaos at Home Capital.

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The singer will shut down part of Yonge Street next Monday to promote Bat Out of Hell: The Musical.

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