Cycle path leads to statistical clash. Despite the rage against new separated bike tracks along Woodbine, the city says they aren’t going away. But the bike lane pilot on Bloor is still up for debate: a self-survey of businesses along the strip concluded that some of them are severely suffering because of reduced on-street parking. And yet, Sue-Ann Levy’s report on the results didn’t seem to match what was actually asked. When critics pointed this out, she called them a bunch of biased bike-riding pinkos:

Jagmeet Singh stays tight-lipped on Air India bomber martyrdom. Terry Milewski, the CBC veteran who spent decades covering the largest mass murder in Canadian history, was lined up to interview the new NDP leader on Power and Politics—but Singh wanted to see questions in advance. That didn’t happen, and so Milewski asked if Singh condemns Canadian Sikhs who display posters of the alleged bombing mastermind. Singh would only express hope of confirming who the culprit was.

“Whatever they may be, all offensive comments will be removed from the wall.” TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird promised that the collection of student scrawls in Malvern Collegiate’s drama dressing room will be scrubbed to some extent, after a new principal took offense at some words on there. (Painters were then temporarily fended off by a student uproar.) The petition to keep the wall argues that it reflects a legacy of overcoming alienation:

Massey College’s former “master” will muse about solving social inequality. Hugh Segal, the Massey College honcho, who has now shed the pompous job title after a racially charged controversy, is set to appear in a Wednesday forum: “Social Inequality: Is It a Real Problem? Can it be Solved?” The lineup got a dragging for being three white guys, until they belatedly added a woman.

How much should the future of news be ceded to Facebook? Heritage minister Mélanie Joly's announcement of a “digital news incubator” funded by Facebook happened just before Mark Zuckerberg atoned for his role in dividing people. Facebook's disclosure of sneaky election ads linked to Russia coincides with New York magazine asking if Zuckerberg himself knows what his company is up to. Back here in Canada, legacy newsrooms who feel shut out are complaining about being left out of the government funding boost. Others who advocated for the infusion are holding on to hope:

Canadian music legends who were reported dead or dying are still around. Confusion surrounding early reports that Tom Petty had passed away evoked that time in 2010 when Gordon Lightfoot was erronenously reported dead by news outlets. TMZ, which stuck by its sources while Petty was technically still alive, had one of its periodic credibility challenges in 2015 when it reported that Joni Mitchell was unresponsive in a coma. (Mitchell’s camp denied it, but TMZ amended its report with legal proof.) Better than an obituary, of course, is this piece in The New Yorker inspired by a new book:

The waiting for the new Shoppers Drug Mart self-checkout voice is the hardest part. In response to critics of the kiosks' dismissive vocal fry, the chain promised new voice prompts "using Canadian talent." Reached by Twitter direct message, Shoppers promised to announce when it happens.

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The city has approved a pilot project that allows them in four wards.

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