The way to newspaper website subscribers' hearts is through their stomachs. With the New York Times' changing of the publisher guard comes an attempt to court audiences through food writing—which includes a paean to the butter tart, published online ahead of a Wednesday food section dedicated to Canada. There will also be live events in Montreal and Toronto, with the latter tasting focused on recipes from Soufi’s on Queen West.

“After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen.” A reported attack on an 11-year-old girl in Scarborough, who claimed that her hijab was cut twice on Friday morning by a young, scissors-wielding Asian male with a moustache, has been officially declared a false report. Khawlah Noman’s description of the incident prompted statements from all levels of government, including Justin Trudeau, who said that the supposed attacker's conduct "is not Canada."

Minimum wage hike might be enough to turn the provincial election. Stories of pockets feeling squeezed by $14 per hour have shifted to daycares—whose owners might be trickier for Kathleen Wynne to accuse of greed. Meanwhile, the clicks keep coming at Ontario Proud, whose Jeff Ballingall got more ink as a “lone-wolf operative” against the premier, with tactics they're not ignoring in the PMO:

“Am I a bad feminist?” asks woman, who got a lot of answers. Margaret Atwood’s op-ed on the #MeToo movement seemed to give the Globe and Mail more weekend clicks than at least three days of Margaret Wente. In the piece, Atwood defended a controversial open letter that asked UBC to be accountable in its dealings with former employee Steven Galloway. “Taking a break from being Supreme Being Goddess, omniscient, omnipotent, and responsible for all ills,” Atwood tweeted in reaction to reactions, which coincided with a new season trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Eglinton Crosstown fears no “hate speech” in its public art. The first glimpses of eight installations along Metrolinx’s forthcoming LRT line, ahead of a full unveiling at the Ontario Science Centre, seem guaranteed not to let any of the artists down. (LightSpell, the suspended $500,000 piece at the TTC's new Pioneer Village subway station, menwhile awaits debate at the next TTC board meeting.)

Graydon Carter comes back with a deliberately idiotic app. The former Vanity Fair editor is on a six-month “garden leave” in Provence, but has resurfaced to tout his investment in Zig, whose founders imagined it as an Instagram of news. “People follow Kellyanne Conway the way they follow Kim Kardashian,” explained their Toronto-born guru, which is why the app asks users to tick off the names from a nightmare cocktail party:

The final portraits from Sears Canada. A week after the chain's last Toronto closure at Scarborough Town Centre, the rest of the remaining stores shuttered for good, with generic alarmist liquidation signage getting elegiac snapshots not seen since the last days of Target. In the tradition of the chain’s portrait studio, ex-Sears employee Leah Good made a point of photographing her head office colleagues.

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Pierre Trudeau's 1971 version of "shithole" was revived by the Kit Kat restaurant on King West, which engraved the phrase on an ice sculpture giving the streetcar pilot the finger.

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