“Canadian ISPs And Hollywood Agree On Plan To Make Themselves Judge, Jury and Website Executioner.” This headline at copyfighting website Techdirt sums up the sentiment against a proposal from a coalition that includes Bell, Rogers and Cineplex. But their idea to block access to private sites can’t happen without government approval, and the CRTC isn't likely to like this checklist.

Airbnb will be staying out of the basement. City council made home-sharing legal for 180 nights a year, but not in “secondary suites,” including basement apartments. Airbnb Canada policy director Alex Dagg says the company will “take a look and evaluate how this affects our host community.” But the growing phenomenon of “ghost hotels” (and the horror stories generated by their existence) will now be theoretically stamped out.

Denzil Minnan-Wong was won over by Patrick Brown. The deputy mayor's days of standing disapprovingly in front of city infrastructure may be coming to a close, because he announced that he'll be pursuing the Ontario PC nomination in Don Valley East. DMW says Brown's “People’s Guarantee” platform convinced him that the PC leader can make a breakthrough in Toronto—even if the party has a criminal probe hanging over its head in Hamilton. At any rate, the hope is that there will be more Tory MPPs next year to help win the war on Christmas:

Dollarama’s e-commerce play should lighten lineups. Selling goods by the case online is the next move for the buck-or-four store, which claims to be unfazed by the arrival of China’s pseudo-Japanese discounter Miniso. Meanwhile, the retail apocalypse and the clickbait reckoning have aligned just enough for BuzzFeed to go into business with Walmart.

Patreon changes align against casual crowdfunders. The self-described platform of the "creative class" announced a new service fee: an additional 2.9 per cent charge, plus 35 extra cents on each monthly payment. These changes risk upending a Patreon-dependent outlet like Canadaland, which built up a big base of small-amount givers. (Likely, the changes will have less of an impact on someone like Jordan Peterson, whose pricier incentives help pull in the annual equivalent of seven figures.) There's also a growing consensus that it ain't so easy to fund a dream this way.

Ashley Madison members were more public than they thought. A week ago, the extramarital affair site’s president, Ruben Buell, was on BNN bragging about how Ashley Madison's user base doubled this year, with as many active women as paying men—despite past controversy about fembots—and how it was working overtime on privacy. Well, that was fun while it lasted. Some cybersecurity researchers found a way to access member photos without authorization. The company acknowledged the issue, and hopes to improve things further, but they can’t delete this new round of headlines:

R.I.P. Harvey Brooker. The men’s diet program pitchman, best known for his slogan, “If you can do it alone, you would have done it already,” had clients (including John Tory) walk up a strip mall staircase at Dufferin and Finch week to learn how to lose weight.

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Facebook, a company that says it wants to safeguard Canadian democracy, is also thinking about reviving a long-deprecated way of sending salutations for no reason.

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