Dressed for redress success at the Pink Palace. Premier Doug Ford’s pledge to make Queen’s Park “for the people” appears well underway: he showed off evidence of a meeting with former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman. The new culture at Queen's Park has also seemingly inspired a Twitter account dedicated to assessing the state of style in the building:

“We know they need to learn about consent. We know they need to learn about cyber safety, we know they need to learn about gender identity and appreciation.” Education minister Lisa Thompson announced a partial flip-flop on the sex-ed curriculum rollback, explaining that the elements on hold will be the parts that deal with “developing sexual relations.” But changes to the 2015 curriculum update remain a subject of protest. One demonstration will involve people reading the whole curriculum out loud in Queen’s Park.

In defence of Three Points Where Two Lines Meet. The spring indignation over Daniel Young and Christian Giroux’s structure south of St. Clair West led to debate about whether public art needs to be appealing. Toronto Star critic Murray Whyte argues in support of the sculpture as a timely symbol of “a development industry run amok.”

Summerhill bar gets redeemed by Ira Glass. Toronto native Becca Brennan was the target of outrage last summer when she opened a Brooklyn bar named for her former Toronto neighbourhood. The decor included a wall of fake bullet holes, prompting a racially-charged protest. And yet, the place has become popular with black customers, as explained in a This American Life segment.

There’s little mystery to the whereabouts of Mystery.Would the Pick-Up Artist Stand a Chance in the #MeToo Era?,” asks the New York Times, flashing back to its 2004 story that made a micro-celebrity of Toronto’s Erik von Markovik. The PUA better known as “Mystery” had some sort of Facebook meltdown in 2016, before the public learned that James Franco would play him in a still-unmade movie. Mystery is now back to mentoring others, and he's alluding to a broader comeback:

Corey Hart is never surrendering to retirement. What was billed as a farewell 2014 concert in his hometown ended up leading Hart’s children to coax him back into the rock heartthrob game. So, here’s your CanCon nostalgia warning for next year:

Radiohead's return to Toronto is nigh. The death of drum technician Scott Johnson in a stage collapse at Downsview Park in 2012 led to a drawn-out legal process before charges against the concert promoter and stage technicians were stayed. A story from the Globe and Mail finds drummer Phil Selway still sore from the ordeal, during which Radiohead nearly disbanded: “If people aren’t being protected, there must be something wrong in the system.”

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