The art of hacking a dart. Jason Maslakow’s face-painted persona has raised one interesting question: who initially came up with the idea of “dart” as a synonym for cigarette? The idea is unfamiliar to many urbanites, and it’s nowhere to be found in the newly revised Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. In any case, “Dart Guy” is a very fortunate social media micro-celebrity: he remains scandal-free, notwithstanding his actual tobacco habit. And every media stunt pales against the original shot of his mug in the crowd:

Sour milk spilled over Justin Trudeau. As Donald Trump rants about the dairy trade, here comes another wave of hot takes about the prime minister. Not only is he “bargain-bin Obama,” he might be “the post-fact face of fascism,” or maybe just “a disaster for the planet.” (The last charge generated at least one microwaved take about how “Trudeau finally got something wrong.”) Next week's Vice visit to talk about weed with his fellow kids will no doubt find the PM spinning himself dizzy.

Kathleen Wynne’s squad starts framing goofy shots of Patrick Brown. Speculation about the premier’s doom is swirling faster as she hits the trail to say her government is here to help. The official Liberal feed trumpets boilerplate bank boosterism with a photo of Wynne with Trudeau, a signal of signals to come if she sticks around. Attack marketing aimed at the Ontario PC leader—echoing many a Toronto Star column—draws on a photo of him looking dazed next to a rando quote:

When they go low, Andrew Coyne goes long. The Walrus gives a huge amount of space to a piece called “How to Save the Conservative Party,” which could be seen to have been influenced by the magazine’s evident links to the Liberals. A jucier read comes from the Ryerson Review of Journalism, which has published a profile of Walrus editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay and the hours he spends playing board games as practice for perpetuating his elitism.

Ron Moeser dead at 74. The city councillor, first elected in Scarborough in 1988, was diagnosed with lymphoma last year. Tributes have emphasized his work in the creation of Rouge Park inside of his Ward 44. But, just as other local politicians were issuing tributes on Twitter, the account of Moeser's longest-time colleague grieved over something else:

Raffi tees off on the New Pornographers. While the Vancouver band has been around for 20 years with no apparent controversy, Raffi got around to stoking some. The children's troubadour tweeted that saying the group's name in the presence of children is “as bad as food p**n, etc.” (Raffi, who has used Twitter to cheer Bernie Sanders and jeer Stephen Harper, is no stranger to weird tweeting.) New Pornos leader A.C. Newman seized the trolling opportunity—and was rewarded with a follow.

Juno Awards saved from cultural atrophy by the CBC. On the heels of Russell Peters setting fire to to the event's artistic embers at CTV, the music ceremony is back in the hands of the public broadcaster, which pledges to integrate the event with its year-round programming.

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