Wired gets tired of acquiescing to Google. The magazine that originally named Marshall McLuhan its "patron saint" has rebooted after 25 years with a goal to take a more skeptical look at the corporate tech agenda. And where better to begin than with Sidewalk Labs aspiring to take over a slice of a city without feeling much need to ask for permission:

Doctor provides new relief for The Rebel. The revolving door at Ezra Levant’s empire has involved more contributors from outside Canada—although it will cash cheques from any politicians seeking the association. And now, Levant promises daily videos from former White House deputy Dr. Sebastian Gorka, whose complicated past leads him to deliver a complicated explanation of why Donald Trump making friends with Russia is no big deal.

“‘I said, ‘Alright, this guy’s very entertaining, I’m going to come up and hang out with him.’” Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, accepted a Twitter invitation to sit down with Frank D'Angelo for next week's The Being Frank Show. The effort led to unprecedented press from the Toronto Star, noting the Mooch joked about the guest couch looking like it came from The Brady Bunch:

Kerry Winter failed a lie detector test concerning the Shermans. The Fifth Estate was the third outlet fed the claims that Barry Sherman approached his cousin twice in the 1990s about ending Honey’s life. But the CBC show was the only one to administer a polygraph test—which concluded that everything he said was false. Winter then sent the show lie detector results he arranged for himself, which turned out “inconclusive,” although Joe Warmington still offered an open ear.

Doug Ford totally skipped the King Street road hockey game. Now that Ford family friend Christine Elliott has joined the Ontario PC leadership race, DoFo won’t have much time to care about the state of the King West Pilot, which ice sculpture enthusiast Al Carbone doesn’t seem tired of protesting. Carbone’s stunt of playing Tuesday afternoon shinny on the car-restricted street inspired a Twitter thread of evidence that culminated in this conclusion:

Queen Live Fresh Food Market looks close to dead. Mice eating baklava in the window of the historic St. Patrick’s Market at 238 Queen West was bound to impact its taste for future tenants. So, just as the nearby Old City Hall is set to become a Museum of Toronto, another city-owned building that's 30 years into a half-century food court lease may be facing two dormant decades:

The politician that Canada didn’t realize it really needed. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announced an investigation into MP Erin Weir, accused by caucus colleague Christine Moore of “harassing behaviour toward women." (Weir speculates the claim is “politically motivated.”) The climate has drawn more attention to NDP house leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau, whose negotiation to accelerate anti-sexual harassment legislation has made her known as more than the candidate who took a trip to Las Vegas.

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The Senate backing gender-neutral lyrics for "O Canada" in time for the Winter Olympics have provided the latest American media triumph for Justin Trudeau.

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