Farewell to the last DJ standing from the old CHUM. After a half-century in radio, of which 49 years and four months were spent with the same operation, Roger Ashby signed off from 104.5 FM with a vow to return with an oldies music channel via iHeart Radio. John Tory dropped by to say that he tried to lure Ashby from CHUM to CHFI when he was CEO of Rogers, a point left off the proclamation:

Competition Bureau cop plot thickens over thinning newspaper trade. A court order has been obtained to talk to one former and five current employees of Torstar about the swapping of 41 publications with Postmedia, which led to the instant closure of 36 of them. No wrongdoing has been found, and no charges have been laid, but The Tyee has evidence to suggest that each of the companies involved in the deal knew what the other would do.

“Good luck over the next three-and-a-half years. I look forward to working with the Media Party.” Doug Ford broke out the favourite Rebel pejorative when reporters asked about the hiring of his pal Ron Taverner as OPP commissioner. The premier denied having a hand in the choice, then admitted he was at the cabinet meeting about it. DoFo is also facing questions about his participation in a different party:

The other cannabis chocolate chomping cop claims she’s completely innocent. Constable Jamie Young is challenging charges for allegedly consuming the spoils of a dispensary raid. (Her preliminary hearing will have to wait until October.) Vittorio Dominelli, her partner during the seizure, resigned from the Toronto Police Service after pleading guilty to obstructing justice by getting so stoned that he reportedly got stuck in a tree.

AGO’s Infinity Room only got half the crowdfunding it wished for. The campaign to raise money online to buy a selfie-friendly piece of artwork by Yayoi Kusama ended up grossing $651,183, considerably short of the $1.3-million goal. But another source was tapped in order to get the rest:

The Connector artwork untangled from potential censorship. Pioneer Village subway station opened a year ago with a darkened LightSpell, and the TTC still hasn’t figured out how the interactive letter installation can override fears of hate speech. But the work of a different German art duo, which involves talking through a tangled line, will be at Winter Stations, without fear of unhinged voices:

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” gets a cross-Canada chill. The major commercial radio companies currently airing an all-Christmas format confirmed that they’d align with a Cleveland station that banished the 1944 holiday duet. CBC hastily followed suit, even if The National’s report conceded that the song has an anti-slut-shaming subtext.

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