Jagmeet Singh hit with cold headwinds. While the NDP leader can generally draw adoration for turning his tweets into Rupi Kaur-style poetry, it’s a different matter when he shares a picture of himself wearing Canada Goose—with a reference to Big Shaq’s music meme. The animal-rights backlash was swift:

“I am a leftist. But I do not represent the leftism of Rambukkana/Pimlott, who believe in shutting down opposition.” Laurier grad student Lindsay Shepherd is publicly striking back at her superiors, who censured her for screening a TVO debate featuring Jordan Peterson. (Shepherd provided Global News with a tape of her tearful meeting with faculty and administrators.) The controversy has probably proven every point Peterson was trying to make, as Shepherd tries in vain to explain that she doesn't even agree with Peterson's position on gender neutrality, which her supervisor says is illegal to share in the classroom.

Were the Kevin Spacey allegations the only reason CHCH canned House of Cards? CHCH's statement that it was ending its deal with Netflix on ethical grounds failed to mention that the show was barely pulling a 0.1 rating for the Hamilton channel, meaning as few as 4,000 regional viewers. Bill Brioux compares that to 37,000 watching Mary Tyler Moore, alongside other ancient CHCH after-school reruns like The Partridge Family, whose redheaded actor had a Spacey-esque downfall.

The news that Bell Media won’t be covering. Call centre veteran Andrea Rizzo gave CBC News a tale of how the telecom pressures its staff to pivot every billing or technical complaint into a hard-sell hustle. (Bell calls the allegations “completely unfounded and untrue.”) The report coincides with a new round of staff cuts in Bell's broadcast division—which were kept relatively quiet until the union spoke up. The casualties include longtime CTV Toronto sportscasters Lance Brown and Joe Tilley.

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Some new moves for old buildings. Wintry weather didn’t stop the birthplace of the Dionne quintuplets from being transported two kilometres, which will allow the house to serve as a museum in North Bay, following much debate over its fate. Meanwhile in Mount Dennis, the old Kodak building—which was moved 60 meters last year so it could be preserved as part of a station for the Eglinton Crosstown—was slid back into its original place:

The Cheesecake Factory will roll the fuzzy dice at Yorkdale tomorrow. Skepticism about whether the eatery can succeed inside a Canadian mall was aired in a Globe and Mail feature. Nonetheless, a preview in the North York Mirror gives it the ultimate suburban Toronto compliment: “Once inside, I felt like I had been transported to the United States.” The Factory has irony on its side, too, considering the popularity of a Cleveland game developer’s random rant about its surreal look:

“Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet” charts a future for retail ruins. Sears Canada stores continue to be cleared out, while the corporation's slumping American parent embarks on a new kamikaze mission for Black Friday. The fate of all the real estate is presaged at Steeles and the 404, where Sears vacated its space earlier this year. The spot has reopened as Bobby's, a supplier-run store filled with skids of stuff that Sears couldn't sell.

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