Now the municipal election will become about everything else. The Court of Appeal stayed a lower court ruling that cancelled Doug Ford’s move to shrink Toronto city council to 25 wards—meaning all that notwithstanding clause stuff won’t be invoked. Meanwhile, the first debate already got a subplot:

“I hoped that it would open a discussion about what to do with people who behaved badly, but were acquitted in a court of law.” New York Review of Books editor-in-chief Ian Buruma stepped down after university publishers threatened a boycott over his decision to print an essay by Jian Ghomeshi—which now carries a disclaimer.

Ticketmaster isn’t responding to questions about selling software to resellers. A joint investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star turned to how Ticketmaster appears to enlist professional scalpers, despite claiming it’s trying to bust them. Follow-up reports involve no comment from the corporation:

“Raccoon Capital of the World” status verified by late-night carb-loading critters. The trash panda news renaissance has been stoked by a viral video from a woman who caught some raccoons in her kitchen, chomping on bread. After working through English muffins, they evidently moved on to tortillas.

iPolitics moves into a different league. James Baxter launched a Canadian answer to Politico in 2011. He turned out to be a unique voice in arguing against government subsidies for the news media. Now he’ll be running a separate division of Torstar:

Cumberland Terrace might someday leave 1973. The road to redeveloping 2 Bloor West has lumbered on long enough for it to establish nostalgic charm. Its newest proposal imagines taking things outside:

Bill Gable dead at 69. The Windsor DJ also known as “Brother Bill” moved to Toronto in the early-‘80s as program director for CFTR, then returned in a more mellow on-air mood at CHFI. Gable later did mornings at Zoomer Radio until he retired in 2014.

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A woman who was supposedly searching Google for local hummus found a Pornhub video that led to the sacking of a security guard at First Canadian Place.

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