The greeting that wasn't altogether grateful. Was this Canadian Press photo an accurate portrayal of refugees walking across the border to Emerson, Manitoba? The word “propaganda” was thrown around in criticizing the depiction of what was actually an arrest. But it reflects a new era of asking “What is a Canadian?

Clickbait that not everyone can take. Any invitation to watch Brian Mulroney singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” to Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago got quite a few hard passes—although the ex-PM's son Ben was proud of it all. The elder Mulroney asserted that Trump had a “very successful meeting” with Justin Trudeau. How did he know? "Because President Trump told me.”

Kevin O’Leary tells the CBC how he really feels. The Conservative leadership front-runner has been un-endorsed by the Globe and Mail editorial board; his level of fame is also being questioned. His first sign of Trump-like tweeting was a response to a story about how he was hawking wine on U.S. shopping channel QVC. (Reactions to his reaction noted O'Leary was on the CBC for a decade.)

“I actually felt like my phone got violated, to be honest.” Zoe Elder, who went to a Gateway Newsstands location to buy cigarettes, bravely confessed to CBC News that she had no idea how a chocolate coupon ended up in her Hotmail inbox. But the email was likely sent after she agreed to share her address in exchange for free Wi-Fi.

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Dean McDermott divorce drama into a second decade. Mary Jo Eustace portrayed Tori Spelling as a homewrecker when Canadian cooking show host Dean McDermott left the former for the latter. A recent baby shower to celebrate a fifth Spelling spawn has Eustace dragging McDermott back to court, seeking unpaid child support for their 18-year-old son—whose driving lessons with dad yesterday were shown off on Instagram.

American executive class warned against accidental Bitmojis. An imminent IPO from the company behind Snapchat is expected to bring a new class of digital millionaires to Hollywood. Its $64.2 million acquistion of a Toronto-bred app, however, made the Wall Street Journal for a different reason—the grown-ups who are unwittingly serving up their own Bitmojis while texting about business. The main offender in the article: a 42-year-old CEO wishing his employees goodnight.

The first people to ever laugh about watching Atom Egoyan. The latest edition of The Important Cinema Club podcast examines the auteur’s oeuvre through his current commercial losing streak. And not without fearing that, of all its 57 episodes, “The Puzzle of Atom Egoyan” is most likely to be listened to by the subject of discussion.

Word of the moment


Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Tim Hortons and Burger King, is paying $1.8 billion for Popeyes—along with its slogan.

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