Andrew Scheer’s got ‘em and need ‘em card game. The new Conservative leader unveiled a leadership team described as “regionally and gender diverse,” with Maxime Bernier nowhere to be found. And so begin two years of promoting the players who’ve replaced hockey historian Stephen Harper:

Ontario’s meme election reaches the radar of Steve Paikin. The Agenda host looks at the mysterious political action page Ontario Proud, whose only apparent mission is to oust Kathleen Wynne. But perhaps Paikin failed to recognize that there’s much Trump-inspired logic to the “cheesy and unprofessional look and sound" of shitposts. (Literally related: Zach Paikin wrote a thing that was praised by the Russian Embassy.)

Peter Mansbridge is on the loose! The former National anchorman was resurrected this week at CBC headquarters in Lego form, but replacement names remain unconfirmed. (Meanwhile, CityNews is further experimenting with being more anchor-free.) But O.J. Simpson's parole provided Mansbridge with a cheap chance to verify that he's no longer concerned with looking impartial.

Sears Canada starts the soft-serve liquidation. The department store is officially clearing out 54 stores across the country to try and emerge from creditor protection. Meanwhile, its Queen West pop-up remains, catching flak for an Instagram ad for an ice cream giveaway amidst what’s become a pension scandal. Amazon partnering with Sears to sell Kenmore appliances is seen as a potential lifeline; much like Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, it ramps up the anxiety about the future of service work.

Stepgate culminates in a statement from the mayor. City workers descended upon Tom Riley Park in Etobicoke early this morning to dismantle 73-year-old Adi Astl’s eight rickety steps, which he built after being told the city would have to spend as much as $150,000 to do the job. John Tory called the estimate “absolutely ridiculous and out of whack with reality.” While the incident prompted plenty of cracks about a DIY infrastructure movement, Sue-Ann Levy, who broke the story, predictably doubled down by lashing out at “leftist teat suckers.” Newstalk 1010 reimbursed Astl's $550 expense, then topped it up. The local city councillor nonetheless framed himself as the winner in this:

Bowling for dollars with Craig Kielburger. While the Broadview Hotel commences a post-strip-club future at Queen and Broadview, restoration continues on the other side of the bridge at Parliament, in the former Marty Millionaire store, which is soon to house Kielburger's WE Charity Global Learning Centre. The work has exposed a ghost sign for the alleys that operated on the second floor from the mid-1920s through 1978:

“DRAKE YOU HO THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT” building runs out of milk. The former Starbucks at Queen and Dovercourt, whose 2005 anti-gentrification graffiti scrawl is enshrined in Toronto history, ended 18 months as the Natrel Milk Bar.

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Metallica fan Gavin Strickland, the 19-year-old "doofy son" who forgot where he parked his car downtown, was excited to have inspired a successful one of these.

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