My father was an after-school brawler. Four students have been asked to stay home from Catholic high schools in York Region after videos surfaced on Twitter of a parent intervening in their traditional Friday 3 p.m. punch-out. Police are also investigating what appears to be the dad of one of the combatants slugging a young onlooker.

The woman who mistook her hat for something sinister. M Boutique recalled a line of toques after a Vaughan Mills mall customer discovered a standard label attached to it for compliance with California’s Proposition 65, passed in 1986, which mandates warnings about chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects. Canadian importers encountering these labels are entitled to tear them off; Californians are accustomed to ignoring them.

“Donald is, in many ways, a happy-go-lucky guy.” Fake hysteria reigns today after Trump was revealed as Time’s Person of the Year, just like every presidential election winner who came before him. (Still, he's the first to be given devil horns.) But one of his Palm Beach pals doesn’t see how wanting to be the dominant player in dealings with Canada makes the president-elect any different than any and all predecessors:

Gray Jay makes the Gray Lady. The controversy over the Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s selection of our new national bird gets a wide scan in the New York Times—a publication which would never, ever would think to spell it “grey.”

The last hippie protest ever. Demolition plans at the northeast corner of Yorkville and Avenue Road are being opposed by people who associate the Victorian buildings with the Purple Onion coffee house, a bohemian hangout during the neighbourhood's hippie heyday. The site has a plaque noting its musical heritage. Another plaque was installed this week for its neighbour:

Yorkville eyesore ready to be replaced by giant Tetris game. A developer has proposed an intriguing new look for the Yonge Street spot best known for its shuttered Grand & Toy store (as well as the former Albert Britnell Bookstore, now living out its destiny as a Starbucks).

Here’s how things look to Dick Smyth these days. Toronto’s most famous media curmudgeon of the late 20th century turned up on Facebook to report at length about beating back skin cancer at age 82.

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A union representing call centre employees has launched a campaign by this name, as a way of encouraging employers to let workers hang up on irate customers.

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