The Beaverton finds it therapeutic to joke about suicide sometimes. “Friends say man died doing what he loved, making thousands late on the subway” was the headline of a story posted on the fake news site last night. It didn’t seem to go over well with readers—especially the TTC’s communications department. The story was deleted, but editors still defended it on grounds that, since Beaverton co-founder Laurent Noonan committed suicide on New Year’s Eve 2014, they grieve through comedy: “It is how we cope.”

“That’s what the media loves to do, you guys love to ridicule me.” Kellie Leitch is cool with the way her “Screening for Canadian Values” ended up being seen by millions. “And so I’m delighted that now, unfiltered, the Canadian public can see what I’m talking about," she told CBC Radio Calgary. (Still, at this rate, there probably won't be a sequel.)

Raoul Duke couldn't possibly approve of Rolling Stone pandering to Toronto. The magazine that still lists Hunter S. Thompson’s fictional alter ego as its “sports editor" now has to prowl for clicks. Five months after beer tossing led to asking “Have Toronto Blue Jays Fans Become Most Despised in Baseball?” comes this more sanguine spin:

Torstar taps a turnaround type. John Boynton, a former chief marketing officer at Rogers who more recently ran loyalty point data miners Aimia, is the new CEO and publisher of the Toronto Star. The newspaper’s own story about him can’t resist asking about Star Touch, but he says "it’s clear that smartphones are volumentrically the bigger medium right now." TD Bank has removed newspaper operations from its valuation of Torstar, fearing that job cuts won't match revenue declines—just as unionized Star journalists approved a new contract.

Peeking into Toronto’s first indoor toilet. High Park’s historic house, built in 1836 by architect John George Howard, chronicled excremental exploration:

Cinema 2000’s sign deserved to be saved somewhere. Sunrise Records says they can’t afford to take over the flagship HMV at 333 Yonge, which—before it was a music shop—was a scary-looking porn store topped with a zodiac. A new Facebook page notes that the original “TV theatre” opened in December 1969 with uncensored movies along the lines of Andy Warhol’s Lonesome Cowboy. Over time, it just became a seedy symbol of the strip:

Steve Shuster dead at 64. The pioneering Yuk Yuk's stand-up comedian was also known for being the son of Frank Shuster, of Wayne and Shuster, and the brother of Rosie Shuster, who was married to Lorne Michaels and wrote for Saturday Night Live.

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Toronto's Public Works Committee used these words in requesting a study on how to accommodate drivers they haven't heard from about making street changes.

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