“Let’s just say I’d like to break a few legs.” Rick Marshall is just one of the Leslieville residents irked by the pricey experience of having their car tires punctured. This may be part of the price of life in a gentrifying neighbourhood that’s rough around the edges. The culprit has gained a villainous nickname:

Sidewalk Toronto intends to get building by 2020. Whether you or the government like it or not, Alphabet’s offshoot declared a timeline for its waterfront project, despite a lack of local approvals. Sidewalk continues to assert that its data collection techniques will result in better urban planning. Dan Doctoroff, the project's overlord, says he won't be using the aggregated info for the greater Google.

Tanya Granic Allen gets shunned by Doug Ford. The sex-ed opponent was credited with swinging the Ontario PC leadership race, but she's on the outs with the party because of her past online comments likening niqabs and burqas to ninja wardrobe. (Granic Allen also has thoughts on topics like gay marriage.) Meanwhile, like Ford, her campaigning has included outlets outside of the mainstream:

Michael Harris hopes people can see beyond his sexting. The MPP from Kitchener initially claimed that he wasn’t seeking re-election because of an eye disease called keratoconus. Then the PC party revealed that it had kicked him out of caucus because of some alleged digital indiscretions with a staffer. Harris told the blurred-vision story to John Moore on Newstalk 1010, just before the firing details emerged—which resulted in an uncomfortable follow-up chat between them.

“INVESTIGATE. REPORT. EFFECT CHANGE.” The motto of the new StarMetro signals an effort to turn the free daily into a serious journalism product in five cities. The new approach includes busting a Tim Hortons for appearing to profit from a Humboldt Broncos doughnut, beneath this Torstar banner:

Subway’s strange sexualization of salty Greek cheese. Jared Fogle’s favourite fast-food outlet was busy battling CBC Marketplace’s claim that its chicken is fake—while trying to stem a sales decline by refreshing its look. Now, the chain is getting a different kind of attention for promoting its newest topping as some kind of kink:

You can come up with a better name than “Civic Theatres Toronto.” The Sony Centre, St. Lawrence Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Arts, all of which are owned by the city, were given this group branding in 2015. A contest aspires to find non-bureaucratic alternatives. However, issues surrounding how these auditoriums required $5.1 million in subsidies last year remain unaddressed.

Word of the moment


Damian Lewis, the British star of the shows Billions and Homeland, is playing Rob Ford (or maybe just a prosthetic-wearing character inspired by him) in a film with this title.

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