Raccoon Nation stands to get even fatter this autumn. The city’s trash pandas are always talked about, increasingly because of their talent at breaking into green bins supposedly designed to foil them. More is sure to come now that attention to their dominance has spread south of the border:

Sidewalk Labs still has a lot of explaining to do. Consider how the LinkNYC digital kiosks, funded through Alphabet’s urban innovation department, are under increased suspicion for possibly tracking pedestrians. Meanwhile, fellow Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Toronto, whose city-of-the-future designs are being planned on valuable land, still won't say exactly what its data collecting is designed to drive.

Waiting for the legal pot land grab. Changing to a private bricks-and-mortar model for cannabis retail in Ontario will no doubt bring in a different class of retailers vying for the right to sell weed. But federal prohibitions on how marijuana can be marketed will no doubt find all those hopefuls walking a fine line:

Newspapers aren’t finished asking the government for money. Despite some setbacks on the path to a news media bailout, the industry's lobby aspires to blitz the nation through the first week of October with federally funded initiatives like public screenings of Spotlight. National Newspaper Week’s slogan takes a hashtag from Richard Nixon:

Doug Ford will have to remind you what else he’s fighting for. The premier’s dream to slash Toronto city council turned into an epic distraction from topics like an outside audit of what Kathleen Wynne wrought. Maybe the weekend Ford Fest will swing the spotlight back on some other Big Bold Ideas:

Patrick Brown is working hard to get the last laugh. Brampton’s most famous mayoral candidate is still obsessively posting selfies, fiancée in tow. His first debate with current mayor Linda Jeffrey saw Brown going high by accusing Jeffrey of going low:

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