McDonald’s clickbait stymied by expiration debate. Who knows what price might’ve ultimately been paid for the six-year-old cheeseburger and fries saved by Staffa, Ontario farmer Dave Alexander. Bidding was up to $150 when eBay yanked the offering, because of rules that prohibit sales of unpackaged or expired food—even though the McD’s items technically show no expiry date:

Mustard colonels avoid the war on ketchup patriotism. Heinz Canada again had to defend its decision to stop using Leamington tomatoes, as Ottawa implemented a retaliatory tariff of 10 per cent. But mustard came off the tariff list at the last minute. It's a reprieve for Canadian farmers who send their seeds to the U.S. for processing.

The quest to wake up a sleepy municipal election. So far, a tighter timeline to register to run for city hall has resulted in fewer challengers. But now into the fray comes Jennifer Hollett, the one-time MuchMusic VJ, who’s set to run against nine others in the eastern downtown ward long represented by the late Pam McConnell:

Rick Leary will likely drive the TTC for a while. The interim CEO, who has been filling in for Andy Byford, is about to be permanent. Leary, who moved from Boston in 2009 to work for York Region, has already put in four years in Toronto as the TTC's chief service officer. Meanwhile, Byford is trying to figure out why things don’t work in NYC.

Two unexpected sightings of stuff from Mary Margaret O’Hara. Thirty years after its release, O’Hara’s only full-length album, Miss America, got reviewed by Pitchfork. It scored an 8.5. Her history on Queen West is still represented by the Rivoli sign, which she designed. It’s suddenly making news for entirely different reasons:

Yellow Submarine is more Canadian than you might think. The animated Beatles feature is getting a big-screen revival for its 50th anniversary. (The restored print brings back the “Hey Bulldog” sequence originally excised in North America.) The film was directed by George Dunning, who cut his teeth with the NFB before ending up in charge of the official band cartoons. Beatles in Canada expert Piers Hemmingsen explained all at a screening:

The flag at the end of your life. Xavier Villeneuve, a 19-year-old currently attending college in the U.S., is on the front of the Wall Street Journal as part of a story about what’s now a 99-year wait list for a free flag from Parliament Hill. Some who already received their flags were surprised to learn that they're too big to fly at home. “If in 83 years I’m still alive,” says Villeneuve, “I’ll have figured it out by then.” 

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The federal Liberals spent $30,480 researching this name change for what was originally branded the “FutureSkills Lab.”

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