The two women working to forget Patrick Brown. Caroline Mulroney is making the rounds with the slogan “Let’s Get It Done,” and hope that limited preparation time will excuse her not souding ready. She’s scored the endorsement of Monte McNaughton, once the preferred Ontario PC leader of Doug Ford’s younger brother. Christine Elliott is going with “Ready. Now.” for this third leadership bid. But a popular petition has also emerged with the argument that the previous leader got a raw deal:

“So perhaps you need to get help?” The email that Steve Paikin received from Sarah Thomson along with links to her veiled accusations, which has prompted TVO to investigate his alleged sexual misconduct, gets a skeptical reading from Rosie DiManno: “I am sorry but I could not let you carry on—what you did to me wasn’t fair—and with the elections this year, I don’t want you doing it to other women candidates,” wrote Thomson. But three people who worked on her 2010 mayoral campaign (two are John Tory’s sons) and her 2011 provincial campaign manager heard nothing of the incident.

Tim Hortons journalism now comes with a side order of snark. The inferno created by franchisees raging against the minimum wage has been doused. But it still looks like a brand in trouble, even if it's yet to reach the point of sticking a spork in it à la Sears. Two decades of Tim Hortons being perpetuated as the most definitive symbol of Canadian identity still assures a certain volume of annual contest clickbait:

Psychiatric Help $15—The Doctor Isn’t In Yet. A twist on Lucy from Peanuts offering sidewalk shrink services is on lamp posts around midtown: a woman will swap housekeeping for mental health help that she can't otherwise afford. Calling the number got the Toronto Star the wider story, even though no offers had been received by her at press time.

Lifetime movie about Meghan Markle imitates her art. The leads have been cast for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, and while actor Murray Fraser’s resemblance hinges on being British, producers found a doppelgänger in Jamaican-American actress Parisa Fitz-Henley. What makes it a more credible gig than a biopic about the Two Coreys is the fact that Markle herself wasn’t above starring in schlock like Dater’s Handbook just before she met the prince. But the pre-wedding turnaround through winter might’ve cancelled out the authenticity of shooting in Toronto—as the location filming will be in Vancouver.

Glenn Gould’s hologram has yet to descend from the heavens. Coverage of music publisher Primary Wave buying the rights to Bob Marley's catalogue emphasized how the firm also plans a 3-D simulacrum of the eccentric pianist. And yet the idea hasn’t been manifest in time to be part of a trend trinity with hologram Maria Callas and hologram Roy Orbison—even if Super Bowl viewers were spared hologram Prince. Gould fans might be better served for now by an updated interpretation of his work:

Super Bowl is the only thing CTV promotes that it drew a lack of viewers to. Bell Media announced that 4.45 million viewers tuned into its Canadian telecasts of the game—down from 7.75 million in 2016, when the CRTC last allowed it to override U.S. commercials. (While the overall ratings declined stateside, though, Buffalo managed to draw the biggest Super Bowl audience share in America.)

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Premier Kathleen Wynne believes the original brand is still better for all peoplekind.

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