“I’m deeply disappointed to see that the forces that were out there 3 weeks ago are back again today.” Patrick Brown will be sitting alone at Queen’s Park, even though he’s now running again for his former job as Ontario PC leader, on the premise that he’s been exonerated by a lie detector. But now he’s been smacked with a Globe and Mail report about his attempt to sell $375,000 worth of stuff to future Tory candidate Jass Johal. And so, Brown now has something different to deny:

Doug Ford is among the first to experience a de-faking effort from Facebook. The company’s vice president of advertising, Rob Goldman, learned the perils of taking to Twitter when a statement of his about Russia's internet espionage was quoted by POTUS. (Goldman later apologized for contradicting the findings of Robert Mueller.) Now, Canada is the first country to see a desktop browser tool that allows people to peruse campaign Facebook ads, whether it’s Kathleen Wynne's respect for taxpayers, or Caroline Mulroney attacking the premier.

Hedley fans turn out to see the band in Barrie. Despite sexual misconduct allegations that have so far cost Hedley two opening acts, their management, their booking agents, their corporate radio support, the patronage of Craig Kielburger, their status as the prize in an Air MIles contest and their association with the Juno Awards, fan enthusiasm in Brandon, Manitoba inspired the band to bring their tour to Patrick Brown's hometown. There are still 17 more concert dates, which Hedley hopes to play, plus a new publicist:

Crystal Castles musician denies that he was “grooming” young female fans. Ethan Kath (born Claudio Palmieri) was accused of “almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control” by former bandmate and girlfriend Alice Glass (born Margaret Osborn), in a statement that led to investigation by the Toronto Police sex crimes unit. Palmieri filed a defamation suit against Osborn—but now come further accusations via the Daily Beast about his alleged interactions with teenage girls.

Toronto’s greatest crossed-arms complainer. The condo board president and the property manager at a Bayview Avenue building engulfed by Eglinton Crosstown construction for the past three years shared a stare in a CBC Toronto picture designed to capture despair. They're amateurs compared to this woman, who not only affected the arms, but looks like she’s been practicing her entire life:

Furnal Equinox delegates stick to a private streetcar. The first downtown Toronto edition of the annual furry confab, at the Westin Harbour Castle, roused considerable media attention last March. Prior to this year's “Tour de Fur” parade, though, a group donned their costumes for a chartered ride:

The excruciating wait for newspapers to be saved. Will the February 27 federal budget bring the help that heritage minister Mélanie Joly hinted at? If the money comes, it could mercifully bring an end to antics like the Toronto Star promoting polls about how valued journalism is—although Heather Mallick fears federal funding may sustain a Donald Trump connection at Postmedia. Meanwhile, students at U of T will vote on whether The Varsity deserves 80 cents more from each student, above the $2.01 the paper currently gets from each undergrad.

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Following the recent breakup of Cellino & Barnes, and the death of Irv Weinstein, a potential supermarket bankruptcy would be a third blow to the legacy of Buffalo TV.

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