Real-life Kim’s Convenience parallels get more meta.chocolate-bar-stealing squirrel in Riverdale made viral media stars out of the Kim family, who own Luke’s Grocery in Riverdale. But then the actual Kim's Convenience, the store renamed to serve as the exterior for the CBC show of the same name, scored its own newsworthy close-up:

Justin Trudeau ditching Davos for church basements and coffee shops. “WORKING CLASS ZERO,” scolds the Toronto Sun, pegging the prime minister as out of touch as he embarks on a tour of blue-collar hangouts. The PM stoked class resentment by vacationing in the Bahamas on the private island of the Aga Khan, whose foundation is the recipient of federal foreign aid.

“He clearly tried to hide his whereabouts.” Kellie Leitch is calling for a conflict of interest investigation into Trudeau's getaway. And, if elected leader of the Conservative party, she says she'd “drain the Canal of influence paddlers.” Kevin O’Leary, who is still not officially running against Leitch, has joined in the fun by criticizing Trudeau for skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration—although O'Leary's former Dragon's Den co-star reminded him that foreign leaders don’t traditionally attend:

The Cashman now packs an app to sniff out fake designer handbags. Russell Oliver got a Toronto Star front-page story just for opening a pawn shop at Yonge and Wellesley. For $40, the new store will authenticate a customer's designer purse using a service called Entrupy—a sure profit, considering the fact that Entrupy only charges subscribers $10 per lookup. Cashman’s previous foray into selling luxury goods (rather than buying them) was the original Oliver Jewellery store in Yorkville, which went bankrupt in 1991, five years after he was shot in the foot during a robbery.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been rebooted just in time for President Trump. The mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel is more now than ever, Television Critics Association press tour attendees were told—except the sentiment was exactly the same when it was made into a movie in 1990, a radio play in 2000, then an opera, and then a ballet. But this take is stretched into 10 episodes, partly shot in Oakville’s Coronation Park:

Wayne’s World silver jubilee celebrated in Aurora, Illinois. The Chicago suburb has scheduled multiple events to commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary. (But Mike Myers reportedly wanted Wayne's World set in Aurora, Ontario.) Wayne himself isn’t scheduled to appear at any point during the festival—perhaps preferring to hide out in his new, $14,675,000, recluse-ready Tribeca digs.

Starbucks re-corking after realizing no one wants to get drunk there. The end is nigh for the “Starbucks Evenings” concept across America, although the beer and wine will continue to flow at three Toronto locations offering booze since April.

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Toronto police are seeking a man who was wearing one of these on Queen West on Halloween weekend. He's wanted for aggravated assault.

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