“The Real Lesson of My Debate With Steve Bannon.” David Frum ruminates after the Munk Debate, at which protests led to 12 arrests—and Bannon was erroneously named the winner. At least one councillor thinks it never should’ve happened:

Jagmeet Singh tries out a more populist jag. The NDP leader sees little relevance in Canada’s link to the monarchy, especially now that former governor general Adrienne Clarkson is saying that she doesn’t apologize for continuing to bill $100,000 a year in expenses. Singh’s comments seem to abide by advice from Avi Lewis to dumb down the messaging.

Doug Ford loses his grip on “1,000 per cent confidence.” Corrections minister Michael Tibollo earned this hyperbole from the premier, but has now been demoted. The cabinet shuffle was triggered by economic development minister Jim Wilson claiming he was stepping down to deal with addiction issues, but there appears to be another side to that story:

The new TTC boss has been quieter than the old TTC boss. Andy Byford still gets headlines in Toronto despite working in New York. There’s been way less attention for current TTC CEO Rick Leary, who still seems interesting to Railway Age.

John Tory is giving up on dreams of HQ2. Despite recent assumptions that Amazon was still sniffing around, Toronto appears to be out of the running. Meanwhile, antiquarian booksellers are striking against Victoria-based AbeBooks after the Amazon-owned site cut off dealers from several countries “due to increasing costs and complexities.”

Drake takes to Instagram to complain of racial profiling in Vancouver. A recent crackdown on money laundering in B.C. casinos seems to be the reason a rapper ready to gamble was refused service. Parq Vancouver clarified that it stands against racism—but the casino had already lost control of how things were playing out online:

Postmedia’s weed pages mean fewer free newspapers in the classroom. Because federal laws forbid cannabis marketing to youth, papers with any chance of such ads will no longer be sent to schools. The move coincides with the first SUNshine Girl to proudly claim that her favourite activities include “unwinding with a little marijuana.”

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Robert Garabedian, the owner of this custom sushi restaurant on King West, is blaming the streetcar pilot for its closure.

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