“Secession” was the magic word for Jennifer Keesmaat. The former city planner’s final-hour entry in the Toronto mayoral race was evidently a reaction to ward-cutting plans by the province. Now she’s all set up with a campaign to take on John Tory:

“Get up if you have the balls to do it and say it.” Mayor John Tory was fired up in response to councillor Mike Layton accusing him of knowing in advance that Queen's Park was planning to reduce the size of city council. The hyperbole reverberated to Parliament Hill, where Adam Vaughan accused Doug Ford of plunging Toronto into chaos.

The one guy who knows how to enjoy an electoral shakeup. Patrick Brown stands little chance at unseating Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey. But he’s trying to do it anyway, now that the Peel Region chair election has been cancelled. And so, those campaign selfies keep on coming:

Presto has been good for free rides. Riders evaded about 1.4 million TTC fares in 2016 and 2017 because of malfunctioning machines. The TTC invoiced Metrolinx for the losses, but Metrolinx’s CEO, Phil Verster, sees no reason to pay the tab.

Jazz.FM drama gets ratcheted up. The Globe and Mail extensively covered Ross Porter’s reduced role at the radio station, where sexual harassment accusations were followed by staff cuts. But a different side has started gaining exposure:

The lifelong obsession with the life of Billy Van. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein is slated for a reboot, but the episodes produced at CHCH-TV in 1971 remain the stuff of eternal fandom, to the point where its star is the focus of a tiny museum in Hamilton. CBC Radio’s Day 6 shot a look around:

Fan Expo Canada’s sliding scale of celebrities. These encounter prices always provide insights into the interface marketplace: Jeff Goldblum wants $95 for an autograph or $110 for a photo op, while Lucy Lawless charges $70 and $85, and it’s $50 to get a scrawl from Rob Schneider. In the case of Michael J. Fox, appearing among other Back to the Future stars, a photo is $174—but his autograph is $195.

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Jim Carrey uses this Hindu epic analogy to explain his anti-Trump cartoons, since Carrey regards them as part of “my responsibility to pick up the sword.”

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