The weirdest 24 hours in the history of The Rebel (so far). First, the Rebel Media boat trip was cancelled by Norwegian Cruise Lines, and then it emerged that Vice-founding loudmouth Gavin McInnes was taking his act elsewhere. But none of that could compare to the hyperbolic accusations against Rebel commander Ezra Levant by former U.K. correspondent Caolan Robertson; Levant says he's being blackmailed. (Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is keeping his distance from it all.) And then Faith Goldy was fired after her regretted appearance on a neo-Nazi podcast came to light. Joe Warmington is still on her side:

Bell Canada accused of enabling white nationalism. HuffPost tried causing a commotion by inferring that there's something wrong with continuing to call a cord-cutting service Alt TV. Bell previously responded to snark by saying the name was inspired by the keyboard key.

The Oost brings the facepalm fodder. Premier Kathleen Wynne rallied her troops for a pep talk in front of the media. In response, Sam Oosterhoff tweeted his objectivist feelings like only a 20-year-old Conservative MPP can. (But he's currently reading Jack Kerouac.)

Starchitects blamed for balconies bewildering condo builders. Demand for terraces on high residential buildings reflect the legacy of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind, although the result is that construction ends up costing more. Meanwhile, the rectangular inner-suburban high-rises of yesteryear, bulit with car dependency in mind, are about to undergo an overdue tower renewal process.

CNE opens in the shadow of laggard luxury. The much-delayed Hotel X missed its chance to open in time for the annual fair, as promised. It's an odd fit for the carnivalesque context, anyway—especially since it’s being marketed to the kind of visitors otherwise inclined to hotels branded by Trump.

Yonge Street’s music mural is getting a way more scintillating B-side. The first part of a painted collage on 423 Yonge emphasized the sounds of the pre-rock era—incorporating non-locals B.B. King and Muddy Waters. But the second half of it, currently in progress, has space for a more eclectic lineup, alongside historic logos like the Brown Derby Tavern, the Gasworks, and A&A Records and Tapes:

“Our main product used to be film. Now, our main service must be transformative experiences through film.” TIFF unveiled a five-year strategic plan that sounds like it was cooked up by the thinkfulencers. Meanwhile, the Lightbox has “hit the pause button” on its popular exhibits—claiming that they didn’t make enough money. (No matter, because true film fans will be at the Scotiabank Theatre for Frank D'Angelo's The Neighborhood.)

Word of the moment


These robot peformers at Chuck E. Cheese are now being phased out, because kids prefer humans dressed as animals to animatronics.

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