The elementary teachers’ union wants to stop the sex-ed snitch line. Plenty of parents seem to appreciate the provincial sex-ed curriculum rollback—including some who were never quite clear about the specifics of the changes. But now, while the Canadian Civil Liberties Association sues the goverment over a “dog whistle of bigotry,” the ETFO is seeking an injunction, partly on the grounds that Queen’s Park encourages targeting teachers:

“Our girls like to dance and take off their clothes, and our customers like the same thing. But there’s a lot more variety in 2018 than there was in 1958.” Zanzibar Tavern owner Allen Cooper is quoted in a Globe and Mail feature about the death of the Canadian strip club. Also covered is Yonge Street neighbour Remington’s, which couldn’t relocate in its current form because of bylaws.

Justin Trudeau says it’s “inconceivable” that Americans would own Canadian media. “It would be a giving up of our sovereignty and our identity,” said the PM in response to discussion about dropping the cultural exemption clause in NAFTA. Meanwhile, a newspaper backed by U.S. hedge funds reports on the reaction to an Ottawa radio station replacing locals with banter from Seattle:

Tim Hortons changed the locks on a disgruntled store owner. David Hughes, the president of a franchisee association that's challenging Restaurant Brands International, lost access to his four stores in Lethbridge, Alberta. The group members have recently been complaining to the media about burnt genitals from shattering Tim Hortons coffee pots.

BiWay store nostalgia is getting deeper these days. Mal Coven, founder of the defunct Canadian discount chain, self-published a book about BiWay in 2012—yet the only remaining Toronto sign of its legacy is a rogue store on Lake Shore West. And yet, there’s a sudden renewed online appreciation for BiWay's distinctive smell, those practical plastic bags, and how the stores were where members of a certain demographic prepared for September:

The Colonnade’s spiral staircase is getting some glory back. A plaque at 131 Bloor West notes how the 1963 building solved “pressing problems of urban renewal.” Part of the original appeal was the building's staircase, allegedly the world's only one-and-a-half-turn spiral staircase built without central support. The current restoration has a sign limiting that claim to North America. Even so, the refresh should renew appreciation of those initial ambitions.

Steve Guttenberg is ready to make Police Academy 8. Despite no further details, his tweet about a sequel under development got noticed. Reviving the franchise may mean returning to Toronto: the first, third and fourth were filmed here. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege also featured references to Oakdale and Wilson Heights.

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Fresh off being cancelled by the New Yorker Festival, Steve Bannon was announced for the next Munk Debate in Toronto, up against David Frum on November 2.

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