American celebrity notices a Canadian. Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale was blocked on Twitter by @RealDonaldTrump, after Dale top-posted a correction to a presidential tweet claiming “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un played a role in political strategy 25 years ago. (The North Korean leader was only eight years old at that time.) The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment about the blocking. But the mothership got a story out of it:

“Rob Ford Memorial Stadium” boost could be toxic for John Tory. The mayor still supports naming an Etobicoke football field for his late predecessor, which has cranked up criticism for the concept, to the point where it's starting to make Doug Ford seem more credible. (Meanwhile, a plank of Tory’s 2014 SmartTrack platform is now reality: $1.50 off fares when transferring from TTC to GO.)

"So met @Cernovich at his house and he was quite hospitable and nice to the crew, even when we challenged him." Ben Makuch is the Vice security reporter whose chats with an accused terrorist (who’s now most likely dead) were demanded by the RCMP. Ben Makuch is also the host of Cyberwar, a show on the Viceland TV channel, whose season premiere featured laid-back chats with notorious alt-right trolls. The host tweeted during the show, complimenting the benevolence of its diabolical subjects, and inviting wide bewilderment about pronouncements like this one:

Ontario’s safety and correctional services branch is skeptical of the weed scheme. A document leaked to Vice shows just how skeptical those in the know are of Queen’s Park's claims that its cannabis strategy will lessen the chaos surrounding legalization. Budding marijuana entrepreneurs are ready for a bumpy road.

Roger Waters lashes back at calls to boycott him for boycotting Israel. Wish You Weren’t Here, a critical documentary about the musician's support of the BDS movement, is touring alongside his Canadian concert series—which started in Toronto on Monday. B’nai Brith Canada's claims that Waters' advocacy amounts to anti-Israel agitprop were echoed elsewhere. But when he reached the ACC stage, Pink Floyd’s ex-commander offered nothing of the sort, save perhaps for a brief diatribe about being fodder for Fake News:

Five years and 5,500 words for the Ikea Monkey. Mental Floss writer Jake Rossen offers an oral history that starts with Darwin being spotted in his faux-shearling coat and diaper. Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, the monkey's home ever since, still promotes Darwin as the main draw; Yasmin Nakhuda, his self-described mom, seems to have stopped pining online. Ikea, which seemed originally confused about what to do with the attention, recently marked its history in North York with this:

The future of the mall belongs to the soft pretzel. The first Canadian location of the California-based Wetzel’s Pretzels didn’t open until 2014 at the West Edmonton Mall, where there are now two of them. But the chain is about to go national. The stakes in this gilded age of twisty bread are raised by Mr. Pretzels, which is growing from eight locations to 40 across Canada—bullish on the idea that no one else in the mall sells something handmade for under $4.

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The head of the Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation believes that the likes of Airbnb can do this for the country's rental market.

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