Kellie Leitch not ready for prime time on Fox News. While her campaign manager Nick Kouvalis gloats of his aptitutde for spreading fake news, the Conservative leadership candidate scored some American cable airtime—albeit on the second-tier Fox Business. “I don’t think I’m overqualified to be a parliamentarian,” she told David Asman, after he gushed about how she’s an MD with an MBA. launched by Lisa Raitt. At least one pair of gloves has come off in the CPC leadership race. O’Leary’s spatula-wielding exploratory status got CTV and BNN to suspend his regular commentary segments, although he’s still showing up as a contributor to Bell Media Radio.

The BeyHive is ballistic about a crappy statue in Niagara Falls. Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks on Clifton Hill is renowned for its awful offerings—a fact once amplified by visiting BBC host Jonathan Ross. But just as the waxworks prepares to bring in a perfectly adequate Donald Trump, they’re catching flak for a lousy representation of Beyoncé, which might still be better than others around the world.

A Case Study of Drake the “Authentic” “Black” “Canadian” “Rapper.” That’s the airquote-heavy subtitle of Western University graduate student Amara Pope’s academic paper, which has earned press attention just for existing. What her research doesn't clarify is whether the affiliation with Jennifer Lopez is any more romantic than the rapper’s past relationships. (Drake’s dad isn't going to tell you.)

Katie Holmes as JFK's widow looks like hot garbage. Lest Holmes be mistaken for Natalie Portman, the trailer for her portrayal of Jackie in the Toronto-shot mini-series The Kennedys: After Camelot makes no pretence of award-worthiness—especially with Matthew Perry playing a dazed Ted Kennedy after the Chappaquiddick incident. A nu metal soundtrack is further assurance that this isn't to be confused with the simultaneous feature film.

CBC Kids has a new authority. The reincarnated TV block just debuted some fresh faces, including a moose who's like Family Guy’s Peter Griffin in the guise of a mall cop (a much lower pay grade than Peter Moosebridge). As the official bio explains, “Mr. Orlando tries to keep his universe in check while surrounded by the boisterous and playful hosts (troublemakers) who are 'creating content'... whatever that means.” (If only the security puppet had the power to shut down @CBCComedy.)

Canadians bought 7,200 music cassettes in 2016. The year-end tally from Nielsen shows an 80 per cent increase in the sale of pre-recorded tapes over the previous year. A chart printed last month in Exclaim! pegged the top selling one as British band The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.

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The use of an old Hydro One IP address in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee was presumed by the FBI to fit this description.

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