Doug Ford can bluster perfectly well without a media bus. A decision by the Ontario PCs to forego rides for reporters can’t stop providing pundit fodder. But maybe reporters don't need to do all the work: at a Somali community event, a non-journalist did a pretty good job of grilling DoFo about his attitude toward policing. The other leaders can brag about more access—but also fewer headlines.

Looks like there was more to the story of a departing MPP’s “eye condition.” Michael Harris announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election in Kitchener-Conestoga because he was battling vision problems. And then, his wife Sarah announced she was eager to step into his role. This succession plan may be complicated now that the public knows Harris was removed from the Ontario PC caucus after complaints from a former young female intern.

Facebook will tell you if a political campaign creeped your profile. “Protecting Your Information” advisories are showing up for all Facebook users, along with more direct notes to those who were impacted by the data disclosure scandal. Meanwhile, AggregateIQ, a B.C. company linked to Cambridge Analytica, has been suspended from the platform for unauthorized use—for which it received $100,000 in federal funding. Questions persist about why the Liberals put so much trust in Silcon Valley. At the same time, Facebook has fallen under scrutiny for skirting lobbyist status. But these new startups won't be turning down their funding:

“Women’s Lives Matter" message splatters the path of Bill Cosby. The comedian’s second sexual assault trial in suburban Philadelphia was preceded by a topless female protester painted with messages. Toronto resident Andrea Constand will again take the stand—but this trial is expected to be different from the first one in many ways.

“We see a future where large institutions will be replaced with decentralized systems that are owned by the people who use them, instead of the people that built them.” The future of Bunz belongs to cryptocurrency, explains its CEO Sascha Mojtahedi. The bartering app will now let people trade with its own simulacrum of money. The announcement notes that Fidelity, and an unnamed angel investor, have fed the company in hopes of a genuine monetary payoff—but probably not in BTZ.

No cliffhangers at the Real Estate, Bitcoin & Wealth Expo. Party rapper Pitbull’s second annual visit to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre earned some press for its upselling bait. (On the actual day of the expo, free tickets were reportedly given out on the sidewalk.) And then Rambo seized the stage:

Humboldt Broncos bus crash leads a personal injury lawyer to express regret. “What about the 80,000 seals who are brutally murdered during the #sealslaughter?,” read a bizarre tweet from NYC firm Cohan Law, in response to a condolence tweet from Justin Trudeau. Rather than claiming its account was hacked, Cohan acknowledged the work of an outside social media management contractor.

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Yoko Ono's inscription on a rock whose value is estimated at $17,500. A woman allegedly stole the item from the Gardiner Museum.

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