Labour dispute means fewer are going to the Ex. The CNE is projecting losses in the range of $1.5 million because of an ongoing labour dispute, symbolized by a big blow-up rat. The locked-out union is imagining the irony of the Ex’s closing day:

“Private-only cannabis sales will be a financial and public-health mess.” OPSEU is making a last plea to revert to Ontario’s original plan for weed retail. But supply agreements with 26 producers are sealed. Now the focus shifts to which ones will win.

Loblaw's reputation won’t be easily fixed by Buck-a-Beer. President’s Choice is the third brand to take Doug Ford’s cheap-suds challenge, joining Loon Lager and Cool Beer. Given said president Galen Weston Jr.’s recent price-fixing scandal, the news couldn’t pass without its share of snark:

Postmedia board member’s “catch and kill” feels fresh heat. David Pecker, the National Enquirer publisher who has also been a director of the Canadian media chain for two years, is under increased scrutiny because of new claims that he helped lawyer Michael Cohen pay off two women who allegedly had affairs with Donald Trump.

The belligerent busker who became a money manager. Graeme Kirkland was once a downtown street fixture, known for a jazz album whose cover showed him bruised and bloodied. The injuries were the result of an actual bar fight, explains Rick McGinnis, who finds Kirkland looking much cleaner:

Grimes’s romance is being screenshotted to death. Recent strange behaviour from Elon Musk coincided with the start of his relationship with the Canadian musician—but the couple might be over now. Azealia Banks says she accepted an invitation from Grimes to collaborate at Musk’s mansion, only to wander into an allegedly surreal domestic scene.

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Six victims of the bomb blast at this Mississauga restaurant are suing for damages totalling $6 million.

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