Not the royal highnesses you’re looking for

But better a Walmart than a Zellers

Prince Harry says “there was really no other option” but to step back from U.K. duties with Meghan Markle, which will mean forsaking “royal highness” titles. While speculation has them eying a $36-million Vancouver mansion, Markle’s estranged father has accused her of turning the royal family “into a Walmart with the crown on.”


Mr. Wonderful crashes a party

Kevin O’Leary was one of the 14 candidates in the last Conservative leadership race, which he thinks was a disaster when it came to getting a message across (and yet CTV continues to invite O’Leary’s opinion). Meanwhile, the Liberal cabinet has been holding a Winnipeg retreat to plot political strategy beneath their bearded leader.


BiWay’s retailing revival has already changed its first location. Before ever opening, Toronto’s promised “BiWay $10 Store” relocated from a bland suburban plaza to a more spacious location in a newly built complex. Mal Coven, who co-founded BiWay in 1962, has promised a new iteration of the chain that went under in 2001.


The only collector of Zellers

Richard Hall has got to be the most enduring member of Club Z: in addition to working at 11 locations over 35 years, he met his wife when Zellers took over Towers and her job switched from one chain to another. But there’s no Target-style buyer in the wings today, as Hudson’s Bay Co. pulls the plug:


Torstar’s new editorial vice-president is deemed disease-free. Wayne Parrish, who was once a Toronto Star sportswriter, is now in charge of steering its strategy. A decade ago, Parrish was hired to manage the transformation at Postmedia. Soon after he left, the Star front page declared Postmedia “a cancer on Canadian journalism.”


Finally, a new shovelling army

“Snowmageddon” entered the popular lexicon around 2010, not long after Environment Canada deemed the word worthy of usage in a weather warning—albeit with a disclaimer to diffuse potential panic. But hashtags now help ensure that the word shows up in serious headlines, like it did all weekend to describe the state of St. John’s: