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CBC loses another to Philadelphia

Having signed off from CBC Music Mornings, Raina Douris will soon be heard on more than 200 U.S. public radio stations, as the presenter of World Cafe. The daily show, which Philadelphia’s WXPN syndicates via NPR, has been helmed for the past 30 months by Talia Schlanger, also previously of the CBC, who’s stepping down to pursue other projects.


RoFo’s widow skips debate debut

Renata Ford was announced as Maxime Bernier’s representative at a federal election transportation debate. However, she ended up skipping the event, apparently due to a sick mom, sick kids, and a bit of Elections Canada paperwork to complete. But her candidacy launched sincerely enough to help the People’s Party leader get a spot on the big stage.


The election is being fought over how close Justin Trudeau got to Bianca Andreescu. Conservative senator Linda Frum continued the contemplation of photos of the PM in his typically touchy state with the teenage tennis star. But no politician can go wrong with babies: Jagmeet Singh even posed with one that belongs to a Conservative MPP.


When mayors fight over gangs

Patrick Brown blamed “416 gang activity” for shootings in Brampton, in a tweet that didn’t go over well with John Tory. In response, Brown redefined whatever he was getting at:


Virtue and Moir’s farewell to figure skating. The duo announced that the Rock the Rink tour will be their last ice dance. (Scott Moir recently announced his engagement to an old skating partner whose name isn’t Tessa Virtue.)


Rosie DiManno’s four-letter edit

Before her latest rant about disappearing copy editors, the Toronto Star columnist deleted the tweet in which she called hockey host Tara Slone “dumb as fuck” for questioning the context of DiManno’s tirade on city cyclists:


Graeme Gibson dead at 85. The writer was recently living with dementia, according to his wife, Margaret Atwood. Following his run as a novelist, Gibson became more of a conservationist, which inspired him to compile bedside books about birds and beasts.


Finally, return of a faithful feline

Peter Dunn’s Vinyl Museum was a used-record store chain in Toronto whose inclusion of Biblical verses on inner sleeves went along with its mascot. The cool cat has risen as the symbol of a weekend wax festival:

We back. Sept 19-22. Toronto. #LiveConvention19
September 3, 2019