The most stylish house to get raided recently

A spectacular spectacle of scandal

York Regional Police supplied this silent footage to show off the fruits of Project Endgame, an investigation that dismantled an alleged illegal casino and spa operating in a mansion in Markham, Ontario. Firearms, liquor and cash were seized from the estate, which provided the ideal 20,000-square-foot backdrop for publicly announcing charges.


Colour of political confusion

The former Winnipeg mayor turned Ontario Liberal MPP Glen Murray is running for leader of the federal Greens, a party that acknowledged some campaign contributions meant for him were recorded as general donations. Murray and other hopefuls are also looking into reports of supporters not getting their ballots to vote during this week.


A six-year sentence for Toronto’s rom-con artist. Shaun Rootenberg plans to appeal the ruling, which stipulates he also repay $558,456 to a woman he met on eharmony. Events that ranged from fundraising for a trivia app to getting hired as a health CFO in Sault Ste. Marie are recapped in the Toronto Life feature about Rootenberg’s activities.


Ethics in podcasting journalism

Canadian politicians raised concern over an apparent former ISIS executioner living in the Toronto area after statements he made on Caliphate, a 2018 audio documentary series produced by the New York Times. Now that Shehroze Chaudhry has been charged by the RCMP for making stuff up, the reporter who interviewed him is also under scrutiny:


Clare Bronfman gets six years and nine months for bankrolling a cult. Prosecutors asked that she serve 60 months, but a Brooklyn judge ruled that her role in the Nxivm sex-trafficking scheme deserved 81. The trial of Edgar Bronfman Sr.’s youngest daughter supplied new infamy to the Montreal legacy of the Seagram distillery.


Finally, a dubious achievement

Troy Young grew up in Regina and broke into advertising in Toronto before becoming a digital media strategy guru. It took him to the top of Hearst Magazines, publisher of both Cosmopolitan and Esquire, until his recent resignation following allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour. The big story is illustrated with a trashy homage: