Ego Me­ter

What’s mak­ing and shak­ing the city’s self-im­age

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| Ego Me­ter What’s mak­ing and shak­ing the city’s self­im­age

ego boost

A new re­port from Amer­i­can com­mer­cial real es­tate firm CBRE crowns Toronto the fastest-grow­ing tech­nol­ogy mar­ket in North Amer­ica, thanks to thou­sands of new jobs and “world-class tech tal­ent.”

A Rolling Stone cover story fawns over “pro­gres­sive, ra­tio­nal, for­ward-think­ing” Justin Trudeau (then loses cred­i­bil­ity points for spell­ing out RCMP as Royal Cana­dian Moun­tain Po­lice).

Food fight No. 1: a fist-fling­ing, hair­pulling melee at a Queen East Pizza Pizza makes in­ter­na­tional head­lines. tries to win over lo­cal crowds by boast­ing about “wear­ing that Toronto flag”— while sporting a styl­ized Cana­dian flag. Pro­test­ers ac­cuse Sum­mer­hill, a bougie Brook­lyn bar founded by Toron­to­nian Becca Bren­nan, of try­ing to profit off the area’s vi­o­lent his­tory by brag­ging about “bul­let hole–rid­den” decor.

The Rep­u­ta­tion In­sti­tute ranks Canada the world’s most rep­utable coun­try—for the fourth time in six years. A Bri­tish travel com­pany lists the CN Tower as one of the world’s most In­sta­grammed land­marks…

…but its new mas­cot—some­one in a goofy mini– CN Tower suit—

is mocked as a “Doc­tor Who prop.”

The New York Times holds up Sec­ond City and the Beaver­ton as proof of Cana­dian com­edy’s as­cen­dency in the Trump era.

The new maps at On­tario Place’s

Tril­lium Park fea­ture braille—with­out any ac­tual bumps.

Food fight No. 2: a fierce brawl breaks out over a park­ing space out­side a Scar­bor­ough No Frills.

Pretty-boy boxer Floyd May­weather China bans Justin Bieber from per­form­ing in Bei­jing be­cause of his “bad be­hav­iour” (days be­fore he can­cels the rest of his tour).

Dis­ney picks Toronto ac­tor Mena Mas­soud to star in its up­com­ing Aladdin re­make.

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