Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- The Beer Store might have to drink a cold one, because it’s being sued. The private monopoly has faced intense criticism lately over its ownership structure and retail practices, and Kathleen Wynne has promised reform. Michael Hassell, the co-owner of Barge Craft Brew, wants to open up a chain of stores to sell microbrews, and is suing for the right to do so.
- Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe is getting the boot. The 32-year-old English player, who arrived to great fanfare less than a year ago, is on his way back across the Atlantic to play for Sunderland. There is no word on when Toronto FC will start winning games consistently.
- In sad media news, which is really the only kind, Pink Triangle Press announced it is shutting down print publication of the bi-monthly magazine Xtra. Xtra Toronto first appeared in 1984, and grew to publish in Ottawa and Vancouver. The move to an all-digital publication will result in 12 layoffs across the company, which will employ 57 people. The last issue will be available February 19.