TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories

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Whether it’s local news, provincial and national politics, or the worlds of celebrity and sports, we have you covered.

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

Chrystia Freeland reportedly spends thousands on limos, taxis in GTA

Chrystia Freeland can run but she can’t hide.

In July, Canada’s Finance Minister said she did not own a car and used only carbon-friendly methods like her bike and public transit to travel around Toronto.

But access to information records show Freeland has billed thousands of dollars for limousines and taxis in the GTA.

Freeland previously said she led Canadians by example on climate change. Hmm, what’s she showing us now?

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A major fire on the TTC subway on New Years Eve as a result of an e-bike battery problem.
A major fire on the TTC subway on New Year’s Eve as a result of an e-bike battery problem. (Supplied/Toronto Sun) Photo by Supplied /Toronto Sun

WARMINGTON: What looked like a bomb blast on TTC subway was actually an e-bike battery

Toronto Fire crews had to put out a potentially dangerous fire on board a TTC subway car on New Year’s Eve after an e-bike battery had a major “issue,” Joe Warmington reported.

It may have looked like a scene straight out of a war zone but aside from the horrific photos, shockingly, this could have been way, way worse.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles at the media before a news conference for a housing announcement in Vancouver Friday, Dec. 15, 2023.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles at the media before a news conference for a housing announcement in Vancouver Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press) Photo by Ethan Cairns /THE CANADIAN PRESS

LEDREW: Trudeau wants us to allow him to radically change Canada

If you think Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong Un uttered the scariest, most threatening words in the world in all of 2023, think again.

Guest columnist Stephen LeDrew pointed out that it is Canada’s own Justin Trudeau who said: “There’s a lot of work to do … and we are going to continue fighting for them (the people of Canada) every single day… I wouldn’t be the person I am and be willing to walk away from this right now.”

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Aside from wanting Canadians to continue to provide him with a lifestyle that even the most extravagant undemocratic rulers must envy, he wants us to allow him to radically change Canada.

But he can be stopped. We are still a democracy, after all.

Jeffrey Epstein treasured the secrets of the rich and powerful in the same way my old pug Bodger coveted his special bone.
This photo provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein, March 28, 2017. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

HUNTER: Unsealed Epstein files contain names of billionaires, princes, presidents

Once word got out that a judge would be unsealing court documents related to late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, people were freaking out – and rightfully so.

The secrets from Wednesday’s reveal exposed 187 names of Epstein victims, associates, employees and cronies, Brad Hunter reported.

Among them, some of the wealthiest, most celebrated and famous people on the planet, including Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, magician David Copperfield, CEOs and more.

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It’s quite the list.

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Toronto Maple Leafs' Ilya Samsonov makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ilya Samsonov makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. (Jay LaPrete/AP Photo) Photo by Jay LaPrete /AP Photo

It had to be done: Maple Leafs place Ilya Samsonov on waivers

It had to be done – but that didn’t make the decision to place Ilya Samsonov on waivers stink any less.

Considering the goaltender’s struggles so far this season, Maple Leafs’ general manager Brad Treliving had little choice.

After clearing waivers, Samsonov will try to regain his form and confidence with the Toronto Marlies, as well as focus on some off-ice areas, Terry Koshan reported.

Rumours the club would bring up goalie Dennis Hildeby from the Marlies ended up coming to fruition. But as of Friday, he was still waiting for his opportunity between the pipes. Martin Jones has been superb in net, so he may need to wait a little longer.

With Joseph Woll not even close to returning from a high ankle sprain suffered a month ago, the Leafs will take who they can get.

But back to Samsonov. He’s on a one-year, $3.55-million US contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Has he played his last game with the Leafs?

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