The Toronto Star is closing its printing press in Vaughan and will contract out printing operations to Transcontinental Printing. The move to close the printing plant, which opened in 1992, will affect 220 full-time employees and 65 part-time staff. In this video, photographer Todd Korol visits the Toronto Star's press
I've never met Raveena Aulakh, environment reporter at the Toronto Star since 2008, but I recently learned she took her own life the weekend of May 28. She was only 42 years old. I've read a great deal about the sordid circumstances surrounding her suicide, first in Frank Magazine, and
Early this morning, while broadcasting live on WDBJ7, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were murdered. They were shot at close range by a former WDBJ7 employee. There's not only footage of the live broadcast, but the shooter himself took footage and shared it on the web.
News broke this morning that all Future Shop stores have been shuttered, effective immediately. 66 are gone for good while 65 will be turned into Best Buy outlets. The end result will be the loss of 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs. What irks me is the complete lack
Target has given up trying to save its Canadian operation. Billions were lost, and now 17,600 jobs will be lost when the 133 Canadian stores are closed for good. When I heard the news, I immediately thought back to this entry from last May. The comments were incredibly revealing,
Postmedia is buying Quebecor's 175 English-language newspapers, including the Toronto Sun. That means Postmedia owns just about every English-language newspaper in the country, except for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. I realize newspapers are dying and the future is digital, but there's an inherent danger in having
In 2005, McDonald's promised to pay rappers $5 every time a song that mentioned Big Macs got air time. I don't think they ever had to cut a cheque. I'd like to see them send a cheque to Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue Amanda Berry from his neighbour's
I'm not a fan of the over-the-top press this week's papal conclave has garnered. Like so much baggage, it's overdone pomp and circumstance for a bunch of old men to elect another old man to lead the Catholic church, a man-made institution designed to control and oppress. No thanks, I'm
My go-to source for news is the CBC. Sometimes it's CBC Radio One, sometimes it's their Andoid app for news and other times it starts at http://www.cbc.ca/news/. Just now, after looking at the clock in the top right corner of the screen and seeing it's almost
I try not to do this too often, but I'm going to start this entry by sharing something I wrote almost four years ago. I called this How Should Newspapers Make Money Online? and I originally published it on February 17, 2009. I actually feel sorry for the newspaper industry.
Jessica Redfield was an aspiring sportscaster who tweeted as @JessicaRedfield and wrote for BustedCoverage. Sadly, she was one of the 12 people shot dead at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises last night in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. In a tragically bizarre twist, Jessica Redfield's last blog
At this hour, police are hunting for Rocco Magnotta, also known as Luka Magnotta, in connection with the torso found in Montreal yesterday and the body parts mailed to political parties. Luka Magnotta is a male model and porn star, originally from Toronto but now living in Montreal. This story
In the wee hours of this St. Patrick's Day morning, the High Park wooden playground burned. The fire was set on purpose. That's right, arson burned this castle to the ground. When my kids were younger, they loved that playground. Here's a photo I took during the summer of 2007.
Florence Green has died. She was the world's last surviving First World War veteran. Florence would have turned 111 in a couple of weeks. She signed up to the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) 93 years ago in September 1918, when she was aged just 17. She was the last
It's tough to skip over a headline that references Pepsi and mouse carcasses. Pepsi has an interesting defense in a case from a guy who claims he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew. Pepsi Co., facing a lawsuit from a man who claims to have found a mouse in
Here's a scene from this past season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. As you'll see, Larry and Jeff discuss the use of smiley faces in texts and Larry predicts the New York Times will eventually use it in a headline. Yesterday, the New York Times published this article with the headline
America’s dismal debt crisis is awfully confusing. At least I find it confusing. Maybe you've got it all figured out. This video simplifies things nicely. Is there anything else I need to know?
An Associated Press article got my attention with the headline "Northeast braces for temps near boiling point". That's pretty scary stuff. The boiling point, of course, would be 100°C or 212°F. What exactly are these temps near 100°C or 212°F? Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could
Have you heard Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton are getting hitched? Friday at Westminster Abbey, I hear. I honestly could not care less. Judging from the television coverage, I'm the exception. When I catch a news item on the royal wedding, I can't click away fast enough. I simply
I enjoy the TIL entries on Reddit. TIL stands for "today I learned" and that's where I found out Campbell's "Regular" And "25% Less Sodium" tomato soup both contain 480mg of sodium. Campbell's reply is that the "25% less sodium" claim is as compared to the average of "all varieties"
Global News Toronto reporter Mark McAllister suffered what's being described as a "minor medical issue" while live on the air Monday night. Here he is, struggling to speak about defence minister Peter MacKay. He's been back on the air since and claims to be feeling fine. Here's hoping that moment
This public unveiling of Charlie Sheen's insanity is fascinating. Now don't get me wrong, mental illness is not funny and if Sheen is manic, and I'm sure he is, I hope he gets proper treatment, but... The Charlie Sheen quotes from his recent gush of interviews are spectacular. Here are
The last of Egypt's main Internet service providers, the Noor Group, went offline yesterday. Without internet, Egyptians are being muted, leaving "The Papyrus Revolution" without a voice. This past weekend, Google and Twitter introduced a speak-to-tweet service, allowing Egyptians to tweet using just a voice connection. It’s already live
Star of Cox and Berger of the Bells, and columnist for the Toronto Star for as long as I can remember, Damien Cox has apparently resigned from the Star to take a full-time position with TSN. I can already hear Canadians outside of the GTA complaining that TSN has hired
On my long list of things I think are bullshit, right near the top, is astrology. If you think your zodiac sign is anything other than pure entertainment, I have swamp land in Florida you may be interested in. Your zodiac sign means nothing, and it's likely not what you