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Morning Brew: Get ready for Sandy, Toronto Star to implement paywall, no bulls for Bay Street, and support for a DRL

Posted by Derek Flack / October 29, 2012

Toronto streetcar rainFirst the Globe and now the Star — starting in early 2013, the most widely read newspaper in the country will implement a paywall. Details as to what a digital subscription will cost have yet to be released, though a note from publisher John Cruickshank explains that "most print subscribers to the Toronto Star will receive free full access to's content, wherever and however they want."

Are you ready for Sandy? The massive storm that's pelting the east coast has already caused more than 400 flight cancellations at Pearson and will bring winds that could reach 100 kilometres in the Toronto area by this evening. Oh, and don't forget the rain. Meteorologists are calling for anywhere from 50 to 100 millimeters for the GTA over the next couple of days.

Check out Google's crisis map to track the storm. And if you're the worrying type, perhaps you should heed the warning from the Red Cross to stock up on 72 hours worth of food and water. I'd add wine to the list of crucial supplies — what better way is there to ride out a storm?

A plan to release bulls for a stroll down Bay Street as part of the Royal Winter Fair has been cancelled after animal rights activists called the safety of the stunt into question. Is this just Toronto being square or was the idea just poorly conceived in the first place?

Well, this isn't much of a surprise. In a recent poll by Forum Research, respondents showed strong support for the construction of a Downtown Relief Line. As for how the city should go about paying for it, that's another matter. While 61 per cent of those polled believe that a DRL is a higher priority than a Scarborough subway, opinion on whether a transit tax should be used to pay for such projects was divided.

If you're fascinated by crime or just curious what areas of the city have the highest rates of criminal activity, the CBC has got a nifty interactive map for you, which plots seven years worth of data over 140 "neighbourhoods" in Toronto.

And if you haven't already seen it, here's video footage of a brawl at a downtown pho restaurant from Saturday night that's racked up lots and lots of views on YouTube. This is all very rational and intelligent, guys.


Photo by Michael Mitchner in the blogTO Flickr pool



Moo-urns / October 29, 2012 at 08:59 am
"The plan was to close streets to pedestrian and vehicle traffic while cowboys on horseback guided the bulls to ensure they stayed on course"

It is not running of the bulls.

It is a bunch of farmers walking bulls down a street.
Rob / October 29, 2012 at 09:18 am
That guy who threw the plate deserves to get stomped and left unconscious.
steve replying to a comment from Rob / October 29, 2012 at 09:32 am
We have a justice system to deal with this. Vigilantism makes you as guilty as the one performing the act.
SWAT replying to a comment from Rob / October 29, 2012 at 09:34 am
What? We just go for bite to eat after crub night downtown? We never have this problem when we go out to eat in Markham. Guess other group of people had broth go to head.
James / October 29, 2012 at 09:36 am
That's a pretty awesome fight; I was in the area on Saturday night, and been to that restaurant many times. Shame I wasn't there, it would've been fun to watch.

And kudos to the guy who took the video; that's one more person who understands the dangers of Vertical Video Syndrome.
The Star? / October 29, 2012 at 09:36 am
$20 a month to read a website? No way.
Rob replying to a comment from steve / October 29, 2012 at 09:39 am
Only if you get caught.
James replying to a comment from The Star? / October 29, 2012 at 10:03 am
Where do you see $20?
Globe and Mail is $20/month. The Star hasn't announced pricing.

One shouldn't assume.
Dan / October 29, 2012 at 10:03 am
That video shows just how bad society has become when people would rather stand around and watch/cheer instead of actually helping to try and break it up.
Marc / October 29, 2012 at 10:12 am
Christianity has done my people good, I see.
Jimmy The Greek / October 29, 2012 at 10:15 am
Love the "SWAT" shirt. I going to get me one and then head out to random resturants and throw plates at people. What? I am Greek afterall!
CLA replying to a comment from Marc / October 29, 2012 at 10:35 am
What do those people and their childish behaviour have to do with Christianity? I highly doubt any of those people went to church the next morning....
mar / October 29, 2012 at 10:39 am
when did blogto become worldstarhiphop?

bro / October 29, 2012 at 10:45 am
as far as one can tell the initiaters of the fight got dummied. The blond girl and swat got eaten by the shy group staying back.
Marc replying to a comment from CLA / October 29, 2012 at 10:48 am
About 90% of all Chinese folk are now "christians". Huge evangelical movement.
Ace McNugget / October 29, 2012 at 10:51 am
Cue a 10000% drop in the number of hits on the Toronto Star website, or to almost zero, whichever is lower. It's not like it's a globally recognised brand like the Times, the Guardian or the New York Times.
James replying to a comment from Marc / October 29, 2012 at 10:54 am
Where's your source for this? Anybody can make up facts and percentages.

Link to a news article would suffice, thanks.
Toothpaste replying to a comment from Marc / October 29, 2012 at 11:18 am
How is any of this relevant, let alone accurate?
James / October 29, 2012 at 11:27 am
All I'm going to say re: The Star is, just like the NY Times and Globe and Mail, there will be an easy workaround.


Businesses who set up pay walls don't put the time and effort into making it an actual wall, and rely on people who are unable to get around what amounts to an easy bypass.

If the NY Times didn't put the money and time into developing a counter system, The Star most definitely will not.
EricM / October 29, 2012 at 11:27 am
I guess I'll have set a new homepage as is out.
Rob Ford / October 29, 2012 at 11:30 am
Let's get this straight, I am the only Satan around these parts!
Angela / October 29, 2012 at 01:54 pm
This will make the Sun the easiest source for online news in Toronto? God help us all.
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