The May 28, 2007 front page of The Toronto Star
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The Toronto Star is Canada's highest-circulation newspaper, though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within the province of Ontario. The Greater Toronto Area (locally abbreviated as the GTA) is the most populous Metropolitan area in Canada. Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario This is a list of the daily Newspapers in the World by average circulation An International Standard Serial Number ( ISSN) is a unique eight-digit number used to identify a print or electronic Periodical publication. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec It is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., a division of Star Media Group, a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd Torstar Corporation ( is an independently-owned Canadian broadly based media company that is named after its principal holding the Toronto Star daily
The Star (originally known as The Evening Star and then The Toronto Daily Star) was created in 1892 by striking Afternoon News printers and writers. See also 1891 in Canada, other events of 1892, 1893 in Canada and the Timeline of Canadian history. The paper did poorly in its first few years. But it prospered under Joseph "Holy Joe" Atkinson, editor from 1899 until his death in 1948. Joseph E Atkinson ( December 23, 1865 &ndash May 8, 1948) was a Canadian Newspaper editor and activist. See also 1898 in Canada, other events of 1899, 1900 in Canada and the Timeline of Canadian history. See also 1947 in Canada, other events of 1948, 1949 in Canada and the Timeline of Canadian history.
Atkinson had a strong social conscience. He championed many causes that would come to be associated with the modern welfare state: old age pensions, unemployment insurance and health care. This article refers specifically to the Welfare state of the United Kingdom. The Government of Canada Digital Collections website describes Atkinson as "a ‘radical’ in the best sense of that term. . . The Star was unique among North American newspapers in its consistent, ongoing advocacy of the interests of ordinary people. The friendship of Atkinson, the publisher, with Mackenzie King, the prime minister, was a major influence on the development of Canadian social policy. William Lyon Mackenzie King PC OM CMG ( December 17, 1874 – July 22, 1950) was a Canadian "
But Atkinson was also a shrewd businessman who became the controlling shareholder of The Star and amassed a considerable personal fortune. The Toronto Daily Star was frequently criticized for practicing the yellow journalism of its era. Yellow journalism is Journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers For decades, the paper included heavy doses of crime and sensationalism, along with crusading zeal for social change.
Its early opposition and criticism of the Nazi regime saw the paper become the first North American paper to be banned in Germany by its government.
Beginning in the mid-1950s, the Star sought increased respectability by elevating professional standards and avoiding the sensational excesses of the past. It hired some of the country's most respected journalists and advocated expansion of the welfare state.
In 1971, the Toronto Daily Star was re-named the Toronto Star and moved to a modern office tower at One Yonge Street and Queens Quay. One Yonge Street, built in 1970 is a 25 storey building and is home to the Toronto Star newspaper The original Star Building at 80 King Street West was demolished. The Old Toronto Star building at 80 King Street West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was built in 1929 by Chapman & Oxley and abandoned in 1970 when the The new building originally housed the paper's presses. The printing plant was moved outside the city to Vaughan in 1992. During the 2003 blackout, the Star printed the paper at a press in Welland, Ontario. The Northeast Blackout of 2003 was a massive widespread Power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States Welland (formally The Corporation of the City of Welland; 2006 population 50331) is a city in the Regional Municipality of
On May 28, 2007, The Star unveiled a redesigned paper  that features larger type, narrower pages, fewer and shorter articles, renamed sections, more prominence to local news, and less prominence to international news, columnists, and opinion pieces. Star P. M. , a free newspaper in PDF format that could be downloaded from the newspaper's website each weekday afternoon, was discontinued in October, 2007, 13 months after its launch.
Shortly before his death in 1948, Atkinson transferred ownership of the paper to a charitable organization given the mandate of continuing the paper's liberal tradition. One Yonge Street, built in 1970 is a 25 storey building and is home to the Toronto Star newspaper Ontario's Conservative government passed a law barring charitable organizations from owning large parts of profit-making businesses. The law required the Star to be sold. The five trustees of the charitable organization circumvented the law by buying the paper themselves and swearing before The Ontario Supreme Court to continue the Atkinson Principles:
Descendants of the original owners, known as "the five families", still control the voting shares of Torstar. Torstar Corporation ( is an independently-owned Canadian broadly based media company that is named after its principal holding the Toronto Star daily And The Atkinson Principles continue to guide the paper to this day. Recent editorials have been headlined "Fairness for the deaf" and "Public policy fuelling poverty. " In February, 2006, Star media columnist Antonia Zerbisias wrote on her blog: "we all have the Atkinson Principles—and its multi-culti values—tattooed on our butts. Antonia Zerbisias (born in Montreal) is a Canadian Journalist. A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of Fine with me. At least we are upfront about our values, and they almost always work in favour of building a better Canada. "
Proudly liberal, the Star is left of centre in the Canadian context. Its precise position in the political spectrum — especially in relation to one of its principal competitors, The Globe and Mail — is hotly disputed. The Globe and Mail is a Canadian English language nationally distributed Newspaper, based in Toronto and printed in six cities Long a voice of Canadian nationalism, the paper opposed free trade with the United States in the 1980s and has recently expressed concern about U. Free trade is a system in which the trade of goods and services between or within countries flows unhindered by government-imposed restrictions S. takeovers of Canadian firms.
Editorial positions sometimes surprise readers. The Star was an early opponent of the Iraq War and sharply criticizes most policies of George W. Bush, but supported Canadian participation in U. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. S. continental missile defense. Recent editorials have denounced political correctness at Canadian universities, opposed proportional representation, and called for more restrictive copyright laws. Political correctness (adjectivally politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term applied to Language, ideas policies or behavior Proportional representation (sometimes referred to as full representation or PR is a category of electoral formula aiming at a close match between the percentage of votes Copyright is a legal concept enacted by Governments, giving the creator of an original work of authorship Exclusive rights to control its distribution usually for
The paper has almost always endorsed the Liberal Party federally. The Liberal Party of Canada ( Parti libéral du Canada) colloquially known as the Grits (originally " Clear Grits " is a major Canadian political The Star was the only major daily to do so in the 2006 federal election while many of the other major papers endorsed the Conservatives. The 2006 Canadian federal election (more formally the 39th General Election) was held on January 23 2006 to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons of the The current tally of the newspaper endorsements for the 2006 Canadian federal election has shown a strong wave of new endorsements for the Conservative Party of Canada, led by The Star has never endorsed the social-democratic New Democratic Party, though it came close to doing so provincially in 1990. Principles policies and electoral achievement The NDP grew from populist, agrarian and democratic socialist roots The paper endorsed the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario in many of the provincial elections from the 1940s to the 1980s. The Ontario PC Party, formally known as the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (in french Parti progressiste-conservateur de l'Ontario) is a Right-of-centre (Star journalist Claire Hoy coined the nickname "Big Blue Machine" in 1971 to describe the PC political organization which frequently ran on a moderate agenda. The Big Blue Machine was a nickname for the group of strategists and advisors to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in Ontario, Canada, in the 1970s )
That said, today few major North American dailies are further to the left than the Star. But the paper's editorialists and columnists usually avoid strident advocacy of radical social change. They prefer incremental reform, fueled by earnest exhortation and appeals to compassion. Recent series on news pages have focused on poverty and multiculturalism. Supporters praise the Star 's continuing commitment to its founding principles, applauding its ability to attract a large readership for many stories unlikely to be printed elsewhere.
Detractors call the newspaper "the only paper in the world edited by a dead man" (a derisive reference to The Atkinson Principles), or target formulaic "sob sister" stories that focus on the plight of the poor and downtrodden. Some accuse the paper of being a mouthpiece of the Liberal Party of Canada. In recent years, a few critics have even revived a previous put-down, "The Red Star".
Strikingly, the board of the paper's parent company, Torstar, includes business leaders, a former president of the University of Toronto, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice and a former executive of The New York Times. This article is about the University of Toronto's St George Campus The Supreme Court of Canada ( French: Cour suprême du Canada) is the highest court of Canada and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian
The Star is the only Canadian newspaper that employs a public editor (ombudsman). An ombudsman ( English plural conventionally ombudsmen) is an official usually (but not always appointed by the government or by parliament who is charged with Other notable features include:
The Star says it favours an inclusive, "big tent" approach, not wishing to attract one group of readers at the expense of others. is a Logic -based number-placement Puzzle. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column each row and each of the nine 3×3 boxes (also called blocks It publishes special sections for Chinese New Year and Gay Pride Week, along with regular features on condominiums and shopping. Chinese New Year is the most important of the Traditional Chinese holidays. Pride Week is an event held in Toronto, Canada, during the last week of June each year In recent years, the newspaper has promoted "a new deal for cities. "
With four conventional dailies and two free commuter papers in a greater metropolitan area of about 5. 5 million inhabitants, Toronto is one of the most competitive newspaper cities in North America. The advent of The National Post in 1998 shook up the market. The National Post is a Canadian English-language national Newspaper based in Don Mills, Ontario, a district of In the upheaval that followed, editorial spending increased and there was much hiring and firing of editors and publishers. Readers, advertisers and reporters benefited from the fierce competition; shareholders arguably did not. Toronto newspapers have yet to undergo the large-scale layoffs that have occurred at most other newspapers in Canada and the United States.
Unlike some of its competitors, The Toronto Star has been profitable in most recent years. The residual strength of the Star is its commanding circulation lead in Ontario. The paper remains a "must buy" for most advertisers. Some competing papers consistently lose money, are only marginally profitable, or do not break out earnings in a way that makes comparison possible. However, the Star has long been criticized for inflating circulation through bulk sales at discount rates.
But margins have declined and some losses have been recorded. In 2006, several financial analysts expressed dissatisfaction with The Star 's performance and downgraded their recommendations on the stock of its parent company, Torstar. In October 2006, the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Star were replaced amid reports of boardroom battles about the direction of the company. A redesigned paper launched in May, 2007. It features 17% less space for editorial content and a greater emphasis on local coverage.
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Among its best known current columnists are Linwood Barclay, Rosie DiManno, Carol Goar, Linda McQuaig, Cleo Paskal, Ellie Tesher, Thomas Walkom, and Antonia Zerbisias. For other people with the same name see Pierre Berton (disambiguation. Gregory (Greg Clark ( 25 September 1892 &ndash 3 February 1977) was a Canadian war veteran journalist and humorist Milt Dunnell ( December 24, 1905 &ndash January 3, 2008) was a Canadian Sportswriter, known chiefly for his work at Graham Fraser (born 1946 in Ottawa, Ontario) is Canada's sixth Commissioner of Official Languages, and a former Canadian journalist Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21 1899 — July 2 1961 was an American novelist short-story writer, and Journalist. Dateline Toronto is a collection of most of the stories that Ernest Hemingway wrote as a Stringer and later staff writer and foreign correspondent for Naomi Klein (b 8 May 1970, Montreal Quebec) is a Canadian Journalist, Author and activist well known for her Michele Landsberg, (b 1935 is an award-winning Canadian writer social activist and Feminist who wrote a column for the Toronto Star Duncan MacPherson ( February 3, 1966 – c August 1989 was a professional Ice hockey player who died under mysterious circumstances Lewis Edwin "Lou" Marsh ( February 17 1879 – March 4 1936) was a Canadian athlete and referee and one of the pioneers Peter Charles Newman, CC, CD, MComm, LLD (born May 10 1929) is a Canadian Journalist. Robert William Service ( January 16, 1874 &ndash September 11, 1958) was a poet and writer See also Walter Stewart 6th High Steward of Scotland. Walter Douglas Stewart ( April 19, 1931 – September 15, For the baseball player see Chuck Templeton (baseball Charles Bradley Templeton ( October 7 1915 - June 7 2001) was Linwood Barclay is a Canadian Humourist, Author and former Columnist. Carol Goar is a Canadian journalist and currently an editorial Columnist for the Toronto Star. Linda McQuaig (born 1951 is a Canadian Journalist, Columnist and Non-fiction Author. Cleo Paskal ( aka C Paskal) is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, (aka Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department Ellie Tesher is a Canadian journalist and advice Columnist. Born in Toronto Ontario, Tesher studied sociology at the University of Toronto Antonia Zerbisias (born in Montreal) is a Canadian Journalist.
Joe Shuster, one of the two creators of Superman, worked for the Star as a paperboy in the 1920s. Joseph "Joe" Shuster (July 10 1914 - July 30 1992 was a Canadian -born American Comic book Artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics Superman is a fictional Comic book Superhero widely considered to be one of the most recognized of such characters and an American Cultural icon Shuster named Clark Kent's paper The Daily Star in honour of The Toronto Daily Star. The name of Kent's paper was later changed to The Daily Planet. The Daily Planet is a Fictional Broadsheet Newspaper that appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics.