22 Facts About Toronto Star


The Toronto Star was frequently criticized for practising the yellow journalism of its era.

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Toronto Star championed many causes that would come to be associated with the modern welfare state: old age pensions, unemployment insurance, and health care.

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The Toronto Star was unique among North American newspapers in its consistent, ongoing advocacy of the interests of ordinary people.

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Besides, we are the Toronto Star which means we all have the Atkinson Principles—and its multi-culti values—tattooed on our butts.

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Under Atkinson, the Toronto Star had launched several other media initiatives, including a weekend supplemental magazine, the Toronto Star Weekly, from 1910 to 1973.

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The Toronto Star would continue to supply sponsored content to the CRBC's CRCT station—which later became CBC station CBL—an arrangement that lasted until 1946.

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In 1971, the newspaper was renamed the Toronto Star and moved to a modern International-Style office tower at One Yonge Street by Queens Quay.

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The original Toronto Star building at 80 King Street West was demolished to make room for First Canadian Place.

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Toronto Star expanded during the 1970s with the introduction of a Sunday edition in 1973, and a morning edition in 1981.

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Until the mid-2000s, the front page of the Toronto Star had no third-party advertising aside from upcoming lottery jackpot estimates from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

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On May 28, 2007, the Toronto Star unveiled a redesigned paper that features larger type, narrower pages, fewer and shorter articles, renamed sections, more prominence to local news, and less so to international news, columnists, and opinion pieces.

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In February 2018, the Toronto Star suspended its internship program indefinitely to cut its costs.

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Canadian Modern Media Holdings made an offer of $58million on July 9, 2020; NordToronto Star subsequently increased its offer to $60million, effectively ending the bidding war.

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The Toronto Star is generally centrist and centre-left, and is more socially liberal than The Globe and Mail.

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Elections in which the Toronto Star did not endorse the Liberals took place in 1972 and 1974, and 1979 and 2011 (when it endorsed the NDP).

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In Toronto's non-partisan mayoral elections, the Star endorsed George Smitherman in 2010 and John Tory in 2014 and 2018.

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Toronto Star is one of the few Canadian newspapers that employs a "public editor" and was the first to do so.

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Toronto Star has maintained a website where it publishes its content since 1996.

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On October 2012, the Toronto Star announced its intention to implement a paywall on its website, thestar.

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However, during 2015, the Toronto Star announced that it would end its paywall, which it did on April 1, 2015.

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On September 15, 2015, the Toronto Star released the Toronto Star Touch tablet app, which was a free interactive news app with interactive advertisements.

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Toronto Star has seen, like most Canadian daily newspapers, a decline in circulation.

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