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John Chuckman



The Toronto Star is a genuinely mediocre paper, and has been so for years.

It is also one that is having financial problems, having just announced the closing of a 25-year old major printing plant and the laying off of staff.

Considering these things, it is not surprising that The Star tries to juice things up with emotional nonsense.

Anyway, sadly, the overwhelming majority of Canadians live in a band of about a hundred miles from the American border, a population-density map making Canada look much like a three-thousand mile stick. So we are unavoidably inundated with news from America, which is the same thing as saying, inundated by American propaganda.

By the way, The Star recently stopped all commenting by readers on its site which is of course effectively a kind of censorship. It wasn’t a big loss because their commenting restrictions were always limiting.

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