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Newsstand: December 22, 2014

Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck and killed by a TTC bus, the overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square hits some (possibly permanent) snags, and a new program helps women gain their footing after leaving abusive relationships.

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Keep reading: Newsstand: December 22, 2014

Newsstand: December 22, 2014

Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck and killed by a TTC bus, the overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square hits some (possibly permanent) snags, and a new program helps women gain their footing after leaving abusive relationships.

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Historicist: Of Mail and Empire

The second part of a look at the back half of the Globe and Mail's name.

Mail and Empire Building, northwest corner of King and Bay, December 30, 1913  City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 2037

Mail and Empire Building, northwest corner of King and Bay, December 30, 1913. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 2037.

In part one, we looked at the birth of the Mail and its evolution from Conservative party mouthpiece to independent editorial voice.

A reader browsing the February 6, 1895 edition of the Empire would have discovered the following notice leading the editorial page:

An amalgamation having been effected between the Empire and the Toronto Mail, both of these papers cease publication in their present shape today, and a new paper, to be called the Daily Mail and Empire, will make its first appearance tomorrow.

Subscribers were assured that the rest of their subscription would be filled with the new paper, of which “there is every assurance will faithfully maintain the policy in political matters hitherto advocated by the Empire.”

The merged paper’s debut editorial the next morning addressed recent rumours, noting that there may have been too many A.M. papers. It bragged that the new publication “may safely claim for itself a position and an influence second to none on the American continent.”

The losers in the merger were former Empire employees, few of whom were kept on. When Prime Minister Mackenzie Bowell refused to offer temporary clerkships for the upcoming session of the House of Commons as a reward for party loyalty, an enemy of the deceased paper came to the rescue. Ontario premier Oliver Mowat, a Liberal, found jobs at Queen’s Park for the displaced employees.

Keep reading: Historicist: Of Mail and Empire

Weekend Newsstand: December 20, 2014

The Raptors have unveiled a new logo and colour scheme, to be paired with a new uniform next season. Expect big things from them (if only because every other team in this town will let you down without fail). In the news this second-last Saturday of 2014: the top baby names of the year were kind of predictable, residents react to changes at Alexandra Park, and Christmas trees placed downtown to protest the treatment of homeless people find homes.

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