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Extra, Extra: Cash-Strapped Gardens and Newspaper Paywalls

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

The Toronto Botanical Garden.

  • When last we checked in on the Toronto Botanical Garden, it was on the brink of financial disaster and its executive director was about to beg the City for $135,000 per year in additional funding. Well, the begging happened today, with indifferent results. The request for more money will likely be stuck in committee limbo until next year.
  • The Globe and Mail will be putting a paywall around its online content, starting next week. If it’s anything like the New York Times paywall (and it sounds like it will be), it should be easy enough for determined freeloaders to circumvent. But you should feel bad about doing that. The Globe is the only paper of its kind in Canada and it’s asking for support from the people who use it. There are worse places to park your money, though it has to be said that $19.99 a month for non-subscribers is pretty steep.
  • And finally, for those who doubt that bike helmets save lives: Ontario’s chief coroner says that, at least in this province, not wearing one makes you 3.1 times more likely to die from a head injury.

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  • Anonymous

    Good luck with that, G&M.

  • smartygirl

    ha ha ha. if the globe wants people to pay for their wares, they better raise their journalistic standards and start fact-checking their columnists.

  • Matty

    I’ll pay for the NYT. Pay for Harper’s apologists? Pass.

  • Chris

    The newspaper industry needs to implement paywalls to keep themselves alive. Its the only way they can adapt to how the internet has changed the game. I think in the future other dailies will have to follow suit

    • Anonymous

      The newspapers need to do something to adapt to changing times and technologies, but the G&M managment is just playing me-too with this gambit.

    • Anonymous

      The problem with pay walls, as I see it, is that unless you’re offering something I absolutely can’t find anywhere else, I have no incentive to give you money to access it. What goes the Globe offer that I can’t find, for free, from a dozen other sources on Google News?

      • Anonymous

        Well, the relentless reasonableness of Marcus “milquetoast done mild” Gee, and Margaret Wente’s quotes of the day… um, nevermind.

  • Anonymous

    The botannical garden is in a fairly well-to-do neighbourhood. I wonder if they couldn’t find some private benefactors?