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Extra, Extra: The Post Loses a Section, and Dufferin Station Loses at Typography

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  • The National Post has axed its weekend Toronto section. Postmedia’s financial problems are well known, and so it’s not a stretch to say that cost was most likely a factor.
  • The best use of SeeClickFix we’ve seen to date: user Neville Park’s complaint about an upside-down “N” tile on the Dufferin Station subway platform. (It creates “an unsightly gap between the ‘I’ and the ‘N’.”) [Via David Hains]
  • Remember when it came to light that Mayor Rob Ford had hired a former University of Toronto quarterback as a “special assistant,” whose main duty seemed to be helping Ford coach his high school football team? (It was four or five scandals ago. Think back.) That assistant, Andrew Gillis, now appears to be playing for a team in France. [Via Don Peat]
  • Did Justin Bieber grab a young fan’s boob, or is the apparent groping in this picture just a trick of perspective? It really looks like his fingers are entwined in the fabric of her shirt, but we just don’t know. This is important stuff, clearly.

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  • HotDang

    I’m pretty surprised anyone would even notice an upside down ‘N.’ That’s about as insignificant as the reporters attempt at humour with the dated Richard Florida and CHUD references, and the “SUV stroller” gripes. People like this are insufferable in person; thankfully there’s a whole Internet between us.

    • Testu

      Have you seen the wall it’s on? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not important in any way, but it looks absolutely terrible. It is a great example of the TTC’s less than stellar attention to the look and feel of the subway system. It’s amazingly obvious that nothing on the sign was done properly and it’s just plain lazy to boot.

    • DerekPearce

      The TTC not caring about the little things is a symptom of a larger malaise. It shows a lack of self-respect on the part of those who run the system and that seeps into the wider consciousness of the city as a whole.

      • dsmithhfx

        Or it means they have more important things to do.

        • andrew97

          Attention to detail is important!

          • dsmithhfx

            “Passengers on the Bloor-Danforth line will continue to experience longer than usual travel times in both directions while response crews examine bad typography at Dufferin Station. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Have a great day, and thank you for travelling on the TTC!”

          • andrew97

            “… because they couldn’t be arsed to do it right in the first place.”

          • dsmithhfx

            I blame streetcars.

        • OgtheDim

          Simple pride in your work should stop somebody from doing a half assed job like this.

          • HotDang

            I’m surprised anyone can tell the difference.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          Important things boil down to a lot of simple things, and if they can’t get the simple things done right…

    • duh?

      Surely you realize the complaint is intended to be jokey?

  • Brad Ross

    The ‘N’ will be corrected this evening. Clearly, this should not have been installed as it was. Thanks all!

    • dsmithhfx

      While you’re at it, please add trains to the SRT.


  • Mimmo Briganti

    Obsessive Compulsive Perfectionist Personality Disorder — don’t all transit geeks fall into this category? Anybody who obsesses over our subway’s use of the old “Leave it To Beaver” font from the 1950s has issues ladies and gentlemen.