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Extra, Extra: Soknacki’s Ad-Savviness, the Grid Reimagined, and Remembering Jim Flaherty

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  • Mayoral candidate David Soknacki continues to win the internet thanks to his campaign’s cheeky ads (and we’re happy to see that the most recent one is a good deal less VERY RED and VERY YELLOW)—and it’s possible he will win the support of at least a few cheeky-ad-appreciating voters.
  • We must be quite old, because we still remember back to when the Grid was Eye Weekly, and may, just may, still occasionally call it that by mistake. Not only is the Grid no longer Eye Weekly, though—it’s no longer even the Grid of yesterday: today, the weekly announced it would be launching a new look, adopting a new organizing principle, and featuring “more topical, must-read stories about Toronto communities and personalities, and the urgent issues facing the city.”
  • Jim Flaherty, who resigned as finance minister only last month, died suddenly today at the age of 64. Flags at all civic buildings in Toronto have been lowered to half mast, and politicians from all parties and levels of government have been sharing their memories and expressing their condolences.

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  • Canadianskeezix

    They still appear to be calling it The Grid, right?

  • OgtheDim

    “Yeah, we trimmed two inches off our size to accommodate our new look…….really……”

    Do they think we are that stupid?

    • dsmithhfx

      Judging by your tone, you don’t really want to know the answer to that…

      • OgtheDim

        Be realistic here – nobody cuts two inches to make a better design. Its a financial play – possibly due to losing out on a lot of eyeballs after they got replaced in the subway system.

        I hope they do well.

        But lets call out spin for spin.

        • dsmithhfx

          You’re taking this too seriously.

          • OgtheDim

            True…spring has arrived..for a day.

  • VictorianShuter

    I’ll have to pick up a copy to see if I really notice a change. Judging by the announcement, it still looks to me like a plebeian Toronto Life that flirts with the Spacing crowd.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    I’ve always liked the Grid’s design – its old design; the new one has lost all the airy charm – but found the paper missing a sense of cohesion and a few key things I will read in any paper or magazine, such as letters to the editor. I don’t really give a shit which story was re-tweeted the most last week, or care to read carefully selected exerpts from comments posted to the site.

    • dsmithhfx

      Web two-point-oh doncha know?

  • VictorianShuter

    Don’t you owe us a full disclosure, Mr. Account Manager? ;)

  • dsmithhfx

    I’m a total fan.

    • TheSotSays

      Finally the truth, what a laugh.

      Total this, total that …. Man, if there was ever an adjective to bring you into perspective, “total” is that adjective.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    It won awards for its previous design. It remains to be seen if the new design will score.

  • OgtheDim

    Most people don’t care about design awards.

    • dsmithhfx

      The kind that read the Grid do.

      • OgtheDim

        Then their readership would be really really small.

        BTW, I read it and enjoy it. But the idea that the average reader cares about design awards is farcical.