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How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Canadian Military Scandal

Almost all of Toronto's dailies have the same thing on their front page today—with slightly different takes.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

Front Page Challenge

Most of Toronto’s newspapers lead this morning with a story currently cloaked in secrecy: on Monday, an RCMP investigation of the Canadian military led to the sudden removal of the country’s second-highest ranking military officer after a discovery that “pretty high-level secret documents” have been leaked. Nothing is yet known about what these documents were or whether the leaks involved journalists, the intervention of another country, or something else…yet. On the eve of the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House and the tremendous uncertainty in the world over this geopolitical sea change, which of Toronto’s papers best capture the moment?

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A Foreign Homebuyer Tax is Just One Option for Tackling Toronto’s Rising Home Prices

Councillor Jim Karygiannis thinks a foreign buyer tax could be a solution to Toronto's rising housing prices.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) has reiterated his support for taxing foreign homebuyers on properties they buy in the GTA. Karygiannis said Thursday he is sending a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne asking her to implement a five per cent foreign buyers tax.

In August 2016, British Columbia imposed a tax on foreign nationals buying homes in Metro Vancouver—easily the hottest real estate market in the country, with sky-high housing prices. Since then, the city’s real estate sales have fallen.

Meanwhile, housing in Toronto is only getting more expensive. According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average price of a home in the GTA is now more than $730,000—a 20 per cent increase compared to December 2015.

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Celebrating Jamie Bradburn’s Ten Years With Torontoist

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Ten years ago today, Torontoist was proud to publish Jamie Bradburn’s first article with the publication. Since then, he has contributed 933 articles, been nominated for numerous awards, and earned recognition at the National Magazine Awards and Heritage Toronto Awards.

While Jamie is particularly well-known for his contributions to the award-winning weekly feature Historicist, his writing goes beyond that. He has contributed articles about architecture and design, politics, theatre, and more. For 10 years—a lifetime in online journalism—he has been a key member of our team, and has helped shape the Torontoist you know and love.

Here’s to Jamie for all his great work over the past 10 years. Feel free to show your appreciation in the comments.

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle and Meryl Streep’s Speech

The Toronto Sun is livid about Streep's Golden Globes remarks, and it shows.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

Front Page Challenge

With the inauguration of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump less than two weeks away, Canada is bracing for change that could be realer than Justin Trudeau’s vaunted “Real Change” promise that swept him into office. While the Prime Minister is rolling out some advance changes to his cabinet to brace for this new reality, at least two of Toronto’s five daily newspapers are still in a lather over Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. This week, the Front Page Challenge is anyone’s game.

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