Newsstand: May 11, 2012
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Newsstand: May 11, 2012

Crack open the sugared cereal, 'cause it's Friday, baby. In the news: the Globe and Mail will soon charge for online content; the Mounties and CSIS just want to be liked; southern Etobicoke residents want more attention for the western waterfront; and for all its glitz, Casa Loma is in serious need of cash.

If you like paying for stuff, today (and all days, really) is your lucky day. Unless you don’t read the Globe and Mail, and then you should feel positively smug. But don’t, because your day of reckoning will come. Um. Anyhow, the Globe and Mail has announced that it will soon be going the way of publications like the New York Times and charge for online content beyond a certain quota of free articles. When this change will be implemented and how much will be charged remains unknown at this point, but it’s coming. In an additional effort to pinch pennies, the paper will ask its staff to take unpaid leaves this summer. The sexy term being bandied about on the matter is “furlough,” though that probably doesn’t take the bite out of it.

The RCMP and CSIS are seeking approval. From children. Apparently, federal counterterrorism officers wish to arrange presentations at various TDSB schools, so as to, according to the Globe and Mail, “demystify detective work.” Some school officials are wary of the intentions of the Mounties, who have already been attempting to ingratiate themselves with immigrant communities. The hope, apparently, is to win over groups who have previously felt disenfranchised by the ‘po—not to recruit the wee ones.

While the Toronto lakeshore, and Waterfront Toronto’s plans for it, have lately been a matter of scrutiny, some residents of southern Etobicoke are complaining that more attention should be given to the western waterfront. Cries of poor planning and a glut of unwieldy, lake-concealing highrises are among their concerns.

Casa Loma may look like a million bucks, but apparently, it’s badly in need of $20 million to address a backlog of external repairs. At a community meeting held near the castle last night and attended by castle staff, Casa Loma Corporation members, castle neighbours, people who deal in business and entertainment, and city councillors, it was explained that revenue generated from entrance fees and special event rentals only came out to $1 million after expenses. The great grandniece of Casa Loma builder Sir Henry Pellatt is apparently disillusioned with the City’s handling of the site, and proposed revenue-generating attractions, like a “jazz supper club with a dance hall.” Whatever that is, it sounds great.