Newsstand: April 15, 2016
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Newsstand: April 15, 2016

In the news this morning: the only officer to be charged after the G20 protests thinks a one-year demotion is too much, columnists have bad ideas, rent is still going up, and Postmedia might make some money.


Mark Fenton, the only senior officer to even be charged in relation to the kettling, detention, and mass arrest of hundreds of people during the Toronto G20 meetings in 2010, is having his sentence determined at a police tribunal. Lawyers representing some of those detained have called for Fenton to be dismissed, while the prosecution merely wants him to receive a one-year demotion. Even that’s not gentle enough for the defence, who said all Fenton did was misunderstand the law (not a great excuse for an officer of…the law) and follow orders. They want Fenton to be docked up to 10 days of banked salary or receive a reprimand.

As usual, the people who are paid enormous sums (relative to what some of us make, at any rate) to write about pretty much whatever they want have presented us some stunningly mediocre offerings. Cathal Kelly, whose beat is supposed to be sports, went to an LCBO whiskey premiere to see Drake. He inexplicably wrote the entire thing in the present tense, which is equal parts poor form and insufferable. Stephen Marche wrote a lengthy examination of (though he never makes the distinction, straight) men and their dicks, which is apparently all he ever wants to write about.

The average rent for a condo is up nearly seven per cent compared to a year ago. According to real estate consultant Shaun Hildebrand, housing prices are so high that wannabe buyers are returning to the rental market, putting an even tighter squeeze on everyone who wants a roof overhead and enough money left over to buy some groceries.

Perennially beleaguered journalism behemoth Postmedia has struck a “promotional deal” with a financial tech company called Agility Forex. As part of the deal, Postmedia outlets will provide ad space in exchange for a portion of the tech company’s revenue. This is the second such deal Postmedia has brokered: in January, Postmedia partnered with Mogo for three years and at least $50 million in revenue. To a relatively business-illiterate writer, this sounds like a good deal (it involves money, right?), but Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey shows a remarkable aptitude for terrible business decisions. That is, if you assume the function of a media company is producing journalism, rather than feeding American venture capital funds.