How Toronto's Papers Covered The Final Days of October
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How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Final Days of October

Who will win this week's Front Page Challenge?

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


This week’s Front Page Challenge is not as highly competitive as recent weeks’ in the war between Metro and the Toronto Sun for supremacy in this column’s leaderboard, giving the other papers a chance to get back in the race. Which of Toronto’s dailies will seize the opportunity?

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The Globe and Mail

Week in, week out, the Globe and Mail generally provides the driest coverage of world events, hardly ever deploying headline puns or eye-catching imagery on its front page, and today’s cover is about as boring and hyper-normal as it gets. The top story is about the massive trade pact between Canada and the European Union being stalled thanks to Wallonia, a region within Belgium, which has enough power within the country to withhold their assent to the deal. The central image this morning is of the government leader of Wallonia crossing the street in Brussels as two staffers pick up his fallen documents. Does it get any more exciting than this? Not really, since Finance Minister Bill Morneau is part of the other two main stories on the front page: one about a new federal infrastructure bank, the other concerning the ongoing controversy about cash-for-access fundraisers.

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National Post

The National Post leads this morning with an incredibly strong image of a family displaced by the fight for control of Mosul looking on amidst the fight between ISIL and Iraqi forces, though the story itself is on page A2. Columnist Colby Cosh scores the prime real estate on the front page today, taking a break from his general eye-rolling perspective on current events to draw attention to the proposed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador. It poses a threat to the environment (and the local First Nations community) by accumulating trace amounts of mercury from surrounding industrial production in the new reservoir on a scale that’s not yet fully understood but is certainly cause for concern. Also of note on the front page: just over a year since the Conservatives were tossed out of power in Ottawa, the latest entrant in the party’s leadership race, Steven Blaney, is promising to resurrect the debate over the wearing of the niqab, generally agreed upon as one of the positions that mortally wounded Stephen Harper’s bid to retain power in Ottawa. Some parties have to learn the hard way, it seems…

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Toronto Star

The Star‘s front page is a mixed bag this morning. The top story is from the American Associated Press wires, about the gun violence epidemic in Chicago from the perspective of a young man who survived being shot and refuses to be defined by what he suffered. The Star also covers a rarity in the current debate over sports teams with Indigenous names and logos. A Mississauga girls hockey team, the Chiefs, has been given the blessing of the local First Nation to use the name. It’s an opportunity for education, says the chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. And William Shakespeare makes the front page this morning after Oxford University Press decided to give Christopher Marlowe co-writing credit on several of the Bard’s works for the first time, including the Henry VI plays.

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Metro Toronto

Metro comes out swinging in defence of millennials after last week’s controversial comments from Finance Minister Bill Morneau that the Youngs should accept a future of working short-term contracts as opposed to careers and steady jobs. Metro ain’t havin’ it, giving youth and labour activists space to decry Morneau’s “arrogant” comments. Metro is the only one of the city’s papers that provides front-page coverage of the “Pussy Grabs Back” protest outside Toronto’s Trump Tower, a pushback in cities across North America against the Republican presidential candidate’s recent victim-blaming in response to a multitude of sexual assault allegations against him. And Metro spotlights an area man who is using Instagram to document the disappearance of one of Toronto’s endangered species: the public payphone.

Toronto Sun

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Joe “Night Scrawler” Warmington gets the front page almost all to himself this morning with “Sawed-Off Logic,” the story of a man who allegedly threatened people (including police!) with a shotgun on College Street earlier this month. But thanks to our namby-pamby “innocent until proven guilty” court system, he’s now out on bail, with so few conditions placed on him by the judge that, according to Scrawler, there’s nothing stopping him from going back over to College and threatening people all over again (except he can’t bring a firearm next time, at least). Says Scrawler: “Seems crazy in a year where police have had their street checks eliminated thanks to political correctness and weakness.” The Sun takes stock of the road ahead of the Blue Jays after their heartbreaking exit from the baseball playoffs. This is a classic Sun bait-and-switch story: the headline asks “Are (team president and GM) Shapiro & Atkins the right guys to do it?” and the Steve Simmons article within basically says “Yes. Yes they are.”

This week’s winner: The National Post wins the week with a top-shelf photograph of the crisis in Mosul, providing an important reminder of the human cost of the war on terror. This rare victory for the Post edges them into a possible escape from the basement of our weekly standings.

Newspaper Number of Wins
Toronto Sun 14
Metro 14
Toronto Star 10
Globe and Mail 7
National Post 7

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