Bad news in Toronto today as we were told that The Grid, an excellent alternative weekly, will be shutting down effective immediately.
Novelist Michael Hingston has a suggestion:
The Grid was a free paper that made revenue (or tried to) via advertising but that revenue wasn’t enough to sustain the type of journalism The Grid was attempting. The crazy folks at The Grid were trying to blend coverage of community events with long form journalism like this discussion of Canada as a refuge for LGBT people persecuted in their own countries or this piece on the dearth of space and city services in light of Toronto’s baby boom. But what do we need writing like that for? All you out there sharing passwords, reading news only via aggregates, avoiding pay-walled sites like the black death, and downloading copies of pirated works? We have the Internet, right?