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Toronto Sun
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner Sun Media
Publisher Mike Power
Founded 1971
Political alignment Populism, Conservative[1]
Headquarters Toronto Sun Building,
333 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Circulation 179,004 Daily
311,689 Sunday[2]
ISSN 0837-3175
Official website

The Toronto Sun is an English language daily tabloid newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is known for its daily "Sunshine Girl" feature and for what it sees as a populist conservative editorial stance.



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The Sun was first published on November 1, 1971, the Monday after the demise of the Toronto Telegram, a conservative broadsheet. As there was no publishing gap between the two papers and many writers and employees moved to the new paper, it is today generally considered as a direct continuation of the Telegram, and the Sun is the holder of the Telegram archives.

The Toronto Sun is modeled on British tabloid journalism, even borrowing the name of The Sun newspaper published in London, and some of the features, including the typically bikini-clad Sunshine Girl, who was on the same page as the British paper. (The Toronto paper, however, has never had a "topless" Sunshine Girl, unlike its British counterpart.) News stories in the tabloid style tend to be much shorter than those in other newspapers, and the language Sun journalists use tends to be simpler and more conversational than language used in other newspapers.

As of the end of 2007, the Sun had a Monday through Saturday circulation of approximately 180,000 papers and Sunday circulation of 310,000.

The Sun is owned by Sun Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor. Torstar, the parent company of the Toronto Star, once attempted to purchase the Sun. The paper, which boasts the slogan "Toronto's Other Voice" (also once called "The Little Paper that Grew") acquired a television station from Craig Media in 2005. SUN TV is the new face of Toronto 1. By the mid-2000s, the word "The" was dropped from the paper and changed to its current logo.

The Toronto Sun's first editor was Peter Worthington who remains a columnist for the paper. He was succeeded by Barbara Amiel who, in turn, was succeeded by John Downing, Lorrie Goldstein and Linda Williamson. The Editorial page editor today is Rob Granatstein, the editor-in-chief job is vacant and James Wallace is the Deputy Editor. The publisher is Mike Power.

Editorial position

Editorially, the paper frequently follows the positions of neo-conservatism in the United States on economic issues and traditional Canadian/British conservatism. Editorials promote individualism, self-reliance, the police, and a strong military and support for troops. For instance, cartoonist Andy Donato drew a cartoon comparing David Miller to Adolf Hitler after he refused to allow a debate on Chief Julian Fantino's contract renewal. (Senior Associate Editor Lorrie Goldstein apologized after Miller and the Canadian Jewish Congress condemned the cartoon.)[3] The Sun also criticized Miller's flip-flopping on the issue of whether to renew the yellow ribbon decals on emergency vehicles (proponents argued that the decals showed support for the troops, while opponents claimed that it was an endorsement for the war in Afghanistan). Miller initially said that he supported the troops but refused to intervene to extend the campaign beyond September; after the deaths of several soldiers he changed his position and voted for the decals.[1][2]. Editorials condemn high taxes, high gas prices, and perceived government waste.

Despite its conservatism, the Sun has had both a prominent Liberal columnist, Sheila Copps and a left-wing columnist Sid Ryan. Copps, however, resigned from her weekly Sun column in 2008, and Ryan writes for the paper infrequently. During the 2006 election, the Sun was strongly critical of a poster that attempted to link Ryan to the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

The Sun strongly criticized the Liberal Party of Canada over the Sponsorship scandal, which involved the misuse and misdirection of public funds intended for government advertising in Quebec. The paper's headings have been controversial. The day following a federal election call by Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin of the on May 24, 2004, the Sun ran a front-page picture of Mr. Martin along with the headline "Throw the Bums Out!", as the Liberals supposedly wanted a renewed mandate before the results of the Gomery Inquiry became public and as this would not give the Conservatives time to consolidate. Several weeks prior to that headline, when former Progressive Conservative Party leader Joe Clark insinuated he would support the Liberals despite being implicated in the scandal, rather than the newly-minted Conservative Party of Canada in an impending federal election, the headline in the Sun the following day read "Joe Blows".

During the era when Pierre Eliott Trudeau was Prime Minister, and Joe Clark was leader of the official opposition, cartoonist Andy Donato lampooned both of them extensively. Joe Clark for years was drawn wearing children's mittens (attached to his suit with string), a reference to the time his luggage went missing on a trip to Israel. The final cartoon of the series came when Trudeau's airplane was hit by a bus, and pictured a puzzled Trudeau staring at the bus while one of his aids held up Clark's mittens and said, "We don't know who the driver was, but we found his mittens."

Sister papers

The Toronto Sun's format has given rise to sister Sun tabloids in major markets across Canada, namely the Edmonton Sun, the Calgary Sun, the Ottawa Sun and most recently the Brampton Sun and York Sun, weekend-only papers distributed as sections of the Toronto edition. The Winnipeg Sun was originally launched by independent interests, only later coming under common ownership to the Toronto Sun, which subsequently elicited a redesign in Sun Media style.

The Vancouver Sun is not owned by Sun Media, but by CanWest Global. The Vancouver Sun is a broadsheet, not a tabloid; the Vancouver Province, also owned by CanWest Global, is that market's traditional tabloid daily.

Current Sun writers

  • Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park columnist
  • Jack Boland, Reporter/photographer/videographer
  • Mark Bonokoski, columnist
  • Thane Burnett, columnist
  • Tamara Cherry, reporter
  • Michael Coren, columnist
  • Nicholas Davis, columnist
  • Andy Donato, editorial cartoonist
  • Lorrie Goldstein, Senior Associate Editor, columnist
  • Rob Granatstein, Editorial Page Editor, columnist
  • Brian Gray, reporter
  • Eddie Greenspan, lawyer, columnist
  • Ajit Jain, columnist
  • Bruce Kirkland, film critic
  • Sue-Ann Levy, municipal affairs columnist
  • Moira MacDonald, columnist
  • Innocent Madawo, columnist
  • Michele Mandel, columnist
  • Salim Mansur, columnist
  • Eric Margolis, international affairs columnist, contributing editor
  • Don Peat, reporter
  • Angelo Persichilli, columnist
  • Father Thomas Rosica, columnist
  • Sid Ryan, columnist
  • Rachel Sa, columnist
  • Alan Shanoff, former Sun in-house lawyer, columnist
  • Steve Simmons, sports columnist
  • Jim Slotek, film critic
  • Vivian Song, reporter
  • Mike Strobel, columnist
  • Chris Tessaro, poker columnist
  • James Wallace, columnist, deputy editor
  • Marianne Meed Ward, columnist
  • Joe Warmington, columinst
  • Bryn Weese, reporter
  • Greg Weston, columnist
  • Connie Woodcock, columnist
  • Glen Woodcock, auto writer, former associate editor
  • Peter Worthington, columnist, former editor
  • Jenny Yuen, reporter
  • Mike Zeisberger, Hockey writer
  • Christine Fix, Special to Sun Media, (Soap Box)

Sun alumni

See also


  1. ^ Goldstein, Lorrie (July 28, 2004). "Why I'm apologizing to Mayor David Miller". Toronto Sun. 


  1. ^ "World Newspapers and Magazines: Canada". 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  2. ^ "2007 Canadian Circulation Data". 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  3. ^ Katherine Harding, "Hitler cartoon is ‘despicable,' Miller says", Globe and Mail, 24 July 2004, A9.

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Toronto Sun
TypeDaily newspaper

OwnerSun Media
PublisherKin-Man Lee
Political allegiancePopulism, Conservative[1]
HeadquartersToronto Sun Building,
333 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Circulation179,004 Daily
311,689 Sunday[2]


The Toronto Sun is an English language daily tabloid newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is known for its daily "Sunshine Girl". It is often seen as a working person's newspaper.

As of the end of 2007, the Sun sold 180,000 newspapers during Monday to Saturday and anout 310,000 papers on Sunday.

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