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A city without one is like Star Wars without Darth Vader

Photos: Corey Mintz

When I started my career reviewing restaurants, my city of 3 million people had five full-time critics. Now there are none.

Following the recent retirement of Amy Pataki from the Toronto Star, the fourth largest city in North America has no weekly restaurant reviews.

This sad news was treated with the requisite hand-wringing that has become a biweekly event as media companies, both legacy and digital, lay off employees, offer buyouts, kill sections, or fold altogether. Twitter serves as a makeshift funeral home to elegize the latest death by a thousand cuts to journalism.

In recent years, all newspapers have…


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