The Guelph Mercury is no more....at least the print edition. It's a newspaper that's been around since Confederation. This is big news in Guelph but the bigger news for the rest of us, is the pending doom that awaits other newspapers across the country. We're told other daily editions in Canada will fold in the next few months. They just can't pay their bills with the revenue they generate by selling advertising.
As a newspaper junkie, I'm dismayed. It makes me sad that there is one less newspaper to read next time I visit Guelph. If I want news, there are better sources. However, I do miss having an elbow stuck in my face on the subway as the guy next to me tries to adjust his paper so he can finish the article he's immersed in (probably a column by Bob Hepburn in The Star or Roy MacGregor in the Globe).
For those born at the turn of the 20th century (like my dad in 1906), the pace of the changes he witnessed was tame compared to 2016. I lament the loss of a slower world. Maybe that's why god invented dementia....so we could return to the good old days without taking drugs or withdrawing to a cave in a mountain somewhere.