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Everyone who works at The Toronto Sun today stands on the shoulders of giants.

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Those giants were the founders of the Sun, Doug Creighton, Peter Worthington, Don Hunt, the “Three Wise Men” of the Sun, along with those we affectionately call our “Day Oners”, who took a chance in a dream to start a newspaper. from scratch and made it a reality 50 years ago, on November 1, 1971.

Cynics and critics of our industry said they were doomed, that the newspaper would not last six months, that a newspaper with little financial backing and a small staff could not compete with the big established Toronto dailies.

History, of course, proved them wrong when the Sun succeeded after success, from creating a Sunday newspaper for Toronto (unheard of at the time) to creating a chain of newspapers across the country; even buying one in the United States.

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Those of us who were not there at the beginning, I was not yet born, we owe a great debt of gratitude to those who were there from the beginning.

Those pioneers who, out of sheer act of will, made The Toronto Sun “The Little Paper That Grew Up,” as it was affectionately known in the early days, and took pride in being identified as the “cheeky new tabloid” in town.

Generations of editors, reporters, photographers, and columnists have followed, always focused on the formula that led to our success: hard-hitting news, great photos, conservative commentary (though we always welcome other voices, too), must-read sports, and style of life and entertainment. sections.

And don’t forget that it’s not just the editorial staff who produce a newspaper, every department – from advertising and production to human resources and promotions, to payroll and information technology – also played a role in our success.

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Today, we try to live up to the standards that those Day Oners set for us so many years ago.

Finally, the people we must thank the most are you, our loyal readers.

You have supported us since the first day the Sun appeared on the streets of Toronto, when it sold out in a few hours and we never look back.

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It is you, our readers, who have made The Toronto Sun shine, year after year, decade after decade, walking us through the many changes in our industry, moving with us from print to the digital age, and the multiple platforms that you can read us today.

The Sun has always had a close relationship with its readers and that continues today.

When you like what we’ve done, let us know, and occasionally when you don’t like it, we’ll hear from you too.

And so it should be, because as much as the Sun is our role, it is also its role.

Adrienne batra

Chief editor

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