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QUOTED: Toronto Star editor Michael Cooke, on losing two key reporters to the Globe and Mail

(Image: courtesy the Star)

(Image: courtesy the Star)

“Our competitors have woken up after 5 years of slumber and are coming after our best people, and in some cases are successful in luring them away.”

Michael Cooke, boss of bosses at the Toronto Star, in a dour staff memo on the departures of sports columnist Cathal Kelly and city hall reporter Robyn Doolittle. Both reporters were integral to the Star’s brand, and both of them decamped for the Globe and Mail in the space of two weeks. Perhaps even more revealing of Cooke’s mood is the memo’s subject line: “Of course they raid the Star…where else are they going to look?”