Toronto Star | The Canadian Press

The Toronto Star's "Digital Access" paywall launched Tuesday. It's "a major transition for the Star," Publisher John Cruickshank writes in a letter to readers.

Print subscribers who pay through an automatic monthly payment get free digital access; subscribers who pay manually have to pony up 4.99 Canadian dollars ($4.83) per month to read online. Pure digital access is available for CA$9.99. Videos, obituaries, classifieds and the Star's homepage and section fronts are free, and nonsubscribers can read 10 articles per month free.

Star owner Torstar Corp. closed two small-business publications Monday, The Canadian Press reports. Both YourMississaugaBiz and YourHamiltonBiz had paywalls. Company spokesperson Bob Hepburn called the closures "a business decision based on the economic conditions" and said about 15 people were affected.