City councilor Adam Vaughan tried to restock the empty NOW newspaper stands at City Hall on Thursday without much success. Anytime someone saw him with the issue, he gave it to them - leaving zero in his hands by the time he got to the rack.
Everyone wanted the read the story about Rob Ford, see what the commotion was about, or defy the mayor's office, which had removed the issue from premises. Or all of the above.
Whenever something is banned or kept from the public... it's pretty obvious what happens.
Just look at this story in the Toronto Star, or this, the lead item on CTV's Toronto edition Thursday night.
Or read the Gawker story on it, which sums up the conclusion here:
Good job, Office of the Mayor: You just turned a mildly embarrassing local event into an international story about freedom of the press, thereby giving bloggers worldwide an excuse to republish the pictures that so offended you.
The lesson here is one Mel Lastman learned in 1989 - the last time NOW was ordered out of a city hall - and one that Barbra Streisand probably knows by heart: the greater the lengths you go to hide, remove or ban information, the greater lengths people will go to find it.