Ben's voice has been a big part of the Canadian soccer scene for several years. His work for Sportsnet.ca was
The stupidity of this move isn't surprising. The Canadian media industry continues to bury its head in the sand and ignore the changing reality of media. In times like these, papers like the Globe should be expanding their web coverage and embracing the more casual and fan oriented voice that you find online, rather than nickle and diming little freelance contracts like Ben's.
* It was unclear from Ben's post whether the whole blog is being shut down, or whether the Globe is going entirely in-house with it