Toronto (XP) 6 April 2011 – Writer Nino Ricci has disappeared from his Toronto home after receiving a cheque from The Globe and Mail newspaper that was six months overdue. Earlier, Ricci had written an open letter to The Globe expressing concern that his requests for payment had placed the newspaper in financial difficulties.
Ricci was last seen leaving his home clutching The Globe‘s cheque and a recent statement from his frequent flyer program.
“When the cheque came he just got the funniest grin,” Ricci’s wife reported. “Then the last thing he said to me before he left was, ‘It turns out I was wrong about Buttonville.’ Those were his exact words. What do you suppose he meant?”
Sources close to Ricci speculate that the reference was to Buttonville Airport, which Ricci erroneously identified in his open letter as having recently closed. Though slated to close, the airport continues to operate.
Ricci left no other clue as to his whereabouts, although his wife reported finding a stack of unpaid bills on his writing desk topped with a note that read, “Do not pay until 2012.”