From: Hampton Iona Newsletter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: December 5, 2017 at 4:16:08 PM EST
Subject: Petition regarding community newspapers
Communities across Ottawa and Ontario took a big hit recently when Postmedia and Torstar announced they were swapping 32 community newspapers and then shutting them down.
Even as the Competition Bureau of Canada declared it would investigate the transaction, Postmedia and Torstar abruptly shut down some of their newly-acquired holdings, including the Orillia Packet & Times, the storied newspaper from Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of Little Town, which had been in publication since 1870.
The remaining newspapers are slated for closure in early January 2018, including the Orleans News, the Ottawa East, South and West News, the Nepean/Barrhaven News and the Kanata Kourier-Standard.
Many residents are decrying the impending erasure of their community voice, and have expressed grave concerns for how community events, issues, development projects and the democratic process – will be shared with residents without their locally-dedicated news source.
In this vein, the Elmvale Acres Community Association (EACA) located in (Ward 18 – Alta Vista) has started a petition calling on the Competition Bureau to intervene in this transaction. Many residents in the ward of Alta Vista have already put their support behind this petition and we have the full support of other community associations in the ward including: Canterbury Community Association, Riverview Park and Alta Vista Community Association. Elmvale Acres is asking other associations to notify their members and to direct them to the petition.
We encourage you to consider signing this petition and share this petition link with your contacts. The petition can be found online at Petition to Stand up for Community Newspapers