Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson is looking to set up a community news site to replace the Kanata Kourier-Standard, which is to be closed in January, writes Paul Adams, an iPolitics columnist.
The Kourier-Standard is closing along with Metro Ottawa and seven other Ottawa community newspapers previously owned by Torstar Corp., but swapped with Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in a deal that will see dozens of papers shuttered across Ontario.
Wilkinson plans to have a meeting in the new year to set up the new outlet, Adams writes, and she wants to build on the model followed by StittsvilleCentral.ca.
“Wilkinson points to Stittsville Central — a small internet site that collects news in a neighbouring community and supports itself with local ads — as a model she wants to build on. She is hoping to recruit volunteers, maybe get some help from students at Algonquin College and Carleton University, and perhaps hire a half-time paid staffer to begin with.”
(This post originally appeared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com)