Kanata councillor wants to set up alternative to soon-to-be closed paper

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.

The front page of the Kanata Kourier-Standard on Nov. 23, 2017.
The front page of the Front page of the Kanata Kourier-Standard from Nov. 23, 2017.


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.”

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(This post originally appeared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com)


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