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POSTMEDIA SHUTS DOWN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS

OTTAWA / June 27, 2018 — Postmedia’s decision to shut down several community newspapers and scale back on a number of others is sadly creating more local news deserts, says the Canadian Association of Journalists.

“We are always disappointed to hear about journalists losing employment but it's especially distressing when the CEO collects a 1.7 million dollar paycheck each year, which is enough to fund 24 well-paying journalist jobs,” said Karyn Pugliese, president of the CAJ. “News is an essential service, and cutting publications hurts communities. It was certainly not the most principled decision the company could have made. Those communities don't forget when companies like this let them down.”

Postmedia announced Tuesday it’s closing six community publications, including the Camrose Canadian and the Strathmore Standard in Alberta, and the Kapuskasing Northern Times, Ingersoll Times, Norwich Gazette and Petrolia Topic in Ontario.

In addition, the High River Times in Alberta will publish only once a week instead of two and there will no longer be print versions of The Graphic in Portage La Prairie, Man., Northern News in Kirkland Lake, Ont., and the Pembroke Daily Observer in Ontario.

Postmedia did not immediately release information on how many jobs will be lost as a result.

This is the latest round of cuts at Postmedia.

Postmedia and Torstar Corp. traded 41 publications and closed 36 papers in places where they compete, eliminating 291 jobs in November 2017. The two chains are being investigated by the Competition bureau, the federal watchdog alleged in court documents that the companies conspired in the 2017 transaction. No charges have been laid and the allegations included in the court documents have not been proven in court.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing nearly 600 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For more information:

Karyn Pugliese, CAJ president

karyn@caj.ca

204-995-1071

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