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Local news matters

The end of 2017 came with some bad news for many local residents throughout the Ottawa area: their local papers would be closing down.
This was the result of Postmedia buying many of the local papers owned by the Torstar newspaper chain.
Local papers like the one I grew up reading – The Kanata Kourier Standard – closed their doors and laid off dozens of journalists.
Unfortunately, this is becoming all too familiar.
Those who stand to be impacted the most are everyday citizens who rely on journalists to provide accurate information about important issues like local governance.
Sure, we all know the guy at the coffee shop who heard from a friend about a particular issue. While he may be accurate sometimes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Even in metropolitan centres like Ottawa, newspapers are shutting down. The daily Metro paper is the latest victim of the recent cutbacks.

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