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Postmedia and Metroland Media are two large media publishers in Canada. On November 27, 2017, Postmedia and Metroland Media (a division of TorStar) completed a deal to "swap" dozens of community newspapers. Not all newspapers are impacted. Only some were swapped. The reason is not known. The local offices of the newspapers have closed. The swap resulted in dozens of community newspapers stop publishing. The impacted newspaper sites are assumed to, at some point, become unavailable. According to BNN, Postmedia CEO says he didn't know Torstar was going to cut papers as well.

It is unlikely for the impacted newspapers to resurrect. It is believed the companies closed papers and dismissed workers in an effort to focus on their other papers (competitors) within the relevant regions. For example, The Barrie Examiner was swapped and closed, likely for the benefit of The Barrie Advance (published in print and via https://www.simcoe.com/ , and is not closing).


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Postmedia sites timeout over HTTPS (except metro). Non www will redirect to www subdomain.

On November 27, 2017, Metroland Media (a division of TorStar) has announced it will close the following newspapers it received from Postmedia:

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Ottawa and Winnipeg Metro division - these sites are a PITA to switch cities when using a bot! Offline

Metroland Media

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WARNING: Metroland media pages heavily require JavaScript!

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1524230-a-list-of-affected-canadian-newspapers-in-the-torstar-postmedia-deal reports that the following are closing:

Abanondened sites: 2012 - http://www.emcstlawrence.ca (changed to Inside Brockville?); Archives broken

Observations

  • It is unknown when these sites will go offline. It might be tomorrow, or they might try to squeeze as much advertiser money out as possible
  • POSTMEDIA: eedition subdomain (electronic version of print papers e.g.: http://eedition.thebarrieexaminer.com) require a subscription. The front page of the latest version can be viewed for free. A 14-day subscription option exists for some papers. change www to eedition to access.
  • POSTMEDIA: eedition is running newspaperdirect.com as their software. They are aspx pages. A pdf version
  • POSTMEDIA: eedition front page (only front page) can be printed (as an IMAGE - not text) to a printer (e.g.: pdf printer).
  • RSS feeds only display a few articles.
  • POSTMEDIA: Archives (all posts) are available
  • POSTMEDIA: Some newspapers are available via PressReader (e.g.: https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-barrie-examiner/) . Only the front page and a few articles are free to view.
  • Offices of the local newspapers have closed with a sign saying "This location is now closed. For any delievery concerns please contact Metroland Customer Service at 1-855-853-5613 Or email at customersupport@metroland.com"
  • https://www.metronews.ca/ottawa.html and https://www.metronews.ca/winnipeg.html on November 29, 2017 redirected to Google.ca
  • As of November 30, many sites now redirect to another local news site. They have been marked with "offline" in red.


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