A Commentary by Doug Draper
As a former employee of the once-proud St. Catharines Standard – one that quit the newspaper 15 years ago rather than go on being subjected to any more abuse from its ongoing rotation of corporate masters – it gives me no pleasure to report that this paper’s latest master, Sun Media, is now cutting more jobs from it and the neighbouring Niagara Falls Review, if not the already gutted-down-to-almost-nothing Welland Tribune.
What an assault it is on the right people should have in this region to decent daily newspapers, to have these papers eaten alive by corporations and their shareholders, with no direct stake in the welfare of the communities in this region other than sucking advertising revenue out of them.
How sad it is that people aren’t out on the streets protesting the gutting of these community papers which should, at the best time times, be watchdogs for them on the powers-that-be. There seems little appreciation left that the first thing Nazi-like dictators do is gut a free press because they don’t want it around keeping an eye on them. Continue reading