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.
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 OttawaStart.com‘s sister site, 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.”