Register Today For The Independent Publishers' Retreat


The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is excited about the Fifth Annual Independent Publishers' Retreat! 


This year, join the association at the Kempenfelt Conference Centre in Innisfil on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe on Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th.


It is a great opportunity to network with peers, share success stories and participate in sessions that impact the industry.


NewsClips October 2016

The 2016 Better Newspapers Competition Is Open For Entries


The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to announce that we have again partnered with Newspaper Toolbox to offer an online entry platform and make the submission process quicker and easier. 


The Better Newspaper Awards Competition website is now open for entries and OCNA members can submit entries in PDF format by visiting 2016 OCNA Awards


Celebrate National Newspaper Week (October 2 - 8)


Each year, during the first full week in October, newspapers across North America celebrate National Newspaper Week (NNW) to celebrate and emphasize the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the initative and will take place between October 2-8. In addition, Carrier Appreciation Day will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8 to recognize the hard workof newspaper carriers who make a vital contribution to the industry.


Rainy River Record Ceases After Almost 100 Years

"It is the end of an era," Jim Cumming, Publisher of the Rainy River Record wrote in a release sent to OCNA last week. 
After nearly 100 years, the community newspaper will cease publishing as of September 27.

Reminder: Queen's Park Day Is Next Week

Join OCNA and Newspapers Canada on Wednesday, September 21 for Queen's Park Day. During this event, community newspaper publishers and editors can meet one-on-one with MPPs to discuss industry related issues. A reception will be held in the evening, providing more opportunity to mingle with government officials. 
For more information and to participate, contact Karen Shardlow at 416-923-7724 or  

Canada Post and CUPW Reach Agreement

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have reached a tentative short-term agreement, averting a work disruption.


The agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the usual four-year agreements negotiated in the past. Canada Post indicates that the decision would avoid a work disruption and allow more time to examine issues facing the Crown Corporation, including declining mail volumes and rising pension costs. 


Canada Post And CUPW Negotiation Updates

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have agreed to extend mediation once again to continue discussions. 
The two parties have been negotiating since Friday, after a special mediator was appointed by the federal government. During that time, CUPW announced job action plans twice - first in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and then British Columbia and Yukon Territory - both of which were adverted by extended mediation.

Darren Murphy Named New Postmedia VP

Congratulations to OCNA board member, Darren Murphy for being appointed Postmedia's new vice-president, advertising - community markets (effective September 1).

Don't Miss The Next Online Media Campus Webinar

The next educational webinar, coordinated by the Online Media Campus, is just a couple days away! Don't miss your chance to register. 
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