Mark Your Calendars: Queen's Park Day

OCNA would like to invite its members to join the association during Queen's Park Day on Wednesday, September 21. Community newspaper publishers and editors can attend afternoon meetings with their MPPs and various ministers to discuss public policy issues that are important to our industry.

A Publisher's Reception will be held in the evening to mingle with MPPs and their key staff. Please watch for more information or contact Karen Shardlow at     

Canada Post Agrees to One-Month Extension

On Friday, July 8 Canada Post informed the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that they would agree to a 30-day 'cooling-off' period. During this time, intensive negotiations will take place but if a settlement is not made within this time, both parties must agree to binding arbitration.

Notice to OCNA Members: Canada Post Update

Canada Post and the union are still talking, with both sides saying that they hope to come to an agreement. Although 90% of the postal workers voted in favour of a strike, and Canada Post officially denied a two-week extension on the July 2 deadline, neither side has provided the 72-hour notice required for a strike or lockout. That means that Thursday is the earliest we would see any work stoppage.


System/Phone Outage Notice

Please note that our system will be down on Wednesday, June 29 as OCNA and Ad*Reach relocates to a new office. We will have access to e-mail, but phone lines will be down for the majority of the day.


Our new address is:

37 Front Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1B3 


Community Newspaper Review 2016

Are you looking to improve the quality of your newspaper?
Would you like to receive honest and constructive comments and suggestions from other community newspaper professionals in the industry?


The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to offer our annual program for member newspapers. This year OCNA invites community newspapers across Canada to participate. It is an opportunity to exchange fresh ideas with newspapers from across the country. The Community Newspaper Review is NOT a professional critique program costing thousands of dollars and performed by consultants.

OCNA & Ad*Reach Moving Notice

Effective July 1, 2016 OCNA and Ad*Reach will be moving office locations from:


890 Yonge Street, Ste 200
Toronto, ON M4W 3P4




37 Front Street East, Suite 200

Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1B3 


Please update your records accordingly. Thank you. 

John Foust: An Alternative To Spec Ads

By John Foust
Raleigh, NC


Gus is an advertiser who has dealt with ad representatives from a variety of media firms. "One thing that a lot of them have in common is that they like to present new ad ideas in the beginning," he said. "It's nice that they make the effort to create spec ads, but most of those ideas are way off target. When I point out the reasons why certain ads are not right for me, they seem to lose enthusiasm."

Read The Latest Issue Of NewsClips

The latest issue of NewsClips is complete and ready for your enjoyment! In addition to association news and member updates, you can find helpful articles on human resource, advertising and business.


Click here to check it out.


A sneak peek of what you can find inside:

Mrs. Jean Morrison, Owner/Publisher of the Napanee Beaver and Picton Gazette recently won the first ever Honourary Recognition Award during the 2016 Ad Club Newspaper Day on Thursday, April 7.

Online Media Campus Webinar: How to Sell in a Competitive Market

Don't miss your chance to register for the next Online Media Campus webinar, taking place on Friday, June 3. It will focus on building trust and career-long relationship with clients.

CJFE Releases Review of Free Expression in Canada

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) recently released its latest Review of Free Expression, which provides an in-depth look at the state of free expression in the country over the past year. The Review features findings from a national opinion poll, and a series of feature articles on free expression issues.


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