NewsClips July 2016

Thamesville Herald Sold To New Owner

The publisher of the Independent of Petrolia and Central Lambton has purchased a historic Chatham-Kent newspaper.

The Thamesville Herald was founded in 1886 and most recently was owned and operated by Allison Humphrey. Heather Wright purchased the community newspaper with a circulation of about 900 in late June. The sale was finalized on July 28.

Wright plans to expand the coverage area of the Herald to include the communities of Dresden and Bothwell, which have been without their own community weekly for several years.

Reminder: We've Moved

A reminder that OCNA and Ad*Reach have moved to a new address:


37 Front Street East, Suite 200

Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1B3 


Please update your records accordingly.  

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."

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