Further Production Consolidation in Ontario

By: E&P Staff

Printing of the Standard-Freeholder, Cornwall Ontario, which claims a circulation of “nearly 15,000,” according to the Osprey Media group of Quebecor’s Sun Media subsidiary, has moved to The Recorder and Times, Sun Media’s 11,375-circulation daily in Brockville, Ontario.

The cities are about 50 miles apart on the St. Lawrence River, just across from northwestern New York State and south of Montreal and Ottawa. The paper reported that the move eliminated five pressroom jobs. Workers, two of whom already found work at CanWest dailies in Ottawa and Montreal, received separation packages.

“The writing’s been on the wall for a long time,” retiring Press Manager James Daye told reporter David Nesseth. With a single, vening shift operating a 32-year-old Goss Community press, Daye said it seemed inevitable that the paper would have to be printed elsewhere.

Also operating a Community press, the Recorder and Times offers equipment of better quality and round-the-clock, seven-day production efficiency according to Standard-Freeholder Publisher Milton Ellis.

At about the same time earlier this month, Sun Media also decided to consolidate production of two dailies in the Niagara area (E&P Online, July 17).

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