Until recently in Ontario, the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) program in most provinces of Canada has treated newspapers the same as waste packaging. Unlike product packaging, the newspaper is the product.
Publishers have moved to thinner paper to lower our footprint. Driving up the cost of newspaper production with EPR fees drives down the content as newspapers are forced to cut pages and, therefore, value to readers. The knock-on effects are a loss of jobs, many of which are unionized, in a sector that is already facing many external challenges, and a less informed citizenry.
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