Sherbrooke supports the free distribution of local newspapers by Canada Post

Sherbrooke supports the free distribution of local newspapers by Canada Post
Sherbrooke supports the free distribution of local newspapers by Canada Post

“The local press, we are very important media at the community level,” testifies Gino Gaudreau, publisher of the newspapers. Sherbrooke.info, The Reflection of the Lake And The Progress of Coaticook.

The movement was launched in the spring by the mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, during the end of distribution of Publisac.

“When the end of the Publisac arrived, we were distributed in the bag at that time, so we found ourselves with our mouths to water for the distribution,” explains Gino Gaudreau.

Local media are therefore asking the government that Canada Post distribute local newspapers free of charge. For the publisher, it is logical that Cities support this movement.

“It was a bit part of the continuation of the cities taking a position on the importance of local and community media in each region and to give a little nod to Canada Post by saying that as a Crown Corporation, you you may have a responsibility and a way to help local media reach customers,” says Mr. Gaudreau.

There are also several local newspapers in Quebec which are distributed exclusively by mail. Implementing this measure would allow them to save money.

“If that happened, it would give us a little breath of fresh air in the current context,” he maintains.

Mr. Gaudreau mentions, however, that the paper model distributed to readers remains viable.

“We do not base our future on that [sur la gratuité] because we know that these are discussions that will take place for a long time,” concludes Gino Gaudreau.

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