Hockey news, fashion tips, TV and movie listings, retirement strategies, updates on Céline Dion — all of this information now constitutes local media —at least according to federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Monday, Nov. 27 marked a black spot in the history of Canadian newspapers with the closure of three dozen papers, taking three million copies of printed newspapers out of circulation each week and eliminating more than 300 jobs.

Joly’s response in Ottawa was a refrain that she has been using more and more lately, saying the federal government is already helping news providers.

“We value the importance of journalism and that’s why we invest up to $75 million per year in local media,” she said.

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Hockey news, fashion tips, TV and movie listings, retirement strategies, updates on Céline Dion — all of this information now constitutes local media —at least according to federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.

Monday, Nov. 27 marked a black spot in the history of Canadian newspapers with the closure of three dozen papers, taking three million copies of printed newspapers out of circulation each week and eliminating more than 300 jobs.

Joly’s response in Ottawa was a refrain that she has been using more and more lately, saying the federal government is already helping news providers.  

“We value

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