August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?; Newswest turns a corner.

August 30, 2018: Has it Been 40 Years Already?;
Newswest turns a corner.

By Tim Thibeault.

This month completes Newswest’s 40th year of publication. If, as they say, “Life begins at 40,” then we are about to embark on a great adventure.

Having started as a neighbourhood newsletter, Newswest has developed into a community newspaper offering readers and residents a place to voice their concerns, celebrate their victories, plan their strategies, suggest new directions, and perhaps even bemoan the changes wrought by Time.

When Newswest began in the early fall of 1978, Gerry Rafferty was enjoying 4 weeks on the top ten charts with a song that would inspire the name of a popular Westboro breakfast haunt. Barbra Streisand was complaining to Neil Diamond that, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” and Olivia Newton-John was “Hopelessly Devoted to You…”.

At City Hall, Lorry Greenberg was handing the reins of the city over to Mayor Marion Dewar who would hold that office for the next 7 years. On Parliament Hill, “then” Prime Minister Trudeau was 59 years old while “now” Prime Minister Trudeau was just seven.

Things change with time, as growth and development coax, cajole and drag us into the future. And Newswest is growing and changing as well.

We are always looking for people to tell us what’s going on, and what it’s all about. Over the years we have had scores of contributors helping make Newswest an entirely volunteer-driven undertaking that celebrates all the neighbours and neighbourhoods throughout Kitchissippi Ward.

We have benefitted from the generosity of sponsors such as GT Express, the Dovercourt Community Centre, and local businesses like Herb & Spice, as well as those sponsors whose services you can see in banners throughout these pages. And, as always, we seek new voices, and new writers to keep our readers informed and advised about what is going on and what may be happening if someone doesn’t do something.

You may be one of those intrepid souls who has a little time to give to the community. If so, we would love to hear from you. So would your neighbours.

To those who have stood by Newswest over the years,we can enthusiastically offer a heartfelt thank you and a warm and friendly handshake with eye-contact. Some have been with us for generations, others are just beginning their adventure with one of Ottawa’s longest running continually published community newspapers. Wherever you are on that spectrum, Newswest welcomes you, thanks you, and looks forward to serving you for as long as this community has news to share and people to read about it.


[Ed: and here are a few articles from;

Please don’t forget Newswest needs you reader-contributor and any who can help sponsor the print edition to survive as your community news.]

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Web-extra (July 26, 2018): The Invisible Sponsor; 12th Annual Newswest/Hintonburg 1K Fun Run still a sweet affair.

Web-extra (July 26, 2018): The Invisible Sponsor;
12th Annual Newswest/Hintonburg 1K Fun Run still a sweet affair.

As in years past Newswest brought cake, actually 4 cakes, each decorated to reflect a community group or milestone, all except this one;
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Photo Caption: Imagine the sponsors we could have named here.

Why the blank (but happy) face to this cake is a story for another time. We just want to say we would have been happy to name any special sponsor of Newswest who in helping to support Newswest chose to be acknowledged in icing rather than in newsprint.

Of course we can always style a cake to reflect our own milestones like this one;
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And as the picture below shows the 2018 Hintonburg 5K was a well attended community run thanks again to Race Coordinator Lisa Georges and her many volunteers.
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[Ed: And it was great to hear that long time participant Paul Dewar was able to make an appearance too.]

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!; Community Partners Sought.

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!;
Community Partners Sought.

A Newswest Sponsorship Challenge.

When Facebook first started, it developed an audience base by providing services free of charge, only later going to the financial markets to “cash in” on billions of dollars of built up value. Newswest is now looking to take a page from Mark Zuckerberg’s playbook, but with a more modest revenue goal – sponsorship support totalling $750 per month.

Since 2003, Newswest has been distributed free of charge as a “paper-within-a-paper” by The Kitchissippi Times, under an agreement that Newswest not compete for advertising revenue.

To cover NW’s budget, KT has absorbed publishing and distribution costs, and has generously provided a stipend to offset other operating expenses.

With recent changes to the community newspaper environment initiated by PostMedia and Metroland however, The Kitchissippi Times has been obliged to redesign its publication and distribution systems and to reduce its publication schedule from biweekly to monthly.

Through these changes, KT has continued with its agreement to publish and distribute four pages monthly of community content under the Newswest banner – with an added stipulation that Newswest raise its own operating funds through community sponsorship.

Our all-volunteer Newswest Board has eagerly taken up this challenge. We are proud to welcome and thank our very first sponsors: the craft breweries of Kitchissippi – Beyond the Pale, Tooth & Nail, and Vimy, together with the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Wellington Barbershop and Kelly and Kerry Royal Lepage Realty.

To continue to be successful we must “cash in” on the value you, our supporters and readers receive from Newswest’s continuing monthly publication.

Without your sponsorship, Newswest would not be sustainable despite the continued support of The Kitchissippi Times. If you enjoy reading about our Kitchissippi neighbourhoods, their present, past and future, please consider pledging an amount by contacting Newswest online at: editor@newswest.org .

Through our paper-within-a-paper, the people in our ‘community of neighbourhoods’ will continue to be informed, alerted, advised and inspired. We need your support.
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Photo Caption: How to find some of our sponsors.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth; A note from Newswest’s editor.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth;
A note from Newswest’s editor.

By Tim Thibeault, editor@newswest.org .

Recent changes in the landscape of print journalism in Ottawa have closed many community newspapers and caused others to adapt quickly. Newswest is proud of our 40 year history and particularly proud of our last fourteen years as the volunteer community “paper within a paper,” in partnership with Kitchissippi Times.

We congratulate the Kitchissippi Times team for skillful way they have met the challenges required to continue serving our community.

This is our inaugural print edition within the newly formatted KT. The size is new, the look is new, the delivery system (Canada Post) is new, but the focus is the same… reporting on the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of issues and events relevant to our Kitchissippi families, friends and neighbours.

We are also broadening our online presence. On our web sites, newswest.org and newswestblog.wordpress.com, readers will find all of our regular articles plus a growing number of exclusive “Web Extras.”

Let us know your thoughts. We listen carefully because we know that feedback is what holds communities together and keeps good things growing.

The gold KT distribution box on the corner will remain a reliable source of both The Kitchissippi Times and Newswest, as always.