28 August 2013
Papers stop the presses on Labour Day
TORONTO—Two national newspapers will not print on Labour Day. The Globe and Mail and the National Post will not release print editions, though the Toronto Star will continue business as usual.

In a note to subscribers, Globe and Mail publisher Philip Crawley cited a lack of advertising revenue, which was "needed to cover the costs of formatting, printing and delivery of the paper, and the number of vacation stops by subscribers."

J-Source.ca, which covers the journalism industry, contacted Postmedia Network which said its papers, including the Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, and Montreal's the Gazette, will not publish Labour Day editions either this year. Its flagship National Post has not printed on Mondays at all this summer, continuing its curbed print runs of years past.

Meanwhile, the Star Media Group, which prints the Toronto Star, told J-Source it will not stop delivery on Labour Day.

This follows another recent announcement from the Globe and Mail that doesn't bode well for the future of printed newspapers; the paper will cease delivering to Newfoundland, Labrador, and certain areas of B.C. starting Oct. 1.

TC Transcontinental prints over 95% of the Globe and Mail's daily circulation in five locations across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax). The National Post is printed by Torstar Printing Group.

[*This story has been updated]

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