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North Bay Nugget

North Bay Nugget
Front page of the June 5, 2020 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherAndre Grandchamp
Headquarters259 Worthington Street
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 8J6
Circulation11,505 weekdays
12,127 Saturdays (as of 2011)[1]

The North Bay Nugget is a newspaper published in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. The paper is currently owned by Postmedia.[2]


The paper was launched in 1907 as the Cobalt Nugget, during the silver boom at Cobalt, Ontario.[3] It was acquired by businessmen Harry Browning and W. G. Ferguson within a few months.[4] Initially a weekly, it was expanded into a daily paper in 1909,[4] and Browning was a founding member of Canadian Press when that cooperative was founded in 1917.[4] Following the end of the Cobalt boom, Browning moved the paper to North Bay in 1921;[4] he then sold it to W. E. Mason, the owner of the Sudbury Star, in 1922, and moved to Sudbury in 1927 to become managing editor of the Star.[4]

In 1935, the newspaper received compelling evidence that the famous conservationist Grey Owl, who had claimed to be of half Scottish and half Indigenous Canadian ancestry, was in fact an English-born immigrant named Archibald Stansfeld Belaney with no Indigenous ancestry. However, Mason ordered the story held for the remainder of Grey Owl's life, as he appreciated his work. When the paper published the story immediately after Grey Owl's death in 1938, Grey Owl's deception quickly received worldwide press coverage.

Mason remained the Nugget's owner until his death in 1948,[5] following which an employee buyout purchased it from his estate.[6] It was acquired by Southam Newspapers in 1956.[7] Southam acquired the Thomson Newspapers chain in 1996, reuniting the Nugget and the Star under common ownership.[8] The papers were both sold to Osprey Media in 2001,[9] and to Sun Media in 2007.[10] In 2015, Postmedia acquired Sun Media.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Statement for the 12 Month Period Ended December 2011". Toronto: Canadian Circulations Audit Board. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Postmedia, Quebecor and what's involved in the media deal". Canadian Press, October 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "North Bay Nugget Observes 26th Birthday". The Globe and Mail, January 25, 1935.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Harry S. Browning: Printer Joined Cobalt Rush, Founded Paper"]. The Globe and Mail, April 6, 1963.
  5. ^ "Sudbury Star Owner's Estate Is $1,652,382". The Globe and Mail, August 25, 1948.
  6. ^ "Employees Buy North Bay Nugget; Publisher's Idea". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 1948.
  7. ^ W. H. Kesterton, A History of Journalism in Canada. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1967. ISBN 9780773595163. p. 78.
  8. ^ "Southam has nod from Power to buy Thomson papers: 'Adding good assets wonderful': Desmarais". The Globe and Mail, May 13, 1995.
  9. ^ "Bulk of Hollinger's Ontario papers sold to Sifton family". The Globe and Mail, August 1, 2001.
  10. ^ "Quebecor seeks Osprey to vault into first place; Takeover would create biggest newspaper firm". Toronto Star, June 2, 2007.
  11. ^ "Quebecor turns focus to wireless; Sale of English-language newspapers leaves it more Quebec-centric". Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2014.
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