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Welland Tribune

Welland Tribune
Front page of the June 5, 2020 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Metroland Media Group (Torstar)
Headquarters1 St. Paul St
Unit 10
St. Catharines, Ontario
ISSN1186-3129 (print)
0841-632X (web)

The Welland Tribune is a daily newspaper that services Welland, Ontario and surrounding area. The Tribune was one of several Postmedia Network newspapers purchased by Torstar in a transaction between the two companies which concluded on November 27, 2017.[1] The paper continues to be published by the Metroland Media Group subsidiary of Torstar.[2] In late May 2020, Torstar accepted an offer for the sale of all of its assets to Nordstar Capital in late May 2020, a deal expected to close by year end.[3]


The paper's roots are in several formerly competing newspapers: the Fonthill Herald (established in 1854), the Welland Telegraph (established in 1863) and the Port Colborne Citizen.[4] The original owner of the Herald was John Fraser, while the Telegraph was established by the Welland Printing and Book Company. The Herald later moved to Welland, changing its name to People's Press before becoming the Welland Tribune.[4]

The Tribune and the Telegraph merged in 1920, under the ownership of Louis Blake Duff, and continued publication for several years as the Welland Tribune and Telegraph.[5] Duff sold the paper to a consortium of newspaper owners from Galt and Sarnia in 1926,[6] and the new owners shortened the paper's name back to Welland Tribune. In 1929, the Tribune merged with the Port Colborne Citizen, becoming the Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune for several years before reverting to Welland Tribune.[7]

The paper was acquired by Roy Thomson in 1943, as one of Thomson's first acquisitions outside of the Northern Ontario region.[8] Henry Foster, the publisher of the newspaper at the time of the sale, continued to serve on the board of directors of the Thomson Newspapers chain.[8]

Publication of the paper was briefly suspended by printers' strikes in 1967[9] and 1982.[10] During the 1982 action, striking employees founded the Guardian Express,[11] which continued operations as a twice-weekly community newspaper which was acquired by Baxter Publishing in 1985[11] and by Sinclair Stevens in 1990.[12]

Thomson sold the paper to Hollinger in 1995.[13] The paper was included in Hollinger's sales of its publishing assets to Canwest in 2000,[14] before being sold to Osprey Media in 2003.[15] The paper was included in Osprey's acquisition by Quebecor in 2007,[16] and in Quebecor's subsequent acquisition by Postmedia Network in 2014,[17] before its sale to Torstar was announced in 2017.

See also


  1. ^ "Postmedia and Torstar swap dozens of community papers, but will shut down most of them". CBC News. The Canadian Press. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Kopun, Francine (November 27, 2017). "Torstar, Postmedia announce community and daily paper deal". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Torstar to be sold, taken private in $52-million deal". 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  4. ^ a b "The Ink-Stained Wretches of Pelham". The Voice of Pelham, April 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Louis Blake Duff: Owned 10,000 Books, Wrote Niagara Story". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 1959.
  6. ^ "WELLAND TRIBUNE CHANGES OWNERS". The Globe and Mail, October 19, 1926.
  7. ^ "Newspaper Amalgamation Announced in Welland". The Globe and Mail, November 1, 1929.
  8. ^ a b "Publisher in Welland a Thomson director". The Globe and Mail, January 2, 1976.
  9. ^ "Printers end strike at Welland". The Globe and Mail, June 21, 1967.
  10. ^ "Welland Tribune hit by strike". The Globe and Mail, October 8, 1982.
  11. ^ a b "Strike paper turns into hot competition". The Globe and Mail, October 10, 1985.
  12. ^ "Stevens' publishing company buys Welland newspaper". The Globe and Mail, April 3, 1990.
  13. ^ "Black buys 19 Thomson newspapers: Hollinger expected to pay between $85-million and $100-million for Canadian publications". The Globe and Mail, Juny 28, 1995.
  14. ^ "'We're investing'; CanWest aims to boost profits and share its content across media". Hamilton Spectator, August 1, 2000.
  15. ^ "Osprey buys four more dailies, other publications from CanWest". Peterborough Examiner, January 28, 2003.
  16. ^ "Some facts about Quebecor and Osprey Media". Canadian Press, June 1, 2007.
  17. ^ "Postmedia, Quebecor and what's involved in the media deal". Canadian Press, October 6, 2014.
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