The Oshawa Express will temporarily cease its printed version of the newspaper, effective immediately.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial hardship to many businesses in the area, which has created a declining revenue stream for the newspaper that relies on advertising.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have made this decision to suspend the printed portion of The Oshawa Express,” says publisher Sandra McDowell. “Like many businesses, we have struggled throughout this pandemic. We have tried our best to continue providing quality news about this city we call home, however, this second wave of the pandemic brings additional financial hardship.”
The online version of the newspaper, at oshawaexpress.ca, will continue to provide up-to-date information and daily news coverage until a printed version can be produced after the pandemic, at which time the newspaper will resume its regular Wednesday publication. In addition, Active Senior’s Digest will continue to publish without interruption. The next edition is scheduled to come out in February of 2021.
Kim Boatman, advertising director, says, “We are feeling the loss of our print publication and the impact this has on our community, the local businesses and our staff. As we navigate these difficult times, we trust that our continued digital presence and the Senior’s Digest will keep our community informed and aware of what is happening in our city.
We value the support that our community and businesses have given and it is our hope that we continue to receive support with our digital format and the Seniors Digest.”
This temporary interruption to the printing schedule will affect some part- and full-time positions within the company, particularly in the circulation department.
“This is the unfortunate part of trying to compete with COVID-19,” says McDowell. “Over the years, we have developed a loyal and dedicated staff, in which some have been with us since the beginning.”
Boatman adds, “We have felt very fortunate to have dedicated and committed staff who have given much to this company and the products over the years. We wish to express our gratitude and thank each one of them in this unforeseen time.”
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