The Vancouver Courier
is a Canadian semiweekly local newspaper published in Vancouver
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, British Columbia
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by Postmedia Network Inc. Currently, it is Canada's largest distributed community newspaper, with a weekly distribtuion of 265,000. The circulation estimate includes The Vancouver Courier
, The Vancouver Courier Downtown
, and the Vancouver Courier Westside
, and The Vancouver Courier Eastside
Delivered to homes the paper is distributed from UBC
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to the Vancouver proper boundary at Boundary Road.
The newspaper began as an independent in 1908
-Incumbents:*Prime Minister: Sir Wilfrid Laurier*Governor General: Earl Grey*Premier of Alberta: Alexander Rutherford*Premier of British Columbia: Richard McBride*Premier of Manitoba: R.P. Roblin*Premier of New Brunswick: Clifford Robinson then John Hazen...
as the Eburne News
. Within the last 11 years its ownership has had four owners: first, the national Southam
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chain, then Hollinger
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, CanWest and now Postmedia Network Inc, who took over control when they bought CanWest in June 2010. It expanded from being a neighbourhood newspaper to its current city-wide circulation area after acquiring the Vancouver Echo
and the West End Times
The paper has twice been named "Best Community Newspaper in B.C." and was the second runner-up in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association's general excellence competition.
Unlike most community newspapers, which feature several news stories on their front pages, the Courier's Friday front page features a single, lengthy feature that runs over several pages. The paper also frequently publishes material on local Vancouver history, usually written by Lisa Smedman
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. Columnists include Geoff Olson, Allen Garr
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, Fiona Hughes and Mark Hasiuk. The poet Earle Birney
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worked at the paper in the mid-1920s as a summer reporter and editor.