The Star targets parents and home owners

The owner of the Toronto Star is launching new online properties, targeting parents and homeowners. Toronto’s Star Media Group is launching three new websites –, and – designed to be crucial resources for things that matter to Greater Toronto Area residents. As owner of, Star Media Group’s new sites will include a combination of news stories along with useful info, tools, […]

.ca domain names hit one million

The number of .ca domain names has hit the one million mark, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced. The one millionth .ca domain was snapped up by Brent Krause, from Calgary, Alberta, who is using to promote his private law practice. A CIRA news release said: As one of the world’s most wired nations, Canadians continue […]

CBC up for best news website award is a finalist in three categories for the EPpy [sic] Awards, one of the biggest international digital journalism awards. Most impressively, it’s a finalist for the big award, the Best Overall News Site category — along with The New York Times,,, and BBC News (last year’s winner). CBC is also up in two more categories, Best […]

Canadian watchdog reviews role of new media

Canada’s broadcast watchdog, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), wants to hear from Canadians about what it how it should deal with the Internet. At issue is whether the CRTC should extend its mandate to the Internet, a medium that is free from regulatory oversight. The chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein, outlined the watchdog’s approach: “New digital […]

Placing a dollar value on MediaScout

A unique but little-heralded force in Canada’s digital media scene, MediaScout, sent readers a survey asking how much, if anything, they would be willing to pay for the currently free daily news digest. The survey also asked if readers would tolerate advertising embedded in the news analysis that reaches their inboxes. Like many digital publications, it […]

Thinking beyond print to support investigative journalism

With traditional news funding models under siege, the former publisher of The Toronto Star John Honderich has taken a look at five potential options. His main focus is how to ensure that quality, investigative journalism continues to receive the funding it needs. The piece is well thought out and argued, aside from one underlying assumption – that this is […]