CTV seems to be the only outlet so far to note that five Transcontinental community weeklies in Montreal have given up on trying to be bilingual and have switched to French-only publication.
The papers in question are:
- Le Messager Verdun
- Le Messager Lachine/Dorval
- Le Messager LaSalle
- Le Magazine Île des Soeurs
- La Voix Pop (at least that’s what I assume CTV means by “Le Magazine Sud-ouest”, which doesn’t exist)
Transcontinental says they’ll keep some English content online (and by that I assume they mean they’ll link to stories from the anglo papers like the West Island Chronicle and Westmount Examiner).
The anglos CTV talked to complained about the lack of news about their community as a result of this change, but when we’re talking about 12-page issues that contain maybe a page and a half of editorial content (most of which is fluff pieces or borough announcements), I think it’s a bit too late to complain about the loss of community news.