Since 1978, Newswest has kept the residents of Ottawa west informed about what‘s happening in their neighbourhood. This makes Newswest one of the longest surviving community newspapers in Ottawa. Newswest survives by being able to get into the nooks and crannies of the community to celebrate the people, the events and the institutions that contribute to the vibrancy of the area.
Newswest is written by the community for the community. This enables it to provide an unique perspective on life in the Kitchissippi area. A majority of Newswest articles are written by volunteer writers wishing to highlight an issue, a person or an event that they feel is of interest. Volunteer groups are also encouraged to use the pages of Newswest as a pipeline to the broader community to make readers aware of events and issues that escape the notice of the professional media.
Since 2003, Newswest has been published within the Kitchissippi Times. By agreement Newswest remains an independent publication. Newswest covers the area bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue, between the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mechanicsville, Hintonburg, Champlain Park, West Wellington, Hampton Park, Westboro Beach, Westboro, Highland Park, McKellar Park, Carlingwood and Civic Hospital. Over 16,000 copies of Newswest are distributed free-of-charge 12 times a year to homes and retail locations in the Kitchissippi area.
Newswest is a non-profit community newspaper. It does not publish submissions that have as their main purpose the fulfillment of commercial goals. It is the role of the editor, in concurrence with an elected board of directors, to maintain this non‐profit community focus and steer the course for Newswest.
Our current board makeup;
Our Editor is: Tim Thibeault.
Chairperson is: Wayne Rodney.
Vice‐Chair is: Gary Ludington.
Treasurer is: Gary Ludington.
Secretary is: Cheryl Parrott.
Messages for the board may be sent via the editor.
Our Board Meetings:
Newswest’s board normally meets the 4th Monday of most months. The next monthly meeting is tentatively on: Monday September 22, 2014 at 7PM, (Location: TBA Likely in the Hintonburg Community Centre, from 7PM on) . (Please always check for changes or cancellations before coming to our meetings). Check our events calendar for dates of other board meetings. Our meetings are open to all, accessible and free parking is normally available near to where we meet. Come and see your community paper in action, and have a say. Current Board positions were decided following our last AGM meeting but we can welcome new board members any time we meet.
Want to know how to contribute?
Or how to support local activities?,
Or who won the latest contest?,
then come to the meeting and we will answer your questions.
Newswest at Community Events:
Newswest would love to come to your community event and set up an information and display table. Please let us know about your upcoming events and how we can participate.
Come see us July 13th in Parkdale Park for the 2014 Newswest 1K kids fun run!, The cake and crayons are on Us!
Latest Contests and Past Winners: As Newswest celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2013, we invited our readers to test their knowledge of the Kitchissippi Area for fun and prizes. The first of these contests was revealed in our June 6th 2013 edition, and the second contest was in the July 4th edition. Final contest was in the September 12th edition. All entries to all of the contests this year were also entered into a random drawing of a pottery prize.
and... Congratulations to Newswest's 35th Anniversary Contest Winners!
Linda Collette of Hintonburg has won the first and third of the three contest quizzes celebrating Newswest’s 35th anniversary. Her prizes were two $50 gift certificates for the Back Lane Café plus four $25 gift certificates to Bella's Bistro. The Middle Quiz and two $35 gift certificates to Burnt Butter Ittalian Kitchen were won By Anita Grace. The Random drawing for a valuable Bird Jar by potter-artist Tim Thibeault was won by Barbara Derick. Newswest thanks all the readers who participated, especially those who sent in extra background on the topics in our quiz. It made for great reading.
Details on our previous 2011 student writing contest can be seen here.
Photographers: Newswest and its website are appealing to the shutterbug in you
to keep our pages fresh and beautiful. Simply snap some photos of the
world right outside your door and upload them to the photo gallery or send them in to:
Mobile Version of this page?
This webpage and others have special settings for mobile visitors. Pages with accordion sections can be expanded using the accessibility unfold button. Visiting pages from the mobile subdomain http://mobile.newswest.org will automatically set the page options to allow easier mobile user scrolling, and may show other hidden content (BTW m.newswest.org also works). Much of this page’s content is also in our archive’s special about pages. These newswest.org/easyread archives have a special theme for detected mobile devices. Devices not detected by our archives see a regular 2 column format. Archive users can use the >< button on the archives blue toolbar to switch to a single column format. A simplified list of mobile friendly webpages is at mobile.html
Where do I find you?
Since 2003, Newswest has been published within the Kitchissippi Times.
The paper is delivered free-of-charge to homes and retail locations within the
area of west Ottawa bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue between
the Ottawa River and Carling Avenue. If you have not received your copy, call 613-297-5648 or email
How can I contribute?
There are many ways to contribute to your community paper. We accept volunteer articles, news photos and letters to the editor on a wide range of topics of community interest. See Submissions below for details. We particularly welcome content of specific local flavour. We are also actively inviting our local blogging and graphic amateur artists to create content we can host on-line.
We also look for;
Volunteers to work on the board, helping guide the paper and website.
People active in other community groups, invaluable to keeping your newspaper in the know.
Single-day volunteers who can help us out at local events, where Newswest may be a sponsor, by manning a table, tent or other task.
And you can always become a supporting member of Newswest and vote at the Annual General meeting. see Benefits of Membership in the Join Us section.
Submissions? Newswest is always on the lookout for volunteer writers itching to
pen a story or snap a photo of the community (the area of west Ottawa bordered
by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue between the Ottawa River and Carling
Avenue). Contact the editor about your idea at:
Articles should be maximum 500 words.
Letters to the editor should be maximum 300 words.
Community calendar items should be maximum 50 words.
Photographs should be 300 DPI.
Print photos should be 3 by 5 inches.
All signed letters to the editor are welcome. We reserve the right to edit
for length and content. Submission deadlines are given below or download this Adobe Acrobat document for dates in 2014.
Looking to raise awareness of an upcoming, local event? Community calendar notices
are free-of-charge for non-profit organizations. Send your notice of about 50 words
or less, to:
is dependent upon space available. Priority is given to notices promoting events
within Newswest’s catchment area (the area of west Ottawa
bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroffe Avenue between the Ottawa River
and Carling Avenue).
The on-line Community Events Calendar lists those events that might appear in the paper, that are open-to-all, one-time-contiguous, and take place in the catchment area or environs. Providing a shortened (single sentence) description of your event just for use on-line is appreciated. Place, time, and duration will be extracted from your print version.
When’s the next issue? Newswest is published 12 times a year. Submission deadlines are typically 10 to 14 days before the Thursday Publication dates. Send submissions for Newswest to:
The schedule for 2014 is as follows;
Newspaper Issue Date : Submission Deadline.
January 23 issue : deadline of Friday, January 10, 2014
February 20 issue : deadline of Friday, February 7, 2014
March 20 issue : deadline of Friday, March 7, 2014
April 17 issue : deadline of Friday, April 4, 2014
May 15 issue : deadline of Friday, May 2, 2014
May 29 issue : deadline of Friday, May 16, 2014
June 26 issue : deadline of Friday, June 13, 2014
September 4 issue : deadline of Friday, August 22, 2014
October 2 issue : deadline of Friday, September 19, 2014
October 30 issue : deadline of Friday, October 17, 2014
November 27 issue : deadline of Friday, November 14, 2014
December 11 issue : deadline of Friday, November 28, 2014
(dates may be subject to change).
The community calendar column also appears in those Kitchissippi Times issues without Newswest. (I.E. Publication dates;
Thursday, January 9, 2014 , February 6,
March 6, April 3, May 1, June 12,
July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21,
September 18, October 16, November 13, 2014.
) Any other submissions to Kitchissippi Times should go to;
All submissions to Newswest are on a volunteer basis: Newswest does not compensate
contributors, but we would be very happy to receive submissions from you on
community stories within our catchment area. If you are an aspiring writer/journalist,
it could be very good for your career!
Our Editor position is also a volunteer position with a small monthly monetary honourarium possible for expenses. Those interested in volunteer editing should send their Cv by e-mail. Please detail your skills including your local knowledge and contacts. Replies to unsolicted applications are not guaranteed. Back to FAQ top.
We literally pass the buck on this one. All advertising is handled
by Kitchissippi Times within which Newswest
For rates or to place an ad, call Donna Neil at 613-297-5648 or by email;
A Newswest membership entitles you to add your voice to your community newspaper:
Members can vote at the annual general meeting and stand for the board of directors.
At 5 dollars, membership is an affordable way to help Newswest get the word out on
community activities and issues.
Look for the membership form in a copy of Newswest. Or download and fill out the attached form (requires Adobe Acrobat). Cheques should be made out to Newswest.
Return completed forms with payment to: Newswest
c/o 421 Richmond Road
PO Box 67057 Westboro RPO
Ottawa Ontario K2A 4E4
Please Note: mailing address is about to change.
(Or drop payment off at a Board meeting.)
E-mail is your best bet for a quick response.
Telephone: (On request to contributors only)
c/o 421 Richmond Rd
PO Box 67057 Westboro RPO
, K2A 4E4Canada
Please Note: mailing address is about to change, call or email the editor before attempting to send us postal material.
Deadline for the October 2 issue is: September 19.
E-mail our editor:
with tips and story ideas. (Community Calendar requests should also CC the editor at Kitchissippi Times for issues without Newswest inside.)
Drop-offs may be accepted at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Drop-offs may be possible at some Newswest Board Meetings (see Announcements for time and place). Please check first before attempting a dropoff.
Note: Regarding Federal Anti-spam laws and regulations; emails in the newswest.org domain are considered published, and you may e-mail us without prior consent.
Please add words like Submission, Article-submission, Community-calendar, Deadline-request, or your Neighbourhood location to the subject line.
Plain text or Html-text emails are best. Bad, incompatible or missing attachments will delay matters, so include text versions of documents in the body of the email.
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