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 which 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.
Newswest has been published within the Kitchissippi Times since 2003, but remains an independent publication. Newswest covers the area bordered by the O-train tracks and Woodroofe 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 and 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 2014 board makeup;
- Our Editor is: Tim Thibeault.
- Chairperson is: Gary Ludington.
- Vice-Chair is: Wayne Rodney.
- Treasurer is: Gary Ludington.
- Secretary is: Cheryl Parrott.
Messages for the board may be sent via the editor.
editor at newswest dot org