Editorial: New Beginning

This will be my final editorial with the current edition of the North Renfrew Times’ editorial board. As many readers will know by now, the NRT was sold by the Deep River Community Association on March 31 to Digest Media Inc. This is a newly formed private company wholly owned by the three former full-time employees of the DRCA who ran the paper. Further details of the sale can be found elsewhere in this week’s edition.

The current NRT editorial board, constituted under the DRCA bylaw, will be dissolved in the coming days and I have stepped down as the chair in order to provide the new company with a clean slate as it moves forward to shape the paper’s future. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the dedication of the four other board volunteers who came out every week, rain, snow, or shine, to read through all of the non-advertising content. It has been a privilege to work with all of you.

I was very encouraged to learn this week that the new owners plan to continue to have a group of volunteer editors assist in preparing the paper, and that most of those doing this before the sale will continue to provide their services – including this wannabe scribe!

And now to you, our loyal reader. The history of the NRT goes all the way back to the late 1940s when a weekly newsletter, the Deep River Digest, came under the umbrella of the DRCA. The name was changed to the North Renfrew Times in 1956 and throughout the following 67 years the paper has seen many changes. This one is really no different. The staff is very enthusiastic and up to the challenge of keeping the NRT around to serve you.

I encourage you to remain a supporter of the NRT as the new owners work through the period of transition. Tell them how you think the paper can be improved, what you like and what you don’t, including your thoughts on past or future editorials. Your input is vital to the future success of the NRT. If you want to continue having a paper dedicated to the North Renfrew area – Deep River, Laurentian Hills and the townships of Head, Clara, Maria – please consider submitting anything that might be of interest to other readers – not just club news, points of view and letters to the editor, but anything you hear or see that might make a good story; and include photos as well – you don’t need to be a professional journalist to have a voice.

So while the nation reflects next week on the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War and later in the summer celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday, I would ask that you also take a moment to reflect on the future of the NRT and what it means to you; it’s the best source of information for past and coming events in our communities. Be a part of the new NRT – today and as it evolves in the future.