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Friday, October 05, 2007

150 million pages of fighting the good fight

To my deep regret, the Western Standard has decided to stop publishing our print edition.

It's a purely financial decision. Even though our advertising revenues were stronger than ever, with marquee brands like GM, Mazda, BMW and Air Canada filling our pages, and even though we had the most loyal subscribers in the business, with an unheard-of 80% renewal rate, we just weren't close enough to profit.

I offer my thanks to our amazing staff, our loyal investors, and our enthusiastic subscribers, all of whom showed great faith in our project. Our online presence will continue for now in the form of this blog at least; when I spoke recently with our senior columnist, Mark Steyn, about our financial difficulties, he suggested ramping the website up into a Canadian version of Townhall or a conservative version of the Huffington Post. It's an idea worth considering.

We were unable to generate a financial rate of return, but we had an enormous moral rate of return. From our very first edition, back in March of 2004, we had a disproportionately large impact on the national discussion. It's tough to pick favourites out of the 82 editions that we published, but some of the highlights for me were our investigative report into Power Corp. and its political influence; the Libranos edition; and, of course, our publication of the Danish cartoons, and our follow-up issue on the same subject. Even our blog had great moments, including when we leaked the Liberal Red Book in the last election.

The common thread to all of those stories was our editorial independence. No magazine owned by a corporate colossus could do such digging on the Desmarais family without a friendly phone call, CEO to CEO, to call off the story -- as happened to the Montreal Gazette. And no magazine -- or TV station, or newspaper -- felt able to publish the Danish cartoons, either. Whether they were smothered by general corporate caution, or ideological correctness, it fell to a little magazine in Calgary to take the risk. I hope that the fact that we neither suffered physical nor financial harm for doing so serves as encouragement to other media in the future to resist radical Muslim calls for censorship. One of the only stories I wrote for the magazine was our rationale for publishing those cartoons. It can be found here, and the human rights commission's attack against us, and my response, can be seen here.

Speaking of that human rights attack, the official "investigation" is scheduled to commence against us next month. I spoke with our lawyers today, and there ought to be no reason why we still cannot fight the complaint against us -- and the commission's grotesque assertion that they even have jurisdiction over a magazine. I only regret that we will not be able to cover every proceeding of that kangaroo court in our print magazine.

I am proud of the team we assembled, ranging from seasoned pro's like Ted Byfield to the next generation of voices like Colby Cosh. Alumni of our magazine, including our former interns, are working at some of the most influential media in the country. What was so touching to me was that even our staff who worked in the non-editorial departments of our magazine looked at us as a mission, and loved our project as much more than just a job. I don't propose to name everyone, but I would like to single out Lyle Dunkley, our chairman, chief investor and greatest booster; Joe Nadler, a passionate and dear supporter; and Matthew Johnston, my co-pilot throughout the whole adventure.

Over the course of those 82 issues we printed 150 million pages of great conservative news and views, plus 40 million page views on our website, plus hundreds of hours on our various radio shows. We were also truly national -- with 20% of our readers in Ontario, and 19% in B.C. Those are impressive numbers, but it was the independent, tell-it-like-it-is quality that I'll remember.

Thank you to our entire extended family -- staff, subscribers and investors -- for an amazing project, the effects of which will continue to echo for years to come.

Ezra Levant, Publisher

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Comments

Posted by: Khiri | 13-Oct-07 6:26:45 PM

Just do us all a favor. Don't vote!

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I agree, Canada needs a Monarchy, consider how Lady is admiring SH I'd say he should be the first King (Emperor?) of Canada.

Who here is with me!?

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-13 6:31:49 PM


I used to get the magazine way back and enjoyed it immensley but as a pensioner, living from day to day took presendence..I do have a computer and would like to follow online. Our socialistic papers and left winged media are bent on twisting our country into a secular bottomless pit..
I didn't get what the magazine had to say about Global warming but if anybody read Alan Ferguson's article in the Province paper a couple days ago about the British Court punching holes in baby Al Gore's fantasy climate movie called an inconvenient truth(edited to suit his way of thinking and gullible people swallowed it hook line and sinker), maybe there is still hope for our countries with the likes of Alan Ferguson's exposing the utter rot we'er led to believe is the truth..I can't imagine what mindless people led them to give Al Gore the Nobel Peace Prize..It boggles my mind..

Posted by: Mary Hale | 2007-10-13 10:54:24 PM


Well, the market has spoken. Isn't this how free markets are supposed to work? Western Standard was a failure by its own standards. This kind of creative destrcution, the evolutionary process at work, is how free markets function.

Posted by: S Forth | 2007-10-14 2:50:56 PM


But you won't let the CBC sink or swim with that same free market, will you, Leftoid.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 2:54:51 PM


It's a sad day for us conservatives to lose an honest voice from out there. This Magazine will surely be missed. Hopefully another medium will arise that will be as informative and interesting as the Western.

Good luck. GEM

Posted by: George /Bette Milliken | 2007-10-14 3:56:39 PM


This country still needs a common sense alternative to the Eastern liberal fantasy vision of Canada which is not shared by the West. Keep it going online.

Posted by: Ron Milich | 2007-10-14 4:21:07 PM


obc - you really need to get out more. Your whole life seems to be consumed nattering at the 'left' on this blog. The notion of left and right is pretty much last century and even partisan generalizations don't hold up to scrutiny - a Liberal in Alberta isn't a liberal in Quebec, pense-tu?

Posted by: Rob Gilgan | 2007-10-14 4:43:23 PM


And set you free - I tried to send you a response, but hotmail says the address you gave doesn't exist. Did you provide a false email address? If so, is that reflection of the honesty inherent in your posts here? Are you really a Liberal in Conservative clothing? Come clean, now, we deserve nothing less.

Posted by: Rob Gilgan | 2007-10-14 4:46:56 PM


I hope you can establish a townhall style presence on the web -- we need you!

Posted by: NightFire | 2007-10-14 4:59:06 PM


Gilligan ~

Many of us no longer list out true email addresses, having been abused by your Leftoid compatriots.

Why do you need to have those email addies? Are you another one of those abusers?

You can communicate with us here like everybody else does.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 5:05:23 PM


obc. i agree with your CBC quip.

S Forth. i wonder... do you believe in the markets? really? i definitely believe in the creative destruction of the markets. i love it, and believe every individual should live without economic fear and follow the markets where they lead, even when this requires the individual to come out of his comfort zone and change careers. no one is so special, he deserves to retain an obsolete job. i'm kinda radical i guess. but that's been my policy for economic success, it's worked for me, and it makes life exciting.

if Canadians had a truly free market system handed down to us from generation to generation, and this system was taken for granted, we wouldn't need a magazine like the Western Standard, crying out for economic liberty, would we?

S Forth, my question is, are you willing to step out of your comfort zone, and argue against State funded media, corporate welfare, civic unions who take their paycheques out of your wallet, and the recognition of corporate unions by the State, who should fight for their wages through sheer numbers instead of crying for State legislation?

yes, the market has spoken. the Western Standard is gone. why? because, like the coddled child, many don't appreciate the value of things.

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-14 5:20:03 PM


I guess this Leftoid would be against the minimum wage as well.

LET THE MARKET DECIDE !

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 5:27:09 PM


Rob G:

Talkin' to me?

If you have a question, post it for all to see.

Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-14 5:43:49 PM


WOW!

I am so shocked. This is by far the best Canadian magazine I have ever read. It was a waiting game with anxiety as to when my next issue was comming. I took it to work and the employees enjoyed it as well.

This is a sad day. Piss on Liberal media.

Please come back WS!!

Posted by: Mark | 2007-10-14 6:14:35 PM


set you free - no problem - this is what I sent to your gutless false email address:

You allegedly typed:

"Can't help but notice that since the Liberals lost access to our money, they are suddenly in financial difficulty.

Sure tells me a lot."

I feel the same way about the provincial PCs in Alberta - huge war chest - almost certainly can buy any election. Dwarfs not just the assets but the potential assets of any challengers. So - where does it come from? Maybe those 'secret' $90,000 personal service contracts for various and sundry mandarins in the Klein regime? Did Lloyd Carr actually succumb to gambling, or did his $640,000 swindle end up in (expletive deleted)'s election campaign?

It ain't the left and right that's the problem - it's that none of our political parties has any further interest in supporting democracy. We all need to step up and make this change - or accept a totalitarian regime that's disguised as conservatism, but is actually corporate socialism. No different, for you and I, than the non-corporate version.

Funny - when the Liberals stole $100,000 million from us, we threw them out of office. Klein and the Tories bilk us out of millions and no one even gets fired.

And for the record - this is my real name - only frauds hide behind phony names and faux email addresses.

Posted by: Rob Gilgan | 2007-10-14 6:33:30 PM


set you free - no problem - this is what I sent to your gutless false email address:

You allegedly typed:

"Can't help but notice that since the Liberals lost access to our money, they are suddenly in financial difficulty.

Sure tells me a lot."

I feel the same way about the provincial PCs in Alberta - huge war chest - almost certainly can buy any election. Dwarfs not just the assets but the potential assets of any challengers. So - where does it come from? Maybe those 'secret' $90,000 personal service contracts for various and sundry mandarins in the Klein regime? Did Lloyd Carr actually succumb to gambling, or did his $640,000 swindle end up in (expletive deleted)'s election campaign?

It ain't the left and right that's the problem - it's that none of our political parties has any further interest in supporting democracy. We all need to step up and make this change - or accept a totalitarian regime that's disguised as conservatism, but is actually corporate socialism. No different, for you and I, than the non-corporate version.

Funny - when the Liberals stole $100,000 million from us, we threw them out of office. Klein and the Tories bilk us out of billions and no one even gets fired.

And for the record - this is my real name - only frauds hide behind phony names and faux email addresses.

Posted by: Rob Gilgan | 2007-10-14 6:39:46 PM


Not frauds, Gilligan. If you and your ilk would not seek out true identities in order to harass usm like has happened recently to several of us, we would not have to.

But Leftoids are neo-Stalinists who try to silence the opposition with "hate speech: claims, followed by lawsuits. That's YOUR side of the aisle.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:40:06 PM


I love capitalism.

If you put out a product that people want, no matter how crappy or good, people buy it crazy, you make money, you keep providing the product.

You put out a product that nobody wants, no matter how crappy or good, people don’t buy it, you don’t make money, you stop providing the product.

Funny thing that.

Posted by: Xenomorph | 2007-10-14 7:15:13 PM


Rob Giligan. i live in Alberta. during election time, the Liberals and NDP get as much, and more media coverage than the PCs. that's the beauty of a free press. it's not a "war chest" issue. and any entity, corporation or individual, should be allowed to fund the party of it's choice, rather than the State forcing limits on how much is allowable. what stinks is the idea of tax dollars being used to fund campaigns. there goes my free choice.

i'm understating here, but i don't like corruption. i also don't like speculation. your charges of corruption are speculation.

Alberta is an oil economy. we voted for the PCs because they were corporation friendly. when the corporation wins, i win. if you want to complain, complain about high taxes.

Saskatchewan has as much easily accessed and cheaply extracted well oil as Alberta ever did, and, until recently, because the NDP is getting crazy now and actually wants to become a wealthy province, companies stayed away from Saskatchewan, because it would have been cost prohibitive due to high taxes and royalties.

you're right. socialism is socialism, whether it comes from the left or right. corporate welfare sucks. but low royalties and taxes are not corporate welfare. propping up failing companies like Bombardier etc. with tax dollars are.

the PCs under Red Stelmach are getting stupid. i'm not impressed. i think Link Byfield is getting some kind of provincial party going. he has a good name here. should be interesting.

Posted by: shel | 2007-10-14 7:21:06 PM


I am very sorry to hear this and hope you will continue with an online version. I lived in Alberta for many years in th 80's, went through 2 recessions and had to leave. As a transplanted Easterner, I wasn't always treated well or welcomed but I worked for, and with, some very fine Alberta gentlemen who more than made up for those slights. I always liked the magazine - it kept me connected to some of the things I liked, and disliked, about Alberta.

Posted by: Cheryl | 2007-10-14 8:53:05 PM


Rob:

You're certainly entitled to your opinion.

I'm not smart enough to make up conspiracy theories like those you articulated.

All I know is Peter Lougheed in the early part of his regime set royalty rated at 25%.

Under Ralph, that royalty rate has slipped and even people in Calgary can appreciate Ralphie was easily swayed into a much more favourable rate when oil was about 10 bucks a barrel.

Now that it's $80, I would think leaving $60 a barrel to the oil companies is more than fair and should cover all their expenses and more.

No hocus-pocus accounting, just do it the old-fashioned way, the way Lougheed intended.

Fair enough?

Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-14 10:15:21 PM


I have a great respect for your publication. I value your book about killing Kyoto, which should have an update. Let me know if it is possible.

Posted by: Mark Jaworski | 2007-10-14 10:28:25 PM


Not frauds, Gilligan. If you and your ilk would not seek out true identities in order to harass usm like has happened recently to several of us, we would not have to.

But Leftoids are neo-Stalinists who try to silence the opposition with "hate speech: claims, followed by lawsuits. That's YOUR side of the aisle.

Posted by: obc | 14-Oct-07 6:40:06 PM

That's a funny one obc, you mean like the guy last year who posted my personal address on this blog and threatened me in several different ways with physical harm? When that didn't shut me up he threatened to use my name and address on "muslim boards so that I could experience first hand on how muslims treat differing opinion".

Yeah OBC, you are the good guys here, that fine example of a human being only shut up after I made it clear to him that if he wouldn't he could deal with the cops as he had already crossed the line.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-14 10:43:58 PM


Man… the pink-o-leftists must be so ticked off… capitalism working… another product (news paper) no one wants to use (read) or no entertainment mogul wants to back, goes under.

Where are they now screaming for government intervention?

Posted by: Xenomorph | 2007-10-15 1:55:29 AM


Hi Folks it is sad to see a good magazine go under, but I will look forward to reading your blog and wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavers

Posted by: lemko | 2007-10-15 1:57:24 AM


So you understand, Gilligan! You're not quite as dumb as you sound.

Or are you saying because it was done to you, now you are permitted to do it to others?

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-15 7:20:16 AM


it's a sad day for Canada, I would often leave my copies of the Standard laying around, you would't believe how many people would pick them up and become converted!

Posted by: Jason | 2007-10-15 9:41:26 AM


When Soviet support ended, failing French Communist rag L'Liberacion, has been "saved" by the new owner — House of Rotschilds.
It's too bad that WS does not have rich benefactors in a country where capitalists must slave 14 hours a day to meet payroll and taxes, but socialists (union pension funds of Canadian civil servants) - own the banks.

Posted by: Mark Jaworski | 2007-10-15 9:47:08 AM


Well, I signed up for the superduper deluxe 5 year subscription - knowing that, like the Alberta Report, the magazine may not survive the duration... But I considered it as much a contribution to the cause as a purchase so I cannot gripe about being shortchanged with the demise of the magazine.

Of course, I am as disappointed as most of the other posters - but Canadian (and places elsewhere) society is truly falling to an ever lower common denominator of the nanny state and socialism. Once the tyranny of the democracy reaches a critical point (i.e. when those who get more from the government outnumber those who pay more), there is no turning back as there is always yet another group with their hand out for other people's money. This mass will vote to "get more" regardless of the consequences and the reality - more daycare, more EI, more pension, more fruitless environmental controls, more government... This has already occurred in Canada so we have little to do but watch this slow moving train wreck happen.

It has been said, very truly, that those who aren't conservative are those who have little to conserve. The left-leaning majority out there rejoice in happenings like the folding of the Standard, but don't recognize the flip side - that many of those conservatives who supported the free-enterprise, less government/more freedom philosophy of the Standard are also those who pay the most taxes (to, of course, fund CBC and their biased world view).

It boils down to "other people's money" and the smug thought that these governments and groups always know better how to spend it than the people who actually foot the bill. At least the Standard, whatever their shortcomings, did it unbeholden to anyone but their readers. Not too many other Canadian media sources can say that...

I'm not a big fan of Ezra - but it was a noble endeavor that will be missed.

Posted by: Acemeister | 2007-10-15 10:33:23 AM


Looks like your "silent majority" may not actually exist. When you print stuff that only a handful of people could possibly agree with, you end up with only a handful of readers. While you are to be commended for making your opinions known, you were wrong to believe they were representative of any larger popular opinion.

So Ezra, I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but hopefully it will help you put your perspective back into, well, perspective.

As for becoming an MP, just make sure your Party leader hasn't decided to run in the same riding. And do so before you spend all your cash this time...

Posted by: zamprelli | 2007-10-15 12:43:23 PM


For all of those here who like to trot out the CBC as a "scapegoat" in a way, why don't you start a letter writing campaing, get the 10% or so of Canadians that loath that their tax dollars go towards the CBC write to the PMO and ask him to stop the funding.

Imagine, 3.2 Million letters are making their way to Stephen Harper, something he couldn't resist! And as an added Bonus you don't even need to use a postage stamp!

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-15 12:46:45 PM


CBC viewership outside of hockey games is at 5% nationally. Not much of an endorsement, eh?

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-15 12:51:39 PM


Sorry to see you go. Keep me posted if you are going online.

Posted by: Keith Washington | 2007-10-15 12:55:30 PM


CBC viewership outside of hockey games is at 5% nationally. Not much of an endorsement, eh?

Posted by: obc | 15-Oct-07 12:51:39 PM

Well then, I guess it is not too much of a problem for you to get 30.4 Million people to send in their letters demanding that the CBC will no longer be funded by tax dollars.

Just make sure you don't break Canada Post in the process, I do have to send letters occasionally.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-15 12:56:52 PM


I strongly hope you will indeed continue via the internet.
Canada surely does need you.
G Hemmings

Posted by: Gerry Hemmings | 2007-10-15 1:57:54 PM


Snowy:

This is one promise I'd like to see in the throne speech.

We announce today the sale of CBC to the FOX Network.

Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-15 2:09:41 PM


Iwas so sad to hear that the print version of the Western Standard will no longer exist. I looked forward to receiving each issue and read each cover to cover. It was a breath of fresh air to read a more traditional magazine, one not afraid of being politically incorrect. In a sea of liberalism, the Western Standard was my life preserver. It will be missed.

Carla Cameron
Tillsonburg, Ontario

Posted by: Carla Cameron | 2007-10-15 6:35:24 PM


i am 60 yr. - nine days old. been around the world.been shot, hungry, arsoned, scared, am canadian. we won't revolt, never had to fight for our freedom. things won't change. hunger and passion and violence will get rid of old guard only for awhile. illeterite (sic) canadian populace are suckers.

Posted by: luke dayan | 2007-10-15 8:13:12 PM


What a sad day!! To those who are saying good riddance....how very wrong to be gloating at the financial difficulties faced by the W.S. !! Contrary to your comment, this was/is exactly a voice of reason.
One need not agree with every stance taken...( as a non-religious, fairly open-minded person I surely do not ), BUT..every intelligent, THINKING human has to concede that a lot of the topics covered have merit from other than the prescribed politically correct mushy view.!!!
The existence of that voice was / is a refreshing sign of life in our society. Someone has to say the more gritty things to alert the masses running with the flow like lemmings that not all is sweet and sticky niceness.
If there are problems in the Jamaican ghettos of Toronto, or the rednecks of the oilpatch or the Native reserve system, or the oldboys clubs of Bay street and Parliament Hill, or the endless welfare for major areas of the country, ...... then for cripes sakes we need to tackle these things head on!! We cannot afford as a nation to carry all this unproductive deadwood forever.................period. We need to expose and solve problems, and be open to common sense......not continue to throw billions and pretend that it changes anything.

My hat is off to the common sense crew at the Western Standard.....and I hope dearly for the sake of the country that they or a successor group take up the fight for reason and common sense!!! Probably one of the best returns on a few tax dollars the nation could get, would be for Ottawa to partially fund such a group with no striungs attached!! It would help balance (a bit) the billions going to every self-seving special interest group we already fund!!

Cheers and good luck!!

Roland

Posted by: Roland | 2007-10-16 12:24:46 PM


...sad to see. I remember the Saturday mornings back in the 90's I'd used look forward to sitting down and read the Alberta Report.

But fear not, the truth will always come out.

cheers
Tom

Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-10-16 12:42:11 PM


Damn, lost another fresh voice. I remember when Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" went off the air. What a loss, I thought. Now, this.

One thing, Ezra. I sent $50 to your magazine to help fight the Human Rights case. After that, I subscribed when you sent me an email promising me your book, "The War On Fun", if I should subscribe. I never received the book after a year, and stalled re-subscribing until I did. I looked at it like a campaign promise broken, which it really was. Since I stalled on re-subscribing until this book promise was resolved, and your magazine folded in the meantime, I saved my money. This was the only blight on an otherwise politically fresh red apple.

As an atheist I rolled my eyes over the religious bent of some of your articles, but I loved the "tell it like it is" style of reporting and the conservative viewpoints. I will miss your magazine dearly.

I hope the world will hear your voice again, soon.

Regards,
Glen B.
Coquitlam, B.C.

Posted by: Glen B. | 2007-10-16 1:24:17 PM


I just checked my email and sadly discovered that the WS magazine was no more...I (and my family) are sad at the demise of this magazine, as we were with its previous incarnations under the leadership of Ted and Link Byfield. We have enjoyed reading a different perspective on the news and while we may not have agreed 100% with all the opinions, we have always enjoyed the freedom of opinion expressed by the writers and the lack of political correctness was always refreshing.

Having said this, we too have lost out on most of the remainder of our subscription and while I supported this magazine, I understand people complaining about the loss of their money (especially those poor people who renewed in the past month when magazine leadership should have known that this was going to happen).

I do not perceive their complaining as being selfish or cheap but I view what has happened regarding subscriptions as an ethical issue.

By accepting someone's money for a subscription you are entering into a legal agreement to provide a service for that money. To take someone's money when you have no intention of providing that service is fraudulent and, in my opinon, immoral.

Just recently we were subscribed to another magazine that also decided it could no longer afford to continue publishing, however, they transferred our membership to another magazine on that topic so that they could still honor our subscription.

That seems to have been a more honorable way of dealing with a bad situation. Why weren't these WS subscribers offered a continued subscription with another conservative magazine? What about allowing them to have a free online subscription to the magazine for the remainder of their term if that is how it is going to continue its existance?

That is how we feel about the current situation and we are also feeling a little "duped" as this is not the first time this has happened to us with these people and why we only renewed this magazine one year at a time (after being stung on losing most of our 3 year subscriptions with the previous magazines).

As far as viewing our unfilled subscription as a "donation"...well, we already give donations to various organizations that agree with our conservation values but that doesn't excuse an organization (or a person) from honoring their obligations even when it is inconvenient.

Posted by: Irene | 2007-10-17 12:25:02 PM


Change happens, and in our dgital times, change happens more quickly.

Consevatives have Canada back on course and the 200 plus frauds by Libranos have been shut down saving us Million$.

The Standard had a part in making Canadians aware of how they were being *Libranoed*. Things are much improved over- all, these days.

The Standard will live on here in Digitland until some future Canada policy crises needs ironing out and a new printed edition is called for.

It is hoped that we Canadians modernize further to the extent we print out pages of hard core insight and hand them to friends and neighbours.

Develope that modern *Canadian* custom and the need for printed magazines becomes secondary.=TG

Posted by: TG | 2007-10-18 2:08:53 PM


Change happens, and in our dgital times, change happens more quickly.

Consevatives have Canada back on course and the 200 plus frauds by Libranos have been shut down saving us Million$.

The Standard had a part in making Canadians aware of how they were being *Libranoed*. Things are much improved over- all, these days.

The Standard will live on here in Digitland until some future Canada policy crises needs ironing out and a new printed edition is called for.

It is hoped that we Canadians modernize further to the extent we print out pages of hard core insight and hand them to friends and neighbours.

Develope that modern *Canadian* custom and the need for printed magazines becomes secondary.=TG

Posted by: TG | 2007-10-18 2:10:02 PM


The first *submit* returned a server error. Guess comments get through anyway. = TG

Posted by: TG | 2007-10-18 2:13:45 PM


TG ~

Submit happens! :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 2:18:23 PM


The Western Standard, like the Alberta Report, changed to the western STANDARD as the AR changed to the REPORT and attempted to circulate nationally which lead to failure.

Face it, Conservatives, there aren't enough Conservatives in the East to make it in the dead wood publishing industry.

What is it about Conservatives that make them think that Leftists can be won over with reason and causes Conservatives to seek the approval, admiration, and vote of Leftists who will never give it.

It's a serious blind spot and self destructive behaviour.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 2:31:29 PM


Very sad day for Canada.
Best wishes to everyone in the team.

Posted by: leonidas | 2007-10-21 10:53:25 PM


Just can not believe that in this super rich country with that "silent majority" you could not find enough money to keep you going on. I guess,the CBC is all we deserve.
Good Day, Vlad Petrlak, Yukon

Posted by: Vladimir PETRLAK | 2007-10-28 11:39:32 AM


If WS would have had its hands on taxpayer money like the CBC does, it would still be in business.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-28 11:46:00 AM



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