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Official statement relating to the announced layoffs at the Journal Pioneer Newspaper in Summerside
Journal Pioneer Layoffs - Official Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Official statement relating to the announced layoffs at the Journal Pioneer Newspaper in Summerside

SUMMERSIDE (June 24, 2020) - The City of Summerside’s Mayor Stewart and Council were disappointed to learn the news of the layoffs at Saltwire Media and the closure of the Journal Pioneer after 155 years of service to Summerside and region. Since the late March announcement relating to the temporary layoff notices and pause of service at the Journal Pioneer newspaper, Mayor Basil Stewart and City staff have remained in contact with the leadership at Saltwire Media.

“Despite yesterday's layoff and termination notices at the Journal Pioneer, Saltwire had shown hopeful optimism that the goal was to re-establish the Journal Pioneer newspaper once restrictions relating to Covid-19 were lifted. We are very disappointed to learn of this news and our thoughts are with the employees who find themselves in a challenging position,” commented Mayor Basil Stewart on Wednesday.

Mayor Stewart has continued to make contact with Saltwire leadership to learn more about the future of the Journal Pioneer offices and the subsequent jobs in our City.

“It remains evident that there is a need in our community for a local newspaper to support the advertising needs of our local business community, for our municipality's needs, and to ensure residents remain connected to the news in our City and region. We remain hopeful that a solution will be found,” added Mayor Stewart.

More details will be released as they become available.

For media inquires:
JP Desrosiers
Director of Community Services
City of Summerside
p. 902-432-1234
e. jp@city.summerside.pe.ca

OR

Mitch Shea
Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
City of Summerside – Credit Union Place
p. 902-432-1234
e. mitchell.shea@city.summerside.pe.ca

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