How Ottawa should spend its $50 million to support local news

March 26, 2018 By APRIL LINDGREN, Ryerson University Who holds officials accountable when cities like Thunder Bay, Ont., rife with political and racial tensions, have no local reporters? (Shutterstock)   There’s $50 million in federal government money on the table in Canada to support local journalism in the country’s under-served …

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