Montreal Mirror Shuts Down

It's the second English newspaper in mere weeks to see its demise.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Quebecor, the publisher of the weekly English newspaper "Montreal Mirror" (and who is owned by Sun Media), has printed its last editon and was shut down recently.

It's the second English-language newspaper to come to an end – last month "Hour" also got the axe.

Editors of the "Mirror" posted this note on their website:

"It is with great regret that we recently stopped publishing the Montreal Mirror. The June 22 edition of the free Montreal English-language cultural weekly will be its last.

The growing popularity of digital media and communications has irremediably changed the context in which free cultural weeklies operate, bringing about economic challenges which have unfortunately compromised The Mirror's viability.

We wish to thank all the readers, advertisers, writers and staff whose passion and talent contributed to making the Mirror a true Montreal cultural and journalistic institution."

The newspaper was started 27 years ago and remained a free weekly alternative paper throughout. With the announcement of its closing, seven people were forced to lose their jobs (while two remain under the Quebecor umbrella, CTV reported). "I'm not surprised," said co-founder Daniel Sanger, who now works with Projet Montreal, to CTV about the closing. "I thought it would take a couple of more years before they pulled the plug. With (former competitor) Hour so recently gone, I thought that would mean there would be a bit of room for them."