LaSalle Post resumes publication after a two-year hiatus
The editor of the recently resurrected LaSalle Post is thrilled to be back to share stories about her community and its people, once again.
The Post is back as an online newspaper, with plans to print a physical edition as well. The return of the newspaper comes two years after it was shut down by owner Postmedia, one of 15 community newspapers closed by the company in Manitoba and Ontario.
“I’m really excited to get started,” LaSalle Post editor Hailey Renaldo told CBC News on Friday. “We put out an announcement saying we’re starting over, and a group of LaSalle residents welcomed me home.”
“They were excited,” she said. “They asked questions. They want us to be as involved as we want to be. So that was really exciting, and my inbox is flooded with stories.”
Renaldo was born in LaSalle and actually worked as the Post’s editor from 2014 to 2017.
“I’ve always loved sharing people’s stories,” she said. “Working there was kind of a dream come true for me, meeting all these people who were pretty much like neighbors growing up in LaSalle.”
“It’s such a small town,” Renaldo said. “Everyone knows everyone, and everyone is willing to help out as much as they can, right?”
Renaldo said she was surprised when she heard about the Post’s return and the job of editor, given that it’s relatively rare to hear about a small-town newspaper restarting.
He still has the same heart.– Hailey Renaldo, LaSalle Post Editor-in-Chief
“At first I thought it was spam,” she said. “I was like, ‘no way, that doesn’t happen,’ because…you don’t really hear about it very often.”
“It will be different in many ways,” Renaldo said. “But at the same time, it’s still LaSalle’s position. He still has the same heart.
The return of the newspaper is due to the efforts of publisher Moshin Abbas. The Post, in fact, is one of the few small-town papers he has revived (others include the Tilbury Times and Lakeshore News).
Abbas said it was important for towns like LaSalle to have their own sources of information.
“There’s something going on in LaSalle, let’s say,” he said. “The Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, won’t have that kind of space, time or sources to publish stuff.”
“A lot of people…they don’t know what’s going on in town.”
This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, Abbas said.
“If I need to know what is open in LaSalle, who is doing good work in [the] community, how would I know? “, he said. “I wouldn’t find it in a newspaper in Windsor, Toronto or London, I need to have a local voice.
“Local voices are voiceless without having a local publication,” Abbas said. “Its very important.”
Renaldo agrees and said she plans to highlight community members in the LaSalle Post, in addition to providing media coverage.
“We join the [LaSalle Police Service] and the [LaSalle Fire Service] and all local high schools to broadcast your grassroots news,” she said. “But we really want to show what the young people of LaSalle are doing, what they are doing to help the community.
“One of the first things we’re going to start is something called Resident of the Month,” Renaldo said. “We’re going to feature a different resident every month, someone who’s kind of like a small-town hero in their own way, whether they do small things or big things.”
“People who deserve to be recognized in the community, but who hide because they don’t know how to make themselves known, or maybe they’re a little humble and don’t want to be talked about very much. “
For more information, visit the Poste de LaSalle website.