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MacPolitics: The NDP Political Intrigue Of Chester-St. Margaret’s Denise Peterson-Rafuse – Sure Sign Her Political Life Is Being Sidelined – Takes A New Day Job
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MacPolitics: Why Sean Fraser Would Be Real Competition In Race To Replace Premier Stephen McNeil
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MacPolitics: Scott Brison As Premier – Tiny Village Of Cheverie Would Become Power Centre – Once Again
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Notebook Archives: David Hennigar On Clifford Brison & Whether There’s Another Political Life For Scott Brison
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Alison Strachan: A Tale Of Two Lunenburg Brides, An Era Of Volunteerism & The Enduring Gift Of A Blueberry Buckle Recipe
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A Maritime Photo Moment: Jon Dimick’s Chester Artwork Includes 1902 Photograph Of The World’s First Seven-Masted Schooner
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Part II: Boston Financier Of Seven-Masted Schooner Had A Nova Scotia Connection
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Opinion: Mary Clancy On The Greatest Legacies Of Premier Stephen McNeil
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Friday Edition, Below: More Free Stories
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A Maritime Photo Moment: A Five-Masted Schooner In Nova Scotia In 1927, A Rarity Even During Age Of Sail
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The NS Tourist: Highland Village Animators Bring Scots Gaelic History To Life
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Art: Cape Breton’s J. Franklin Wright ‘Canada’s Foremost Marine Painter’
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Exclusive: Say It Ain’t So: Halifax Herald To Abandon The Casket Weekly Brand

Aug 2, 2020 | Arts & Culture, Business

By Andrew Macdonald

Say It Ain’t So: Halifax Herald To Abandon The Casket Weekly Brand

The Antigonish newsweekly The Casket brand will be no more.

The Sarah Dennis- owned Herald is going to introduce a brand new news title to the Strait of Canso region, various well placed sources tell The Notebook.

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Back in March, the Herald suspended print production of The Casket because it said the pandemic dried up newspaper advertisements.

Sources say later this month, the Herald, where Dennis husband is Mark Lever, the paper’s CEO, the company will roll out a new product to be called The Highland Wire.

In Antigonish, abandoning The Casket brand, which has been around since 1852 – well before Confederation, might not go over well with Antigonishers given the weekly’s deep heritage in this town.

But, the Herald is eyeing a four-county Strait of Canso distribution, reaching 24,000 folk in the region, as it places more weight on a newspaper wrapped around delivering retail flyers, than hard-hitting enterprise local community journalism.

The Halifax Herald is dropping The Casket brand, and plans to launch a new Strait of Canso weekly called The Highland Wire, sources report to The Notebook. The Casket began publishing in 1852 – well before Confederation, and has been Canada’s oldest newsweekly.

The Casket’s 18-year long journalist, Corey LeBlanc, was one of 109 people recently laid off by the Herald and Saltwire – he is now writing for The Notebook, as we expand news coverage into Cape Breton.

Another long time Casket reporter, Richard MacKenzie, left the paper last fall and moved back to his native Truro.

The Casket became a freebie weekly four years ago after the Herald owners paid more than $1.2 million to buy the paper from the Church of Antigonish, in the last decade.

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