In July, Glacier Media announced it is shutting down the press room of the Times Colonist on September 30. According to Unifor Local 2000, the closure leaves 18 press workers without jobs. Glacier Media says the company sold the Times Colonist building at 2621 Douglas Street last year to a developer with plans to transform the press hall into a brewery.
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The announcement was made Tuesday by publisher Dave Obee and Randy Blair, the chief operating officer of Black Press.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to print the Times Colonist, one of the most established titles in Western Canada,” Blair said.
A privately held printer in Western Canada, Black Press says it is consolidating all of its Island press operations in Ladysmith. The Ladysmith plant will print all of Black’s Island papers, some other weekly newspapers and commercial jobs as well as the Times Colonist.
The Times Colonist says the switch to the Ladysmith press facility will mean “more colour pages in your daily newspaper. The size of each page and the number of sections will not change.”