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Council objects to latest Sault Star job cuts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

City council has expressed its concern for the Sault Star after it was announced May 7 the paper’s local presses will be shut down, production will be done elsewhere in Ontario, and 23 employees will lose their jobs.

It’s the latest in a string of job cuts at the Star by Sun Media, which owns the paper.

The paper will be printed in North Bay, with flyers inserted in London, Ontario after May 30.

The 23 people affected include pressmen and mailroom staff, both full-time and part-time, unionized and non-unionized.

City council, at its regular meeting Monday, voted unanimously (in a recorded vote) to “request Sun Media reconsider its plan to cut jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and consider the impact of their decisions on local news services.”

Council’s resolution came on the same day it was announced Sault Ste. Marie-based Village Media, owner of, is expanding its electronic local news coverage in other Ontario communities.

To read about that development, click here

The city council motion was put forward by Terry Sheehan, Ward Two councillor.

“This has been a concern of mine and council’s going back to the job cuts at CTV and a number of other cuts at the Sault Star as its ownership has changed…if we (council) do not say something it looks like we’re agreeing with it,” Sheehan told council.

Councillors Brian Watkins and Joe Krmpotich also expressed their disappointment over the latest job losses at the Sault Star, while Mayor Debbie Amaroso said Sun Media should be approached and asked to send a representative to a future council meeting to explain the company’s rationale for the job cuts.

Paul Christian, Ward One councillor, also said Sun Media should explain its actions, but acknowledged the company has made a corporate decision about a conventional newspaper as electronic media expands.


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Rick_g 5/13/2014 9:24:11 AM Report

"Council objects to latest Sault Star job cuts" So what! It's a dinosaur, don't get me wrong it's a sad day for those workers but you can't mandate profits.
buddyjewel 5/13/2014 9:29:39 AM Report

Council can object all they want. Their objections will be heard as effectively as it was with Canada Post. Unfortunately a business will do what it has to do in order to survive. Sadly, sometimes it means job cuts.
Churchill 5/13/2014 9:29:51 AM Report

Does anyone else wonder why city council is so concerned with the job cuts at The Sault star, which is obviously a cost cutting measure in private business when city council is poised to transfer their childcare positions to private providers to achieve the same goal of cost cutting? Another example of the efficiency of our council.
guard1 5/13/2014 9:36:46 AM Report

Sault star in their article quoted Paul Christian saying the community as a whole suffers without "real media presence" and a strong presence is important. Paul get with the times and acknowledge the fact that sootoday and ltv are also "real and strong contenders" in the Saults media.
LAWL 5/13/2014 9:38:27 AM Report

Why would they need to explain themselves? Newspapers are becoming a thing of the past. I feel bad for the people that lost their jobs, but there is no need to spend money on reviving this industry.

Both of the newspapers are cursed by me every week for filling up my mailbox. Papers stuffed with ads and no news.

Even small sites like SooToday will become a thing of the past. Adblock removes all ads from websites and severely cuts revenues from websites like this, and it is not going away.

Companies need to change with the times or face certain death.
buddyjewel 5/13/2014 9:44:25 AM Report

@ Churchill . I agree

Ironic isn't it. I just read the story myself and had to ask the very same question.Here's a quote from the news story

----City Run daycare fate to be decided---

"Even though there would be a saving of $650,000 to the city annually, 32 good-paying municipal daycare jobs would be lost if the 100 spaces were operated by other providers."
guard1 5/13/2014 10:06:22 AM Report

I do not know about you but I would rather support a website with advertising and no user fees such as sootoday then a website without advertising that requires user fees to read it.
welcome2 5/13/2014 10:13:07 AM Report

folks I am 60+ years old but aware of the fact that things change. We used to have milk delivered to our front doors too but that is long gone.

I have friends affected by the loss of jobs at Sault Star but even they could see the writing on the wall. Print media is on a continual downward slide, advertising revenues were nowhere near what they were in "the good old days" and that is where papers make their money, not from subscriptions.

We discontinued getting the Star 2-3 years ago as even then there wasn't enough substance in it to wipe your %^$ with. We get a copy of the paper at my place of employment and it is even less of a publication now than it was then.
Bigpoppa45 5/13/2014 11:08:24 AM Report

If city council is so worried about people being unemployed in the Sault, why do they keep turning away industries that try to come here? There is no reason why our local economy should not be booming. We are on a major highway, major railway, and a major water way. We are also with in 12 hours of atleast 10 major cities that we could distribute to. But they keep turning away the major companies that want to come here, and then expect us to raise families on minimum wage call center jobs. Then in the same breath, turn around and complain about crime. Give me a break! Get your heads out of your a$$es
asp 5/13/2014 11:25:40 AM Report

The Sault Star cuts are bad, but you know what is really bad the cuts in the Health Care System Nursing Care Coming into the home, while the Office staff keep their jobs. What is more important Nursing care for those who can't get anywhere to get the proper care they need.
Green Eggs and Ham 5/13/2014 11:26:53 AM Report

It's unfortunate that people will lose their jobs because other cost-saving cuts could not be made. It hardly makes sense to have a local newspaper shipped in, how long would the paper survive when entire days are missed for deliveries when the highways are closed during bad weather, or when printing delays or truck delays occur. A newspaper company in southern Ontario (in a city with a population easily 3 times the population of Sault Ste Marie) dropped the Monday paper about 4 years ago, they had flyers printed elsewhere and trucked in. Those changes prevented the company from shutting down local productions. I am sure Sun Media has looked at plenty of options, it's just a shame that other changes or cuts were not made before now.
superior87 5/13/2014 11:54:24 AM Report

bigpoppa - which big companies are you referring to?
Nimrod 5/13/2014 12:26:45 PM Report

What is all the concern! We have the E.D.C. and the Innovation Center creating all manner of jobs in our city. Just ask them. The only jobs they created were their own jobs!! lmao!
Right Winger 5/13/2014 12:27:09 PM Report

The biggest deterrent locally is the heavy Union presence. So long as our city is so pro union businesses will look to cities that are less union friendly. They do not even give the employer a chance before the bashing starts.
molder2 5/13/2014 12:52:49 PM Report

The Head line should say that our council are true!
ONNFIRE 5/13/2014 1:01:46 PM Report

With our city's location and transportation amenities we should be growing, instead we are becoming another Elliot Lake. In the late 90s we had a population of over 87,000 and now we are about 72,000. A few years back our council chased away Toyota. Look at what Woodstock is now. Counsel is now making a big deal over a new attraction at the old St. Mary's site. WOW! I'll bet the tourist can't wait to come. We need a mayor that has a business background not just someone who likes to jump in front of a camera
ThinkAgain 5/13/2014 2:21:01 PM Report

So glad elections are coming, so tired of these bench sitters.
Nobody has a backbone on council, I really miss Frank Manzo
ranny 5/13/2014 3:05:33 PM Report

@Bigpoppa45 You can blame Algoma Steel Mentality. The council were filled with steel workers, they wouldn't allow another industry to come in because of Algoma Steel pride. They wanted to be the only major industry in the city. Look where they are now???

It is time for this city to allow other industry to come in. The same with the Soo Locks. We're losing money and jobs compare to the USA Soo Locks. We could allow a major upgrade to allow ships to go through and create jobs maintaining and working the station.

The city relies to much on preserving heritage. Loosing history can be a bad thing, but to place history over job creation to a starving city?

The same for pushing Queen St as a major business area. Down town is dead and won't be like it was many years ago. Renting or buying a building is expensive. City Council needs to think outside the box and new ideas. Can't rely on the past.
Zsa Zsa 5/13/2014 3:28:41 PM Report

It is a shame, more people looking for work. Personally if I still subscribed to the Sault Star, this would be the last straw. How much local content would be reported now? would it be similar to the Local News that is not so much Local?
Right Winger 5/13/2014 3:32:55 PM Report


Yes. Manzo is so useless you don't even realize he is on council still.
steelworker 5/13/2014 3:54:22 PM Report

Sorry boys but City Council is ALWAYS a day late and a dollar short.
Mr. Poster 5/13/2014 5:45:54 PM Report

If people subscribe to the paper..they must like it...somewhat...or they would have cancelled by now. It seems to me that if you have a subscription and cancel are making certain the paper you like will die.I will keep my subscription unless they are unable to deliver the paper DAILY and on time.
I'm In 5/13/2014 5:52:09 PM Report

Right Winger give you head a shake unions built the middle class and that's how an economy strives on good paying jobs you knob. From your posts you are pro big business and everyone should work for slave wages well its not going happen, like they say on TSN "C'MON MAN".
rihkee 5/13/2014 6:04:45 PM Report

I wonder what would happen if people called their councillors instead of posting on Sootoday's bottom half of the internet.
soo-4 5/13/2014 6:34:57 PM Report

Hey I think its wonderful Mr. Sheehan wants to express concern over how someone feels they can operate their business more efficiently .. I hope he doesn't come to my business and express concern over my letting someone go .. I just might forget about making money and listen.
Time for change people these guys don't have a clue
soo-4 5/13/2014 6:45:34 PM Report

And this coming from a guy who's never posted before.. city council passed a resolution asking sun media to reconsider . I would pay money to see the look on the shareholders face when that request is heard. . Oh the arrogance
mor 5/13/2014 6:47:49 PM Report

The Sault Star is a product that has become obsolete like many other things that we used to purchase. The content is no longer timely and the quality is lacking. I just checked the three articles in the "World News" section of tonight's paper and compared the content to what is available on line. Guess what? We are not even getting the complete article. We are getting the "Reader's Digest Condensed Version" of the news. Maybe they should print the complete news article as written by the reporter. I feel that by abridging we are getting cheated somehow.
jonesur 5/13/2014 8:31:26 PM Report

Can somebody please provide me with "factual" details of City Council or Algoma Steel stopping any industry from locating here, instead of the usual banal anecdotes?
dadal 5/13/2014 11:36:58 PM Report

@jonesur-Toyota a number of years ago approached the Soo to open one of their car manufacturer plants. Algoma Steel screamed job loss of their important workers so the city said no. Then less than a year later AS had lay offs.

When Macs first opened they were denied the right to sell their milk in the Soo because Beatrice Dairy screamed job loss from competition. City council passed a by law preventing Macs from selling which is why it was called Mikes' for some time. Beatrice in their appreciation CLOSED the plant and moved operations to Quebec. Then had the nerve to try the same thing to stop/slander Lock City Dairy.

I could give you more but I need my sleep.
Right Winger 5/14/2014 9:21:29 AM Report

I'm in,

Al Petty machine shop closed. Put a bunch of skilled tradesmen out of work. These previously non-union workers voted in a union after Mr. Petty had a handshake deal with buyers from Sudbury. Guys voted in union...buyers walked away.

Like I said, didn't even give potential employer a chance to do good by them.
macgyvr 5/14/2014 5:26:51 PM Report

Bigpoppa45 5/15/2014 9:06:24 AM Report

superior87 - I remember a time where there was a car company trying to open a plant here...either Honda or Hyundai...I also remember a time when Kellogg's wanted to bring a plant here and were shut down by our city council. Those are the only two I can think of off the top of my head, but I am sure if I researched it, I could find many more.
Ricatoni 5/15/2014 12:57:40 PM Report

More job losses in our city???? To bad we don't hear about job creation in our city??? I wonder why that is ???
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