If you're going to be living, working, or vacationing in the Hamilton, Ontario area you're going to want to keep up to date on the latest news in the region and around the world. Perhaps you read the Toronto Star when you worked in the Toronto real estate office but after the move you want to read something that hits a bit closer to home. The Hamilton Spectator is that newspaper. It's your source for news and current events in and around Hamilton, Ontario.
Like much of Ontario, Hamilton has a long history with publishing. The Hamilton Spectator was founded in 1846 by Robert Smiley and in the intervening 150 years it has gathered a readership of nearly 260,000. The newspaper is currently owned by the Torstar Corporation, which also owns the Toronto Star. It is published every day of the week except for Sunday. The paper serves not only the community of Hamilton but also settlements in the Burlington, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Halton regions.
The newspaper maintains a daily published edition that can be purchased at almost any local retailer for less than a dollar, a PDF version emailed to subscribers daily for only $2.50 per month, and an online edition where most of the content from the published version can be accessed for free. Most of the paper's operating costs are met by running ads for local businesses like Vynckier Enclosures, which you will find at the bottom of the page in the published edition and along the sides in the web edition. The newspaper also runs a special classified section for ads from private citizens.
What can you find inside the Hamilton Spectator? News is the primary focus, both local (for instance, if the library were to host a visiting author), regional (concerns all residents of Southern Ontario), national (e.g. if some fantastic Guelph real estate agents were to win the Order of Canada), and world (if Australia were to go to war with China). In addition to political and human interest news, there are also special sections concerning business news, sporting news, and arts and entertainment.
Staying up to date on the news is important, but another thing the Hamilton Spectator provides its readers with is a chance to sound off on the issues affecting their lives. Through opinion pieces and letters to the editors, Hamilton residents can make their thoughts on everything from Global Warming to the new Mississauga dentistry Clinic known to the world.