Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Journal is a daily newspaper in Edmonton, Alberta. It is part of the Postmedia Network.

Edmonton Journal
Front Page - May 16, 2013
Owner(s)Postmedia Network Inc.
Editor-in-chiefLorne Motley[1]
Headquarters10006 101 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
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Circulation91,776 weekdays
96,372 Saturdays in 2015[3]


The Journal was founded in 1903 by three local businessmen — John Macpherson, Arthur Moore and J.W. Cunningham — as a rival to Alberta's first newspaper, the 23-year-old Edmonton Bulletin. Within a week, the Journal took over another newspaper, The Edmonton Post, and established an editorial policy supporting the Conservative party against the Bulletin's pro-Liberal stance. In 1912, the Journal was sold to the Southam family.[2] It remained under Southam ownership until 1996, when it was acquired by Hollinger International.[4] The Journal was subsequently sold to Canwest in 2000,[5] and finally came under its current ownership, Postmedia Network Inc., in 2010.[6]

Edmonton Journal building

In 1905, The Journal began operating from a building on the corner of a lot on 102nd Avenue and 101st Street. Its present location at 101st Street and 100th Avenue was established in 1921, and Alberta's first radio station, CJCA, began broadcasting from the building a year later.[2]

In 1937, the Journal came into conflict with Alberta Premier William Aberhart's attempt to pass the Accurate News and Information Act requiring newspapers to print government rebuttals to stories the provincial cabinet deemed "inaccurate." After successfully fighting the law, the Journal became the first non-American newspaper to be honoured by the Pulitzer Prize committee, receiving a special bronze plaque in 1938 for defending the freedom of the press.[7]

After the Bulletin folded in 1951, the Journal was left as Edmonton's oldest and only remaining daily newspaper. The monopoly continued until The Edmonton Sun began publishing in 1978.[8]

Present day

Today, the Journal publishes six days a week, with regular sections including News (city, Canada, and world), Sports, Opinion, A&E, Life, and Business. The newspaper participates in the Critics and Awards Program for High School Students (Cappies),[9] and has partnerships with a number of arts organizations in Edmonton, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Ballet Company. It also supports community events such as the Canspell National Spelling Bee.[10]

The Journal has also begun operating under a new commitment to digital media in addition to traditional print.[10]


The Edmonton Journal has seen like most Canadian daily newspapers a decline in circulation. Its total circulation dropped by 22 percent to 92,542 copies daily from 2009 to 2015.[11]

Daily average[12]

See also


  1. ^ Postmedia integrating four major market newsrooms following Sun acquisition Financial Post. Retrieved January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Edmonton Journal Historical Information". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "2015 Daily Newspaper Circulation Spreadsheet (Excel)". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017. Numbers are based on the total circulation (print plus digital editions).
  4. ^ "Hollinger International Inc. - Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "CanWest Global Communications Corp. acquired Hollinger newspaper chain". Digital Journal. August 1, 2000. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Godfrey group buys Canwest The National Post, May 11, 2010
  7. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Special Awards and Citations". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "Sun Media Corporation". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  9. ^ "Cappies of Greater Edmonton" (Excel). The Cappies. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "About Us". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  11. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017. Figures refer to the total circulation (print and digital combined) which includes paid and unpaid copies.

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2007 Edmonton municipal election

The 2007 Edmonton municipal election was held Monday, October 15, 2007 to elect a mayor and 12 councillors to the city council, eight of the nine trustees to Edmonton Public Schools, and four of the seven trustees to the Edmonton Catholic Schools. One incumbent public school trustee had no challengers, and three separate school trustee candidates (one being an incumbent) were unchallenged. Since 1968, provincial legislation has required every municipality to hold triennial elections. Of the estimated 560,117 eligible voters, only 152,576 turned in a ballot, a voter turnout of 27.2%.

2013 Edmonton municipal election

The 2013 Edmonton municipal election was held Monday, October 21, 2013 to elect a mayor and 12 councillors to the city council, seven of the nine trustees to Edmonton Public Schools, and the seven trustees to the Edmonton Catholic Schools. Two incumbent public school trustees had no challengers. From 1968 to 2013, provincial legislation has required every municipality to hold elections every three years. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta passed a bill on December 5, 2012, amending the Local Authorities Election Act. Starting with the 2013 elections, officials are elected for a four-year term, and municipal elections are moved to a four-year cycle.The 12 electoral wards are the same as that of the 2010 election; each represented by a single councillor. Of the estimated 619,138 eligible voters, only 213,585 turned in a ballot, a voter turnout of 34.5%. A municipal census conducted in 2012 showed a population of 817,498, meaning approximately 75.7% of the population was eligible to vote. Three incumbent councillors retired from politics, Jane Batty, Kim Krushell, and Linda Sloan, while incumbent councillors Kerry Diotte, Don Iveson and Karen Leibovici ran for the position left by incumbent Mayor Stephen Mandel, guaranteeing at least six new councillors. The six vacancies were the only new councillors, as the remaining seven incumbents were re-elected. While the mayoral election was billed as a three-way race between the incumbent councillors, on election night Iveson won by a large margin.

Bryan Hall (sportscaster)

Bryan Hall (born August 19, 1934) nicknamed "Hallsy", is a Canadian radio and television personality and retired radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Edmonton Eskimos on 630w CHED in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hall was born on August 19, 1934 in Toronto, Ontario. His father was a lawyer, who died when Hall was 9, and his mother a nurse. Hall got his first broadcasting job at the age of 19, after moving to Edmonton, at CKUA where he did news, a jazz show, and sports. At the suggestion of a columnist for the Edmonton Journal, Hall also took up a vacant sportscaster job at CHED, which he held from 1955 to 1962. In 1962, Hall moved to Toronto to take up a job covering sports with CHUM, but quickly moved back to Edmonton 3 years later, this time, back to CJCA, where he did play-by-play for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with the network from 1965 to 1993. During his time with CJCA, he also pioneered the first open-line sports talk radio show in Edmonton. In the decade of the 70s, Hall worked as a racetrack announcer at Edmonton Northlands Park calling over 10,000 thoroughbred races. When CJCA ceased broadcasting operations in 1993, Hall moved back to CHED to take up the position of sports director - continuing to do play-by-play of Edmonton Eskimos games until 2009.

After 45 years of play-by-play for Edmonton Eskimos games, Hall retired in 2009. During his play-by-play career, he also did play-by-play for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Edmonton Flyers. The media centre, The Bryan Hall Media Centre, in Commonwealth Stadium was named after Hall when he retired in 2009. Though retired from doing play-by-play, Hall, in his 65th year of broadcasting, currently does 14 daily shows in the morning on CHED, I News and Global Television. Hall is also known for doing radio advertisements on CHED for local Christenson Developments, Crosstown Motors, and Lay-z-boy Furniture He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Charles Alston (gridiron football)

Charles Alston (born June 8, 1978) is a former professional gridiron football defensive end who played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Alston played college football and college basketball at Bowie State University, becoming the first NCAA player to play both a football and basketball game in the same day. In his first of two years with the Bulldogs, Alston was named to the All-Conference football team in his role as an offensive lineman. He later led the Bulldogs in his second year as the team captain. From 2003 to 2004, Alston attempted to break into the National Football League (NFL), spending time with three different teams in the preseason or as a practice squad player. He never played a regular season game in the NFL.

Alston joined the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2005, remaining with the team for three years. He played in 22 regular season games, recording 37 tackles, five sacks, and four forced fumbles. In the 93rd Grey Cup, Alston sacked the opposing quarterback in overtime, leading to a scoreless drive for the Montreal Alouettes and a 38–35 win for the Eskimos. Alston had several stints as a starting player for the Eskimos, but his role as a starter was never consistent, partially due to injuries. He was released by the Eskimos after the 2007 season.

Edmonton Expo Centre

The Edmonton Expo Centre, formerly the Northlands AgriCom and also known as the Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre is a multi-purpose convention centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Operated by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the City of Edmonton, it is located in Edmonton's Montrose neighbourhood, across the street from the (now closed) Northlands Coliseum.

Fort McMurray Today

The Fort McMurray Today is a publication based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Today publishes its tabloid twice a week, with a supplemental tabloid issue delivered free throughout Fort McMurray every Thursday [1].

Fort McMurray Today is owned by Postmedia and is considered the paper of record for Fort McMurray and covers a number of topics affecting the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

In 2017, the newspaper's coverage of the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire won a National Newspaper Award for breaking news. The award was shared with the combined newsroom of the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun.[2]

Garneau Theatre

The Garneau Theatre is a historic movie theatre located on 109 Street in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The theatre originally operated independently until it joined with Famous Players in 1941. It closed in late 1990, and reopened in December 1991 under Magic Lantern Theatres who restored it in 1996. Magic Lantern operated the Garneau until June 2011 when it closed. The Garneau became Metro Cinema's new home in July 2011, and was officially reopened in September 2011.It was designated a Municipal Historic Resource on October 28, 2009.Designed by noted Edmonton architect William Blakey and built in 1940, the Garneau is the only remaining theatre of the early modernist style and period in Alberta.

Hardy Cup

The W. G. Hardy Trophy, more commonly referred to as the Hardy Cup, was the Canadian national Intermediate "A" ice hockey championship from 1967 until 1984. From 1985 until 1990, the Hardy Cup was the Canadian national senior championship for Senior "AA" after senior and intermediate hockey were merged by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.

For years, until the 1967-68 season, the Intermediate level had many regional championships. The most prominent was for the Edmonton Journal Trophy, the Western Canadian Intermediate "A" Crown. In Ontario, at some times, the Intermediate champions were included in Allan Cup Senior "A" playoffs as well.

In 1984, the Intermediate level was collapsed by the CAHA into senior hockey and the Hardy Cup was reclassified to be the Senior "AA" crown, one level down from the Senior "AAA" Allan Cup. Senior "AA" was unsustainable at the national level and the trophy was retired soon after.

Jack Matheson

John "Jack" Matheson (July 25, 1924 – January 24, 2011) was a Canadian sports journalist known for his wide coverage of sports for the Winnipeg Tribune from 1946 to 1980.Matheson was born on July 25, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began his newspaper career in 1946 with the Winnipeg Tribune. He became the sports editor for the newspaper in 1959, a position he held until the newspaper ceased publication in 1980. Matheson covered a variety of sports, including hockey, curling and football with the Tribune, and on the radio, working with CJOB. He is most noted for his coverage of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and various curling events.Matheson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. The Jack Matheson Award is annually presented by the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association to aspiring students in sports communications.Matheson was married to his wife Peggy for 63 years until his death. Matheson's son, James Donald "Jim" is also a distinguished sports writer, working for the Edmonton Journal since 1970. Jim was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a media honoree and received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 2000.Jack Matheson died January 24, 2011 in Winnipeg at the Grace Hospital of kidney disease.

Joe Ryan (Canadian football)

Joseph B. Ryan (11 April 1902 — 2 June 1979) was a Canadian football manager of the Winnipeg Winnipegs and general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos. Ryan was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1968, the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.


K-Days, formerly known as Klondike Days and Edmonton's Capital Ex, is an annual 10-day exhibition held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, usually near the end of July. In recent years it has attracted between 700,000 and 800,000 visitors each year. It runs in conjunction with A Taste of Edmonton and – from 2006 through 2012 – the Edmonton Indy.

The exhibition is held at Northlands (formerly Northlands Park), south of Northlands Coliseum.

Kevin Taft

Kevin Taft (born September 9, 1955) is a best-selling author, consultant, speaker, and former provincial politician in Alberta, Canada. Prior to his election, he worked in various public policy roles (1973-2000) in the Government of Alberta, private and non-profit sectors, in the areas of health, energy, and economic policy. From 1986 to 1991 he was CEO of the ExTerra Foundation, which mounted one of history's largest paleontological expeditions in China's Gobi Desert, Alberta's badlands, and the Canadian Arctic. He is the author of five books and many research studies and articles on political and economic issues in Alberta. In the mid-late 1990s Dr. Taft wrote two books critical of the ruling Progressive Conservatives, causing the Premier of Alberta at the time (Ralph Klein) to insult him in the Alberta Legislature and solidifying Taft's desire to run for office to defend his perspective on public policy. He was an Alberta Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 2001 to 2012, and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2004 to 2008. Taft continues his career as an author, speaker, and consultant. He is father to two adult sons and currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his partner Jeanette Boman.

Linda Duncan

Linda Francis Duncan (born June 25, 1949) is a Canadian lawyer and politician, currently serving as a Member of Parliament for the riding of Edmonton—Strathcona in Alberta. A New Democrat, Duncan was the only non-Conservative MP from Alberta from the 2008 election until the 2015 election, and is still the only NDP MP elected in Alberta. Prior to her election, she ran unsuccessfully in the same riding in 2006.

Before politics, Duncan practiced as an environmental lawyer, working in Edmonton until 1987 when she moved to Ottawa to work for Environment Canada. She also spent time in Whitehorse working as an assistant deputy in the Yukon government, and in Montreal working in NAFTA's Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She also served on the Sierra Legal Defence Fund's Board of Directors.


Nakiska is a ski resort in western Canada, in the Kananaskis Country region of the province of Alberta. It is located 83 km (52 mi) from Calgary, west on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) and south on Highway 40 (Kananaskis Trail). "Nakiska" is a Cree word meaning "to meet" or "meeting place."Set on the east face of the southern end of Mount Allan, Nakiska has 64 trails with four chairlifts (3 high-speed quads and 1 double), 1 Reg Magic Carpet and 1 Monster Carpet) set up over an area of 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi). The longest run has 3.3 km (2.1 mi), from a top lift-served elevation of 2,258 m (7,408 ft) to the base at 1,479 m (4,852 ft).

Nakiska is owned by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which also owns the Fernie, Kimberley, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Mont Sainte Anne, and Stoneham ski resorts.

Northlands Coliseum

Northlands Coliseum, or simply the Coliseum, is an indoor arena located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, situated on the north side of Northlands. It was home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The arena opened in 1974, and was later known as Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and Rexall Place, before returning to the Northlands Coliseum name in summer 2016.

The arena hosted the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup hockey tournaments, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, seven Stanley Cup finals (Oilers loss in 1983; Oilers victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990; and Oilers loss in 2006), many other hockey events, along with other sporting events and major concerts.

The final NHL game played at the arena was on April 6, 2016. The building closed on New Year's Day 2018, after ownership of the facility was transferred from Northlands to the City of Edmonton. Northlands had planned to re-develop the arena into a multi-level ice facility, but these plans were scrapped after it was found that renovating the facility would be more costly than building a new one altogether.

Open Secrets

Open Secrets (ISBN 0-099-45971-X) is a book of short stories by Alice Munro published by McClelland and Stewart in 1994. It was nominated for the 1994 Governor General's Award for English Fiction.The Edmonton Journal called it "the best Canadian book of 1994."

Paula Simons

Paula Simons (born September 7, 1964) is a currently-serving Canadian Senator. She previously worked as a journalist and was a columnist for the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta. She sits as an independent senator representing Alberta in the Senate of Canada, and is part of the Independent Senators Group caucus.

Princess Theatre (Edmonton)

The Princess Theatre is a two-screen art-house cinema located at 10337 Whyte Avenue in Edmonton's historic Old Strathcona neighbourhood. The building was designed by prominent Edmonton architects Wilson and Herrald, a firm responsible for the design of many other Edmonton heritage sites. It became Edmonton's oldest surviving theatre after the demolition of the Gem Theatre in 2006. The building currently houses the main 400-seat theatre as well as the 100-seat Princess II, located in the basement.It was originally known as the McKernan Block, after John W. McKernan, the building's original financier, owner, and manager.The building and the theatre within has changed ownership several times, and its fortunes have largely depended on the state of the Canadian theatre industry at the time. It spent a dozen years as a retail space from 1958–1970, and six years from 1970-1976 mainly exhibiting mainstream pornographic films. The Princess was operated successfully as a repertory theatre from 1978 to late 1996, after which it became a first run theatre. Until 2016, the Princess was operated as a first run theatre by Edmonton's native Magic Lantern Theatres. From January 2016 the Cinema is being operated by Plaza Entertainment.

Rogers Place

Rogers Place is a multi-use indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Construction started in March 2014, and the building officially opened on September 8, 2016. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,500 as a hockey venue and 20,734 as a concert venue.It replaced Northlands Coliseum (opened 1974) as the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings. The arena is located at the block between 101 and 104 Streets and 104 and 105 Avenues. Public transit access to the arena is provided by the Edmonton Light Rail Transit system (MacEwan station on the Metro Line) and Edmonton Transit Service bus.

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