Note to Readers: Our disappearing headlines

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You’ll notice something different about the editorial front page of today’s print edition: it is blank. It represents a very real phenomenon — local headlines and local newspapers are disappearing across Canada. A large part of the reason is the dominance of global tech giants such as Google and Facebook, which refuse to pay a fair price for content created by Canadian news outlets. They also drain off more than 80 per cent of all digital advertising revenue in Canada. Our blank front page is part of a nationwide campaign by News Media Canada to raise awareness of the danger this phenomenon poses not only to local media but to democracy itself.