On Tuesday, Huffington Post announced plans to launch regional expansion of its online news network into Alberta and British Columbia. There will be editorial teams based in the provinces and they will launch in the fall of 2012.

 

On Tuesday, Huffington Post announced plans to launch regional expansion of its online news network into Alberta and British Columbia. There will be editorial teams based in the provinces and they will launch in the fall of 2012.

Huffington Post Canada was the first international version of the U.S.-based web-news company, and it will celebrate its first birthday north of the border this month. The regional expansion into Western Canada follows the February launch of French-language Le Huffington Post Quebec.

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"More than one third of all Canadian traffic to Huffington Post sites is from Western Canada, so regional expansion is a natural progression," said Graham Moysey, general manager, AOL Canada in a press release. Huffington Post Canada has climbed to 2.8 million unique pageviews per month since launching in May 2011.

In a keynote speech at last month’s Canadian Association of Journalists conference, managing editor Kenny Yum emphasized that HuffPo Canada is not so different from a traditional newsroom; though HuffPo gained notoriety for its aggregation and (controversially unpaid) blogging, there is original reporting going on by its journalists and editors too. In fact, during the CAJ annual awards gala and banquet that weekend, HuffPo Canada reporter Rachel Mendleson took home the CAJ/CWA Award for labour reporting for her feature that explored the link between income inequality and the decline of unions in Canada.