John Bushell started Canada's first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, on March 23, 1752. The Gazette would have published sooner, but according to Bushell, there was no local news to be reported.

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By Eric Mark Do

John Bushell started Canada’s first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, on March 23, 1752. The paper started as a weekly, printed on both sides of a half-sheet of foolscap paper. The Gazette would have published sooner, but according to Bushell, there was no local news to be reported. The paper was still going strong when Bushnell died in 1761. In fact, it still exists today as the Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, the official government publication. 

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled John Bushell’s name. 


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