This week in Canadian media history: Ontario’s first newspaper began publishing
Sponsored by John Graves Simcoe, the Upper Canada Gazette lasted more than 50 years.
By Aeman Ansari, Reporter
The Upper Canada Gazette began publishing on April 18, 1793, lasting until around 1848. As Ontario’s first newspaper, it was sponsored by the government and led by John Graves Simcoe, the lieutenant governor. The first issue was four pages long and included a statement from Simcoe and the text of a speech by King George III. Though the publishers were appointed by the government, it also provided general news and anti-governmental editorials.
With research from the Government of Canada website.