Newspaper chain took bailout cash, fired staff anyways

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And federal documents confirm a $595 million newspaper bailout did not create jobs as promised.

November 15, 2021

After getting their chunk of a nearly $600-million taxpayer bailout of media groups, one of Canada’s largest chains then turned around and fired 111 staffers, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

And federal documents confirm a $595 million newspaper bailout did not create jobs as promised.

Records in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court indicate the Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Saltwire Network Inc., publisher of dozens of newspapers across the Maritimes, fired 111 employees on Sept. 1, 2020.

They were among 237 workers that had earlier been laid off as a pandemic precaution, according to management.

“SaltWire contends in March 2020 its business was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Justice Kevin Coady.

“Revenues were substantially reduced. Wrongful dismissal claims are “in the early stages of litigation,” he wrote.

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