BY OLE HAMMARLUND
Since December 1, I have been cut off from the mainland. Not because the bridge closed because of high winds. Not because the ferry ceased to operate because of high waves.
I was cut off because the Globe and Mail ceased to be delivered to P.E.I. on December 1. The Globe had until then been printing an Atlantic edition in Halifax, but as they were losing $1 million a year doing that, they stopped. Can’t blame them for that.
What I can blame them for is their insistence that I accept an on-line version instead. But I may be old, and maybe even old fashioned, but after a day of work on my computer I do not want to spend my free time reading on screen.
When I relax, be it on the couch, in the bed, on the beach or in the tub, I want to hold paper in my hands, not a Kindle or a smart phone. Vinyl got replaced by CDs, but now vinyl is back. Why can’t the Globe understand that on line content is not interchangeable with paper? Despite Kindle, the good old books and bookstores are still very popular. Same with papers.
Buying the Globe here was never cheap, but local cafes and even fast food establishments like McDonalds caught on that having in house copies of the Globe was good for business. Even I and my wife, not known for their love of fast food restaurants, have been seen at McDonalds taking in a burger, a cappuccino and of course a free Globe.
While the Guardian does indeed Covers The Island Like The Dew, we have depended on the Globe for coverage of national and international news, previously delivered to our door. Add to that last year’s Christmas present from our son, the New York Times Sunday edition and you can see that we had not only hours of daily reading but also paper enough to start fires for decades to come. Now both Globe and Times are gone.
Is it not ridiculous that you can have any Amazon item ordered and delivered overnight, but not get a copy of the Globe that calls itself a national newspaper? In the City of Canada’s birth no less?
I took my complaint to the Globe and Mail, even offering to import a bundle by air myself, but got no sympathy.
Our only hope is that our local bookstore the Bookmark is considering importing the weekend Globe. The cost is over $9 per Saturday copy and they need minimum 50 subscribers. I have already signed up. If you want to be connected to the mainland as well, please sign up at Bookmark.
Or take it to your MP. Like the $45 to cross the bridge, over $9 for a copy of a newspaper is just outrageous. Listen, we are not just some backwoods; we are Charlottetown, cradle of Confederation!
- Ole Hammarlund of Charlottetown works at Hammarlund and Lips Architects