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The Calgary Herald is a daily newspaper published in the Canadianmarker city of Calgarymarker, Albertamarker.


The paper was first published on August 31 1883 by Andrew Armour and Thomas Braden as The Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser. It started as a weekly paper with only four pages created on a handpress. The operation was small, with a tent by the junction of the Bow and Elbow rivers serving as the office. In 1885 the Herald became a daily but it was not until fall 1983 that it was published seven days a week. Until April 1985 it was an afternoon paper but it is now delivered in the mornings. In November 2000, the Herald became part of the Southam Newspapers (now Canwest News Service division of CanWest Global Communications).

The Herald also publishes Neighbours, a weekly community newspaper that is distributed with the Herald in some (but not all) parts of Calgary, and Swerve, a weekly magazine-style pullout. In the spring of 2005, the Herald joined several other CanWest Global affiliates in launching Dose, a free daily newspaper targeted at 20-something commuters; it was discontinued as a print publication after a year.

On November 8, 1999, recently-unionized staff at the Herald, including reporters, went on strike. The strike lasted until July 2000, during which many longtime Herald reporters left the newspaper. While some accepted a severance package, others returned to work on the condition that the union be dissolved.[118417] Many seasoned journalists were replaced by inexperienced staff and it took several years for the Herald to rebuild its readership after the strike. Former Herald staff who left during or as a result of the strike can be found working for other publications, most notably the weekly business-oriented publication Business Edge.

From April 29–August 31, 2008 the Herald' published classic front pages from 1883–2007 for its 125th anniversary.

Distribution and circulation

The Calgary Herald is one of two daily newspapers currently serving the Calgary area. The second is the Calgary Sun. Distribution is done by subscription, direct sale (such as at newsstands), or by newspaper box. The latter was the target of public debate by City Council in early 2008 when at least one alderman claimed that the newspaper boxes were responsible for increased states of litter on public transit.

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