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The Vancouver Courier is a Canadianmarker semiweekly local newspaper published in Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker by CanWest Global Communications. Currently, it is Canada's largest distributed community newspaper, with a weekly distribtuion of 265,000. The circulation estimate includes The Vancouver Courier, The Vancouver Courier Downtown, and the Vancouver Courier Westside, and The Vancouver Courier Eastside on Wednesdays.

Delivered to homes the paper is distributed from UBCmarker to the Vancouver proper boundary at Boundary Road.

The newspaper began as an independent in 1908 as the Eburne News. Within the last ten years its ownership has had three owners: first, the national Southammarker chain, then Hollinger, and finally CanWest. It expanded from being a neighbourhood newspaper to its current city-wide circulation area after acquiring the Vancouver Echo and the West End Times.

The paper has twice been named "Best Community Newspaper in B.C." and was the second runner-up in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association's general excellence competition.

Unlike most community newspapers, which feature several news stories on their front pages, the Courier's Friday front page features a single, lengthy feature that runs over several pages. The paper also frequently publishes material on local Vancouver history, usually written by Lisa Smedman. Columnists include Geoff Olson, Allen Garr, Fiona Hughes and Mark Hasiuk. The poet Earle Birney worked at the paper in the mid-1920s as a summer reporter and editor.


In an article reporting on the Essjay controversy at Wikipedia on March 9, 2007, the newspaper erroneously claimed that
"Wikipedia's entry for the Vancouver Courier describes the paper as 'Canada's foremost publication on Rashes, Groin Pulls and Goiters, with a readership consisting mostly of interpretive dance instructors, grumpy looking women in power suits and former city employees let go under mysterious circumstances.'"
Taken from the tongue-in-cheek 'Kudos and Kvetches' section, the comments falsely quote Wikipedia where no such edit was made.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, Wikipedia and the WikiProject Vancouver made the front page of the Courier.


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