Bay Observer Hits Newstands

By RTH Staff
Published November 08, 2008

By new you have probably seen the Bay Observer, a new weekly newspaper published by John Best.

Focusing mainly on Burlington and suburban Hamilton, the paper is a bit hard to find right downtown but can be purchased for a dollar at various locations in the west end and on the Mountain. It has a circulation of around 30,000 and some 30 retail outlets.

John Best explains that he sees the paper as "an additional voice in an increasingly media-concentrated milieu. Our focus, as much as we can, will be on finding a bit of the 'why' behind certain stories."

Currently the website is set up in a blog format, but Best plans to update the site "to make it more responsive." You can visit the website at:


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By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted November 09, 2008 at 00:52:01

It's a great little newspaper, & will probably go a long way toward transparent, objective, & realistic local news reporting.

The Bay Observer is the one local paper that I read cover to cover, every week. Keep up the good work!!

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By highwater (registered) | Posted November 09, 2008 at 11:46:38

I wouldn't go quite that far, myself. Alot of it is filler, and their well-intentioned attempt to bring Hamilton and Burlington together is a stretch to say the least, but I have to hand it to Peggy Chapman. I've been very impressed with her reporting, and the Stan Roscoe article in this week's edition was the best kind of story-telling. I hope the Spec is suitably embarrassed.

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By Eyes wide open (anonymous) | Posted February 05, 2015 at 22:26:58

John Best is a wonderful self promoter but putting hamilton and Burlington in the same category is not realistic. I do not equate transparency, accountability , honesty and genuine talent with John best. Others yes ... John best no

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