Local Xpress is a news site started by the newsroom and news bureau staff of the Halifax Chronicle Herald after they were forced out on strike Jan. 23 rather than accept a regressive "final offer" from Chronicle Herald management. The offer rejected by the Halifax Typographical Union's then-61 members would have irreparably eroded our union's jurisdiction, along with much of the quality of Atlantic Canada's largest newspaper.
You can read more about the strike here.
Local Xpress lets many of us keep doing journalism and provides readers with a high-quality alternate news source to the Herald, which is now written entirely by scab replacement workers.
This is our second website. After we outgrew our first one, we partnered with Village Media, based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., which operates some of the largest online news sites in the communities they serve.
All the 'staff' work you see here is done by volunteer writers, photographers, editors and support staff, mostly working out of their homes and with their own computers, camera equipment and other gear. With a small staff, we can't cover everything -- but we try to bring you a mix of things you won't find elsewhere along with some of the important news of the day.
If you want to help support the Local Xpress, you can do so through a monthly pledge on crowd-funding site Patreon (note: donations are in U.S. funds so you may want to factor in the exchange rate) or we also gratefully accept cheques mailed to: Local Xpress, 30 Joshua Slocum Ave., Lewis Lake, NS, B3Z 1C3
If you want to make a financial contribution to help our union local and its members weather this very long strike, you can mail your donation to Halifax Typographical Union, PO Box 8064, 6275 Almon St., Halifax, NS, B3K 5N2.