Beacon Masthead

The Beacon as it Was and Is

Twenty years ago the James Bay Newspaper Society emerged from a remarkable history of local community newspapers. One of its first steps was to find a new name. They selected The James Bay Beacon. It is interesting to compare some of those first issues with today's.

There are some obvious differences. The masthead has changed somewhat. The number of pages has increased from a normal 12 to the usual 20 now. Advertising costs have tripled. Dramatically different layout and printing methods have occurred, from cut-and- paste to fully computerized systems. Gone are the days when volunteers laboured into the wee hours to produce the templates which had to be transported to a photo shop, then to the printer. Now a one-finger jab sends everything to the printer. Although early on it had to resort to requests for donations to keep it solvent, The Beacon has now been operating in the black. Circulation has increased from 6500 to 7500, reflecting population growth.

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In this issue...

A Friendship Cube

And They Shall Bloom No More

Birth of the Beacon

MLA Report: Risk Without Reward

MP Report: We Can Afford to Raise the GIS and Lift All Seniors Out of Poverty

Canadian Political System: Does Anyone Care?

Catherine Smart: A James Bay Inspiration

Titanic: The British Columbia Story

From One Dog Owner to Another

James Bay Community School: Want to Share Some Ideas? Go to TED

JBNH: How the Business Community is Supporting Our Members

JBCP: Volunteers Helping Seniors

JBNA: Winds of James Bay

Yet Another Walk on the Beach

War Horse by Steven Spielberg

Story of the James Bay Project

Tax Time, Again

'Tis the (Allergy) Season


Tortoiseshell or "Tortoise Hell"

A Little Garden


Stormy Night and Morning After

Letters to the Editor

In Answer to Letter "Overboard on Dogs" Feb 2012

Naked Percentages Not Sexy

Dog Haters Allowed to Voice Their Opinion

Recipes by Conni Atwell

Chicken, Chicken, and More Chicken

This Month's Mystery House

February’s Mystery House is located at 217 Ontario Street