How were Canada’s first newspapers established? The history of journalism in Upper Canada may have begun in the 1820s. The decade of the thirties saw well-established presses emerging, the most important papers being the Niagara Gleaner, the Courier of Upper Canada, the Colonial Advocate, the Canadian Freeman, and the Christian Guardian of York. To the resident of Upper Canada they were the chief means of news and political opinions in the province and keeping them in touch with the outside world.
J.J Talman’s article, “The Newspapers of Upper Canada a Century Ago”, from the 1938 volume of the Canadian Historical Review shares detailed insight into how these newspapers have become an unequaled source of information on many aspects of Canada’s social, economic, and political life a century ago.