Montreal's west end loses another local paper

A local newspaper serving Montreal's west end is shutting down.

Publishers of the Free Press, a bi-weekly newspaper which serves NDG, Hampstead and Cote St. Luc, announced on Tuesday that their current edition would be their last.

Like many other smaller newspapers, the Free Press had been struggling with sagging advertising revenues and rising costs.

Cote St. Luc city councillor Mike Cohen says part of the problem is a Quebec government decision to allow municipalities not to advertise bylaws in newspapers, and instead let them do it online.

The paper, which began life as the NDG Free Press, launched in the fall of 2009 in response to the closing of the Monitor, which had been in business for more than 80 years.