Westward Independent

Well, folks, it’s been a year!

With a mix of grit, countless cups of coffee, and sheer determination, the Westward Independent celebrates its first birthday. We’ve tackled the tough topics that other publications shy away from and have weathered the storm of local cancel culture. Unlike the big names riding the wave of provincial grants and media bailouts, we’ve managed to stay fiercely independent, thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the generous support of our readers.

 

As a truly grassroots operation, our 100% independence means we’re not answering to any major donors. We are your voice, unfiltered and unwavering. Each edition of the Westward Independent represents over 1,400 volunteer hours spent researching, writing, formatting, and distributing our paper. That’s right, we’re not just a newspaper; we’re a community effort.

 

If our work has made you laugh, think, or even rage a little, consider throwing some spare change our way. Every bit helps to keep the presses running and the lights on. You can donate at sales@wwind.ca. Remember, it takes a village to keep a truly independent press alive and kicking.

 

Here’s to many more years of independent reporting, powered by the people of the Cowichan Valley and beyond!

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