Community paper shuts down after nearly 30 years
The only newspaper for the black community in Ottawa is shutting down after nearly 30 years. The Spectrum was launched in 1984 by Ewart Walters who put it together in his living room.
“It's a sense of fulfillment that you've been able to do something to help,” said Walters. “It contributes to what the goals of Canada are…a sense of belonging of all Canadian citizens. That sense of belonging is critical to what community newspapers do.”
Walters said the goal of the newspaper was to create an institution for the black community and visible minorities in Ottawa. He said it has done just that after almost three decades in Ottawa.
Walters won a number of awards for his contribution to the community.
He says he may write a novel in the future but for now will spend more time with his wife of 47 years, his children and his grandchildren.
With a report from CTV’s Katie Griffin