Building on the Past
William Lyon Badger was a rock-ribbed news man, back in the day, and a damn good friend to George Brown (got this from the family archives—ed.). The two media tycoons played 9-ball pool and caught walleye together up there at French River, until they suddenly fell out over whether to establish a national newspaper in Toronto or in Edville.
So Brown went off and cobbled together The Globe in 1844, and the next year Our Founder launched the glorious Gazette, printing out two editions daily from his own barn.
Alas, as Edville residents well know, history is a cruel taskmaster.
It was a dark day indeed when William decommissioned the Gazette, corruption and graft in the corridors of power having forever scotched Edville’s destiny as a world-leading centre of industry and culture.
Fast forward to 2020.
The Founder’s great, great grandson Dick was rummaging around in the old barn, searching for a canister of insecticide that had been banned in the Seventies, and he stumbled upon a trove of charter documents for the long-forgotten Gazette.
He recognized in an instant that he could revive the newspaper at no cost to himself while claiming that it had been established in 1845, which it sort of was.
So that’s about it.
Edville, ON, Canada