Consolidation of corporate power;
unprecedented cuts to newsrooms;
concentration of ownership;
the rise of the public relations industry;
the intensification of disinformation campaigns;
reliance on right-wing think tanks.

While you won't read about it in the papers, these ongoing trends are cause for increasing alarm among hundreds of thousands of Canadians. These trends have also led to the largest resurgence in independent media activity in decades.

In Canada, as elsewhere, diverse efforts involving thousands of people have arisen. However, these efforts remain largely obscure to the vast majority of Canadians.

MANA (Media Alliance for New Activism) is Canada's largest network of independent media groups. was created to aid those who are looking for alternatives, or wish to get involved in building independent media.

MANA receives new queries and requests each week from concerned citizens and journalists from all over Canada. Unfortunately, MANA currently has no funding, staff, or volunteers, and so our online directory is not being updated at this time.

We need a team of committed volunteers to maintain this website and to build our network. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us, or contact MANA co-founder group, The ACTivist magazine.

In Print | Television and Video | Online | Local | Français | Organizations and Activism | Indymedia | "Independent" Weeklies | Student Press | Radio

¶ In Print
"Cross-disability lifestyle magazine"
Alberta Views
"Perspectives on a province"
The ACTivist magazine
"Peace, Ecology and Human Rights"
Alternatives Journal
"Canadian Environmental Ideas and action"
Briarpatch Magazine
"Fighting the War on Error"
The Canadian
"Progressive and cross-cultural national newspaper"
Canadian Dimension
"For people who want to change the world"
Columbia Journal
"Alternative to the corporate press in BC"
Common Ground
Monthly magazine on "health, ecology & personal growth."
Discourse and Disclosure
"A forum for thinking people"
The Dominion
"Canada's grassroots national newspaper"
"The Marxist voice of youth and labour"
Global Aware
A collective of journalists, photographers, writers, graphic designers, web professionals and concerned individuals working towards environmental justice and social change.
Global Outlook
"The truth behind the headlines"
Good Girl Magazine
"Challenging and critiquing the status quo"
"Quarterly Canadian feminist magazine"
Just Labour
"A Canadian Journal of Work and Society"
The Knoll
Student journal at UBC
Maisonneve Magazine
"Eclectic curiosity"; Montréal
Marxist-Leninist Daily
From the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist Leninist)
New Socialist Magazine
Monthly magazine covering class struggle
Our Times
"Canada's Independent Labour Magazine"
Peace Magazine
Discussion of peacemaking; Quarterly
Prairie Peaks News
News for the Canadian West
Press for Conversion!
From the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
The Ram's Horn
Monthly of food systems analysis
Magazine published by Native youth in Vancouver.
The Republic
"Vancouver's opinionated newspaper"
"The Discovery Magazine" (Nova Scotia)
Socialist Worker
Newspaper of the International Socialists.
The Sunday Independent
"Independent Thinking," St. John's, Nfld.
This Magazine
"Because everything is political"
The Tyee
"A feisty one" -- news and views for BC
Women and Environments
"Examines women's relations to their environments"
"Canada's Aboriginal news source"
The Walrus
Toronto-based general interest magazine.

¶ Television & Video
Boiling Frog
Promote and distribute activist media.
"Intelligent television", focus on public affairs.
Independent World Television
New TV network; 'Serious news and diversity of opinion'.
Videos about global justice and social issues.
Toronto Video Activist Collective.
Working TV
"From the point of view of those who do the work."
The Real News
A worldwide independent news network that investigates the critical issues of our time
Chernozym Video
Activist Documentary Video Production based in Toronto

¶ Online
Active Voice Online
Active Voice Coalition, Prince George, BC
"...for a different world"
"Unreliable local media"; London, ON
Autonomy and Solidarity
"An exploratory network and political space"
BC Free Press
Independent news/opinion webzine.
Independent perspectives on the events, people and issues.
Currents of Awareness
Featuring diverse, credible independent news.
Canadian Spectator
Non-corporate news and links.
Creative Resistance
Making Injustice Visible -- activism from BC.
Dooney's Cafe
Toronto Café and "alternate news service"
Online Environmental Magazine, New Brunswick.
The Filter
Filtering the polluted media landscape.
"Aboriginal information, news, analysis"
Original reporting from Halifax-based journalists.
Raise the Hammer
"For a vibrant, livable Hamilton"
LabourStart: Canada
"Labour news from Canada"
Montreal Muslim News
"Because you have a right to know"
Writing and reporting from Naomi Klein and others.
"Showcases progressive social movements"
"Where you can be the media."
"Pop-politics, Culture, Canadian Perspective"
"News for the rest of us"; a progressive online journal.
A radical newswire.
Salt Spring Island News
Of and For Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Seven Oaks
Politics, culture and resistance.
The Straight Goods
Independent online source of news, information and fun.
Toronto Whorlpool Magazine
"Canadian alternative media resource directory"
Vive le Canada
"Grassroots efforts to improve Canadian sovereignties"

¶ Primarily Local
Annex Echo
Humanist neighbourhood newspaper, Toronto
Catch da Flava
Newspaper and radio in Regent Park, Toronto.
"Vision of a Sustainable Vancouver Island"
Connecting social justice folks in Toronto.
Gateway to environment, peace and sustainable living.
Flotsam and Jestam
Salt Spring Island, BC
The Glebe
Community newspaper in Ottawa
South shore, Nova Scotia
West coast environmental news
Watershed Sentinel
"Environmental news from Georgia Strait"

¶ En Français
"Un journal pour le peuple"
La Gauche
"L'indépendence, le feminisme et le socialisme"
Le Mouton Noir
Un journal d'opinion et d'information.
Reseau Media
Le portail des médias alternatifs du Québec.
Un Seul Monde
"Des points de vue provenant des mouvements associatifs"

¶ Organizations and Activism
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
"defend and enhance"
"cross-media ownership, convergence and integration"
"feminist organization... social justice and equality"
Guerrilla Media
"West Coast direct-action media critics"
"A new vision for Canadian broadcasting"

¶ Independent Media Centres
Independent Media Centres are activist-run media outlets that emphasize broad public participation in the creation of media. These web sites utilize "open publishing" a practice that allows anyone to post their reporting, video or audio footage, photography, or analysis.
¶ "Independent" Weeklies
City based weeklies are often corporate owned and are heavily dependent on corporate advertisers, but nonetheless have been known to carry occasional stories that do not appear in the rest of the corporate press.
Georgia Straight - Vancouver
XPress - Ottawa
Now - Toronto
Eye - Toronto
Vue - Edmonton
Hour - Montréal
FRED - Fredericton
The Coast - Halifax
FFWD - Calgary

¶ Student Press
Aquinian - St. Thomas U
Argosy - Mount Allison U
Argus - Lakehead U
Arthur - Trent U
Athenaeum - Acadia U
Baron - UNB Saint John
Brock Press - Brock U
Brunswickan - U of New Brunswick
Cadre - U of Prince Edward Island
Caper Times - UC Cape Breton
Carillon - U of Regina
Cascade - UC Fraser Valley
Dialog - George Brown
Echo - Vanier College
Excalibur - York U
Fulcrum - Ottawa U
Gateway - U of Alberta
Gazette - Dalhousie U
Imprint - U of Waterloo
Intercamp - Grant MacEwan College
Interrobang - Fanshawe College
The Journal - Queen's U
Link - Concordia U
Manitoban - U of Manitoba
Martlet - U of Victoria
McGill Daily - McGill U
Meliorist - U of Lethbridge
Mike - St. Michael's College, U of T
Muse - Memorial U of Newfoundland
Navigator - Malaspina U College
OBITERdicta - Osgoode Hall Law
Omega - U College of the Cariboo
Ontarion - U of Guelph
Other Press - Douglas College
Over the Edge - U of Northern BC
Peak - Simon Fraser U
Phoenix - Okanagan UC
Plant - Dawson College
Polyscope - École Polytechnique, Mtl
Quill - Brandon
Ryersonian - Ryerson
Silhouette - McMaster
Strand - Victoria College, U of T
Ubyssey - U of British Columbia
Underground - Scarborough, U of T
Uniter - U of Winnipeg
Varsity - U of Toronto
Voice - Athabasca U
Window - New College, U of T
Xaverian Weekly - St. Francis Xavier
¶ Radio
Due to (comparatively) progressive frequency licensing, Canada is blessed with a (comparatively) vibrant campus, community and independent radio scene. Many carry syndicated independent news programs, and some produce substantial original reporting. Additionally, many "broadcast" their programming over the internet.
CJSF - Burnaby
CFUV - Victoria
CITR - Vancouver
CFRO - Vancouver
CFBX - Kamloops
CJSR - Edmonton
CJSW - Calgary
CKUL - Lethbridge
CFCR - Saskatoon
CKUW - Winnipeg
CFBU - St. Catharines
CJAM - Windsor
CFFF - Peterborough
CFRC - Kingston
CKLN - Toronto
CIUT - Toronto
CHRY - Toronto
CKMS - Waterloo
CFRU - Guelph
CKCU - Ottawa
CHUO - Ottawa
CKUT - Montreal
CJMQ - Lennoxville
CHSR - Fredericton
CHMA - Sackville
Caper - Sydney
Natradio - Toronto
CKDU - Halifax

¶ Directories
The lists above are inevitably not exhaustive, and may at some times be out of date. A list of other useful (Canadian) directories follows.
Aboriginal media in North America
Includes several Canadian sites.

A list of student papers

Newspapers in Canada
An exhaustive list, by province.
Includes major lists of web sites, newspapers and Magazines.

Reseau des Médias Alternatifs
A directory of independent media in Québec. Links
Canadian Campus, Community, Native, and Non-Commercial Stations Online

Directory of Canadian weblogs of all kinds.