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The Breach

Canada’s establishment media won’t tell it like it is — or how it could be. National newspapers are owned by billionaires or U.S. hedge funds, the CBC has become afraid of its own shadow, and social media platforms are swimming in ugly clickbait. They not only misrepresent our most pressing issues, but they leave people hopeless about ever changing them. The Breach is our response — an independent media outlet producing critical journalism to help map a just, viable future. We provide a platform for voices you won’t often find in the establishment media and investigations, analysis and video content about the crises of racism, inequality, colonialism, and climate breakdown.


Briarpatch Magazine

Briarpatch is an award-winning magazine of politics and culture. Fiercely independent and proudly polemical, Briarpatch offers original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective. As a reader-supported publication, Briarpatch is not just devoted to reporting on social movements — it’s committed to building them.



Canadaland is a news site and podcast network funded by its audience. Our primary focus is on Canadian media, news, current affairs, and politics. Our podcasts get over 100,000 downloads per week. Canadaland Inc. is registered as a limited liability corporation with the Province of Ontario.


The Discourse

Discourse Media is on the frontlines of journalism innovation in Canada. Founded in Vancouver, B.C., in 2014, our goal was to reimagine journalism from the ground up: how it is produced and delivered, how it is funded and, most importantly, how it can serve communities. In 2018, we narrowed in on the local news market, launching our first outlet in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island. Since then, we have launched new outlets in Nanaimo and on the West Shore. Our journalists are committed to meaningful reporting and shifting journalism practices to better serve the community..



IndigiNews aims to provide digital journalism driven by local Indigenous communities’ needs, while contributing to the long-term sustainability of independent Indigenous-centred media. IndigiNews is dedicated to covering the news in a way that allows for your stories to be heard, understood and respected. We aim to produce valuable, relevant, and trustworthy content by listening to the communities we serve through our work. Our reporters are currently covering the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island.


The Maple

The Maple is an independent digital news publication, covering Canadian politics from the perspective of the many, not the few. The Maple publishes a flagship daily newsletter that unpacks the key issues of the day and examines them from original angles that challenge the status quo. We also publish original long-form articles that focus on exposing economic inequality and social injustice, highlight stories about the impacts of the climate emergency, and critically examine the effects of Canada’s imperialist and colonialist policies. Ultimately, we believe in journalism that thoughtfully reports the injustices of the present, while also charting a way forward to a just future.


The National Observer

Canada's National Observer publishes investigative reporting, in-depth analysis, solutions journalism, multimedia features, opinion and daily news coverage. We pursue stories that seek to identify and explore problems in society. We also cover success and innovation to ensure that decision makers and members of the public are empowered to make informed choices. We have a special focus on how governments and industry make decisions as well as the factors that influence their policies.



Passage is a Canadian publication of thoughtful political, economic, and cultural ideas from a left-wing perspective.


Press Progress

PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism. Our journalism digs deeper into important issues that often go unreported by big corporate media outlets – we hold Canada’s rich and powerful accountable, expose unfair and unhealthy working conditions, and shine a light on hate and bigotry. We believe journalism serves a fundamental role in our democracy. We serve readers who want a brand of journalism that isn’t afraid to ask critical questions, confront injustices or impact real-world change all while upholding responsible journalistic standards.



We are an award-winning, independent, community-driven media. Among the first digital journalism organizations in Canada, and the first to incorporate as non-profit, has been at the forefront of reporting on national politics with a progressive lens that centres issues of social movements, of labour, and of grassroots activism. We began as a vision of journalists, writers, artists, activists and tech leaders across the country. They saw, first hand, the need for broader reporting on stories from civil society. In the early days, before big tech exploded on the media scene, we pioneered the place of technology in journalism – from our podcast network (ahead of iTunes!), to our early explorations of the use of live video to, for example, stream activism live from the streets across the county.


The Resolve

Efforts to diversify both legacy and independent newsrooms have largely failed, and Canadian media remains predominantly white, especially at the leadership level. This leaves Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities vastly underrepresented and their stories frequently misrepresented in the news. The Resolve will change this by creating a platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour journalists to tell their own stories directly to BIPOC audiences — not filtered through a white lens. The Resolve will reflect the real-life experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities — the highs and the lows, the challenges and the successes, the sorrows and the joys. The Resolve will dive deeper, explain complex issues and look to solutions. Black Lives Matter, the reckoning of Canada’s residential schools and so many other events are finally surfacing tough conversations about race in our society. Canadians are ready for a platform like The Resolve.


Spring Mag

Spring is a magazine of socialist ideas in action, published by the Spring Socialist Network. In a world of escalating climate disasters that are inflicted most on those least responsible, we want a new world of climate justice. In a society that divides people by race, sexuality, gender, ability, religion and nationality, we want a new society free from all forms of oppression. In an economy based on extracting profits from human labour, we want a new economy based on democratic control by workers. In the context of the Canadian state, based on colonizing Indigenous territories and oppressing Quebec, we support Indigenous sovereignty and national liberation. In this same manner, we are internationalist: for workers of the world to unite, we need to break the chains of immigration control, and create a world free from war. We fight alongside those who want to make the world a better place, by building movements based on self-emancipation and solidarity.