Mohsin Abbas was lazing about over the holidays, watching TV, when he learned about tiny Tilbury, Ontario, Canada, losing its local newspaper and the huge hole it’s left in the community. The journalist heard about the closure while listening to a CB Radio special on what happens when the local news stops. “I know the importance of local journalism. It’s our social responsibility,” Abbas said. With a background in setting up independent publications and a desire to pay forward the kindness his adopted country showed to him, he’s stepping up to save the Tilbury Times. Less than a month later, he is the publisher.

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