I guess I should be flattered that the Innisfil Journal has chosen the name of this blog for the cover title of its annual glossy ‘community guide’ publication. But just to clarify for their readers and mine, this blog, Our Innisfil, and the Facebook page, Our Innisfil, and the media listing, Our Innisfil, on the town’s Business and Community Directory have no association whatever with the Innisfil Journal or its publisher, Metroland Media. If you’re reading something called Our Innisfil online, it’s most likely published by me.
Speaking of newspapers, I’ve heard some local grumbling about changes made in newspapers recently under the direction of some new editors. Up to now, community organizations could be assured of getting their events listed on a community events page. It seems that the likelihood of getting this free print publicity is now more ‘hit and miss’. While some events look like they get ‘story’ coverage, others get left out.
Worse yet, in some minds, is the tendency in one paper to give more prominence to the police blotter. They cringe at the notion that petty crime, domestic disputes or driving offences should characterize what is “news” in our town. The old format may have looked hopelessly ‘small town’ to unfamiliar eyes but it was a more authentic image of community pursuits, and the volunteer lifeblood that fuels it.
Now that print media are a less reliable source of what’s happening in Innisfil, an alternative is access to a variety of free online event listings:
SNAP South Simcoe
SNAP is a popular monthly photo journal of events in South Simcoe County. They maintain a comprehensive online calendar of community events. Click on the ‘calendar’ tab to view listings or click on submit your event to submit a listing.
Click on ‘events’ to submit details of your community event.
Go to the events page (http://www.simcoe.com/innisfil-on-events/) and then scroll down to ‘publish your event here’. You will need to create a log-in account first to submit an event.
The Scope’s “What’s Happening” tab links directly to the Town of Innisfil community calendar page, above.
And you’ll find a list of handy resources on the Links page of this blog.