The Gazette examines its own environmental impact in a special report, Saturday, April 21



    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - As the environment becomes an
increasingly important concern, companies are learning that it's not always
easy to shrink their environmental footprint. In what may be a first in the
North American newspaper industry, The Gazette is looking at its own practices
and how they rate. The special report, How Green Is This Paper?, will be
published in The Gazette on Saturday, April 21.
    "We regularly report on how other companies are doing in terms of the
environment," The Gazette's editor-in-chief Andrew Phillips said. "So we
thought it would be only fair to take a hard look at ourselves and publish the
results."
    The Gazette will cover the environmental impact of its newsprint usage,
manufacturing systems, distribution network and office practices. The report
will offer a frank examination of the facts, from the number of trees
harvested to make our paper to the styrofoam cups in our coffee machines.
    "A newspaper faces big hurdles in reducing its effect on the
environment," Phillips continued. "While more and more people are reading The
Gazette online, a lot of our business still depends on delivering the printed
version to people's homes. We're doing well in some areas and, in others,
we're determined to improve.
    "We hope, by putting ourselves forward in this way, that companies in
Montreal and elsewhere will be encouraged to take a look at their own
practices."
    The special report, written by Gazette reporter Marian Scott, will be
published the day before Earth Day. On Sunday, April 22, The Gazette will
continue its environmental theme, as reporter William Marsden investigates
what happens to your newspaper after it goes into the recycling bin.

    The Gazette newspaper is part of CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Phillips, Editor-in-chief, The Gazette,
(514) 987-2500, Cell: (514) 261-7171, aphillips@thegazette.canwest.com

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