Markham Economist and Sun

Markham Economist and Sun

The Markham Economist & Sun is a newspaper published two times per week (Thursday and Saturday) serving all communities of Markham, Ont., a town of 261,573 in York Region. The Economist & Sun is one of six York Region Media Group newspapers, a division of Metroland Media Group.



The Economist & Sun covers local news and sports in Markham, Ontario. Its focus is hyper-local for stories within the town but the paper also delves into issues of regional importance.


Markham’s newspapers had humble beginnings. The first such publications were the Farmer’s Gazette and the Markham Advertiser, which existed briefly in the late 1820s. Both short-lived papers were nothing more than one-page flyers. In 1856, David Reesor founded the Markham Economist, which flourished. Reesor sold the paper to his brother-in-law Henry Ryan Corson, whom became the paper's second publisher in 1860.[1] In 1909, Robert John Corson, son of Henry R. became publisher and owner.[2]

The paper's first office was at 124 Main Street (now Uncle Joe's Family Restaurant).[3] Since 1881, the Economist’s rival, was the Markham Sun. The Sun was bought by the Economist in 1915, creating the Economist & Sun. Robert Corson was publisher of the new paper until his death in 1930.[4] In the 1950s the paper moved to the old stables at 11 Joseph Street, vacated by the Markham Veterans and remained there until the 1970s. The current head office and printing operations are now located in a small industrial building on Heritage Driver. It is now part of the Metroland Media Group.


The Economist & Sun is a free distribution newspaper published in Markham and most articles are focused on issues affecting the town of Markham. Revenue for the paper is generated from single issue sales and advertisement space. Flyers and other inserts are added to the paper when they are delivered or purchased. The paper is delivered by carriers and sold at local convenience stores and other retailers.

  • Publisher: Ian Proudfoot
  • Editor in Chief: Debora Kelly
  • Editor: Bernie O'Neill
  • Retail Advertising Manager: Mike Banville
  • Director of Advertising and Distribution: Nicole Fletcher
  • Business Manager: Rob Lazurko
  • Former Editor: Dave Teetzel (deceased)

Current reporters:

  • Simone Joseph
  • L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
  • Mike Hayakawa

Current photographers:

  • Sjoerd Witteveen

Print numbers (for 2005):

  • Thursday: 57,700
  • Saturday: 66,700

See also

List of other newspapers available in York Region:

  • The Era (Newmarket)/The Banner (Aurora and King) (1863, formerly The Era-Banner) - Publishes Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Richmond Hill/Thornhill Liberal (1878) - Publishes Thursday, Sunday
  • Stouffville Sun-Tribune - Publishes Thursday, Saturday
  • Vaughan Citizen - Publishes Thursday, Sunday
  • Georgina Advocate - Publishes every Thursday
  • Toronto Star


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