Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA)

The sole purpose of is to tell the stories of the people of this great community.

We were recently awarded with "Best Community News Website" at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, November 7, in Toronto.
This award symbolizes the amazing community we serve and the wonderful stories we all share.

Thank you for making your community website!


Below is the entry that was submitted to COPA to qualify for the award:

Golden West as a company is committed to serving smaller communities that are overlooked by larger urban media. is an exceptional example of that hyper-local commitment.

It starts with the deliberate hiring of local News Reporters – people who are deeply-rooted in the community and care about the area they grew up in and choose to raise a family in. Most media companies are trending to smaller staff and increased content feeds almost entirely from non-local sources., however, has increased, and continues to increase the size of its News Room staff, to ensure content is local, timely, and relevant.

As a result, has become a primary source of information for the community – daily and in times of crisis. In a city of 14,000 people, the site averages over 2.5-million page views every month. With the immediate and relevant content provided, it’s a common occurrence for strangers to tell employees how much they appreciate their local website.

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Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.