Hello Holiday Readers


How many holiday editions is this now?? Twelve to be precise. The last two, amid pandemics, have been interesting. We did the giving guide last year, and this year did not get the content or advertisers needed to rerun it. That is ok because our advertisers have been with us, many since the beginning. So thank you.

As for content, we have the magnum opus epic Parliament Street Christmas fairytale from the Doc von Lichtenberg himself. It is articles like this one that keep your faith in the publishing. In an issue where the current BIA with no one in charge, did not contribute something for the holiday edition for the first time in 12 years. And along comes Doc. One of the founders of the BIA with an incredible article about the merchants and characters of his time on Parliament Street and in Cabbagetown. His article on Page 4/5 is nothing short of a holiday classic. People for years and generations to come in Cabbagetown will gather around the fire on Christmas eve and read this to their children and their children’s children. This article alone makes the paper worth printing, and we love getting content like this. Thank you Doc. We would never have been able to do so with everyone’s contributions throughout the year…so thank you all.

As with every holiday edition, I always wonder if I want to keep going. To keep publishing ye Olde Parliament Street News. But I’ll be damned. It still has legs. When the middle of January comes around, and I get the itch, you will hear from me.

When you do hear from me in January, let me know if you are on board for next year. I think we might have to get even more political in our content. Now, if only we could get the local city councillor to advertise?? In twelve years and our 4th city councillor, we have yet to have a contribution or ad from any of them. This includes Pam, Kristyn, Lucy and now Chris.

Remember, the very premise of the PSN is you write whatever you like, and we will print it. With such exciting and varied content, advertisers want to be in the mix, and we have a newspaper.

As for all our other worthy readers and followers, I wish you happy holidays, good health and a mask-free season and an excellent 2023.

All the best

Pete Lovering

Publisher, Parliament Street News



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