👀 The most ambitious companies in BC?
Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.
ICYMI: Our parent company Overstory Media Group announced the purchase of the iconic Vancouver publication The Georgia Straight.
First established in 1967 by life-long Vancouver resident Dan McLeod, The Straight has been an outspoken alternative media outlet, setting the standard for meaningful, thought-provoking, and transformational editorial.
Our boss Farhan Mohamed, Overstory co-founder and CEO, had this to say about the news: “For decades The Straight was the place to discover the community, while also giving thousands of talented groups and individuals the chance to be discovered. I’m proud to bring it into the Overstory community, and to have the chance to rethink what the next 55 years will look like.” The Straight is now the second alt-weekly Overstory has acquired recently. In spring, Halifax’s iconic The Coast, established in 1993, joined our family of publications.
Read more about the deal on the Overstory blog: Welcoming The Georgia Straight: Overstory acquires iconic Vancouver publication
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 787 words, a 3 & 1/2-minute read.
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