By Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen, Feb. 1, 2024
On the day he took ownership of the Prince George Citizen, Cameron Stolz wanted to make it clear to local bureaucrats and elected officials that he intends to make them accountable for the decisions they make.
He’ll do that by ensuring his news staff are there at those meetings of city council, the regional district and the school board to keep Prince George readers informed by reporting the decisions of government and how they affect local residents.
For 34 years, he’s owned Great White Toys, Comics and Games and he’s also a partner in local contracting painting business, IC Expert Painting. Stolz was elected for two terms on Prince George city council, from 2008-2014, and ran an unsuccessful bid for a council seat in 2018 and 2022.
Stolz first expressed an interest in buying the paper/website from Glacier Media in October at a time when the Kamloops This Week, Dawson Creek Mirror and Alaska Highway News were being closed permanently. Stolz told reporters at Thursday’s news conference the Citizen lost $56,000 in 2023.
The purchase of the newspaper, which started publishing in 1916, was announced to Citizen staff Thursday morning.
“It really provides a great opportunity going forward, local ownership is exactly what a paper like the Prince George Citizen needs at this time in the evolution of our industry,” said Peter Kvarnstrom, Glacier Media’s president of community media.