We're your independent alternative daily newspaper reaching every corner of B.C. and beyond.
By David Beers
In November of 2003 The Tyee began its swim upstream against the media trends of our day. We’re independent and not owned by any big corporation. We’re dedicated to publishing lively, informative news and views, not dumbed down fluff. We, like the tyee salmon for which we are named, roam free and go where we wish.
At the time of our launch we said we believe many people in British Columbia are “hungry for news and comment that reflects their actual lives, their own values.” And that an electronic newspaper able to reach all of B.C. was needed “because ‘The Big Smoke’ of Vancouver/Victoria hears too little from the rest of the province and together we have plenty of challenges and solutions to talk about.” We promised: “At The Tyee you'll find investigative reporting no one else is doing, and fresh viewpoints from all over B.C.”
Since then, The Tyee has attracted some of the best journalists in B.C. who have broken many important stories. We’ve published viewpoints banished from corporate media and shined a light on corners of the province Big Media ignores. We’ve provided a showcase for young talent and a forum for readers who post their opinions after our stories. The Globe and Mail has said we publish “some of the best investigative reporting in the province” and when the Senate Committee on the status of Canadian news media came to Vancouver, they invited Tyee editors to share their vision of improved media democracy. And in February 2006, boosted by tax deductible contributions from generous readers, we also launched two charitable fellowship funds for independent journalists.