Popular City Hall reporter Peter Criscione from the Brampton Guardian is calling it quits. The announcement was made on Twitter this morning…
I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT: I am leaving the @BmptGuardian and Metroland. It’s time to start a new chapter. Thank you all for supporting my coverage of city hall. I especially want to acknowledge all the haters that pushed me to be better. I wish you all the best #Brampton. ♥️✌🏻
— PeterCriscione (@iPolitypus) February 14, 2018
Peter’s coverage of City Hall and local politics has been at times controversial, hilarious, and insightful for residents. His reporting has often been reprinted in The Toronto Star and draws the ire of local Councillors for his intense coverage and pointed pen.
Peter could always be found sitting in the upper deck at every council meeting, crafting his articles and live tweeting the drama that plays out at almost every meeting. He will be missed for his candor and knowledge of city issues.
Peter’s departure from the Brampton Guardian is symptomatic of the issues facing the newspaper industry in general. Newspapers are struggling to retain readers and generate sufficient advertising to cover the cost of good local reporting. Brampton, Canada’s 9th largest city, now has no dedicated journalist reporting on city issues. This void in reporting comes at a time when the Brampton Guardian is estimated to be billing the City of Brampton over $500,000 each year for advertising services.
Brampton Focus wishes Peter all the best in his future endeavors. We have enjoyed your coverage and professionalism and for keeping our city leaders accountable.