On October 20, 2011 St Albert gained a new weekly newspaper — the St Albert Leader. Edited by Glenn Cook, former editor of the now defunct Saint City News that ceased publishing this past June and published by Rob LeLacheur, former GM of the Golddust Casino in St Albert and son of Rick LeLacheur soon to be former Edmonton Eskimos CEO. The newspaper will publish 20,000 copies every Thursday for distribution by Sun Media. Sun Media also prints the paper and provides editorial services.
The first issue of the St Albert Leader launched with 20 pages and with all the original content and photography supplied by Glenn Cook. Cook was the editor of the Saint City News for five and a half years after a stint at the weekly newspaper in Fernie, BC which followed his graduation from journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary. In addition to the articles penned by Cook, the issue contained a number of other stories supplied by Sun Media News Services.
On October 27, the St Albert Leader plans on launching a new website StAlbertJobs.com to publicize job openings in St Albert along with career oriented stories.
When asked why he thinks that St Albert can support two weekly newspapers, Rob LeLacheur replied:
Of course the only true answer is that time will tell but we believe that St. Albert is a great city that can support two newspapers. As the Saint City News was owned by the St.Albert Gazette, it was their decision to shut the paper down. We feel that bringing back some competitive spirit to the market, which did not exist for the past year, will provide the community with choices and a different voice — two very important things. As the former publisher, we took the Saint City News from almost certain closure to being named the Best All Around weekly newspaper in Alberta for 2005 by the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association within two short years. As the ownership changed to under one owner, so did the dynamics, which led to my departure and role as GM of the Apex Casino in St. Albert the past five years. I am very excited to be back in the newspaper business as owner of the St. Albert Leader. Our paper will have a very nice offering of both local and regional news, along with lifestyle and entertainment.