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The winner for general excellence and best-all round newspaper in the smallest circulation class, up to 1,250, was The Eastern Door of Kahnawake, Que., in a mostly rural area across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. Edited by Steve Bonspiel, the weekly has been at odds with the local Mohawk Nation tribal government. "I think a real congratulations to Steve is in order for persevering through community boycotts and incredible community divide," one of his Canadian colleagues in the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors said on the ISWNE list-serve, to which Bonspiel is a frequent contributor.
The winners in the next five larger classes were: 1,250-1,999, the Citizen, Blyth/Brussels, Ont.; 2,000-2,999, The Chief, Squamish, B.C.; 3,000-3,999, The Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta; 4,000-6,499, The Independent, Petrolia/Lambton, Ont.; 6,500-12,499, NWT News/North, Northwest Territories. A complete list of the awards is here.