News Site OpenFile Suspends Publication

Canadian community news site OpenFile has suspended its publication for a few weeks to explore a new business opportunity, according to The Globe and Mail. Founder Wilf Dinnick said operations will cease in all six cities the site operates in: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.

“We’re not shutting down,” Wilf told the Globe. “But we need to suspend operations for a week or two as we work out some details. I expect to be back pretty soon.” He wouldn’t elaborate on the details of this new business deal.

The award winning OpenFile operates with six editors and six curators on contract. The site features stories based on suggestions from readers.

With the tight-knit but small community of OpenFile will likely be eager for the news sites return, not everyone will miss it. The lone comment on the Globe and Mail’s piece calls OpenFile “a grant waste,” suggesting that there’s “no need to bring it back. Let a bad idea rest.”