Alta Vista's Community Newspaper


Welcome to the website of VISTAS, Alta Vista’s community newspaper!  Here you can access the current and past issues of the paper; you can also send letters to the editor, or contact the VISTAS staff (via the Contacts page).

In Memoriam: Marcia Gosse

Attention high school seniors:  VISTAS is offering a grant to students pursuing further studies in Writing, Journalism or Communication.  Details here.

VISTAS is Still Searching – for What? Read Ahead to Find Out!

Currently we have two volunteer editors who produce VISTAS each month: Christine Inrig and John Wambombo. Unfortunately, both will be finished working with VISTAS after the June 2019 issue goes to press. No problem, you say? Well just imagine receiving the September issue and having 32 blank pages…maybe you could touch it with a magic wand to see all of the community news!

We’re currently looking for two people, a Contents Editor and a Layout Editor. The Contents Editor’s job can be divided up to lessen the amount of work for her or him. For instance, just recently we welcomed Kim Darling as our Schools and Places of Worship Editor. Other parts of the job could be divided up also – such as: receiving and dealing with E-mails; reporters to cover municipal issues and community events, etc. These decisions and opportunities for change can be discussed when our new staff is in place. John Wambombo will help the Layouts Editor get up to speed with the InDesign software used to produce the paper. We will need a new person to take over the “Bookworm’s Delight” column as Judith Evans will also be finished her work at the end of June.

The other behind the scenes VISTAS support folks are people such as Ernie McArthur (Distribution), Jim Doherty (Ads), and Catherine Fyfe (Business Manager). We also have Courtney Tower who interviews local people for the Our People column. Courtney was the husband of the late Celine Tower, the VISTAS editor for many years. These people are invaluable because of the work they do and the encouragement and support they offer to the editors.

Can you see yourself as part of the VISTAS team? It’s a great opportunity to offer your time and talent to the Alta Vista/Canterbury community. Let’s keep this vital paper going for another 38 years! Please offer your help so that VISTAS can continue through the years ahead. (Contact: or call Ernie McArthur at 613-521-4658.)

(Links to previous editions of VISTAS are at the left.)

For more information: See Editor Qualities & Duties


View past issues for years prior to last year

VISTAS Pickup Locations:

Elmvale Library Riverside Hospital
Alta Vista Library General Hospital
Independent at Bank and Alta Vista Children’s Hospital
Canterbury Community Centre Rehabilitation Centre
Metro Store at Walkley Dempsey Community Centre
All of the shops in the Kilborn Mall Alta Vista Plaza Businesses (by the Independent Grocer)
John Fraser’s office Blue Heron Mall businesses (except Farm Boy)
David McGuinty’s office 3 Sisters Bakeshop (Arch St.)
Jean Cloutier’s office Shoppers Drug Mart (Alta Vista at Dorion)
Heron Road Multi-Service Centre Canadian Blood Services
Billings Estate The Perley
Kilborn Medical