By the late 17th century, so-called "Coffee House" news sheets, containing marine and financial news, were being distributed in England, while the honour of the first true newspaper published in North America goes to to Public Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, issued in Boston in 1690. By the 1860's papers such as the Leader and Globe, both published in Toronto, were reporting stories on the Fenian raids, public hangings and the Confederation of Canada.

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