Blame Canada

The Post, like everybody else apparently, is closing their Canadian bureau.

    When The Washington Post closes its Toronto bureau this summer, it will mark the death of the American newspaper correspondent in Canada.

    The departure of Doug Struck will leave Canadian coverage in the United States to wire services, contract writers, freelancers and reporters parachuted in for specific events.

    The move is part of a newspaper trend across the continent, spurred by financial pressures, a fragmentation of the media market and – in the case of the large U.S. newspapers – the cost of keeping bureaus in Iraq to cover a war now in its fifth year.