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The Bench News is an independent and impartial daily community news site operated by Cyberwalker Media Inc., a 21-year-old media company owned by Grimsby residents Andy Walker and Kay Walker. 

Our team is working hard to bring massive value to the community and that includes not only great and fair news that is free of partisan opinion, but also opportunities for local businesses in our communities to gain exposure and share their message with local residents so they can thrive.

Since the traditional print journalism model has been upended by digital news, we are pursuing this model. We are 100% community advertiser and reader-funded. We call these supporters patrons.

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