Empowered journalists are watchdogs for the citizenry. A healthy press is a guardian of our democracy. They are indispensable and irreplaceable. They are also under threat, and not only where they are actively suppressed, but also in places like Canada, where they enjoy the benefits of free society. Here, they are taken for granted, neglected, mischaracterized, and subject to the whims of commerce (some of the ways this has played out are highlighted in the attached petition). For all that, the very democracy and free society that journalism and the press help to create are undermined. Countermeasures are sorely needed to reinvigorate local journalism, and thereby safeguard local democracy.