The Beaverton is a primarily online Canadian news satire publication, based in Toronto, Montreal and Whitehorse. It features news stories, editorials, vox populi and other formats (such as university reviews) whose structure and layout mirror those of conventional newspapers but whose content is contorted to make humorous commentary on Canadian and world issues.
|Type||Parody news publication|
|Format||Tabloid and Website|
|Editor||Luke Gordon Field, Alex Huntley, Alexander Saxton, Jacob Duarte Spiel, Laurent Noonan, Emma Overton|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Whitehorse, Yukon|
Reception and believabilityEdit
Several of The Beaverton's articles have been reported as real news. In May 2013, a story on Chris Hadfield's return to Earth and being greeted with a $1.3 million bill for cellphone roaming fees after spending several months in space received more than 400,000 hits. The story was reported as real news by Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao.
In July 2013, a story about an English-speaking parrot being removed from Montreal's Biodome because it did not speak French during a government inspection was similarly received; according to The Economist it "shocked many Canadians" but "turned out to be a spoof."
The Beaverton has also been noted for its stories on Canadian politics. During Stephen Harper's state visit to Israel in January 2014, the publication mocked the Canadian Prime Minister's unflinching support of Israel by reporting that he was the Israeli Prime Minister returning from Canada after a long visit.
In September 2015, the site published an article which used Ashley Callingbull's crowning as Mrs. Universe to comment on the media's failure to adequately cover the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. After being criticized by Aboriginal groups, the article was pulled from the site and an apology was posted on The Beaverton's Facebook page.
In May 2016, the Hamilton Spectator made reference to a Beaverton article as factual in an editorial about the entire New Democratic Party caucus appearing in neck braces and wheelchairs after the infamous elbowgate incident. The Spectator changed the editorial, but did not issue a formal retraction.
Starting in October 2016 the site has been granted day passes by the Parliamentary Press Gallery, which allow writers increased access to Parliament but not full access granted to full-time Parliamentary journalists.
The Beaverton Presents Glorious and/or Free: The True History of CanadaEdit
On October 31, 2017, The Beaverton released its first book published by Penguin Canada authored by Luke Gordon Field and Alex Huntley, which satirized Canada's history.
In July 2015, The Beaverton announced a TV pilot with The Comedy Network and Pier 21 Productions. In June 2016, the Comedy Network confirmed that it had picked up the series for airing in the 2016–17 television season.
The series debuted November 9, 2016. The series was renewed for a second season in 2017.
- "The Beaverton makes people chuckle". The Medium, March 26, 2012.
- "The Beaverton: How much further can comedic satire go in Canada?" The Globe and Mail, August 21, 2015.
- "Polly wants un craquelin". The Economist, July 30, 2013.
- "Satirists mock Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel". Yahoo! News, January 20, 2014.
- "The Beaverton pulls controversial article on Ashley Callingbull". CBC News, September 1, 2015.
- "Hamilton Spectator Editorial References The Beaverton's Fake News Article". Huffington Post Canada, May 21, 2016
- Hannay, Chris; Gilroy, Rob (27 October 2016). "New comedic show pops up on Parliament Hill". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "The Beaverton sinks satirical teeth into Canada's past". CBC News Ottawa, November 18, 2017.
- "Canadian Satire Site 'The Beaverton' Becomes Fake News Show". Exclaim!, June 2, 2016.