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Huffington Post to launch BC, Alberta editions

The Huffington Post Media Group today announced plans to launch two new regional websites in Canada: HuffPost British Columbia and HuffPost Alberta.

The blogging platform created by Arianna Huffington has been expanding steadily since it was acquired by AOL Inc. in February 2011 for $315 million.

HuffPost Canada, its first international edition, launched three months after the merger, and was followed by a UK edition in July 2011.

In February of this year HuffPost Canada expanded regionally with Le Huffington Post Quebec.

"More than one third of all Canadian traffic to Huffington Post sites is from Western Canada, so regional expansion is a natural progression," stated Graham Moysey, general manager of AOL Canada in a press release.

Though the site has garnered criticism for its reliance on unpaid bloggers, it funds original reporting as well.

As Canadian journalism blog J-Source points out, at last month's Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) conference, HuffPost Canada reporter Rachel Mendleson took home an award for labour reporting for her feature on the link between income inequality and the decline of labour unions in Canada.

HuffPost B.C. and HuffPost Alberta are scheduled to launch in fall 2012.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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