The article you just read was brought to you by a few thousand dedicated readers. Will you join them?

Thanks for coming by The Tyee and reading one of many original articles we’ll post today. Our team works hard to publish in-depth stories on topics that matter on a daily basis. Our motto is: No junk. Just good journalism.

Just as we care about the quality of our reporting, we care about making our stories accessible to all who want to read them and provide a pleasant reading experience. No intrusive ads to distract you. No paywall locking you out of an article you want to read. No clickbait to trick you into reading a sensational article.

There’s a reason why our site is unique and why we don’t have to rely on those tactics — our Tyee Builders program. Tyee Builders are readers who chip in a bit of money each month (or one-time) to our editorial budget. This amazing program allows us to pay our writers fairly, keep our focus on quality over quantity of articles, and provide a pleasant reading experience for those who visit our site.

In the past year, we’ve been able to double our staff team and boost our reporting. We invest all of the revenue we receive into producing more and better journalism. We want to keep growing, but we need your support to do it.

Fewer than 1 in 100 of our average monthly readers are signed up to Tyee Builders. If we reach 1% of our readers signing up to be Tyee Builders, we could continue to grow and do even more.

If you appreciate what The Tyee publishes and want to help us do more, please sign up to be a Tyee Builder today. You pick the amount, and you can cancel any time.

Support our growing independent newsroom and join Tyee Builders today.
Before you click away, we have something to ask you…

Do you value independent journalism that focuses on the issues that matter? Do you think Canada needs more in-depth, fact-based reporting? So do we. If you’d like to be part of the solution, we’d love it if you joined us in working on it.

The Tyee is an independent, paywall-free, reader-funded publication. While many other newsrooms are getting smaller or shutting down altogether, we’re bucking the trend and growing, while still keeping our articles free and open for everyone to read.

The reason why we’re able to grow and do more, and focus on quality reporting, is because our readers support us in doing that. Over 5,000 Tyee readers chip in to fund our newsroom on a monthly basis, and that supports our rockstar team of dedicated journalists.

Join a community of people who are helping to build a better journalism ecosystem. You pick the amount you’d like to contribute on a monthly basis, and you can cancel any time.

Help us make Canadian media better by joining Tyee Builders today.
We value: Our readers.
Our independence. Our region.
The power of real journalism.
Get our free newsletter
Sign Up
Tyee News

I’m Finishing Up as Tyee Editor-in-Chief

Robyn Smith has some personal news, as they say.

Robyn Smith 3 Dec 2021 |

Robyn Smith is editor of The Tyee.

After a decade at The Tyee, I am ending my time as editor-in-chief next March.

Leaving is hard, and I hold only positive feelings for the organization and my days at the helm.

I instantly fell in love with the place at the first editorial lunch I attended, over dim sum at the Jade Dynasty in Chinatown, in May 2011. I was starting as an intern and remember sitting across from Crawford Kilian, a long-serving Tyee columnist, who enthralled me with stories of his amazing life. I’d later know him as “Grandpa Sunshine” for his hard-hitting, often acerbic analysis for the site.

I was drawn to the quality of The Tyee’s journalism and felt connected to the values of equality and justice that underpinned the work. And I never left.

Over the next 10 years, I discovered The Tyee is a team in the truest sense. All along I’ve been buoyed by the support and wisdom of countless people who’ve contributed to it, who believe in the necessity of independent journalism. I’m fortunate to have been able to hone the craft of editing by working alongside colleagues with valuable experience to share, including founding editor David Beers and senior editor Paul Willcocks.

There have of course been many highlights, accomplishments and impacts by the team to celebrate. The fact that we’ve grown significantly in size and reach is the result of so much hard work by everyone.

But the real delight of The Tyee has always been the wild and wonderful day to day. There’s rarely a dull moment.

One day, I’d be polishing a touching eulogy for one of The Tyee’s most prolific commenters. The next, I’d be presenting to a House of Commons committee, telling them what’s what about the media industry.

True, I acquired one deep forehead wrinkle for each election we covered. The hours could be long. And my podcast experiment of 2012 was a failed one. (RIP Chumbucket — maybe the name was the problem?)

But I’ve had the best colleagues. And we have the best readers. The Tyee is something very special in this world and I got to be a part of it.

So why leave? I’m just ready to get out from behind my desk and experience life in different ways. I’m going to untether from the internet and bury my laptop at the back of my closet for a while.

The Tyee has a strong team and game plan for its future led by our publisher, the incredible Jeanette Ageson. I’m proud of where we are, so it’s a good time to go.

I’ll miss the daily interactions with my friends and colleagues, but I won’t be going far. They’ll never truly get rid of me. Sorry guys. Don’t even try to edit this out.

Meanwhile, starting in March, David Beers will be assuming the role of interim editor-in-chief. We’ve also posted a new leadership position for the newsroom, a managing editor. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re thinking about applying. I have so many good things to say.

Thank you dearly to everyone who supported me in the role. I look forward to keep fighting for a better world with you. Hopefully we can meet soon over dim sum. Look out for my call, Grandpa Sunshine.  [Tyee]

Read more: Media

Share this article

The Tyee is supported by readers like you

Join us and grow independent media in Canada

Facts matter. Get The Tyee's in-depth journalism delivered to your inbox for free

Tyee Commenting Guidelines

Comments that violate guidelines risk being deleted, and violations may result in a temporary or permanent user ban. Maintain the spirit of good conversation to stay in the discussion.
*Please note The Tyee is not a forum for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, denying its existence or minimizing its risk to public health.


  • Be thoughtful about how your words may affect the communities you are addressing. Language matters
  • Challenge arguments, not commenters
  • Flag trolls and guideline violations
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity, learn from differences of opinion
  • Verify facts, debunk rumours, point out logical fallacies
  • Add context and background
  • Note typos and reporting blind spots
  • Stay on topic

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist, homophobic or transphobic language
  • Ridicule, misgender, bully, threaten, name call, troll or wish harm on others
  • Personally attack authors or contributors
  • Spread misinformation or perpetuate conspiracies
  • Libel, defame or publish falsehoods
  • Attempt to guess other commenters’ real-life identities
  • Post links without providing context


The Barometer

Tyee Poll: What Coverage Would You Like to See More of This Year?

Take this week's poll