The Missing Planet

Please enjoy this file photo of a street box in our absence.

You might not have noticed yet, but there’s no Planet S today.

Our previous paper was out two weeks ago. The new one is due. Where is it? What happened?

I bet you can guess.

Yes, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 strikes again.

The asshole pandemic has forced us to cancel today’s scheduled edition—a small disruption in the big scheme of total chaos but pretty world-shaking from our point of view. Between a near-total advertising collapse and total cancellation of pretty much everything happening in the city, it made zero financial sense and only limited editorial sense to put the paper out. That said, we plan to be back April 9 with a special plague-fighting issue.

It will be good. In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog for more stories and nonsense.

Hang in there!

A MESSAGE TO OUR READERS The coronavirus pandemic is a moment of reckoning for our community. We’re all hurting. It’s no different at Planet S, where COVID-19 has wiped out advertisements for events, businesses and restaurants as Saskatoon and Saskatchewan hunker down in quarantine. As an ad-supported newspaper already struggling in a destabilized media landscape, this is devastating. We’re hoping you, our loyal readers, can help fill in the gap so Planet S can not only continue to exist but even expand our coverage — both in print and online. Please consider donating, either one-time or, even better, on a monthly basis.

We believe Planet S’ unique voice is needed, now more than ever. For 17 years, this newspaper has been a critical part of Saskatoon’s social, cultural and democratic infrastructure. Don’t let us fade away. There’s only one Planet S. If it’s destroyed, it’s never coming back.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Stephen Whitworth edits Planet S from a secret base in the Mutara Nebula.