Two TSF sources say Rick VanSickle, a veteran Sun Media staffer, is out as city editor of the St. Catharines Standard.
VanSickle, whose 30-year newspaper career includes stops at the Suns in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary, is also a widely-read wine columnist.
One tipster says Standard newsroom staffers were told of VanSickle's exit on Thursday when called to a meeting with editor Andrea Kriluck and publisher Judy Bullis.
"No explanation, other than he was gone, was given to the staff," says the tipster. "No word on a whether a replacement will be hired."
Sun Media newspapers in the Niagara area, including the Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune, have been losing bodies steadily for a couple of years.