The Spec

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404 reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app

The Spectator’s news app is free to download and read.

From community and local coverage to global issues and breaking news, the Hamilton Spectator reports on topics that matter and affect the day-to-day lives of our readers. Download the Hamilton Spectator app now to receive the best features of the Spectator’s website, all within the palm of your hand.

What you’ll experience:
- Complete breaking and up-to-the-minute news and story coverage
- New MyLocal tab – select up to seven communities to receive coverage on local news, issues, and events specific to your chosen communities*
- Personalized “For You” section – recommended stories based on other articles you have read
- In-depth reporting from our investigations team
- Provincial, national and international stories and feature articles
- The latest in sports, business and entertainment news
- Opinions and commentary from our columnists
- Push notifications

*Available to all users for a limited time only – unlimited access available through All Access Subscription

Questions or feedback? Contact us at


By installing and using the App, you agree to our Privacy and Anti-Spam Notice (available at, our Privacy Policy (available at and our Terms of Use (available at, each of which is accessible with the App's settings menu.

This App (including any updates or upgrades) may (i) automatically communicate with The Hamilton Spectator's or its third party service providers' servers and record usage and browsing pattern metrics, (ii) manage App-related preferences or data stored on your device, and (iii) collect personal information, all as more particularly set out in our Privacy and Anti-Spam Notice and our Privacy Policy. You may withdraw your consent to the above at any time by removing or disabling the App.

The Spec mobile application, an application offered by Metroland Media Group Ltd., One Yonge St., 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5E 1E6
For assistance, please contact us at
Updated on
May 31, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity, and Device or other IDs
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

364 reviews
Dee Dees
April 5, 2023
I will be canceling my subscription. I get news a day after it shows In the Spectator. Same stories in print each day. This is not getting the news from the Spectator as it differs from the actual printed paper. I will go back to the old way.
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Toronto Star
April 20, 2023
Dear User, the Spectator Digital App is different from the Print newspaper, it is not a e-paper/digital version of the print newspaper, hope this helps. We do have an e-paper app for the Toronto Star, could you please contact us via +18556875915? We'd love to hear more about this issue in order to assist you with a subscription to the e-paper.
Jim Young
August 9, 2022
Either it is not possible to enter a vacation stop .. or .. it is hidden in the app and not easy to access. In my other news subscription G & M and NYT I can access my account/ manage subscription from the home page. I still don't see a way to do that in the Spec. I scroll down looking for a footer but the home page ends at the last article with no footer / no contact link. When I go off home page I can access a Contact Us link but that does not provide account/ subscription only a 1 800 #
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Toronto Star
August 9, 2022
Hello, if you are looking to pause your home delivery, please visit There is a link in the footer to manage your Home Delivery Subscription. If you are referring to your digital subscription, please contact us at
Larry Walter
January 2, 2021
a great format. easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye. articles provide a full overview of the topics in a concise, yet brief manner. I also appreciate that advertising is not the "in your face" approach.
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What's new

Bug fixes and enhancements