Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TorSun names

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Names from today's Toronto Sun carnage include photographers, reporters, editors, an entertainment writer and a Sunday Sun quiz master.

A reliable source says the Toronto Sun lost 16 full-time staffers and eight part-time staffers.

Among those axed in the pre-Christmas carnage:

Ernest Doroszuk, Dave Abel, Dave Ellis, Calvin Reynolds, Debbie Holloway, Ken Winlaw, Jane Stevenson, Amy Chung, Jenny Yuen, Brynn Weese, Don Peat and Jason Buckland.

Calvin Reynolds, aka Professor Calvin of Brain Drain quiz fame and other features, one of the most jovial, sincere and loyal photo desk colleagues you could meet;

Jane Stevenson, the entertainment department's chief music critic and popular concert reviewer (see photo);

Dave Abel, Ernest Doroszuk, Debbie Holloway, photographers who have made a difference at a tabloid dependent on quality photographs;

Don Peat, one of this former Sun staffer's favourites among the new generation of Toronto Sun reporters;

Dave Ellis, an assistant city editor who returned to work months after cheating death in a bicycle accident (see photo).

A source says the "entire Toronto Sun resale real estate advertising department - Jana Stern, Laurie Mansi and Cindy Aristizabal - gone, with those responsibilities being moved to Ottawa.

These are just some of the 600 people behind the "numbers" in Quebecor's hatchet job this morning, nine days before Christmas. We feel their pain.

You can blame the job cuts more on a lack of focus, an abandonment on the successful tabloid formula that set the Toronto Sun and its siblings apart from the broadsheets and minimalist management than on the economic downturn.

Photos of Sun staffers who have lost their jobs would be appreciated. Let's put faces to all of the names mentioned on this sad, sad day for Sun Media.

Photo Updates:

Jenny Yuen

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