Monday, 16 November 2009

Sunday notes

A few Sunday Sun notes:

The Page 2 news slot in Sunday's paper was used for a Holiday Gift Grab promotion. Another indication editors at 333 have lost the news edge and the bean counters are in control.

Noticed Greg Oliver, a former Sun staffer, has a new book on the shelves. Published by ECW Press, SLAM! Wrestling: Shocking Stories from the Squared Circle is a collection of stories from the website, including Sun stories from Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto.

The first Toronto Sun mention of Pat Surphlis since the 25-year promotions vet was turfed recently, was found Sunday in a column by Steve Simmons. He writes: Life at the Toronto Sun just isn't the same without Sheila Chidley, Pat Surphlis and Trudy Eagan, three of the great newspaper women of all time.

Kudos to columnist Mike Strobel for honouring the late George Gross by spearheading his Variety Village Christmas Fund for a second consecutive year. Mike's first effort raised more than $30,000 for the Baron's favourite cause. Sun colleagues are supportive. One newsroom staffer chipped in $1,000 won in a watermelon eating contest.

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