Monday, 31 January 2011
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Sunday, 30 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 00:24
Saturday, 29 January 2011
A TSF tipster writes:
"Five drivers in rural areas have lost their runs as the Examiner has decided to mail papers to subscribers in rural areas. How would you like your daily paper two days late? Not going to be good for subscriber numbers."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:29
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
When he got the chance to settle in, he found that the sports department consisted of one small room containing three desks for five people. The copy was being marked on an orange crate in a corner. Three reporters were writing and two couldn't sit down.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:37
Any names or years of service?
Meanwhile, another source says entertainment/arts reporter Lori Littleton of the St. Catharines Standard has notified local arts groups she is gone from the paper this week.
No reason for her departure, but one tipster says it was her decision.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:11
Monday, 24 January 2011
Friday, 21 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:44
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Namely a CD jazz vet Jim Galloway has produced from vintage reel-to-reel tapes recorded at a club called Daniel's in 1973, with Rimstead on drums for three of the 12 tracks.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 04:38
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
"And I'm thinking, isn't that your job, really? How lazy can you get?"
"The nature of the newspaper business is changing drastically to keep up with the progression of free, Internet new content, but the Kincardine News isn't too far behind as part of Sun Media.
"This way, our readers will have the opportunity to keep up with news as it develops throughout the week, rather than relying on radio briefs or next week's paper for the Troy Patterson day's news.
"We do ask that people take the time to make it readable, the rest we can do here."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 17:10
"I have been busy crossing dream destinations off my Bucket List (remember the 2007 movie) from the Great Wall to Easter Island," Downing writes. "I have been to a third of the countries of the world, and to almost every country around Brazil, but never into it to see its mighty pump of life.
"My chance to visit the Amazon Basin and fish for one of the most famous of its 3,000 species of fish came when Walter Oster, head of the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows, told me he was taking a group there for the second time."
And to think he might still be sitting behind a desk at 333 if he wasn't squeezed out by the suits in 2007.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 05:14
He comes direct from a year as the technical director of the Football Federation of Tasmania.
The Ottawa Fury website announcement says: "We are delighted to have attracted a coach of Steve’s calibre to the Fury. Last year, we were one win shy of qualifying for the PDL North American Final Four.
"Taking us that next step will be Steve’s main challenge, but I am also sure he will have a very positive impact on all players and coaches within the Fury organization,” enthused Fury owner and CEO, John Pugh.
The club says Payne is "one the most highly qualified coaches in Canada," holding a UEFA Pro-Diploma, considered the highest award for coaching and managing in the world.
He is one of only two coaches in Canada to have completed that diploma – Canadian women’s head coach Carolina Morace being the other.
Payne also boasts UEFA A and Canadian B licences and having coached around the globe, with stops in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, he has also earned his Brazlian A licence and a FIFA Futuro III instructors licence.
“One thing I can promise both players and fans alike is that they will never be bored," Payne says in the club's online announcement. "We will play a technical, attacking, possession-based game in which the team will play from the back forward."
Born in England and raised on soccer, Payne might still be with the Toronto tabloid he loved had he not been pink-slipped.
But no doubt about it, he is more than thankful for being given the boot, so to speak. It landed him where he wants to be - on soccer fields and appreciated.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:03
Monday, 17 January 2011
"Here's hoping for a long and distinguished career and a retirement with a decent pension."
Along the way, fellow constables will no doubt quiz him about his SUNshine Girl photo duties while at the Sun.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:51
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:03
Friday, 14 January 2011
A tipster says the Ottawa Sun's Kenneth Jackson left Dec. 31.
"He was their crime reporter, their best reporter," says the tipster.
The Toronto Sun's Tamara Cherry started her new on air CTV crime beat career this week.
Crime reporters are a dying breed at Sun Media, which is ironic because the flagship Toronto Sun was an early success with its emphasis on crime reporting.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:51
Thursday, 13 January 2011
It looks like the beginning of a long relationship for Tamara and CTV.
But as always, the question is why did the Sun let her talent exit 333?
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 00:18
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 22:40
Monday, 10 January 2011
The Sun did get it right for Monday's paper, with pages 4 and 5 devoted to the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 18:33
"In the realm of legal settlements, I’m happy to report that we achieved two very important victories:
"The return of two columnists from the non-union Sun Media corporate entity to the Toronto Sun membership;
"And and an arbitration decision stating that ad building work formerly done by the Toronto Sun pre-press department cannot be done by non-union people at Sun Media, ie Woodstock.
"The implications of the latter decision are still being sorted out but, ultimately, it’s good news for the 10 Toronto Sun ad builders who lost their jobs when the work was in-sourced to the new pagination hub in Woodstock.
"There were also several important settlements at the Toronto Star and a two-year contract extension.
"Given the times, we are grateful for these victories and look forward to more in 2011."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:44
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:51
Friday, 7 January 2011
The novelty of Life in a Word Factory is it was commissioned by Sun co-founder Doug Creighton a mere 287 days after the 62 Day Oners from the defunct Tely launched the feisty little tabloid.
As we count down to Nov. 1, the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Sun, we'll be taking a look at Life in a Word Factory and other Sun profiles.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:01
Thursday, 6 January 2011
"Ken Robertson was my Dad. Thank you all for your comments. I am sitting here reading them with tears in my eyes.
"Dad recovered from cancer surgery in November 2009, but the cancer came back. He was not feeling well for the past few months but kept going. He wanted to finish his book. He had two chapters to go.
"Jack Hutton suggested his news buddies send me stories about my Dad and we will include them in the book. I think that is a fantastic idea. Dad would love it.
"Dad also asked me to write about his new Great Grandson "Charlie" who he loved so much. He said something about this baby made everything perfect.
"My Dad asked me to publish the book, so I will try. I will welcome any stories you can send to me. I have many memories, but some of my favorite times with Dad were sailing on "Shadow" across Lake Ontario. I would phone him every day asking if we could go.
"I miss him so much. We are planning a Celebration of his Life, I think at Windcharm, in the spring. I hope all of his friends will come."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:24
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
"Reporter John Robbins of the Niagara Falls Review has left the paper for Bullet Media," says the tipster.
"Former managing editor Peter Conradi, along with Dave Martineau, the former publisher, are already there."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:32
TSF thanks Clare Westcott for directing us to an Eric Dowd tribute by TVO's Steve Paikin to mark Eric's funeral Tuesday. Says Clare: "It is sad that the Curmudgeon Dean of Queen's Park is gone." Clare, a familiar face in Toronto's political, police and media circles for decades, is the father of the Sun's much-admired late police reporter, Jamie Westcott.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:25
Monday, 3 January 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:47
The sign outside 333 King Street East reads: Coming soon, nofrills.
But without the heart and soul of the Day Oners that carried the tabloid to awesome heights for more than two decades.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:38