Monday, 28 February 2011
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Saturday, 26 February 2011
The Montreal Gazette says the deal will see 62 employees return to work, plus one part-time position. The rest will be given a severance package worth a combined $20 million.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 23:16
"Simply put, I'm sorry. To our readers, our advertisers, and to all of our staff who work hard everyday, I apologize for this week's egregious errors. It IS unacceptable."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 21:40
Friday, 25 February 2011
A fighter to the end, Bob was on the job for all but a short time before his death at age 76.
He was an award-winning, 55-year newspaper vet, a respected mentor to many, an AA advocate who never forgot his troubled roots, a loving father and a friend to many from all walks of life.
We'll be toasting Robert William MacDonald with a glass of orange juice tomorrow and thinking about his generation of newspaper men and women that made a huge difference as journalists and mentors.
Thank you Bob et al.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 04:37
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:43
Monday, 21 February 2011
"Since word of my pending departure began to spread, the support and kind words from my colleagues, contacts, sources and the community have been both flattering and humbling," says Reid.
"I have met, and become friends with, too many people to list here. As I have said time and time again to anyone who would listen, it's the people who make this job great.
"That is what I am going to miss most."
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So the Sun voluntarily introduced Blah Days, giving all employees a February day off of their choice - with pay and a clear nod of appreciation for a job well done.
Family Day isn't as flexible as Blah Days were - strictly the third Monday in February - but an extra day off in the depths of winter is an extra day off.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 00:23
Friday, 18 February 2011
"Found this site belatedly. Often wondered how things were with Nick. We inherited a cat from him in Thunder Bay, and 'Jeff' aka 'Jethro de Bodine Bean,' became our daughter's best friend.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 14:37
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Again, it is the World Wide Web, folks, not WWW-EWMII (Except When Money Is Involved).
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 06:10
The Canadian Media Guild and the Canadian Writers Group launched the site with the following introduction:
We know freelancers who are hurting and anything designed to help them get a square deal in a highly competitive market gets our endorsement.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:23
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Reader surveys supported the argument that passive front pages don't sell papers and handed exclusive spot news photos almost daily, editors like Les Pyette, Peter Brewster, Mike Burke-Gaffney, Ed Monteith et al worked their magic.
Today's inconsistent front page editors, in most instances and for whatever reason, have lost that front page tabloid magic and because of that, photographers have no doubt lost their competitive edge.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 05:09
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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Monday, 14 February 2011
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Friday, 11 February 2011
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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:17
Monday, 7 February 2011
But from the pain, there was gain - her husband of 11 years, Tony Luccisano.
Sandra tells TSF:
"Hi there - great blog - I just found it and am wasting much time reading it, lol.
"This page caught my eye. My husband worked at the Financial Post, first as a conference planner and then in circulation.
"I worked at the Sun (for Paul Godfrey), but was downsized in the second wave. I was offered a position in the Post’s circulation department and took it.
"Despite being downsized from that job three months later, I have good memories of the department because I met Tony there. Still together and married now for over 11 years."
Now that is what you call a 333 bonus.
Thanks for the update, Sandra.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 23:52
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A recent comment posted by a TSF reader says it all: "I've never seen a company so uninterested in keeping its own talent."
His signed editorials and op-ed pieces have been published in Sun Media newspapers across the chain.
Reid, gone as of Feb. 18, was a student intern at the Brantford Expositor before moving on to the Simcoe Reformer (1997 to 1999). He was hired as a Standard reporter in June of 1999 and was promoted to editorial page editor in 2006.
He has won awards along the way.
The prolific editorial writer will be missed by colleagues and readers, including Carolyn Tytler, a senior who was mentored by Reid as an online guest writer.
She writes about his dedication to journalism here.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:05
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Thank you for your comments, Ron.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:35
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Colleagues said farewell to Hanon at a gathering last night.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 16:35
Thursday, 3 February 2011
You said it, Mike.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 15:39
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
No anonymity for Brian when he had something to say to Toronto Sun Family members in recent years. He put his name to comments and was an active contributor.
So we were sad to hear about his passing in an e-mail early today directing us to his online obit.
The Sarnia-born former newspaper techie died last week at the Lethbridge Regional Hospital in Alberta. He was 55. His funeral was Saturday. Condolences can be left online here or you can share your memories with TSF readers in an e-mail.
Brian was manager of the Calgary Sun's IT system's department when pink-slipped in 2007. He met his wife, Kim Bullock, a co-worker at the Calgary Sun, and they later set up their own business, the Freeman River RV Park in Fort Assiniboine, Alberta.
Busy as they were with the RV business, Brian always had time for TSF and we thank him for sharing his newspaper experiences in Petrolia, Edmonton and Calgary.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:24
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:24
Bell has tacked on another $2 or so for its satellite customers, pushing the basic, plus one theme pack, to almost $50 per month - or $600 a year.
Teksavvy is not happy with the CRTC decision to reduce the cap to 25 gigs and is encouraging its growing customer base to be vocal, sign petitions etc.
We salute Teksavvy.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 00:33