Never thought we'd have a strong urge to take a shower after reading the Toronto Sun, but today's the day.
Shameful use of the printed word two days before an election.
Saturday, 30 April 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
Thanks for your signed response, Mike. Cheers to you and the newsroom vets.
(Whatever degree of original content that might be.)
Kudos to you, Mike, for doing more than most columnists would do in having torontosun.com add a link to Zach's blog after your column was published. Getting torontosun.com to use links has been a challenge.
But that is the considerate, adorable, Sun-tattooed Mike Strobel we have known and admired for 20 or so years.
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The latest links from TSF readers:
"Quite the spin on this one, I'll say," says a TSF reader. "They're using CTV News Channel and BNN for comparison, I don't even watch these channels. If I'm not mistaken, both CTV News Channel and BNN cannot be received over the air. (The Quebecor Venture) is available over the air, on cable and satellite. So the viewership should be much higher than the current ratings they are receiving."
"More crap from Sun Media, et al," writes a former Toronto Sun vet:
Interesting times . . .
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 00:57
Thursday, 28 April 2011
"If you haven’t seen it, check it out! An article in today’s Toronto Sun takes content + inspiration from our little contest but doesn’t provide any link to us. He does admit in it that he’s seen Canada’s Sexiest Election Candidate polls, but only in passing does he give “Zach Bussey” a mention."
"I’m issuing a complaint regarding your article today in the Toronto Sun by “writer” Mike Strobel. The article in question is “Mike’s Hot Picks for the Election”.
“Zach. I’ve asked our website guys to link to your site. As I said in my column, I think you’ve done an excellent job. Your site was one of the sources of candidates’ names for me, especially for the guys, but just one of the sources. Sun Media colleagues across the country contributed most of the names. However, I agree, a link is a good thing. So, it shall be done. Cheers."
"A link has been included on the web version. While a good start, this doesn’t provide a link to the 150,000 print versions they sell daily! I’m still insistent that I deserve financial compensation for my hard work, but this is a move in the right direction."
Dream on, Zach.
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Harper no longer on high moral groundMICHAEL HARRIS, QMI Agency
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Do you think the "new voices" will write anything negative about Harper?
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:54
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Par for the course with the ravaging of the Ottawa bureau since last June.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 18:47
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
"Fun story for you all to potentially help with: Mike Strobel is working on a feature to be published Thursday to feature Canada¹s hottest federal election candidates (both guys AND gals).
"Your friendly qmi help desk,
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Monday, 25 April 2011
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Sun Media says Robin, who died last Wednesday, was a "clear frontrunner" out of the hundreds who entered the Canada-wide contest in 2008.
Memories of Robin can be emailed to TSF.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 05:47
So the club will be serving its last drink on June 30, says the Free Press story. Remaining members and club memorabilia will be moving to a military service club.
And you never knew who might drop by.
Celebs who raised a glass or two at the London club included Pierre Trudeau, Xaviera Hollander, aka the Happy Hooker, John Diefenbaker, Wayne Gretzky, Tommy Hunter etc.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 05:26
Thursday, 21 April 2011
A Toronto Sun story say Robertson, 62, received the best print news feature award Tuesday night during a police board awards ceremony.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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That blank space at the top of the home page has got to go for the flow. Moving the weather to below the logo would do it.
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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
"John was smart, solid and honourable - an executive you could trust. Tough - but also fair and supportive as a manager.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 14:00
Enjoyed the Liberal party's election commercials.All is fair when it comes to ad dollars.
There could be more to watch once the new crew gets past the hoopla, but much of yesterday's chatty fare left us thinking about the lyrics of Everybody's Talking.
Everybody's talking at me
I don't hear a word they're saying
Only the echoes of my mind
And the echoes of my mind were asking where's the news in this new news venture?
Lots of gravy, not a lot of meat on Day One.
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Monday, 18 April 2011
It's a new frontier for divisive politics in Canada. Foxy style.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 02:03
Sunday, 17 April 2011
His latest is a Toronto Emergency Services media award, his first EMS award - and for a photo.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 04:09
Saturday, 16 April 2011
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Publisher Judy Bullis says "her experience, energy and enthusiasm to spearhead the Standard and our regional direction will serve us and our community well."
The story says Metcalfe has worked for several newspapers in the UK, including Scotland's flagship national newspaper, the Daily Record.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:53
Thursday, 14 April 2011
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But a former staffer is keeping an eye on the tabloid for us and in his update this week says legislature beat reporter Frank Landry, "a Winnipeg Sun transplant who also served as Edmonton's city hall reporter, has quietly given his two-weeks notice and will begin a communications job with a post-secondary institution sometime next month."
Also - the Edmonton paper continues to be unable to fill the EIC position vacated by Graham Dalziel over six months ago. Word is no one's even applying.
Thanks for the update.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:36
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Whether it succeeds, or fails, there are just too many bodies scattered along the roadside, including casualties of the extreme makeover in Ottawa in the past year.
Any suggestion the new venture is comparable to the wing-and-a-prayer launching of the Toronto Sun by 62 former Tely workers on Nov. 1, 1971, is ludicrous.
There was nothing mean-spirited associated with the Eclipse building gang in 1971 and the original 62, and many others who followed, were handsomely rewarded for their dedication and loyalty.
It is much more take than give these days, with greatly diminished respect for employees, especially the remaining vets who helped build the chain.
Meanwhile . . .
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 21:10
Monday, 11 April 2011
Some stats: 253 employees locked out by Quebecor on Jan. 24, 2009; 62 allowed to return to their jobs, including 42 in the newsroom; 23 of the 42 return to their newsroom jobs.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 14:46
Thursday, 7 April 2011
About those crosswords ...
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 01:54
Monday, 4 April 2011
Ermisch left the building last week.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 20:17
"Anyone selling a three-month subscription to the paper would get a $25 bonus, or $50 for a six-month subscription. Anyone selling $100 worth of advertising would get $50."
That could be six at some Sun Media newspapers where reporters are expected to do the office cleaning.
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 19:45
Sunday, 3 April 2011
News is news, opinionated columns are opinionated columns.
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Saturday, 2 April 2011
How about equal time, energy and space for the Toronto Blue Jays, who kicked off the 2011 season yesterday with a 13-3 win in front of a sold out, hometown crowd?
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 03:50
Friday, 1 April 2011
Meanwhile, and this could be a coincidence, Mark Cressman, publisher of the Niagara Falls Review, has written an 800-plus word column with the heading: Shouting from the rooftops about The Review.
The Niagara tipster also says the Review has a classified in the paper for part-time staff in the production department.
"I suppose it could mean mailroom jobs, but it isn't clear."
Posted by Toronto Sun Family at 22:20
How often do you get the opportunity to type Last first?
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