Warren Toda's Toronto Sun graphics WTF:
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Today (July 30), a man was shot and killed near the conclusion of Toronto's annual Caribana parade. The Toronto Star got the story wrong. The Globe and Mail got the story wrong. CBC-TV got the story wrong. National Post seems to have missed the story entirely.
This is entirely due to Ian's experience as a cop reporter. Had any other lesser Sun reporter done the story, I suspect they would've fallen short like the other newspapers and TV, all of which used less experienced reporters (to be polite).
My point here is that laying off experienced staff in favour of cheap new hires is/was a huge mistake. A paper needs "bench strength". An experienced reporter knows the news history of the city, they have connections and they know "how things work".
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011
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Saturday, 23 July 2011
Jessica Ferlaino, Brian's cousin in Sault Ste. Marie writes:
"Brian Vallee was many things to many people, but to me he was always an inspiration.
"Growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, I was always aware that my cousin was a successful author/journalist, but it wasn't until I read his work that I truly understood what a crusader he was.
"It's hard to grow up in Sault Ste. Marie with a dream that doesn't involve moving up the industrial ladder, especially if it challenges the status quo. My mom always shared stories about Brian, how he was my grandmother's favourite and how he had so many achievements.
"Recently, I have been spending time on Lake Lauzon being inspired by the beauty of Northern Ontario, when I was informed Brian spent much time out there. I could see what he saw. I could feel what he felt when he was out there.
"I was always hoping to meet Brian, to be able to sit down and talk with him about his work and mine, and how he truly made me believe that no matter where you come from if you want to write and you have a passion for what you do that you can go anywhere with it and be the change you want to see.
"Although I'll never have the opportunity to meet Brian now, the impact he has had on my life from afar will never be forgotten. Thank you Brian. I wish I could have told you in person what you have meant to me and how you have shaped the writer in me.
"Les Pyette, 1970s Toronto Sun city editor and former Sun executive now in retirement in London, Ontario, writes:
"It was Brian, Ron Base and Lynda Ruddy's recommendations that got me to the Toronto Sun in 1974. They had stayed all night at my home in Windsor when I was working for the Star.
"Fed them coffee, bacon and eggs in the morning and they headed back to Toronto. Two months later, I left the Windsor Star and was working with them in Toronto.
"For me to get to the Windsor Star in 1971 from the Sault Star, it was Brian who recommended me to the publisher of the Windsor Star.
"We will all miss Chico - my pet name for one of humanity's great ones. Brian was one of a kind, a gentle soul, a great talent and a down-to-earth nice man."
Bob McAllister: "Lake Lauzon just won't be the same knowing that Brian Vallee isn't at his beloved cottage with a cold beer and a great story for any visitor.
"Then again, maybe Brian will always be at the cottage."
Ray Bennett on his The Cliff Edge blog, with a great photo:
Memories of Brian can be emailed to TSF.
Condolences are being accepted at the Humphrey Funeral home.
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Press club pianist (of sorts).
Windsor Star, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, CBC's The Fifth Estate and in best-selling books, including Life With Billy.
Not bad for a kid from the Soo.
Most recently, Brian became a book publisher - West-End Books - where Ron Base, friend and former Sun colleague, had two of his novels published.
Brian always seemed ageless, a young-at-heart writer who would be around forever.
Suddenly, in May, Brian was unconscious in St. Michael's Hospital, where doctors learned he had cancer and it was spreading.
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Thursday, 21 July 2011
They carry the ball and get the shaft.
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Monday, 18 July 2011
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Friday, 15 July 2011
|Click on the photo for a larger view|
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Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Sun Media has severed its ties with the Ontario Press Council.
Makes sense. Why would a newspaper chain with ethics that are often questioned by readers volunteer to be challenged by a body that investigates reader complaints?
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"Serving as president of this Local was the most satisfying job I’ve had in my life and I’d like to thank all 3,000 members for allowing me the opportunity to perform this role. It was exhausting, challenging, exhilarating, fulfilling and whole lot more adjectives that are probably too colourful for this space. But all of that made it the best job in the world, as far as I was concerned."
SONG members who want to comment on Brad's five years as president can email TSF.
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
"Ruts reports that in this photo he looks just like his eldest son does now (minus the early 70s garb)."
Many thanks for the ID.
We'd never suspect that thin, clean-shaven staffer with all of the hair is the same bearded gent who sat at the poker table in the Toronto Press Club in the late 80s - and whose photo is often in the Toronto Sun sports pages.
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Monday, 11 July 2011
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Friday, 8 July 2011
We've been wondering where John Downing, a Toronto Sun Day Oner and former editor, has been since his last Downing's Views blog posting in March.
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
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"You changed our culture and how we think. And we are a better Company for that.
"AIl of that change is reflected in our bottom-line. I promised you would all share in that profit, so look in your pay check tomorrow - you will all find an extra week’s pay. All, that is, except for our senior executives. They have a bonus plan and it’s enough already.
"I promised and you delivered. And I cannot thank you enough for your effort this past year."
TSF believes the late, great Doug Creighton, who hired Paton as a copy boy way back when, is smiling on his protege.
As Dunf says about the "it's enough already" statement - LOL.
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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
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Saturday, 2 July 2011
This shot could be of the sports department as the profile of the man in the forefront with the blue shirt looks like Rick Fraser, the sports writer now deceased.
A Toronto Sun sports department vet writes: "Just before my time, but isn't the guy on the right John Iaboni? And why am I thinking that the fella beside him is a slender version of big Kaye Corbett. Hard to tell from that photo, though."
If you can ID any of the people in the photo, please email TSF.
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Friday, 1 July 2011
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