Some areas of Ontario have yet to be touched by snow, while others have been feeling the effects of winter storms for weeks already.
Inspired by a pile of old newspapers, Taiwanese fashion designer Colin Lin came up with the idea of fashioning shoes and bags from recycled paper. Lin, the owner of All Black Footwear, an eco-friendly company, prides herself on creating products that are, not only better for the environment, but also comfortable and fashionable.
The Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) is seeking industry professionals to help judge its 2010 Better Newspapers Competition entries. Members are invited to nominate individuals they feel have related work experience and can provide contestants with fair and perceptive evaluations based on CCNA rules.
An article by Rachel Mendleson of Maclean’s magazine asks, ‘Should government be doing more to save print?’
If your community is participating in Municipal World’s 2009/10 WinterLights Celebrations program, don’t miss the opportunity to enter the 7th annual WinterLights Celebrations Photo Contest, and highlight the winter activities and celebrations put on by your hometown.
As news publishers become increasingly hostile towards Google, the company’s CEO Eric Schmidt, speaks out. In an opinion piece in the Thursday edition of the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt states Google is committed to playing a role in helping publishers transition online – not cause problems for the industry.
Alan D. Mutter, a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures in journalism and technology, has recently voiced his concern that vanishing employment opportunities and shrinking freelance compensation will “wipe out the next generation of professional journalists”.
Former publisher of the Welland Tribune and the Niagara Review John Van Kooten, passed away on Saturday, November 29 at the age of 72. Known locally as a founder of the Niagara Film Festival, which over several years attracted a number of Hollywood stars, Van Kooten began his career in newspapers as publisher for the Tribune in 1979. He later went on to become publisher at the Review for five years in the mid 1990s.
Many former employees of Van Kooten remember him fondly, including retired sports editor Wayne Redshaw.
Wednesday, November 25 saw the release of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout, and her Australian colleague, Nigel Brennan from their captors in Somalia. The two had been kidnapped, abused, and held for ransom for the past 15 months by unidentified abductors. Both were released after their friends and family members raised $600,000 to pay the ransom.
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Wilber Brett, retired owner of the Essex Free Press, on November 12 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 71. Wilber was a third generation owner of the newspaper (1979-2004) whose family has owned it since 1896. He retired in 2004 when his daughter Laurie Brett assumed ownership, making her the fourth generation of the Brett family to operate the newspaper. This is the second oldest family-owned newspaper in Ontario.