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4 August 2020,     HALIFAX

The Coast Print Edition is Back

First printed edition in four months
First printed edition in four months
Halifax's alternative weekly newspaper, The Coast, released its first print edition in nearly four months . The  Hot Summer Guide was available in  newsstands across the Halifax area in early July. It's the first printed copy of the publication since March when The Coast laid off 11 full-time staff members and moved online.The Coast claims the pandemic has proven hyper-local coverage is more important than ever.

4 August 2020,     TORONTO

Publishers Hacked By Photographer/Illustrator

Email to publishers with link to malware.
 In a  recent scam publishers are being hacked by a person claiming to be a photographer/illustrator. They send a email claiming the publisher has used one of their  copyrighted images . They provide a link to the supposed copyrighted images that is really a link to malware. So far no publishers have reported any Trojan Horses, ransom ware or spyware. The hacker treatens to contact the publishers hosting provider. 

4 August 2020,     TORONTO

Narcity Adds 14 More Staff

Emily Anne Epstein new Editor in Chief
Emily Anne Epstein new Editor in Chief
Narcity Media has named Bustle & Atlantic Alum Emily Anne Epstein Editor in Chief. Emily is an award-winning journalist and strategist and her new position comes following Narcity’s recent announcement that the company seen 55 per cent growth in readership in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019 and that it is in the process of growing it’s team, hiring 14 new positions across all departments as it further expands across North America.

4 August 2020,     TORONTO

Postmedia Revenue Down By 25%

Canada's largest newspaper publisher
Canada's largest newspaper publisher
Postmeia , which owns the National Post, Vancouver Province, London Free Press, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Sun Newspapers and other newspapers. reported a net loss for the three months ending May 31 of $13.8 million. Print advertising fell $23.7 million or 36.6 per cent to about $41 million in the quarter, while digital revenue dropped $10.7 million or 32.5 per cent to about $22 million.

30 July 2020,     TORONTO

COPAs to Chronicle the Covid-19 Pandemic


The COPAs this year has an unique opportunity to chronicle a moment in history with the Awards program. The Covid-19 News category, that is free to enter, will be the vehicle to chronicle this moment is history for students and historians. All the entries will be published on the COPA website and archived for the world to see. Each publisher can enter one free entry, but can submit additional entries if they wish with a paid ones.


21 July 2020,     SIMCOE , ONTARIO

Annex Innovates It's Events Business

Annex virtual conference
Annex virtual conference
Annex Business Media  has adapted to the unexpected disruption to their business model caused by Covid-19. Annex, the largest B2B publisher in Canada with over 64 B2B tittles and produces 35 industry events like conferences, trade shows, webinars and table top events. Well all their events are now cancelled and they had to quickly rethink this source of revenue.

19 July 2020,     OTTAWA

Government Final Covid-19 Funding For News Organizations

Heritage Minister Guilbeault has announced the final details of the federal government's  disbursement of the $500-million fund to support arts, culture, and media, announced earlier this year. This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:

2 July 2020,     TORONTO

Call For Entries - Canadian Online Publishing Awards


The 2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards Call for Entries opened on Canada Day this year on July 1. The COPAs are entering its 12th year and has become a high profile industry showcase of Canadian publishing and has become a badge of honour for all the winners. 

2 July 2020,     NEW YORK, NY,

Ban of Facebook Ads to Stop the Spread of Hate



In response to Facebook’s repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of hate on its platforms, six organizations today announced a new campaign, #StopHateforProfit, that asks large Facebook advertisers to show they will not support a company that puts profit over safety. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), the NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Color Of Change, Free Press and Common Sense have created a coalition of the nation’s most storied civil rights organizations calling for some of the world’s largest corporations to pause advertising on Facebook during the month of July 2020.

22 June 2020,     TORONTO

Access Copyright Appeals Decision To The Supreme Court


Represents Publishers and writers
Represents Publishers and writers
Access Copyright filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal the  decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in the legal action between the organization and York University. Access Copyright claims The Court of Appeal’s decision has the potential to irreparably harm creators and publishers by increasing the complexity and cost for them to receive compensation

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