Canadian Publishing Industry News
26 October 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Metalworking partners with CAMM


Canadian Metalworking magazine and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), the national association for mold makers, service providers, and suppliers to the mold making industry, have announced partnership to promote Canadian mold making, machining, and manufacturing.

            Tariffs, new technology, free trade deals, and changing automotive platforms are all challenging Canadian die and mold shops, while at the same time creating potential opportunities for the sector. Part of this change is a move toward electric vehicle (EV) production, which has the possibility of adding work to the mold making pipeline.

26 October 2021,     TORONTO

Postmedia posts lower revenue for 2021

 Postmedia’s revenue for the year ended August 31, 2021, was $442.3 million, down from $508.4 million in the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $66.1 million or 13.0%. The company says the decline was primarily due to decreases in print advertising revenue of $39.2 million or 20.6%, decreases in print circulation revenue of $19.0 million or 10.0%, and decreases in digital revenue of $5.1 million or 4.7% year to date with digital advertising revenue down 8.0%.

26 October 2021,     TORONTO

Did Google and FB rig the ad market?


The bad news keeps piling up on Facebook. In this column, veteran advertising and advertising expert and speaker Bob Hoffman looks at how Facebook may have fudged numbers about the size of its audience. In one instance, Facebook claimed it had more users in the U.S. in the 20s than actually exist, says Hoffman, citing documents made available to the Wall Street Journal for its FB expose.

In other news, revelations are emerging that Google and Facebook may have had a secret agreement in which FB was guaranteed a certain number of ad auction wins. Read it here.

19 October 2021,     TORONTO

News Media Canada calls for level playing field


News Media Canada has developed a new ad calling on the re-elected Liberal government to honour its election promise to introduce legislation within 100 days and level the playing field between global platforms and Canadian news outlets.

            In a democracy, nothing is more vital than a healthy, vibrant local news media. But the threats from Big Tech are increasing every day.

19 October 2021,     NEW YORK,

The killing of newspapers


For a depressing review of the situation afflicting newspapers in the U.S., this story from The Atlantic lays it all out. The industry is essentially being gutted by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that has bought more than 200 newspapers across the US, most recently the Chicago Tribune.

             “What threatens local newspapers now is not just digital disruption or abstract market forces. They’re being targeted by investors who have figured out how to get rich by strip-mining local-news outfits.

19 October 2021,     OTTAWA

Policy Options launches new journalism fellowship


The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) has launched the Accenture Editorial Fellowship on the Future of the Public Service. The fellow, journalist Kathryn May, will write for the IRPP's award-winning digital magazine Policy Options.

            The two-year fellowship will cover the social, economic, and technological challenges and opportunities facing Canadian public servants. These include the transition to digital government; post-pandemic shifts in workplace norms; the pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization; and the modernization of hiring and training.

19 October 2021,     LONDON, UK

Rolling Stone magazine back in England after 50 years


Rolling Stone UK, dubbed the most important magazine launch in the UK for years, is re-launching five decades after then owner Mick Jagger closed it down. The title re-appeared recently with British band Bastille, singer Sam Fender, and Lashana Lynch, the first woman to take on take on the spy title of 007, on its three covers.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

Canadian Art closes


Canadian Art is closing up shop after 37 years of publishing due to its financial position and revenue loss resulting directly from the COVID pandemic. The board of directors announced the immediate closure on its website in early October.
            “After thoroughly exhausting all options to allow Canadian Art to survive, the Board began the process of pursuing a wind-up that would best maintain the organization’s charitable status, protect the stewardship of its cultural assets for the future, and maximize recoveries to stakeholders such as employees, landlords, trade creditors,” said the announcement.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

Danielle Labrie takes over construction group at Annex


Danielle Labrie is the new group publisher of Annex Business Media Construction Group, which includes Glass Canada, Fenestration Review, Canadian Contractor, Canadian Rental Service, Rock to Road, Electrical Business, Energy Manager, and Crane & Hoist Canada. She is also joining Annex’s leadership team.

12 October 2021,     TORONTO

OHS Canada has a new publisher


Todd Humber
Todd Humber
Todd Humber is the new publisher of OHS Canada, Annex Business Medias’s occupational health and safety media brand. He assumes the role on Nov. 1

            “Workplace safety has always been a strong passion for me, and it’s an area where I have a lot of media experience,” said Humber.

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