Canadian Publishing Industry News
2 November 2022,     TORONTO

New editor at National Observer


Karyn Pugliese is the new editor in chief at Canada’s National Observer. Linda Solomon Wood takes over the publishing reins.

            According to the CNO website, Pugliese full further the title’s mission of reporting on the changing climate in Canada and globally. She will develop CNO’s reporting and podcasting teams and lead daily publication and newsletters.

            Pugliese began her career as a parliamentary reporter with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and later became managing editor of investigations at CBC. She joined CNO in 2021 as a columnist and executive editor.

2 November 2022,     FLORIDA

New title for produce industry


Vision magazine, a new brand for the produce market and produce industry buyers, launched in North America last month. Its inaugural issue was unveiled at an industry trade show at the end of October.

            The magazine will be distributed six times a year to executives of retailers, importers, and other agribusinesses in the US and Canada. Content will focus on industry leaders’ perspective, stories, expert opinion, an analysis.

            Vision Magazine U.S. comes from Yentzen Group, which focuses on news, consultancy services, and events for the global fresh produce industry.

27 October 2022,     HALIFAX

SaltWire Network stops printing Monday papers


SaltWire Network will stop printing Monday editions of its daily publications, including The Chronicle Herald in Halifax; The Cape Breton Post in Sydney, N.S.; The Guardian in Charlottetown; and The Telegram in St. John’s.

According to the company, the decision was driven by inflation impacting print operations and the rising fuel costs that have driven transportation and delivery costs higher.

27 October 2022,     TORONTO

New editor at Real Estate Magazine


Jordana Springgay has been appointed editor of Real Estate Magazine. She has

worked as a journalist for more than a decade for major news networks reporting on the real estate industry.

“I am confident the real estate industry will innovate and evolve as we continue to face volatility in the housing market and economic uncertainty. REM will be at the forefront of these issues, reporting fairly and unbiasedly. I am also sure we’ll see more technology adoption, and you’ll read more stories on REM about data analytics and proptech, among many other important issues,” she said in an editorial.

27 October 2022,     CALGARY

emagazines in Alberta now available at libraries


Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) has announced that eMagazine titles from across the province are available to library patrons across Alberta.

            Alberta’s magazine publishing industry has joined forces with the province’s book publishers to expand the Read Alberta eBooks project, launched in 2017, to include digital editions of 42 of the province’s magazines. 

27 October 2022,     OTTAWA

Budget programs for journalism rolled out


Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez has announced the rollout of two Budget 2022 commitments to support local journalism. First, Canadian Heritage will be relaunching the Special Measures for Journalism component through its Canada Periodical Fund with a new investment of $40 million over three years, starting in 2022–23.

This funding includes a $1.5 million investment over three years through the Fund's Business Innovation component, starting in 2022–23, for unique new projects that focus on innovative ideas to support magazines and community newspapers. The Government will also invest an additional $10 million in 2023–24 for the Local Journalism Initiative to strengthen support for local journalism in underserved communities across Canada.

27 October 2022,     VANCOUVER

Overstory Media Group acquires Georgia Straight

 Overstory Media Group has acquired The George Straight, a 55-year-old weekly newspaper, covering Vancouver-area news, entertainment, and culture.

“The Georgia Straight is a household name across the Lower Mainland. I grew up with it being a pioneer of independent thinking, and a passionate supporter of the arts,” said Farhan Mohamed, Overstory’s co-founder and CEO. “At its best, The Straight captured and explored the beating heart of Vancouver’s culture – and became part of it. We are committed to bringing that back.”

Overstory, which owns and operates many community and culture publications across Canada, bought the publication from Media Central Corporation, which had been struggling financially over the last two years. The purchase price was not disclosed.

3 October 2022,     OTTAWA

Publishers Call For "A Day of Action on October 6"


Day of Action – on October 6, Creators have mobilized across Canada to send a message to Ottawa that the federal government needs to amend the Copyright Act to restore fair compensation to creators and publishers for the copying of their works by the education sector.. The government has yet to announce any plans to implement its commitment. That’s why the "I Value Canadian Stories coalition " is launching a Day of Action on Thursday, October 6. They hope publishers and writers  will take part so everyone  can collectively make it impossible for key stakeholders in Ottawa to ignore the call of Canadian creators and publishers to repair Canada's Copyright Act.

26 September 2022,     ITALY

Magazine launches in the metaverse


In what is perhaps a first, an Italian creative director and editor has launched a magazine in the metaverse. Re-Eye magazine is launched in the worlds of both Web2.0 and Web 3. It’s accessible via website or the spatial metaverse and seeks to blur the lines between the real and the virtual worlds.

            Content focuses on fashion, beauty, and music. Website content presents articles and interviews in a more traditional format, while the metaverse option allows readers to wander through different rooms that focus on articles or themes.

 Have a look at the metaverse version here.

26 September 2022,     CALGARY

Alberta mag award winners released


Winners of the Alberta Magazine Awards were announced earlier this month.

“We’re pleased to celebrate another successful year in Alberta magazine publishing. Alberta magazine makers continue to demonstrate how their work gives voice to Albertans who may otherwise go unheard, helps readers make sense of the world around them and connects us to each other and to communities,” said AMPA executive director Suzanne Trudel.


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