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18 September 2014,     TORONTO

Canadian Living magazine lets go editor-in-chief, art director

Parting EIC Jen Reynolds
There have been two staff departures at TC Media’s Canadian Living magazine. As of Monday, editor-in-chief Jennifer Reynolds and art director Stephanie White are no longer with the organization.  The reasons behind both departures were not disclosed by TC Media, as they stated HR information is confidential. 

The organization is actively looking to fill the positions. In the interim, the Canadian Living team will continue to drive the day-to-day operations, and Jacqueline Loch, VP and group publisher, Toronto & Vancouver, is taking over the team's leadership.

Reynolds joined the Canadian Living family late 2012, and White in May 2013.

18 September 2014,     TORONTO

Digital ad sales soar, magazines and dailies fall

Digital media has overtaken television for the largest share of ad spending in Canada, according to The International Advertising Bureau (IAB) of Canada’s annual advertising revenue report.

Television ad sales decreased by 2% to $3.4 billion in 2013, from $3.5 billion in 2012. Spending on online advertising as a whole increased by 14% to $3.5 billion in 2013, from $3.1 billion in 2012. The report is forecasting a 14% rise in digital spending for the rest of the year. Mobile ad revenue is being cited as a key factor for the growth of online ad spending in 2013. It grew by 177% and accounted for 13% of online ad revenue in 2013, up from 5%.

17 September 2014,     DARTMOUTH, NS

Venture Publishing enters into circulation contract with the Oyster Group

Venture Publishing's Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines' 50,000-plus subscriber list is now the responsibility of the Oyster Group a Dartmouth company that helps publications grow its readership.

The two companies have entered into a contract that will see the Oyster Group provide both magazines with an advanced subscriber database system and manage the relationship with its subscribers.

“I know they are experts in circulation and customer service,” Sharlene Clarke, Venture Publishing’s Director of Circulation said. “Our Alberta Oil and Alberta Venture readers will continue to feel efficiently and genuinely assisted under the care of their fantastic team.”

15 September 2014,     TORONTO

The English-language edition of Ricardo magazine is here

 Ricardo magazine's first English issue
Today marks the launch of the English–language edition of Ricardo magazine.  The 164-page September issue has over 50 fall recipes, tips and ideas for the fall season. The French edition of the publication launched 12 years ago and is one of Québec’s most successful magazines.

Ricardo magazine will feature the opinions of lifestyle experts and include sections like Ricardo For Kids, Weekday Wonders and Safe Eats—a section for Canadians with dietary restrictions—in every issue.

15 September 2014,     TORONTO

Finalists for the 6th annual COPA awards have been announced

The finalists are in for the 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA). Dedicated to honouring online media content, the COPA’s will announce and celebrate the winners during a ceremony at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Nov. 20.

Visit the COPA website for more details and a full list of finalists that include Best Health, Canadian Living, Cottage Life, The Hockey News Magazine and Westworld Alberta Magazine —all in the running for the best digital publication for desktop and tablet category.

10 September 2014,     QUÉBEC

Messageries Dynamiques signs major distribution deals with big publishers

Messageries Dynamiques, the largest distributor of dailies, magazines and other print media in Québec, have signed a number of major distribution agreements this summer with publishers of French-language magazines, including Rogers Publishing, TC Media, Les Éditions Protégez-vous, Vélo Québec Éditions and Les Publications BLD.

Messageries—which also distributes to the French-language market in Canada and Florida— also entered into a service agreement with Metro News covering all English titles sold in Québec.

10 September 2014,     TORONTO

House & Home magazine designs the 2014 TIFF red carpet suite

House & Home magazine has designed the red carpet suite for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. This is the first time the media group has collaborated with TIFF. The suite is located on the lower level of Roy Thomson Hall and was inspired by the publication's Look of the Year recap, which appeared in its January 2014 issue.

The Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet Suite presented by Quintessentially Lifestyle and designed by House & Home magazine. Photography by House & Home.

9 September 2014,     WINNIPEG

Canada’s History Society appoints new CEO

Janet Walker, President and CEO of Canada’s History Society (CNW Group/Canada's History)
Canada’s History Society has named Janet Walker, a former executive consultant to the University of Winnipeg Foundation, as its president and chief executive officer.

In her new position she will oversee the strategic direction of the organization, communications, government and donor relations strategies.

"The board of directors at Canada's History Society is confident that under Ms. Walker's leadership, the organization will grow in its ability to promote the discovery and understanding of our nation's history," board of directors chair Richard Pound said. "Her strengths in the areas of strategy and fundraising will deliver clear goals and emphasize fund development for the long term."

8 September 2014,     QUÉBEC

Curium magazine launches in Québec

The September/October issue of Curium magazine
BLD Publications has launched Curium, a new French-language magazine for 14-17 year olds interested in topics like science, sports, technology, the environment, social issues, ethics and the role of youth in society.

Why the name Curium? “Because it’s close to curious,” Editor Félix Maltais said. “And because it is the name of an element in the periodic table (no 98) named after the famous scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie.”

The September/October issue, is out now and is available online for free. 46,000 copies of the first issue were printed, with 26,000 going to high schools for students. There will be a total of 11 issues per year.

4 September 2014,     TORONTO

Brainspace magazine to appear on Rogers TV

The September 2014 cover
Nicky Middleton, publisher of Brainspace magazine will be making an appearance on the Rogers TV show, daytime with Jeff Moore, to demonstrate the use of augmented reality in print.

Brainspace magazine is education-based and released quarterly. The publication uses augmented reality to engage young, technologically savvy readers.

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