Canadian Magazine Industry News
25 February 2008,    
People in print: Staff changes at Canadian Business, Fashion and more...

In this new MastheadOnline feature, we bring you the latest on recent hirings, firings and appointments in the Canadian magazine industry.

Zena Olijnyk left her senior writer post at Rogers Publishing’s Canadian Business on Jan. 11 for a job as investment editor CanWest’s FP newspaper.

Fashion's online editor, Laura deCarufel, has left the St. Joseph Media look-book for a position with rival Elle Canada (Transcontinental Media).

Joining deCarufel at Transcon in Toronto is a new vice president of consumer marketing. Chris Purcell comes from BusinessWeek in New York to fill the position of the late Terri DeRose.

Joe Plati has been appointed vice president digital media at Toronto-based Media Matters Inc. Plati was most recently publisher of Business Information Group’s Bodyshop, a direct competitor of MM’s Collision Repair.

Colin McGarrigle has joined Avenue (Calgary) as executive editor. McGarrigle was previously the editor of The Investor, Ireland’s leading financial magazine.

Quill & Quire has hired Tabassum Siddiqui as news editor. The Ryerson grad has also worked at the Toronto Star, eye weekly and the recently launched Muslim Girl magazine.

Lee Scarlett is the new associate publisher of Canadian Water Treatment, published by We Communications Inc. He’s also the new sales manager for the company’s creative design, graphics and print brokering business department.

Canadian Magazines blogger D.B. Scott reports both senior editors at The Walrus are taking leave. Marni Jackson and Nora Underwood have given notice to pursue outside writing projects. No replacements have been named, Walrus publisher Shelley Ambrose said.

Manhattan media gossip site Gawker got the scoop in late January that Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes has left the magazine for good. “It’s a long story but we’ve all agreed to leave it at ‘creative differences,’ so please don't ask me about it,” McInnes wrote in an e-mail to friends. Vice, founded in Montreal, is now primarily based in New York City.

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