Canadian Magazine Industry News
2 May 2008,    
News round-up: Transcon VP joins Rogers board, Canada Post review and more

Our weekly recaps of stories related to the Canadian magazine industry, with links for further reading.

Transcon VP elected to Rogers board

Here’s a strange one. Isabelle Marcoux, vice president of corporate development at Transcontinental Inc., has been elected to the board of directors at Rogers Communications Inc. Transcontinental Media is the largest consumer magazine publisher in the country while Rogers is number two—in other words, they’re competitors (head-to-head match-ups include Chatelaine (R) vs. Canadian Living (T), Ontario Out of Doors vs. Outdoor Canada, Flare vs. Elle Canada, and Châtelaine vs. Coup de Pouce). Then again, Transcontinental’s printing division did recently win the contract to print the Rogers titles, so relations between the two companies aren’t quite at Cold War levels. We’ll refrain from speculating any further, though you’re free to do so in the comments section. We’ve put also put in calls at both Transcon and Rogers and we’ll follow up when we hear back.

Quebecor World kills 700 jobs

The Montreal-based printer Quebecor World Inc. is closing a commercial printing plant in North Haven, Conn., by the end of the second quarter It’s cutting 320 jobs at the catalog and directory plant in Etobicoke, Ont., the plant where the now defunct Canadian Tire catalog was printed, according to the Globe and Mail. Just 60 employees will remain. This was the plant where Canadian Tire printed At the end of it all, 700 people will be out of a job. The layoffs, the company says, are part of restructuring operations. Quebecor is currently under creditor protection from the courts.

Canada Post undergoing strategic review

There’s a strategic review of the mail underway. It’s focusing on four major areas: market and competition; public policy objectives and responsibilities; commercial activities; and financial and performance targets. An independent panel will conduct the review, keeping these four guidelines in mind:

  • Canada Post will not be privatized and will remain a Crown corporation;
  • Canada Post must maintain a universal, effective and economically viable postal service;
  • Canada Post will continue to act as an instrument of public policy through the provision of postal services to Canadians; and
  • Canada Post will continue to operate in a commercial environment and is expected to attain a realistic rate of return on equity.

The panel wants to hear from “stakeholders, interested groups and Canadians across the country.” The contribute, the panel here. Deadline in Sept. 2.

Canada Post amends Business Reply Mail

We end with everyone’s favourite kind of item—technical information about mailing. Canada Post made changes to its Business Reply and International Business Reply Mail specifications, effective April 14. Under the new regulations, the current length #9 Canadian standard envelope size has been changed to 98mm x 225mm, from 102mm x 229 mm to reflect the U.S. standard #9 envelope. Customers are now permitted to reposition artwork up to 15mm from the right side of the envelope for both international and domestic Business Reply Mail, and the maximum specifications for Machineable International Business Reply Mail increased to 245 x 150 x 5 mm from 235 x 120 x 5 mm.

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