While preparing our annual tally of Canadian magazine launches and closures for 2008 (which will be published here later this month), we have learned of several shutterings that have not yet been covered on MastheadOnline.
Below you’ll find short items about eight titles that will no longer be with us in 2009.
Name: National Rugby Post
Publisher: Rugby Canada
Final issue: 2007
Notes on closure: Last year, Davie Graham, the magazine’s founding publisher, donated the magazine to Rugby Canada, the sport's governing body, who subsequently suspended publication of the magazine. In related news, Scrum Magazine, which covers rugby in Ontario, was launched in November 2008.
Name: Ricardo (English edition)
Publisher: Les Éditions Gesca
Final issue: November/December 2008
Category: Food and drink
Notes on closure: Publication of this magazine built around the personality of Quebecois TV chef been “suspended for an undetermined period.” A spokesperson told the Ottawa Citizen that “there were insufficient paid subscriptions to continue.” Gesca will continue to publish the French version of Ricardo, which was launched in 2003.
Name: The Seniors Choice
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems Ltd.
Located: Kelowna, B.C.
Final issue: August 2008
Category: Mature market
Notes on closure: The magazine was closed due to insufficient advertising revenue, editor Patricia Archibald said. There are plans to continue publishing online.
Name: National Review of Medicine
Publisher: NRM Publications Inc.
Final issue: July 2008
Notes on closure: The parent company, Parkhurst Publishing, has re-invested resources into its Doctor’s Review magazine and shifted several editorial sections from the NRM to the Parkhurst Exchange Web site.
Publisher: Transcontinental Media Inc.
Final issue: October 2008
Notes on closure: “The final decision, after studying several scenarios, was made within the Business publications budget exercise,” Sylvain Bédard, Transcontinental’s publisher for business magazines, told Transcontinentental staff in a memo. The control-circ title went out to about 35,000 small business executives and managers.
Name: Simcoe Business
Publisher: Osprey Media Group
Located: Barrie, Ont.
Final issue: February 2008
Notes on closure: The magazine was closed to achieve better “efficiencies,” according to a company representative. Business-related editorial has been folded into the
biweekly quarterly Simcoe Life magazine. Osprey also has plans to relaunch Simcoe Business as a quarterly tabloid newspaper in 2009.
Name: Newpharmacist/Pharmacien Le Jour
Publisher: Apotex Inc.
Final issue: January 2009
Category: Drug and pharmacy
Notes on closure: Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical company, is re-investing the dollars put into these quarterly custom publications into other support programs for pharmacists, according to marketing co-ordinator Struan Keir.