The year in Canadian magazines
Canadian Magazines is taking a brief holiday, back on January 2 with a whole new year of news, notes and comments on the industry. To wrap up this year, here's an almost completely arbitrary listing of some of the things that we posted about this year, with links to the actual stories.
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The big dogs play nice together
Rogers and Quebecor announced an alliance whereby Rogers magazine and website content would show up on Quebecor's Canoe site.
No tag days for them, then
Masthead magazine released a salary survey that showed the median salary for a big magazine publisher was $100,000 (and for a small/medium one $36,000).
A Toronto-based company launched Muslim Girl, aimed mostly at teens in the U.S. market. The first issue had a hijab-wearing 16-year-old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
But it's a dry cold
Regina's Mayor Pat Fiacco goes ballistic over an article in Maclean's that his city contains Canada's worst neighbourhood.
So far, not so good
Six months after launching the Canadian edition of Hello!, Rogers dumps its entire team (publisher, editor and art director) and hands the magazine over to be administered by the franchise holder in Spain.
Unpaid, but undaunted
Research seems to show that Canadian magazines benefit from more than 631,000 volunteer hours a year.
Magazines Canada launched a "Buy 2, Get One Free" direct mail offer to more than 1 million Canadians on behalf of member magazines.
May contain nipples
Maisonneuve magazine had to polybag an issue in deference to the tender sensibilities of Chapters/Indigo stores to permit it to be sold on their racks. The magazine contained some tasteful nude photos.
An article by an anonymous student from an unnamed journalism school said that she routinely cheated and made up interviews to fulfill her assignments.
The Independent Press Association folded.
CanWest Global Communications buys The New Republic magazine.
Less is more at Marketing
Rogers's Marketing magazine cuts its frequency to biweekly and trims its page size, putting more faith and attention to its daily online news service.
Last gasp for Toro
Toro magazine closes because its rich owner lost interest; posts its last issue online, without ads.
Big and mean
In a move that scared the wits out of small magazines, Chapters/Indigo announced that magazines would have to sell 50% of their draw if they wanted to stay on their racks.
And the silver goes to...
The Canada Council for the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary.
More readers, that's good isn't it?
Hill Strategies Group reported that an analysis of Statistics Canada data showed that there were 3.2 million more readers in Canada than there were in 1992.
10 years and counting
Alberta Venture magazine, the business title that covers a booming province, marks its 10th anniversary.
Green and keen
Canada Wide Media launches Granville, a title about sustainable living for Vancouver.
Buying the sizzle
Transcontinental launches More magazine (a joint venture with giant Meredith Corporation -- Better Homes & Gardens etc.) with 70,000 subs already signed up.
It seemed like a good idea at the time
Maisonneuve magazine of Montreal announces that it won't, after all, launch a city magazine.
No more moose mugs
Canadian Geographic announces it is getting out of the merchandise business.
June Callwood wins the Writer's Trust Outstanding Contribution Award. Best known as a campaigner for the disenfranchised, the longtime freelancer told the crowd her proudest accomplishment was to be a journalist and said: If any of you happens to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant and you have an obligation to do something.
Callwood died in April.
The doyenne of Chatelaine
Doris Anderson, who turned Chatelaine magazine into one of the most successful magazines in Canada in the 1960s and '70s, dies age 85.
Online and on a tear
Online advertising tops $1.1 billion in Canada in 2006, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada.
Guess what we're thinking
The Canada Council was roundly criticized for changing the rules for its Supplementary Operating Funds initiative in mid-process, then lamely saying that the changes were published on its website. After asking people to "think big" and being overwhelmed by applications, the result was that many applicants "got small"; asking for $50,000 and getting $10,000.
Once the smoke had cleared...
A new open-source online medical journal called Open Medicine springs from the aftermath of the firing of the editors of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Rob Laidlaw and Jessie Rasch sell their extremely successful Modified Automotive Group to Primedia for an undisclosed sum.
Toronto Life's name in lights
St. Joseph Corporation buys the naming rights to the intersection of Yonge and Dundas Streets in Toronto and dubs it Toronto Life Square.
Big payday for Brunico
Brunico Communications Inc., publisher of Strategy, Playback and Media in Canada, is sold to a group of private investors for an estimated $10 million.
A standup guy
Maclean's editor and publisher Ken Whyte testifies as a character witness at the trial of his old National Post and Saturday Night proprietor, Conrad Black.
Hook, line and merger
Ontario Out of Doors (Rogers) decides to merge its Spring Fishing Show with the Canadian National Sportsmen's Show.
Always with his hand up
Terry Sellwood, the general manager of Quarto Communications (Cottage Life, explore) and former president of the National Magazine Awards, is named Volunteer of the Year by Magazines Canada.
Maybe the magazines just got heavier
A report by Michael Fox for Magazines Canada reports that Canada Post's margins for delivering magazines slid to only 4% because of an astonishing 10% increase in costs.
The lure of the open road
Bill Shields, the editor of Masthead magazine, resigns after six years to spend time travelling around and motorcycle racing.
Selling and buying
Quebecor Media buys Osprey Media Income Fund for $517 million.
Young and fuelish
Venture Publishing announces the launch of unlimited, a business magazine for the young and hip of Alberta, and elsewhere.
Both MagNet (Magazines Canada etc.) and Magazines University (Canadian Business Press and Masthead) hold industry conferences within weeks of each other.
The first rumblings of discontent emerge about differential pricing between Canada and the U.S., as the loonie gains ground.
Best face forward
Maisonneuve wins best of show at the annual newsstand awards.
Beloved circulator Terri DeRose dies.
Up is the new down
A study shows that the magazine and newspaper trade deficit with the U.S. has grown by 18% since 2000.
They like us, they really like us
The Canadian Business Press cuts a membership deal with its American counterprt, American Business Media. Under the deal, CBP members get passwords for the ABM site and access to various deals and benefits.
Print is so yesterday
Digital Journal magazine goes wholly online.
Sara, we hardly knew ye
After only 13 months on the job, Sara Angel departs Chatelaine.
It's an honour just to work here
The Walrus magazine internships -- originally among the most generous in the business -- switch to unpaid when Metcalfe Foundation funding ends.
Timmies on us!
The Canada Council receives a permanent $30 million funding increase.
Take it out in trade
The Professional Writers Association of Canada starts an online store to sell mugs, t-shirts and bumper stickers.
The rats aren't too happy, either
Maclean's cheeses off lawyers by calling them rats on its cover.
What didn't you understand about "worst"?
The Beaver's contest to find The Worst Canadian backfires somewhat when people flood the site and name former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Jim takes it easy
Jim Ireland, the well-known art director for many Canadian magazines, sells his shop , retires and gets some time for painting.
Please allow six weeks for delivery
Magazines Canada's second direct mail campaign on behalf of participating member magazines sells a record 10,000 subs.
Marco Ursi is named editor of Masthead magazine, replacing Bill Shields (see May).
Madame Minister Meets Magazines
Josée Verner, formerly Minister of International Co-operation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages is named Minister of Canadian Heritage, responsible for the Canada Magazine Fund and PAP. Her first question? What's PAP?
Pass the K.D.
Redwood Custom Communications loses the account to produce custom magazines What's Cooking (Canada) and Food and Family (U.S.) for Kraft Foods. Layoffs ensue.
Flare gets a makeover
Flare magazine unveils a new look with its September issue.
Block that error
Cynthia Brouse publishes what we think is the first Canadian textbook on fact-checking (or is that fact checking?).
Spacing magazine launches a Montreal blog, complementing its Toronto version.
Singles and available
Canadian Living and Canadian House & Home are best Canadian newsstand performers in a list compiled by Coast to Coast Distribution Services.
Not so sweet
Rogers venture into a partnership with Canada Post, using its lists of people who recently moved, ends with the closure of Chocolat. Move they did. Subscribe? They did not.
Explanation for the nation
Christopher Moore in the Literary Review of Canada, tries his best to explain the many nuances of the decision in the case of Robertson vs. Thomson et. al. Freelancer Heather Robertson has spent 10 years fighting for the right to be paid by publishers who put her stories in databases and online.
Single and substantial
The Canadian single copy magazine market is demonstrated to be 13% of the North American single copy market, the first time that figure has been known.
Miss you already, John
John Macfarlane announces he will be stepping down after 15 years as editor of Toronto Life; to be succeeded by Sarah Fulford.
Osprey dives into the sun
Former Osprey Media Income Fund CEO Michael Sifton takes over as CEO of Sun Media after his company is swallowed.
No chicken neck yet
Fashion magazine celebrates 30 years.
Our man in Toronto
Rogers Media announces that it is going to sell ads in Canada for Hearst Magazine online properties.
Indas morphs into CDS
Indas Limited, one of Canada's two major fulfillment companies, which has been owned for a while by CDS Global, is rebranded to make it official.
What rhymes with 40?
Malahat Review marks 40th anniversary by celebrating work of co-founder Robin Skelton.
The right has left
The Western Standard folds its print edition; may carry on online.
Here's your list, what's your hurry?
Canadian Geographic lets its entire circulation department go, on top of other recent departures and the closing of its merchandising division.
But who's counting?
Ontario gets its 6th culture minister in 7 years.
Getting the lead out
Consumer advocate magazine Protégez-Vous beats back an attempted injunction to stop it publishing a story that say MegaBlocks toys have lead in them.
Harrowsmith Country Life publishes an "all Canadian" almanac. Sells out 100,000 and reprints.
Marketing and CARD merge their staffs.
Andrew Coyne the columnist leaps from the National Post to Maclean's.
Bad enough that I don't get paid...
Readers get to vote on applications for online interns at Flare.
Someday my print will go
Quebecor World sells its perennially troubled European printing division. [Within weeks, the deal falls through.]
Former Toronto Life art director Carol Moskot and her husband, former ad agency guy Daniel Zimmerman, launch Jewish Living in New York to some acclaim.
The Canadian Press retires its CP symbol.
Not what we had in mind
Universities, many of whom were boycotting the whole business, howl because Maclean's changes its methodology for its university rankings and their standings fall.
This blog reveals that some U.S. publishers are using split run covers to remove U.S. prices and keep higher Canadian prices instead, despite the soaring loonie.
No more Mr. Nice Copy
Access Copyright sues Staples for $10 million for copyright infringement because it won't police profligate use of pay-as-you-go photocopiers.
Two, competing, magazines about depression are to be launched in the spring; one from each of the former partners in Schizophrenia Digest and BP magazine.
Fine-tuning the Magawards
The National Magazine Awards Foundation board approves a bunch of changes.
We're outta here
Rogers announces that it is pulling its trade magazines out of membership in the Canadian Business Press.
Quebecor's TVA magazines join Magazines Canada, adding a much needed boost of French titles to the national association.
It pays to advertise
A special 6-month promotion called the Best of B.C., co-ventured by the Periodical Marketers of Canada and the British Columbia Association of Magazine Publishers, resulted in a 7-fold increase in sales.
Dinged by Disticor
Disticor Direct increases its fuel surcharge by 20%, without notice.
Bonnie Baker Cowan, the editor of CARP, the magazine for the 5o-plus, has resigned, following the takeover of the magazine and the parent association by Moses Znaimer.
Vive le difference
The Beaver magazine publishes for the first time in both English and French editions, marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec.
Wish it hadn't happened?
In a bizarre twist, the reader forums of Wish magazine (St. Joe's) is hacked by radical Turkish nationalists.
Little gone books
Toronto Life discontinues its "little red books", the outserts that were polybagged with each issue. The decision is coincident with the departure of the man who invented them, editor John Macfarlane.
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