Quebec magazine association cancels this year's awards to focus on fighting Blue Box fees
The Quebec Magazine Awards (Grands Prix du magazine), which have been held each year since 1991, will not be held this year. Directors of the association says in a message on the website of the Quebec Magazine Association -- l’Association québecoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM) -- that the focus is on urgent advocacy issues, principally trying to reverse the "exorbitant" blue box fees being proposed by the Quebec provincial government. Quebec publishers are facing charges for recycling of magazine paper that is seven times that in neighbouring Ontario.
The association said that, when the awards return in 2014, they will be open to work published in either 2012 or 2013.