Friday, June 11, 2010

Edmonton publisher sued by city for misleading public about firefighters' magazine

The Edmonton fire department and the local Crime Stoppers organizations have sued a local firefighters' magazine for misleading the public. According to a story in the Edmonton Sun, the suit is actually from the City of Edmonton, which has filed a statement of claim that Edmonton Firefighters Newsmagazine is being passed off by its publisher, Cedar Publishing Corporation, as being an organ of Edmonton Fire Rescue. This leads advertisers, potential advertisers and member of the public to believe the magazine is authorized, said the statement.
According to the company’s website, the magazine informs “citizens of local firefighters news and information relating to fire issues.”
The city wants the court to order Cedar to stop publishing the magazine and pay for the department’s “loss of reputation and goodwill.”
Statements of claim contain unproven allegations and Cedar has yet to file a statement of defence.
This is not the first time that Cedar Publishing and its owner, Mohamad Najmeddine has clashed with the authorities. In June 2008, the Crime Stoppers Organization filed a claim against the company for using their logo, making it hard for the independent organization to raise money. Apparently Cedar and Crimestoppers had agreed in 2004 to publish a magazine in partnership, but the arrangement was terminated in February 2007.
Crime Stoppers is asking for $500,00 for loss of donations and goodwill and $250,000 in punitive damages. Najmeddine, in his statement of defence, argues that Crime Stoppers reneged on its contract and appropriated his clients by starting their own magazine called "Crime Stoppers and you...Making a difference."
Cedar Publishing's website says it publishes Neighbourhood Watch Newsmagazine, Alberta Paramedics Newsmagazine, Food Bank Network Newsmagazine, Safe Parent Association Newsmagazine, Alberta Arab Directory and Alberta Seniors Directory.

Najmeddine is a member of the board of the Canadian Arab Friendship Asssocation.  He is also chief financial officer for the Edmonton-Decore Progressive Conservative constituency association.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cedar Publishing is now targeting the Calgary market. We recently received a solicitation from them pushing "Neighbourhood Watch Magazine".

Appropriating the names of worthy causes appears to be their modus operandi. This is evidenced by Googling them in conjunction with Edmonton Police, Edmonton Fire Service, Child Find Alberta, Child Find Manitoba.

When I phoned to decline the solicitation I met with a very unfriendly response.


2:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have dealt with the company on a number of occasions and have had nothing but great service.

Keep it up Cedar

3:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been dealing with Cedar Publishing after they published an ad that I was very clear I did NOT want published. They are still attempting to get me to pay with threating phone calls about how they are going to ruin my credit!? BEWARE this company is brutal to deal with and as you can read other reviews I am not the first to have issues with them in a negative light.

2:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have been dealing with Cedars publishing after they published an ad that I did not want publish either. They are threatening with me to sue. I have asked them numerous times to prove that I authorized it and they haven't. This has been going on for more than 2 years now. Very, very, very nasty company!!!

2:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have any issues with Cedar Publishing can you please email us at

8:01 pm  
Blogger Sharee Boneham said...

I know this is an old article but is there anyone who can help me with these magazine scams? We currently, after I've looked deeper in them, are getting scammed by at least 2 possibly 3 different "companies" including this one under another name and address. Thanks

1:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was approached by "Missing Children Magazine", who turned out to be these people. I avoided this group by asking them for a hard copy of their literature before I agreed to sign up. I have also been informed that some groups will record you agreeing to their proposal and then use this recording to renew perpetually.

Always ask for a hard copy in print of anything they are trying to sell you on.

5:33 pm  

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