My Nelson Mandela Story

This isn’t much of a story compared to those being told tonight. But it’s a Nelson Mandela story, and it’s one of my favourite stories to tell whenever conversations turn to meeting famous people or odd run ins with celebrities.

When I was in journalism school, something called the National Conference of Editorial Writers (or something) had a conference in Ottawa. It was at the Chateau Laurier, and was happening at the same time as Mandela was on an official visit.

As editor of the school paper I was able to attend, but it was so boring. So I was on a payphone in the hallway when I should have been inside listening to the editor of the Sacramento Bee or whatever talking about his editorials.

Then I saw a man shuffling down from the other end of the hallway, very slowly. As he came closer, I realized it was Mandela.

I had a notebook. I had a pen. I put down the phone and stared at him. He kept coming. Slowly. As he approached me, he smiled. Then he stopped.

“How do you do?” he asked.

“…” I said.

He smiled at me some more. Then he kept shuffling down the hall. And that was that.

Worst student journalist ever. 

Globe and Mail letter to the editor: 1978

Hockey Night in Canada

Monday, January 16, 1978

Ottawa ON — It is evident that the producers of Hockey Night in Canada are close to ruining the sport. In the search for more advertising revenue, they seem intent on destroying some of the basic pleasures that make hockey so great.

The signs were ominous when K-Tel Records first started shouting its vulgar wares at us when we should have been watching the game in progress. It has been downhill ever since. The excitement of the game is dissipated by these interruptions. The teams are forced to stand around the face-off circle until the referee gets his cue.

Delaying the game used to be a penalty. Now it is done six times per period as a matter of policy.

C. M. Blumenauer

CBC memo: HNIC


A day of mixed emotions for sure.  Today, the NHL announced that they have chosen Rogers as the exclusive rights holders for NHL hockey in Canada going forward.

While this isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, I’m pleased to say that through an agreement with Rogers, CBC will retain HNIC on Saturday nights, including 320 hours of prime-time hockey and the Stanley Cup Final for the next four years.

This may not be the ideal scenario but, it is the right outcome for Canadian hockey fans and is an acceptable adaptation to the role of the public broadcaster in the modern world of professional sports rights.  A world in which partnering with a wide array of other actors is a key to success.

A little bit about our deal with Rogers. CBC pays no rights costs for the broadcasting of hockey games.  Rogers is bearing the sole risk around hockey revenues; (they sell the inventory and keep the revenue – the overall selling process is yet to be defined), while we continue to make Canada’s game available to all Canadians wherever they live.

It also provides us with a high-traffic place to promote all of our other fantastic Canadian content during a broadcast that brings the nation together week after week.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the remarkable HNIC technical team at CBC, you are hands down the best in the business and I’m glad your hard work and talents will continue to be shared with Canadians through our new deal with Rogers.  However, starting next year, Rogers will assume all editorial control (all editorial decisions with respect to the content, on-air talent and the creative direction of HNIC – we have the right to be consulted and there is a commitment to excellence) under the new agreement.

These negotiations were not easy. We had been in conversation with the league for a number of months to secure these rights ourselves; the CBC was prepared to do a fiscally responsible deal to preserve hockey on Saturday nights and to help the NHL to build the hockey brand through a variety of significant events and outreach activities.  The NHL chose a deal with only one broadcaster – that’s their choice and that’s their prerogative.

I want to personally thank the negotiating team of Neil McEneaney and Jeffrey Orridge who for months have poured so much smarts and passion into trying to make the best deal happen with the NHL, and for going the extra mile in securing our agreement with Rogers over the last few days (and nights) – thank you.

So, what does this mean for the CBC going forward?   While this deal will result in job losses, the staffing impact would have been much greater had we lost hockey entirely, as CBC is still producing hockey.  Preserving HNIC also allows CBC to maintain a capacity to execute a sports strategy and fulfillits existing contractual obligations (i.e. Olympics, Pan-Am, FIFA)

You probably have a lot of questions.  There are still a lot of details to work out, but we’ll try to answer some of your questions later today at a town hall meeting at 1:30pm (details below).  I hope you will take the time to join me, Neil McEneaney, Jeffrey Orridge and the rest of the team to give you a little more detail about the new deal with Rogers, and what the impact will be on CBC both now and in the future.

This event will be available as a livestream on the iO! portal at and will take place in Studio 42 of the Toronto Broadcasting Centre (south-west corner of the 10th floor).
Those unable to watch the livestream or attend may also call in using the following:
Questions for this presentation may be emailed to

Please note that the livestream for this event is only available for viewing in Canada on a CBC desktop, or externally using a VPN connection.

Talk with you at 1:30.



Chatelaine coffee release


Chatelaine Launches ‘Extraordinary’ Line of Organic Fair Trade Coffee
− Available in Longo’s supermarkets in the Greater Toronto Area, Chatelaine Coffee supports women coffee producers around the globe −
Product launch marks further expansion of the Chatelaine brand into merchandise −

TORONTO (November 25, 2013) Chatelaine has long made it a goal to “Make Everyday Extraordinary” for its audience of smart and discerning Canadian women. Now, Canada’s leading women’s brand is making every morning extraordinary, too, with the launch of Chatelaine Coffee—a crisp custom blend that’s a perfect start to the day.

Available in Longo’s supermarkets across Greater Toronto starting today, Chatelaine’s organic, fair-trade beans are carefully curated by the Chatelaine Kitchen Powered by GE Café and custom roasted one batch at a time to deliver the ultimate bold flavour and freshness. Plus with every purchase, customers support Café Femenino, an initiative that’s dedicated to improving the lives of women in the coffee-picking communities across the globe.

“This delicious coffee is something Canadian women can feel good about bringing into their homes,” said Marnie Peters, Senior Director, Brand Development for Rogers Publishing. “By teaming up with Longo’s we know we will be reaching discerning Canadians who love high-quality, fair trade products that support other women.”

Chatelaine Coffee is available two ways:

  • A Duo Pack, with one tin of coffee and one travel mug ($19.99)
  • A Triple Pack with two tins of coffee and a coffee grinder ($34.99)

Café Femenino Foundation
A percentage of every purchase of Chatelaine Coffee goes to the Café Femenino Foundation ( A  non-profit organization, the Foundation was formed to bring hope and aid to women and families in the poorest and least accessible areas of Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. The Foundation is currently working to extend aid to indigent women coffee producers in other developing countries throughout the world. The Foundation relies on donations to the Three Wishes and Coffee Can Campaigns, regular donations from coffee roasters who sell Café Femenino Coffees, and other fundraising events throughout the year.

Chatelaine Evolving at 85
Chatelaine is currently in growth mode. The iconic brand is the #1 Canadian magazine in paid circulation. More than 500,000 unique monthly visitors enjoy’s delicious and easy triple-tested recipes, health and wellness advice, home decorating ideas, style tips and more. More than 40,000 follow the brand on social platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Chatelaine on the tablet has 33,000 monthly visits, and has published 24 unique e-books and apps. Chatelaine Edition on Cityline is a monthly (approximately) TV episode that brings to life the pages of the magazine and features its home, food, health and style editors. The Chatelaine Radio Show reaches listeners in various centres across the country with its two hours of music and trusted lifestyle content every week.

As part of its 85th anniversary celebrations, this year, Chatelaine’s Kitchen Chef Series has brought celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone and Jamie Oliver among others into its newly renovated Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE Café.

“This has been an exciting time of multiplatform growth and expansion for the Chatelaine brand, and we are pleased to broaden our reach even further with this launch,” said Chatelaine Publisher Tara Tucker. “Stay tuned for more merchandise announcements in 2014.”

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About Chatelaine and
The country’s leading women’s media brand, Chatelaine makes “Everyday Extraordinary” for Canadian women and has been doing so for more than 85 years. Today, Chatelaine is a six-platform brand: available on television, radio, tablet and smartphone, plus in print and online. Chatelaine has a lively presence on social media sites, and is Canada’s most engaged digital community for women 18+. With a team of “extraordinary” experts, Chatelaine brings together the very best of food (from The Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE Café), style, decor, health and real life for women who want to look good, do good, feel great and make every a little more extraordinary. Chatelaine is owned and operated by Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications.