Star outsourcing memoStar outsourcing memo

Office of the PublisherDate: April 30, 2013 To: All Staff From: John Cruickshank Last month, the Star announced a proposal to outsource most page production and print design work currently performed in the Star’s newsroom. The Guild collective agreement outlines the union’s opportunity to present an alternative to company plans to outsource work, and the […]

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Star union comes back with offerStar union comes back with offer

Newsroom plan presented I Guild team gives publisher, company way to save money and avoid contracting out of page desk Plan would avoid most layoffs and save company 50% more than contracting out Guild leaders and editorial team of deskers today presented our plan to dramatically evolve newsroom production, retooling the newsroom as a true […]

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Star’s public editor on controversial sex assault columnStar’s public editor on controversial sex assault column

Earlier this week, Star columnist Rosie DiManno wrote a piece about an alleged sexual assault of a man by four women, and some people got upset. Several wrote to the Star’s public editor Kathy English, or at least enough of them to compel her to draw up a letter she sent to each of them to address […]

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Memo: Star union tries to save radio roomMemo: Star union tries to save radio room

When the Star announced layoffs a few weeks ago, one of the causalities appeared to be the radio room. Here’s an update. Journalists across Canada were stunned earlier this month to learn that the Star planned to kill its famed radio room program. The other layoff news — in advertising, the library, the editorial assistants, the page desk, the designers — was terrible […]

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Indigo: Gift cards vs. cashIndigo: Gift cards vs. cash

Because I’m a loser, I read Indigo’s Q3 earnings and got all excited about their outstanding gift card balance that was somewhere around $63-million. Turns out if you add up all the different categories accountants use, it’s actually closer to $77-million on the balance sheet.  And because I’m an even bigger loser, I imported some of the balance […]

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