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29 January 2015,     CALGARY

Goodbye up! Hello WestJet Magazine

WestJet Magazine has unveiled a new look for the New Year. The magazine formerly known as up! is the official inflight publication for WestJet airlines and produces content about travel, trip experiences, and advice from travel writers, taste-makers and local experts. Design director Steve Collins and art director Teresa Johnston worked together to create the new layout. The WestJet website has also gone through a redesign in order to enhance the user experience.

From left: The January 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine, The December 2014 issue

29 January 2015,     OTTAWA

Press freedom group to discuss free speech in aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) and Carlton University’s School of Journalism and Communications, is holding a panel to discuss the limits placed on freedom of expression, and how to best accommodate religious and cultural sensitivities, in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

28 January 2015,     ALBERTA

Registration for the 2015 Alberta Magazines Conference now open

On March 5 and 6, the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta will be home to the 19th annual Alberta Magazines Conference and Awards Gala. Registration is now open for the event that will give those in the magazine publishing industry the opportunity to share experiences and expertise with fellow colleagues, while honouring the best the region has to offer.

26 January 2015,     TORONTO

Annex, Newcom acquires 67 titles, digital properties from Glacier

In a deal that is sure to change the landscape of the Canadian B2B industry, Annex Business Media and Newcom Business Media have acquired 67 trade media publications and related digital assets from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc’s, Business Information Group (BIG), for $19.65 million.

Annex Business Media has over 70 B2B brands in its roaster and has offices in Simcoe, Aurora and Toronto. Newcom Business Media Inc. is a privately-owned B2B media company with offices in Toronto and Montreal.

Included in the sale are its trade publications, digital properties, conferences and tradeshows in the following industries: automotive, construction and design, manufacturing, trucking/transportation and logistics, occupational health and safety, communications, dental, insurance, forestry, meetings and travel, and Scott’s Directories.

23 January 2015,     SIMCOE, ON

Canadian Florist under new ownership

Annex Business Media has announced the sale of Canadian Florist magazine.

Strider Media— which is run by Ryan Freeman, a fifth generation florist and a marketing expert in the floral industry—purchased the publication.

“Florists in Canada owe a lot to the team at Annex Media,” Freeman, said. “For over 20 years they have been the source of industry news, design trends, and have helped to elevate our home grown talent. Now we are proud – and humbled – to take on the 110 years of tradition that come with the Canadian Florist brand.”

23 January 2015,     TORONTO

SABEW Best in Business Awards deadline approaching

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ is holding its first ever Best in Business Canada Awards—Canada’s only business-focused awards program run by and for journalists. Each entry costs $65 and only SABEW members are permitted to apply. 

Online and print submissions are both allowed in the nine categories which include: best reporting, commentary, feature, investigative, multimedia, package or ongoing series, personal finance and investing, and profile.

22 January 2015,     TORONTO

MediaEdge merges with Perks Publications

PPI president Mike Nosko (top), MediaEdge SVP Robert Thompson
Trade publishers MediaEdge Publishing and Perks Publications Inc. (PPI) have merged. Currently celebrating its 50th year in the industry, PPI publishes high-quality trade magazines, journals, periodicals and newsletters for associations across Canada. MediaEdge publishes B2B magazines that include Canadian Property Management, and the American publication Services Magazine.

“Perks is a highly-respected publisher and is known for providing enhanced communication services to a key group of associations,” Robert Thompson, senior vice-president, MediaEdge said. “This is a fitting partnership and we are excited to add PPI’s talented team to our roster."

22 January 2015,     TORONTO

THIS magazine celebrates its social justice all-stars

In honour of its first ever Social Justice All-Stars Issue—celebrating 30 Canadians working towards making the world a better place—THIS magazine is hosting This is Not a Ted Talk on Jan. 28.

Sheila Sampath, Farrah Khan and Nayani Thiyagarajah, three of the 30 all-stars featured in the issue, will be on hand to speak about their social justice work.

19 January 2015,     TORONTO

Parents' Choice Awards honour 7 Canadian magazines

Since 1978 The Parents' Choice Awards Committee—made up of a panel of scientists, parents, educators, librarians and performing artists—have honoured the best children’s material, including but not limited to books, toys, music, magazines, television and websites.


15 January 2015,     HALIFAX

AJAs seeking candidates for Lifetime Achievement Award

The Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) is now accepting nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. Any individual in Atlantic Canada who has made valuable contributions to the journalistic industry throughout their career can be submitted.

To submit a candidate, a letter highlighting why the individual should be honoured and any related material is required.  Entries must be received by Monday, February 2, 2015 to be considered, and the winner will be presented with the award at a gala dinner on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

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