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The company’s divide-and-conquer strategy that caused the Calgary Herald strike to fail

Posted by on Sep 12, 2021 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Labour relations, Newspapers and Magazines | Comments Off on The company’s divide-and-conquer strategy that caused the Calgary Herald strike to fail

Canada’s last-ditch attempt to renegotiate a trilateral trade deal with Mexico and the United States reminds me of the failed bid by Calgary Herald journalists to obtain a first contract after we unionized.

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Remembering Greg McIntyre, 1943–2018

Posted by on Aug 4, 2021 in Brian's Blog, Newspapers and Magazines | Comments Off on Remembering Greg McIntyre, 1943–2018

I owe him a great debt of gratitude for bringing me back to newspapers when I saw my future in radio.

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NYT obit writer makes her exit

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Books, Brian's Blog, Canadian history, Irish history, Irish poetry, Journalism | Comments Off on NYT obit writer makes her exit

Writing newspaper obits brings many rewards. Writing books brings even more.

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Remembering John Ashbridge, 1946-2018

Posted by on Jun 7, 2021 in Brian's Blog, Journalism, Radio, Victoria | Comments Off on Remembering John Ashbridge, 1946-2018

He was an accomplished and experienced radio newsman by age twenty-four, and taught me everything I needed to know about becoming a news announcer in Canada.

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Why I left The Writers’ Union of Canada

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in Books, Brian's Blog | Comments Off on Why I left The Writers’ Union of Canada

I joined because I believed in its goals, which included support for freedom of expression. I’m quitting because it moved to silence me after I submitted for publication a story its magazine editor had commissioned me to write.

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Remembering Jack Tennant, 1935–2018

Posted by on May 23, 2021 in Alcoholism, Brian's Blog, Journalism | Comments Off on Remembering Jack Tennant, 1935–2018

The veteran newsman was booked to tell an audience stories from his journalistic past. Instead he revealed a dark secret that he had never spoken publicly about before.

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