The Media Club of
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One-day Professional Development Workshop
Delivering Your message
Effectively to the Media
John Brenner, Station Manager,
Leigh Chapple, late night news anchor,
Jim Creskey, co-publisher, Hill
senior editor, Embassy;
Michel Cleroux, former media
relations specialist for various federal government departments
Saturday,March 10, 2007
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Ontario Room, Embassy West,
Carling Avenue (near Westgate )
- $45 at the door, $40 if you pre-pay
June Coxon at (613)521-4855
Carleton University: Joshua Finn
Algonquin College: Robert Walker
University of Ottawa: Jennifer Burden
Finn received his
award at the January gathering.
Joshua "Josh" Finn is in his fourth year of
Bachelor of Journalism program with minors in economics and
statistics. This year he is specializing in business journalism as well
as taking public relations and working on the Centretown
- February Meeting
On Monday February 26,
Media Club of Ottawa members met for the second time at Yesterday's
Restaurant, where guest speaker Bill Caswell spoke about more
effective approaches to the job market.
Yesterday's was chosen as a temporaru meeting place until the
National Press Club reopens its facilities.
- January Meeting
On Monday January 29,
2007, Media Club of Ottawa
members met at Yesterday's
speaker: Lawyer David Paciocco spoke about a
democratic press and how it relates to the Juliet
O'Neill case. See article below by Henry Hieald.
By Henry F. Heald
must protect their sources or confidential information will dry up and
human rights abuses will increase, according to Ottawa lawyer David
Paciocco, who defended Citizen reporter Juliet O’Neill in
Speaking to a luncheon meeting of the Media Club of Canada, Paciocco
said O’Neill used the confidential information she received
correctly and courageously in the public interest. The name of her
informant remains a secret even after police ransacked
O’Neill’s home and office and threatened her with
14 years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act.
that the secret source was clearly someone in an official
position who felt the public needed to know exactly what the government
had – more correctly didn’t have – on
Maher Arar. He suggested the police were not really interested in
prosecuting Juliet O’Neill; they just thought they could
frighten her into revealing her source to save them the effort and the
embarrassment of investigating their own offices.
Ms O’Neill was in the audience, but did not speak. Mr.
Paciocco said every country has an Official Secrets Act. The Canadian
government put its Act into the new Anti-Terrorist Act and then used it
to justify breaching the privacy of O’Neill.
Mr. Arar, a Canadian citizen, born in Syria, was
arrested in the
United States on information provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police and sent to Syria where he spent a year in prison and was
tortured. He has since been cleared by a judicial inquiry of any
wrongdoing and has received an apology and compensation from the
Canadian government. Ms O’Neill, who published an article in
the Ottawa Citizen based on leaked information, has also been cleared
by the court of any wrongdoing.
David Paciocco commented that the function of freedom is to be able to
free someone else. He hoped that the legacy of the whole affair would
be to strengthen democracy, not weaken it.
introduced by Edward Melnychuk and thanked by Linda Steele.