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WELCOME to Bogdan Gajewski
Member was the winner of our one-year free membership draw, presented
at our 2017 December luncheon. Born in Poland and educated as a
mechanical (aerospace) engineer, he emigrated to Canada in 1985.
interests includes hosting a Polish program at Carleton
University’s radio station, CKCU from 1995-2000, publishing a
number of books - mostly in Polish - from 2000-2015 and presenting
video productions of interviews with interesting people and
volunteering at Rogers t.v. since 2016.
June Coxon: An
article by June was published in the March/April issue of Fifty-Five
Plus magazine. Called “Breaking Bread With Traditional
Ways,” it is about an Indigenous Cook course being offered at Algonquin
Dickason - See University of Alberta page on Facebook
(event took place in 2017) and will be the subject of our May 2018
Susan Hallett has rejoined the Media Club of Ottawa, Shr had
an article published in the Winter 2018 issue of Taste and Travel
magazine. Entitled “Mint in Its Myriad Forms,” you
it on page 85.
Jean Portugal - Long time Media Club of Canada member, Jean Portugal has died at
age 95. As her half page obituary in The Globe and Mail on January 2 says,
Jean "spent years chronicling the accounts of Canadian Veterans of the
Second World War, and published their stories as We Were There, in seven
Her books, published in 1998 by the Royal Canadian Military Institute,
contain 350 illustrations, 1.2 million words and 3,500 pages. She
interviewed 750 Canadian war veterans for the series.
manages the website of the Media Club of Ottawa and publishes a printed version of The Galley/
With her husband Wim, Iris owns Arbour House Studios in Britannia, She maintains the website for
Ottawa Rug Art and Photography
and is in the process of opening a store on Shopify for rugs and other knit fashions.
Shirley Van Dusen:
Shirley Van Dusen is internationally recognized for both her
sensitively rendered portraits and her evocative paintings of iconic
scenes of Ottawa and the surrounding valley. Her paintings of
Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Canadian Tulip Festival, Prime
Ministers and everyday folk are held in notable private
collections around the world including Prime Ministers Pierre Elliot
Trudeau (1919-2000) and Brian Mulroney, the National Press Clubs in
Ottawa and Washington, DC and the Bank of Canada. At 91, Van Dusen
continues to paint prolifically.
She is a
life member and Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society, an art
teacher and published writer.
Helen Bednarek VanEyk:
Virany was recently admitted
to hospital and has returned home, Our thoughts are with her
and her family.
may already be following Marg
blog. If you haven’t found it yet, you might like to start by
the Media Club’s beginnings in cozybookbasics .
Henry Heald (1929-2016):
We are creating a special
page on this website for Henry Heald including his
to the club over the many years of his membership. His last book Before I Die: Not A Bucket List
was published posthumously and is available from UofT
Rosaleen Dickson (1921-2018)
Dawn Monroe of
Cochrane, Ontario, who reached a major milestone on March 1. She now
has 2,700 mini biographies on her Famous Canadian Women website! Many
of the women were, or are, CWPC/Media Club members. To read about them
go to www.famouscanadianwomen.com
* former member
** honorary member
Aline and Lorraine Lafreniere
article by former long-time member Valerie Knowles appeared
in the March/April issue of Legion magazine, entitled “War
the Women’s Vote.”
Susan Korah, a
former long time club member who's still actively interested in the
Media Club, spends most of her time working out of the
country,. Susan had
published in the Winter 2018 issue of Taste and Travel. It’s
“From Luxembourg With Love” and is on page 36.
Jacquie Cernat Mathieu
Former club member and past president, Jacquie
Cernat Mathieu had a
stroke onMarch 23 She reports that after spending weeks at the Bruyere
she is now home and is feeling much better.
Books about Media Club/CWPC
Prefontaine, curriculum development officer at the Gabriel
Dumont Institute (GDI), in Saskatoon, is writing Olive Dickason's
biography and expects it to be printed in 2018. Watch for more news
about this as it becomes available. Olive's portrait already hangs in
the institute's art gallery and GDI also has an Olive Dickason Room.
Olive's daughter, Anne, recently mentioned that the University of
Alberta will be dedicated a room to her in 2017.
Report of March meeting
learned through 40 years of publishing
At the Media
Club of Ottawa meeting of March 20, 2018, Tim
Gordon, publisher, Burnstown Publishing, illustrated, through numerous
examples, the ups and down of the publishing business.
He left the impression on the one hand, that
not for the faint of heart, but, on the other, that it has led to many
experience with an author who placed the
poem The Dash by Linda Ellis at the
back of a book without giving credit to the poet.
This case of plagiarism resulted
in the destruction of 1500 books and almost entangled the
publisher in a lawsuit;
book about brewing that sold well at point of
purchase in Ontario beer stores but the beer stores eventually lost
because many customers thought it was a freebie and walked off without
the author of Don’t Have A Cow
to a dowsing conference to help her promote her
book, but after attending a seminar where people made animal sounds,
learning that the author had plagiarized material for her book,
part of the publishing world is good and some of it is weird;
satisfying examples of how reaching out to the
right target market through specific channels can bring in excellent
as the $25 bicentennial book by the Federated Women’s
Institutes of Canada which
had an initial sale of 1700 copies by contacting its members through a
or, how the book Black Jack
riderless horse who walked behind President John F. Kennedy’s
funeral caisson was
of such interest to Arlington Cemetery that it commanded an initial run
how brilliant ideas can sometimes reap great
rewards, as in the phenomenal story of The
Gas Barbecue Cookbook. The
was inspired to approach companies selling gas barbecues and offer them
discounts for buying, in advance of publication, 1,000’s of
copies to give to customers
with purchase, so that the recipe book eventually sold 1.6 million
Gordon demonstrated how a publisher must be savvy to
succeed in the current environment.
publishing company used to focus on the broad base, consisting of the
public who were readers. They
after niche markets and use a direct sales approach.
As well, they have had to take off the
blinders and disassociate from mainstream chain bookstores, which take
the top, plus a brokerage fee.
Burnstown Publishing will package books for people,
using a royalty-based approach. They
co-publish with first-time authors who contribute seed money for
design, and help to publicize the books.
They have learned to be careful of big orders
because “they can come
back to bite you”.
conjunction with the author, they will first identify the
market and then do a small test run.
They use a formula that tells them how many
books they need to sell in
order to break even. This
way, it’s possible
to easily recoup expenses. So
print 100 books at a time as a limited edition printing. They might also pre-sell
books to small
pointed out that he still
deals with the brick and mortar independent stores and believes they
continue to survive if we all support them.
Report of April meeting:
Canadian Media Concentration Research Project Explained
Tuesday April 24 Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University Professor (with a cross
appointment at the Institute of Political Economy) and award winning author,
spoke to the Media Club about his recent work.
As director of the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project (CMCRP),
his talk informed us of their ongoing work on the state of the various media
industries in Canada.
has been in a state of reaction as to how to cope with the emergence of the
internet on our economy. The Mark
Zukerberg (SP) and Facebook investigation is a good example,” Winseck says. “The industry has been largely unregulated,
since no one was really aware of the power and far-reaching effects this new
player had. So the need to analyze its
impact on the economy through the CMCRP study was born”.
study is a series of yearly reports identifying which media are growing, which
are stagnating, on the decline and back on the upswing in terms of revenue
gained and lost.
done this by collecting and organizing data from telecommunication, internet
and media industries in Canada, spanning the period from 1984 to 2016. Within those industries they gathered data in
sub-industries. These sub-industries were then regrouped to form broader
sectors. They then grouped related,
comparable industry sectors into three higher level categories, as follows:
‘network media’, (mobile wireless, internet access and broadcast distribution);
media’, (TV, newspapers, magazines) and
media’, (internet advertising, search, internet news sources).
this ‘scaffolding’ approach, the data can be combined to give a birds-eye view
of the network media economy and its impact on revenues.
project also allows us to address the emerging question: ‘has media
concentration increased or decreased over time?’
internet and wireless markets in Canada are all owned by single parent
companies. We stand out in the world
because of the extremely high levels of both vertical and diagonal integration
that exist. Diagonal integration exists
when mobile wireless and landlines are owned by one and the same player. Four vertically integrated communications
giants - Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Quebecor - own all the major TV services except
for the CBC and Netflix. Winseck
believes independent research is important because the internet change is as
much about politics, culture and the structure of markets as it is about
technology and economic issues.
Public Policy Forum’s “Shattered Mirror” report last year argued that revenues
and profits of the internet giants come off the backs of writers, journalists
and from cannibalizing the revenue that professional journalism and the music,
film, television and publishing industries need to survive. Large players such as Bell, Shaw, Rogers and
Quebecor argue that they need to become even bigger to compete with the
believe this ‘blood in the water’ view is taking us to a knee-jerk reaction, as
some go for regulatory policy gains that would have been unthinkable just a
short time ago, such as the rush to harness
the internet giants in order to crack down on ‘fake news’ and propaganda by
regulating them like ‘publishers’ or broadcasters.
existing legislations such as the Telecommunications Act, Broadcasting Act, and
Copyright Modernization Act, are all under review. Government and CRTC studies of local news and
the TV and film industries are undergoing the same thing.
believes that, while being sympathetic to pleas for cultural policies that fit
the ‘internet age’, the analyses behind many of the charges are badly
flawed. While opinions exist, the
evidence to back them is scant. He also thinks that the CMCR Project gives a
good vantage point from which to appraise the various claims. “It also helps to
counterbalance the record in an area where idea and opinion are being flooded
by vested interest groups and their hired guns”.
communication historians call times like these a ‘critical juncture’ or a
‘constitutive moment’, when decisions made will become imbedded in technology,
markets and institutions for a long time thereafter,” Winseck said. “In short, what’s at stake is not just
numbers and economic trends, but what kind of media we want and deserve, and
that are fit for a democratic society.”
Links to Other Meeting Reports
Gower - by Cynthia Cee
Gordon Stobbe - by Adam Feibel
Wiken - by June Coxon
Virany - by Iris ten Holder and June Coxon;
Waubgeshig Rice - by Jayne Simms-Dalmotas
and Aline Lafrenière - by Jayne Simms-Dalmotas