More changes at The Gazette

You might think that my coming back to work there would be the biggest news at The Gazette this week, and it is, but there are a few other things happening too as the paper changes, shifts its focus from print to online, and manages with the impact of losing over a dozen staff to buyouts.

Among changes that directly affect readers:

An updated list of departing and status-changing columnists appears below. The latest edition is Gaetan Charlebois, whose final Chaud Show column was last weekend.

Everyone must go!

Full-time staff taking buyouts to become freelance columnists:

  • Jack Todd (Sports columnist/Monday Morning Quarterback): Took the buyout to concentrate on writing fiction. Expected to return with a serious Monday sports column in March.
  • Mary Lamey (Homefront columnist): Leaving the Business department as a reporter, but keeping her weekly Homefront column.
  • Julian Armstrong (Food editor): Best Buys, Table Talk and Six O’Clock Solution will continue freelance.
  • Donna Nebenzahl (Workology): Leaving the Life section as a writer but continuing her weekly Working section column.

Full-time columnists leaving entirely with a suitcase full of buyout cash:

  • Matt Radz (Theatre): Replaced on that beat by former books columnist Pat Donnelly. (He had a few comments about Canwest now that he doesn’t have to worry about being loyal)

Freelance columnists discontinuing their columns:

  • Lisa Fitterman (Monday Life): Last column was New Year’s Eve.
  • Jordan W. Charness (Wednesday Driving): Doesn’t pretend otherwise in his final driving law column Feb. 13: “Because of circumstances beyond my control, I’ve been advised this will be my final column in this paper.”
  • Sandra Phillips (Smart Shopping): Gone, though her book is still around.
  • Len Henry (Car Doctor, Saturday Classified): A column almost designed never to be found in a huge Saturday paper, its demise was predictable.

Other cancelled columns:

  • Mark Stachiew (Canwest’s NETworthy syndicated column in Monday Business): Column appears to be discontinued chainwide in favour of the Web Junkie blog. Last column in The Gazette was Jan. 14.
  • Maxine Mendelssohn‘s In Person column has been a victim of the Urban Life section’s demise. Her Weekend Life Retail Detail column continues, and she’s also contributing fashion-related freelance pieces.
  • Paul Delean (Horse racing, Monday sports): Put out to pasture Jan. 21 after 18 years, to the displeasure of some. Delean continues to write for business.
  • Gaetan Charlebois (Chaud Show, Sunday): His swan song was Jan. 27. He continues to write La Télé, which focuses on French-language TV.

Transformed columns:

  • Jennifer Campbell (Social Notes, Sunday): Her column undergoes a new format starting Feb. 3, which focuses more on large photos of events and less on reciting the guest list in bold.

Editors leaving:

  • Raymond Beauchemin, foreign editor: Took the buyout to run off to Abu Dhabi as part of a new English-language newspaper starting up there.
  • Doug Sweet, national editor: Resigned to become director of media relations at McGill University.
  • Lynn Farrell, photo editor: Leaving in March with a buyout.

4 thoughts on “More changes at The Gazette

  1. Richard

    Too bad, Lio is fantastic in it’s creepiness (and sorry for the late comment on this super-old post).

  2. David Pinto

    This one’s a little late, to put it mildly, but I guess I did not see the original post at the time, as I was part of it.

    To add to the list of buyouts, Dave Pinto, who worked in the newsroom as a clerk for thirty-nine years, and who started out when the newspaper was located at 1000 Ste. Antoine St. W., took early retirement at the end of 2007.

    Pinto’s main functions were the sorting of incoming wirecopy, as well the distribution in the newsroom of competing newspapers, of mail and of faxes.

    Pinto will also be fondly remembered by many as the person responsible for placing newspaper and magazine clippings of interest in the mailboxes of many staff members.


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