Postmedia to cut more jobs as net loss spikes


In the past year, Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has shed the equivalent of 800 full-time jobs. On Thursday, the company said the job losses will deepen, announcing a target of a further 20-per-cent saving on salary costs.

The latest round of planned staff reductions – through voluntary buyouts, followed by involuntary layoffs if necessary – comes amid a worsening slump. In earnings unveiled on Thursday, the company said its net loss spiked by 84 per cent to $99.4-million in the fourth quarter as print advertising sales fell by more than 20 per cent.

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2016 Jack Layton Labour Post-Secondary Scholarship

Pre-Retirement Planning Course

Good morning:

Please find attached information on the upcoming “Pre-Retirement Planning Course” sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) Ottawa Chapter.  This two day course is being held on Saturday May 7th & May 14th, 2016 or on October 22nd & October 29th,, 2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the CLC Boardroom 1st Floor, 2841 Riverside Drive, Ottawa.

Please note the same course will be offered in French in the Fall on Saturday September 10th & September 17th, 2016; see attached “2016 Ottawa francais”.

The cost is $60.00 per person for the meals and course materials provided at the two Saturday sessions; please make the cheque payable to “Ottawa Area Council CURC”.

To register & pay to confirm your spot please contact Evert Hoogers by email: and mail payment to: 182 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7J4.   Thank you.

Have a great day!

In solidarity,

Jennifer Moore

ODLC Administration

2016 John Belcarz and Dan Zeidler post-secondary education/training memorial scholarships.

Dear Local President,

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the John Belcarz and Dan Zeidler post-secondary education/training memorial scholarships. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available.

The accompanying attachments contain a poster and application form in both English and French (also available on our website: Please circulate this information to your members.

In solidarity,
Martin O’Hanlon
President, CWA/SCA Canada

Applications in PDF format to download below

Application Français 

English Application

2016 David S. Barr Award


DAVID S. BARR was much more than a lawyer to those privileged to know and work with him. He was the Guild’s mentor, advisor, role model, institutional memory and friend. Before starting his own practice and representing our union and others, Barr was a National Labor Relations Board attorney. He was passionate about justice and fairness and viewed journalists as agents of those virtues. In his name, The NewsGuild-CWA awards annual scholarships to one high school and one college student journalist whose work focuses on issues of social justice. Barr had represented the Guild for more than 20 years when he died of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 61.


* To inspire a new generation of journalists by recognizing work that contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness.

* To promote issues of importance to working people.

* To serve as a lasting memorial and tribute to David S. Barr.


All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2016. 

Only entries published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015 are eligible.


Download it HERE.


The contest is open to high school students, including those enrolled in vocational, technical or special education programs; and part-time or full-time college students, including those in community colleges and in graduate programs.

Students who have worked or are working as professional journalists – excluding internships — are not eligible to enter.


High school winner: $1,000

College winner: $1,500


Entries will be judged by a panel of at least three professional journalists.


Each student journalist is limited to one entry.

Entries must be accompanied by a summary of the work being submitted.

One original copy of the entry must be submitted, if it was published in print, along with four photocopies.

For entries published online only, submit five good-quality printouts/copies.

For broadcast entries, submit five copies in digital format (flash drives/DVDs).

The publication date of each entry must be clearly visible.

For all entries, if the work is still available online, please include the link in your summary.

A signed, official application form must be attached to each copy of each entry.

Failure to provide all documents as described will result in ineligibility.

All entries become the property of the David S. Barr Award Committee.


David S. Barr Award

The NewsGuild-CWA

501 Third Street, N.W.

Washington DC  20001-2797


Call us at (202) 434-7177.

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