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Edmonton Arts Council: Poet Laureate – Call For Nominations until May 29, 2013

Poet LaureateEdmonton Public Library, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council have put out the call for Edmonton’s fifth Poet Laureate. Edmonton’s Poet Laureate reflects the life of the city through readings of poetry, and, as an ambassador for the literary arts, the Laureate incorporates poetry into a range of official and informal city activities. Edmonton’s current Poet Laureate is Anna Marie Sewell. Anna Marie is an established poet who has been actively involved in the city’s poetry scene for more than 20 years, earning respect and acclaim from her colleagues and peers around the literary world.

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Postmedia Installs Paywalls on Its Daily Newspapers Across Canada

PostmediaPostmedia Inc. announced that it is extending a digital pay meter to its remaining properties on May 14, 2013. The move means online readers of the Edmonton Journal, National Post, Financial Post, Calgary Herald, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post and Windsor Star will be asked to register for online accounts after reading 10 articles for free. Postmedia’s entry into paid online news content started two years ago when the Victoria Times Colonist — which has since been sold — and the Gazette in Montreal started to charge digital readers. The second phase started late last summer when the Vancouver Sun, Province and Ottawa Citizen introduced metered paywalls. At that time, the National Post and Financial Post sites began charging their international readers.

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The Banff Centre Petitions the CRTC for a Commercial Radio Station Licence

Banff Centre RadioThe Banff Centre has applied for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio programming undertaking in Banff. They are asking the CRTC for permission to launch a commercial radio station, so far known as CJXB-FM Banff, which will be at 107.9FM. If approved, The Banff Centre would be taking on not just one radio station, but three. They have already indicated they’d be taking over Park Radio and the French version of the station, Radio du Parc. But limits on those station licences means only 16 per cent of Park Radio’s content can be music, and The Banff Centre wanted a way to share concerts, indie music and local recordings.

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Calgary’s Newest Radio Station, Red FM 106.7 FM, Launched on May 3, 2013

Red FM CalgaryCKYR, branded as Red FM 106.7 FM, launched in Calgary on May 3, 2013. The station, operated by Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Surrey, BC where they operate a sister station, was approved by the CRTC on May 24, 2012. At the same time, the CRTC licenced another new station in Calgary, CHPK,  branded as The Peak and yet to be launched by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.

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CKUA Faces the Music for Changes to Program Schedule and Plays Another Tune

CKUA Radio AlbertaOn January 21, 2013, CKUA made two surprising announcements. The first was that they planned to cancel the popular Folk Routes program hosted by Tom Coxworth. The second was that had cancelled their local news and public affairs programming that has been part of their schedule since they first began broadcasting in 1927, and that they laid off Ian Gray, host of  Sunday Magazine, and their news reporter, Matt Nodge. The tremendous outcry protesting the cancellation of Folk Routes caused them to rethink the first part of their announcement.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)