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Saint City News to Cease Publication on June 24, 2011

The Saint City News will close its doors later this month, it was announced last week. The Saint City News’s parent company, Great West Newspapers, made the official announcement to staff on Friday, June 10. The last edition of the newspaper will be published on Friday, June 24. Great West emphasized that this was a business decision and that significant overhead costs, particularly those associated with distributing the paper, were a major factor in determining that the operation was no longer financially viable. Some staff members have been offered other positions within the Great West chain, while others will be laid off and receive severance packages. The Saint City News has operated under that name since January 1998. Prior to that, it was known as both the St. Albert This Week and the St. Albert Booster. Great West, which owns 20 other newspapers throughout Alberta, purchased the Saint City News in October 2010. Before that, it was owned by Glacier Media, based out of British Columbia, who bought the paper from JuneWarren Publishing Ltd. in 2005.

World Famous Gun Sculpture to Return to Edmonton in July 2011

The renowned Gun Sculpture is returning home from a world tour after the two local artists who created the piece donated it to the city. The five-tonne sculpture, made from more than 7,000 deactivated guns, landmines and rounds of ammunition, had its debut at the old Edmonton Art Gallery in 2000. Artists Sandra Bromley and Wallis Kendal wanted to encourage viewers to consider the impact of violence and think about how to create a safer world. Since then, the piece has been featured at United Nations headquarters in New York, the Canadian pavilion at the World’s Fair in Hannover, Germany, and the centennial exhibition of the Nobel Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea.

See the rest of the article on the Gun Sculpture  from June 14, 2011 Edmonton Journal.

Calgary Radio Station Holds Breast Implant Contest

AMP Radio/CKMP FM a Newcap radio station in Calgary is giving away breast implants in an online voting contest. Amp Radio, a top 40 station, is calling the contest the “Breast Summer Ever” event. From now until mid-July, anyone who submits a photo of themselves and an explanation about why they should win will get a chance at the grand prize of a $10,000 breast augmentation. The response to the contest has been positive, said Kris Mazurak, the station’s program manager. “There is somebody out there that wants that prize. If it doesn’t appeal to them, they won’t enter this contest.” But regular listener Cara Casey said she is finding a new radio station.

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A Take On Alberta Television Programming for Fall 2011

In his June 12, 2011 blog posting for the Edmonton Sun, Marty Forbes posted his take on the fall programming for Alberta television stations: Global big guy Tim Spelliscy tells us: “The highlight for us will be the Sunday Morning News. We’ll be there September 11th with a two- hour local news show, 8-10 a.m., plus we are adding an hour to Saturday morning moving back to a 7 a.m. start. So we’ll be there with morning news 7 days a week … plus 43 total hours of local news a week.”

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CRTC Calls for Digital Media Rethink for Canada at Banff World Media Festival

The head of the CRTC is calling for a rethink of the entire regulatory system, including the status of his own organization. In a speech prepared for the Banff World TV Festival, Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, outlined a number of media industry activities that are dynamically impacted by the new digital economy and emerging media creation and distribution platforms. In his prepared remarks, von Finckenstein wrote that “Regulatory change is necessary in our new digital world. We need new legislation and a new institutional framework. We cannot make the most of new opportunities when we are limited by the practices and the structures of the past.”

See the full text of his speech at the Banff World Media Festival, June 13, 2011:

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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)

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