Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Stray Dog, Persistance and Conflict Resolution Training Nets Alberta Writer a Hollywood Contract

On Toby's TermsWhen Charmaine Hammond and her husband Chris discovered that their newly adopted stray dog had a serious behavior problem, she responded like most people would. She took Toby to an animal behaviorial expert. Along the way to discovering and curing what made Toby respond so violently to being left alone that he tore apart the house, she added successful writer, remarkable publicist and soon to be Hollywood screenwriter to her accomplishments.

I learned about Toby and about Charmaine’s new book, On Toby’s Terms, when she sent me this email in response to having read the January 2011 issue of mediamag ezine and my request that readers to submit an article on a recently published Alberta book.

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Bill Evans New Executive Director of AMPIA

Bill Evans, formerly of the Whistler Film Festival and the National Screen Institute-Canada, is now the Executive Director at AMPIA replacing Melody Jacobson formerly the ED of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.

Edmonton’s Campus Station CJSR Seeks a New Station Manager

CJSR the campus station in Edmonton is seeking a station manager. Position might be filled by now but you might find it interesting to review the job description of a station manager for a campus radio station. See job description.

Energize Alberta Newspaper

Energize Alberta

Energize Alberta Newspaper

Energize Alberta is the product of three publishers: JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, Farm Business Communications and Great West Newspapers, all owned by Glacier Media Inc. According to its website, “Energize Alberta is a new publication all about energy.” The newspaper is distributed bi-monthly to more than 180,000 Albertan businesses and households. Its estimated readership is more than 500,000, including 130,000 rural Albertan households and 40,000 farmers. Energize Alberta is also distributed at nearly 50 trade shows and conferences annually. Stephen Marsters is the paper’s publisher and editor. Energize Alberta aims to “…examine the energy landscape through three key lenses: petroleum, power and renewables…and all the content will link the three key components of the ‘Triple E’ equation (energy, the economy and the environment).” The January/February 2011 cover stories are “Team players” – a story about former pro athletes such as Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald and Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Rashovich, who moved on to careers in the oil and gas industry – and “Safety first”, which discusses how to reduce workplace incidents in the industry. There is also a feature on “Five visionaries who changed the path of the oilsands industry” and each issue contains a list of the top 10 current energy stories. Readers can connect to Engerize Alberta through its website ( and on Twitter (

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IABC Calgary March 2011 PD Luncheon: Life’s a Balancing Act

Come celebrate IABC Calgary’s 40th Anniversary at this luncheon presented by Michelle Cederberg, whose life’s work is to help people with full schedules and a long list of responsibilities maximize their personal energy so they can optimize their productivity and growth. As a highly accomplished speaker, author, educator, fitness professional and entrepreneur, she equips people to feel their best so they can do their best – on the job and in life.

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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)