The 2016 Jack Webster Awards finalists have been chosen. Winners will be announced at the 30th annual awards dinner on Oct. 20 in Vancouver. CBC’s Chief Correspondent and Host of The National, Peter Mansbridge is the featured speaker. The 2016 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Shelley Fralic, recently retired after 41 years with The Vancouver Sun. A complete list of nominees can be found here.
Samsung and Health Canada are now working together on the recall of Galaxy Note7 phones after Samsung announced on Sept. 6. at least 35 instances of phones exploding and catching fire. Terms of a recall and a precise action plan are still in the works.
Toronto-based creative agency CO-OP has created the Freelancers Unite Awards to freelance advertising industry talent. Open to all active copywriters, art directors, content creators, project managers, public relations consultants, graphic designers, media planners and website developers, the FUA awards will be handed out in November. Submit a nomination are here.
Raj Shoan has lost his bid to be reinstated as a CRTC commissioner pending a court fight over his firing. Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish ruled Sept. 7 Shoan failed to prove he would suffer irreparable harm if the request was denied. Shoan had a finding of harassment against him dismissed by Federal Court Judge Russel Zinn on Sept. 2 with sharp criticism of both the investigator and CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais. Judge Mactavish said returning Shoan to his position would do nothing to restore cabinet’s trust in him or repair his reputation.
Hours before Bell Canada faced a grilling at the Sept 7th CRTC hearing into the so-called skinny cable packages, the company announced it will no longer require Fibe TV customers to also subscribe to the company’s internet service. During the hearing, Bell also admitted for the first time that it had designed a training document for employees that specifically told them not to promote its cheaper, basic $25 TV plan.