Martin Stringer has retired from CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) after 27 years. Prior to joining CPAC in 1996, Stringer was a producer on CBC Radio’s As It Happens for seven years. He started his career as a producer on CBC Radio’s Quebec AM in the early 1980s.
Pat Tabler has parted ways with Sportsnet after 17 seasons contributing to Toronto Blue Jays broadcasts. Tabler, 64, joined Sportsnet in 2005 after previously serving as a colour analyst with for TSN, starting in 1993 after retiring from his playing career. “Tabby” played three seasons with the Jays with his final season marked by the team’s 1992 World Series win. His 12-season MLB career also included stops with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland, Kansas City, and the New York Mets.
Kraig Krause is joining CTV Vancouver from CTV Barrie where he’s been a videographer, anchor and weather presenter for the last two years. Originally from the Fraser Valley, Krause has also worked for CTV Winnipeg, Global Kingston, 980 CKNW Vancouver, and CJDC-TV Dawson Creek. His first day is Jan. 16.
Isabella Zavarise has joined CTV Vancouver as a freelance videographer. Zavarise was most recently with Insider, based in Los Angeles, while she pursued an M.A. in Specialized Journalism at the University of Southern California. She’s also spent time as a videojournalist at CBC Prince Edward Island.
Jaden Lee-Lincoln is joining Global News Toronto as an anchor and producer. Lee-Lincoln arrives from CTV London where she was a journalist, producer and the late-night anchor for CTV News at 11 p.m. She began her career in Saskatchewan as a journalist for CTV Yorkton before accepting a role as the Live on Location reporter and segment producer for CTV Morning Live Regina.
Joe Scarpelli is joining Global News Toronto as weekend reporter/producer. Most recently a reporter for CTV News Edmonton, Scarpelli has also worked for Global Winnipeg, Global Lethbridge, and CHEX-TV Durham (now Global Durham).
Samantha Payne has been named the new Program Manager for Corus Radio in Barrie and Collingwood. Payne has been with Corus for 12 years, starting as an overnight op on 900 CHML Hamilton, then spent time as a morning show producer, announcer, programming assistant and most recently program manager in Cornwall where she covered a paternity leave. She’ll take up her new role at the end of January.
Leeanne Whitehouse and TJ O’Halloran have been named the new morning hosts on London’s Pure Country 93 (CJBX-FM). Pure Mornings with Leeanne and TJ will air from 6 – 10 a.m. ET, beginning Monday, Dec. 12. Whitehouse was most recently heard on Corus Radio’s Country 104 (CKFK-FM) London in middays and Magic 106.1 (CIMJ FM) Guelph on weekend afternoons. O’Halloran arrives from 99.9 Virgin Radio Toronto (CKFM-FM) where he’s been part of Mornings with Adam, TJ & Jax for the last four years. Prior to joining Virgin Radio Toronto in 2016, he held various roles at Virgin Radio Calgary (CIBK-FM), including hosting afternoon drive. The duo succeeds Dave Collins and Rachel Gilbert, who helmed mornings on the station for 11 years, up until their departure in June.
Corey Bullock is CBC’s new reporter in its Cranbrook, BC bureau. Bullock arrives from Black Press Media where she’s been reporting for publications including the Kimberley Bulletin and Cranbrook Daily Townsman.
Julia Lipscombe is the new Senior Producer of CBC Vancouver morning radio show, Early Edition. Lipscombe, who has been working with CBC since 2016, was previously an associate producer and director on CBC Edmonton afternoon drive show Radio Active, prior to relocating to Vancouver last year.
Peter Wagner is departing CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver to return to Western Washington University to finish his undergraduate degree. Wagner had been with the station since 2017. He previously held anchoring and producing roles with Saga Communications’ Bellingham, WA stations KGMI News/Talk 790, AM930 Progressive Talk KBAI, and KAFE 104.1, and was on-air at myRadio 102.5 FM (KRAO-FM) Moscow, ID.
Dustin Godfrey, Marco Ovies, and Kaija Jussinoja have been caught up in layoffs at Overstory Media Group (OMG). Godfrey was a reporter for the Burnaby Beacon and New West Anchor, while Ovies was a contributor to the Burnaby Beacon and recently-acquired Vancouver alt-weekly the Georgia Straight. Jussinoja had been a reporter with Halifax alt weekly, The Coast for the last eight months.
Christianne Laizner, the CRTC’s Vice Chair of Telecom, is retiring effective Jan. 4, six months before her term was set to end in July. Laizner had been in her current role since 2017 and with the commission since late 2010 when she joined as general counsel. Laizner previously spent time as a civil litigator in the Department of Justice and Global Affairs Canada, where she provided advice on dispute settlements under the then-North American Free Trade Agreement.
Manon Brouillette has stepped down from her position as CEO of Verizon Communications. Brouillette took on the role in January after joining the American telco in 2021 as COO and Deputy CEO. Brouillette previously spent 14 years with Videotron, ending her tenure in early 2019 as President & CEO.
AMI, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, has announced the founding board members of the Disability Screen Office (DSO). Yazmine Laroche, Canada’s first Deputy Minister for Public Service Accessibility; autistic entrepreneur Sasha Boersma, Co-Founder/Producer of Sticky Brain Studios; Kenneth J. Fredeen, Managing Director, Return on Disability Group; and Prasanna Ranganathan, former Head of Diversity and Belonging at Shopify, have been onboarded to the DSO board of directors, while Line Gendreau, VP Finance & Technology Services at AMI, will remain active with the board until the organization has transitioned to a fully independent organization in March 2023. Andrew Morris will remain Interim Executive Director until a permanent Executive Director is hired in the new year.
The Jack Webster Foundation, fostering and celebrating excellence in journalism in British Columbia, has added four new members to its Board of Trustees. They include former Global National correspondent Robin Gill; Denise Williams, member of Cowichan Tribes and CEO, First Nations Technology Council; and Andy Yan, Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. Former journalist turned security/communications specialist Rob Webster McKee, Jack Webster’s grandson, joins as an Honorary Trustee.