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News 24 FEBRUARY 2015
This past Saturday, the management at the Chronicle Herald, a newspaper based out of Halifax, locked out 13 press workers as a result of labour disputes. Herald owners want four years of wage freezes, the elimination of job security language, early retirement provisions and existing scheduling arrangements. The workers voted down the offer and the paper is currently being printed by replacement workers. On Monday, the Herald union asked readers to cancel subscriptions to the paper for the duration of the lockout. Read more on the standoff here. >> continued
News 20 FEBRUARY 2015
Canada Post has created the county’s first fabric stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag, which took place this past Sunday. 

Two stamps were issued. The first fabric stamp is printed on satin rayon fabric, is self-adhesive, and measures 100 mm by 50 mm. It’s available as a souvenir sheet or affixed to an Official First Day Cover. One thousand limited- edition uncut press sheets autographed by the flag's original seamstress, Joan O’Malley, are also available to honour the occasion. >> continued
News 13 FEBRUARY 2015
Spicers Canada president, Cory TurnerCentral National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a global distributor of pulp, paper and forestry products, is expanding its North American distribution business by adding Spicers Canada—one of the country’s primary distributors of fine paper, sign and display media, industrial packaging and graphic arts supplies—to its growing portfolio of regional paper merchants.

Spicers Canada president,
Cory Turner
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News 13 FEBRUARY 2015
Print is a responsible environmental choice and an important touchpoint of any marketing campaign. That was the key message the audience heard last Thursday during the annual Ryerson Colloquium organized by the students of the Graphic Communications Management program.

Panelists, from left, Phil Riebel of Two Sides North America, Monika Patel, from the Forest Stewardship Council, and Carol Ramsay from Spicers, answer questions about sustainable printing practices.
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News 13 FEBRUARY 2015
According to David Lindsay, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada—the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers—the forest products industry is one of Canada’s most overlooked.

In the wake of the country’s economic challenges, jobs are thriving in his sector. Canada is the second largest forest products sector in the world, Forest products are our number one export to China, and  in total, exports to over 180 countries across the globe.  Read more on Lindsay’s optimistic view on the industry here.  >> continued
News 6 FEBRUARY 2015
Drytac Canada has appointed Brian Gibson as its technical services manager. Gibson has over 25 years of experience in the print industry and holds a degree in marketing and sales from Humber College. He worked for Seal as a technical service and application specialist, prior to this appointment.

In his new position Gibson will be responsible for technical support and training for Drytac’s line of finishing equipment.  >> continued
News 6 FEBRUARY 2015
Yellow Pages is beginning to phase out the door-to-door delivery of its print directory to certain neighbourhoods and areas across Canada. Instead, the big yellow book will now be available at distribution points in newspaper style street-level boxes and distribution racks in grocery stores and pharmacies across the country. The announcement comes as Yellow Pages continues to transform heavily towards digital media and looks to a more efficient distribution of its print media.
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News 29 JANUARY 2015
RDP digital and Northern Graphic Solutions have sold the first JFlex870 in Canada. The 870 is an IPT digital print conversion system that was recently introduced to the Canadian label printing market.

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News 29 JANUARY 2015
Menasha Corporation has acquired the Brampton, Ontario-based PearceWellwood Inc.—a designer and full-service manufacturer of corrugated displays for the retail industry and provider of fulfillment and distribution services. PearceWellwood will now operate as part of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the Menasha Corporation.  Menasha has also acquired—from PearceWellwood’s parent company, Pearce Group—an ownership interest in Tencorr Packaging, a corrugated sheet manufacturer with plants in Mississauga and Brampton.

Left to right: Jim Kotek, president/CEO of Menasha Corp., Mike Waite, president of Menasha Packaging Company >> continued
News 29 JANUARY 2015
The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) has achieved some major milestones, which include, obtaining 32 founding members, brokering strategic relationships with key partner organizations, and securing major sponsors for the 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium.

The CPEIA made its debut in November at IDTechEx’s Printed Electronics USA conference, and aims to be the united voice of the Canadian printable electronics sector. The founding members represent a cross section of the industry, from materials, devices and prototyping, to manufacturing, and printing. >> continued
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