Tarek Fatah is a Canadian journalist, broadcaster and liberal activist. Fatah is a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and served as its communications officer and spokesperson. Fatah advocates gay rights, a separation of religion and state, opposition to sharia law, advocacy for a "liberal, progressive form" of Islam; some of his activism and statements have been met with criticism from right-wing Muslim groups. He calls himself an Indian born in a Punjabi born in Islam. Tarek Fatah was born in 1949 in Karachi, Pakistan into a Punjabi family which had migrated from Mumbai to Karachi following the Partition of India in 1947, he was a leftist student leader in the 1970s. Although he graduated with a degree in biochemistry from the University of Karachi, Fatah entered journalism as a reporter for the Karachi Sun in 1970, was an investigative journalist for Pakistan Television, he was imprisoned twice by military regimes. In 1977, he was charged with sedition by the General Zia-ul Haq regime and barred from journalism in Pakistan.
He left Pakistan and settled in Saudi Arabia, before emigrating to Canada in 1987. Of himself, Fatah asserts: "I am an Indian born in a Punjabi born in Islam. I am one of Salman Rushdie’s many Midnight’s Children: we were snatched from the cradle of a great civilization and made permanent refugees, sent in search of an oasis that turned out to be a mirage." On religion, Fatah opines: "I write as a Muslim. My religion, Islam, is rooted in Judaism, yet I am told by Islamists that without shedding this multifaceted heritage, if not outrightly rejecting it, I cannot be considered a true Muslim." He became worked on the staff of Premier Bob Rae. Fatah was unsuccessful, he subsequently worked for Rae's successor as Howard Hampton. In July 2006, he left the NDP to support Bob Rae's candidacy for the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership. In an opinion piece published in Toronto's Now Magazine, Fatah wrote that he decided to leave the NDP because of the establishment of a "faith caucus" which he believes will open the way for religious fundamentalists to enter the party.
However, after Rae's defeat by Stéphane Dion, Fatah condemned similar racial and religious organizing activity in the Liberal Party, arguing in a Globe and Mail editorial that Tamil, Sikh and Islamist Muslim leaders had engaged in "blatant efforts to wield political muscle," "bargaining the price of their cadre of delegates" and creating a "political process that feeds on racial and religious exploitation." "I respect the diversity of Canada," he wrote, "but I want to celebrate what unites us, not what divides us into tiny tribes that can be manipulated by leaders who sell us to the highest bidder."At a press conference on 2 October 2008, Fatah criticized the New Democratic Party. Fatah stated that he was a lifetime social democrat who had supported the NDP for 17 years but that he could no longer be affiliated with that party, he claimed that the NDP began opening its doors to Islamists under Alexa McDonough and that, under Jack Layton, he had seen them "flood" into the party. Fatah stated that Islamists in the NDP have pursued a campaign to instill a sense of victimhood in Muslim youth.
In early 2011, Fatah said. Fatah contacted Toronto Police Service and met with two police officers from 51 Division. Fatah said that police intelligence officers, one a Muslim officer who had shut down a previous investigation into a death threat, shut down the investigation and claimed there was no threat. Fatah criticized the Toronto Police over the incident. In a 2015 Toronto Sun article, Fatah wrote that he would be voting for Conservative leader Stephen Harper in the 2015 federal elections, while calling himself a social democrat. Fatah has favoured both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for the United States presidential race in 2016, he said that many Muslim groups, he himself, have recommended curbs on immigration from countries that harbour Islamist sympathisers, similar to policies promised by Trump. From 1996 until 2006 he hosted Muslim Chronicle, a weekly Toronto-based current affairs discussion show on CTS and VisionTV which focussed on the Muslim community. In 2003, Fatah broke with Irshad Manji in an article in The Globe and Mail in which he repudiated the thanks she gave him in the acknowledgment section of her book The Trouble with Islam.
Fatah wrote of Manji's book. Manji replied saying that he told her in front of witnesses that "This book was written by the Jews for the Jews!" Fatah was subsequently quoted as indicating that he regrets his remarks and that he was unfair in slamming Manji's book. He said that she was "right about the systematic racism in the Muslim world" and that "there were many redeeming points in her memoir, which I overlooked in my rush to judge it."He has been a guest host of TVO's The Agenda filling in for Steve Paikin. In February 2007, Fatah was included by Maclean's magazine on a list of 50 Canadians described as "Canada’s most well known and respected personalities.". In December 2008, the Toronto Star suggested that Prime Minister Stephen Harper appoint Fatah to one of the vacant seats in the Canadian Senate. Toronto Star's senior editor Bob Hepburn wrote that Fatah is "A prominent spokesperson for secular and progressive Muslim issues who would bring a much-needed unique perspective to the Sena
CKXT-DT was a broadcast television station based in Toronto, Canada that broadcast to much of southern and eastern Ontario. It was owned by Quebecor Media through its Groupe TVA unit. At the time of the station's closure on November 1, 2011, the station was serving as an over-the-air simulcast of Quebecor's cable news channel, Sun News Network; the station transmitted on channel 52 in Toronto. CKXT began broadcasting on September 19, 2003, owned and operated by Craig Media as a general-interest independent station branded Toronto 1. Following the station's sale to Quebecor, it was renamed Sun TV on August 29, 2005, it began to simulcast Sun News upon that channel's launch on April 18, 2011. Although Sun News was licensed as a Category C digital specialty channel, CKXT, as a broadcast station, had mandatory cable carriage in its over-the-air service area. Hence the simulcast meant that Sun News programming was available to analog cable subscribers throughout southern and eastern Ontario. However, the station retained its own broadcast licence separate from the specialty channel.
The station's Ottawa transmitter was closed on August 31, 2011, while the remaining transmitters in Toronto and London were closed on November 1, 2011. Craig Media was awarded a licence for Toronto 1 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on April 8, 2002 in a controversial split decision regarding five competing applications for new Toronto-area TV stations. Torstar, which proposed a "Hometown Television" format with a main station in Toronto and repeaters in Hamilton and Kitchener, was deemed the frontrunner for the licence. However, its proposed schedule, with minimum 85% Canadian content consisting of local and regional programming and no U. S. simulcasts, was found to be unviable by most commissioners. Several existing broadcasters were opposed to any new broadcasters being licensed in the Toronto area because of the unstable economic climate. Alliance Atlantis and Canwest were unsuccessful applicants. At the same time Rogers applied for and received a licence for a second Toronto multicultural station, OMNI.2, in a much less controversial decision.
The CKXT license marked the first time that Craig Media had been granted a licence to compete directly with a station owned by CHUM Limited, which meant that CHUM lost sales revenues from the broadcast rights it had contracted to Craig's A-Channel stations. CHUM retaliated by applying for broadcast licences in Calgary and Edmonton, two markets it had avoided so as not to compete directly with Craig; the CRTC denied CHUM's applications. CKXT went to air on September 19, 2003 as the first new general-interest television station in Toronto in 30 years. Toronto 1 proved, however, to be a critical disaster for Craig; the station was criticized in the Toronto media for flashy but vacuous and repetitive local content, newscasts that had a tabloid feel, an uninspired prime time schedule based on movies, much like CHUM's longstanding Citytv. Columnist Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail called Toronto 1 a "wretched excuse for a television station". On May 19, 2004, Craig announced that 28 Toronto 1 employees and nine employees working at CKAL in Calgary were being laid off.
In addition, a large portion of Toronto 1's original programming, including weekday morning show Toronto Today, variety show The Toronto Show, late evening talk show Last Call, were cancelled. Some of the hosts, such as Wei Chen and Roz Weston, were reassigned to other roles with the station at that point. Craig Media said the cuts were made to "further rationalize its operations and control costs". None of the changes worked, on April 12, 2004, Craig sold its conventional television assets to CHUM Limited for $265 million. CHUM was required by CRTC competition regulations to divest itself of the station, owing to its strong presence in the Toronto television market through CITY-TV. CHUM Limited sold CKXT to Quebecor Media, the media unit of Montreal-based communications conglomerate Quebecor; the deal was completed on December 2, 2004. Ownership in CKXT was split, 75%/25%, between QMI's publicly traded broadcasting unit Groupe TVA and wholly owned publishing subsidiary Sun Media; the station would be re-branded as "Sun TV" on August 29, 2005.
After CKXT's sale to Quebecor, the new management cancelled the station's evening news program, Toronto Tonight, announced it would expand its entertainment magazine program The A-List to one hour in length, airing weeknights from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. A late-night sports talk show, The Grill Room, premiered on September 1. Before Toronto Tonight ended on June 30, 2005, former Toronto Tonight co-anchor Ben Chin announced he would be moving to Global Television Network as a senior news correspondent. Chin's Toronto Tonight co-anchor Sarika Sehgal was let go at the same time. In late 2005, Sehgal joined the 24-hour news channel CBC Newsworld as a host. In the winter of 2003, Toronto Tonight correspondent Chris Mavridis left to join CBS News as a New York-based network correspondent. In addition to anchoring and reporting, Mavridis helped create new programming for the network's broadcast radio and online divisions. Roz Weston joined ET Canada. Natasha Ramsahai, the morning weather person on Toronto Today, is now a meteorologist for Citytv Toronto, while Bill Coulter, the evening weather person on Toronto Tonight, is now a meteorologis
Quebecor Inc. is a communications company based in Montreal, Canada. It was spelled Quebecor in both English and French until May 2012, when shareholders voted to add the acute accent, Québecor, in French only; the company remains run by his family. Quebecor Inc. owns Quebecor Media and owned the printing company Quebecor World. Quebecor Media Inc. is a broadcasting and publishing company which operates various subsidiaries: TVA Group Vidéotron Canoe Inc. TVA Publishing Inc. Quebecor Media Book Group Distribution Select Le SuperClub Vidéotron QUB Radio internet radio The company began a push towards sports: it acquired the naming rights and a management contract for the Videotron Centre owns the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, has backed a proposed National Hockey League expansion franchise in Quebec City, launched a TVA-branded sports network in 2011. On July 20, 2015, Quebecor submitted its application for an NHL expansion team in Quebec City; the application has since passed two phases of league scrutiny, with a final decision expected in early 2016.
Former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney serves as chair of the board. Current members of the board of directors of Quebecor Inc. are: Françoise Bertrand, Jean La Couture, Sylvie Lalande, Pierre Laurin, A. Michel Lavigne, Geneviève Marcon, Brian Mulroney, Normand Provost. Media ownership in Canada Charles-Albert Poissant Official website Assets as of 2010
Torstar Corporation is a Canadian media and publishing company. The company is a publisher of daily and community papers, including its flagship and namesake, the Toronto Star. Torstar was founded after the Ontario government passed a law barring the provisions of late-Toronto Star owner Joseph Atkinson's will from being enacted. Atkinson had bequeathed the newspaper to a charitable organization he had founded; the Progressive Conservative provincial government of George Drew passed a law banning charitable organizations from operating profitable entities such as newspapers. Rather than sell the newspaper, the trustees of the Atkinson Foundation bought out the Star and founded Torstar as a private corporation. On November 26, 2010, it was announced that the Canadian Press news agency would be taken over by a for-profit corporation, with Torstar serving as one of its investors. In December 2011, Torstar acquired a 25% minority stake in specialty television channel owner Blue Ant Media. On November 27, 2017, Postmedia and Torstar announced a transaction in which Postmedia will sell seven dailies, eight community papers, the Toronto and Vancouver 24 Hours to Torstar, in exchange for 22 community papers and the Ottawa and Winnipeg versions of Metro.
Except for the Exeter Times-Advocate, St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Peterborough Examiner, Welland Tribune, all acquired papers will be closed. Torstar stated; the swaps remove competition between the two companies in the affected markets. And in March 2018, formally accused the companies of using no-compete clauses to reduce competition in the newspaper industry, in violation of the Competition Act. On September 20, 2018, Torstar announced that it would acquire iPolitics.ca to enhance its coverage of the federal government. On Dec. 20, 2018, Torstar applied to the Ontario Superior Court for an order to keep documents seized from its offices by the Competition Bureau sealed from the public. Torstar's media operations are divided into three primary divisions: Daily News Brands, Community Brands, Digital Ventures In September 2018, Torstar announced a deal to acquire the existing political news website iPolitics; the initial coverage of the deal did not clarify which of the following divisions of the company will be the formal owner of iPolitics.
The Daily News Brands division comprises the Toronto Star and its associated properties, including Torstar Syndication Services and the commuter paper StarMetro in Toronto, Calgary and Halifax. The division owns six Ontario regional daily newspapers and a stake in the Canadian edition of the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily; the Community Brands division owns well as more than 80 community papers, the free magazine Canadian Immigrant, other community-oriented properties. On July 29, 2015, Torstar announced its acquisition of a 56% majority stake in VerticalScope, a Toronto-based operator of online communities, for $200 million; the company operates websites and message boards that focus on niche categories—particularly within the automotive industry. Torstar CEO David Holland explained that the purchase was designed to bolster the company's presence in digital media. Torstar owns a 20 % stake in British Columbia-based newspaper publisher Black Press. Torstar launched a weekly celebrity-based magazine called Scoop in 2005, which folded one year later.
Between late 2005 and early 2011, Torstar held a 20% stake in CTVglobemedia, a Canadian media company which broke up when BCE Inc. the parent company of Bell Canada, purchased the company's media assets. This caused some controversy because CTVgm owned The Globe and Mail, a competing newspaper to Torstar's own Toronto Star. There were no editorial hurdles between the two newspapers however. Torstar sold its shares in 2011. On May 2, 2014, Torstar announced the sale of Harlequin Enterprises, a publisher of romance novels, to HarperCollins for $415 million. Current members of the board of directors of Torstar are: John Honderich Elaine B. Berger John Boynton Joan T. Dea Campbell Harvey Linda Hughes Daniel J. Jauernig Alnasir Samji Dorothy Strachan Martin E. Thall Paul R. Weiss Postmedia Network Quebecor Media The Woodbridge Company Grant v. Torstar Corp. Torstar corporate webpage
Barbara Joan Estelle Amiel, Baroness Black of Crossharbour DSS is a British conservative journalist and socialite. She is the wife of former media baron Conrad Black. Amiel was born into a Jewish family in Watford, England, the daughter of Vera Isserles and Harold Joffre Amiel, her parents divorced. Her mother subsequently remarried and in November 1952, the couple emigrated with Barbara, her sister and half-brother, to Hamilton, Ontario, her father committed suicide in 1956. While in England, Amiel attended North London Collegiate School in Canons Park, Greater London, an independent girls' school. Family difficulties — including some financial hardship — during the early years in Canada, precipitated her living independently for periods of time during her adolescence during which she held a variety of jobs to support herself. In 1959, she entered the University of Toronto, where she attended University College and took a degree in Philosophy and English. Amiel was an active communist, was a delegate in 1962 to the Soviet-organised World Festival of Youth and Students in Helsinki, Finland.
Amiel has been married four times, with 3 marriages ending in divorce. She entered a brief marriage to Gary Smith in 1964, her second marriage was to poet and author George Jonas from 1974 to 1979. A third marriage was to cable businessman David Graham in 1984, but they were divorced by 1988. In July 1992, she married a Canadian mining and media baron. Black renounced his Canadian citizenship to accept the peerage, he was convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007. Amiel stood by her husband throughout the lengthy trial and afterwards. Amiel has been a longtime columnist for Maclean's magazine noted for her conservative political views. In the late 1960s Amiel was a story on-camera presence for CBC TV Public Affairs. In the 1970s she was intermittently on contract with both TV Ontario. By Persons Unknown: The Strange Death of Christine Demeter, which she co-authored with her third husband, won The Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime book, she was a columnist for the Toronto Sun in the 1980s and 1990s serving as the daily's editor from 1983 until 1985 before returning to Britain.
From 1986 to 1994, Amiel was a columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times. In 1994, she moved to the Daily Telegraph, owned by her forth husband, she has served as vice-president, editorial of Hollinger International, the holding company Conrad Black controlled. In December 2001, she caused a small sensation by reporting, in The Spectator, remarks alleged to have been uttered by the then-French ambassador to the UK, Daniel Bernard, he was shown by Amiel as having described Israel as "that shitty little country." Amiel has been criticized for writing articles that portray Arabs and Islam in a derogatory fashion. In 2003, she attacked BBC current affairs coverage, claiming that it has been seen as a "bad joke" for decades. Amiel lost her position as a columnist on the Daily Telegraph in mid-2004 after civil suits were exchanged between her husband and The Telegraph's parent company in the wake of a corporate battle which led to criminal charges being laid against Black in late 2005 and a trial in Chicago in 2007.
In 2005, she rejoined Maclean's as a columnist under Kenneth Whyte. A biography of the couple by Tom Bower and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge, featuring an unflattering portrayal of Amiel, was published in November 2006; the book was denounced by Black in The Daily Telegraph and Black filed a suit in Canada in 2007 against Bower. Black claimed the biography described Amiel as "grasping, slatternly, shrill and a harridan". At the time of Black's release from prison in 2012 the case was described as a "$2.5-million suit" and Bower said that "How can a convicted fraudster find a jury who will say that his reputation has been damaged by a book that says he's a fraudster?". At the origin of Black's troubles with his shareholders and justice, is a 2002 interview his wife granted to Vogue magazine in her London mansion, where she said that her "extravagance knows no bounds." Amiel displayed "a fur closet, a sweater closet, a closet for shirts and T-shirts and a closet so crammed with evening gowns that the overflow has to be kept in yet more closets downstairs."
There were a dozen Hermes Birkin bags, thirty to forty handbags made by Renaud Pellegrino and more than 100 pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Amiel's'extravagance' was not only confined to clothes. After this interview, Hollinger International began legal action in Illinois against the couple and other executives, seeking $1.25 billion in damages. Black was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in a Chicago courtroom on 13 July 2007. Amiel was with him every day of the trial from its beginning in March 2007. Lord Black was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison in December 2007. He reported to Coleman Correctional Facility in Florida on 3 March 2008. Black's appeal against his convictions was turned down by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on 24 June 2008. On 18 May 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear an appeal of his conviction. In 2011, two of the charges were overturned on appeal and he was re-sentenced to 42 months in prison on one count of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.
In August 2008, Amiel published a five-page defence of her hu
John Downing is an author, reporter and columnist, most notably writing for the Toronto Telegram and the Toronto Sun. John Henry Downing, was born June 10, 1936 in Toronto, Ontario, to J. H. Downing, an east-end doctor who chaired the Toronto Board of Education in 1938, to Lena, a Toronto Bible College graduate as a medical missionary, he was raised by relatives. He married Mary Horvat of Hamilton in 1961, they have John Henry III of Aliso Viejo, California. There are four grandsons, he graduated from Weston Collegiate in 1955 and received his journalism diploma from Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1958. He was an editor on the Ryersonian SAC president. In 1972 he received a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, he studied urban geography at University of Toronto. He authored the official Ryerson history in 1975 and served on board committees and journalism search committees, task forces revising the Ryerson University Act and photography courses, he served on advisory journalism committees at Ryerson and Humber College, lectured.
He was editor of the Whitehorse Star in 1957, reporter and editor on the Toronto Telegram from 1958 to 1971. He was a "Day Oner" of the Toronto Sun first as a daily columnist and as the Editor from 1985 to 1997. John Downing has been president of the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto Press Club and Press Clubs of Canada, director and governor of the Toronto Outdoor Art Show, Runnymede Health Care Centre, Exhibition Place and Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Safety League, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, he has eight writing awards from the Toronto Police Association, three writing awards in safety, St. John's Ambulance Priory Honor, Centennial Medal from the Governor General of Canada, service medal from Toronto City Council for chairing advisory committees. President of the Toronto Press Club in 1973 and in 1974, he was president of the Association of Canadian Press Clubs and made the Michener Award presentation to Governor General Jules Leger. From 1990 to 1993, he was involved with the first years of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
He was chair from 1992 to 1996 of the Canadian delegation to the world’s oldest media forum, the International Press Institute, where senior journalists from more than 60 countries fight censorship through conferences and publications John Downing was a director of the Metro Citizens’ Safety Council and originator of the motion that the council buy equipment for the Metro Police in a pilot project called Reduce Impaired Driving in Etobicoke. This program expanded through the council into Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, the first of the annual RIDE programs, he campaigned for child safety seats and received four Ontario Safety League writing awards from 1983 to 1986. He became an OSL director and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2009, he raised money for a new ambulance for St. John Ambulance and in 1983 received the St. John Priory Award from Governor General Ed Schreyer, he has written chapters for books on the CNE and Toronto politics, two political biographies, articles for Time and other publications.
He appeared on the CBC, CityTV, the Global Television Network, CFTR and CFRB. Downing has been credited with popularizing the term "Red Rocket" for the Toronto Transit Corporation's streetcars. 1957 - Downing joins Whitehorse Star as Editor 1958 - Downing joins the Toronto Telegram first as Reporter City Editor and Managing Editor 1971 - Downing joins the Toronto Sun as a columnist 1985 - Downing becomes Toronto Sun Editor 1999 - Downing becomes President of Canadian National Exhibition Association Phillips and Downing, John. Mayor of All the People, McClelland & Stewart Canada, 1967. Downing, John. "Ryerson University - A Unicorn Among Horses" John Downing, Canada, 2017. John Downing's Blog
Toronto Sun Building
The former Toronto Sun Building, at 333 King Street East at Sherbourne was built as the home of one of Toronto's daily English language newspapers, the Toronto Sun. Built in 1975, with a sixth floor added subsequently, the most notable feature of the structure was the large mural on the south side; the mural was 7.6 metres high, covering a long brick wall along Front Street. It was done in 1993 for the Sun by artist John Hood to celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of York, it depicts two hundred years of historic events in the city. In 2010, the building was sold to First Gulf. Although the Toronto Sun remained in the building as a tenant under a ten-year lease, the newspaper's operations were consolidated onto the second floor of the six floor building and the printing presses which were located along the south end of the complex have been removed; the rest of the building has been rented out to other commercial tenants including several retail stores, the head office of Coca-Cola Canada and a campus of George Brown College which includes the College's School of English as a Second Language.
It became part of the King East Centre where a 17-storey tower at 351 King Street East was built alongside an additional 3-storey addition to 333 King Street East, completed in 2013. In 2013, it was announced that the tower at 351 King Street East will house The Globe and Mail newspaper on five floors and be named "The Globe and Mail Centre". Occupancy began in December 2016 with the newspaper committed to a 15-year lease. From 1805 to 1846 the site of 333 King was the location of the York Hotel; the hotel and tavern was built for John Jordan and operated by Jane Jordan until 1846. The hotel was a 1 1/2 storey building with a laneway to stables for horses and stagecoaches at the back; the Legislature of Upper Canada sat there for one sitting in 1813 in the hotel's ballroom. Following the acquisition of the Sun newspaper chain by PostMedia in 2015, it was announced that the Toronto Sun staff and operations will move to 365 Bloor Street East, the same building that houses the National Post, but that the two newspapers will maintain separate newsrooms.
The move was completed on March 25, 2016, nine months prior to The Globe and Mail moving in next door. York Hotel and Sun Publishing