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Hi all,

From September 28 to October 8, 2017, inside East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory) near Toronto’s Port Lands, The Design Exchange Museum will be launching their most ambitious project to date –– EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology.

We have been asked to help share the details regarding the event:

"Your Organization is dedicated to the pursuit of photographical excellence and news photography, I am reaching out in the hopes that you will share the expo’s exciting future-forward program with your network. 

The biggest draw for photographers is the chance to view large scale Paolo Pellegrin photographs. His award-winning photographs are renowned for their humanism, and for showing how forces often beyond our control – such as conflict, environmental catastrophe, famine, and illness – affect individuals, families and territories.

Inspired by the United Nations Development Programme’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, EDIT will celebrate the people and projects transforming through a series of talks, workshops, and experiences."

EDIT is rethinking the world of healthcare, cooking up brilliant solutions to food waste, exploring the next generation of sustainable housing, and so much more. Not to mention, we’re debuting four original exhibitions from Bruce Mau, Carlo Ratti, Kentaro Toyama and Julielynn Wong.

NPAC members have been offered a pair of complimentary tix to attend EDIT.  Please email me at: to express your interest.  I will do a draw on Monday, September 25th you and you can collect your comp tix at any ticket booth on site.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology  |   Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2017
21 Don Rdwy, Toronto  |  EDITDX.ORG
Quote from: Jimmy Jeong
What I'm suggesting is that we need to discover new partners in this gig-economy. The Freelancers Union in New York is the perfect example. They are one of the major drivers to help push through the Freelance Isn't Free Act. Which ensures timely payment and proper contracts for all freelancers.

In the US and UK, various organizations were able to get their respective governments to pass laws with respect to timely payments. In the New York area and in the UK, you don't have to chase late-paying customers on your own anymore.

In the past, US photo organizations helped negotiate standard editorial contracts with Forbes and Conde Nast as well as commercial contracts with large companies like Kraft Foods. In Canada, CAPIC helped to successfully lobby for changes in our copyright laws. Perhaps CMG might be able to grow into a position like that for the editorial side.

In Canada, large TV networks, especially the CBC, seem to love standard contracts. There is a similar situation with some US TV networks. These "standard" contracts just provide the basic starting points: photographer will supply X photos in exchange for $Y; If situation A occurs then the photographer gets paid $B; If C occurs then the photographer gets paid $D.

Yes, a savvy photographer can often do this on their own but there aren't a lot of savvy photographers. CMG might be able to save some photographers from themselves :)  or prevent  them from being preyed upon by certain media organizations.

But how many professional organizations can we support? Photo-wise, there's NPAC, CAPIC and PPOC. For writers, there's at least CMG, WGC and CAA. Most freelancers, photo or word, face similar issues.

Exactly. Thank you for including photo and word. Quite a few of us who work in both...
General Discussion / Charlie Rose vs Steve Bannon-Journalism Wins
« Last post by Ken Gigliotti on September 14, 2017, 10:40 AM »
Clash of Brilliant Minds Charlie Rose vs Steve Bannon.The third installment on PBS (9-13-2017)showed both men worn down by each other's evenly matched arguments.
It was Greece vs Rome and a high water mark for journalism in the Trump era. Broadsword against broadsword, the bang of Armour taking the mighty blows of each exchange. A forceful , finally excited and leaning forward Rose, vs an indomitable , gesturing ,flaring jowls ,a face to face , eye to eye gunfight with Bannon champions of intellect. The weight of the world hangs, straight talk, modern man and the sub-hunter. The modern warfare of minds. Lots of metaphors but each suits a different stage of the discussion.

CORRECTION -The Rose/Bannon interviews continue to part 4 and maybe more.This segment is from part3. What is striking is that the media view is speculative and quite different from the ,man in the room Bannon. Bannon fields Rose's question like a shortstop , his answers are quick and well thought out. It also strikes me, is that the media view is from 20,000ft. and Bannon's view is  deep beneath the surface ,a sonar view. Everything looks different from under the surface and inside the room. Everything looks different looking forward into the future than looking down at the speculative present. In part 4 he says the next election will show ,populous right, vs populous left and the future game is centered around China.

Liberalism and conservatism face off in their stripped down state. The Debate, civil, nearly reckless, all wheels stay on the ground. Totally authentic and from the heart&mind of opposites. Really, really good television at its best. Both surprisingly reformers. The tone stays even as faces get redder and redder, level playing field established,mind against mind. The volume ,even and measured, that pace of the final round of the three part interview, heavyweight.

When one sees an opening , a flaw ,a weakness , a flurry of punches,the other effectively counter punching ,there is no knockout. The score is even in this relentless,bloodless exchange of  hard Rights and Lefts. Respect,finally, journalism gets a win.

If Bannon's Trump wins by “punching out”key election promises over time, and if the world doesn't blow up, and the Civil War doesn't resume,the Western democracies will be turned on it's head. If journalism continues as it is,it will collapse. It will collapse because it took sides and was wrong . It fails because it cannot measure the crowd beyond Twitter. It fails because of  it's core dislike for a personality. The personality is the distraction. Mainstream journalism is failing. It failed to see democracies biggest truth  realized. If Democracy ,that being the people, feel betrayed, their vote, once every four years will shift with prevailing fears as well as their aspirations.

Bannon concedes making enemies , small wars, war with Islam is futile and cannot be won.

Let Islam be the war on  Russia's doorstep they can fight. Opinion by Ken Gigliotti

Adding one thing, a question not asked.Why does Steve Bannon wear two shirts? Anyway, a transcript won't do, the show has to be seen, all three segments are smart and revealing.
Swap Shop / FS: Canon gear for sale
« Last post by Jeff McIntosh on September 13, 2017, 12:16 PM »
A bunch of Canon gear up for grabs. Prices include shipping within Canada. All gear is fully functional with signs of use/wear. Pix of gear available on request.

-5D MkIII $1500 (67000 actuations with original box, spare battery and Neewer vertical grip)
-15/f2.8 fisheye $500
-16-35/f2.8 $700 REDUCED $600
-24-105/f4 $500 SOLD
-70-200/f2.8 non-IS $1000 REDUCED $900
-50/f1.4 $250

Jeff McIntosh, Photojournalist
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
tel: (403) 829-6632
Hi everyone, on behalf of the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Branch Executive, I’d like to invite you to a mixer on Monday, September 11th between 6 and 9pm at McVeigh’s Irish Pub in Toronto.

It’s a chance for you to meet our executive as well as some of our members, leaders of other freelance organizations, and members of the CMG's National Executive Committee (NEC).

The NEC is reviewing the Freelance Branch this year, especially our independent membership initiative, and I think it’s important that they get a chance to meet as many freelancers as possible, learn what makes us tick, and find out how we’ve been taking some steps to work together in what is becoming an increasingly precarious work environment.

There will be some refreshments and a bit of an open mic at the beginning of the evening  so our other guests can get a sense of today’s freelance landscape.

The details:
McVeigh’s Irish Pub (private room)
124 Church St., Toronto (at Richmond)

Please RSVP to Don Genova by Friday, September 8th to
General Discussion / Hoping for a Commission on used F-18's
« Last post by Ken Gigliotti on September 06, 2017, 05:06 PM »
Maybe I can get a commission if Canada purchases used F-18's from Australia, something I suggested on this website May 25 2017. It was reported by Canadian Press 09-06-2017 that Defense minister Harjit Sajjin visited Australia to see the jets. This is in response to a trade dispute with Boeing over Bombardier C series jet sales Boeing says are being sold below cost. Note Boeing has just won a trade dispute with government subsidized Airbus sales. 
Boeing also anticipates new sales to China to be 6,800 passenger planes , 5,100 would be single isle aircraft through to the year 2055.This is a trillion dollar market.
General Discussion / Re: RIP John Peterson
« Last post by Grant Black on September 06, 2017, 03:15 PM »
You can read my blog on John at << >>

General Discussion / Happy 100th birthday to CP
« Last post by Warren Toda on September 02, 2017, 07:34 PM »
The Canadian Press celebrated its 100th birthday today. Although to get technical, Canadian Press Limited was formed in 1910. But CP Ltd. wasn't quite the CP we know today.

"Making National News - A History of Canadian Press" by Gene Allen (2013, University of Toronto Press) recounts the history, starting in the mid-1800s, that led to the formation of CP.

A very brief recap:

1850 - 1916: stuff happened.

1917: Prime Minister Robert Borden, (he's the guy on the $100 bill which means you have no idea what he looks like), saw the importance of having a national news organization (a co-op of 117 member newspapers) transmitting and sharing Canadian news. This was especially important during World War I when the federal government needed all the positive propaganda it could get. Before this, foreign news came from either the Associated Press which had too much of a US bias or from Reuters which had a British bias.

Borden decided to subsidize Canadian Press Limited after it reorganized to include CP Limited, Western Associated Press and Canadian Associated Press. Before this, these three wire networks were unofficially and loosely connected. Keep in mind that at this time, some other countries were already subsidizing their own national news services.

Weeks later, Borden introduced personal income tax.

Hmm . . . fund Canadian Press and then create income tax. A coincidence?  ;D

Sadly, CP's 100th birthday wasn't even worth a postage stamp.

Fun facts: In the latter half of the 1800s, there were three main wire services, all based in Europe, one of which was Reuters. These three divvied-up the world amongst themselves. Each wire service got exclusive news rights to certain countries and they shared their news with each other.

Reuters licensed its Canadian news rights to Associated Press (originally called New York Associated Press). AP then sub-licensed these rights to Canadian Pacific Railway's (CPR) telegraph department (yes, the railway). CPR had its own national telegraph network that AP needed since Western Union refused to let AP use its network. AP could send news through CPR and down into western USA.

CPR and AP later had a falling out. CPR's telegraph network wasn't that good nor was it focussed on transmitting news. CPR wasn't happy with what AP was paying.

Canadian newspapers started to buy or lease their own telegraph networks and AP let Canadian newspapers take control of news coverage in Canada. But Canada's major news telegraph network (Canadian Press Ltd.) remained connected to AP in New York. This network was London(Ont.)-Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-New York. By 1910, most other Canadian papers were connected to this network through their own leased telegraph lines.

So, if CP Limited didn't stay connected to AP, if CP Railway was more tech-savvy, if AP didn't leave Canada and if Reuters didn't sub-licence to AP, where would we be today?  ;D

Tech Talk / Re: Hello Lexar?
« Last post by Warren Toda on September 01, 2017, 06:22 PM »
The Lexar name has been bought by Longsys, a Chinese manufacturer of consumer flash storage products.

The Longsys press release states that it bought the Lexar trademark and branding rights but makes no mention of buying any Lexar technology or patents. So it seems that only the Lexar name will appear on some Longsys products.
General Discussion / RIP John Peterson
« Last post by Grant Black on August 29, 2017, 07:11 PM »
A memorial service for Dr. John C. Peterson will be held in Belleville on Sept. 23, 2017. Peterson, who founded the photojournalism program at Loyalist College after a career in newspapers and wire services in Canada and the United States, died June 11 in Richmond, Virginia.

The service will be held at 11:30 am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 516 Victoria Ave., Belleville.

While at the Toronto Star in the early 1970’s Peterson planted the seeds that led to the founding of the Ontario News Photographers' Association. He called a meeting of photo editors, chief photographers and leading photographers from several newspapers in southern Ontario, where they sketched out ideas for an organization. That organization morphed into the Eastern Canadian News Photographers’ Association, which joined with the Western Canadian News Photographers’ Association for form the WCNPA a decade ago.

Peterson later became the editor of Newsviews, ONPA’s semi-monthly newsletter. He founded The Loyalist Photography Workshop, a four-day shooting workshop for reporters working on community newspapers, which ran for more than a decade. He also obtained a Masters degree from Missouri and a Doctorate from Ohio. After retirement he taught photography at a university in the middle east.

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