Thursday, April 20, 2006

Famous Canadian Almanac Moves South

This is a follow-up to the April 10, 2006 posting entitled Globe and Mail: ProQuest Shutting Down Canadian Operations.

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail added more to the story about the move of the Canadian Almanac and Directory to that great Republic to the South of our borders that cares so much about the survival of Canadian culture.

Here is an excerpt of what reporter Val Ross had to write about the move to Ann Arbor, Michigan of what he described as a "national icon" that one can find in almost every single Canadian library:

"On March 27, The Canadian Almanac and Directory sent a letter to what its staffers termed 'famous Canadians in the arts, sciences, sports, government and media' asking them to contribute essays on Canada, the land, the peoples, and so on, for the publication's 160th edition. A week later, the 159-year-old publication's U.S. owner, ProQuest Co. of Ann Arbor, Mich., announced that it was laying off staff at the Toronto office. Workers still in place were told to cancel those requests for essay contributions. Among the layoffs was the publisher, Ron Kelly, who had dreamed up the anniversary project. Henceforth, former staff say, Americans will be managing the venerable Canadian directory."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:59 pm


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