Lance Doty, a long-time member of the Toronto graphic arts community, has passed away. Doty succumbed to complications related to lung cancer, which he had overcome twice previously. He was 59. 

Doty spent 40 years in the industry before leaving in June, 2011 to follow his dreams. Most recently he was with Syncron Cyberkare and before that was employed at Heidelberg Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Catherine, son Ian, daughter-in-law Mercedes and grandson Thelonious; daughter Emily, mother Lois; brother Brian, sister-in-law Carol and their children sister Debbie, brother-in-law Tom and her children; and brother Kevin, partner Robin and his children.

There will be a celebration of his life with family and close friends on Monday, September 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weston Golf & Country Club, 50 St. Phillip's Road, Toronto. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
A guest book for Doty can be found here

Online behemoth Amazon.com has announced plans to allow students to rent textbooks through its Kindle service. According to the company, renters can save up to 80 percent compared to purchasing the physical book.

Users can choose the exact length of a rental, from 30 days to a full year. Rentals can then be extended by the day if needed, or converted into a purchase.

"Students tell us that they enjoy the low prices we offer on new and used print textbooks. Now we're excited to offer students an option to rent Kindle textbooks and only pay for the time they need--with savings up to 80% off the print list price on a 30-day rental," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.

Students can also take notes and make annotations, which can be saved and synced across multiple devices. Notes can be accessed even after a rental expires.

Publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis have signed on to provide eBook content for this initiative. At the moment, the rental service is not available to Canadians.

The Onion, a long-running satirical weekly newspaper based in Chicago, will be making its way up to Toronto. The organization announced a partnership with the Toronto Star to publish a localized version for the Toronto market.

"The Toronto Star is pleased to enter into this agreement with The Onion," said John Cruickshank, Publisher of the Star and President of Star Media Group in a statement. "It is an agreement that benefits both companies and provides the Star's business-related teams with another publication to offer to audiences in the Greater Toronto Area."

"Toronto has long been one of the Top-10 cities for The Onion's online audience," said Steve Hannah, President and CEO of Onion, Inc. "I think it's the perfect place for The Onion and A.V. Club to make their first foray outside the United States. Toronto has a tradition of great comedy as well as being a really smart, cosmopolitan city that has a natural audience for our pop culture coverage as well."

Approximately 2-million readers access its print editions weekly in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Boulder, Philadelphia, and Madison (Wisconsin). The newspaper also has a significant Web presence and has a mock news and sports programming on television.

Kodak's patent dispute with Apple and RIM suffered a setback after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it will delay making a final ruling on the case until August 30. The move was seen as a negative one by the market, causing Kodak's stock to plunge 16 percent.

Kodak initially filed an ITC complaint against Apple and RIM on January 14, 2010, asserting that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled Blackberry devices infringe a Kodak patent covering technology related to a method for previewing images. The patents in question have been previously licensed by Kodak to other camera and phone manufacturers such as LG, MEI/Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.

"We remain extremely confident this case will ultimately conclude in Kodak's favor," Kodak's general counsel and chief intellectual property officer, Laura G. Quatela, said in a statement.

The Commission did find limited patent infringement by Apple and RIM, however, the possibility of a large judgement in Kodak's favour is now slim. Kodak CEO Antonio Perez previously announced that he had hoped the two companies would be forced to pay licensing fees which would be upwards of US$1 billion. An ITC judge has previously ruled against Kodak in January 2011 before reopening the case in March.

“Kodak has a long history of digital imaging innovation,” Quatela said in a release in January. “We have created an industry-leading portfolio of more than 1,000 digital imaging patents. We remain committed to protecting our intellectual property and to defending ourselves against those who would make erroneous claims to it.”

Robert van Velzen, owner and President of The FSA Group, passed away last week in Toronto. He founded Fulfillment Solutions Advantage (FSA) Inc. back in 1993 as unique direct-marketing company that leveraged both print and database technologies, while also anticipating the maturation of the World Wide Web and email-based communications. 

Today, The FSA Group continues as one of the most-innovative companies involved the communications industry, based on its FSA Datalytics, FSA Delivery Net and FSA Media divisions.

The company’s services include data processing and management, lettershop, laser personalization, warehousing and fulfillment, data entry, customer service and order processing, Web hosting, email distribution, contest management, print management, and toner-based printing.

Van Velzen was well known for commitment to his community and volunteering his time and talent on many boards, while his business acumen is best described in an obituary:  “As an entrepreneur, Rob was a visionary and lone wolf, always ahead of the curve. As a leader, Rob was a man who inspired loyalty and a desire to achieve and succeed.”

A guest book for condolences can be found here.

Eileen Murphy, VP of Corporate Communications at The New York Times, describes how the newspaper relied on its modern plant to conduct a last-minute change of its front page to include the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Read the article The New York Times Adjusts Printing on The Fly by FishbowlNY.com.

Industry veteran Blair McLaren of McLaren Graphics in Bracebridge passed away last month after a 3-month battle with cancer. He was 59.

McLaren was the Vice President of Manufacturing at the family-owned company. He got his start in the industry at the young age of 14, working part-time at McLaren Morris and Todd, a company his father co-founded.

Blair McLaren eventually joined his brothers, Scott and Drew, to start McLaren Press Graphics. Scott McLaren founded McLaren Publishing in 1977 and dealt in community newspapers.

Blair is survived by his wife, Debbie, his two daughters, as well as his parents, John and Marney McLaren. The funeral mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bracebridge on Saturday, March 26.

Jean Neveu, long-time member of the Quebecor family, died on March 11 in his Florida vacation home. He was 70. Neveu was a prominent member of the Quebecor dynasty, serving as Chairman of the Board as well as President and CEO prior to Pierre Karl Péladeau stepping up to the role.

“Jean was one of the great builders of Quebecor,” said Péladeau in a statement. “All his friends knew him as a man of tremendous integrity and forthrightness. One of a handful of pioneers responsible for Quebecor’s success, he was still very much involved in developing strategy and advising senior management. I thank him and I pay tribute, as my father would have done in his day, to Jean’s passion, loyalty and dedication to the success of the Quebec institution that Quebecor has become during the past 40 years of growth. His insight and flair, his legendary efficiency and inborn business sense will be missed terribly. His death is a loss for the entire Québec business community.”

Neveu joined Quebecor in 1969 as Controller and occupied several management positions before leaving the Company in 1976 to become part of Transcontinental GTC. In 1988, he returned to Quebecor to serve as Vice-President, Dailies, and then Senior Vice-President. When Quebecor Printing Inc. was created in January 1989, Jean Neveu was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until December 1997 when he was appointed Chairman of the Board, a position in which he continued to serve until 2002. From March 2003 until March 2004, Mr. Neveu also served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor World Inc.

According to an obituary in The Globe and Mail, Neveu served as a trusted adviser to Pierre Péladeau, "the one who could tell Quebecor founder...when he was wrong." He also played a critical role in the restructuring of Quebecor World.

Read The Globe and Mail obituary

Lorne Patterson, Founder of print consulting firm Patterson + Associates, passed away suddenly this week of a heart attack while on holiday in Mexico. He was 61.

Patterson was a long-time Board member of the BCPIA and served as Chairman from 2001 to 2003. He also had a lengthy career with Bowne Canada, ending his career there to start his own firm as Managing Director of Financial Print in 2006. Before that, Patterson was Co-owner of BTB Ltd., a mid-sized printer before it was purchased by Bowne in 1993.

In 2009 Patterson received the CPIA Award of Merit in British Columbia. He was also a Past Vice-Chairman of the CPIA Board of Directors, served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Craft Council of BC and was also a Director of the Quality Council of BC. Patterson was also a contributor to Graphic Monthly magazine and holds a degree in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University.

"We will miss Lorne a great deal, losing his input and work on the Board won't leave just a hole, it will leave a canyon," said Rob Varnel, BCPIA Board Chair. "He was our lead and guide on many new technologies."
Lawrence G. Tapp, former Chief Executive of Lawson Mardon Group, passed away suddenly last Tuesday while traveling in Belize with his wife. He was 73.

Tapp also served on several boards of companies, including ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Talisman Energy and Softchoice Corp. Most recently he was the Dean of the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, a role he held between 1995 and 2003.

Tapp was also very active in Canada's swimming community, including serving as President of Swimming Canada in 1974. He was also inducted in the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame and the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame.

Winfried Gleue, former CEO and President of Hostmann-Steinberg North America, passed away on January 29th. He was 66 years old.

Born in Celle Germany in 1944, Gleue immigrated to Canada in 1980 to become the President and CEO of Hostmann-Steinberg North America. He then spent the remaining decades of his career as one of the most-prominent ink executives in North America.

In addition to building a large-scale ink-manufacturing operation in Canada, Gleue was heavily involved with the Canadian Printing Ink Manufacturers Association, where he once served as President.

He was also a long-standing member on the Supervisory Board of Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program, and a member of the U.S. National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers.

He is survived by his wife Jutta, two children, Richard and Katrina, and five grandchildren.  

Visitation will be at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario (416-221-1159) on Thursday February 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Funeral Service will be at the Christ the King-Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lutheran Church, 149 Bay Thorn Drive, Thornhill, Ontario (905-889-0873, www.lutheran-church-thornhill.org) on Friday February 4th at 11:00 am.

From the pressroom floor of Harmony Printing, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Toronto today to announce a new initiative aimed at reducing the burden of federal regulatory requirements on Canadian enterprises.

“Small- and medium-sized businesses are a critical driver of the Canadian economy,” said Harper, speaking to a throng of television and newspaper reporters. “This initiative will help ensure that they can grow, prosper and create jobs without being impeded by unnecessary government regulations.”

Harper, along with Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), acknowledged how Canadian businesses spend billions of dollars every year to meet regulations. He introduced the Red Tape Reduction Commission (to be Chaired by Moore) that will consult with businesses to “identify irritants that have a clear detrimental effect on growth, competitiveness and innovation.”

Before the announcement, the Prime Minister toured Harmony Printing with company President Don Gain. Harmony has been in business for more than 45 years, while Gain is well know for actively lobbying government on behalf of the Canadian printing industry.

Gain has served as Chairman of both the Canadian Printing Industries Association and Ontario Printing and Imaging Association.

 Most of Gain's association work today focuses on the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, while he also serves on the board of Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program.

The Red Tape Commission announcement coincides with the second-annual Red Tape Awareness Week, which is a campaign led by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Catherine Swift, President of CFIB, said, “What promises to set this initiative apart from previous efforts is its focus on making permanent changes to control and reduce the regulatory compliance burden. The fact that Stephen Harper made the announcement himself shows political leadership from the top.”

CFIB estimates that regulations and paper burden cost the Canadian economy $30.5 billion a year, while 25 percent of surveyed business owners indicate they may not have even gone into business if they had known the burden of complying with regulations.

Fredric Thornley, Co-owner and Vice President of General Printers, passed away on January 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 63.

Thornley was born in 1947 in Owen Sound, Ontario, and moved to Oshawa when he was 19. He resided in that city ever since and spent 45 years at General Printers, working his way up to Co-owner and Vice President. He was also an active member in the Oshawa community, including membership in its Chamber of Commerce and involvement in the Kinsmen Club of Oshawa and K40 club.

Fred Thornley is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane, and his daughters Kristine and Michelle as well as four grandchildren.

Relatives and friends will be received at McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home, 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Monday January 10, 2011 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

A funeral service is being held today at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 135 Wilson Rd. S., Oshawa, at 2:00 pm. with visitation at the church 1 hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Fred’s name to The Oshawa Hospital Foundation, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre. A guest book for condolences an be found here.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), yesterday, released the annual listing of its top 50 private sector print suppliers for the fiscal year 2010 (see listing below).

For the second consecutive year, News Printing Co. (NPC) of Claysburg, Pennsylvania, leads the group of suppliers. NPC was awarded $23 million (all dollar amounts in U.S. figures) in GPO printing in FY2010, compared to $29 million in FY2009 and $35 million in FY2008 when it finished second to Monarch Litho of California.

More than 1,700 print suppliers obtained GPO work during FY2010. The value of all GPO work awarded to them during this period was $358 million compared to $425 million awarded in FY2009 and $421 million awarded in FY2008. Work done by the top 50 suppliers was valued at $223 million compared to $270 million during FY2009 and $287 million awarded in FY2008.

In other news, on December 30, 2010, Bob Tapella announced his resignation as Public Printer of the United States, which is the title afforded to the leader of the GPO. He had led the 150-year-old agency since being nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Deputy Public Printer Paul Erickson was named as the Acting Public Printer.

Top 50 Print Suppliers for Federal Fiscal Year 2010

Rank (2009 Rank) / Company / $ Volume

1 (1)     NPC, Inc.; Claysburg, PA — $23,768,211
2 (2)     RR Donnelley; Chicago, IL — $21,390,739
3 (5)     Sourcelink; Miamisburg, OH — $16,676,512
4 (4)     Gateway Press; Louisville, KY — $14,985,846
5 (3)     Monarch Litho; Montebello, CA — $12,815,111
6 (6)     Cenveo; Stamford, CT — $11,674,944
7 (12)   Gray Graphics; Capitol Heights, MD — $6,816,745
8 (8)     PA Hutchison; Mayfield, PA — $6,388,172
9 (10)   McDonald & Eudy Printers; Temple Hills, MD — $5,628,081
10 (11)  Intelligencer Printing; Lancaster, PA — $5,479,541

11 (24)  Standard Register; Dayton, OH — $4,907,715
12 (9)    Enterprise Group; Discovery Bay, CA — $4,835,754
13 (21)  Fry Communications; Mechanicsburg, PA — 4,672,358
14 (-)    National Envelope; Uniondale, NY — $4,432,239
15 (20)  Colonial Press Int'l.; Miami, FL — $4,163,849
16 (16)  Quintessential Color Group; Upper Marlboro, MD — $3,593,021
17 (14)  V.G. Reed & Sons; Louisville, KY — $3,294,332
18 (22)  United Book Press; Baltimore, MD — $3,174,639+
19 (25)  Consolidated Graphics; Houston, TX — $2,939,812
20 (32)  Signature Graphics; Portland, OR — $2,892,373
21 (27)  Universal Printing; DeSoto, TX — $2,807,218
22 (35)  Coastal Mailing; Salinas, CA — $2,641,279
23 (19)  Digital-Ink; Wormleysburg, PA — $2,582,724
24 (43)  OPSEC; Lancaster, PA — $2,469,704+
25 (31)  District Creative Printing; Upper Marlboro, MD — $2,411,297+
26 (44)  Printing Resources; Cleveland, OH — $2,260,797+
27 (28)  Envision; Wichita, KS — $2,201,852+
28 (45)  American Multimedia; Burlington, NC — 2,191,749
29 (-)    Art Litho; Baltimore, MD — $2,140,086
30 (30)  Printwell Acquisitions; Taylor, MI — $2,053,901
31 (40)  V.N. Products; Foot Hill Ranch, CA — $2,047,791
32 (26)  Alcom Printing Group; Harleysville, PA — $1,981,058+
33 (23)  Pearson Custom Publishing; Boston, MA — $1,971,729
34 (-)    KD8 Enterprises; Centerville, UT — $1,937,897
35 (-)    Mission Information Resources; Lancaster, NH — $1,921,346
36 (18)  Data Integrators; Woodbridge, VA — $1,904,477
37 (36)  Balmar Printing; Gaithersburg, MD — $1,890,133
38 (-)    TPS Enterprises; Newton, IL — $1,798,210+
39 (-)    S & W Manufacturing; Florence, SC — $1,793,566
40 (48)  Litho Press; San Antonio, TX — $1,689,149
41 (-)    Production Press; Jacksonville, IL — $1,666,696
42 (34)  West Shore Printing; Mechanicsburg, PA — $1,666,457
43 (-)    Todd Allan Printing; Beltsville, MD — $1,664,442+
44 (33)  Crabar Business Systems; Dayton, OH — $1,656,295
45 (7)    Freedom Graphic Systems; Milton, WI — $1,624,594
46 (46)  BKR Printing; Salt Lake City, UT — $1,624,464
47 (38)  Precision Printing; Moberly, MO — $1,563,479
48 (49)  Bosworth Printing; Stoughton, MA — $1,508,850
49 (-)    Coverbind Corp.; Wilmington, NC — $1,508,194
50 (41)  Sir Speedy Printing; Mission Viejo, CA — $1,507,016

Canadian printing industry veteran Michael Cook passed away suddenly on November 21 at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. He was 53 years old.

Cook most recently worked as Sales Manager with Buntin Reid/Domtar Paper in Mississauga, Ontario. Buntin Reid is one of the largest paper distributors serving the Canadian printing industry.

Cook was born in Stevenage, England, but moved to Toronto at a young age and attended St. Michael's College School where he was a valued member of the football team. Following his post-secondary education, Cook joined the printing and paper industry. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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