Douglas Holmes, founder of Markham, Ontario-based Holmes: The Finishing House, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was 81 years old.

Dearly loved husband of the late Beverley Holmes (2009). Loved and cherished Dad of Cathy and her husband Danny Zerdin, Heather Holmes, Kelly and her husband Randy Cosgrove, Karen and her husband Matthew Fretz, Bob Holmes and his wife Julie and Kim and her husband Calvin Bryant. Loved Poppy (Gramps) of Christopher (Nicole), Kyle (Dana), Carolyn, Courtney, Natalie, Bryanna, Jessica, Michelle, Amanda, Ben, Josh, Zach, Jenna, Jaydon and Rachael. Great-Poppy of Carley.

Friends and family will be received at BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME,  5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday (February 10th).

A funeral service honouring Douglas' life will be held in Barnes Chapel on Saturday February 11th at 11:00 am.
The family will be receiving guests on Saturday at 10:00 am.
Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery.

In memory of Douglas, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Condolences can be left at the Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Website.

David Thorn, President of The Arthur Press and W.R. Drapers, passed away on Wednesday in Barrie, Ontario. He was 68.

Thorn was the beloved husband of Martha; loving father of Christopher David (Camilla) and Jeremy Alfred (Lori-Ann); cherished Papa of Rachel, Sarah, Nathan and Lincoln; and dear brother of Stephen (Moira). The Arthur Press is a Toronto-based printer founded in 1954 which has remained within the same family since its inception.

Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave. W.), Weston, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Cremation to follow at Riverside Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

Click here to view the Book of Memories for David Thorn at Wards Funeral Home's website.

The Vistaprint production facility near Windsor, Ontario, was closed last Thursday after it received a bomb threat. 

The building's 300 employees were evacuated at about 12:30pm while the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) swept the building. Access roads were also closed off during the process.

No bomb was found after the OPP spent the afternoon searching the plant. The facility's 2pm shift was told to stay home, but the 10pm shift reported to work as usual.

The OPP will continue investigating the threat, which arrived at Vistaprint via a letter.

Vistaprint's Windsor, Ontario, plant is responsible for all of the company's online orders from North America. The company also has production facilities in Venlo, The Netherlands, and Deer Park, Australia, to service the rest of the world.

A former Toronto printer has once again been arrested and accused of being behind a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme stretching back six years. 

The Globe and Mail reports that Tzvi Erez, 44, now faces 10 charges of fraud, with total losses of around $9 million. According to Toronto police, new information has come to light which led to these new charges.

Erez, owner of E Graphix Ltd., was brought up on similar fraud charges in 2009, that time accused of bilking investors of over $27 million, mostly from Toronto's Jewish community. The Crown prosecuting the case dropped the charges in November of last year because of insufficient resources to proceed with the complex case.

Erez was accused of creating a ponzi scheme which promised large returns from lucrative brokering of large print jobs for blue-chip clients he did not have. Investors were promised 30 percent per annum on delivery. Erez then went on to use the money to recruit new investors and to fuel his gambling habits.

A story by investigative journalist Nicholas Stein can be found here.

George Hurley
George Hurley, Senior Vice President and Partner at C.J. Graphics, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer.

Hurley joined C.J. Graphics in 2004 having 21 years of experience in the graphic communications industry. He leaves behind his wife Sylvia and four children. His passions were golf, travel and live music.

"I was lucky to have spent some time with my great friend and partner George before he left us to his next journey," wrote Jay Mandarino, Hurley's Partner at C.J. Graphics, in a statement announcing his passing. "George was an amazing person who touched so many. Everybody loved George!"

The visitation will be this Saturday, October 15 between 7pm and 9pm  and Sunday, October 16 between 2pm and 4pm at Turner and Porter (2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga). The funeral will be Monday at 2pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.

Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerography, has been inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame. He was honored for his process of plain paper copying that revolutionized communications.

The hall of fame recognizes individuals who, through their inventions, initiative and efforts, have helped the world's paper industry flourish.Previous inductees included Johann Gutenberg and Kimberly-Clark Corp. founder John A. Kimberly

Carlson patented the copying concept in 1937, and in 1944 teamed with the Battelle Institute in Ohio to develop the technology. In 1947 he formed a licensing agreement with the Haloid Corporation (which later became Xerox Corporation). The world's first plain paper copier, the Xerox 914, was launched in 1959.

According to Xerox, in 1955, four years before the introduction of the Xerox 914, 20 million copies were made worldwide; in 1964, five years after the Xerox 914 was introduced, 9.5 billion copies were made worldwide, almost all xerographic. That number grew to 550 billion copies in 1984, and today trillions of copies are made around the world each year.

The inspiration for a copying machine came to Carlson while he was in law school, forced to copy books longhand because he could not afford to purchase them. He had a bachelor's degree in physics from California Institute of Technology and also obtained a law degree from New York Law School in 1939. He died in 1968 in New York City.

Raymond Russell, who worked for four decades in Canada’s printing industry, passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi).

Based in what is now the Greater Toronto Area, Russell began his career with the Salvation Army Printing Department before moving to York Litho to undertake an apprenticeship in lithography. He became a journeymen lithographic film stripper.

In 1972, Russell took on a sales position with McCutcheon Graphics, which was later purchased by Fuji Graphic Systems. He spent 32 years with this company in sales, management and national technical marketing positions. Russell had been retired for a number of years before his passing. 

Outside of the office, Russell is remembered for his passion for music, fishing, hockey, and baseball.

Visit Dignity Memorial for more information about Mr. Russell or to leave condolences for the family.

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

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