Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Canadian Substitutes for Transcontinental Magazines

Social media chatter has moved the “writing for Transcontinental” boycott firmly into “not buying any Transcontinental magazine” territory. If you want to cancel your subscriptions but still want Canadian magazine love, here is a list of suggestions for substitutions.

The Transcontinental property is on the left, substitutions to the right.

Acquizition.biz —–> http://www.businesssellcanada.com/
Canadian Gardening ——–> Gardens West, Gardening Life
Canadian Home & Country ——–> http://www.harrowsmithcountrylife.ca/
Canadian Living ———> Chatelaine
Elle Canada ———–> Flare, Chatelaine
Good Times ——–> Zoomer Magazine http://www.zoomermag.com/
More ———-> Most Magazine http://www.mostwaterlooregion.com/
Style at Home ——-> Canadian House and Home
TVGuide.ca ——–> Any TV listings online
Vancouver Magazine —–>Granville (city mag with enviro bent, http://www.granvilleonline.ca/) or the wonderful little Vancouver Review (http://www.vancouverreview.com/). (thanks to Christine Rowlands for the update)
How to act? E-mail this post to your friends and family and ask them to make the substitutions until such time as Transcontinental rewrites its contract to be fair to writers. Let’s hit them where it hurts.

If you have more substitutions to note for these or other Transcontinental properties, please post them in the comments section.

I didn’t do a similar list for the French language websites and magazines as I have no clue about that segment of the industry. If you do, please post it on your blog, let me know, and I’ll link to it, or send in your suggestions and I’ll post them here. I’ll be happy to post in French on this subject.

Transcontinental Digital Properties to Avoid

There has been a lot of talk about which Transcontinental magazines to avoid, but don’t forget to avoid clicking on ads and writing for the following Transcon-owned sites as well:

Acquizition.biz
Askmen.com
Lebelage.ca
Canadiangardening.com
Canadianhomeandcountry.com
Canadianliving.com
Coupdepouce.com
Decormag.com
Ellecanada.com
Ellequebec.com
Jardinage.net
Finance-Investissement.com
Goodtimes.ca
Homemakers.com
Investmentexecutive.com
JournalMetro.com
Lesaffaires.com
Lesaffaires.tv
Madame.ca
Merkado.ca
Mochasofa.com
Mokasofa.ca
More.ca
Ottawaathome.ca
Portailconstructo.com
Maisonmax.com
Publisac.ca
Recettes.qc.ca
Recipefeast.com
SÉAO.ca
Servicevie.com
Styleathome.com
Thatsthespirit.com
Thehockeynews.com
Thehockeynews.tv
Thn.Poolexpert.Com
Trucsmaison.com
Tvguide.ca
Vanmag.com
Visiondurable.com
Vitamagazine.ca
Weblocal.ca
Westernliving.ca

Friday, October 2 Freelance and Full-Time Writing Jobs

Don’t write for Transcontinental Media. See this post for more.

Canada

Full-Time

Communications Specialist, 6 Months, Nanaimo
http://www.jeffgaulin.com/jobs/JobDetails.asp?id=6799

Corporate Communications, Sick Kids, Toronto
http://www.jeffgaulin.com/jobs/JobDetails.asp?id=6797

Freelance

Health & Wellness Copywriter, Toronto
http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1402583223.html

Sex Toy Writer, Vancouver
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/wri/1402569429.html

US

Ghostwriter wanted for Book
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/1399197355.html

Freelance Writers for SuperPages
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/wri/1401318509.html

Potential Lockout at Transcontinental in Quebec

This is just in French for now, but La Presse has reported that negotiations with a Quebec union representing journalists have broken down, and Transcontinental may lock out journalists by the end of the week. I don’t pretend to understand the entire article, as my French is somewhat rusty, but the union is called Syndicat de l’information Transcontinental-CSN (SIT-CSN). Looks like writers aren’t the only ones they’re having some trouble negotiating with.

If anyone wants to give some more details of the article that can understand French, please feel free to e-mail me with a link to your blog or stick it in an e-mail and I’ll post it and give you credit.

http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/economie/medias-et-telecoms/200910/01/01-907545-transcontinental-coupe-des-postes-et-songe-a-un-lock-out.php

UPDATE: Link to Google translation of article, Transcontinental is strongarming its journalist workers. All the more reason to stop buying its magazines!

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/economie/medias-et-telecoms/200910/01/01-907545-transcontinental-coupe-des-postes-et-songe-a-un-lock-out.php&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=EN&ie=UTF-8

More Happening Over at Canadian Mags on Transcontinental Contract Dispute

Hi everyone – I’m swamped busy but couldn’t resist posting the link to Canadian Magazines, the blog, where some good stuff is going on in terms of rebuttals to Transcontinental’s “poor us, we’re so misunderstood” musings. Visit:  http://canadianmags.blogspot.com/

Derek Finkle, the writer that brought the original case against Transcontinental, lists a blow by blow of exactly the actions that have been taken in the case and Transcontinental’s response. I can also back up from direct knowledge his assertion that writers were told that if they didn’t sign Transcons contract they would NOT GET PAID for articles they had already written. What is more, the contract is permanent, so getting out of the contract for articles written after the contract is signed is pretty near impossible. The only misstep the writer’s groups have made is to assure writers who have signed it that they will try to work something out – once you’ve signed that sucker, it is fairly clear that you have signed your rights away, although hopefully a student of contract law can offer a rosier view on that one. It doesn’t look so good to me.

Also, on Twitter, this seems to have morphed into an outright boycott on the magazines themselves, rather than a boycott on writing for them. I’m not disagreeing with that stance, and I’m sure other writers don’t either. If we don’t give this boycott some teeth it will not succeed. Please blog, Twitter, Facebook and otherwise spread the word on the intertubes that Canadian writers will not go quietly into indentured servitude. I know some of you are afraid of getting blacklisted, but trust me, there are enough publications and online businesses that require web content out there that will hire you. This blog was started just to help out Canadian writers who were having a hard time getting jobs, and we’ll continue to do that no matter how busy we get. Let’s stand up together for our rights as freelancers; if we don’t we will not win the day.