Down for the Count

Dec 10th, 2015 Media Notes Rob Reid 3 min read

WATERLOO REGION — The Creative Enterprise Initiative is down for the count, surviving on life support for a year. It appears Waterloo Region’s municipalities are easing the beleaguered arts organization down gently before closing the lid of the coffin. Waterloo Region Record municipal reporter Paige Desmond reported that regional councillors voted to give the organization $141,000 in 2016, with the proviso that it shut down…

Critique of Arts Funding Sting

Nov 16th, 2015 Media Notes Rob Reid 4 min read

The Creative Enterprise Initiative has learned nothing from the errors of its ways in the not-too-distant past. This is sad and regrettable, but not unexpected given its tenuous leadership. Waterloo Region tax payers remain in the dark as to what really happened when Heather Sinclair, CEI’s founding CEO, was unceremoniously fired in 2014 following a couple of years of abject failure — at considerable cost to taxpayers….

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Jurassic World of Daily Newspapers

Jun 26th, 2015 Media Notes Rob Reid 5 min read

KITCHENER — They say timing is everything. It was certainly fortuitous timing June 24 when THEMUSEUM hosted a Weenie — or is it Wienie? —  Roast for me in acknowledgment of my early retirement from the Waterloo Region Record. I was entering my 30th year at The Record, comprising three-quarters of my four decades at six newspapers across Ontario. On the cusp of my 64th…

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The Lure of Entitlement and Disgraced Journalists

Jun 16th, 2015 Media Notes Rob Reid 6 min read

Celebrity and journalism make for strange bedfellows. With celebrity comes a sense of entitlement. For those who practice it, entitlement is a natural right of the gifted; it’s sexy, its addictive, it’s an aphrodisiac reeking of power and control and authority. It’s the latest fashion statement. Who cares whether entitlement compromises journalistic integrity? It’s all relative, anyway. It’s do as I preach. My business is…