The hardships of the news business are hardly news these days. But when six French-language dailies in Quebec and Ontario revealed last week that they were on the brink of bankruptcy, the François Legault government was moved to listen.
It immediately provided a $5-million emergency grant to help the dailies stay afloat until mid-November.
The six newspapers — Le Soleil (Quebec City), Le Droit (Ottawa), La Tribune (Sherbrooke), Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivières), Le Quotidien (Saguenay) and La Voix de l’Est (Granby) — are owned by Groupe Capitales Médias (GCM), a company created in 2015. Until it filed for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on Aug. 20, it was headed by former Liberal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon. He left GCM $25.9 million in the red.
In the recent case of Yusuf v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), a prospective immigrant to Canada, Mr. Yusuf, applied to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. As part of that process, he was required to honestly state his work history on his application. Because errors and omissions in an individual’s description of employment experience makes it possible for an immigration officer to make an error in processing an application, failure to provide adequate employment history is reasonable grounds to reject an application.
In Mr. Yusuf’s case, Canadian immigration officials found additional information about a prior directorship he held from information on a company website and on his LinkedIn profile. He had not disclosed this portion of his work history on his application.
Understanding that no two SEO campaigns are the same is a challenge in getting wider business buy-in to the project.
One example that sticks out in my mind is working with a global travel company who was comparing their website and infrastructure with that of BBC News.
“The BBC doesn’t do it that way,” was a common phrase thrown into the mix.
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