Saturday, May 18, 2013

Do the families who control the Toronto Star want Rob Ford out of the Mayor’s Office?

The families who control the Toronto Star, via Torstar, are:

Executors of the Estate of Joseph S. Atkinson, Ruth Hindmarsh Group, Campbell Group, Honderich Group, and Thall Investments Inc.


Officers:
David P. Holland 
President & CEO
   
Lorenzo DeMarchi 
Executive Vice President & CFO
   
Marie E. Beyette 
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
   
Patricia Hewitt 
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
   
Gail Martin 
Senior Vice President, Finance
   
D. Todd Smith 
Treasurer
   
Board:
John A. Honderich C.M., O.Ont. 
Chair
   
Donald Babick 
Boardmember
   
Elaine B. Berger 
Boardmember
   
B. Neil Clark 
Boardmember
   
Joan T. Dea 
Boardmember


 
John A. Honderich
Chair of the Board - Torstar


John Honderich is the Chair of the Board of Torstar. He is also Chair of the Torstar Voting Trust. He has served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on the future of the Greater Toronto Area and Creative Cities and also on the Attorney General's panel on Justice and the Media from January 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Honderich served as the Toronto Mayor's Special Ambassador on Urban Issues from May 2004 to February 2006. He served as Publisher of the Toronto Star from 1994 until May 2004. Prior to his appointment as Publisher, Mr. Honderich was Editor of the Toronto Star from 1988-1994. Mr. Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76). He joined the Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of the Toronto Star's Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau. After serving as Deputy Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of the Toronto Star in May 1984. In 1986, he moved to London, England, to study at the London School of Economics. At the same time, he wrote Arctic Imperative, published in the fall of 1987 by the University of Toronto Press, in which he outlined the serious dangers threatening Canada's North. Mr. Honderich graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics (1968) and an LL.B. (1971). Mr. Honderich was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004 and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006. He received honorary degrees from Victoria University and Ryerson University.

The question all Torontonians should be asking is: Do these people want Mayor Rob Ford out of office, and if so, why?
Has the Toronto Star’s influence over the City of Toronto been circumcised? Was the Toronto Star somehow benefiting from the previous “Mayor Miller Regime”? Is it not time we started asking questions about the Toronto Star, and why it may have an unhealthy vendetta against the Mayor of Toronto?

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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