'Chief Rescue Officer' for Canadian Jewish News Is No Longer at Post

After Public Outcry, Board Tries To Save 53-Year-Old Paper

By JTA

Published May 24, 2013.
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The man tasked with rescuing the Canadian Jewish News is no longer in his post.

In the wake of an announcement in April that the newspaper would cease publishing after 53 years, the CJN’s board of directors, responding to a public outcry, appointed philanthropist Marty Goldberg to the post of “chief rescue officer.” Goldberg, a well-known community activist, was to lead an effort to save the print editions in both Toronto and Montreal.

The paper’s president, Donald Carr, would not explain why Goldberg was no longer in the position. “Marty felt he had to withdraw,” said Carr. “He only has the well-being of the CJN in mind.” Carr would not say who took Goldberg’s place, if anyone.

The CJN, Canada’s flagship Jewish newspaper, announced in April that its final print edition would be published June 20. Following the outcry, Goldberg was tasked with rescuing the paper and set a deadline of May 31 to come up with a plan.

“We’re proceedings as quickly as we can to resolve each of the problems,” Carr said. “We have the same optimism as I’ve expressed before. Things take longer than anticipated. And there are hurdles which unexpectedly slowed down a very difficult process.”

Carr said the “board is working… day and night,” but declined to elaborate further, saying that would “be unfair and inappropriate at this stage.”


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