Plans for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the C. P. A.
By President J. T. Clark
At the annual meeting of the Canadian Press
Association last year it was decided that in 1908
should be celebrated the 5oth anniversary of the
founding of the organization. Half a century has
passed since the C.P.A. was established and to-
day it has a membership of over four hundred.
It was decided at the meeting last year, and the
Executive Committee was instructed to endeavor
to hold a National Convention of the Press of Can-
ada, and arrangements to that end have been un-
der way for some time past.
Although the C.P.A. is half a century old, has
four hundred members and holds large and suc-
cessful conventions each year, its membership is
largely confined to editors and publishers in the
Province of Ontario, with, of course, a few individ-
ual miembers in all the other provinces. The feel-
ing at last year's meeting was that if a National
Convention could be held this year, it would not
only be a great success in itself, but would create
an opportunity for enlarging the present organiza-
tion, uniting several existing bodies or creating a
new one, should such be the desire of representative
journalists from all parts of Canada.
MARCO STIT, 6TH AND 7TH.
In order that the hands of the Executive should
be free in the effort to make a success of a Na-
tional Convention, they were authorized to arrange
the time and place of a gathering, to suit the wishes
of those likely to be in attendance from a distance.
It has been decided, therefore, to postpone the
meeting from the first week in February to the
fifth, sixth and seventh of March, and to holl it
in Toronto, where those in charge of arrangements
can best ensure a successful carrying out of the
THE MEMORIAL VOLUME.
A handsomely printed volume, giving a history
not only of the Press Association for the past
fifty years, but of Canadian journalism from the
first, is already in the publisher's hands and will
either be ready for issuing or will be in an advanced
stage and ready for inspection, or perhaps for
additional suggestions, by the time the convention
is held. This volume is expected to be of the high-
est class and suitable for a place in the very best
libraries. Anong those contributing to this work
ar; Dr. A. H. U. Colquhoun and Mr. Arthur
alis, of Toronto; Mr. R. E. Gosnell, Vancouver;
Mr. John Reade, F.R.S.C., Montreal; Mr. J. E. B.
McCready, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Mr. J. P. Robert-
son, Winnipeg; Mr. J. K. McInnis, Regina, and a
number of others.
In the programme for the convention it is pro-
posed that leading journalists from Halifax to
Victoria shall meet and discuss such questions as,
the cable and telegraph services, including the dis-
tribution of domestic news hetween Eastern and
Western Canada, also matters relating to adver-
tising, materials, wages and postal and libel laws.
Arrangements are also under way for the discus-
sioIn by editors of questions of particular interest
to them. The meeting will be so arranged that
while subjects of exclusive interest to daily paper
men are under discussion, qlestions of interest to
editors and publishers of weeklv papers will be
under consideration in an adjoining hall. It is
proposed, also, that there shall be side meetings
of those interested in monthlies, and also of those
interested in illustrated journalism.
INVITATIONS TO ALL CANADA.
Invitations are being sent out this week to the
officers of the variotus provincial associations
throughout Canada, to join in this convention, and
personal invitations, accompanied by a draft pro-
gramme ,subject to change, will be sent to leading
journalists in Halifax, St. John, Quebec, Montreal,
Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton,
Vancouver, Victoria and a number of other places.
It is believed, on assurances alrea(y received, that
the convention will be a national one, and it is
desired that every journalist in the Dominion will
consider himself especially invited to be present,
whether he receive a personal letter or not, and even
if he is not a member of any existing organization.
The fact that he attends will put him under no
obligation to join any organization that now exists,
or may be formned at thlis meeting.
It is proposed that the convention will hold
four sessions on the Thursday and Friday of the
first week in March, with a banquet at night at
which a couple of leasding journalists from the Un-
ited States are expected to speak. On the third
d(ay it is proposed that a special train will be run
to Niagara, to see the Falls in winter, and to
visit the power plants at that place. It is under-
stood, however, that the plans for the third day
of the meet are not yet fully decided upon.
SECRETARIES OF PRESS ASSOCIATIONS.
Alberta atnd Eastern B.C.-Captain T. Berville
Thomas, Mail, Camrose, Alta.
Western Canada.-George Saults, Free Press,
Canadian.-J. R. Bone, Toronto Star.
Montreal.-W. E. Burgess, Star, Montreal.
Eastern Townships.-J. P. Watson, Jr., Record,
New Brunswick.-J. P. Malaney, Press, Wood-
Nova Scotia.-H. G. Harris, Advertiser, Kent-
No fewer thlan four Babcock Optimus presses are
being placed in Montreal printing offices at presetnt.
One is being installed in La Patrie's new building, an-
other in the office of the Mercantile Printing Co. A.
Pellitiere is putting in one, and P. Biledeau, proprie-
tor of Le Progres, is another purchaser. The Benal-
lack Litho, Co. are putting in a White cutter, and
Librairie Beauchemin a casemaker. Montreal printing
offices are keeping right abreast of the times.
Prliter and Publisher
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