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Remembering Peter Calamai
Peter Calamai, a champion of science journalism in Canada, passed away on January 22. He was 75.
Peter began his career as a foreign correspondent for Southam News in Nairobi, Kenya. He served as the editorial page editor of the Ottawa Citizen before finding his true calling as the science correspondent for the Toronto Star.
In 2010 Peter, along with Penny Park (who died last month), founded the Science Media Centre of Canada. Peter was awarded the 2007 Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science and in 2014 was made a member of the Order of Canada for his achievements as a science journalist and for his contributions to the cause of literacy. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from McMaster University, his alma mater.
Peter was a journalist's journalist: curmudgeonly, dogged, determined, demanding. He was an old-fashioned, ink-stained newshound. He always said he didn't want to be in the science section: he wanted to be on page A1. His legacy lives on in the many journalists and science communicators he inspired.
With files from the Science Media Centre of Canada
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Welcomes and Farewells
Catherine Dale has joined our Core Team to manage our New Science Communicators Programs. She is a Program Associate for Course Development in the Biology Department of Queen's University, where she recently completed her PhD. She is also co-creator, editor, and contributor to the Dispatches from the Field blog.
A fond farewell to Alex Chattwood, who served as three years as Communications, Education and Outreach Editor. We wish him the best on his future endeavours.