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The Council

Constitution and structure

Constitution

  • One board of directors made up of 22 members—eight public members, including the President, seven members from media organizations; and seven journalist members
  • One administrative office, made up of six members of the Board of Directors.

The 22 members sit on the Board of Directors in an individual capacity. They each serve for a two-year term and may be reappointed for up to two further terms.

Appointment of members

  • The journalist members are appointed at the general assembly of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.
  • The members from media organizations are appointed by:
  • L’Association des quotidiens du Québec
    • Capitales Médias
      • Le Droit
      • Le Nouvelliste
      • Le Quotidien
      • Le Soleil
      • La Tribune
      • La Voix de l’Est
    • Le Devoir
    • Montreal Gazette
    • La Presse
  • Bell Média et Cogeco
  • Hebdos Québec
  • ICI Radio-Canada
  • TC Media
  • Télé-Québec
  • The public members and the President are appointed by:  
    • the Board of Directors, following a public call for nomination published in the written press
    • a tripartite selection committee that submits its own recommendation
    • Seven constituent associations and ten affiliated organizations are members of the Council. More information available in the Règlement no. 1

Members of the Board of Directors

PRESIDENT :

  • Paule BEAUGRAND-CHAMPAGNE (Montréal)

FROM MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS :

  • Jed KAHANE, directeur de l’information, Bell Média (Montréal)
  • Pierre-Paul NOREAU, président et éditeur, Le Droit (Ottawa)
  • Luc SIMARD, director, Diversité et Relations Citoyennes, Société Radio-Canada (Montréal) (treasurer)
  • Gilber PAQUETTE, executive director and marketing director, Hebdos Québec (Montréal)
  • Nicole TARDIF, director – Communications et image de marque, Télé-Québec (Montréal)
  • Éric TROTTIER, vice-président à l’information et éditeur adjoint, La Presse (Montréal)

JOURNALISTS :

  • Maxime BERTRAND, ICI Radio-Canada (Montréal)
  • Simon CHABOT, La Presse (Montréal)
  • Martin FRANCOEUR, Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivières)
  • Lisa-Marie GERVAIS, Le Devoir (Montréal)
  • Pierre TOUSIGNANT, ICI Radio-Canada (Sherbrooke)
  • Luc TREMBLAY, ICI Radio-Canada (Montréal)

FROM THE PUBLIC :

  • Ericka ALNÉUS, conseillère au développement philanthropique de l’organisme Pour 3 Points (Montréal)
  • Paul CHÉNARD, consultant (Gatineau)
  • Jacques GAUTHIER, (Montréal)
  • Luc GRENIER, teacher, Cégep de Lanaudière (Laval)
  • Linda TAKLIT, legal counsel, Affaires juridiques – Gouvernance, Banque Nationale du Canada (Montréal)

Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee

Any individual who witnesses, or feels victimized as a result of, a breach of journalistic freedom or of journalistic duty to inform the public may, at no cost, file a complaint with the Press Council. The complaint may relate to inaccurate or unfair reporting, a conflict of interest or a case of censorship, or any other matter of concern.

The Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee handles the complaints. This tripartite committee, comprised of a rotating membership of eight members representing each area of the Press Council, is in place to review and adjudicate the complaints. Any decision rendered by the Council, except for those regarding the admissibility of a complaint, can be appealed with the Appeals Committee.

After examining the file, the Appeals Committee can confirm or rescind the entire decision, or any part of the decision, originally rendered by the Council, based on how it was examined and adjudicated by the Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee, and if it complies with the “Guide de déontologie journalistique du Conseil de presse du Québec” and the Council’s precedents.

Funding

The Council’s activities are funded by constituent media organizations (60%), the Fondation pour le Conseil de Presse (16 %), the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec  (2,5 %) and by the Government of Quebec via the ministère de la Culture et des Communications (22,5 %, nonrecurring).

Secretariat

The Council secretariat, located in Montreal, provides the Council with all the assistance it requires to fulfill its mandate.

The secretariat is under the direction of the Council’s Executive Secretary, Mrs Caroline Locher.