Sept 25, 2017
Queen’s Park – In a member’s statement to the legislature, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield honours the life and memory of journalist, Arnold Amber.
The full statement appears below:
“Yesterday, more than 200 friends of Arnold Amber got together to celebrate his remarkable life. Arnold was a journalist. He started out as a correspondent for the Reuters news service in Africa and Europe, but he was best known for his work behind the scenes at the CBC. For many years he was the executive producer of CBC news specials. That covers most of the federal elections since the 1970s and many provincial ones, royal visits, and breaking news coverage at all hours of the day and night.”
“Arnold Amber was also a fierce advocate for social justice and human rights. For 25 years he was the president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. He served as the president of the CBC branch of the Canadian Media Guild. Hundreds of CBC employees owe their full-time jobs and their pensions to Arnold Amber as he fought to do away with contract positions and turn them into full-time jobs.”
“I served on CMG’s national executive with Arnold, and we spent 10 years together on the international executive of our union. He was our Canadian director and a warrior for fairness, be it at our small-town newspapers right across the country or at many other dailies, or at TVO, Canadian Press or the CBC.”
“Some say that, fittingly, he passed away on Labour Day.”
“To Phyllis, Jeannine, Gillian and David: Thank you for sharing Arnold’s precious time with us, his union family. I take pride in saying that I loved the guy. He was a friend and a mentor, and he certainly left his mark on Canadian journalism, human rights and the fight for fairness for us all.”