Gary Stephen Ross (Editor) & Kim Peacock (Publisher) Finished At Vancouver Magazine

May 19, 2012.

by Andrew Morrison | Oh noes. I’ve only just learned that Van Mag’s editor, Gary Stephen Ross, and the publisher, Kim Peacock, were let go the other day. According to a leaked internal memo, interim leadership has fallen to TC Media group publisher Caroline Andrews.

The memo didn’t mention why they were dumped (the consequence of a “well thought-out restructuring”), but I can’t imagine it was an easy run for either of them. Like other leaders of long-established print outfits in recent years, they had to deal with the advent of social media, the recession, the skepticism of increasingly empowered advertisers, and the whittling impact of a local blogosphere of occasional quality and influence (aka The Four Horsemen of the Old Media Apocalypse). I thought they’d done as good a job as could be expected under such freakishly unprecedented circumstances but, alas, via Malcolm Parry:

Western Living and Vancouver magazines’ publisher Kim Peacock and editorial director Gary Ross arrived at their offices Monday and were promptly shown the door. Transcontinental Media senior VP Pierre Marcoux’s subsequent memo noted the two “have been instrumental in developing and transforming our Western brands and have both been great contributors to the team. I wish to thank them for their contribution and hard work over the past years.”

Gary and Kim had been running the magazine since 2006, right when I came on board as a judge at their restaurant awards and began making occasional contributions to the magazine. Gary taught me a few things and made several of my stories better (he is as gifted an editor as he is a writer), and Kim kindly tolerated my occasionally fatuous, self-important bone-picking about food coverage, online presence, the awards, you name it. They made a big impact on my career, and I’m eternally grateful for that. I hope that they both go well and land lucratively, wherever that may be.

  • olivia.

    this article seems mildly innapropriate. i wasn’t aware scout was becoming a gossip collumn?

  • Larry

    Olivia;
    Get a life. VanMag, Gary and Kim were instrumental in recognizing the culinary talents in British Columbia. Now all we can look forward to is Toronto gibberish.

The scout Community

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Abbey, The Abigail’s Party Acorn Alibi Room Araxi Ask For Luigi Bambudda Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie Beachhouse Bearfoot Bistro Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe Bel Café Bestie Beta5 Chocolates Biltmore Cabaret Bishop’s Bistro Pastis Bistro Wagon Rouge Bitter Tasting Room Bittered Sling Blacktail Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar Bottleneck Bufala Burdock & Co. Cadeaux Bakery Café Medina Caffè Artigiano Campagnolo Campagnolo ROMA Cannibal Cafe Chambar Chefs’ Table Society of BC Chewies Oyster Bar Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie  Chicha Chocolate Arts Cibo Trattoria Cinara CinCin Ristorante Cioffi’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill Cocktails & Canapes Catering + Events Cuchillo Culinary Capers Catering Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen District Brasserie Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company Doi Chaang Coffee Co. Earnest Ice Cream Edible Canada Espana Exile Bistro Farm 2 Fork Farmer’s Apprentice Fat Badger Fish Counter Forage Grain Granville Island Grapes & Soda Greenhorn Espresso Bar Gyoza Bar Hapa Izakaya Hart House Restaurant Harvest Community Foods Hawksworth Restaurant Homer Street Cafe & Bar Irish Heather Joy Road Catering Juice Truck Keefer Bar Kin Kao Krokodile Pear Kuma Tofino L’Abattoir La Buca La Mezcaleria La Pentola La Quercia La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop Lazy Gourmet Left Bank Les Amis du Fromage Lions Pub, The Little District Local Philosophy Catering Lolita’s South Of The Border Cantina Longtail Kitchen Los Cuervos Taqueria & Cantina Lukes General Store Lupo Restaurant Maenam Mamie Taylor’s MARKET by Jean-Georges Matchstick Coffee Roasters Meat & Bread Miku Restaurant Milano Coffee Minami Miradoro Mogiana Coffee Nicli Antica Pizzeria Nicli’s Next Door Nook Notturno Nuba Oakwood Canadian Bistro Olive & Anchor OLO OPUS Bar Oyama Sausage Co. Pallet Coffee Roasters Parker, The Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse Phoenix Perennials Pidgin Pizzeria Farina Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn Pourhouse Prado Cafe Railtown Cafe Rain Or Shine Ice Cream Rainier Provisions Re-Up BBQ Red Wagon, The Revolver Coffee Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Sai Woo Salt Tasting Room Salty Tongue Café Savoury Chef Settlement Building Shebeen Whisk(e)y House Shelter Shika Provisions Siena Six Acres Stable House, The Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall Tableau Bar Bistro Tacofino Tavola Terra Breads Thierry Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie Timbertrain Coffee Roasters Tractor Foods Truffles Fine Foods Two Rivers Specialty Meats Urban Digs Farm Uva Wine Bar Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ Program Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana West Restaurant Wildebeest Wolf In The Fog

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was .

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was .