Alberta Publisher Having Trouble Paying Employees – CANADALAND
Alberta Magazine Publisher Having Trouble Paying Its Employees
Staff allege payroll turmoil at company behind Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil

In recent years, Venture Publishing (VP) has gained a reputation for failing to pay freelancers — but now employees say that the Alberta firm’s business practices have also left them in the lurch.

Last month, the Canadian Media Guild condemned VP for habitually stiffing freelance contributors, after tabulating an outstanding debt of nearly $40,000 owed to 13 writers, photographers, and illustrators for magazines like Alberta Oil and Alberta Venture. According to half a dozen current and former employees I’ve spoken with over the last several weeks, the financial position of the company has been precarious for years, and refusing to pay freelancers was just a symptom of a growing financial problem that has now infected company payroll.

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