For the record…

I.H. (Izzy) Asper, chairman and chief executive officer of CanWest Global Communications and chairman of the Global Television Network has won the 1992 Gold Ribbon for Broadcast Excellence.Asper received the award in Vancouver at the 66th convention of the Canadian Association...

I.H. (Izzy) Asper, chairman and chief executive officer of CanWest Global Communications and chairman of the Global Television Network has won the 1992 Gold Ribbon for Broadcast Excellence.

Asper received the award in Vancouver at the 66th convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

The Gold Ribbon is presented for ‘truly outstanding service to Canadian private broadcasting.’

Asper recently led CanWest’s purchase of management control of TV3 in New Zealand and, with other investors, agreed in principle to buy Australia’s Ten Television Network.

A lawyer and a Queen’s Counsel, Asper led the Manitoba Liberal party from 1970-75.

è Firefighters, a fast food chain, a tv station and two radio stations have joined forces for the 18th annual ‘Gift of Christmas,’ a toy and book drive created to help underprivileged families in Metropolitan Toronto.

Firefighters from the City of North York, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, cfmt-tv, cftr-am and chfi-fm will work until Dec. 23 to bring a little cheer into some children’s lives this Christmas.

Any McDonald’s in Metropolitan Toronto will accept a new, unwrapped toy or book, which the firefighters will take to a central warehouse then distribute to needy children in conjunction with 35 social service agencies.

è McArthur Thompson & Law Advertising and Public Affairs of Halifax has taken top honors in the International Association of Business Communicators communications programs.

McArthur won for its ads for the IWK Children’s Hospital and Nova Scotia Power.

Both campaigns won the company IABC Silver Leaf awards, the highest distinction given by the iabc in Canada.

è Parallel Strategies in Calgary has placed first and third in The Financial Post Annual Report Awards.

Parallel took top spot for Saskatchewan Oil & Gas and took third place for Lasmo Canada (now Elan Energy.) Both were in the oil and gas category.