CEMA has just learned of the passing of long-time member, Hammad Baig. He was only57. In response to a message of sympathy from CEMA sent by President Ben Viccari, Mrs Rosey Baig writes:
“Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kind words. Unfortunately,I am unable to continue with the publication of “Today’s World” as I am now left with the full responsibility of running the family business.”
Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 22 1950, Hammad came to Montreal in 1975 and worked as an accountant for four years.
Moving to Mississauga, Ontario, in 1980 and eager to contribute to the South Asian community, he decided to publish the first ethnic entertainmentpaper that he named “Films & Stars.” This publication brought him to the atgtention of many readers in the community.
With the success of “Films & Stars,” in 1982, he introduced a second paper, “Today’s World.” Hammad has been a very active member in the South Asian Community, promoting the culture through local shows and other events.
Hammad often said that he felt veryf ulfilled serving his community although it took lots of effort to jugglea family business and yet put out his paper on time. He fell ill in February of this year, suffering from chest discomfort, which led to a heart attack that took his life on March 28, 2007.
He leaves behind his wife and two children.