Paul MacNeill, Publisher of The Eastern and Western Graphic newspapers on Canada's Prince Edward Island gave columnist Jack MacAndrew a three month suspension after bloggers pointed out that his December 20, 2006, column -- "Tips for Proper Etiquette at the Holiday Buffet Table" -- contained material that had been on the Internet for years. See "Publisher hands MacAndrews three-month suspension." MacNeill told his readers on December 29, 2006:
On January 3, 2007, the Graphic papers published "A letter from Jack MacAndrew, in which he explained how he came to be a plagiarist.
Questions have been raised about Jack MacAndrew’s December 20 column. The body of the column contains a listing of 10 excesses that should be enjoyed at Christmas. It is largely similar to an article making the rounds of the Internet for years.
Jack MacAndrew admits the column material originated from an e-mail. He admits that he rewrote portions of that e-mail and included it in his column. He admits he failed to credit where the material originated.