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By Jordan Press

Canadian icon Stuart McLean will leave the School of Journalism because he can no longer balance his book tour and teaching schedules.

McLean will resign as a professor at the end of the month, ending a nearly 20-year career at Ryerson.

“It’s been a very hard decision for me because [Ryerson] has been a big part of my life,” McLean said. “It just didn’t fit together [with the book tours] anymore.”

The host of CBC radio’s The Vinyl Cafe and an award-winning author, McLean regularly tours Canada. Next spring, his books will be published overseas, which will increase his time on the road.

McLean said he delayed leaving for two years because he sits on many committees and feared he would let people down. Suanne Kelman, the school’s interim chair, said it will be hard to replace McLean, especially as a voice promoting Ryerson.

Studio technician Angela Glover agreed. “I don’t know that you can replace a guy like Stuart McLean.”

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