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  This blog is strictly meant for people in Fredericton. If you aren’t from Fredericton or you don’t live in Fredericton, then just move along – nothing to see here. . . . . . . . . Are they gone...
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  Reading many of the comments on social media in reaction to the strike at Covered Bridge Chips, I can’t help but wonder why organized labour has fallen so out of favour with the public. I’m not overly surprised as unions...
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  I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at a house concert this past fall featuring the great singer songwriter Ron Hynes.  In fact it would have been one of Ron’s final shows. Conversing with his audience between songs, he...
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  Homelessness is a disgrace in a country as blessed as ours. I trust most of us can agree on that. But on the positive side more and more jurisdictions are making serious inroads in eradicating it. The biggest breakthrough is...
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  There’s a principle in communications that when there is a void, it will be filled. There is a void as wide as a Mack truck in the curious case of Dr. Eilish Cleary and there has been no shortage of...
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  As could be expected, the Paris attacks have heightened the public debate over the Syrian refugees. That debate has been burning up social media as it puts on display both the best and worst of our collective character. It is...
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I can’t say I am disappointed to see that the longest election campaign in Canadian history has morphed into the Stephen Harper farewell tour. Even in the unlikely scenario that he wins, it would be a minority, and he would...
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Attack ads are notorious for distorting the truth, grabbing a little snippet out of a speech and presenting it completely out of context.  It’s all about creating a negative impression, making a person seem incompetent, scary, dishonest, whatever. They work on...
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Today, a guest blog by Sharon Pond, a senior associate here at BissettMatheson Communications. When she asked about writing a blog on the recent St. Mary’s Pow Wow, I told her it would need to be communications-focused. She said she...
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  The battle in the legislature’s Question Period over the New Brunswick government’s decision to eliminate the cap on nursing home fees has taken an unfortunate turn that will do nothing to enhance the credibility of politicians and will give citizens...
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  The response was strong and swift and the message unmistakable when Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside suggested in a tweet that the costs of duality should be discussed. And that message wasn’t just for the mayor, it was for all of...
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Crisis communications has been part of our company’s services for over 20 years. Over that time we have been called in to advise on all manner of situations. And every time, one of the first things we look at is...
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  Fifty-nine years ago this week, on December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white passenger. Parks’ protest sparked a chain of events that eventually led to the end of...
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  Like many Canadians, my thoughts this day go to our veterans, especially of course those of family. While my father was one of the many who went overseas, it is the service of my uncle Johnny that always caught my...
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  When I blogged about the Jian Ghomeshi mess last week, I mentioned that I found it a fascinating study in crisis communications. The developments since then have made it even more compelling, especially the circumstances and misunderstanding that led to...
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  It’s fair to assume that many people who voted Liberal in the recent provincial election did so based on Brian Gallant’s campaign promise not to allow fracking until he’s convinced it is environmentally safe.  In fact their respective positions on...
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I have been letting this blog slide while I was taking a bit of vacation, but back now and wow, no shortage of communications-related topics cropping up on the provincial election, now that it has entered its formal and final...
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  I have always been a fan of Weird Al Yankovic. Always appreciated his sense of humour but even more so his turn of phrase. His parodies of pop songs were in many if not most cases, more inspired writing than...
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It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Sun News. I find their bias and lack of balance an affront to professional journalism. And yes I realize the CBC has its biases as well, but not anywhere to...
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In advance of one of our recent media training workshops one of the participants asked if I could spend some time on elevator speeches. We pride ourselves on customizing our workshops to best meet the needs of participants, so as...
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