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  I got serious about following American news a few months back, first following the Democrat and Republican primaries and then the election campaign and then the aftermath. It got so bad I was routinely PVRing the three network’s evening newscasts...
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  A couple of weeks ago, Ezra Levant took direct aim at Syrian students attending Fredericton High School. For those who aren’t familiar with Levant, he’s a right wing pseudo-journalist, who until its demise, worked at Sun TV, and now pursues...
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  It was around 1979 or early 80’s perhaps. Early June I think. The New Brunswick legislature was in session with added evening sittings, trying to work through a number of bills before breaking for the summer. There’s no air conditioning...
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I heard it said once – “Whatever you do, don’t piss off seniors. They have nothing better to do than figure out ways to make your life miserable”. An over simplification for sure, but I expect there is a gem...
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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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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”  Walter Scott After a motorcycle trip to the White Mountains, where they don’t carry much Canadian news, I spent last evening getting caught up on what’s been...
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  I have never before written a blog directly related to a client. Always thought it best to keep the two separate. But I am going to make an exception today because what I find myself involved in has many lessons...
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  When Prime Minister Harper went to the Governor General over the long weekend to trigger the longest federal election campaign since John A. MacDonald in 1872, he inferred it was a decision with safeguarding of taxpayer money in mind. Not...
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  Despite serious concerns raised by all manner of people who understand the issues to a greater degree than most of us, from judges and the legal community to academics who specialize in human rights and the Canadian Constitution, to no...
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  Like most hockey fans, I really like Ron MacLean. I appreciate his hockey knowledge, his broadcasting ability and the fact he’s obviously a class act. So when Rogers beat out CBC for the rights to NHL hockey and brought in...
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These are tough days for journalists all over, and New Brunswick is no exception. From the cutbacks at CBC to the dismissal of photographers at Brunswick News and increased demands on their reporters, journalism isn’t the satisfying vocation it once...
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  Is Premier Gallant crazy like a fox, really doesn’t know, or is he simply bad at communications? Either way, he’s got seniors worried about their futures, over his budget measure of removing the cap of $113 a day for residing...
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  For the life of me I don’t know why anybody would want to be in government these days. But parties fight tooth and nail for the privilege, which, with the Gallant government’s first budget, includes the inevitable privilege of being...
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  Auditor General Kim MacPherson has done in one day what the Liberal government hasn’t been able to do for months – get the Opposition’s Question Period focus off fracking. This week, she released her report on Atcon and the Tories...
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  The coverage this week of that road rage incident in Fredericton says as much about the state of journalism as it does about the individuals directly involved in the confrontation. And not in a good way. Social media has led...
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One of the beefs I have with the media is that too often they allow politicians who aren’t being honest off the hook. The problem with this is two-fold. First, it allows inaccurate information to get out into the public...
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  You’ve heard that thing about how if you put a frog in a pot of water then slowly heat it to boiling and the frog doesn’t try to jump out because the change is so gradual it doesn’t notice how...
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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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  In the next federal election, as always, I want to cast my ballot for the party that best reflects my values. I expect you are the same. But how do you do that when the party's positions are based on...
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