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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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  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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  Some may remember a while back I initiated an on-line discussion on Facebook on potential guest speakers for a celebration dinner to mark Partners for Youth’s 20th anniversary. We had lots of excellent suggestions. Every name recommended was considered, and...
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  First a disclaimer. This blog is communications-focused in one way or another. But I reserve the right to depart from that on occasion. This is one of those occasions. You have been forewarned. So the UNB profs go on strike...
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  Could have seen this coming. So no surprise when I hauled Tuesday's Daily Gleaner out of the mailbox, and there on the front page is the headline “Village upset by proposed rehab centre”.   It concerns the faith-based organization Bridges...
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  My thoughts are of Andy Scott today. And there are so many. The image that dominates though is of him holding court from his table at the market. We had some great chats there on Saturday mornings, he was such...
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  Having spent a lot of time around politicians over the years, first as a legislative reporter and in more recent years as a communications consultant, I know that most of the many of whom I crossed paths with got involved...
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  The best communications is communications that leaves you feeling something. Last night's dinner at the Fredericton Convention Centre put on by the Canadian Action Group on Homelessness Fredericton (CAGH) did that in spades. And that something was hopefulness and inspiration....
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  He didn't have a great voice. He strummed a guitar no better than countless other people, and some of what he wrote could accurately be called hokey, but there was something incredibly genuine about Stompin' Tom Connors, something that ingrained...
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  Quick quiz. Whose birthday is it today? Here's a hint. If he hadn't died he would be 197, and probably his liver would be quite frail.   OK. I realize the accompanying picture probably gave it away, but if you...
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  Those of you who are familiar with BissettMatheson know that we are a small company, and unlike many of our competitors we don't purport to do everything.  We are primarily communications strategists with strong backgrounds in journalism and writing, with...
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  Spin: The providing a certain interpretation of information meant to sway public opinion. (Wikipedia)   Anyone who follows politics would be familiar with spin as we see it every day. But the biggest example lately has to be around the...
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  I was in Hartford, Connecticut recently, so jumped at the opportunity to visit the home, now museum, of Mark Twain. It was an absolute thrill for me to go through the house, as the guide explained what we were looking...
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  As part of our communications services, we offer several workshops. Some, like media training we do all the time but others, not so much. One of the “not so much” varieties is lobbying. Not sure why – we just don't...
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  I don't know Frederick Wangabo Mwenengabo. Never met him. But after reading about him in Adam Bowie's stories in the Daily Gleaner, I have nothing but admiration for him.  What he endured at the hands of the cruel and corrupt...
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  I'm not going to embarrass myself by telling you how long it has taken me to get my act together enough to start what I fully intend to be a regular blog. If you are an entrepreneur you will get...
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