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When I left the media to do broader based communications 20-plus years ago, social media was just sparkle in some nerd’s eye. Few companies even had websites – in fact thanks to one of our earliest clients, we were one...
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  With the election campaign finally into its last few days, it’s interesting to look at what strategies worked, what ones failed, and what ones failed so badly they actually backfired. We won’t know for sure of course until we see...
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  I don’t much care for niqabs, but I can understand why some Muslim women want to wear them, and really, whether I like them is irrelevant. But if the government is going to dictate what women can’t wear, I think...
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  It is interesting to watch how the Harper Conservatives are taking a page out of the Republican playbook, not just for the campaign but also over the past few years. The basis is appealing to what American politicos refer to...
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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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For 24 hours the other day, the most trending topic on Google by Canadians was “How to sponsor a Syrian”. It continues to rank high. That speaks volumes to the Canadian reaction to the Syrian crisis, forced into our collective...
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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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There has been a lot of talk since Mike Duffy, Pam Wallin and company, and more recently the Auditor General’s report, about what to do about the Senate. It’s kind of the same talk parents have about an out of...
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  Back when I was a reporter covering the Richard Hatfield government I remember a day when it concluded that it couldn’t keep an election promise it had made. So they broke it. I can’t remember what the specific promise was,...
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  When a company or organization does something it shouldn’t, and its reputation has taken a hit, it’s usually because of a lapse in judgment. In these cases a sincere apology and a genuine effort to put things right is enough...
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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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  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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  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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I didn’t make it to the State of the Province speech. I was out of the country, but I did watch it online, and while it’s not the same as being there, it was pretty easy to see, even from...
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  Talk about your interesting case study in crisis communications - this Jian Ghomeshi story has it all. I mean, what a mix – a well-loved, high profile celebrity, the cornerstone of the CBC’s effort to appeal to younger listeners, a...
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  Policies and platforms are one thing but politics is also about people, and sometimes it takes good people and chews them up and spits them out. I felt for David Alward as he expressed disappointment and announced he would resign...
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When an NDP staffer disrupted Brian Gallant’s news conference by handing him a calculator wrapped in an orange ribbon yesterday, it was a successful hijacking of the Liberal leader’s event.  Proof is that she ended up being interviewed and became...
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  One of the cool things about the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, aside from the music, is that people who go inevitably reconnect with friends they haven’t seen in a while.  This has always been my experience, and it certainly...
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  Talk about conflicting interests. What’s a blues loving political junkie to do in a week like this? Been waiting for the first leaders debate and now I find it competes with Emilie-Claire Barlow’s Harvest kickoff show at the Playhouse tonight....
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  With the huge lead they had in the polls going into the campaign, this election was the Liberals to lose. It may still be, but I can’t imagine they are satisfied with the way the campaign has gone so far....
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