The Robert Dziekanski case

The officers failed to properly assess and respond to the situation effectively. Then they used too much force. Then they failed to administer CPR. Then the officers lied. Then their superiors and media relations officers lied...

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Advertisers make good advocates

The Age of Persuasion is a CBC radio show that I've always enjoyed.[1. Here's a link to a live stream of an episode on the branding and rebranding of sharks and other things.] Terry O'Reilly is the host and has…

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The Olympics versus Tiger Woods

Ages ago I wrote about how the brand of the Olympics is a safer investment than investing in a single athlete or even an entire team. Since I wrote that, a particularly high profile athlete has had a massive brand…

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Good research and racist comments

The study that inspired the racist comments, and this post, is interesting because it helps folks who have a hard time seeing racism understand that it's rampant in Canadian culture. The researchers sent off over 6000 resumes to potential employers…

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Challenges for the modern journalist

Okay. I've been very critical of journalists and newspapers that are getting it wrong on climate change: here and here and here. But you should know that I have moments of being more, well, sympathetic with the modern journalist. I…

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Fossil awards for Harper-Prentice Government

Jim Prentice and the Harper Government have earned Canada several Fossil Awards for the positions they have been putting forward in negotiations at Copenhagen. Actually, we're currently leading the scoreboard for total points. Hell. We took first place and second…

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Random ideas about Rex Murphy

The thing about Rex Murphy that troubles me is the way he calls his show "Cross-Country Checkup" but whenever I find myself listening I hear a representative from The Conference Board of Canada or the Fraser Institute. These guys (they…

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2010 Olympic branding challenge

Over thirty police officers were counted at Centennial Square on Friday during the No Olympics protest. That's not including the snipers that were reported to be on the rooftops or the officers on horseback or the officers that make up…

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An average Magazine

We made this piece last year. We picked up a magazine off of the shelf in our neighbourhood grocery store. Yikes. I am very interested in the way we shape people through media, especially advertising. What I find interesting about…

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