Category Archive for: Public Affairs

A Dark Day for PR

Global TV announced late last night that news anchor Leslie Roberts has been suspended over conflict of interest. In its statement, the station said: “At Global News we take matters of journalistic integrity very seriously.” As a result of being found out, Roberts has apparently resigned from a PR company in which he was secretly…

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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

Except that as one political cartoon from the Windsor Star said today, “Unfortunately they are armed with assault rifles these days.” Still, I for one believe that the pen will ultimately prove more powerful. Radical fundamentalism has won a skirmish. And sadly, the events of yesterday will not be the final battle. No doubt more…

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PR Wars

It seems not that long ago that we had entered what was thought to be a post war era in which international conflict on the scale of World War II could never again occur.  Militaries were downsizing and demobilizing.   In Canada one proposal to manage the massive cuts to our defense budget was to eliminate…

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Freedom of Speech — Sort of

It’s been an interesting week. Apparently the let-it-all-hang-out generation has discovered privacy and a few other things not quite so nice. The first news item that caught my attention was a report in a Wall Street Journal story by Daniel Henninger reporting on commencement cancellations at US Colleges. Seems Smith announced last Monday that Christine Lagarde, the French head…

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PR is not Propaganda

Georgiy Mamedov, Russian Ambassador to Canada  – I have a friend who is a teacher who thinks her profession is the most maligned.  My brother who is in real estate thinks he takes a lot of abuse.  Car salesmen have a bad rap.  And we all tell lawyer jokes.  But for all-out bad PR, PR…

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Sheep in a meadow

Scotland’s Shrinking Sheep

With one of our most important clients – William Grant & Sons, the legendary distillery – based in Scotland, I take great interest in all things Scottish.  Thus it was that my attention was piqued by a story that appeared a couple of years ago about the wild Soay sheep that occupy Hirta Island in the St. Kilda archipelago beyond…

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An Ode to Humanity

On the eve of both Easter and Passover, I thought it was worth remembering that every once in a while humanity does get things right.  Amidst all the killing and the raping, the pillaging of nature and our arrogant belief that we are the only species with divine privileges to the planet, we can, on occasion show a remarkable willingness do something…

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Rodin's the Thinker

Politically Correct

The New York Times Sunday Book Review reported on Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind” (Pantheon Books) which explores the challenge of persuasion.  Haidt’s goal is to enhance political discourse by encouraging two sides of the debate – liberals and conservatives – to hear one another, but the book holds important insights for all of us engaged…

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Wild Horses

They Don’t Kill Horses

As the rest of the world increasingly seeks out entertainment through a video screen, I continue to be fascinated by live theatre.  I see almost anything I can from the Toronto Fringe Festival, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Buddies in Bad Times to major Mirvish and Dancap productions.  I am mesmerized by them all, even when I think they’re…

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Fashion Statements

I am a closet fashionista – I confess.  There is an intended double entendre there in case you missed it.  For me, fashion is a guilty pleasure.  I take fashion magazines like Vogue and Bazaar home hidden in serious business journals in the same way some people read secret romance novels in brown paper bags on the subway.  I grew…

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