Sunday sight: Seals’ debt problems

Sunday sight: Seals' debt problems
A visit to Washington, DC wouldn’t be complete (for anyone interested in news) without popping into the Newseum. Probably the most up-to-date museum you’ll ever visit (Comey’s firing & covfefe are already integrated), it also has some notable artifacts, like a section of the Berlin Wall. A trip to @Newseum highly recommended for #IABC17 delegates. Highlight: ...

2016 Canadian social media statistics

2016 Canadian social media statistics
Dave Scholz of Leger @dave_sholz and Alex Sévigny of McMaster University @alexsevigny presented 2016 Canadian social media usage data at the March 2, 2016 Canadian Public Relations Society – Toronto event. Here are the highlights: [<a href=”//storify.com/dibegin/cprsto-social-media-reality-check-3-0″ target=”_blank”>View the story “#CPRSTO: Social Media Reality Check 3.0” on Storify</a>]

My refugee experience

My refugee experience
On a Friday this summer, I received a phone call that set off a chain of unexpected events. A refugee from Iran was arriving the following Wednesday and needed a home. “Why not?” I thought. I’d sort of forgotten that I had volunteered – almost a year back, should the need arise – with a ...

Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister

Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister
Last year at a screening of all 77 or so Heritage Minutes, one stood out. It’s the one where a Chinese man volunteers to place explosives while building the railroad. Most others generated some sort of audience reaction, but for that one – silence. Our dark Canadian history is not often evident. That video was ...

How do you pronounce Québec?

How do you pronounce Québec?
I was 19 or 20 before I realized the song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” might have French in it. “Que” en français isn’t “kay.” In fairness, “que” doesn’t have an obvious anglo sound. But as someone who learned French before English, until the lyrics were spelled out, the connection to French didn’t occur to ...

Medical marijuana PR

Medical marijuana PR
Over the last while, since the Canadian “courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician,” I’ve had a number of conversations with colleagues about communications surrounding the medical marijuana industry. What has come to my mind is the 1936 film Reefer Madness, described on IMDB as Cautionary tale features a ...

Making time for the Trans Canada Trail

Making time for the Trans Canada Trail
“Life is not defined by the amazing ecstatic moments, it’s defined by what is in between.” Rev. Brent Hawkes The first time my little sister went camping she was 2 weeks old. Even though we were very close to nature living on a farm, our weekends we were often even closer. While some people can’t ...

The French do it, but never the English 2

The French do it, but never the English
When I was a teen we could get away with using a certain word (particularly as an adjective) in French, but in English you could never say it. It was like how you’d see nudity on the French version of He Shoots, He Scores, but it was missing in the English version. That notorious word ...

Language: A rewarding but complex gift

The first time I hear a friend speak in a different language to someone else is really like a moment of awe for me. That friend can tell you that they speak Mandarin but until you hear him or her chat with someone else – maybe even share a laugh – it changes things a ...