Karen Cheng’s 2005 book, Designing Type, is the third of the recent books on typography I have received*. Of the three, it is the most technical, appealing to the typophile and design geek more than the average reader. But it’s also a ref… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Designing Type
Did you receive your “spring” newsletter from the town? The one delivered on the first day of summer (or later), lacking any actual news… yes, that one. To me it appears as clumsily formatted and poorly written as all the previous iss… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Uncommunicative again
Rudibus ex machina: criticizing Collingwood’s latest newsletter feels a bit like punching a puppy. Or commenting on the sloppy grammar of local bloggers. Both are far too easy, like catching fish in a barrel, and I feel guilty when I even think of doing it. But since your tax dollars are at work, it needs . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine
PHOTOS: Carbon capture: The oil company executive in the bow tie places the carbon in a bottle, which is then stored underground by his corporation for billions of dollars. Or something like that. If the bottle breaks, of course, we’re screwed! Actual carbon capture schemes may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Premier Rachel Notley, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta’s NDP needs to react more quickly, plus throw the Tories under the bus where they belong
This still happens. Some big content production – often a video, but also a text report or research piece – is ready to go and the powers-that-be want to make a big splash with it to ensure it gets the attention it so richly deserves. So they start planning a ‘launch’. And then they say . . . → Read More: cmkl: Stop talking to me about ‘launch’
The Conservatives were looking to the by-election in Conception bay South to break their losing streak.
As it seems now as voters in the district head to the polls on Wednesday, Premier Paul Davis is already conceding that CBS is heading Liberal. He spoke to reporters [CBC Here and Now, 40 mins in] after announcing . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mind-Numbing Sameness #nlpoli
This blog is cross-posted from my LPC(O) vice-president, communications web site. Please visit there to learn more about my campaign.
I first considered seeking the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) in February during the national biennial in Montreal. I boarded the train home considering the challenges we face . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Preparing Liberal activists to communicate to win in 2015
I am excited to announce I have decided to seek the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario).
There is tremendous opportunity for our party to move forward and accomplish great things for Canadians under our new leader, Justin Trudeau, but he can’t do it alone. He’s the hope — . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: I’m running for LPC(O) vice-president communications
Sometimes a comment is so profoundly revealing you just can’t let it slide by.
This one came from Milly Brown, the Premier’s communications director, in an exchange with Simon Lono on Twitter on Wednesday. And just so everyone knows up front, this is not from Milly’s personal account, if she has one. It’s a comment . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Taking nothing out #nlpoli
I wonder how many Manitobans have received an email from their Manitoba NDP MLA entitled “A Fairer Deal for Renters.” I wonder how many are as pissed off as I am about what it represents.
You may have seen information in your mailbox recently about Manitoba’s Fairer Deal for Renters.
Most of us . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Electioneering in the guise of consultation – it’s tawdry & cynical and has to stop!
Poor Jerome Kennedy.
They sent him out today to explain to reporters what the government got for its $150,000 audit by Fleishman-Hillard in later 2011.
Kennedy had a hard time explaining it.
He went all over the mass of talking points floating around in his head. he said – without a hint of a joke . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The $150K Communications Audit #nlpoli
Not even 24 hours after the Premier insisted that the daily layoffs would continue until finance minister Jerome Kennedy delivered his budget speech, Jerome issued a news release – at 1:30 PM – announcing that they would be holding off on further layoff announcements until he delivered the budget speech.
As it turned out, NTV’s . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No adult supervision #nlpoli
Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy | Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne
Omar Ha-Redeye will be provided coverage of the 2013 Leadership Convention as an accredited blogger.
How Wynne Just Lost My Support Jade Hip Hop Academy Opening Harinder Takhar is No Canadian Obama, but . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2013 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership
The Auditor General’s annual report on departments, agencies and Crown corporations doesn’t have any one bit that would kill any provincial administration.
What the report does contain is a collection of examples of fundamental rot within the administration. From the hiring problems at College of the North Atlantic, to lax inspections for liquor licenses and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Communications and Management Problems #nlpoli
After my original attempts to get Rogers to answer my questions via e-mail failed I posted my questions to Google Drive (originally Google Docs) and tweeted the location to them and finally got answers via Twitter, 140 characters at a time. That bro… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rogers and Me Part 2: When You Have A Monopoly I Guess You Don’t Have to Tell Your Customers What They Are Paying For
After my original attempts to get Rogers to answer my questions via e-mail failed I posted my questions to Google Drive (originally Google Docs) and tweeted the location to them and finally got answers via Twitter, 140 characters at a time.
That brought me to the next stage of the decision making process, which was . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rogers and Me Part 2: When You Have A Monopoly I Guess You Don’t Have to Tell Your Customers What They Are Paying For
I prefer to deal with companies using email because it allows me to carefully ask questions and carefully consider the answers before asking follow-up question, as well as providing a written record of the information received.
I was quite surprised to find that Rogers Communications, which considers itself to be the best Internet service . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Rogers and Me: Father Corporation Knows Best in Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
If the Brothers Grimm were alive today in Newfoundland and Labrador, they’d be politicians.
That’s because so much of politics these days is about fairy tales.
To be fair this isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s just that since 2003, the chief purveyors of fairy tales – the nationalists – have predominated. Danny Williams, the former . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why False Beliefs Persist #nlpoli
Watch the raw video of the Thursday news conference in which Premier Kathy Dunderdale, natural resource minister Jerome Kennedy, and finance minister Tom Marshall announced the end of a dispute with the companies developing the Hebron project.
Pay less attention to the details of the announcement itself than to the details of how they made . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: There’s always more to see if you look #nlpoli
A sign of the problems plaguing Kathy Dunderdale’s aging Conservative administration and their dramatic fall in the polls: she’s punted her communications director and hired a new one.
Lynn Hammond has the key job in the administration and it will fall on her shoulders to right the communications mess the Dunderdale Tories have been . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A change might be as good as a rest #nlpoli
Below is a copy of my letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, send today and copied to leaders of elected parties and selected MPs. May 29, 2012 The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin … Continue reading →
Premier Kathy Dunderdale seems to have a chronic problem of saying things that are not correct and also saying things she does not mean.
This is not just a poor imitation of George W. Bush. Kathy Dunderdale is in a league of her own.
Regular readers know some of the better examples:
a violation . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Comprehension Constant #nlpoli
Below is my appeal to newly-appointed Conservative senator and former Ottawa Police chief, Vernon White, to resign. I mailed the letter to the senator on March 14, 2012. On the same day, I started an indefinite hunger strike against the … Continue reading →
I delivered the letter yesterday afternoon. They wouldn’t let me hand in the letter in person. Said to sent it by mail. My MP, Paul Dewar (NDP, Ottawa Centre), saved the day. He delivered the letter on my behalf. The … Continue reading →
What? You expect me to be Premier EVERYDAY?
Thanks to the Vancouver Sun for linking this telling video where newly minted Director of Communications Sara MacIntyre tells reporters essentially that having answered questions yesterday, questions today were off limits. This brings back memories of an election not so long ago when media were . . . . → Read More: Christy Clark Will Answer Questions When She’s Damn Good and Ready, Thank You!