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John Laforet - Blog: Ford Has to Stop Making it Easy

It is safe to say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is under more pressure and is more vulnerable than he has been for the duration of his political career. Nominations for the 2014 municipal election open up in a few months and he would be wise to consider the implications that will have on him.

The . . . → Read More: John Laforet – Blog: Ford Has to Stop Making it Easy

John Laforet - Blog: Scandal Fatigue

Working in public relations and government relations requires a lot of reading, watching and listening to the news. Knowing what is being reported helps to shape the narratives we develop for our clients and the discussions we have on their behalf.

I like being on top of the news and between ‘as it happens’ media . . . → Read More: John Laforet – Blog: Scandal Fatigue

John Laforet - Personal Reflections: Reflections on Timothy Bosma

Since his disappearance earlier this month, virtually everyone in southern Ontario has come to know the name ‘Tim Bosma’. His name, face and images of the truck that brought the alleged suspects into his life have been plastered on TV screens, newspapers, websites, lamp posts and transit shelters.

While his family and friends anxiously waited . . . → Read More: John Laforet – Personal Reflections: Reflections on Timothy Bosma

John Laforet: Spring is Springing in Toronto

I am amazed we are already in to April! It’s nice that the days are beginning to get longer, the sun is glowing stronger and signs of life are coming back.

This morning I woke up just before 6am and for the first time this year I heard the songbirds singing outside my window. It . . . → Read More: John Laforet: Spring is Springing in Toronto

John Laforet: My Thoughts On Kathleen Wynne Being Elected Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party

I wrote a blog entry for Huffington Post two days before the Ontario Liberal Party delegate election meetings titled ‘Kathleen Wynne for the Ontario Liberal Leadership Win?‘. I summarized the reasons I thought Kathleen Wynne was best positioned among the six remaining candidates to win the Liberal Leadership. This isn’t and wasn’t an endorsement, but . . . → Read More: John Laforet: My Thoughts On Kathleen Wynne Being Elected Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party

John Laforet: Merry Christmas!

Another year is coming to an end, and in between time with family and friends I find myself reflecting on the year that was.

Although 2012 was a gloomy year with all the news of economic woe, personally it has been a very positive one. On the business front, I am happy with the challenges . . . → Read More: John Laforet: Merry Christmas!

John Laforet: John Laforet: Is 2013 Going To Be The Year of Three Premiers?

Dalton McGuinty has announced his intention to resign as Premier, once the Ontario Liberal Party chooses a successor for him, which is expected to happen at the end of January. Whomever wins McGuinty’s crown in 85 days, will be sworn in as Premier likely two or three weeks later.

With support for the Ontario . . . → Read More: John Laforet: John Laforet: Is 2013 Going To Be The Year of Three Premiers?

John Laforet: John Laforet: A Grounding End To My Sailing Season

It hit me earlier this week that the fall is here, and winter is coming, and that means I need to begin making plans to put my sailboat away until next spring. The season has been short and full of challenges related to owning a forty-five year old boat, so accepting it’s over for the . . . → Read More: John Laforet: John Laforet: A Grounding End To My Sailing Season

John Laforet: From the Broadview Blog: Introducing Broadview Strategy Group’s ‘The Broadview Report’

I just finished writing a blog entry for the Broadview Strategy Group blog on a new initiative we’re undertaking to provide public opinion research each month on a wide range of topical issues of the day. The first ‘Broadview Report’ will address the public’s perception of private zoos and aquaria in Ontario, including the much . . . → Read More: John Laforet: From the Broadview Blog: Introducing Broadview Strategy Group’s ‘The Broadview Report’

John Laforet: From The Broadview Blog: Turquoise #10 Envelopes Aren’t a Hot Item

I don’t have any burning topics I am waiting to write about today, so instead I thought I would post a link to a blog entry I wrote for Broadview Strategy Group earlier today on the trials and tribulations involved in seeking out a very specific colour of #10 business size envelopes.

It may be . . . → Read More: John Laforet: From The Broadview Blog: Turquoise #10 Envelopes Aren’t a Hot Item

John Laforet: My Day in Montreal

I’m sitting in the airport in Montreal and thought I would share a bit about my day as we wait to board.

The reason it took sixteen calls to get a hotel room in Montreal last night, became apparent today after perusing the local media. Montreal’s 32nd annual pride parade and NASCAR were both . . . → Read More: John Laforet: My Day in Montreal

John Laforet: 16th Time Was The Try For Finding a Hotel Room in Montreal Last Night

Has your significant other ever asked you if you could go somewhere for the weekend or even the day and you make the commitment to do it, before working out any of the details? That was me on Saturday afternoon, when I told my girlfriend we could take the train to Montreal that night, spend . . . → Read More: John Laforet: 16th Time Was The Try For Finding a Hotel Room in Montreal Last Night

John Laforet: Did You Know 95% of Blogs Are Abandoned?

This one was for nearly a year, until today!

I started blogging on my personal website http://laforet.ca in June 2008, but for a variety of reasons stopped in September 2011, when my work began being published on considerably more visible sites including Huffington Post Canada.

Blogging for me has never been about profit or self . . . → Read More: John Laforet: Did You Know 95% of Blogs Are Abandoned?