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  • Easily Done – Digital Download Manager for Previously Released ATIP files
    • As part of its Open Information policies, the Government of Canada provides access to previously released information packages that have been released under the Access to Information and Privacy Act. (ATIP) You can find these here – https://open.canada.ca/en/search/ati

      The goal of Open information is to provide easy access to all of the Government of Canada’s information. This provides Canadians[…]

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  • Easily Done – A Blog Series
    • The pandemic has certainly accelerated the adoption of technology to achieve a number of tasks and create efficiencies in the Government of Canada.  One only has to look at how quickly the government was able to onboard so many employees to working from home.  This is commendable.

      So while the Government of Canada are on this path of accelerated technological adoption I have decided to come up[…]

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  • Shouldn’t We All Be Students?
    • Shouldn’t We All Be Students?

      I am seeing a lot of “first day of school” pictures on social media today.

      They are all super cute but frightening at the same time.  Frightening in that seeing my contemporaries with children going off to university or college makes me feel really old.

      However, age really shouldn’t be a barrier to learning.  In today’s environment there is no reason why we all can’t be students. […]

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  • The Connect Public Affairs Story
    • The Connect Public Affairs Story

      When I first started out on my own, I called my business, ‘James F Miller Research, Intelligence, Strategy’.  It was pretty straightforward.  My name combined with what I did.  It was good for a while, but I soon realized it didn’t fully reflect my skillset.  (Not to mention, it was a mouthful.) So, I became determined to find a name that communicated all that I had to offer my clients.

      I[…]

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  • Why Must I Pay Attention For You?
    • Why Must I Pay Attention For You?

      I’m all for looking out for my fellow man but I also believe that it is important for people to look out for themselves.
      I notice a lot lately that people don’t seem to be concerned about this. They are too focused on their smart phones to pay attention to their surroundings or perhaps they are off deep in thought somewhere else.

      I am shocked by the numbers of people who walk out in front[…]

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  • From the People? – Maybe Now is the Time to Take A Better Look at Direct Democracy
    • So “For the People” has become Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s go to catchphrase. (replacing “Folks”) He claims that everything he does is “for the people”. Recently, he proclaimed that he has a mandate “from the people” to halve the number of council seats in the City of Toronto in the middle of the election campaign period. Well hold on now. “From the people” and “for the people”[…]

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  • When You Talk About Insiders, You Only Talk to Insiders
    • When You Talk About Insiders, You Only Talk to Insiders

      Ah yes, just as pumpkin-spiced lattes signal the arrival of fall, the endless bombardment of television and social media ads from our provincial politicians signal the arrival of another election campaign in Ontario.

      Unlike many Ontarians, I actually enjoy watching these ads, but then again, I am a bit of anomaly. I have been involved in a significant number of election campaigns across Canada and[…]

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  • The Conservative Party Leadership and a Wheelbarrow
    • The Conservative Party Leadership and a Wheelbarrow

      There has been significant coverage of all the “fake” (definitely in good place for word of the year) memberships that have been discovered throughout the Conservative Party leadership race. Candidates accuse each other of rigging the vote or better yet “vote buying”

      This scenario usually plays out in every political contest that requires a membership be purchased. I have seen it played[…]

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  • Lessons from the Dogs
    • Lessons from the Dogs

      Today warmed up to a balmy -18 C with the wind here in Ottawa so I got to go to the dog park with our two Miniature Schnauzers, Sadie and Clyde. They were so excited to get out of the house and the walk got rid of their restlessness. (You an only bark at squirrels for so long.)
      The walk was good for me too. I took my time to watch how excited Sadie and Clyde were to be out. By watching the dogs[…]

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