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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
    • 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[…]

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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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  • First You Need to Know Where to Look
    • First You Need to Know Where to Look

      Many of the departments of the Canadian government conduct public opinion polling on a regular basis. This could be done to determine the effectiveness of a particular advertising campaign, as part of program evaluation or to gauge citizen’s views on potential future policies.

      For anyone who’s business is affected by government policy or regulation, (and that’s most businesses these days),[…]

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  • Do Your Homework!
    • Do Your Homework!

      With the return of classes I am sure a number of you will need to frequently use the line “Do Your Homework!” in order to ensure that all of the students in your family will succeed.

      Ah yes, the dreaded struggle that students face with the beginning of the school year. It can seem overwhelming that you would have to do work at home as well as in the classroom. “Haven’t we spent enough time on[…]

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  • 3 Small Words
    • 3 Small Words

      Oh I am sure by now you will have read more than enough analysis of “what went wrong with Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC’s?” I am also sure that there will be a steady stream still to come as we begin the leadership process. Here’s one more, but I just want to talk about 3 small words. They may be small but they would have made a significant difference.

      There has been a lot of comparison between the[…]

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  • Enough about Senate Scandals already!! Let’s not forget Robocalls!
    • Enough about Senate Scandals already!!  Let’s not  forget Robocalls!

      We have recently been overwhelmed by story after story about the plague of the recent Senate spending scandals with even more to come I am sure. Oh sure this makes for a good read as we see where every penny our taxpayer money gets spent in some questionable manner.  But really, we need to get past this and look deeper into a more ominous and potentially costly (politically and financially) scandal[…]

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