Calandra’s Tears

On September 26, 2014, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported that, “The prime minister’s parliamentary secretary has apologized for responding to NDP (New Democratic Party) Leader Tom Mulcair’s questions on Canada’s mission in Iraq this week with an attack on the NDP position on Israel. A teary Paul Calandra rose after question period Friday to […]

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Scotland Votes

The votes were counted in the Scottish referendum on independence on September 18th, and the nays had it – Scotland would remain part of the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future.   The last few days of campaigning were hectic, as both sides appeared to be in a statistical dead-heat.   Indeed, the government and […]

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Football Players Striking Women

National Football League (NFL) players are paid to hit other football players.   They are not paid to hit women.   NFL executives are paid to promote the League as good corporate citizens.   They are not, or should not be, paid to protect thugs in their employ.   On September 11, 2014, CNN reported […]

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Delivering Canada’s Messages

There is a difference between managing and mismanaging communication strategies. To manage a proper communication strategy, an organization must strike a balance between having spokespersons adhere to given lines and policies, yet be allowed to express policies and messages in creative and innovative ways. Micromanaging the delivery of messages is counterproductive to the interests of any […]

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Delivering Canada’s Messages

There is a difference between managing and mismanaging communication strategies. To manage a proper communication strategy, an organization must strike a balance between having spokespersons adhere to given lines and policies, yet be allowed to express policies and messages in creative and innovative ways. Micromanaging the delivery of messages is counterproductive to the interests of any […]

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Mexico’s Next Challenge

On August, 2014, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico initiated, and the Mexican Congress approved,  major reforms in the energy sector that would open it up to foreign participation for the first time since the oil industry was nationalized in 1938 by the government of President Lazaro Cardenas. On August 7, 2014, […]

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Cyberintimacy

Nothing in cyberspace is private. Once posted, words and images are there forever. The best example of this is the recent publication of nude photos of a number of female celebrities on-line. Sometimes the subjects themselves post such photos. Sometimes others who were at one point trusted by the subjects post them. Why people record […]

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Another Red Line

Can we all agree on one thing – that the Obama communications team has a political tin ear? On June 1, 2014, President Barack Obama said “I have also directed Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Holder to identify additional actions my administration can take on our own, within my existing legal authorities, to do what […]

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Malaysian Airlines — Are They Crazy?

Karl Marx once said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” On September 4, 2014, ABC news reported that “Malaysia Airlines has scrapped the title of a competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their “bucket list,” acknowledging it was inappropriate given the two deadly disasters it has suffered this year.¨ […]

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