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The Week In PR In Canada Oct. 27-31

By Christie Adams / November 3, 2008

Whether we wanted to admit it or not, all eyes were turned to the election action south of the border last week.  Canada became involved with in the election’s final days when Quebec comedian Marc-Antoine Audette  prank-called  Sarah Palin by impersonating French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Depending on who you ask in the U.S.,  the joke […]

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Sinister Circus At Rideau Hall….There's A Joke There, But I'm Not Touching It

By Christie Adams / October 31, 2008

Rideau Hall, the Governor-General’s official Residence in Ottawa,  is inviting the community out for trick-or-treating tonight. Costumed revellers of all ages-does that mean we’ll see our MPPs dressed up as Batman?-can visit from 5PM to 8PM at the Hall’s Hallowe’en-themed Sinister Circus. I could say that describes what Parliament is like on a daily basis, […]

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Are People Wasting Time Online-Or Is It Time Well Wasted?

By Christie Adams / October 29, 2008

So Salary.com has released the results of its annual Wasting Time At Work survey, and,  not surprisingly,  nearly half the respondents (48 per cent) admit that surfing the net for personal use is their biggest time-waster at work. That’s an unfortunate blow to anyone trying to implement social media tools at work.  At first glance, […]

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A Moment Of Silence For Frank Magazine

By Christie Adams / October 29, 2008

The pioneer of vicious Canadian satire has died a quiet death. Frank magazine has announced that, due to a lack of readership, it will be discontinuing both its print and online editions. I reacted to this with a mixture of sadness and relief. Frank was a thorn in the side of anyone trying to reputation-manage […]

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Now Is The Time For PR Professionals To Prove Their Worth: H&K's Boyd Neil

By Christie Adams / October 23, 2008

Boyd Neil, Hill & Knowlton‘s Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, says the looming economic troubles means the time is now for public relations professionals to bring their unique talents to the corporate table. “There will be cuts,” he says matter-of-factly. “That’s because communications people, when cutbacks are threatened, tend to put their heads in the sand […]

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Knight Foundation has $5M for us to use tech for good

By Christie Adams / October 1, 2008

Want to use technology to make things better in your community? The Knight Foundation wants to hear from you. The 2009 Knight News Challenge wants the world to help improve the way news and information is shared in their communities, and it has $5 million to offer to make the most innovative ideas come to […]

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The Week In Canadian PR – 12/08/08

By Christie Adams / September 15, 2008

Here’s a look at what we discussed in the last week in Canadian Public Relations: Features: Car Free Day: VIA On Board, TTC, Not So Much Tory Mudslinging? Er, Not Quite Memo To The Khadrs: It Isn’t Going To Work News: TorontoTechWeek Announces Marketwire As Official Media Partner Metro News Bumps Circulation by 20,000 All-New […]

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The Blue Jays-So What Do You Do When The Team Starts To Win?

By Christie Adams / September 15, 2008

Don’t look now, but the Toronto Blue Jays seem to be on a roll. After muddling all summer, the Jays are just off a 10-game win streak , are only 6 ½ games back from the  American League wildcard spot, and are actually making a realistic run at the playoffs. The whole prospect must have […]

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