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For Father’s Day: lessons I learned from my Dad

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 13 years since my Dad died – he’s still such a big presence in my life. I think of him often and remember things he taught me that I use personally and professionally every day. I will admit that a few of those were grudging lessons. Being young and naive, I thought I knew how the world worked better than his generation and, on some levels I was right. But on most I was wrong. So, in honour of Father’s Day, here are some social media and business lessons I learned from my…

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Of Winnipeg and ice

The ‘Slurpee capital of the world’ has a frosty new title. According to a story in today’s Globe and Mail, Winnipeg’s River Trail outdoor skating rink, now sliding across both the Red and Assiniboine rivers, is longer (by distance) than the one on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. While there’s the usual griping over details – in this case length vs area; or -30 temperatures vs warming huts – it looks like Winnipeg has skated to the finish line as the champ. Congratulations, I say. In a city where frigidity is the norm, it’s better to embrace reality than consistently gripe about…

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A disconnect can be a good thing

I recently came back from visiting my Mom in Winnipeg. She still lives in the same house I grew up in, and being there is a bit of a time warp. What I mean is for five days I didn’t have access to my regular online fix. No high speed. Not even dial-up. If I wanted to plug in, I had to brave a -25 windchill and drop by a wireless cafe.* All this made me realize how Internet-dependent I’ve become. Addicted, really. When so many people could simply care less. For them, computers are a past-time, a way to…

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Socials

Where I come from (Winnipeg) and in other western cities, there’s a party tradition we call ‘socials’. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re essentially a pre-nuptials bash and work like this: an engaged couple has the right to purchase a liquor license, rent a hall, and throw a huge blow-out shindig. They invite all and sundry, get to charge admission, sell drinks and hopefully make some cash to help them get started in their new life. (They can get pretty crazy at times.) I thought of socials because of all the recent Toronto social media get-togethers – a chance…

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My Air Canada mobile e-boarding pass

…was unscanable at security and the gate. But they gave me the benefit of the doubt and let me through both times. I kind of wish they hadn’t. (Posted from my BB post-flight.)

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A Winnipeg intersection

Portage and Main? River and Osborne? Vaughan and Graham? In the past few days I’ve had a couple of close encounters of the Winnipeg kind with the city of my birth. It started Thursday evening at the Bachman Cummings concert. What a trip – down memory lane, that is. It was an amazing show. The songs, every one of them a solid hit, were brought to life by two 60-something rockers, in great shape and sounding as good as ever. They seemed to be having a lot of fun with each other, musically and otherwise. In one case Burton Cummings…

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(Not) leavin’ on a jet plane

If you’ve been to New York recently and happened to be flying out via LaGuardia, you’ve probably experienced a delay. Occasionally it’s short, often it can stretch in to a couple of hours or more. And an advance call to your airline doesn’t always help diminish your terminal time. Last summer, following a major rainstorm, a number of flights were cancelled and passengers on Air Canada were left to fend for themselves (mind you, if you have to be stranded overnight, Manhattan is the place to be). One of the reasons for the delays is that there are more flights…

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Truly understanding your market

I didn’t realize Winnipeg had earned the dubious distinction of being the ‘car-theft capital of Canada’. (I did know that during especially cold spells, people left their cars running and other people ‘borrowed’ them to avoid freezing.) But I guess if you were living there, the car-theft moniker is something you would have been all too familiar with. And, if I was planning any sort of car marketing program in Winnipeg, that little detail would have been easy to suss out. However, in yesterday’s Globe and Mail (subscription required), there was a story about how Ford of Canada had to…

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From the outside looking in

Sometimes it feels like Canada is decidedly second tier. By that I mean there are often cool new products launched in the U.S. that aren’t readily available on our side of the border. We hear about them, read about them, see what they do. We covet them but just don’t have the access. Today’s Toronto Star lists several of these technologies including: the iPhone, Kindle, Amazon’s book reader which I really want to try, and streamed TV series. Intellectual property negotiations aside, this is somewhat of a nostalgic situation for me. Growing up in pre-cable Winnipeg, there was a time…

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A passage of rites

When I was a kid in Winnipeg and my family went out for a drive, the radio was tuned to CBW, which I found a bit dry and dull (hey, there was no music, no Edison Lighthouse). But even at a young age I recognized that grown-ups liked CBC’s ‘content’. And I thought maybe CBC radio is a rite of passage, something you grow into and appreciate when you’re an adult. Which brings me to last week when I was lecturing on PR to a group of 3rd and 4th year students at the University of Windsor. I was curious…

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