Industries

Mar 20, 2009
The Tech Pendulum: Fear and Greed
Brent Holliday

In January you may have missed the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, celebrated American writer. One of his more famous stories was “The Pit and the Pendulum,” a gruesome tale about a dungeon made of a deep pit and...

Mar 20, 2009
Micro-Philanthropy: Think Small
Bob Rennie

The days of the “big give” philanthropist are over. And that’s a good thing. I am writing this month’s column aboard an early morning Air Canada flight bound for Toronto. The purpose of my trip is to have dinner with Matthew Teitelbaum, director of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), tour the gallery’s new $250-million Frank Gehry extension and view an installation by Kerry James Marshall currently on loan from the Rennie Collection.

Mar 20, 2009
How to Keep your Message Credible
J Bucher

Public relations professionals may, gulp, hold the answer: few are better at dancing lightly around the snares of irrelevance, imprecision and even untruth. This month we take advice from Shawn Hall, president of the Canadian Public Relations Society; Alyn Edwards, vice-president of Peak Communicators Inc.; and Norman Stowe, managing partner...

Mar 20, 2009
Art Goes Postal
J Bucher

Whether a postage stamp is Art with a capital A, it’s hard to say. For one, it’s so small you can barely see it. But what a stamp gives away in size it regains in abundance and reach. For an artist, this creates an interesting quandary: given the choice, would...

Mar 20, 2009
A Fish Story
Peter Severinson

The Queen of England and the Pope couldn’t sit down and work this thing out.” Those were Bob Wright’s parting words when he quit the Pacific Salmon Commission about a decade after he signed up to help Canada negotiate a...

Mar 19, 2009
Big Bodyguards for Isohunt's Gary Fung
Tony Wanless

When confronted by a huge and aggressive competitor, most small business operators simply fold up and go away. But not Gary Fung, 25, of Richmond. He turns the aggression into a marketing moment. Fung runs a small company called IsoHunt...

Mar 12, 2009
Rekindling Reading
Tony Wanless

So, I’ve been watching the development of the eReader for a decade. After years of fits and starts, it looks like the era of the eReader has finally arrived. It took the release of the Kindle by Amazon to put the gadget in everyday consciousness. Granted that might still be the...

Mar 12, 2009
Olympic Clapping Hordes
Peter Severinson

I have to admit, I thought everything there was to be said about the Olympics had been. But in our March issue veteran Vancouver city reporter Frances Bula makes an oh-so-satisfying addition to the discussion. The article argues that whatever you believed first about the Olympics is what you will continue to believe – regardless of any contradictory evidence. I highly recommend this great read, realizing full well that I'm shilling my own publication here.

Mar 9, 2009
A New World of Choice
Tony Wanless

Affluence creates so many choices, he said, that it’s almost impossible to make a “right” decision. One result of too much choice is the rise of the person who will help you make that choice. Because we have too many options that take up all our time and energy, we let...

Mar 5, 2009
The Dirty PR Battle Over "Clean Coal"

Some of the facts are indisputable: The burning of coal hastens global warming because it releases carbon dioxide. It also leads to acid rain and air pollution. And as the green movement gains in momentum, the coal industry is faced with an uphill PR battle.

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