Premier Dix?



I’m a westerner, having grown up in Vancouver and spending many years in the Okanagan before landing in Ontario. Way back, I was a post secondary education activist, fighting to protect BC’s tuition freeze. The BC NDP had asked me to run in the election that saw Gordon Campbell’s Liberals swept into power – but even though the party was right, the timing was wrong for me and my little kids. I railed against Campbell’s policies, publicly, for post secondary education and other matters. And he did what we feared: He pulled a Mike Harris on us. Complete tuition deregulation.

Now, just weeks away from BC’s election – which could coincide with a possible Ontario provincial election – it sure looks like Adrian Dix will be Premier.

And I’m okay with that.

This is not a great start to a reputation building campaign


Not sure how this story got “front page ink” on the Globe given everything else going on in the world today (but I think I know). Also, not sure why the PR guy would want to talk about this in the first place. Dumb strategy and it will backfire.

My favourite part of the story is where Brian Howlett says that people don’t like lawyers because their “intelligence level and confidence may be a…turnoff.”  Nope, don’t think that’s it.

But by all means, launch a PR campaign two years in the making and then talk to the media about it. Yeah, that always works.

More from Warren Kinsella, here.

I guess he really didn’t come back for you


Words that make me crazy


Or, otherwise known as: For the love of God, irregardless isn’t a word!

I spend a lot of my time writing, reading and editing. Many non-words are commonly used and many people believe they’re actually words. They’re not. They’re made up. And people like me cringe when we hear them. After irregardless, my second biggest word pet peeve is agreeance. I hear this in meetings occasionally and from tv commentators, and from people with multiple degrees. Again, not a word.

Here are some more:

1. Administrate: A back-formation of administration and an unnecessary extension of administer

2. Commentate: A back-formation of commentator and an unnecessary extension of comment

3. Dimunition: Erroneous; the correct form is diminution (think of diminutive)

4. Exploitive: A younger, acceptable variant of exploitative

5. Firstly: As with secondly and thirdly, erroneous when enumerating points; use first and so on

6. Heighth: Rarely appears in print, but a frequent error in spoken discourse (Why isn’t heightmodeled on the form of depthlength, and width? Because it doesn’t shift in spelling and pronunciation from its associated term, tall, like the others, which are derived from deeplong, andwide, do. Neither do we say or write weighth.)

7. Irregardless: An unnecessary extension of regardless on the analogy of irrespective but ignoring that regardless, though it is not an antonym of regard, already has an antonymic affix

8. Miniscule: A common variant of minuscule, but widely considered erroneous 

9. Orientate: A back-formation of orientation and an unnecessary extension of orient 

10. Participator: Erroneous; the correct form is participant 

11. Preventative: A common and acceptable variant of preventive 

12. Societal: A variant of social with a distinct connotation (for example, “social occasion,” but “societal trends”)

13. Supposably: An erroneous variant of supposedly

14. ‘Til: Also rendered til and till, an clipped form of until that is correct but informal English; use the full word except in colloquial usage

15. Undoubtably: An erroneous variant of undoubtedly

H/T to PR Daily for always posting fun and informative stuff!

And we wonder why people are cynical about politics

This, this and this. Oh, and this, this and this, too.

All of these stories could be found on at 6:28 pm. And what do they all have in common? Allegations of politicians and governments doing the wrong thing. People are sick and tired of the political elite being held to different rules than the rest of us – and rightly so.

Perhaps it’s the Rob Ford effect but it seems to me that there’s an abundance of rule breaking in politics these days.

Take inspiration where you can find it.

I fucking love this.