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.
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.
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:
6. Heighth: Rarely appears in print, but a frequent error in spoken discourse (Why isn’t heightmodeled on the form of depth, length, and width? Because it doesn’t shift in spelling and pronunciation from its associated term, tall, like the others, which are derived from deep, long, andwide, do. Neither do we say or write weighth.)
H/T to PR Daily for always posting fun and informative stuff!
All of these stories could be found on NationalNewsWatch.com 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.