• Print media, the brain, and Canada Post

    Canada Post has had its troubles in recent years, largely because of the shift from paper to electronic transactions. The federal corporation’s annual reports show volumes dropping from 10.8 billion pieces of mail in 2009 to 8.9 billion in 2015. Your friends don’t send many Christmas cards any more, and your credit card company wants to send your statements on line. As part of a survival[...]

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    Video and the News Consumer

    The Digital News Report 2016, published by the Reuters Institute this past June, explores changing patterns of news consumption in 26 countries based on interviews with more than 50,000 people. As you’d expect, the 124-page report has news about the rise of digital news (64 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 get their news primarily online) and, in Canada especially, the decline of print. [...]

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    First, Talk to Them.

    Over 15 years and more, Main Street has generated a big chunk of our income through the use of one phrase: “You should talk to people before you try to do that.” B.C.’s recent history is littered with project proposals and policy proposals that ended badly or have suffered damaging and expensive setbacks. Mines, pipelines, run-of-river power, gravel pits, waste incinerators. A harmonized [...]

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