Justin Smallbridge Clip File

U.S. production helps BC film business bounce back to blockbuster level

Canadian Press, March 22, 2015

Superheroes and sci-fi adventurers are coming to the rescue of British Columbia’s film and TV industry despite dire predictions that it was heading for an unhappy ending.

New rules for tailings ponds based on findings from Mount Polley collapse

Canadian Press, March 19, 2015

The disastrous collapse of the Mount Polley tailings pond in B.C.’s interior has spurred changes to provincial environmental requirements for mines with similar dams.

First Nation lawsuit that could have far-reaching impact on development

Canadian Press, March 5, 2015

A chemical fire at Vancouver’s port was declared fully extinguished Thursday night after burning for more than 24 hours, allowing investigators to start their work to determine what ignited it.

UBC obtains religious document from 1245

Canadian Press, February 4, 2015

770-year-old papal bull resource for historians and scholars.

Ugly Christmas sweaters holiday’s new tradition

Canadian Press, December 7, 2014

Ho-ho-hideous for the holidays.

Mad Picker moves merchandise with eclectic auction

Canadian Press, November 21, 2014

It’s the mother of all closet clean-outs.

New Vancouver opera tackles bullying

Canadian Press, October 30, 2014

Shane Koyczan’s journey from victim to tormentor to redemption.

Researchers probe HMS Erebus wreck in Arctic

Canadian Press, October 17, 2014

168-year search ends; reconstruction and detective work begin.

Investors gather for marijuana conference in Vancouver

Canadian Press, May 7, 2014

Not your typical Vancouver gathering of marijuana enthusiasts.

Digitizing the Don

CBC Arts Online, May 31, 2005

How the Godfather movie trilogy is going interactive.

City University of Hong Kong offers collaborative learning

Newsweek International, October 4, 2004

Nothing much to add to that hed, really.

India a key competitor for BC technology work

Business In Vancouver, April 6, 2004

Outsourcing debated at BCTIA roundtable.

The comforts of home entertainment

Newsweek International, September 22, 2003

Challenges for installing public art in Victoria

Citytv without Moses

Marketing Magazine, February 24, 2003.

What does the station stand for without the man who was its brand?

Shania Twain’s twin CD release

National Post, December 19, 2003.

Up! features pop and country versions of the same songs.


National Post, October 8, 2003.

Hockey Night theme, Canada's other anthem, gets an official recording.

Planet Africa’s ground control

National Post, September 12, 2003.

TIFF Programmer chooses films from large, diverse continent.

He’d make the boss a brand booster

National Post, August 26, 2003.

Ted Matthews believes a company’s brand is too important to be left to the marketing department.

The short answer

National Post, August 12, 2003.

Relationships between clients and advertising agencies are getting shorter.

Is advertising a dead language?

National Post, July 29, 2003.

A new book by Al and Laura Reis maintains that ads are not the most effective communication tool for building brands; public relations does a better job.

It’s funny how some ads work

National Post, July 22, 2003.

Does humor make advertising effective, or just funny?

Splendor in the grass

Canadian Business, July 8, 2003.

For summertime fun, croquet’s okay.

Learn to write a bestseller in ten easy steps

Marketing Magazine, May 6, 2002.

Or buy a polite “doesn’t meet our needs at this time” for $50.

Tech babble

Marketing Magazine, November 12, 2001.

They’ve got a different word for everything, and none of it makes any sense.

CBC’s new hipness hurts

Marketing Magazine, August 27, 2001.

The latest efforts from Razorfish try too hard to pull The National into the world of cool.

Think polyester leisure suit

Marketing Magazine, May 14, 2001.

If you want to sell clothes, why evoke an era defined capital-U ugly?

How to be dumb

Marketing Magazine, March 28, 2001.

The record industry may have beaten back Napster, but at the cost of alienating its best customers.

The Midas touch

Marketing Magazine, February 26, 2001.

No company is worth a second look until Gerry Schwartz tries to buy it.

If you don’t have anything to say, sing it

Marketing Magazine, December 18, 2000.

Aubergine? I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.

The gray flannel fixation

Marketing Magazine, October 30, 2000.

What is it about the advertising business that movie and television writers find so bewitching?

The wealth of Wallin

National Post, September 16, 2000

Broadcaster trusts friend with life savings.

Mr. Smith’s corporate illusion

National Post Business Magazine, September, 2000

Gordon Smith is a film special-effects virtuoso who gets rave reviews from filmmakers like Oliver Stone. He’s a great artist. He’s just not so sure he wants to be a businessman.

What is reality?

Marketing Magazine, August 28, 2000

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet in the quest for reality TV concepts.

Poetry to soothe the creative soul

Marketing Magazine, June 26, 2000

T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost provide copy for two campaigns; an observer wanes poetic.

Takes one to know one

Marketing Magazine, May 8, 2000

The academic ad critics on Mental Engineering commit every sin they castigate marketers for.

New York stories

Marketing Magazine, March 27, 2000

Two new books demonstrate how culture and marketing melted into one lukewarm soup.

Revolution is just a t-shirt away

Marketing Magazine, February 21, 2000

Doesn’t the marketing of No Logo undercut the book’s anti-consumption point?

Dear Bob

Marketing Magazine, November 15, 1999

What the new CBC boss should — but won’t — do to fix our national broadcaster.

Woodstunk? Wankstock? Worsestock?

Marketing Magazine, September 6, 1999

What the new CBC boss should — but won’t — do to fix our national broadcaster.

Face to face at the Vancouver Art Gallery

nextmonet.com, September  1999

Exhibition surveys 400 years of portraiture.

Play that funky music

Marketing Magazine, July 5, 1999

Why Gen-X channel-surfers are blasé about the use of ’70s hits in advertising.

New KISS on the block

Marketing Magazine, June 24, 1999

The switch from new country to CHR repudiates the CRTC’s original decision.

Wrong number

Marketing Magazine, May 24, 1999

Bell’s baffling new commercials say more about the telco’s mindset than it knows.

Building a better magazine law

Marketing Magazine, March 1, 1999

If Shania Twain’s music is Canadian, why not Vanity Fair’s content?

Some restrictions apply

Marketing Magazine, January 25, 1999

The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.

Garbage in, garbage out

Marketing Magazine, January 3, 1999

Advertising and computers were made for each other.

Too much of a good thing

Marketing Magazine, November 9, 1998

Nike’s trip-up should be a warning to those who’s use saturation marketing.

Advertising about advertising

Marketing Magazine, September 28, 1998

In our commercial culture, the rise of reflexiveness as a creative trope was inevitable.

King Kingwell™

Marketing Magazine, June 1, 1998

What’s next for the ubiquitous doctor of philosophy and pop culture guru? How about his own advertising agency?

Defining all that is Canada

Marketing Magazine, May 4, 1998

Molson Canadian’s latest ads have nailed our schizophrenic national identity.

Front of the line

Marketing Magazine, April 20, 1998

Newspapers are working hard to treat advertisers like VIPs without abandoning editorial integrity.

Flaming Brûlé

Marketing Magazine, March 16, 1998

Tyler Brûlé’s recipe for publishing success seems ethically suspect. So why the praise?

Cable consternation

Marketing Magazine, February 9, 1998

Selling TV in a country where people huddle indoors for half the year shouldn’t be this hard.

Sample and scold

Marketing Magazine, December 1, 1998

Negativland thinks Pepsi is wily, maybe evil. Better that than irrelevant or boring.

We’re number three. We don’t try at all.

Canadian Business, November 28, 1997

KVOS isn’t like other Canadian TV. People actually watch it.

Advice for Mr. Black

Marketing Magazine, November 10, 1998

What advertisers hope for if Hollinger’s boss green lights a national daily.

When to extend

Marketing Magazine, November 10, 1998

Brand extension is more than pasting a daily’s logo on another product.

Rating ratings

Marketing Magazine, October 27, 1998

The new TV violence code doesn’t really change anything. Is that why advertisers like it?

Canadian Business ups the ante

Marketing Magazine, September 29, 1997

The magazine’s gamble of going twice monthly is paying off handsomely.

Internet security

Newsweek International, September 15, 1997

Locking out digital thieves and vandals.

Internet advertising

Newsweek International, September 15, 1997

Targeting specific web users.

The Howard has landed

Newsweek International, September 15, 1997

Why the outcry over Howard Stern’s Canadian debut? Other media sold out long ago.

The Howard has landed

Marketing Magazine, September 15, 1997

Why the outcry over Howard Stern’s Canadian debut? Other media sold out long ago.

Going to extremes

Marketing Magazine, July 21, 1997

The decade’s most overused ad cliché sounds a little stupider each time it’s used.

Steal from this book

Marketing Magazine, May 26, 1997

Why Mondo Canuck should be required reading for Canadian advertising creatives.

Special TV relationships

Marketing Magazine, May 12, 1997

Marketers are finding that becoming part of the programming itself offers the biggest payoff from their cable sponsorships.

Anchors away

Elm Street, May 1997

Seven Canadian broadcast journalists talk abut why they flew the coop and went south. And it’s not just the money, honest — they love it there.

Think global, fake local

Canadian Business, April 1997

Bill Hayes is the secret weapon for radio stations across Canada He sounds exactly like your local disk jockey. Except he’s better. And far, far cheaper.

How I quit the government and learned to ban the bomb

Canadian Business, March 1997

Former civil servant Doug Hallett has proven his revolutionary Destructor can get rid of toxic waste. Can it do the same for chemical weapons?

Blurring the line

Canadian Business, February 10, 1997

Franchisees of US parent publications are further eroding the distinction between Canadian and American magazines.

Waiting for lift-off

Canadian Business, January 20, 1997

With all the delays in launching Canadian direct-to-home satellite TV, it’s no wonder marketers aren’t paying much attention. But DTH’s potential impact is too great to ignore completely.

Corporate rock rules

Canadian Business, November 11, 1996

There’s a long tradition of using rebel music in ads. But its backfire potential is huge.

Mr. Rogers’ country

Canadian Business, November 4, 1996

He faces many challenges, but nobody is in more Canadian media than Ted Rogers.

Cable cult hit lands in Canada

The Globe and Mail, October 12, 1996

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is cheaply-made, funny, critically-acclaimed series in the U.S. Now it’s seeking new frontiers.

Building a bargain basement home theater cult hit lands in Canada

The Globe and Mail, October 12, 1996

Popular new surround-sound systems notwithstanding, video lovers on a budget can vastly improve the cinematic experience by connecting an existing stereo to a regular VCR.

The page boys

Canadian Business Technology, Fall 1996

The young minds behind Toronto’s hottest Web design firm are lousy showmen, but never mind. They can teach your page tricks your competitors can only dream about.

The page boys

Canadian Business Technology, Fall 1996

The young minds behind Toronto’s hottest Web design firm are lousy showmen, but never mind. They can teach your page tricks your competitors can only dream about.


Marketing Magazine, August 19, 1996

McCain’s ads are so lame they’re poised on the verge of some weird kind of greatness.

Say cheese?

Marketing Magazine, July 1, 1996

Trying to make sense of the Dairy Farmers’ dazed and confusing cheese campaign.

Fast-lane culture

Maclean’s, June 19, 1996

Book review: Polaroids From The Dead by Douglas Coupland.

Building a better mousetrap

Canadian Business Technology, Summer 1996

After drawing on Canadian talent for years, Disney is finally opening two new studios north of the border. Is Canada going to become the next Burbank of animation? Or just the next Korea?

Late breaking news

Shift, June 1996

More insomniacs get their news from World News Now than from any other source.

Think global, act loco

Canadian Business, June 1996 [cover story]

It’s weird, it’s cheap, and as its on-air personalities endlessly insist, Citytv is everywhere.


Marketing Magazine, May 24, 1996

The fundamental flaw at the core of Adbusters’ culture-jamming stance.

Taking out the trash

Canadian Business Technology, Spring 1996

Bill Clinton thinks attaching a V-chip to every TV set will help save the family. People who’ve actually used it aren’t so sure.

The patient is always right

Canadian Business, March 1996

The success of a newly merged hospital in London, Ont., can teach a thing or two about customer service to other public institutions — and to private business as well.

Dudley is no dud

Maclean’s, February 19, 1996

Children love the goofy Canadian dragon.

Life in the slow lane

Maclean’s, December 11, 1995

Book review: Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car by Heather Robertson.

Telephone terrorist

Canadian Business, December 1995

“Take your brain out of your head,” my new boss advised. “Drop it on your desk, pick up the phone and start dialing.” Working in a broker/dealer boiler room.

He did it his way

Maclean’s, November 20, 1995

Book review: Sinatra! The Song Is You by Will Friedwald.

Master of the game

Canadian Business, July 1995 [cover story]

Chris Gray and the programmers at video game producer Gray Matter write code that’s building an industry bigger than the movies.


Maclean’s, June 26, 1995 

Book review: Microserfs by Douglas Coupland.

“Always let the lady download first…”

Canadian Business Technology, Spring 1995 

Etiquette on the Internet.

A race to the home

Maclean’s, February 27, 1995 

Cable, satellite and telephone companies battle for control of the small screen.

His star also rises

Maclean’s, December 5, 1994 

Book review: Hemingway: The Toronto Years by William Burrill.

Toying with minds

Maclean’s, November 7, 1994 

Book review: The Monkey Puzzle Tree by Elizabeth Nickson.

How a TV channel came to Life

The Globe and Mail, November 8 and December 27, 1994 

Two-part story about the development and launch of the Life Network cable channel.

Civil war within

Maclean’s, October 24, 1994 

Book review: Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai.

Quirky Quarrington

Maclean’s, October 3, 1994 

An author fills his books and movies with likable eccentrics.

Kinetic artist

Maclean’s, September 12, 1994 

Art star Robert Longo turns to the big screen, directing Johnny Mnemonic.

Fiction’s ringmaster

Maclean’s, September 5, 1994 

John Irving’s new novel, A Son of the Circus, teems with crazy life (profile).

Serial killer novel cuts the ice

The Globe and Mail, July 9, 1994 

Book review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

White Shark

The Globe and Mail, July 25, 1994 

Book review: White Shark by Peter Benchley.

Ren & Stimpy’s big corporate takeover

Saturday Night, April 1994 

How a manic Canadian cartoonist conceived, directed and ultimately lost control of two of television’s most animated characters.

Finding humor and maintaining standards

The Globe and Mail, April 23, 1994 

Book review: Municipal Bondage by Henry Alford and If You’re Talking To Me, Your Career Must Be In Trouble by Joe Queenan.

The mild bunch rides again

The Globe and Mail, January 26, 1994 

Some might scoff at the resurrection of a sitcom that ended its five-year run 20 years ago. But The Brady Bunch endures, this time as an affectionate satire.

Canada and me

The Globe and Mail, December 31, 1993 

Michael Moore switches his sights from Flint, Michigan, to a fictional feature poking fun about Canadian anxiety about big brother U.S.A.

The sweater girl

Saturday Night, December 1993 

Meryn Cadell is not a comedian.

Bedtime reading

Saturday Night, June 1993 

Valerie Gibson wrote the book on being a cougar before the term existed.

A pig-out for Irving fans

The Globe and Mail, May 29, 1993 

Valerie Gibson wrote the book on being a cougar before the term existed.

Zooming in on what went wrong at the CBC

The Globe and Mail, April 23, 1993 

Book review: Fade To Black: A Requiem for the CBC by Wayne Skene.


Saturday Night, April 1993 

To gain a foothold in the New York jazz scene, Renee Rosnes followed in giants’ steps. Now she’s making tracks of her own.

Failed expeditions into the heart of lonely Hunter

The Globe and Mail, March 1, 1993 

Three biographies of Hunter S. Thompson were published almost simultaneously. Only one was worth reading.

Back to the tedious future

The Globe and Mail, February 3, 1993 

What’s more annoying than the magazine Mondo 2000? Mondo 2000, the book.

The rhythm method

Saturday Night, April 1992 

The Dream Warriors spin some old themes into an altogether new kind of rap music.

Hip-hop around the clock

Toronto Life, November 1990 

Maestro Fresh-Wes’s rhapsody in black.



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