William Shatner continues to boldly go wherever he possibly can.
Canadian Press, April 1, 2015
There are a few constants in William Shatner’s career: he will always be working, he will always be mocked — not least by himself — and he will always be James T. Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise.
Abbott questions scrapping Treaty Commissioner job
Canadian Press, March 27, 2015
The man whose job was pulled from under him as the head of the B.C. Treaty Commission says if Premier Christy Clark thinks the treaty process is broken, he’d jump at the chance to help fix it.
BC conservation area expands, helping protect dozens of pieces
Canadian Press, March 26, 2015
There’s nowhere else in Canada like the sage steppes of British Columbia's southern Interior.
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.
Chemical fire out at Vancouver port as investigation begins
Canadian Press, March 6, 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.
First Nation lawsuit that could have far-reaching impact on development
Canadian Press, March 5, 2015
UBC obtains religious document from 1245
Canadian Press, February 4, 2015
770-year-old papal bull resource for historians and scholars.
Autism service dog means independence for family
Canadian Press, December 26, 2014
Pepe means the Kaler family can do all kinds of things they couldn’t imagine previously.
Ugly Christmas sweaters holiday’s new tradition
Canadian Press, December 7, 2014
Ho-ho-hideous for the holidays.
Grey Cup fans horse around in Vancouver
Canadian Press, November 28, 2014
Calgary playing in the Grey Cup means there must be a horse in a hotel lobby.
Mad Picker moves merchandise with eclectic auction
Canadian Press, November 21, 2014
It’s the mother of all closet clean-outs.
Giant hamburgers, Elvis, spaceships up for bids
Canadian Press, November 18, 2014
Thirty-eight years of movie and television props for sale.
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.
Dallas Buyers’ Club: 20 years from page to screen
Canadian Press, October 8, 2014
“Nobody wanted to make it because of the subject matter. But that didn’t mean it wasn’t a great story.”
Premium cable drama set in New York in 1900 a big departure for creator
Canadian Press, October 3, 2014
“You need to scare yourself every once in a while.”
Drone gives orca researchers new view of whales
Canadian Press, September 22, 2014
They see from the sky what they can’t see from the surface.
Investors gather for marijuana conference in Vancouver
Canadian Press, May 7, 2014
Not your typical Vancouver gathering of marijuana enthusiasts.
HootSuite’s next big thing
Canadian Press, December 8, 2013
HootSuite aims to help young entrepreneurs make it in business.
Time, August 15, 2005
Online photo site Flickr and creators Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield.
Digitizing the Don
CBC Arts Online, May 31, 2005
How the Godfather movie trilogy is going interactive.
British Columbia Cancer Research Centre
Award Magazine, December 2004
Form follows function for agency’s new leading-edge facility.
City University of Hong Kong offers collaborative learning
Newsweek International, October 4, 2004
Nothing much to add to that hed, really.
Canuck + jazz = profit
Maclean’s Magazine, July 19, 2004
Brian Watson’s Maximum Jazz reinvents the music business model.
India a key competitor for BC technology work
Business In Vancouver, April 6, 2004
Outsourcing debated at BCTIA roundtable.
Why you need a new PC
Newsweek International, March 15, 2004
Computer turnover and upgrade rates lag, increasing risk as machines age.
Engineering problems made sculpture job hard to swallow
Vancouver Sun, January 3, 2004
Challenges for installing public art in Victoria
The comforts of home entertainment
Newsweek International, September 22, 2003
The Human zoo
Canadian Business, May 26, 2003
Ogilvy Discovery Group takes an anthropological approach to consumers.
TV turns ad buyers into portfolio advisors
The Globe and Mail, May 21, 2003
Changes in television demand changes in how media buyers acquire advertising opportunities.
The wi-fi phenomenon
Newsweek International, March 17, 2003
As hotspots proliferate along with wi-fi networks, mobile computing leaps ahead.
Inside Entertainment Magazine, March, 2003
Synthetic divas come and go, but for a long career, look to venerable veterans such as Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell.
Marketing Magazine, February 24, 2003.
What does the station stand for without the man who was its brand?
Marketing The Globe and Mail, February 7, 2003.
Dealing with reporters is not just for top executives anymore. Media training is becoming a must-have skill throughout companies with rising public profiles.
National Post, December 19, 2003.
Up! features pop and country versions of the same songs.
National Post, November 18, 2003.
CFL audience has been growing all season.
National Post, November11, 2003.
Product placement, common in film and television, makes a rare appearance in the theater.
National Post, October 21, 2003.
US agency rides across the border, fueled by a US$25 million assignment to launch the automaker’s vehicles in Canada.
Hamilton Spectator, October 19-21, 2003.
Tech toys your boss is sure to hate.
National Post, October 8, 2003.
Hockey Night theme, Canada's other anthem, gets an official recording.
National Post, September 23, 2003.
It’s the smart way to reach that difficult 18-to-34 demographic.
National Post, September 16, 2003.
Slurring student gets instant cult status from Apple web ad.
National Post, September 12, 2003.
TIFF Programmer chooses films from large, diverse continent.
National Post, September 3, 2003.
Digital video recorders and similar devices pose a threat to television advertising as we know it.
Marketing Magazine, August 29, 2003.
Why is this vulgar but ubiquitous word suddenly being implied in commercial copy everywhere?
National Post, August 28, 2003.
For September 11, 2002, Canadian and U.S. networks are planning a blitz of specials and live reports. Advertisers are keeping their distance.
National Post, August 26, 2003.
Ted Matthews believes a company’s brand is too important to be left to the marketing department.
National Post, August 19, 2003.
But annoyance may be the key to its effectiveness.
National Post, August 12, 2003.
Relationships between clients and advertising agencies are getting shorter.
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.
National Post, July 22, 2003.
Does humor make advertising effective, or just funny?
Canadian Business, July 8, 2003.
For summertime fun, croquet’s okay.
Marketing Magazine, May 6, 2002.
Or buy a polite “doesn’t meet our needs at this time” for $50.
Marketing Magazine, November 12, 2001.
They’ve got a different word for everything, and none of it makes any sense.
Marketing Magazine, August 27, 2001.
The latest efforts from Razorfish try too hard to pull The National into the world of cool.
Marketing Magazine, May 14, 2001.
If you want to sell clothes, why evoke an era defined capital-U ugly?
Marketing Magazine, March 28, 2001.
The record industry may have beaten back Napster, but at the cost of alienating its best customers.
Marketing Magazine, February 26, 2001.
No company is worth a second look until Gerry Schwartz tries to buy it.
Marketing Magazine, December 18, 2000.
Aubergine? I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.
Marketing Magazine, October 30, 2000.
What is it about the advertising business that movie and television writers find so bewitching?
National Post, September 16, 2000
Broadcaster trusts friend with life savings.
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.
Marketing Magazine, August 28, 2000
We ain’t seen nothin’ yet in the quest for reality TV concepts.
Marketing Magazine, June 26, 2000
T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost provide copy for two campaigns; an observer wanes poetic.
Marketing Magazine, May 8, 2000
The academic ad critics on Mental Engineering commit every sin they castigate marketers for.
Marketing Magazine, March 27, 2000
Two new books demonstrate how culture and marketing melted into one lukewarm soup.
Marketing Magazine, February 21, 2000
Doesn’t the marketing of No Logo undercut the book’s anti-consumption point?
Marketing Magazine, November 15, 1999
What the new CBC boss should — but won’t — do to fix our national broadcaster.
Marketing Magazine, September 6, 1999
nextmonet.com, September 1999
Exhibition surveys 400 years of portraiture.
Marketing Magazine, July 5, 1999
Why Gen-X channel-surfers are blasé about the use of ’70s hits in advertising.
Marketing Magazine, June 24, 1999
The switch from new country to CHR repudiates the CRTC’s original decision.
Marketing Magazine, May 24, 1999
Bell’s baffling new commercials say more about the telco’s mindset than it knows.
Marketing Magazine, March 1, 1999
If Shania Twain’s music is Canadian, why not Vanity Fair’s content?
Marketing Magazine, January 25, 1999
The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.
Marketing Magazine, January 3, 1999
Advertising and computers were made for each other.
Marketing Magazine, November 9, 1998
Nike’s trip-up should be a warning to those who’s use saturation marketing.
Marketing Magazine, September 28, 1998
In our commercial culture, the rise of reflexiveness as a creative trope was inevitable.
Marketing Magazine, June 1, 1998
What’s next for the ubiquitous doctor of philosophy and pop culture guru? How about his own advertising agency?
Marketing Magazine, May 4, 1998
Molson Canadian’s latest ads have nailed our schizophrenic national identity.
Marketing Magazine, April 20, 1998
Newspapers are working hard to treat advertisers like VIPs without abandoning editorial integrity.
Marketing Magazine, March 16, 1998
Tyler Brûlé’s recipe for publishing success seems ethically suspect. So why the praise?
Marketing Magazine, February 9, 1998
Selling TV in a country where people huddle indoors for half the year shouldn’t be this hard.
Marketing Magazine, December 1, 1998
Negativland thinks Pepsi is wily, maybe evil. Better that than irrelevant or boring.
Canadian Business, November 28, 1997
KVOS isn’t like other Canadian TV. People actually watch it.
Marketing Magazine, November 10, 1998
What advertisers hope for if Hollinger’s boss green lights a national daily.
Brand extension is more than pasting a daily’s logo on another product.
Marketing Magazine, October 27, 1998
The new TV violence code doesn’t really change anything. Is that why advertisers like it?
Marketing Magazine, September 29, 1997
The magazine’s gamble of going twice monthly is paying off handsomely.
Newsweek International, September 15, 1997
Locking out digital thieves and vandals.
Targeting specific web users.
Why the outcry over Howard Stern’s Canadian debut? Other media sold out long ago.
Marketing Magazine, September 15, 1997
Marketing Magazine, July 21, 1997
The decade’s most overused ad cliché sounds a little stupider each time it’s used.
Marketing Magazine, May 26, 1997
Why Mondo Canuck should be required reading for Canadian advertising creatives.
Marketing Magazine, May 12, 1997
Marketers are finding that becoming part of the programming itself offers the biggest payoff from their cable sponsorships.
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.
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.
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?
Canadian Business, February 10, 1997
Franchisees of US parent publications are further eroding the distinction between Canadian and American magazines.
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.
Canadian Business, November 11, 1996
There’s a long tradition of using rebel music in ads. But its backfire potential is huge.
Canadian Business, November 4, 1996
He faces many challenges, but nobody is in more Canadian media than Ted Rogers.
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.
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.
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.
Marketing Magazine, July 1, 1996
Trying to make sense of the Dairy Farmers’ dazed and confusing cheese campaign.
Maclean’s, June 19, 1996
Book review: Polaroids From The Dead by Douglas Coupland.
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?
Shift, June 1996
More insomniacs get their news from World News Now than from any other source.
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.
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.
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.
Maclean’s, February 19, 1996
Children love the goofy Canadian dragon.
Maclean’s, December 11, 1995
Book review: Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car by Heather Robertson.
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.
Maclean’s, November 20, 1995
Book review: Sinatra! The Song Is You by Will Friedwald.
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.
Canadian Business Technology, Spring 1995
Etiquette on the Internet.
Maclean’s, February 27, 1995
Cable, satellite and telephone companies battle for control of the small screen.
Maclean’s, December 5, 1994
Book review: Hemingway: The Toronto Years by William Burrill.
Maclean’s, November 7, 1994
Book review: The Monkey Puzzle Tree by Elizabeth Nickson.
The Globe and Mail, November 8 and December 27, 1994
Two-part story about the development and launch of the Life Network cable channel.
Maclean’s, October 24, 1994
Book review: Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai.
Maclean’s, October 3, 1994
An author fills his books and movies with likable eccentrics.
Maclean’s, September 12, 1994
Art star Robert Longo turns to the big screen, directing Johnny Mnemonic.
Maclean’s, September 5, 1994
John Irving’s new novel, A Son of the Circus, teems with crazy life (profile).
The Globe and Mail, July 9, 1994
Book review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr.
The Globe and Mail, July 25, 1994
Book review: White Shark by Peter Benchley.
Saturday Night, April 1994
How a manic Canadian cartoonist conceived, directed and ultimately lost control of two of television’s most animated characters.
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 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.
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.
Saturday Night, December 1993
Meryn Cadell is not a comedian.
Saturday Night, June 1993
Valerie Gibson wrote the book on being a cougar before the term existed.
The Globe and Mail, May 29, 1993
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.
The Globe and Mail, March 1, 1993
Three biographies of Hunter S. Thompson were published almost simultaneously. Only one was worth reading.
The Globe and Mail, February 3, 1993
What’s more annoying than the magazine Mondo 2000? Mondo 2000, the book.
Saturday Night, April 1992
The Dream Warriors spin some old themes into an altogether new kind of rap music.
Toronto Life, November 1990
Maestro Fresh-Wes’s rhapsody in black.