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Short-Term Impacts of Disasters on Public Opinion: The Nuclear Issue

March 30, 2011

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The evolving nuclear disaster in Japan raises an important question? How long do these events continue in our collective memory. Are they enduring or does our heightened fear give way to other salient issues? We can only give our attention to a limited set of issues so without constant reminders, it may not be surprising […]

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When Government’s Back Down: Lessons about Sex

May 6, 2010

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When governments back down from a policy announcement or change it has the media image of the people’s will being brought to bear against an out of touch government; something, perhaps, to applaud. When governments back down from a policy, especially when they did not know they were going against the “public” will, it is […]

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The Evolution of Throne Speeches in Three Pictures

March 16, 2010

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Technology gives us gimmicks and toys but it also gives us interesting tools. Where does the Word Cloud — a process that reduces a series of text into a picture based on word frequency — come in?  The images are simply cool. Don’t be fooled though… sometimes cool is also filled with insight. Consider the […]

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Washing our hands: The Non-Science-Based Response to H1N1

March 10, 2010

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Science may not provide the answers to all questions, but when we ignore science to pursue other policy objectives we undermine our ability to convince the public. Consider how the approach to social marketing in relation to H1N1 used science. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued two television ads during the flu season. […]

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Failing to take risks a threat to consumer driven retirement

February 19, 2010

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More and more Canadians will have to plan for their own retirement and public policy makers have provided some and are no doubt contemplating further mechanisms to help. The Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is the latest but unlikely to be the last. Unfortunately, all of these tools make retirement planning more difficult and seem […]

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