Policy now trumps process

by H+K Canada

November 24, 2011

Policy now trumps process

Former Canadian diplomat Bob Fowler is getting a lot of media attention around his new book on his kidnapping in Niger. Fowler and his colleague, Louis Guay, demonstrated remarkable endurance during their harrowing ordeal. While Mr. Fowler does credit the Canadian government with valiant efforts in negotiating his safe release, in a recent editorial board … Read more

Ontario Speech from the Throne Focuses on Strengthening the Economy and Creating Jobs

Toronto, ON, November 22, 2011 – Hill & Knowlton’s latest InfoQuick looks at Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley’s outline of the McGuinty government’s agenda  in his third Speech from the Throne. Hill & Knowlton Canada’s offices in Victoria, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina and Toronto provide ongoing communications regarding issues within the provincial and federal legislatures.

New Speaker in the House

Today, members of the Ontario legislature elected Dave Levac as Ontario’s 41st Speaker.  Levac, a Liberal, has been the MPP for Brant since 1999.  His second ballot victory came as a surprise as he upset Donna Cansfield, MPP for Etobicoke North, who was heavily favoured to secure the Speaker position.  Also in the running were … Read more

Canada’s most unexpected media moments of 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, pundits are publishing year in review retrospectives of top newsmakers and campaigns.  But, what stories stood out in Canada’s media landscape? Which homegrown events caught the attention of national and international audiences? We asked our H&K team to vote on the country’s most unexpected media moments of 2011.  You’d … Read more

Cooler? Maybe. But You Better Be Better Online

Originally posted on the Advertising Week Blog, November 9, 2011 by AWSC Today, most people understand the importance of the social web in building their personal professional brand. This is hardly a new story. And, when it comes to the workplace, employees understand the implications: If something out there could harm your reputation, it could … Read more

Google+ Pages – Too Soon to Tell

Aiming to compete more directly with Facebook, Google+ announced this week it will now support Pages. This means brands (and other non-people entities like businesses, teams, places, plays/movies) will be able to create a profile on Google’s social network with many of the same built-in features as a typical Google+ profile. Plus – and this … Read more

Canadian politics – Saskatchewan Party re-elected

Regina SK, November 8, 2011 – Hill & Knowlton’s latest edition Infoquick on Premier Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party victory at the end of voting day in Saskatchewan. Hill & Knowlton Canada’s offices in Victoria, Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina and Toronto provide ongoing communications regarding issues within the provincial and federal legislatures.

Daylight falls on the oilsands

Originally published at www.CanadianBusiness.com on November 3, 2011. Until now, China has moved cautiously in the Canadian oilsands, preferring to take minority interests in resource companies and development projects. Perhaps emboldened by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s claim that China is a “friend and ally,” the Chinese appear to be putting this to the test. … Read more

Canada scores well on Transparency International Index

Transparency International has released its annual survey of the likelihood of companies from 28 leading economies to win business abroad by paying bribes. The report looked at 28 countries this year (up from 22 last year), and shows that companies from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium are the least likely to pay bribes to get … Read more

No need for Robin Hood

It remains to be seen how much life there is in the Occupy Wall Street movement and, more importantly, how deeply it will resonate with the mainstream population. Debt is at punishing levels, the disparity between rich and poor is growing and corporate profits are high. Politicians are under pressure from their electorate and, in … Read more