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Ottawa’s Covert War on SR&ED

This post originally appears at ProfitGuide.com. To technology entrepreneurs, the 2012 federal budget, tabled in May, is conspicuous in not meddling with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development rebate program (SR&ED).  This despite numerous signals...
Dennis Bell 1943-2012

Dennis Bell 1943-2012

  In Memory of Dennis Neil Bell, died June 27, 2012 … a gifted and brilliant storyteller and adventurer. Treasured by his peers in newsrooms all around Canada who enjoyed his candour, wit, and wisdom. My father never let the weird prevent him from...

Racism and the NHL

So goes the maxim, as oft attributed to Mark Twain as to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. Twitter is, for so many of us (yours truly included) the loudspeaker for a great deal of...

The Branch Plant Economy

This article was originally published @ TechVibes. The term Branch Plant Economy is not a new one, and gained specific relevance for Canada in the early 20th Century, when US Companies began to build factories in Canada to circumvent pricey tariffs on importing their...

Make Love Everywhere

Love each other.  Is it so difficult? Why not reflect on that advice this Valentine’s Day?  And in addition to loving someone you see and love every day, love a stranger. Think for a moment that the same person whom you loved as a teen is that same person who...

Why the iPad as a PC could be a Bad Idea

When I was a kid, my mother and father handed me an Atari computer. When I opened the box, plugged it into the TV, and fired it up, well.. it didn’t do anything.  As I quickly realized, I had to make it do something.  The first thing I set out to do with this...

To The Moon, Alice

Why is it that every time a politician feels themselves sagging in the polls, they invoke some improbable, obviously impossible, pipe dream about the space program?  This pantomime is almost invariably played out in front of a NASA audience in Cape Canaveral,...

Ten Tech Industry Predictions for 2012

** This post originally appeared on TechVibes.  Go read it there. I have a spotty track record for timing on predictions, but that doesn’t stop me from making them.  Having studied the influence of technology and media on societies, and having worked in the...

One more thought about Steve Jobs

I have been struggling (quite publicly) to condense why Steve Jobs is so unique and important to us all into a crisp, clear thought.  It’s difficult, of course, given the breadth and depth of his influence.  When talking to a CBC reporter by phone this evening...