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Oct
A master promoter of commerce & art

A master promoter of commerce & art

Recently in this space, I recounted the story of the rise and fall of the Clairtone Sound Corporation (Frank 750).
It is part of the larger story of an ambitious though flawed attempt by Nova Scotia over the past half century to promote industrial development.

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03
Oct
Winning the argument vs winning the debate

Winning the argument vs winning the debate

After one of the presidential debates during the Reagan years, someone at the old Halifax Press Club asked me who won. Walter Mondale won the argument, I said, but Ronald Reagan won the debate.

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19
Sep
Remembering the Clairtone saga

Remembering the Clairtone saga

Even Sinatra Listens To Sinatra On One. That was ad copy for high end stereo systems produced by the Clairtone Sound Corporation, which rose and fell in Stellarton during the 1960s.
It was a conspicuous example of Robert Stanfield’s efforts, through Industrial Estates Limited, to bring modern high tech manufacturing to Nova Scotia.

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22
Aug
One election, two candidates from hell

One election, two candidates from hell

I am of course a columnist. I have had a background in speechwriting. So it might be a natural career progression for me to become a political consultant/strategist.
How would I direct campaigns for The Donald or Hillary? Each of them would, I think, be candidates from hell: unable to take advice I might offer them or execute whatever strategy I might devise for them.

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08
Aug
Did they really say that?

Did they really say that?

The internet gives people unprecedented tools to check out factual information or quotes. Yet fake, questionable or untraceable quotes still abound on social media. Here are some recent examples.

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