Armageddon

Oh, let’s just call this one Armageddon, and let’s start with the CBC. CBC, of course, is our government-funded (but no influence … promise) news media.

According to a June 6 story by CBC, they have identified the house where Toronto’s embattled Mayor, Rob Ford, allegedly smoked crack. According to CBC, their reporter, Trevor Dunn, spoke to a man who lived across the street. The reporter apparently forgot to ask the man his name, but he got a quote: Continue reading Armageddon

Government Financing

There is a dark side to marketing, and we all know it. Like other temptations, some marketing scams lure people with great promises that later become unrealized dreams and then disaster. To use a local example, let’s look at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

In 2008, I financed a purchase of shares with a loan from BDC. The prospectus supporting the application lined out the parent company as a reader-driven publishing company that would abide by known professional standards, not as a matter of ethics, but as a matter of business. Continue reading Government Financing