Some advice for new grads.

In the 10 years since I graduated the Commerce program at MUN I’ve learned a lot the hard way. Here’s what I would have told myself if only I knew. Design your life, or someone else will. Seriously. Sit down and make a plan on paper. If it pivots 100 times that’s fine. At least…

The Provincial Ferry System

The future of NL’s communities serviced by ferries is a political minefield. Depending on your viewpoint, the geographic dispersion represented by these communities is our curse, or our defining and cherished characteristic. Discussion on the topic often devolves into caricatures of townie versus baymen, our future and our past. On one side is the hypocrisy of one…

So we’re $8 billion in debt? What’s a proud NLer to do?

All of the dialogue of late has been around what the government can do to address the $2-billion deficit and mounting debt. And rightfully so, as it’s government who controls the coffers, and their spending has risen almost 50% in the last ten years. But at the same time there are also parallel economic issues…

What’s the deal with sugar taxes?

    Proponents argue expanding sin taxes like those on alcohol and tobacco, to high sugar foods and drinks will reduce consumption. Or at least raise revenue to help fund treating the negative health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This sounds great in principle, but there are criticisms: Flat taxes of…

Atlantic Canadian Under 40 Leaders Summit

I recently had the privilege of being in Charlottetown for the Atlantic Canada 50 Under 40 Summit. I was excited by the prospect, but had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was headed to a conference, but the week was much more than that. The Summit brings together 50 young leaders…

Real Stories: Understanding Changes Everything

In 2014 we launched Understanding Changes Everything, a mental illness anti-stigma campaign from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services. The campaign and the message behind it is one I’m proud to be apart of. The initial launch involved  a mass media campaign, social media and a content rich website. We followed up that…

Registered Nurses’ of Newfoundland & Labrador

Our challenge was to highlight and differentiate the role Registered Nurses (RNs) play in our health care system. Clarity in the role of RNs is important for patients and their families. Our approach was based on powerful storytelling that could clearly position Registered Nurses as medical experts without diminishing the role of other healthcare staff….

Electricity Industry

Although we don’t often realize it, the electricity industry is part of our daily lives. Almost everything we do at work, at home, and at play involves electricity in some way. And in a province like Newfoundland and Labrador it takes a lot of people to keep the system well maintained and ready to meet…

Understanding Changes Everything

Mental illness and addictions affects us all. Approximately 1 in 5 of us will experience it directly this year. That means all of us have mental illness and addictions in our lives. Stigma is a big reason people often don’t seek help. We started down the road of changing that. The latest spot below builds on…