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Issues at Glance – Toronto’s 5¢ Plastic Bag Fee

February 23, 2010

The gestation period for Toronto’s 5¢ bag fee has finally come to term.  Nine months ago, on June 1st, 2009, the city-wide fee came into effect.  Even amongst the initiative’s supporters and naysayers, there is still a bit of uncertainty and confusion.  City Council was criticized by some merchant groups for not clearly communicating the plan to retailers and consumers.  Coerced Musings takes a look back at what has changed and what has been accomplished.

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Issues at Glance – The Toronto Car Tax

February 16, 2010

Taxes.  One of those few single words a politician will inevitably utter which is sure to draw attention from voters.  We all pay them, acknowledge that the revenue which they generate will make society better, but, push come to shove, we’d really rather pay less of them.  Everyone has a position on taxes.  Although the taxman will never get his dues from smiling faces, if you convince us the taxes are fair, we will hand they money over with little resistance.  The main issues with taxation arise when the levies are perceived to be either unfair or simply too heavy.  In walks the Personal Vehicle Tax (PVT). Read more…

Adam Giambrone: Waking Up In A Public Relations Nightmare

February 12, 2010

I honestly don’t know what’s come over me.  Over the past few days I have been left scratching my head in a state of disbelief.  The culprit of my perplexity?  The now infamous Chair of the TTC, harbinger for Transit City, City Councillor for Ward 18, once Mayoralty hopeful and holder of his very own “sex scandal – Adam Giambrone. Read more…

Get Excited! Toronto Votes 2010

February 8, 2010

The Toronto Mayoral Election is still eight months away and already I find myself drawn to every related article, story and tweet like a moth to a flame.  Without a doubt, there has never before been an election, which I have been eligible to vote in, that I have anticipated more greatly. Read more…

The Not-So-G-Rated Side of Social Media

January 27, 2010

The World of Online Affairs

Online dating sites hold an interesting position within the online world.  They often seem to move against the ebb and flow of economic trends.  Writers from The Economist noted that such services were among the best online performers during the recent recession.  This was no less true a decade ago when online dating services remained one of the few healthy digital enterprises left standing amongst the rubble following the collapse of the dot-com bubble.  This observation did not go unnoticed by Darren Morgenstern who then sought to carve a highly controversial niche out of the surging industry. Read more…

So You’ve Learned “How-To” Create a Facebook Page? Now Let’s Talk Content

January 22, 2010

You’ve gotten yourself some help creating your Facebook page, now what?  In order to build an online presence, you must create and maintain a connection with your audience.  There are many ways to go about doing this, here are just a few…

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