Last month the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) made headlines when its president, Dr. Doug Weir, proposed a number of so-termed ‘radical’ new measures meant to combat what he called “the epidemic of obesity” in Canada. Obesity needs combatting “aggressively” and “immediately,” he continued, recommending, among other things, raising taxes and mandating graphic warning labels on high calorie foods with low nutritional value. While a tax increase is being considered, the graphic warning labels have so far proved the most incendiary of the recommendations, with claims that they are excessively grotesque and unfairly vilify specific foods, or even the baffling assertion that graphic warning labels are ineffective in general. Continue reading
In the thousands of years we’ve progressed as a species, we’ve finally agreed on how important it is to associate one’s self with an amiable colour scheme and develop one’s personal ‘brand.’ Excuse me while I die a little inside.
Regardless of how this writer feels about it, it’s nonetheless true that being familiar, consistent, and professional-looking are contemporary necessities for anyone trying to sell themselves (or their wares) in this our post-post-post-whatever Age of Sweeping Generalisations and ADD.
In other words: get a nice website. Continue reading
Having been assailed on all sides by an overly ambitious selection of courses, it was only this Friday that I encountered Andrew Forgione’s USC election campaign video, via The Gazette‘s “Blog the Vote“.
My initial impression of it was a decidedly negative one, though I couldn’t quite make out why. Underneath its expensive veneer was lurking an unsettling undercurrent. It was only later that I discovered the reason for my aversion, when a friend raised an important counter-argument: at least the video was creative, they said.
Actually, I rebut, it isn’t. Ostensibly so, its pretensions to creativity dissolve readily when its constituent elements are analysed in isolation. Continue reading