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Stop This Unfairness

It is a strange fact that in Canada, the intellectual properties of writers like myself are used without permission, or compensation, by universities, schools and NGOs and government institutions. Universities took their case to the Supreme Court and won! Google has successfully defended lawsuits winning judgments that continue to allow them to copy books and make them available for free on the Internet.  The illustration I have used on the left was deliberately chosen.

Canadian creators and publishers have waited long enough—10 years and counting—to be paid when their works are copied by educational institutions outside of Quebec.

That’s why I wrote to Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne today to tell him that the government can no longer delay fulfilling its commitment in the 2022 federal budget to amend the Copyright Act to protect creators and copyright holders.

Please join me by visiting https://www.ivaluecanadianstories.ca/creators.php and help stop great Canadian content from disappearing.

Stop This Unfairness

Stop This Unfairness

It is a strange fact that in Canada, the intellectual properties of writers like myself are used without permission, or compensation, by universities, schools and NGOs and government institutions. Universities took their case to the Supreme Court and won! Google has...

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Forgiveness The Gift We Give Ourselves

Forgiveness The Gift We Give Ourselves

I'm going to go out on a limb in this blog… the Internet these days seems to be a place where if you share your authentic opinions you're likely to attract vitriol. I hope this is not the case here, and I would love to know if you agree with these thoughts. The world...

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Trust or Control?

Trust or Control?

A recent New York Times  article titled, “The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score” describes how companies are monitoring their employees—counting keystrokes, measuring time taken for bathroom breaks and more. It describes radiologists who see scoreboards charting...

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Reawakening the Human Spirit

Reawakening the Human Spirit

Over the last three years, I have noticed a precipitous decline in the level of personal inspiration among those with whom I work or socialize. Many people have lost their inspiration altogether, replacing it with an unhealthy sense of helplessness. Pandemics,...

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Old Wine in New Bottles

Old Wine in New Bottles

As I scan the New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers, I lament that I cannot find anything new, nothing that has not already been written or said before, nothing that causes me to throw open the window and shout, “Aha!” to the world. There are some exceptions...

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Hyperbole and the Language of War

Hyperbole and the Language of War

“My back is killing me!” Why do we use the language of war to make a point? I have been studying this for years and I think I have discovered a (possibly Freudian) explanation. There is a word for a statement like this. It is called hyperbole, which the dictionary...

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Are we Preparing our Youth for Life?

Are we Preparing our Youth for Life?

The Program for International Student Assessment tests 15-year-old students around the world and is administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2018, when the test was last administered, the U.S....

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Show the Love for Ukraine

Show the Love for Ukraine

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, has removed all guest and host fees for bookings in Ukraine. The idea behind his move is to open a channel for direct support to Ukrainians. If you book an Airbnb reservation, (of course you won’t need to actually go!) all of the money will go...

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A Clinic on Inspiration and Leadership

A Clinic on Inspiration and Leadership

This is not a blog about politics.  It is a blog about leadership and inspiration (which, of course, is the same thing). Like you, I have been watching the daily unfolding of the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I have not been shocked by Vladimir Putin—I...

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Creating a More Inspired World

Creating a More Inspired World

As many of you know, we launched a new movement, "To Create a More Inspired World", last year. The reason for this initiative is well captured in this essay by David Brooks in the New York Times. Our aim is to reverse the dystopian perspective that is understandably...

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Zoom Fatigue

Zoom Fatigue

A recent study from the University of Arizona suggests that “Zoom fatigue” is not caused by spending endless hours on zoom calls, but from the stress caused by having the camera always turned on, which forces us to stare endlessly at ourselves. In this study, half the...

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