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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.

The Most Important Question to Ask Ourselves

The Most Important Question to Ask Ourselves

As we learn to navigate a hybrid world of work (for many, but not all), we have become preoccupied with issues such as technology, burnout, engagement, collaboration, recruitment, the pandemic, mental health, stress, how to motivate employees and many other...

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How Will You Handle Covid Vaccination Mandates?

How Will You Handle Covid Vaccination Mandates?

Science tells us that any of us can be carriers and spreaders of Covid, regardless of whether we are vaccinated or not. Vaccination is immensely successful in preventing people from dying or being hospitalized - but vaccinated and unvaccinated people are equally...

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The Great Reset

The Great Reset

Every day we are hearing about: A desperate shortage of qualified employees Employees' reluctance to return to physical premises More than 40% of employees thinking of quitting A general disillusionment with, and distrust of, big government and Corporations. In the...

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Can Love Ever be as Entertaining as Violence?

Can Love Ever be as Entertaining as Violence?

40 years ago, I made two decisions that have shaped my life: I refused to go to any movies where gratuitous violence (or violence of any form) was part of the script, and, I gave up my TV and have not owned one since. The second choice was made to support the first...

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Ask me a Question!

Ask me a Question!

For many people, the world feels less inspiring these days, so we decided to start a new movement to change that. We are building a community. As part of this ambitious initiative, I posted a comment on social media in which I said: "Ask me a question about...

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The Amazon Monopoly

The Amazon Monopoly

Warning:  This is a rant! There are millions of books on Amazon.com and hundreds of thousands of authors who earn their living—theoretically—from this market-dominant company. The mechanics of how this works for an author may not be obvious to the general public. ...

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A Very Special Offer

A Very Special Offer

One of the regular participants in our weekly Inspiration in the Cloud Zoom sessions (www.secretan.com/inspiration-cloud), and my good friend, Stephan Hein from London, UK, is offering a very special gift to us – he will present a Yoga Nidra session for us on March...

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What a New American President Can Teach Us

What a New American President Can Teach Us

Thirteen years ago, the day after President Barack Obama was elected to his first term in office (November 5, 2008), I wrote the following blog. Then I posted it again prior to his second term, and again following the Innauguration of President Trump. Here, I offer it...

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Let’s Aim Higher!

Let’s Aim Higher!

I don’t know if you are a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but the last day of 2020 seems the most appropriate time to address that subject. To put it kindly, 2020 has been a challenging year. There is much talk about flattening the curve, inoculating the majority of...

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Let’s Hold Hands!

Let’s Hold Hands!

Back in March of 2020, you and your friend set out on a long walking trek across the wilderness.  The trip is about 500 miles. It's December now and you have reached the 300-mile mark. You find yourselves exhausted, frustrated, dejected, overwhelmed, stressed and fed...

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Three of my favorite quotes.

Three of my favorite quotes.

As we navigate through challenging times together, I thought I would share with you three of  my favorite quotes.  They always keep me company, and these days, even more than usual, they are very important companions for me.  I hope they will also be grounding for you...

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