Alison Garwood Jones

Language classes

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

At first we were told to study French. And so we did, Memorizing hundreds of verbs: To resemble, to be like, to look like. To loosen, to unleash, to let go. To daze, to stun, to bewilder … And when school was done with us, we found jobs in government. Or moved to Montréal to […]

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And still I rise

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Thank you, Dr. Angelou. For everything.

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Pilot Coffee Roasters

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Thanks for the ‪#‎Woot‬, Williamson Chong. In my humble opinion, architect Don Chong is the next Jane Jacobs. None of that made it in to my profile of Don’s work for Pilot Coffee Roasters, but the evidence is sprinkled throughout the transcript of my interview with him. Some of you may remember Don for his “Small Fridges Make Good Cities” […]

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Tonight’s reading

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

My good pal, Jonathan Menon, sent me this: The New York Times Innovation Report, 2014. It outlines how the paper might reorganize itself into a truly “digital-first” organization. The report is 100 pages and will probably take me two baths to get through. The Times admits its biggest weakness, still, has been its reluctance to shift the […]

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Need LinkedIn help?

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

If you need LinkedIn therapy, I can help. I will: • Interview you to reveal your unique story, then write your SUMMARY on the spot (with your approval, of course). Hint: this is not your old Word Doc résumé. Being entertaining matters. • Show you where and when to insert KEYWORDS, then explain how the algorithm actually […]

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CanCon in the digital age

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Task Canadians with making a documentary and the world tunes in. Task us with creating a primetime TV show and the majority tune out. Threaten to take away our favourite American TV shows and it’s pitchforks. Now groups like the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) are arguing that the Canadian Radio & Television Commission (CRTC) should […]

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The Wall

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized

The paint pots are out in Toronto. Creative expression is thriving. I took these shots in the west end. The colours are for real.

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