All posts by Jennifer Fisk

Four reasons why Canadian politics might actually be interesting in 2011

Okay, so I think politics are interesting every day of every year, but most Canadians would completely disagree. And I can understand why most would feel this way. But this year should be different. Here’s four reasons why.

What killed the banana comb?

And if it is the same thing that killed the scrunchy, will it please take the life of the bumpit too? Important questions that my friend Kristina and I asked while sipping G&Ts at Hudson’s on a recent Friday after work.  At the bar was an otherwise cute little 20-something year old, sitting sky-high thanks to her bumpit.  For those unfamiliar with the hair contraption, it is moon-shaped piece of plastic that women put in their hair to give it hump-like volume.  The Quasimodo of women’s hair. Our talk about bumpits led to the deep, sordid history of other bad [...]

What The King can teach you about your next speech

The movie The King’s Speech was about King George VI’s inability to speak publicly and has fostered considerable and much needed attention on stuttering and stammering.   But The King’s Speech was also about the King’s actual speech – a significant 3-minute radio address to the entire British Empire at the start of WWII.  A huge feat for a newly ascended King with debilitating stutter. While the movie touched me on so many levels (so worthy of Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth for his amazing turn as the King), it was an entertaining reminder of the importance of [...]

What makes a city great?

For years, there has been much debate in Edmonton about how we make our city well-known and world class. Better slogans, new tag lines, shiny new arenas and buildings, and hosting international events are what many think will make this city better in the eyes of those who don’t live here (and, in the eyes of those who do). It was refreshing to see this ad, run during Super Bowl 2011, that was technically about a vehicle but was really a candid take on the perceptions of the city of Detroit. Now I haven’t been to Detroit, I have only seen [...]