By Jay Menard
I re-launched my blog back in September 2010, and recently felt it was time for a little update.
Nothing too crazy. This site is now fully responsive, so now you can enjoy it staring into the palm of your hand.
Other than that and a few cosmetic changes, it should be a fairly familiar experience.
Thank you for all your support over the years (and the previous MenardCommunications years). As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.
All the best,
By Jason Menard,
I opened the paper today and I was amazed at what I read. It just seemed all so familiar.
A city, reeling from mayoral scandals and political impropriety, is concerned about how it’s going to retain its youth.
A city, with plenty of aging, empty industrial land within its core, finds growth success in the suburbs. While “A louer” signs abound in depressed, historically poorer areas of the traditional core, new megaplexes and commercial centres are sprouting up to support the burgeoning suburban communities.
In the same publication, a youth advocate states that citizens must be involved in each and every decision the government makes, and suggests that what the city really needs more of is candidates under the age of 30.
“Les temps sont durs pour les jeunes,” a sub-headline reads. “… près de 19,000 jeunes de 15 à 24 ans avaient perdu leur emploi en juilliet.” Continue reading
By Jason Menard
It’s not enough to build it and hope they come. And while the downtown master plan is visually appealing, core proponents can’t be blind to the fact that the most important thing to see is what the consumer actually wants.
It’s great to have a pedestrian-friendly downtown, but you have to focus on marketing and give those pedestrians a reason to come. And it has to be more than supercilious castigations of what people “should” be doing; it has to be a focus on providing customers with something they want to do.
Otherwise you’ll end up with a beautiful, but empty, revamped core. Continue reading
Here is a copy of the letter I sent to principals involved in The Gazette/USC issue that I truly hope provides all parties involved a little perspective.
What both sides need to remember is that they’re trying to do the exact same thing: provide Western’s students with the best service they can. Continue reading
By Jason Menard
The eyes of the world will be on London in just a few short weeks — and it appears that our civic inferiority complex will be on full display.
Highlighted by a laser light show; edged with spray-painted trees, and bankrolled to the tune of $100,000, we’re going to take the opportunity to share with the figure-skating world that we are London — just not that one.
Sorry. Continue reading