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Jason Menard
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Chewing on Core Ideas of Food Trucks (or ‘I Did Not Realize Those Wheels Were Just for Decoration) #ldnont

The focus on food trucks in downtown London misses out on the fact that there's little need for this type of venture in the core because of both existing practices, opportunities, and limited consumer resources -- but there are hungry customers a little…
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Innocence is Being Lost, But It’s Not Stolen by an Elf #christmas

The Elf on a Shelf phenomenon is stealing our youth's innocence -- but it's not the elf's fault. It's adults who have forgotten what it was like to be a kid.
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Rankled by Ranked Ballots - Ranked ballots are a solution that ignores the real problems at hand.

In an ideal world, ranked ballots make sense. But our voting environment is far from ideal and we need to deal with the fact that people feel their votes don't matter, before we start asking them to make more choices.
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No Matter Who Gets Elected, Here's How We All Can Win #ldnont #ldnvotes

No matter who gets voted in to serve during the 2014 London municipal elections, there are some simple ways to ensure that we all win.
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Mandatory voting Isn't the answer, especially when partisanship and filtered info makes getting educated so much harder now

The idea of mandatory voting is flawed for the simple fact that more votes does not equal better. And this is compounded by the fact that even though we have access to more information, it's not necessarily better.
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Why @MayorofLdnOnt's council behaviour question may be flawed. After all, can we find fault in council mirroring the way we interact?

Why London Mayor Joni Baechler's questioning Twitter about council behaviour may be misplaced. After all, can we really find fault in them representing us the way we actually are?
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A healthy attitude towards sex education includes a healthy dose of realism -- not just pining for a Utopia that never existed.

A healthy attitude towards sex education includes a healthy dose of realism -- not just pining for a Utopia that never existed. A look at why we, as parents, need to support and reinforce the new Liberal-implemented health education protocol.
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White Poppies? Right Message, Wrong Time. Having rights doesn't trump our responsibility to be respectful. #RemembranceDay

While you have the Right to wear the white poppy, that doesn't make it right. There's a time and a place for protest, but having rights doesn't preclude you from behaving respectfully.
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The Grinches Who Conscripted Remembrance Day -- why holly and poppies can peacefully co-exist.

Poppies and holly can peacefully co-exist. After all, they have nothing to do with one another and pre-Nov. 11th Christmas decorations are not an affront to our veterans.
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The minimum expectations to earn my vote: no more or less than I expect of myself as an involved citizen of #ldnont

My minimum expectations for a candidate to earn my vote. But my minimum is no bottom-of-the-barrel line, but rather it's the expectation I hold for myself as an involved member of society.
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Is #ldnont an echo chamber? Probably, but who cares? Lots of echo chambers exist; we just have to be willing to listen.

Is there an over-representation of a certain type of person on London's Twitter? Probably. But who cares? After all, several echo chambers exist in our society. The key is being willing to listen to what they're all saying.
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Grammar Rules - But They're Not Absolute: It's important to focus more on function, not form, so as not to lose the message.

By focusing too much on grammar rules, we run the risk of missing the point of communication.
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Writer/Editor/Social Media/Reporter/Consultant
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  • Digital Echidna
    Content Strategist, 2012 - present
  • Metro International
    Freelancer, 2011 - present
  • Hockey's Future
    Senior Writer/Editor, 2003 - present
  • The M-Dash
    Writer/Consultant, 2004 - present
  • Alticor
    Writer/Editor/Social Media, 2001 - 2012
  • CJBK
    Fill-in Host, 2009 - 2011
  • LookSmart Canada
    Team Lead & Assigning Editor, 1999 - 2001
  • P/S/L Consulting Group
    Writer, 1997 - 1999
  • The Gazette, UWO
    Editor-in-Chief, 1996 - 1997
  • The Gazette, UWO
    News Editor, Sports Editor, 1994 - 1996
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London, ON
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Ville St-Laurent, QC - Montreal, QC - Bramalea, ON
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Dad, content strategist, writer, editor, social networking man-about-the-Internet
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I'm a writer/editor with a broad range of experience. By day, I'm in business communications with a focus on social media and a personal goal of eradicating Biz Speak. By night I pen (OK, type) columns for my Web site http://www.jaymenard.com, I cover junior hockey, freelance to various publications, serve as a business communications consultant, and occasionally fill in as a radio host. 
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  • University of Western Ontario
    English Language & Literature
  • London South Collegiate Institute
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