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The rhetoric of city welcome slogans on signs. Here's an article on Calgary's current self-presentation and how its slogans and signage have changed over the years. 

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Isn't it funny how the title says "how to END rhetoric," when it really proposes how to SHIFT rhetoric to legal policy rhetoric, the rhetoric of courteous behavior, and the rhetoric of education. Rhetoric never ends, folks. Just use it well.

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"When toxic rhetoric and behaviour … becomes normalized, it allows extremists to dehumanize women who don’t agree with them on political matters, helps them justify their deranged actions,” the federation said in its statement. “In short, violent speech begets violent acts.”

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An entertaining instructional video about the pronunciation of Canadian spoken dialects. Do you speak with "Canadian raising?" My pronunciation of "about" depends on how fast I say it, and whether I emphasize it in the context of the words around it.

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Article "What is Rhetoric" posted by Trevor Shelley, Calgary, published by Troy Media, a little known online media outlet in Canada.

A basic overview for people who are familiar with the common, negative meanings of the word.

Note: I'm not sure how "Canadian" this view is, since Dr. Shelley's PhD is from Louisiana State University, and in political science.

http://www.troymedia.com/2015/12/15/what-is-rhetoric/

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use Irony to succeed in Canadian politics? [Article in Toronto Star] "How irony killed Stephen Harper":
More than anything, it was the irony that lodges deep in the Canadian soul that was Stephen Harper’s undoing.…

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/23/how-irony-killed-stephen-harper.html

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University of Calgary, Alberta hosts a talk by Dr. Jonathan Rose, PhD.  This talk will look at some notable political advertisements in this federal election and discuss them in context of other Canadian election ads. In particular, he will discuss how ads attempt to prime voters, reducing complexity to simple metaphors. https://www.ucalgary.ca/events/calendar/what-are-they-thinking-political-advertising-2015-federal-election

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Peter Kimpton of the Guardian (UK, June 25) writes "What does Canada mean to you? Like many countries it has a harsh history of invasion and colonialism. But it has always struck me as a down-to-earth and welcoming place, laid back in its rich multiculturalism, and proud to contrast, in some ways, to its brasher, flashier neighbour to the south."  http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/25/readers-recommend-songs-from-or-about-canada
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