Bob Ramsay

Born in Edmonton. Educated at Princeton and Harvard. Speechwriter. Book editor. Copywriter. Communications strategist. Presentation trainer. Marathoner. Explorer of the world's distant places. Travel writer. Op-ed page writer. Fund-raiser. Board member. Speaker series host. Arts addict. And of course, relentless enthusiast.

Reporting for duty.

Big reports on bad actors used to be few, far between, and hard to get your hands on. Wait no longer. Now, you can get not just the quick headlines, but the weighty words that spark them.

Last week, the Honourable Louise Arbour released her report on sexism in the Canadian military, which the Minister of Defence reacted to immediately — and gingerly.

Tomorrow, the Queen will have ruled Britannia for 70 years.

It was on February 6th, 1952, when her father, King George VI, died. She was vacationing at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya at the time and became the first Sovereign in over 200 years to “accede while abroad.” She wasn’t actually told until the next day.  A telegram to Government House in Nairobi couldn’t be …

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“Christmas is at our throats again.”

Thank you for that, Noel Coward. It’s what oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed for lots of people this time of year. But this year, the predations of the season take on a new and feverish tone. It knows if we’ve been bad or good, so we’d better watch out, we’d better….well, before we open any gifts, let’s make sure we get our booster shot, okay? 

Fit for a Maharaja: Not Your Traditional Adventure Through India

Everyone who travels to India returns to say a variation of this: “I am inside the most opulent palace in the world—and outside its gates, the most pitiful beggars are pleading for enough rupees to keep them alive.” In other words, the contrasts between wretched wealth and clutching poverty are so inescapable in India that lots …

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Canadian Women Are Storming The Ivory Towers

True, Hilary Clinton didn’t break through the Everest of glass ceilings. True, 44 per cent of Canada’s public companies don’t have even one woman on their boards. True, Canadian women earn just 73.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. But women are breaking through in the very place where their numbers will not only make gender parity a …

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How White American Males Can Walk Away From Donald Trump

The news that Donald Trump’s support is falling within his fortress of white males puts many of them in an awkward spot: how to abandon their leader while holding on to their pride. So here’s a 10-point guide to doing that very thing. 1. Don’t vote on November 8.  This will be hard since you’ve likely poured …

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Where Is This Generation’s Joseph Nye Welch When We Need Him?

Imagine you’re Justin Trudeau’s speechwriter and you’re on the phone with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeu, who will soon give a speech in support of her husband. She says that one of the people she has always liked is Laureen Harper, Stephen Harper’s wife. Over the phone, she reads some passages from Ms. Harper’s speeches …

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