You’re Canadian, eh? So Why Isn’t Your Web Host?

A picture of the Canadian flag.
Canadian Web Rocks!

So it looks as though we’re finally about to sign a new NAFTA – the USMCA.  The “art of the deal” guy badly needed one and lifted his steel and aluminum tariffs to get it. Assuming the Dems support it (by no means a given), Kudos to Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the rest of the team for getting it done.

This experience provides a good reminder of why we should check out Canadian options when it comes to the goods and services we use every day.  And what service do we use more regularly than web hosting?

It sure worked for me: As the bills from my monolithic American hosting service continued to go through the roof, I decided to check out Canadian options. There are plenty providing excellent service and super dependable connectivity – all at a great price and even better when priced in Canuck bucks.

But the advantages go far beyond dollars expended. There’s also a huge benefit in privacy. In the U.S., there is virtually zero protection of your data from the government. On a whim, authorities can block access and spy on you without a court order. In Canada, however, you and your business data are subject to local courts and laws.

You should get a speed boost too: The closer your data center is to you and your customers, the faster your data will load.

And perhaps most important, by engaging a Canadian service provider, you are keeping your dollars in Canada and supporting Canadian businesses and workers.

My service provider, Web Hosting Canada, even covered a Mediadiner Campaign called Long Ride Home, a web-based documentary series focused on helping Canadian soldiers and first responders heal from trauma.

The piece, which appeared in their newsletter a few months back, reached over 35,000 Canadians – great coverage for a great cause and it didn’t cost a dime!

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Sooner or Later, Every Kid Gets Assertive

A young girl stares at her phone.
A few strategies to help unlock horns with your kids.

I found this a real key moment on the parental journey. On one hand, you can’t help but feel proud of a child who stands up for herself. On the other hand, you know that parenting is suddenly going to get more difficult and strategic.

One of the BEST Things I’ve Ever Done!

A father hugs his daughter at the dinner table.
Going sober for 100 days taught me things I couldn’t have imagined.

This was something I saw going around the Internet a while back. I figured I’d give it a shot, just to see if I could muster the discipline to go 100 days without alcohol. My biggest realization was how much the cost-benefit analysis tipped in favour of skipping the booze altogether!

One Soldier’s Powerful Story

It was a real pleasure to meet and listen to Rob Martin’s story. Rob is an exceptional and inspirational human being who reminds us that, no matter how dark the night seems, there is a new morning and new life and you can make it through to embrace both to the fullest.

Thanks Rob!

Animation Makes the Message

It’s hard to beat character animation, motion graphics, and live video when it comes to getting your message across. Here is a short piece I recently wrote and produced for CTC Communications, an award-winning healthcare communications company.


Video Sells Stories

Video continues to dominate the web, with no slowdown in sight. By 2021, a million minutes of video content will cross global IP networks every second, according to Cisco.

So if you’ve got a story to tell, and you want to reach an audience that is receptive to hearing it, video is simply essential.  The good news is that producing great video is now more affordable than ever!

Here’s a small piece that tells the story of changing attitudes when it comes to treating people with cancer.


Dr. Janet McCulloch Shares 10 Ways to Heal

There are many paths to healing. In this video, Dr. Janet McCulloch of the Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback shares her own top-ten list of the best ways to heal PTSD.

Dr. McCulloch specializes in one of the newest and most innovative therapies: neurofeedback. The process helps a person self-manage their mood and mental state through feedback training.

I had a really inspirational time with this exceptional therapist and look forward to more filming for our soldiers and first responders awareness campaign – – shortly.