Entries by Reem

The Benefits of Starting the New Year with Gratitude

Lindsay Yaciuk from Grassroots Public Affairs shares the importance of “embracing an attitude of gratitude” in 2023. At the end of 2022, I had an unexpected health setback, and while I waited for my diagnosis, I didn’t know if everything was going to be ok. It was an unsettling time, and I became acutely aware […]

Fall Economic Statement 2022

November 3rd, 2022 This afternoon Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2022 Fall Economic Statement. The Fall Economic Statement foresees the federal deficit at $36.4 billion in 2022-23, down from the $52.8 billion projected in the April 2022 federal budget. The latest news also forecasts a balanced budget by 2027-28. However, […]


Post-Covid Advocacy Series 4/4: Purpose – Mission – Vision.

#1 was Territorial Markers, #2 WIIFM, and #3 Grassroots’ 3C’s. This last article will put a bow around post COVID advocacy principles as our way of encouraging all groups seeking government support to address the big-picture issues of Purpose – Mission – Vision. “Start With Why” authored by Simon Sinek, has quickly established itself amongst […]


Post-Covid Advocacy Series 2/4: Asking For What You Want.

Last week Ray Pons addressed Territorial Markers, which are all about non-verbal communication. This article focusses on what you say, the words, and delivery of the words, when asking for what you are seeking from members of government and their staff. Over the years, a mistake we have seen made far too frequently by intelligent, […]

Post-COVID Advocacy Series 1/4: Territorial Markers.

Sr. Communications Specialist, Ray Pons presents the first of four articles designed to help you communicate better and communicate much more by design, rather than by default [your usual, comfort-zone style of self-expression]. Advocacy, highly effective advocacy, is all about highly effective communication. Communication is, for the most part, all about ‘keeping it simple’. It […]


Ontario’s Legislative Preview

Late July is likely the most popular time for taking family holidays and time off, including those who work in government. Yet this summer, much like the preceding two, things continue to be far from “normal” in terms of what is likely to happen with the Government of Ontario’s agenda.  With this in mind, let’s […]

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First Impressions of Advocacy Networking

Associate Consultant at Grassroots Public Affairs Reem Wahab shares her take on networking in the advocacy world as a newcomer. Attending events for the first time in the advocacy world can be quite daunting. Depending on the event, you are usually in a room surrounded by politicians, staffers, clients, and many others who share the […]