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Our Top 3 FB Posts of 2013

Last week, being the first week of the New Year, By George Journal counted down its top 10 Facebook posts of 2013.  (Each weekday we routinely post a morning quote or graphic on Chris’s Facebook Page.)  Out of the hundreds of inspirational and motivational posts in 2013, By George picked the following top three posts. 




Follow By George on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also connect with Chris on LinkedIn.

10 Facts on 20 Years

CG&A_LOGO[1]We’re proud of passing the 20-year milestone this week.  For those who may not know about CG&A COMMUNICATIONS, here are 10 facts on our company’s history.   

  1. In the 20 years, there has been more than 30 consultants work within our “CG&A network” (as many as 14 at one time in our history). Today, there are 4 individuals in the network who have been associated with us for more than 15 years.
  2. Though we started the business in Ottawa and much of our work focuses on Parliament Hill and the federal government, our company’s main office was located in the Niagara Region for just under 11 years (we operated in various Ottawa locations for the other 9+ years).  
  3. We have played an integral role in the passage of important legislation: federal and provincial impaired driving laws; education amendments in Canada’s copyright law; and a new Ontario law that is the first North American legislation to address school anaphylaxis protocols.
  4. We have counseled CEO and Boards of a total of 5 hospitals and 6 health organizations, and worked with both the Health Minister and Deputy Minister in Ontario.
  5. We served the National President, National Board and CEO of MADD Canada on many different levels for a total of 14 years. We managed MADD’s government relations and advocacy efforts, executed its media relations, and advised on public policy matters.
  6. For more than a decade we have been counseling provincial ministers of education and senior policy officials, who have been successful in achieving significant education amendments in the recently passed federal copyright law.
  7. We provided strategic counsel and public relations support to Board members of the Ottawa Transition Board, the body that managed the amalgamation of 12 municipalities into the new City of Ottawa in 2001.
  8. For three years, we were the public relations company of record for the Ottawa International Airport, branding and positioning the newly privatized business entity (ed. – you may say in getting this contract our business took off).
  9. We provided media relations and webmaster services for a wide range of clients from MADD Canada to Commissionaires Ottawa, from Ottawa International Airport to Ottawa Transition Board; and advised dozens of other clients from hydro, telephone, hospitals, financial advisors, etc.
  10. Over the years, we have written and distributed By George, an entertaining and informative newsletter. Currently, Chris George edits the opus as an on-line journal: www.bygeorgejournal.ca.



20 years and counting

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CG&A COMMUNICATIONS is 20 years young this week. Lisa and I have managed our public relations consultancy through exciting times in Ottawa during the 1990’s. We played a pivotal part in the communications and public relations of the Ottawa Transition Board, the body overseeing the amalgamation of the new City of Ottawa in 2001. With MADD, hospitals and health care clients, and a variety of government relations contracts, we grew our business. In early 2000’s we moved the business and Family to the beautiful Niagara Region and, recently, we have moved back to the National Capital Region.


For Lisa and I, it has been an adventuresome 20-year journey that, if we had the opportunity, we’d do all over again. Here are some links providing greater details of our company and its history:

The Company Website

Our Milestones

Our Services

Our Clients

More about Our Braintrust

For years to come, we look forward to continuing to serve our clients with our hallmark “reliable counsel and effective advocacy.”


(ed. – The photos were taken in our first year of business, 1994, in “our first office” at 40 The Driveway in Ottawa.) 


Happy 20th CG&A COMM!


This January marks the 20th year of service for Lisa and I and our public relations business, CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. If someone had told us back in 1994 that we’d have a consultancy that would span decades, we’d never believe him.


Here’s to 20 years and counting! We look forward to more interesting times and clients’ successes in the years ahead.


(ed. – This photo was taken at the NAC and, yes, that is us in our younger years.)

Sideway Glances of #RobFord

Admittedly, we too got caught up in the 30-minute-Twitter-frenzy following Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s press conference late afternoon yesterday. Here are 10 of the more colourful tweets from the @ByGeorgeJournal feed.

  • @splomgirl – I felt like my eyes were going to roll out of my head while scrolling through my twitterfeed of Rob Ford’s transcript.
  • @brycebaril – I can’t help but hear Meatloaf when I hear Rob Ford’s speech. “I would do anything for Toronto, but I won’t step down…”
  • @acarvin – This whole Rob Ford mess is like a Chris Farley SNL sketch that never, ever ends….  #TOpoli
  • @ByGeorgeJournal – Very funny. #LOL – RT @davidakin – “It’s a little unorthodox as re-election launches go.” #topoli
  • @slilleyman – Good news you guys! Via @VanityFair: Rob Ford’s Crack-Apology Football Tie Now Available on eBay
  • @ArwenLong – I can’t stop tweeting about #RobFord. But I’m not an addict. I can stop at any time. #TOpoli
  • @Naparstek – Toronto’s corrupt, corpulent, Cadillac-driving Rob Ford is the perfect embodiment of the demise the North American suburb.
  • @gmbutts – So congratulations, Rob Ford, for outdoing all previous Hogtown Mayors. You’ve made Toronto the centre of the universe. #TOpoli
  • @Irene680News – Not every day #CNN carries a presser from ##Toronto live, #RobFord has the world talking pic.twitter.com/lQbzDPPPWz
  • @ByGeorgeJournal – Agreed! #LOL – RT @RosieBarton “After today no one is allowed to say bombshell on the news ever again. ok?”

And we RT-ed a few serious questions…

  • @IvisonJ – Perennial questions for anyone in power: Where did your power come from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable?
  • @rosalyndawn – Critical question for #cdnpoli types: How can we get voters -young voters esp- to take the political process seriously amid so much scandal?

Consider following @ByGeorgeJournal on Twitter

(ed. – Photo credit: Michelle Siu for the National Post)

By George, join us!

The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.  Visit the pages of this By George Journal for our regular posts. Also, join us in our other media:


By George Journal on Twitter


Chris George’s Facebook page


Chris George on LinkedIn


Through this Fall, we are celebrating the lead up to CG&A COMMUNICATIONS’ 20th birthday (that special date is in January).  We are releasing a few e-books on political jokes from the campaign trail, political quotes, new creative writings, as well as the publication of By George Treasury II.  


We are looking forward to the next three months and an active on-line dialogue with our followers. Consider joining the By George conversation.

Being heard in Ottawa

Our Canadian Parliament resumed yesterday and, in the weeks ahead, Members of Parliament will begin their job of moving legislation through the House of Commons. MPs are back at it in Ottawa, on the Hill, and working with bureaucrats to caretake our Nation’s business.


When a group or company needs to interact with the routines found in Ottawa, it is always a challenge to get noticed by MPs and, often, it’s nearly impossible to get something accomplished. (There is no wonder why out of the frustrations of communicating with politicians and bureaucrats a whole Government Relations industry has spawned.)


However, individuals can connect directly with “government” and, with mindful planning and persistence, they may get things done. For those who are contemplating this mission, here are a few pointers on how to be effective when dealing with Ottawa and having your matter heard – and understood – by MPs. 


  • Introduce yourself – before you actually want something. Get to know office staff and gain access to MP(s) by introducing yourself and your organization/cause.
  • Write.  Put thoughtful opinions and information – and questions – on paper (don’t just e-mail) and mail your MP(s). (Always write your own letters – everyone hates form letters.) Most MPs will read their mail. Staff (and some MPs) do keep track of correspondence. If your letter has useful or interesting content, the staff will likely create a reference file for future use.
  • Have a specific request of your MP(s) when you must connect with her/him. Be forthright and clear with what actions or information you are seeking. Attempt to make direct contact with the MP(s) and follow-up the exchange (whether it is in person or a phone conversation) with a letter of thanks.
  • Understand that your matter will have to compete with MP’s politics. There are always overriding political agendas when dealing with MPs. Therefore, you must be aware of “the politics” that will impact MPs’ support for or response to your issue. It is necessary to align your messages with prevailing political agendas and engage the MP(s) with their political views in mind.
  • Always connect with your local MP. As a constituent, s/he will be interested in what you have to say. At every opportunity visit and meet in person at your local constituency office. It helps to make a lasting impression when you make a personal connection with MPs and their staff.
  • Be persistent. Always follow-up on any contact made with MPs and their offices. Write follow-up letters; answer any questions posed; provide further details; and, request further face time with MPs when needed. Keep volleying information into the staff and MP(s) and you will remain on their radar. With the volume of work MPs and staff have, being out-of-sight is out-of-mind.


If you feel like you are getting nowhere and are not being taken seriously, that’s when you might consider reaching out for GR assistance. Getting your message through to Parliamentarians and succeeding to “move Ottawa” on any one matter (no matter how justified it is) is painstaking and agitating. Sometimes you need a sounding board and helping hand… and, even then, you will need a generous dose of patience.

25 FAV tweets from summer of ’13

Each day By George tweets quotes to motivate and inspire. Consider following us on Twitter to gain a source of positive energy. Imagine getting anyone of these tweets (below are the last 25 FAV tweets sent out this summer). You can join us on Twitter by clicking here: @ByGeorgeJournal.

  • Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Goethe
  • Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’ – Lao Tzu
  • Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. – Bob Marley
  • Enough is abundance to the wise. – Euripides
  • We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten. – Cesare Pavese
  • Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win. – Bobby Knight
  • Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. – Stephen Covey
  • Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. – Isaac Asimov
  • What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? – George Eliot
  • Great opportunities to help others seldom come but small ones surround us every day. – Sally Koch
  • Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Joseph Addison
  • Always give without remembering, and always receive without forgetting. – Brian Tracy
  • The height of your success is determined by the depth of your belief. – Martin C. Jischke
  • The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway
  • Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker
  • There’s a way to do it better — find it. – Thomas Edison
  • To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act. – Anatole France
  • As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. – Andrew Carnegie
  • It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein
  • It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
  • If a man has done his best, what else is there? – George S. Patton
  • You cannot always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump. – Yasmeen Bleeth
  • Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. – Henry Miller
  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? – Dr Robert Schuller



Join the By George conversation


The By George editorial mission is to share provocative thoughts on the pages of this on-line journal, on our Facebook page, and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into our readers’ days.


This Fall we will bring readers more thoughtful quotes and useful top-ten lists, more insights into effective communications tactics and musings on Government. We also plan to release an e-book on political jokes from the campaign trail, a By George Treasury II, as well as new creative writings.   


Make it a habit to visit this journal a couple times a week to view the posts.  And consider joining the greater By George conversation on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn. We look forward to our exchanges.

Summertime Fun

DavidRosser_Canadiana Eh!Our summer hiatus is set to begin this week! This year we have a great deal planned for “our mental re-fresher”: biking and hiking, reading a few novels and a bundle of magazines, fun at a whole lot of fiddle events, and as much canoeing as we can manage. (I also plan on digging through my files of poetry for a few skeletons to exhume.) This being our first summer back in the Ottawa area in more than a decade, our Family is looking forward to the parklands, waterways and many festivals and City events. So, let the fun begin!


Through the next five-to-six weeks, By George urges you to stay connected via our Twitter and/or Facebook postings. We plan to irregularly post our whereabouts and top-o’-mind musings. (We will be back posting in the By George Journal in late August.)


As a parting post, we leave you with these summertime links to help you with the heat of the season.


Enjoy your summer!

Reflections to motivate and inspire

A Day in the Life of Man_coverA Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes that takes the reader through an average day – from dawn to dusk. Page by page, as one experiences his day, this assortment of thoughts will encourage reflection, reawaken aspirations, and draw energy from within.    


With its release in 2011, Chris George stated, “This book is for everyone who wants to make the most of themselves and of their day. The collection of thought teaches essential lessons of life, it provides support for the trials of the day, and it will offer comfort to a soul that is ever-stretching.”


“We live in a complicated world, with events that often make little sense and push us back into ourselves for answers. At the same time, we are social beings wanting to make connections and share life’s experiences. This book helps to draw lines of rationality, dot to dot, day in and day out.” said George.


A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is an e-book pdf, available on-line through PayPal, accessed from the E-Bookshelf in the By George Store.

By George, join in!



Weekly, By George shares dozens of provocative thoughts on the pages of this journal, on our Facebook page and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into the work day.


Join the By George conversation on FacebookTwitter LinkedIn – and we look forward to our exchange.


Provoking Thought. Providing Thoughtfulness.

It is not the critic that counts….

CGA Poster Quotes:Finals

We have available three striking posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery. The By George Inspirations are plakmount 18 x 12 inch posterboards, sure to draw attention and stir conversation at your workplace or in your home. (These posters also make thoughtful gifts and remarkable recognition awards.) You can order your copy of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic “critic” quote, or another of the profound posterboards available at our By George Store.  

(Click on photo to see larger image. )


Connect, By George!



By George Journal has recently moved to the Ottawa area, settling in the town of Almonte.  To celebrate this move we are publishing @ByGeorgeJournal Top 100 FAV Tweets to #motive and @ByGeorgeJournal Top 100 FAV Tweets to #inspire. After more than 5,000 tweets to motivate and to inspire, we believe these quotes to be the very best of the English-speaking world.


  • Connect, ByGeorge! is a contest for businesses and individuals who live in Ottawa, Almonte, Carleton Place, Lanark County or the Ottawa Valley .
  •  Follow @ByGeorgeJournal on Twitter or befriend Chris George on Facebook
  •  Send us a Direct Message via Twitter or Facebook with the information of 1) where you reside and 2) your e-mail address.
  • Every participant will receive copies of our e-books containing our Top 100 FAV quotes.
  •  Every 10th new follower who connects with us also receives our e-book, The By George Treasury.   
  • The contest runs through the next six weeks to May 30th.


The By George Journal is an on-line dialogue of writer and advocate Chris George. Chris is lead pen for CG&A COMMUNICATIONS, a public relations firm celebrating its 20th year of service. Click to learn more about the Journal and/or company.


We’re back (in so many ways)!


By George Facebook post on April 2, 2013 – Back at the keyboard today. The move across the Province is complete as we embark on new Family adventures. It also marks the next chapter for our PR business – from a whole different perspective: a focus on Ottawa from the beauty of Almonte! (Photo is of falls on Mill Street.)


It is two weeks today that we have landed in Almonte. Truthfully, the dust has yet to settle from the move. However, with the return to the Ottawa area, the next Chapter for CG&A COMM and the By George Journal has already begun. We are very happy to have already had a first few reunions with good friends in Ottawa. In the weeks ahead I look forward to meeting with many more.


Over the course of the next few months, watch for the release of a few interesting writing projects. Next week, to coincide with our 5,000th tweet, we are releasing an e-package of @ByGeorgeJournal’s Top 100 tweets to #inspire and Top 100 tweats to #motivate. We expect these to be favourites for those who value quality quotes.


And next week we are anxiously resuming our regular postings in the By George Journal as the fun has begun. (You can  follow us elsewhere – join the By George on-line dialogue on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s a mission to provoke thought – and provide thoughtfulness.)


Embarking on new adventures

We are taking a hiatus from posting to By George Journal for a couple of weeks, as our Family and business moves. It is exciting times as we set out on the journey back to the Ottawa area!


If you have not already read it, “The Move” is a recent poem that reflects our emotions and thoughts embarking on new adventures.


The Move


We’ll connect in April – from Almonte.