PR & Law

PR & Law

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Hosted by Cam and Ewan


#17: Crisis Comms Expert Edward Segal on Communicating COVID and Facebook’s Fumbles. Also: New Work Contracts, “Karen”, and Success Addiction
Aug 3 • 65 min
The author of “Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals, and Other Emergencies” Edward Segal shared practical advice for companies communicating with staff about COVID-19, including how to manage layoffs or furloughs…
#16: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Nailed Her Speech, the Seattle Kraken Give a Lesson in Marketing, and Unsafe Workplaces
Jul 26 • 70 min
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows off her communications skills in a passionate rebuttal to Republican Ted Yoho following a confrontation earlier in the week. We dissect her approach and explain why it worked so well, then mentioned a few other tips to…
#15: Can You be Forced to Wear a Mask? Also: PR Tips from a Veteran Spin Doctor, Canada v. USA, Trump’s Twitter, and a Homeless Baseball Team
Jul 20 • 73 min
Lessons from the world of PR and employment law are more pertinent than ever, especially as the pandemic continues to spread rapidly across the US and now in Hong Kong, too. Ewan provides a definitive answer on whether stores can make you wear a mask, and…
#14: What is TikTok, and Why are Governments Banning It? Plus Discrimination on Religious Grounds and Robinhood
Jul 13 • 61 min
We raced through the show this week with so much to cover. We kicked off looking at how COVID-19 has come back with a vengeance, and not just in the US this time. We look at how discrimination works on religious grounds, and then dive into the story of…
#13: United Airlines Hits Some PR Turbulence, Hong Kong Falls, Advertisers Unlike Facebook, and Vietnam and Canada Find COVID Success
Jul 6 • 69 min
United Airlines runs into both legal and PR trouble this week after some ill-advised comments from its Chief of Communications on precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on board. Hong Kong’s freedoms virtually vanish overnight (literally), leaving…
#12: A Raucous Debate Over the ‘Gig Economy’, Uber Driver Sues Uber, When Doxxing Goes Too Far, VIP Parties and Root Bear
Jun 29 • 70 min
Cam and Ewan debate the ‘gig economy’, going back and forth over whether millennials and Gen Z have lucked out with all the cool digital opportunities, or whether they’re stuck building a career with scraps of work here and there without any benefits. The…
#11: The US “Gives Up”, the Supreme Court Defines “Sex”, a Glimpse into the Horrific Culture of Hazing, and Jon Stewart Returns
Jun 22 • 70 min
Hazing is an ugly ritual that permeated junior hockey for years, but those responsible are now facing a reckoning. We discuss why the toxic culture behind hazing is a PR disaster for a sport that is already considered violent. Ewan goes into the US…
#10: Social Justice and #BLM Raise Stakes for Brands, Cathay Pacific Bailed Out, Harry Potter and Gender Dysphoria, Seinfeld vs. Maron
Jun 14 • 75 min
What a show! A lot is packed into this week’s episode, including a look at how companies are increasingly under-the-gun in an age of social justice, with consumers demanding more than platitudes and simple statements of support of the Black Lives Matter…
#9: HBO Max’s Marketing Mess, Facing Your Own Decline, and Why Women are Carrying the Burden of COVID-19
Jun 8 • 71 min
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt worldwide, but not evenly. We look at how women have been hit with an even heavier burden, particularly with kids unable to attend classes. Also, with HBO Max officially launched, we join many others by asking: what…
#8: How Brands are Responding to George Floyd, the Firing of Amy Cooper after a Racist Outburst in Central Park, and Hong Kong Might Not be Dead Yet
Jun 1 • 72 min
We just lived through one of the busiest news weeks since we started the show, and we tackled all of it! We dive into the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the nationwide riots that followed. A poll by PR firm Edelman shows that…
#7: Beijing Pulls Hong Kong Closer with Security Law, Why Some Legal Firms Wrongly Insist on Paper, and COVID Becomes a Part of Life
May 24 • 69 min
Hong Kong was in the headlines again this week after Beijing took a drastic step to force a national security law on the semi-autonomous region. We dive into the issue and potential fallout, which includes protests over the weekend in which police fired…
#6: Shocking Anger at the “Fake News” Media, Balancing Law and PR Risks, COVID Delirium and Get it in Writing!
May 18 • 75 min
We play a shocking piece of audio from a protest in New York where people shout profanity at a journalist who turned up to cover the protest. The news media may have a bigger PR problem than news organizations would like to admit. We dive into the issue…
#5: The Embarrassing Leak of Private Misogynistic Chats on Instagram, COVID Chaos in the White House, and Why People are Unhappy in Retirement
May 14 • 69 min
**This episode is being republished due to technical issues. If you’ve already listened to Episode 5 you can obviously skip this. If not, hope you enjoy and sorry it’s late.** This is a good one! It moves fast, too, as we dive into the embarrassing leak…
#4: Guns as an Identity, Battle Over Victoria’s Secret, China’s Newfound Diplomatic Aggression and The Last Dance
May 3 • 73 min
Cam and Ewan look at how COVID-19 has impacted the sale of Victoria’s Secret, the oddly soaring stock market, China’s new, aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomats, the massacre in Canada and how the US gun lobby feels about tougher gun control in the Great…
#3: How to Sue China for COVID-19, Funerals in an Era of Social Distancing, and China Battles with Thailand… Online
Apr 26 • 65 min
This week, Cam and Ewan look at US courts potentially opening the door for individuals and companies to sue China over the economic fallout from COVID-19, the potential permanent changes to global supply chains and to globalization itself, funerals in an…
#2: Zoom Scandal, a Debate Over the “China Virus”, and What to Do if Your Workplace is Unsafe
Apr 19 • 68 min
We open the show by looking at COVID-19 from two very different spots: Toronto, where a “shelter in place” edict continues to leave streets empty and businesses closed, and Hong Kong, where things are almost back to normal. Restaurants and shopping malls…
#1: Laid-Off Employee Rights During COVID-19, Permanent Changes to Work, and Masks as a Cultural Symbol
Apr 12 • 68 min
The first episode of the podcast focuses on the economic impact of COVID-19, particularly job losses, the rights of laid-off employees, and potentially permanent changes to work routines with the success of working from home. It also contains a lively…