Michael Wilson
Canadian politician
Michael Wilson
Michael Holcombe Wilson, PC, CC is a Canadian diplomat, politician and business leader. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wilson attended Upper Canada College, Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he joined The Kappa Alpha Society. He was a Bay Street investment executive when he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the 1979 general election.
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Do People Learn Nouns or Verbs More Easily?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Michael Wilson, Student of Linguistics at UT Austin Let's try an experiment to find out!* I'll show you a few objects, and give you some sentences with them. Now, unlike a normal situation, these will be written, not said, but you'll have to bear with it. (No peeking ahead to the end or the experiment won't work!) ... Condition 1: Nouns Here's a set of strange objects: Here's what they're called, in alphabetical order: we've got a blick, a gloggle, a jeet, a morp, a strack, and a tib. Here's what I want: tell me which one's the blick. I'll help you out a bit though: I'm going to show you some pairs of objects, in no particular order, and I'll tell you their names, once again in alphabetical order for each pair. ... Here's the first pair of objects: Wow, a blick and a morp! ... Another: Ooh! A strack and a tib! How wonderful! ... Here's that blick and the gloggle again! Don't they look nice toge ...
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Canada’s telecom arrogance
Financial Post - over 3 years
Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper received a letter from Anthony S. Fell, a Director of BCE Inc. and a fellow Conservative. We reproduce it below. Click here for Industry Minister James Moore’s response to the letter which he said was “filled with assumptions about the outcome of the upcoming spectrum auction, and misinformation.” It was posted on the Minister’s website Tuesday night. Dear Prime Minister, I have been a Director of BCE for the past 12 years. Accordingly, I understand my views on telecom policy will be deemed biased. Nevertheless, I am writing this letter as a Canadian citizen and a long standing member of the Conservative Party of Canada and a strong past and present supporter of you and your government. I am dismayed by the way the telecom/Verizon file has been handled by the Ministry. George Cope, Darren Entwistle and Nadir Mohamed are three of the most capable Chief Executive Officers in Canada and for Minister Moore to allocate them a half hour to p ...
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Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race - New York Times
Google News - almost 4 years
New York Times Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race New York Times State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, a Queens Democrat, at a White Plains courthouse on Tuesday. Mr. Smith is accused of trying to buy a slot on the mayoral ballot. By MICHAEL WILSON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM. Published: April 2, 2013. The two men sat in ... NY politicians arrested in alleged mayoral race bribe schemeReuters Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plotThe Seattle Times State Sen. Malcolm Smith, Lawmakers and GOP party officials arrested for plot to ...Gant Daily Wall Street Journal -USA TODAY -Patch.com all 276 news articles »
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Pressure Building To Turn Lights On In New York
NPR - over 4 years
It's been more than two weeks since superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast and thousands are still without power and heat. Host Michel Martin checks in with New York Times reporter Michael Wilson about how New York City public housing residents are faring. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Business: Take a bow
Financial Post - over 4 years
Bold executive leadership was crucial to free trade deal In the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, generous plaudits accorded to then prime minister Brian Mulroney are richly deserved. His ambition and courage resulted in an historic achievement that changed the face of Canada. The prime minister’s success was aided by a cadre of able ministers and officials. Among the stars, to name a few, were Michael Wilson, Don Mazankowski, John Crosbie, Pat Carney, Simon Reisman, Gordon Ritchie, Derek Burney and Allan ­Gotlieb. It is a given that great national undertakings owe their success to more than a few at the apex of political power. In the case of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian business community can justly claim a significant share of responsibility for the outcome. From the earliest days of the initiative through to its triumph in the single-issue election of 1988 and its implementation on Jan. 1 ...
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Ranting Elmo Returns and Is Arrested in Times Square (Michael Wilson/City Room)
Wesmirch.com - over 4 years
Michael Wilson / City Room: Ranting Elmo Returns and Is Arrested in Times Square  —  A man dressed as Elmo was taken into custody on Tuesday in Times Square.  The same man had been removed from Central Park in June.  —  A man with a history of shouting anti-Semitic rants while dressed as Elmo at popular tourist destinations …
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Agrium slashes retail unit value 38% as Jana pushes spinoff demands
Financial Post - over 4 years
Agrium Inc. cut its estimate of the value of its farm-supply retail unit by at least 38% the same day hedge fund Jana Partners LLC went public with a proposal to spin off the division. The Calgary-based fertilizer producer told research analysts that the retail unit, if separated, might trade at less than eight times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to Paul Chapman, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets. In June 2011, Agrium Chief Executive Officer Michael Wilson said the retail unit was worth 11 times Ebitda or more. “The company appears to be changing their messaging from previous statements made with regards to the value of retail, becoming more conservative on the back of recent events,” Chapman said in a research note yesterday. Agrium’s CEO was scheduled to meet with Jana today after rejecting the hedge fund’s proposal to separate the unit, two people familiar with the situation said. Jana, the activist hedge fund run by Barry Rosenstein ...
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Anti-Semitic ‘Elmo’ Ran Cambodian Porn Site
Forward - over 4 years
It turns out that the anti-Semitic “Elmo” from recent news might also be called the pornographic Elmo. Anti-Semitic Elmo is back in business in Central Park following the release of a viral video of him spewing anti-Jewish vitriol and his subsequent psychiatric evaluation at Metropolitan Hospital Center. But Michael Wilson of The New York Times has done some digging and discovered some even more disturbing information on the man behind the big, red, furry mask. Click here for the rest of the article...
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Librarian Fired At Baptist University For Being Gay
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Despite being a tenured librarian, 50-year old Michael Wilson was fired a few weeks after he refused to sign the Shorter University’s new contract which included a lifestyle statement which required all employees to reject homosexuality. Rome News-Tribute reports that along with the contract, Wilson submitted a letter in which he said: “Please find enclosed for your reference a copy of my signed employment contract for the 2012-2013 school year; the original document has been submitted to the Provost’s office. As you can see, I have redacted Clause 10; I believe, for reasons that should be obvious, that the provisions therein constitute a grave violation of the principles of academic freedom and tenure, core values in academe that were formerly embraced by the University’s administration.” Wilson was officially terminated on May 31st, according Save Our Shorter. Twenty days after submitting a signed contract with the particular clause marked out, he received a note b ...
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South Chicago Heights Police Blotter: Burglaries, Drugs and a Felony Escape
Chicago Heights Patch - almost 5 years
SATURDAY, MAY 5 Suspended with No Coverage Michael D Lockhart, 32, of the 22800 block of East Drive in Richton Park, was arrested in the 3100 block of Ashland Avenue and charged with failure to reduce speed, driving with a suspended license and no insurance, according to police. Battery and Criminal Damage Fredrick Colvin, 43, of the 100 block of West 34th Street in Steger was arrested in the 3000 block of Jackson and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property, police said. Heroin in Hand? L. C. Bolton, 62, of the 1400 block of East 15th Street in Chicago Heights, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance when police discovered heroin on him, according to the report. FRIDAY, MAY 4 Suspended Michael Wilson, 35, of the first block of West 29th Street, was arrested at 34th and Chicago Road and charged with driving with a suspended license and speeding, according to the report. WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Trespassing ...
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BOE Accepts Another Resignation, Picks a New Member
Haddonfield Patch - almost 5 years
The Haddonfield Board of Education on Thursday accepted the resignation of Board Administrator Andrew Hall and chose Maureen Eyles over three other candidates to replace Lynn Biehn on the board. Hall told the board he has a "private sector opportunity to become a senior vice president of a growing company." "It's a good opportunity to gamble and see what happens," he said. Hall has been the business administrator for the past six years. His last day is July 30. He is the third school district official to resign in the past month. The board accepted the resignations of Assistant Superintendent Dyanne Kerecman and Biehn last month. Eyles is an event planner and sponsorship sales freelancer with a degree from Villanova University. She also oversees Haddonfield's First Night, New Year's Eve celebration. The board deliberated in closed session for less than 30 minutes before deciding on Eyles shortly after 10 p.m. Eyles was the last of four candidates the board interviewe ...
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Regina Weinreich: The Best Man: Gore Vidal's Patriot Act
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
While Republicans evaluate the electability of Mitt Romney vs. Rick Santorum, the revival of Gore Vidal's witty 1960 play, The Best Man, comes to Broadway. At the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre, dressed up as convention headquarters, this Cold War era take on how Americans nominate our presidential candidates, the man in gray, a mere shape behind a scrim gets the prize, but he does not necessarily win. Observers of the political discourse will be amused, and reminded that the platitudes, empty promises, manufactured scandals, and colorful personalities even in dismaying blandness have been with us for a long time. Only now, media has brought them to us faster. In The Best Man, opinion is stacked in favor of the high-minded principles of one candidate, William Russell (John Larroquette) who, by the way, cheats on his wife (although he doesn't hold a cigar to some in real political life). By contrast, the crass maneuverings of another, Joe Cantwell (Eric McCormack) show a familiar ...
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Police Calls: Tire Vandals, Car Thieves, Mysterious Whistler, Kids with Drugs, Racetrack Fight and More
Albany Patch - almost 5 years
The following information was supplied by the Albany Police Department, unless otherwise noted, and does not indicate a conviction. This is the crime bulletin from April 1-4. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for an alert when we publish this report. Information from crimereports.com is included. See past bulletin reports here. Learn about several other ways to stay current on Albany crime news. See the original bulletins in the media viewer below. APRIL 1, SUNDAY 5:20 p.m. Police responded to a hit-and-run at Golden Gate Fields in which one man was reportedly dragged behind a car after trying to stop a fight. Read more here. 5:45 p.m. A woman reported "numerous household items taken by her international student's friends" in the 1000 block of Kains Avenue. Police took a case report. 5:56 p.m. Police responded to an injury-accident, at Cleveland Avenue and Interstate 80, involving a Toyota Camry and a GMC Safari. [Albany Patch has requested additional information.] ...
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AFA Announces 2011 Michael Wilson Scholarship Recipients
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Contact: Merri Shaffer, +1-703-247-5847, mshaffer@afa.org
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Ray’s Pizza, the First of Many, Counts Down to Last Slice
NYTimes - over 5 years
It did not call itself the flagship Ray’s Pizza because it never really had a fleet. It was not Original Ray’s or Famous Ray’s or Original Famous Ray’s or Real Ray’s or Ray’s on Ice or any of the other cloned shops sprinkled like shredded mozzarella all over town. It was simply Ray’s Pizza, and in the great
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CRIME SCENE; Charging $1 to Use the Restroom, and Paying the Price
NYTimes - over 5 years
Sure, you could have gotten a haircut at the Phenomenon Barber Shop in Brooklyn in the early morning hours of Labor Day, but that was just one of any number of reasons to have stopped by. It was also a place to dance, to relax, to hang out with friends and — regrettably, in hindsight — to use the restroom after a few drinks. One thing
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CRIME SCENE; Killed on Sept. 11, 2001, But Destined to Be Mourned Only Quietly, Only by a Few
NYTimes - over 5 years
Three deadly weapons struck down their victims in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Two were hijacked jets. The third was a .40-caliber pistol on a dark corner of Brooklyn, with just 18 minutes remaining in that day. To be the last man killed on Sept. 11 is to be hopelessly anonymous, quietly mourned by a few while, year after year, the rest of the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Wilson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 70
    In March 2008, it was alleged that Wilson told the Canadian media that US Presidential candidate Barack Obama was not serious about his promise to opt out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
    More Details Hide Details Liberal MP Navdeep Bains called on Wilson to step down as Canada's ambassador to Washington while the alleged leaks are investigated. Wilson has publicly acknowledged that he spoke to CTV reporter Tom Clark, who first reported the leaks, before the story aired, but refused to discuss what was said.
  • 2006
    Age 68
    He succeeded Frank McKenna in Washington, D.C. Wilson became the 22nd Canadian Ambassador to the United States on 13 March 2006 when U.S. President George W. Bush accepted his credentials.
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    On 16 February 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the nomination of Wilson as Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America.
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  • 2003
    Age 65
    On 30 October 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
    In recent years he has become a spokesman for a lobby group promoting public–private partnership. He was Chairman of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. In September 2003, Wilson was installed as chancellor of Trinity College.
    More Details Hide Details He is a mental health advocate, having lost a son to depression and suicide; he established the Cameron Parker Holcombe Wilson Chair in Depression Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 55
    Wilson was not a candidate in the 1993 election, and returned to Bay Street to head his own consulting and financial services firm.
    More Details Hide Details He later rejoined Royal Bank of Canada and was Chairman and CEO of RT Capital when that business was sold to UBS AG. Wilson was formerly Chairman of UBS Canada.
  • 1991
    Age 53
    In 1991, after seven years as Minister of Finance, Wilson became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister of International Trade.
    More Details Hide Details In that role, he participated in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • 1990
    Age 52
    He reformed the tax system to broaden the tax base and lower tax rates, removing many special tax provisions, and helped negotiate the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement. Wilson also introduced the Goods and Services Tax in 1990, a tax which is widely credited as having helped bring the Federal government back into surplus.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 46
    Mulroney appointed Wilson Minister of Finance when the party formed a government after the 1984 election.
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  • 1983
    Age 45
    Wilson was a candidate at the 1983 Progressive Conservative leadership convention.
    More Details Hide Details He tried to woo young delegates by having the rock group Spoons perform on his behalf. He dropped off after the first ballot, and urged his supporters to vote for the eventual winner, Brian Mulroney.
  • 1979
    Age 41
    Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wilson attended Upper Canada College, Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he joined The Kappa Alpha Society. He was a Bay Street investment executive when he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the 1979 general election.
    More Details Hide Details He served in various portfolios in the governments of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. He served as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States from 2006 until his replacement by Gary Doer in 2009.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on November 4, 1937.
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