Hill Times profile of The Tar Sands Diplomat

موقعنا Keith tries to have one idea per week for his weekly “Yukonomist” column on economics, business and politics with a Yukon flavour. The latest columns are linked here in the Yukon News.

http://onsiteinsights.co.uk/?kliwe=%D8%AE%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%A4%D8%B4%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B1&974=b0 Insomnia sufferers can find over 300 Yukonomist columns published since 2009 on the Yukon News archive at the link above. Selected recent and archive favourites linked below.

سعر الاسهم السعوديه 2016 Columns

ثنائي خبراء خيارات احتيال State of the Yukon economy (May 6, 2016)

http://encore-realty.com/?sebig=valutahandel-sverige&6a8=a0 Design principles for a Yukon carbon tax (April 29, 2016)

انقر هنا للحصول على معلومات A cunning plan by the vanguard elite, or just left-wing amateur hour? (April 22, 2016)

المباشر للاسهم A tale of three budget speeches (April 15, 2016)

http://gawlerhealthfoundation.org.au/?kolobok=%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%82-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%B1&fbd=8e All aboard the oil train! (April 8, 2016)

http://www.fiv5starhousecleaning.com/?rabiny=%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B0%D9%87%D8%A8&784=8e اسعار الذهب 'Feeling the Bern' in Alaska (April 1, 2016)

انقر هنا لقراءة Make Bennett great again! (March 25, 2016)

تجد Ninety-five missing Yukoners (March 18, 2016)

موقع لتحليل الاسهم مباشر الكويت Watch for carbon pricing to be a territorial election issue (March 11, 2016)

الخيارات الثنائية الدروس Watch out for how inflation eats away earnings (March 4, 2016)

عن له How caribou can boost gross domestic product (Feb 26, 2016)

انظر هذا هنا Asteroid mining and the future of the Yukon economy (Feb 19, 2016)

http://drunkenwerewolf.com/?alkapone=%D8%AE%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84&113=68 Introducing the Yukon swingometer (Feb 12, 2016)

الخيارات الثنائية البرامج التابعة لها Bumpy ride in the markets (Feb 5, 2016)

تصفح هذا الموقع Minto: More bad news for the mining sector (Jan 29, 2016)

What will you do with your share of the Yukon's $58 million windfall (Jan 22, 2016)

Three takes on the the Yukon's transfer payment cut (Jan 15, 2016)

A lump of coal in the Yukon's transfer payment stocking (Jan 8, 2016)

Selected 2009-15 favourites

Having the internet for breakfast (Nov 27, 2015)

IMF's low-for-long scenario and the Yukon (Nov 20, 2015)

Vapourware on the Dempster (Nov 6, 2016)

Captain Camo strikes again! (Sep 11, 2015)

Budget Gotterdammerung in Alaska (Jun 12, 2015)

Ted Harrison and Canada's artsiest economy (May 22, 2016)

Arctic Council: useful, but maybe in a different way than you think (May 8, 2015)

Fixing Whitehorse's weird deficit: Arts, culture and economic development (Apr 24, 2015)

Yukon political parties in 98.7 percent agreement on fracking (Apr 17, 2015)

More secret memos (Mar 13, 2015)

The Air North 500 (Feb 20, 2015)

Disco-era insights on the Yukon economy (Jan 30, 2015)

The 21st century sourdough (Jan 9, 2015)

Peril lurks all around us (Sep 19, 2014)

Hill Times TSD headerBy CHELSEA NASH

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, prostate July 20, viagra 2016 12:00 AM

Keith Halliday knows how mundane the work of a Canadian foreign service officer can be.

He knows how it feels to spend meeting after meeting and round after round of editing in preparing briefing notes for a cabinet minister, “and then finding out that the minister was totally distracted and didn’t even read them.”

Mr. Halliday himself is a former Canadian foreign service officer, having served on one rotation in the late ’90s as second secretary in Canada’s mission to the European Union in Brussels. Mr. Halliday said that cuts to the foreign service, and the prospect of having to spend more time in Ottawa than abroad, prompted him to reconsider his career choice. He ended up working at a Bay Street consultancy firm in Toronto.

Mr. Halliday decided to turn his experience into satire, with his latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat: A Novel of the Canadian Foreign Service. The novel is a satirical thriller, which follows the main character, Macgregor, on a perilous journey to get to the bottom of the murder of his friend.

“Macgregor is on a dream posting to Brussels, until a red-haired Russian prostitute dramatically murders the Canadian mission’s star diplomat and plunges Macgregor into a world of spooks, Russian oligarchs, and eco-hacktivists,” reads the back of the book.

Macgregor is a talented diplomat, says Mr. Halliday, but because of ever-changing technology, he has a hard time keeping up, and ends up stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy.

“Macgregor represents that decent, talented, hardworking diplomat who doesn’t get any recognition,” he said in an interview last week. “He’s stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy, no one recognizes his talents, and it’s not until…after the murder, and the Russian oligarch and the eco-terrorists get involved that he has to reach back and tap into all the things he learned in his career in different places to finally make a difference that he wasn’t able to do when he was just at his desk job doing briefing notes.”

Facing eco-hacktivists with impenetrable technological walls hiding their information, Macgregor defaults to 1950s spy tactics: following people in disguise and breaking into their homes in the middle of the night. He also has some funny run-ins along the way, said Mr. Halliday.

Mr. Halliday said he thinks the book will be relatable to anyone who has spent time working in Ottawa or in the foreign service.

“The foreign service was such a great place to start a career, and so many interesting things were happening, but there was also a whole angle of life and work in the foreign service that was so different from the image that everyone has, and that I had when I joined. A certain element of ridiculousness” persisted, he said.

“What I thought was interesting was: if you combine this routine day-to-day bureaucracy of the foreign service with, you know, a real international crisis or scandal, which I didn’t happen to be involved in—that’s the fictional part. But the juxtaposition of those two things makes it all sort of an interesting package,” he added.

During his time in the foreign service, Mr. Halliday said there was real opposition and even protests to some Canadian activities, such as the seal hunt, clear-cut forestry, and energy exports. Mr. Halliday said there was much misinformation in Europe surrounding these Canadian practices, but that the protests “are very different from [a] Canadian’s own self-image of the country as this sort of international good boy-scout.”

The idea of a “tar sands diplomat,” or a diplomat charged with the task of selling the idea of Canada’s oil sands, was created in order to keep the issues current, he said.

It’s also why the novel focuses on Russia, he added.

“[Russia]’s much more important in Brussels these days, what with Ukraine and Crimea, and the resurgence of the Putin regime and the rise of the oligarchs and so on. And then combine that with the tar sands angle, I wanted to give this novel a bit more currency and connection to current public affairs.”

In 2002, Mr. Halliday took what he describes as a “chemotherapy-induced vacation” from his job at Boston Consulting Group, a management consultancy firm. He needed to slow life down, he said, and so he, his wife, and their four children moved to his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon, where they still live today.

While going through chemotherapy and radiation to treat the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Mr. Halliday wrote Canada’s “number one diplomatic thriller,” a title for which there’s not really much competition, as Mr. Halliday himself joked.

Niche as the market may be, it draws a global audience. Mr. Halliday says he can tell the location of who downloads his podcast version of the book, (of which episodes are released for free on a weekly basis, and available on iTunes), and that he’s got listeners from Europe to Asia, and scattered around North America. The book is also available via Amazon and is self-published by Mr. Halliday. It’s been on the (digital) shelves since April.

If you can’t get enough of Macgregor and his antics, don’t fret: Mr. Halliday is currently working on a sequel. This time, the satirical spy novel will be set in Canada, with the working title Our Man in Toronto, said Mr. Halliday.

He is also the author of the children’s novel Aurore of the Yukon: A Girl’s Adventure in the Klondike Gold Rush, published in 2006, and three other historical adventure novels for youth.

Regarding his latest, he concluded: “I think it’s just a book by a former occupant, from someone who used to be inside Ottawa, I think it’s a bit of fun and I think it’s particularly appealing to people who have lived the Ottawa experience in ministers’ offices or in Foreign Affairs or at embassies, and hopefully a fun read—but also bringing forward a few wry chuckles that you’ll connect to your own life and experience in Ottawa.”

For more laughs: #CdnFSProblems

If you can’t get enough of nerdy foreign-service satire, you might want to check out the laugh-out-loud funny blog Canadian Foreign Service Problems, if you haven’t already.

The anonymous author of the blog didn’t want to be interviewed in order to keep his/her anonymity intact. But, they’ve certainly got a good thing going, with 598 Twitter followers (at the time of publication) using the handle @cdnfsproblems, and some pretty high-profile ones as well. Deputy minister of international development Peter Boehm follows the Twitter stream, as do heads of mission Artur Wilczynski (Norway), Rick Savone (Brazil), Marcel Lebleu (Chile), and Gwyn Kutz (Peru).

The blog features jokes in the form of, “when this happens to you,” accompanied by a relevant GIF from pop culture. The most recent post, from July 12, reads, “When your HoM tries to give you work during your last week before you rotate out,” alongside a GIF of a cat repeatedly knocking objects off a desk, with some choice expletives popping up as he does so.

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By CHELSEA NASH

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, malady July 20, store 2016 12:00 AM

Keith Halliday knows how mundane the work of a Canadian foreign service officer can be.

He knows how it feels to spend meeting after meeting and round after round of editing in preparing briefing notes for a cabinet minister, vialis 40mg “and then finding out that the minister was totally distracted and didn’t even read them.”

Mr. Halliday himself is a former Canadian foreign service officer, having served on one rotation in the late ’90s as second secretary in Canada’s mission to the European Union in Brussels. Mr. Halliday said that cuts to the foreign service, and the prospect of having to spend more time in Ottawa than abroad, prompted him to reconsider his career choice. He ended up working at a Bay Street consultancy firm in Toronto.

Mr. Halliday decided to turn his experience into satire, with his latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat: A Novel of the Canadian Foreign Service. The novel is a satirical thriller, which follows the main character, Macgregor, on a perilous journey to get to the bottom of the murder of his friend.

“Macgregor is on a dream posting to Brussels, until a red-haired Russian prostitute dramatically murders the Canadian mission’s star diplomat and plunges Macgregor into a world of spooks, Russian oligarchs, and eco-hacktivists,” reads the back of the book.

Macgregor is a talented diplomat, says Mr. Halliday, but because of ever-changing technology, he has a hard time keeping up, and ends up stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy.

“Macgregor represents that decent, talented, hardworking diplomat who doesn’t get any recognition,” he said in an interview last week. “He’s stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy, no one recognizes his talents, and it’s not until…after the murder, and the Russian oligarch and the eco-terrorists get involved that he has to reach back and tap into all the things he learned in his career in different places to finally make a difference that he wasn’t able to do when he was just at his desk job doing briefing notes.”

Facing eco-hacktivists with impenetrable technological walls hiding their information, Macgregor defaults to 1950s spy tactics: following people in disguise and breaking into their homes in the middle of the night. He also has some funny run-ins along the way, said Mr. Halliday.

Mr. Halliday said he thinks the book will be relatable to anyone who has spent time working in Ottawa or in the foreign service.

“The foreign service was such a great place to start a career, and so many interesting things were happening, but there was also a whole angle of life and work in the foreign service that was so different from the image that everyone has, and that I had when I joined. A certain element of ridiculousness” persisted, he said.

“What I thought was interesting was: if you combine this routine day-to-day bureaucracy of the foreign service with, you know, a real international crisis or scandal, which I didn’t happen to be involved in—that’s the fictional part. But the juxtaposition of those two things makes it all sort of an interesting package,” he added.

During his time in the foreign service, Mr. Halliday said there was real opposition and even protests to some Canadian activities, such as the seal hunt, clear-cut forestry, and energy exports. Mr. Halliday said there was much misinformation in Europe surrounding these Canadian practices, but that the protests “are very different from [a] Canadian’s own self-image of the country as this sort of international good boy-scout.”

The idea of a “tar sands diplomat,” or a diplomat charged with the task of selling the idea of Canada’s oil sands, was created in order to keep the issues current, he said.

It’s also why the novel focuses on Russia, he added.

“[Russia]’s much more important in Brussels these days, what with Ukraine and Crimea, and the resurgence of the Putin regime and the rise of the oligarchs and so on. And then combine that with the tar sands angle, I wanted to give this novel a bit more currency and connection to current public affairs.”

In 2002, Mr. Halliday took what he describes as a “chemotherapy-induced vacation” from his job at Boston Consulting Group, a management consultancy firm. He needed to slow life down, he said, and so he, his wife, and their four children moved to his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon, where they still live today.

While going through chemotherapy and radiation to treat the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Mr. Halliday wrote Canada’s “number one diplomatic thriller,” a title for which there’s not really much competition, as Mr. Halliday himself joked.

Niche as the market may be, it draws a global audience. Mr. Halliday says he can tell the location of who downloads his podcast version of the book, (of which episodes are released for free on a weekly basis, and available on iTunes), and that he’s got listeners from Europe to Asia, and scattered around North America. The book is also available via Amazon and is self-published by Mr. Halliday. It’s been on the (digital) shelves since April.

If you can’t get enough of Macgregor and his antics, don’t fret: Mr. Halliday is currently working on a sequel. This time, the satirical spy novel will be set in Canada, with the working title Our Man in Toronto, said Mr. Halliday.

He is also the author of the children’s novel Aurore of the Yukon: A Girl’s Adventure in the Klondike Gold Rush, published in 2006, and three other historical adventure novels for youth.

Regarding his latest, he concluded: “I think it’s just a book by a former occupant, from someone who used to be inside Ottawa, I think it’s a bit of fun and I think it’s particularly appealing to people who have lived the Ottawa experience in ministers’ offices or in Foreign Affairs or at embassies, and hopefully a fun read—but also bringing forward a few wry chuckles that you’ll connect to your own life and experience in Ottawa.”

For more laughs: #CdnFSProblems

If you can’t get enough of nerdy foreign-service satire, you might want to check out the laugh-out-loud funny blog Canadian Foreign Service Problems, if you haven’t already.

The anonymous author of the blog didn’t want to be interviewed in order to keep his/her anonymity intact. But, they’ve certainly got a good thing going, with 598 Twitter followers (at the time of publication) using the handle @cdnfsproblems, and some pretty high-profile ones as well. Deputy minister of international development Peter Boehm follows the Twitter stream, as do heads of mission Artur Wilczynski (Norway), Rick Savone (Brazil), Marcel Lebleu (Chile), and Gwyn Kutz (Peru).

The blog features jokes in the form of, “when this happens to you,” accompanied by a relevant GIF from pop culture. The most recent post, from July 12, reads, “When your HoM tries to give you work during your last week before you rotate out,” alongside a GIF of a cat repeatedly knocking objects off a desk, with some choice expletives popping up as he does so.

cnash@hilltimes.com

@chels_nash

Click here for original Hill Times link

 
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By CHELSEA NASH

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Keith Halliday knows how mundane the work of a Canadian foreign service officer can be.

He knows how it feels to spend meeting after meeting and round after round of editing in preparing briefing notes for a cabinet minister, “and then finding out that the minister was totally distracted and didn’t even read them.”

Mr. Halliday himself is a former Canadian foreign service officer, having served on one rotation in the late ’90s as second secretary in Canada’s mission to the European Union in Brussels. Mr. Halliday said that cuts to the foreign service, and the prospect of having to spend more time in Ottawa than abroad, prompted him to reconsider his career choice. He ended up working at a Bay Street consultancy firm in Toronto.

Mr. Halliday decided to turn his experience into satire, with his latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat: A Novel of the Canadian Foreign Service. The novel is a satirical thriller, which follows the main character, Macgregor, on a perilous journey to get to the bottom of the murder of his friend.

“Macgregor is on a dream posting to Brussels, until a red-haired Russian prostitute dramatically murders the Canadian mission’s star diplomat and plunges Macgregor into a world of spooks, Russian oligarchs, and eco-hacktivists,” reads the back of the book.

Macgregor is a talented diplomat, says Mr. Halliday, but because of ever-changing technology, he has a hard time keeping up, and ends up stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy.

“Macgregor represents that decent, talented, hardworking diplomat who doesn’t get any recognition,” he said in an interview last week. “He’s stuck in the middle of the bureaucracy, no one recognizes his talents, and it’s not until…after the murder, and the Russian oligarch and the eco-terrorists get involved that he has to reach back and tap into all the things he learned in his career in different places to finally make a difference that he wasn’t able to do when he was just at his desk job doing briefing notes.”

Facing eco-hacktivists with impenetrable technological walls hiding their information, Macgregor defaults to 1950s spy tactics: following people in disguise and breaking into their homes in the middle of the night. He also has some funny run-ins along the way, said Mr. Halliday.

Mr. Halliday said he thinks the book will be relatable to anyone who has spent time working in Ottawa or in the foreign service.TSD Cover capture (bigger)

“The foreign service was such a great place to start a career, and so many interesting things were happening, but there was also a whole angle of life and work in the foreign service that was so different from the image that everyone has, and that I had when I joined. A certain element of ridiculousness” persisted, he said.

“What I thought was interesting was: if you combine this routine day-to-day bureaucracy of the foreign service with, you know, a real international crisis or scandal, which I didn’t happen to be involved in—that’s the fictional part. But the juxtaposition of those two things makes it all sort of an interesting package,” he added.

During his time in the foreign service, Mr. Halliday said there was real opposition and even protests to some Canadian activities, such as the seal hunt, clear-cut forestry, and energy exports. Mr. Halliday said there was much misinformation in Europe surrounding these Canadian practices, but that the protests “are very different from [a] Canadian’s own self-image of the country as this sort of international good boy-scout.”

The idea of a “tar sands diplomat,” or a diplomat charged with the task of selling the idea of Canada’s oil sands, was created in order to keep the issues current, he said.

It’s also why the novel focuses on Russia, he added.

“[Russia]’s much more important in Brussels these days, what with Ukraine and Crimea, and the resurgence of the Putin regime and the rise of the oligarchs and so on. And then combine that with the tar sands angle, I wanted to give this novel a bit more currency and connection to current public affairs.”

In 2002, Mr. Halliday took what he describes as a “chemotherapy-induced vacation” from his job at Boston Consulting Group, a management consultancy firm. He needed to slow life down, he said, and so he, his wife, and their four children moved to his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon, where they still live today.

While going through chemotherapy and radiation to treat the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Mr. Halliday wrote Canada’s “number one diplomatic thriller,” a title for which there’s not really much competition, as Mr. Halliday himself joked.

Niche as the market may be, it draws a global audience. Mr. Halliday says he can tell the location of who downloads his podcast version of the book, (of which episodes are released for free on a weekly basis, and available on iTunes), and that he’s got listeners from Europe to Asia, and scattered around North America. The book is also available via Amazon and is self-published by Mr. Halliday. It’s been on the (digital) shelves since April.

If you can’t get enough of Macgregor and his antics, don’t fret: Mr. Halliday is currently working on a sequel. This time, the satirical spy novel will be set in Canada, with the working title Our Man in Toronto, said Mr. Halliday.

He is also the author of the children’s novel Aurore of the Yukon: A Girl’s Adventure in the Klondike Gold Rush, published in 2006, and three other historical adventure novels for youth.

Regarding his latest, he concluded: “I think it’s just a book by a former occupant, from someone who used to be inside Ottawa, I think it’s a bit of fun and I think it’s particularly appealing to people who have lived the Ottawa experience in ministers’ offices or in Foreign Affairs or at embassies, and hopefully a fun read—but also bringing forward a few wry chuckles that you’ll connect to your own life and experience in Ottawa.”

For more laughs: #CdnFSProblems

If you can’t get enough of nerdy foreign-service satire, you might want to check out the laugh-out-loud funny blog Canadian Foreign Service Problems, if you haven’t already.

The anonymous author of the blog didn’t want to be interviewed in order to keep his/her anonymity intact. But, they’ve certainly got a good thing going, with 598 Twitter followers (at the time of publication) using the handle @cdnfsproblems, and some pretty high-profile ones as well. Deputy minister of international development Peter Boehm follows the Twitter stream, as do heads of mission Artur Wilczynski (Norway), Rick Savone (Brazil), Marcel Lebleu (Chile), and Gwyn Kutz (Peru).

The blog features jokes in the form of, “when this happens to you,” accompanied by a relevant GIF from pop culture. The most recent post, from July 12, reads, “When your HoM tries to give you work during your last week before you rotate out,” alongside a GIF of a cat repeatedly knocking objects off a desk, with some choice expletives popping up as he does so.

cnash@hilltimes.com

@chels_nash

Click here for original Hill Times link