Earlier this month, the provincial government quietly announced it was looking for up to four communications consultants to write feature stories and backgrounders for the oil and gas commission. Among the requirements: "Working knowledge of CP style." But at least one prospective consultant didn't seem to know what that meant, asking the commission to "Please define CP style as listed on page 8 of the RFQ." The response: "CP style refers to the government-accepted format of Canadian Press Style for all public documents (ie: see Canadian Press Stylebook, 12th edition)." Hmmm...perhaps the commission should have added one more requirement to that request for proposal?
August 29, 2008