Where else can you buy your way onto a war memorial?

The site, size, design, charitable status, funding model and budget aren’t the only problems hobbling Ottawa’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism. There’s the matter of dignity and taste. It seems you can send $1,000 to the Tribute…

Gender diversity on corporate boards won’t happen until we limit terms

Last month brought the news that nearly 20 per cent of Canada’s board members are women. That is a lot better than a decade ago, when it was 12 per cent, but no ovations yet, please – we are making progress much more slowly than others.…

VR May Have Unintended Consequences For Travel

Can strapping on a headset that puts you in a mountain meadow induce you to visit that actual meadow on your next vacation? The travel industry thinks so, and last week's Globe article "Can virtual reality bring real tourists to B.C.?" practically…

When it comes to Pan Am Games, there’s bound to be an overkill of rules

At the finish line of this year’s Boston Marathon stood a large sign that read: “Absolutely no weapons allowed.” Really? Bostonians had to be told that? But at least they had tragic reality as a backdrop. Here in Toronto, the “Conditions…

So You Think You Can Hike

Think you can hike? What you need to know before pulling your own Wild Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling story of hiking 1,770 kilometres of the Pacific Crest Trail, hits movie screens this month. If you’re feeling inspired, read this…

White Male Police Unions

Debate over police powers missing key voices: women and minorities. The biggest story in America this year is that racism isn’t dead. Just ask any young black man who’s been ‘carded’ by the police. Or the families of those who were…

The misplaced optimism of gender diversity targets

So how’s the Ontario Security Commission’s new “comply or explain” policy doing in nudging our public companies to put more women on their boards? Well, if the first six months offer any clue, it will take 68 more years before boards…

Heart Surgery Can Increase Depression Risk

No one knows what led Robin Williams to kill himself. It wasn’t just one thing, but likely a fatal stew of lingering alcohol and drug addiction, depression, being middle-aged and male, and the prospect of facing Parkinson’s disease. Rarely…

Confession’s good for the corporate soul

Disaster lurks everywhere. Buildings collapse. Helicopters crash. Mines explode. It’s only afterward that we realize the role organizational cultures can play in a disaster. Central to many of these cultures is an inability to admit failure.…