Canadian Women Are Storming The Ivory Towers

True, Hilary Clinton didn't break through the Everest of glass ceilings. True, 44 per cent of Canada's public companies don't have even one woman on their boards. True, Canadian women earn just 73.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. But…

10 Ways To Make Canada's 150th As Big And Memorable As Possible

 Whether it was Big for you or not, you need to start planning for next summer -- Canada's 150th -- right now. Because waiting till next June to plan your July 1st will attach a lifetime of bad memories to the word "staycation." So here are…

How White American Males Can Walk Away From Donald Trump

The news that Donald Trump's support is falling within his fortress of white males puts many of them in an awkward spot: how to abandon their leader while holding on to their pride. So here's a 10-point guide to doing that very thing. 1.…

Where Is This Generation's Joseph Nye Welch When We Need Him?

Imagine you're Justin Trudeau's speechwriter and you're on the phone with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeu, who will soon give a speech in support of her husband. She says that one of the people she has always liked is Laureen Harper, Stephen…

When Is A Car No Longer A Car?

We are not car people. Our car is 7 years old and the only route it knows is from downtown Toronto north to Georgian Bay, which it faithfully plies most every weekend. Beyond that, it's clueless, and so are we. So when a connected colleague…

What Happens When We Pass Beyond The Point Of Gender Parity?

What beats gender parity? Gender dominance. And it's busting out in some telling places. Last month, media reported that women will outnumber men on what could turn out to be the most influential group of people around Prime Minister Justin…

Now That We'll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau will announce a new cabinet made up 50 per cent of women. That example could have painful consequences for a community that's been hobbled by the Harper Tories and is expecting great things -- especially more money…

Fight back against politicians' boring speeches

Audiences Shouldn't Have to Put Up With Politicians 'Bringing Greetings' I recently paid $50 to attend a preview screening of the movie, Still Alice, about the decline and fall of a woman struck with Alzheimer's at age 50. Most of my money…

In Toronto, walking is the new driving

Walking never got any respect: it was slow, unsexy and boring. Only losers walked. But today, walking is what the cool kids do, whether they're staving off Alzheimers and depression, losing weight or gaining creativity. In fact, over 4.5 million…

Mis-Stepping With the Samis of Arctic Sweden

Eight of us from Toronto were huddled around a fire inside a Lavu, a giant teepee that served as our dinner tent. We were in Arctic Sweden "reindeer trekking" with a group of young Sami men. The Sami are the indigenous people of the very north…