Canada’s richest citizens give the least to charity

While the rich are growing richer, their generosity is getting poorer — not just compared to those earning much less than them, but compared to what they gave in years past. It’s old news that Toronto is the income inequality capital…

Arts boards still don’t represent Toronto’s diversity

Toronto is the most diverse city in the world, yet many of its arts boards are woefully bereft of women and men of colour. Four years ago, I wrote a Star column on the shocking white maleness of the boards of Toronto’s “Big 6” arts…

Canada isn’t young, but it’s a great place to live

Is Canada young? Not any more. If I heard it once this past weekend, I heard it 150 times: “We’re a young country…” But we’re not young at all, certainly compared to the 15 countries that were born after the death of the Soviet Union…

Quotas required to have more women on corporate boards?

Of the 12 largest European markets, five – France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Norway — have mandatory quotas on women serving on boards. So, 46 per cent of 733 TSX-listed companies have no women sitting on their boards. Not even one. This…

Bike parking falling far short of demand

Toronto needs a dramatic increase in the number of bike racks — and let’s make them attractive while we are at it.  If you own a bike, and more than half of Torontonians do, you may have more routes to ride it on this summer, but no place…

Working amid the murky legality of assisted dying

Without updated laws, doctors face prison for helping patients die on their own terms Two decades ago, a woman who was deeply involved in the right-to-die movement, died at home in Toronto after a long, gruesome illness. She was surrounded…

Toronto’s positively cringeworthy bike lanes debate

Don Tapscott, meet Denzil Minnan-Wong. One of you is a visionary. The other, Toronto’s deputy mayor. Jane Jacobs, meet George Mammoliti. One of you is a visionary. The other, a Toronto city councillor. Mr. Tapscott was not at the debate…

If Can content is your thing, then you must head to this Newfoundland festival

WOODY POINT, NFLD-Writersat Woody Point is to summer festivals what Gros Morne is to natural splendours. Both are understated, full of surprises and oddly Canadian. They’re a 2-1/2-hour flight from Toronto to Deer Lake, then a 45-minute…

Gansevoort hotel serves as oasis in midst of New York’s Meatpacking District

NEW YORK-Rundown warehouses, dodgy streets, and zero nightlife filled the city’s Meatpacking District back in 2003. A year later, the boutique hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, opened at 9th Ave. and W. 13th St. Twelve years later, the hotel…

Doctors have killed tobacco. So why can’t they beat obesity?

Today, tobacco is on the run in Canada and the U.S., and in Ontario, it’s even against the law to smoke in your own car if there’s passengers under the age of 16 with you. What did it take to turn tobacco from something everyone did to…