Rather than saying “women now hold 16.4 per cent of all board seats…” on TSX trade companies, we should be saying: “…..men continue to hold 83.6 per cent of all board seats,” writes Bob Ramsay. (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A new way of looking at how men dominate the business world

They say a problem redefined is a problem half-solved. Nowhere is this truer than with the problem of women on boards and in corner offices. The problem, of course, is that while there are scads of women qualified for these positions, far…

Private foundations would benefit by having diverse leadership

“Male, pale and stale.” Is this the fate of the foundations that give out billions to Canadians? This summer, Britain’s Association of Charitable Foundations revealed the race, age and gender of the board members of the nation’s…

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…