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…

Canadians agree on assisted suicide. Why isn’t Ottawa listening?

Though the vast majority of Canadians support doctor-assisted dying, the Conservative government has set up a policy review process that’s built to ignore them. Ottawa recently announced an expert panel who will consult with Canadians on…

Toronto arts boards in dire need of diversity

The largely white, male boards of Toronto’s top arts organizations may be one reason for declining attendance and reduced funding. Two years ago this week, I had a look into the gender and racial makeup of the boards of Toronto’s Big…

Non-White women missing from Toronto's power corridors

The group with the largest numbers in Toronto still has the least power.​ God is not on the side of the big battalions — at least in Toronto. In fact, here in the world’s most diverse city, the group with the biggest numbers has the…

Why do women still earn so much less than men?

 Not only is the gap between men's and women's pay in Canada not closing, it's actually widening. Can you believe there are still some places in North America where women earn much less than men for the same kind of job? Sadly, Toronto is…

Women deserve better representation on Canada’s boards

Since only 12 per cent of board members in Canada are women and most executives don't care, it's time to impose gender quotas. The news that “most Canadian executives don’t care” that only 12 per cent of board members are women is all…

Where multiculturalism fears to tread

The boards of Toronto’s biggest arts organizations are the last bastions of white maleness. Very soon, Toronto will “tip” from being a city where the vast majority of its citizens are white (in 1957, 93 per cent of us were) to one where…

Lingering prejudice amid the city’s Pride

On a hot Sunday morning five summers ago, my wife and I were bicycling through Riverdale on our way to church. Heading west along Simpson Avenue, we saw what looked like half a dozen horses with policemen astride. Odd, I thought. As we pedalled…