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Insights & Influence with Allison Raskin

Comedian Allison Raskin grew up in Scarsdale, New York and then moved across the country to get a BFA in screenwriting from USC (her parents are still recovering). She performs improv ...
BILL GATES als

Selfie-lanthropy: is it ok to self-promote when you give?

For as long as charitable giving has been around, there have always been voices for keeping acts of charity private. After all, private giving is intimate and pure. Nobody knows about ...
Alice’s very existence, paid as it was, said “this is work”.

The world needs less Cosby, and more Alice

As recent media coverage of Bill Cosby approaches the near saturation point, my mind keeps drifting back to this article I published in the Toronto Star almost 30 years ago (see below). ...
Neshama

Insights & Influence with Neshama Carlebach

Neshama Carlebach is a leading superstar in Jewish entertainment, continuing the legacy established by her father, minstrel Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Like her father, Neshama’s ...
JIan

Who should we believe in the Ghomeshi scandal?

For the past week, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has become the most famous Canadian in Canada. Or rather, infamous. He was fired by the network a week ago, because of allegations ...
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Insights & Influence with Keith Habersberger

If you’ve never visited BuzzFeed, now’s the time. It’s chock-a-block of compelling stories and hilarious, addictive videos on every topic imaginable. One comedian who appears ...
Sorry book

Insights & Influence with apology expert Dr. Jennifer Thomas

 A spate of mea culpas have hit the news again. DiGiorno’s Pizza jumped on the Twitterverse to apologize profusely for a rude joke they made about domestic abuse. They took great ...
markobrien

Insights & Influence with Mark O’Brien

Actor Mark O’Brien gears up for the sixth and final season of CBC’s award winning series Republic of Doyle, airing this October 2014. The show follows Newfoundland private ...
joan rivers

Cosmetic surgery: can we talk?

“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and ...
Monty Python

The parrot’s not dead! Monty Python reunites in London

Canada gets special recognition in the Monty Python Reunion Show currently running at the O2 in London. As time goes by, it’s clear that while every line of a classic Monty Python ...
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