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Boo-etiquette: when is it rude to boo?

When is it OK to boo a public official, and when is it downright rude? Lately, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio was booed by officers at a police graduation ceremony. According to Time ...
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BBC journo flubs ‘apology’ for Paris rally remarks

Yes, as Elton John once sang, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word. Two studies have come out lately explaining why people hold back an apology, and how apologies can heal rifts. And ...
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A lying leader + lazy media = very bad news

Two great winter reads make a near perfect one-two punch for those interested in the current state of American politics and media: “You Lie!” by independent journalist Jack Cashill, ...
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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). ...
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Black Friday item elicits a headshake

We are two days removed from Black Friday, the day after US Thanksgiving. It is, for many, the ultimate shopping day in the United States. For many, the unofficial kickoff of the holiday ...
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Lessons on working for free from “Garcia”

Last week Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz provoked outrage when he suggested young people should work for free in order to get experience. I wish Poloz had hired me to write his ...
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The Berlin Wall still haunts us to this day

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Berlin Wall began falling down. Up until then and for almost three decades, it cut a city, a people and indeed all of humanity, in two. From 1961 ...
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Omar Khadr’s victim mentality

Omar Khadr is gearing up for his forthcoming return to free society. His red carpet to cultural exoneration already has been laid by the NDP, the Toronto Star editorial board and Amnesty ...
Rob for Mayor

Think small town politics are boring? Guess again.

Toronto’s mayoral Tory-Ford-Chow showdown dominated the news. But by all accounts, it was a snooze-fest. I mean, how many times could I listen to them bicker on who had the better ...
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