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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 ...
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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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Strategic Voting Is the Best Way To Defeat a Bad Candidate

I wonder why Olivia Chow has stayed in the mayoralty race since every poll indicates she is way behind to be competitive. The reality is that her presence, and her votes, could do serious ...
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Wynne Liberals use fuzzy math to hide fiscal truth

Big headline today in the Toronto Star: “Ontario Liberals trim deficit by $800 million down despite revenue drop.” Incredible if it were only true. If you read the next line, there ...
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Atheists fight Ground Zero “cross” and lose

As the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks came and went, many reflected upon the destruction, the losses, the heroism and the faith. The topic of homicidal religious ...
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