Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights

The plight of the North American woman is that she can be all she wants to be, just don’t bring motherhood into the picture

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights“I haven’t been discriminated against because I’m a woman,” said Véronique Bergeron. “I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a mother.” Bergeron – a technical writer, holder of two law degrees, creator of a home business and mother of nine children – brought that message to an International Women’s Day event in the Ottawa offices of think-tank Cardus.…

Why public spaces are so important

Lisa Benton-Short's great book about the National Mall in Washington, D.C., helps us understand why we need areas devoted to honouring society's best

Why public spaces are so importantParks and public spaces are often more than meets the eye. For example, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is no ordinary public space. That’s true – and it's also the title of a great book by Lisa Benton-Short (The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space). We all can learn a little about our less monumental…

Twenty predictions for the coming year

20 critical trends scenarios that we could see emerging and evolving by the end of 2017

Twenty predictions for the coming year2016 was an unprecedented year, with massive global political upheaval, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and centre stage being taken by issues such as ‘post-truth’, resurgent nationalism, and technological unemployment. With the world now more accustomed to such seismic agenda changing developments, I decided to turn my thoughts to the future by identifying 20 critical trends…

Exploring the world of the cars of the future

Sales of cars of the future will be less about than one-off product sales than a digital service platform with recurring revenue streams

Exploring the world of the cars of the futureTomorrow's leaders in the automotive sector will need to be deeply connected to the world around them to ensure that they’re truly aware of potentially disruptive current and emerging developments taking place across the sector and in the broader environment. However, as we look to the future, there are few facts about what has yet…

King Edward’s sorry path to abdication

Scandalous episode that rocked U.K. seems unbelievable today

King Edward’s sorry path to abdicationTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The details seem quaint now, but in December 1936 – just 80 years ago – the big news concerned the abdication of King Edward VIII. And what makes the affair incomprehensible to modern sensibilities is that it was driven by his choice of a bride. Neither of…

Shopping for European health care is not the cure

Selecting features from European systems and pasting them into Canadian medicare will not magically give us a “European” model

Shopping for European health care is not the cureBy Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas The University of Ottawa A legal challenge to Canada's medicare system has given new focus to the much-needed debate about how health service is provided in this country. The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing the long-anticipated challenge to the publicly-funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs – led by…

Five things about autism that everyone should know

Media stories that get it wrong can contribute to how others perceive those with autism – and perpetuate potentially dangerous stereotypes

Five things about autism that everyone should knowToo often, well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It’s not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism. It can be easy to unintentionally offend – or worse, misrepresent – the autism community they are meant to describe. Why does…

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountable

A U.S. law basically provides social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter de facto worldwide immunity from litigation

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountableMany of us have probably regretted something we posted on Facebook – or had posted about us – but how many of us have ever thought about suing this powerful social media company? A 14-year-old Northern Ireland girl is doing just that. She is suing after a nude photo of her was posted on a…

The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…

King, Lapointe friendship bridged the two solitudes

The friendship between King and Lapointe formed the lynch pin of national unity during a key period of Canadian political history

Harry S. Truman is reputed to have said if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., then get a dog. Mackenzie King, Canada’s prime minister through most of the 1920s-1940s, seems to have enjoyed both human and canine friends. In January 1941, his dog, Pat, died at the age of 17. Conrad Black explains how, on…