He sees ourselves as others see us. Last month, Anthony Sargent left Britain to become the CEO of the international Luminato festival here in Toronto. Sargent was the founding director of Sage Gateshead, “an uncompromisingly ambitious arts centre” in the northeast of England. Before that, he was with the BBC as a manager, producer and (more…)

Anne-Marie Slaughter first told us Why Women Still Can’t Have It All That infamous piece in The Atlantic shook feminism to its core. Now, in her daring new book, Unfinished Business, she charts how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family. As she wrote last week in the (more…)

June 4, 2015 Get the feeling freedom of speech isn’t quite so free these days?   Our right to speak freely colours everything from hobbling journalists and de-hiring concert pianists, to carding young black men and hoovering up our private lives in the name of national security. But what’s really the state of one of our (more…)

May 4, 2015 Why are some people so born to run, they can even chase down deer?   Chris McDougall found the answer in the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico.   His book, Born to Run, sold gajillions, was a Forbes and Washington Post Best Book of the Year and is one of Amazon’s “100 (more…)

May 1, 2015 Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance, on why sugar is like… tobacco. Six years ago, an eminent professor of pediatrics at the University of California delivered a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth.” Since then, 5.5 million people have seen it on YouTube.   Then in 2013, he wrote Fat Chance, (more…)

April 2, 2015 Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman is no ordinary psychiatrist.   He’s one of the most respected psychiatrists in the world. In Shrinks, he reveals the huge changes in science that are revolutionizing this most contentious specialty of medicine.   (more…)

March 24, 2015 Let’s talk about unspeakable assault.     On February 7, the Globe and Mail published Peter O’Brian’s story about how he had been sexually assaulted as a school boy. It took him 50 years to breathe a word about it to anyone beyond his wife, Carolyn Bennett, MD, MP.   (more…)

January 27, 2015 What does it take to know EVERYTHING about you? Your drivers’ license and social insurance number.   That’s not what Big Data promises. But it’s what Big Data can deliver. And few know this worrisome new world better than Adam Tanner, our next Ramsay (more…)

December 3, 2014 Why did Walmart give $1.3 billion (yes, billion) last year to causes around the world?  Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind to address social and environmental issues around the world. (more…)

November 19, 2014 The NSA is watching all of us. So how can we watch back? Edward Snowden’s leaks about U.S. surveillance clarified one thing: there is no privacy in the digital age. Our right to privacy is no longer a given, but a negotiation.   The issues here are huge, gnarly and deeply frightening. (more…)