Women-focused capital financing is supposedly aimed at ending the corporate gender gap. But many equity investors, still largely high-net-worth men, still view women entrepreneurs as being deficient — and are practising what’s known as pinkwashing. (Shutterstock)

The truth about women-focused capital funds

Venezuelan migrants look at the Panamericana Highway, in Urbina, Ecuador. More than 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled to neighbouring countries like Brazil, where they must navigate anti-migrant politicians. LGBTQ+ refugees in South America have only one dedicated centre — Casa Miga — to turn to. AP Photo/Edu Leon

More protection urgently for Venezuelan LGBTQ+ refugees in Brazil

Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

When we call survivors ‘heroes,’ we’re missing the full picture

We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them "heroes." Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
Marcella Zoia, seen here leaving a Toronto court house, has pleaded guilty to a charge of mischief endangering life after throwing a chair from a balcony of a high-rise condo. .THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

What Freud tells us about Chair Girl – and ourselves

The woman known as Chair Girl is reviled not because of her impulsive, foolish crime, but because of how her mistake unexpectedly propelled her to instant internet stardom.
Joseph Morales and company in ‘Hamilton,’ the musical that opens to sold out shows in Toronto this month. The show highlights early ambition in America. (Hamilton national tour/Joan Marcus)

‘Hamilton’ tells the story of America’s founding passions

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster portrayal of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most colourful founding fathers, opens this month in Toronto.
Cannabis edibles like sour candy straws are now available for purchase and consumption, but the risks from overdosing are quite high. (Shutterstock)

Cannabis edibles pose serious risks to our kids

As cannabis candies and chocolates become widely available, sweeter edibles may be more appealing to youth. We need to work to minimize the potential health impacts.
Graham Chapman as Brian in Terry Jones’s ‘Monty Python’s Life Of Brian.’ (HandMade Films/Python (Monty) Pictures//Monty Python's Life of Brian)

‘Life of Brian,’ Terry Jones’s Jesus legacy

'Life of Brian' is a perfect introduction to how a seemingly-irreverent parody of films about the historical Jesus can offer stronger historical insights than more earnest fare.
Tourists visit Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, northeast of the Iranian city of Shiraz. AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Iran-U.S. crisis reminds us how culture matters in war time

When the loss of this heritage is used as a weapon of war, it represents a loss for the country affected as well as for humanity. It targets the memories, history and identity of a people.
The archives of academic institutions can tell previously untold stories of eugenics. Universities can begin to undo oppressive legacies by opening them to artists and communities. (Pakula Piotr/Shutterstock)

Universities must open their archives and share their oppressive pasts

To confront colonialism, universities must open their archives and let communities see their pasts, eugenics and all.
Protesters chant slogans and hold up posters of Qassem Soleimani during a demonstration in front of the British Embassy in Tehran on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

The long history of the U.S.-Iran conflict

The history of the Iran-United States relationship is complex and often brutal. Understanding it helps put today's turmoil into sharper focus.
Orphan Swazi schoolboys playing soccer in a local school in Mbabane, Swaziland, in 2006. (Shutterstock)

How sport for development and peace transforms lives

Whether it's global conflicts or communities in trouble, the solutions to peace and prosperity aren't only found by government. Sports, too, can bring about much-needed change.
Amazon says it has considered adding facial recognition technology to its Ring doorbell cameras. Some politicians are concerned Ring’s video-sharing partnerships with police departments encroach on people’s privacy and civil liberties. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jessica Hill

‘Smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer

Amazon says it's the "new neighbourhood watch" but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
Chinese paramilitary police stand duty in People’s Square where hundreds of Uighers first started a protest that erupted into rioting in July 2009. Five years later, China started imprisoning Uighers in “re-education hospitals.” (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The ominous metaphors of China’s Uighur concentration camps

The metaphors used to defend the 21st century’s largest system of concentration camps are chillingly similar to Nazi Holocaust-era justifications.
Co-working spaces have become an innovative way to work away from a central office without necessarily being alone at home. (Shutterstock)

Co-working demystified: Behind the working world revolution

Co-working spaces have become popular since they were created in 2005, allowing self-employed workers to have a professional space outside an office and avoid isolation. But does it really work?
Canadian newsrooms seem reluctant to share data on the diversity of their newsrooms but doing so would help hold accountable the fifth estate. (Bank Phrom/Unsplash)

Newsrooms not keeping up with changing demographics, study suggests

Over the past two decades, as Canada’s demographics have shifted, news organizations have failed to reflect the country's increasing diversity in both content and staffing.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London in October 2019. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)

Laud Harry and Meghan for their act of self-care

If we're ever to move past outmoded values of gender, race and class, we need to wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle well — and challenge those who would prefer everything remains the same.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, of Sweden, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Vancouver, on Dec. 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

Hockey's scandals don't have to persist if the federal government and the leagues can come together around the new safe sport policies.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after his team won the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

How sports fans respond to their teams’ odds of winning

Watching the chances of victory change injects life into sports, both real and fantasy.
The Goop Lab launches Jan. 24, 2020: it will likely be full of magical thinking and unproven health stories — making it a huge conflict of interest for Gwyneth Paltrow. (Shutterstock)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s new infomercial for her pseudoscience business

Gwyneth Paltrow's new Netflix series, The Goop Lab, raises serious questions about the spread of health misinformation as well as the conflict of interest the show represents.

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