If you live in Toronto, did you know that August is Emancipation Month? And that August 1 is Emancipation Day? I didn’t. You can read about it here. So what? Acknowledgment is very important. So, Emancipation Day/Month is a good idea. But we have to know about it, and do something with it, in … [Continue reading] Emancipation Month
A couple of weeks ago, my colleague and friend Joseph Ranseth (who teaches people how to create movements) asked our Mastermind Group what the positives were about social isolation. What had we noticed? While this may sound like a bizarre question, it was a very good one. My positives … [Continue reading] What’s Good Right Now?
I haven’t immersed myself in the news about the recent nationwide protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. There are two main reasons for this, I suppose. I’ve been busy/don’t have time to read all about it and listen to the news. I run a business and I have a child. Those keep me busy … [Continue reading] What the Pipeline Protests can Teach us About Inclusion
Last week, Goldman Sachs announced that they wouldn’t be granting any companies IPO certification if they don’t have at least one diverse director on their Board. Well....! It is amazing to me what can happen when someone influential (or a business in this case) draws a line in the sand about … [Continue reading] The Power of Leadership
A few weeks ago I had a mommogram (if you have breasts and are of a certain age, I can feel you cringing). During my appointment at the hospital I was handed a clipboard with and intake form, and a survey. I was pleased to see many options for the gender category along with some definitions at … [Continue reading] Who are you? Pick one…
This past weekend I moderated a panel at the 4Trimesters.org conference on Raising Socially Conscious Children. There were three women on the panel, and all had amazing insights, examples, and ways that they are raising their children to be more socially aware. I marvelled at all of the … [Continue reading] Raising Social Consciousness
I have an issue with Black History Month. I have written about how everything Black happens in February and is forgotten for the rest of the year. I have written about “firsts” and what they say about how far we have (and haven’t) come. And last year I wrote about the lessons we could learn … [Continue reading] Why I Hate Black History Month – part 4
Welcome to week 4. Happy Eid to all of our Muslim brothers and sisters! Ramadan ended last night, and today is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, which means ‘festival to break the fast’. It will continue until Tuesday, June 27th at sundown. And if you’re (also) part of the LGBTQ community in … [Continue reading] Action – Part 4 of “How to be an Ally”
Last week I arrived back in Toronto from a trip to the US. As I made my way through the terminal at Pearson International Airport, I was greeted by this image. As you can see, it’s a large series of photographs that hangs high above the escalators as you go down to customs. It’s meant, I suppose, … [Continue reading] Who is Canadian?
This past week I have had the opportunity to reflect (again) on the way we have been taught to not see skin colour – specifically, the way we have been taught to not see non-white skin colour. Somewhere along the line someone decided that this would be a good idea, and would show acceptance. It does … [Continue reading] Colour Blindness – a New Racism