If you live in Toronto or the GTA, and were home this past weekend, you likely noticed the Air Show. Or maybe your city has an Air Show as well? Read on. Photograph:JasonGillman The Air Show is an end-of-summer CNE-closing tradition in Toronto. Does anyone know why? I don’t, and I’ve lived in … [Continue reading] Rethinking the Toronto Air Show
Intention vs Impact Ah Ellen. I enjoy her show and I think she is funny. So do many people. But when she posted the meme of herself on Usain Bolt’s back, some people didn’t think she was funny at all. Here’s what I want to pull from this happening: Intention and impact are not the … [Continue reading] What we can Learn from Ellen’s Meme.
The Olympics are a perfect place to sit back and watch how (unconscious?) bias filters in to reporting. Consider who is shown on the podium and who is not. Consider who is getting airtime and who is not. Consider how we talk about athletes, and who we hear about (and who we don’t). Consider who … [Continue reading] Bias in Olympic Coverage
Last week in Calgary, a woman was shopping for dolls for her children at Toys R Us and made a startling discovery – the “dark skinned” doll was priced lower than it’s “lighter skinned” counterpart (those are the words from the CTV new report). Image from: … [Continue reading] Systemic Racism in many forms…even dolls!
Last week I was part of many conversations about race and racism – in organizations, with the people in my life, in the community. Race and racism are tricky to talk about. People feel cautious - even afraid – to say the wrong thing, or to be perceived as ignorant (or worse, as racist). The trouble … [Continue reading] Talking about Race & Racism
Black Lives Matter Toronto halted to Pride Parade on Sunday to make some demands of Pride Toronto. It’s not the first and won’t be the last of their bold activism. And, as Naila Keleta-Mae writes in her Globe and Mail article, the point is that they make people uncomfortable. Here’s my perspective … [Continue reading] Black Lives Matter = Opportunity for Growth
Today I put my foot in my mouth, big time. I mentioned it was Canada Day to a new American friend, and cheekily suggested he could wish me a happy one. And he is Indigenous. Yup. That's right. I will give you a moment to let that sink in. I have been doing Diversity & Inclusion work … [Continue reading] Why I Won’t be Saying Happy Canada Day Today
Last week, as you know, Larry Wilmore’s used the ‘N word’ at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. It's been on my mind. Personally, I think the use of the ‘N word’ should not be used by anyone who isn’t Black. And then, its use needs to be carefully weighed before proceeding: what’s the context, … [Continue reading] The N Word
There is so much room for the insidiously undermining power of assumptions and bias to “take us out” of connection with people – in intimate relationships, in any relationship. Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Kelly Blaser about this, as part of her Conscious Communication Summit. The … [Continue reading] Conscious Communication
Last week at the Cities of Migration conference in Toronto, one of the panelists was Rachel Peric – the Deputy Director of Welcoming America. She and the organization were introduced as having helped to turn hostile communities into welcoming ones, which of course caught my attention right away. … [Continue reading] Inclusion Means Everyone