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When S – – t Acquires Value: The Journey of FLOW Radio

Ten years ago a most remarkable thing happened on Toronto radio; Canada's first "urban music" -- read "black" -- radio station was launched.  There was a huge party in downtown Toronto with hundreds of jubilant people and thousands more listening to the live broadcast at home (I was among them) as Bob Marley's "Roots, Rock, Reggae”... Read More

The Diverse Leadership Deficit

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignleft" width="190" caption="Who is missing from the conversation among leaders?"][/caption]   A recent report from the DiverseCity project of the Toronto City Summit Alliance has (once again) raised concerns about the lack of racial diversity in the senior leadership ranks in one of the most multicultural and multiracial regions in the world. A report... Read More

Embracing the Future

[caption id="attachment_158" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Re-imagining the Future"][/caption] Looking into the future forces you to come to terms with the present. That's precisely what happened recently at a workshop with senior police executives and leaders from a variety of services from across Canada. The session, led by futurist and political scientist Sohail Inayatullah, was held at the... Read More

The Un-Reality of “Whiteness”

The latest cover of Vanity Fair  features nine actresses as the faces of the "new Hollywood." The women have many things in common: they are obviously female, they are also pretty, thin and white. Absent from the VF cover -- and obviously from the minds of the editors of the magazine--are outstanding actors of colour. (For example... Read More

The Dream Lives On

Nearly 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. His words galvanized his followers and punctuated the civil rights movement in the United States. King's message of equality and inclusion spread around the world; and no doubt made many people nervous when he talked about... Read More

Owe Canada

The debate over what it means to be a Canadian "citizen" or what is Canadian "culture" is an old one that returns with every new discussion of immigrants and immigration. As a new year approaches and the government plans to admit another 250,000 new immigrants into Canada -- about the same amount as 2009 -- the debate will no doubt... Read More

Diversity Lessons from Kinu

     [caption id="attachment_89" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Kinu Nov. 23, 1997 - Dec 12, 2009"][/caption]   It is said that the only fault of dogs, is that they don’t live very long.    Kinu, our beloved Akita, lived to the prime “old age” of 12 years. If it is to be believed, in human years he was 84.   ... Read More

Confronting The Messy Side of Diversity

One year ago this month, a bold and out-of-the-frame project was launched to change the face of leadership in the city of Toronto. The primary goal of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project was not merely to bring more diverse faces -- specifically non-whites -- into the boardrooms of power, it was about bringing people in... Read More

TV or not TV?

The King of Gonzo journalism had it right after all: “The television business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.." -- Hunter S. Thompson. A lot of “good men” and women have died in those plastic hallways. The current... Read More