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Bob Ramsay is President of Ramsay Inc., a Toronto communications company, and Founder of Ramsaytalks.

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Canadian Women Are Storming The Ivory Towers

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 11:02 AM

True, Hilary Clinton didn't break through the Everest of glass ceilings.

True, 44 per cent of Canada's public companies don't have even one woman on their boards.

True, Canadian women earn just 73.5 cents for every dollar a man...

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10 Ways To Make Canada's 150th As Big And Memorable As Possible

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 4:44 PM

Whether it was Big for you or not, you need to start planning for next summer -- Canada's 150th -- right now. Because waiting till next June to plan your July 1st will attach a lifetime of bad memories to the word "staycation."

So here are 10 ways to make...

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How White American Males Can Walk Away From Donald Trump

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2016 | 5:51 PM

The news that Donald Trump's support is falling within his fortress of white males puts many of them in an awkward spot: how to abandon their leader while holding on to their pride. So here's a 10-point guide to doing that very thing.

1. Don't vote on November...

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Where Is This Generation's Joseph Nye Welch When We Need Him?

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Imagine you're Justin Trudeau's speechwriter and you're on the phone with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeu, who will soon give a speech in support of her husband. She says that one of the people she has always liked is Laureen Harper, Stephen Harper's wife.

Over the phone,...

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When Is A Car No Longer A Car?

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 11:23 AM

We are not car people. Our car is 7 years old and the only route it knows is from downtown Toronto north to Georgian Bay, which it faithfully plies most every weekend. Beyond that, it's clueless, and so are we.

So when a connected colleague said we could have a...

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What Happens When We Pass Beyond The Point Of Gender Parity?

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:12 PM

What beats gender parity? Gender dominance. And it's busting out in some telling places.

Last month, media reported that women will outnumber men on what could turn out to be the most influential group of people around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Also last month, a...

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Why The Turkish Airlines Lounge Is Worth Visiting

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 1:35 PM

That question never entered our heads when we booked a trip from Toronto to Africa, cashing in our Aeroplan Miles to fly business class. When our travel agent booked us back home from Cape Town to Toronto, we hunkered down in the Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport...

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Our Unexpected Pick For Best Fundraiser Of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 4:06 PM

It wasn't a gala. It didn't happen in tony Toronto. It involved just 16 people, among them one woman. It took place in a suburban strip-mall. The event raised only $20,000. Its name was Operation Bullseye and the charity it supported is not on anyone's list of fashionable causes --...

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VR May Have Unintended Consequences For Travel

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Can strapping on a headset that puts you in a mountain meadow induce you to visit that actual meadow on your next vacation?

The travel industry thinks so, and last week's Globe article "Can virtual reality bring real tourists to B.C.?" practically yodels "YES!" in...

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Now That We'll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:02 AM

On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau will announce a new cabinet made up 50 per cent of women. That example could have painful consequences for a community that's been hobbled by the Harper Tories and is expecting great things -- especially more money -- from the new Liberal Government.

The major arts...

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Canada Needs More Meaningful Consultation on Physician-Assisted Death

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Last month, Ottawa's expert panel on PAD -- physician-assisted death -- launched its website so that we could provide our views, not on if it should be legal (the Supreme Court decided that in February), but how it should happen.

Unfortunately, two of the...

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Walking is the New Driving

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 6:55 PM

Walking never got any respect: it was slow, unsexy and boring. Only losers walked.

But today, walking is what the cool kids do, whether they're staving off Alzheimers and depression, losing weight or gaining creativity.

In fact, over 4.5 million people have watched Toronto doctor Mike Evans' online video:...

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Audiences Shouldn't Have to Put Up With Politicians 'Bringing Greetings'

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 1:06 PM

I recently paid $50 to attend a preview screening of the movie, Still Alice, about the decline and fall of a woman struck with Alzheimer's at age 50. Most of my money went to support the event's sponsors: the Alzheimer's Society of Ontario, Baycrest and the Women's Brain Health Initiative.

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How I Saved 96% Getting to and From International Airports

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Three years ago, my business manager said off-handedly: "You know, you're spending $2,000 a year getting to the airport and back."

I. Did. Not. Know. That.

I fly a lot, and taking a cab or airport limo from downtown Toronto to Pearson International Airport had become second -nature.

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Mis-Stepping With the Samis of Arctic Sweden

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 12:25 AM

Eight of us from Toronto were huddled around a fire inside a Lavu, a giant teepee that served as our dinner tent. We were in Arctic Sweden "reindeer trekking" with a group of young Sami men.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the very north of Scandinavia. For centuries,...

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