Twitter

Bloomberg via Getty Images

Love Is In The Air -- Can We Make It Last?

More and more I hear Canadians making mean and disparaging comments about those who disagree or have different points of view. I also hear racist remarks, which is terribly distressing. It's not who we are as a nation. Some of the things said after the shooting at the Mosque in Quebec made me feel like I was at a Trump rally. And I'm not ashamed, or afraid, to say I don't like it.
Jordan Siemens via Getty Images

How To Be There For Someone In The Digital Age

We have never been so connected. Our social media brings us together in practical ways. We can reconnect with missing classmates. Childhood friends. I know a woman who saw a post and donated her kidney to a friend of a friend she had met once in grade school, some thirty years before. I myself lost contact with my only cousin and had given up hope of ever seeing him again when I found his profile picture smiling back at me from that familiar blue background.
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Should We Have Sympathy For Sean Spicer?

Spicer, at 45 years of age, is no neophyte. He has served as press secretary to four Republican Congressmen. In short, he should know better. At a minimum, he should have known that he'd have about as much chance controlling his own destiny in a twitter-mad Trump White House as did those monkeys the Americans used to send into space to test the Mercury space capsules. Meaning none.
Lalocracio via Getty Images

Dealing With Trolls In A Donald Trump World

Back when the primaries kicked off, the trolls found a common hero in Trump. Someone on the outside the norm of the establishment, someone not taken seriously. Someone himself a master at getting reactions from making a single statement. I mean, that's the whole purpose of trolling, isn't it? Get people defensive and engage them to react with real emotions and sincerity.
DOMINICK REUTER via Getty Images

Mr. Trump Is A Dirty Old Man

The words of Donald Trump are not simply words attached to nothing -- floating in the ether. These are words (that matter), attached to actions (that matter), connected to women (who matter). Yes, the words speak to attitudes that Donald Trump so clearly holds. But the words also speak to actions that Donald Trump has not even begun to deny. When Donald Trump says: "I just kiss. I don't even wait", it is worth finishing out that thought. What doesn't Donald Trump wait for? What he's not waiting for is CONSENT."
Tetra Images via Getty Images

Why Nobody Predicted Trump Or Brexit

Big Data and artificial general intelligence companies, the new darlings of Silicon Valley and organizations concerned with international security, should pay heed to what has happened this year. The Brexit vote proved that assumptions of fact, the springboard for all deductive or inductive reasoning-- are heavily prone to human error.
rvlsoft via Getty Images

Defend Milo Yiannopoulos Even If You Don't Want To

Free speech, we say, is a principle we will defend to the death. Until perhaps we don't agree with what has been said. Then, suddenly, we are able to find very valid reasons to rationalize ourselves away from a supposed absolute value. Cases like Yiannopoulos' push our proclaimed moral positions up against the wall, compelling us to confront our human tendency towards personal bias. And that's why they are so interesting.