Pro athletes, celebrities, Fortune 100 CEOs and Silicon Valley billionaires have rhapsodized on how meditation and mindfulness are the most effective tools for health, personal performance and well-being since, well, exercise. Like yoga and running before it, mindfulness tools and meditation programs are now big business – with popular apps like Headspace, the Mindfulness App and Buddhify receiving tens of millions of downloads.
I love this show- and the national conversations it starts.
I’m also in awe of the host – Anna Maria Tremonti - and so having the chance to speak with her about the incredible impact that mandatory paternity leave would have was both nerve wracking and quite cool.
While Canadian dads are more involved with family life than ever before, currently, only one in 10 eligible Canadian fathers claims parental-leave benefits (a number that has held constant since the mid-2000s).
These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention.
Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his core team have made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.
Last fall, Anne Marie Slaughter came to Toronto to speak about Unfinished Business. She was amazing. Among her most interesting points was her call for a “male movement.” Intrigued, I hosted a post event discussion with six men currently exploring this issue.
I struggled on whether or not to write this:This Year Has Gone A Long Way Towards Ending Our Culture of Sexual Violence. It first appeared on December 6th in The Huffington Post.
Last Dec. 6 on Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, I was still reeling from my decision to share my experience with now disgraced CBC star Jian Ghomeshi who is currently awaiting criminal trial for five charges of sexual assault and one charge of choking (for the record, I’m not part of the criminal trial).