A close shave: marketing and politics indistinguishable

Gillette has stepped boldly into the socio-political minefields of #MeToo, bullying, spousal abuse and male self-absorption

A close shave: marketing and politics indistinguishableIt’s tempting to take the recent’s ‘controversy’ over the Gillette shaving company’s new advertising campaign at something less than face value. For starters, controversy itself is no longer the conversational cutting edge it once was. In this era of fake-versus-false news, universal short attention spans and ludicrous overstatement as the entry price for even being…

19% of women, 13% of men reported workplace harassment in 2016

By only 4% of women and less than 1% of men reported experiencing sexual harassment or unwanted sexual attention

19% of women, 13% of men reported workplace harassment in 2016A Statistics Canada report released on Monday says 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men aged 15 to 64 reported in 2016 that they experienced at least one type of harassment in the workplace in the previous 12 months. The results in the report titled Harassment in Canadian workplaces were based…

Bullying more than just a playground problem

While boys bully using physical violence, girls bully by gossiping, manipulating others to exclude a victim, teasing or spreading rumours

Bullying more than just a playground problemThe subject of bullying is widely publicized every time a severe case of bullying results in a killing or suicide. Citizens and parents express outrage and disbelief that such an incident could happen right in their school or neighbourhood. People are right to be outraged. This type of behaviour is potentially identifiable and preventable. Although…

Working to put an end to workplace harassment

Wendy Giuffre of Wendy Ellen Inc. talks about new legislation, how to investigate complaints and what constitutes harassment

Working to put an end to workplace harassmentWendy Giuffre is president and principal consultant at Wendy Ellen Inc. What can you tell me about workplace harassment and its prevalence today? Is it a growing issue? Giuffre: The actual act of workplace harassment may not be a growing issue, yet the number of reported cases is increasing. Bullying harassment cases have been on…

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanship

There isn’t any sport – played by men or women – in which Williams’ behaviour at the U.S. Open would or should be tolerated

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanshipSerena Williams wanted an apology from Carlos Ramos. It should’ve been the other way around. Ramos was the chair umpire in the U.S. Open women’s tennis final last Saturday. The match pitted Williams against a young upstart from Japan named Naomi Osaka. Ramos is widely recognized as one of pro tennis’s best umpires, one of…

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not done

Patrick Brown, Kent Hehr and more – the cultural shift has finally reached Canadian politics

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not doneThe Conservative MP shook his head. We were in a restaurant in Toronto, getting caught up. He’d just told me that a little-known federal Tory backbencher named Patrick Brown was going to seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership. I’d told him all I’d heard about Brown was that he “had a zipper problem.” The…

The dark, Machiavellian side of academia

Overlooked by the mass media and given almost free rein, the academic world is a haven for bullies and antisocial behaviour

The dark, Machiavellian side of academiaAccording to the mass media, Hollywood and Westminster are awash with misogynists, pornographers, exploitationists and bullies. That may or may not be true. Natural justice requires that accusers and accused have their day in court. Unfortunately, trial by media seems to have replaced trial by jury. While we’re in the mood to put the world…

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed now

Canada needs laws to protect vulnerable transgender youth, who experience bullying at much higher rates than their peers

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed nowConservative Sen. Donald Plett recently said, “I don't think there's any law in the world that will prevent children from bullying.” With all due respect, the Manitoba senator is wrong. He made the comment last week during discussion in the Senate about Bill C-16, which is designed to protect gender identity and gender expression in…

We too can stop bullying

A recent study by Bradley University concluded that one in every four students are victims of bullying

We too can stop bullyingIt is sad to note that bullying is still a big problem, especially in schools from which kids of different backgrounds are getting their education. Aside from looks, body shape and racial ethnicity are noted as the primary reasons of bullying in a recent study by Bradley University and its masters in counseling programs. It…

The importance of unstructured recess

By organizing activities at recess, or replacing recess with more classroom studies, educators are doing a horrible disservice to children

The importance of unstructured recessTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Educators like to focus on the three Rs – reading, writing, arithmetic – but pediatricians say we should add a fourth R of equal importance: recess. Recess has long been thought of simply as a break in the day. Kids let off steam and then return to the classroom with…