I’m attending the Davos conference again, the world’s highest octane gatherings populated by global business, political and thought leaders. The rich and famous and powerful mingle here at this tiny Swiss village and provide a fabulous glimpse for journalists like myself of remote but important figures as well as interview opportunities.
SILICON VALLEY – Big ideas as well as big trees grow in this part of the world, a region with a distinctive eco-system and a GDP bigger than Switzerland’s or Ontario’s. Catalyst for this has been the U.S. military research budgets and Stanford University. This engineering, science and technology culture has grown for decades as… Read More
Global Solution Networks Combating Violence Against Women and Girls by Diane Francis Editor at Large National Post Global institutions in the twentieth century have addressed global problems and initiated multilateral projects and activities. But their traditional approaches and politics often impede viable solutions for some of the world’s most urgent and intractable challenges. Gender violence… Read More
Diane Francis: A first-hand account of Alzheimer’s ‘long goodbye’ Joan Sutton Straus was a popular columnist and feature writer in Toronto until 1982 when she was swept away by her Prince Charming. She married Oscar Straus of New York City, an elegant diplomat, businessman and philanthropist, and the two began an idyllic existence among the… Read More
I was recently interviewed by Voice of America‘s Carolyn Weaver in New York about the implications of Canadian, Chinese and Russian buyers purchasing the bulk of property in the borough’s most expensive neighborhoods.
In California, people 70 and up must renew their driver’s licenses in person to be interviewed, take a vision test, make a practice run and pass a written quiz. And yet the state gave Elliot Rodger, who’d been mentally ill for years and openly posted threats to the public on YouTube and Facebook, a gun… Read More
At a recent conference in New York, my husband gave Hillary Clinton an autographed copy of “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country”. She is featured in the book in several sections, notably for her outburst at an Arctic conference sponsored by Canada at which aboriginals, environmentalists and other sovereign… Read More
Toronto’s crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is the most famous Canadian in the world. The Charlie Sheen of politics opens his mouth simply to change feet. He’s certainly worked over the Canadian brand, which isn’t all bad. Americans think that Canadians are boring, nice and polite folks who apologize to machinery. In a way, it’s gratifying… Read More
Peddling a book south of the border about the U.S. and Canada has become a whole lot easier since Toronto Mayor Rob Ford became a household word. He has more global name recognition than our prime minister or any others in the past and his shenanigans come up in every interview that I, or any… Read More
Saskatchewan is one of the richest jurisdictions in Canada, second only to Alberta, and has once more lit a firestorm that may sweep the west and profoundly change Canada’s politics. Like the launch of public health care and refusal to let foreigners buy Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan led the nation today with its initiative to abolish… Read More