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Marie Henein is totally a woman’s woman and she does us proud!

Marie Henein is smart; she is strong; she is successful; she is a confirmed feminist; she has a great sense of humour. What more could any woman wish for? For those BoomerBroadcast readers who do not recognize the name Marie Henein, she was the lawyer who successfully defended CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi on charges of sexual assault a few years ago. This was just…

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Should employers institute menopause sensitivity training for staff?

Yikes! I nearly choked on my Bran Buds when I read online that some companies are contemplating menopause sensitivity training for employees. In a misguided gesture to make employees, particularly males, aware that symptoms of menopause affect women in ways that could affect business, they’re suggesting accommodations should be put in place. The inference is that everyone needs to understand that women as an entire…

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Get acquainted and laugh with Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan

You have to be smart to be funny. A good sense of humour requires intelligence, quick thinking and a nimble brain. Katherine Ryan has these qualities in spades as demonstrated in her stand-up routines and clearly in her new book The Audacity, not to be confused with Barrack Obama’s similarly-titled book. Very different indeed! I had never heard of Ryan until reviews of her newly-released…

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We’re overdue for regulation of Facebook and other social media

Nearly one year ago I published a criticism of the unethical practices employed by Facebook, Instagram and other social media who use their platforms to manipulate our minds. In view of the current U.S. congressional committee hearings on the subject and the damning testimony of former FB employee Frances Haugen, I think it’s time to once again visit this important topic. When free speech damages…

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There’s more to Miss Dior than frivolous fashion

Miss Dior, A Story of Courage and Couture by Justine Picardie is the story of Katherine Dior, sister of fashion icon Christian Dior. Katherine led a life very different from her brother. Aside from sharing his love of gardening which inspired the name-sake rose and jasmine-scented perfume, she maintained a low profile throughout her life. The Diors were an affluent family from the coast of…

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Don’t laugh! Ironing can be a beautiful thing

The First Person essay I’ve Started Ironing My Bedsheets and It’s Totally Addictive in The Globe and Mail the other day hit home with me. I’ve never regarded ironing as a chore and Liz D’Andrea’s passion for ironing reminded me that perhaps some of my BoomerBroadcast readers are also ironing aficionados. I’d also like to know what brand of sheets Liz D’Andrea bought and which…

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