Can we stop beating the Disney layoffs to death already?

  If you’re either Disney obsessed, big on following the job market, or just on Facebook or Twitter all the time, chances are that you’ve heard about the layoffs already. For those of you who have managed to escape the constant onslaught of posts and outrage about the issue, here is a recap: Recently, it came out that in 2014, Disney laid off 250 tech workers, who were then required to train their replacements from India before either being offered[Read more]

Don’t be a slacktivist

(This post was published as a column in the Orangeville Citizen on Thursday, August 21, 2014. As the columns do not make it in the online edition of our paper, some friends requested that I post it here so they could share the piece.) Last week the world was rocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of actor Robin Williams’ apparent suicide. A number of celebrities, political officials and other important figures have died in my short lifetime, but I[Read more]

It’s time to start taking mental illness and suicide contagion more seriously.

Suicide contagion. Yep, I said it, and yes it is a real thing. It’s a dangerous thing that follows a publicized suicide of any kind, but specifically, a celebrity suicide. I think it’s safe to say, that along with a number of contributing factors from the media, this new attitude of slacktivism the world has taken to across social media just adds to it. Suicide contagion is defined as “the process whereby one suicide or suicidal act within a school,[Read more]