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Diane Francis is a Canadian-American award-winning columnist, bestselling author, journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. She is the Editor-at-Large at the National Post and a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management. She is one of the world’s leading business writers and keynote speakers on the trends and geopolitics that transform companies, individuals, governments and societies around the world.

Diane has written nine books on white collar crime, politics, immigration, economics and finance, including the bestseller, Who Owns Canada Now: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business. Diane is a regular guest on Canadian and U.S. news television and radio and was a columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, New York Sun, the Financial Post and Toronto Sun Newspapers. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and has been a Media Fellow for the World Economic Forum for 20 years.

Diane divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

Learn more about Diane at dianefrancis.com

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Why Airbnb Should Be Banned Immediately

(88) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:16 PM

A few weeks ago, Airbnb began renting out some condos in my Upper West Side building. I consider this dangerous. Forget what strangers would do to my furniture; I wouldn't rent out my apartment out of respect for my neighbours.

I have no objection to the guy down the hall...

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Kissinger on Technology's Role in Disrupting World Order

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Henry Kissinger flew into Toronto this week for a conference, and at 91 years of age, demonstrated the mental acuity that earned a front-row seat in foreign policy circles for decades.

He spoke at the International Economic Forum of the Americas about his latest book, World Order, which astutely links...

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Scotland's Referendum Smashed the Status Quo in the U.K.

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:16 PM

A pro-independence supporter holds up a paper in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday following a defeat in the referendum on Scottish independence. Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.

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Oil By Rail Is In Desperate Need of Clean-Up

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Railways are transforming North America's energy sector and are, coincidentally, helping to save Canada's bacon.

That's because the train infrastructure has helped bypass the pipeline bottlenecks that threaten to impede the oil booms underway in the U.S. and Canada. The political flashpoint has been the Keystone XL scheme, delayed...

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How To Launder Money Like a Chinese Billionaire

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Robber barons built America, but were brought to heel following scandals and evidence of corruption and abuses. If muckrakers and gutsy leaders hadn't taken them on a century ago, the place might have become another banana republic without the bananas.

Fortunately the lessons of history have not been forgotten. In...

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Putin Isn't Crazy, He's Ruthless

(8) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Speculation about President Vladimir Putin proliferates. Does he want to occupy Ukraine? Has he gone too far by arming and training Russian mercenaries who shot down the Malaysian Air jet with 298 passengers? Why is he thumbing his nose at global outrage and more sanctions? What will stop him?

Such...

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GE's CEO Can Rescue the Oil Sands

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM

CALGARY -- General Electric Co. chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt is just what Canada needs to develop its oil sands -- an American leader with stature in Washington, Wall Street, the oil patch and Silicon Valley.

This week during the Calgary Stampede he said that GE will help...

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Mending the Capitalist Model

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 9:34 PM

First published in the National Post

In April 2013, a horrendous collapse of a rickety garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 workers. The year before, fire swept through another, killing 117 people, and despite such tragedies, improvements in that country's garment sector have been few and...

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Bankers Beware: Here Comes Disruption

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:31 AM

NEW YORK CITY -- The Liberal victory in Ontario means that taxpayers have handed over governance of the province to the ratings agencies and their lender clients. That's the result of years of poor judgment and fiscal recklessness during the Liberal tenure.

Borrowing will be more expensive, taxes will have...

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The Fourth Revolution: A Good Read

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:45 PM

"The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State" by Economist Editor in Chief John Micklethwaite and Economist Managing Editor Adrian Wooldridge is a well-written argument for change.

Their thesis is that there have been three and one half revolutions: The invention of the nation-state, the liberal state...

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Why Canada Has Fewer Elliot Rodgers Than the U.S.

(31) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 8:15 AM

From New York Daily News

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 openly posted threats to the public...

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Canada Would Be Naïve To Legalize Marijuana Before the U.S. Does

(28) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 11:41 PM

The grass is always greener on the legal side, or so goes the value proposition touted these days by Canada's legal medical marijuana producers.

Actually I believe the opposite is true: Shady drug deals are always more lucrative than clean ones and I suspect the biggest obstacle to profits, and...

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Boycott Russia's FIFA World Cup in 2018 Movement

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:37 PM

I stand solidly behind my friend, Eugene Melnyk (Owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators) who's of Ukrainian heritage for his call to launch a boycott against Russia's FIFA World Cup in 2018 as well as sponsors.

He just sent out a press release today and has a comprehensive website www.BoycottPutinNow.com.

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Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Between 1994 and 1996, Ukraine surrendered the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile to Russia for dismantling in return for promises of territorial protection made by the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China. This was called the Budapest Memorandum.

Now 20 years later, those five signatories have completely reneged on...

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America's Got its Mojo Back

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:09 PM

BEVERLY HILLS -- The vibe at this week's Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles was certainly more upbeat than a few months ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The difference is that Davos is a global event and world prospects are not necessarily a great story, while the...

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Canada Outpaced America's Middle Class With Luck

(18) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Word that the United States' middle class is no longer the world's most affluent -- and that Canada is No. 1 -- stirred up the expected hysteria last week. Is the American dream dead?

While the Canadian in me swells with pride, my American side need not panic. There's plenty...

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Raise a Glass to Jim Flaherty's Well-Lived Life

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Death is a sniper. It strikes without warning, suddenly pouncing on people before their time. Jim Flaherty left us at 64 years of age, ending a splendid public service career and happy life that should have continued for a few more decades.

Flaherty was Irish lucky. He married Christine Elliott,...

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How the Keystone Pipeline Will Shut Putin Down

(17) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:18 PM

It's too late to save Crimea, and possibly half of Ukraine, now that Vlad the Annexer has articulated the Putin Doctrine: Russia will invade any country that "oppresses" its Russian minority.

But Putin's Doctrine is underpinned by Russia's oil and natural-gas industry, which provides 70 percent of the country's export...

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Ukraine's Breakup Has Nothing To Do With Russia or Washington

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:22 PM

So Vlad sees the collapse of Ukraine -- by Ukrainian incompetence -- as his victory and he sees Crimea's vote as vindication for Russia and all things Moscow instead of a matter of Hobson's Choice. Vlad the Vanquisher likes to lord it over the Americans -- and John McCain and...

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Putin's Pattern: Olympics Followed By Invasion

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 12:24 AM

Putin's Olympics has moved from athletics in Sochi to military action in Crimea where Russian special forces have seized the autonomous republic from Ukraine.

Interestingly, this is exactly the same maneuver Putin pulled off in 2008 while attending Beijing's spectacular Olympics Opening Ceremonies. On August 5, a Russian...

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