With a federal election on the horizon, we’re now getting a peak at some of the goodies upcoming in the budget. Higher TFSA limits? Income-splitting for families? The prospect of a balanced budget law? “Yes, please!” we may be tempted to say.
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Informed Opinions’ “grads” have published hundreds of commentaries in daily newspapers and prominent online sites, generating additional interview requests and exposure as a result. Here are just some of the analyses they’ve contributed as a result of participating in our programs:
Montreal Gazette by Eva Pomeroy 8 May 2015
There’s a new line on my CV. It reads: Eight years experience at home taking care of my young children. Enough pretending that the work required to care for another human being doesn’t count. It is one of our great collective blind spots and, as we celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, it’s time to bring it into view.
Waterloo Record by Lyndsay Butcher 8 May 2015
It’s the question that strikes fear in the heart of every parent: “where do babies come from?”
The Hill Times Online by Nancy Peckford 6 May 2015
The remarkable election victory led by NDP leader and now Premier-elect Rachel Notley is an accomplishment that most women in Canada are celebrating, quietly or otherwise, no matter where their party allegiances may lie.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 4 May 2015
Things just got a bit worse for women. In the wake of a new UN report lamenting women’s lack of access to economic opportunity and the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work, Toronto’s leadership decided to compound the problem in its small way. The civic appointment committee has recommended four new candidates for the Toronto Transit Commission board, all of whom are male. This would bring the board’s total membership count to 10 men and one woman. Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on the equal rights of women, how far have we really come?
The Toronto Star by Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant 27 April 2015
Amid public outrage about the death of Cindy Gladue, a young Indigenous woman, and the failure of the criminal justice system to hold the john who apparently caused her death accountable, the Harper government has quietly taken steps to undo the progress achieved in the name of another Gladue woman.
The Hill by Jess Tomlin 15 April 2015
Just two weeks after Uber and UN Women launched a partnership to create 1 million jobs for women, the partnership evaporated. Following an angry letter urging UN Women to “dump” Uber, UN Women has done just that. But to what end?
iPolitics by Amira Elghawaby 14 April 2015
Just over a month ago, Canadian citizen Benamar Benatta quietly settled his lawsuit against the federal government over the unlawful treatment he suffered in the days immediately after 9/11.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 11 April 2015
Globe and Mail by Lisa Philipps 9 April 2015
As the 2015 government budget season rolls out across the country, what should Canadians really be watching for? So far the bottom line is hogging too much of the attention.
The Toronto Star 9 April 2015
Kate Murzin of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation offers context on access to rehab services.
Winnipeg Free Press by Karen Busby 8 April 2015
Many have welcomed the decision of the attorney general of Alberta to appeal the acquittal of Bradley Barton for the death of a Cree woman, Cindy Gladue. In spite of 30 years of feminist advocacy to reform rape law and rape culture, convictions still are difficult to obtain in sexual-violence cases. Getting an acquittal overturned is even more difficult.
Vancouver Sun 1 April 2015
Park planners are starting to pay attention to the research of UBC’s Mariana Brussoni about the dangers of too-safe playgrounds.
Vancouver Sun 21 March 2015
UBC psychiatry professor Erin Michalak and her team create online tools to support people living with bipolar disorder.
ABC 20 March 2015
Eminent marine conservationist and UBC prof Amanda Vincent is leading the way to protect endangered ocean species.
Amanda Vincent is also featured in the summary article
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 14 March 2015
Considering the February weather that Torontonians have just endured, the overheated housing market defies all logic. It feels a bit like saying that the average house price in Whitehorse just crossed $1 million.
Daily Xtra 13 March 2015
UBC Philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is studying the interplay between the biological and sociological aspects of love.
The Vancouver Sun by Penny Gurstein 6 March 2015
If you were the city of Vancouver and were repeatedly criticized for making planning decisions behind closed doors, how would you gain the trust of your citizens? Recently, the B.C. Supreme Court echoed those concerns and put the brakes on a development in Yaletown. Now the city plans to mount a lengthy and costly appeal. Instead, might you want to consider this setback as an opportunity to take a fresh approach?
Metro News 6 March 2015
Annette Henry, UBC and Janni Aragon, UVIC, weigh in on the context for and use of the recently coined, and increasingly popular “mansplaining”
Winnipeg Free Press by Karen Busby 3 March 2015
What explains Quebec Judge Eliana Marengo’s decision last week to refuse to hear Rania El-Alloul’s case on the ground that the headscarf worn by this Muslim woman was not “suitable” attire in a courtroom? El-Alloul was trying to get her car back after her son was stopped driving it when his licence was suspended.
The Toronto Star by Amna Qureshi 2 March 2015
Judge Eliana Marengo has made a serious error by telling a Muslim woman that she must take off her hijab in court before her case would be heard. Her justification — that the woman was not “suitably dressed” — is wrong-headed and a troubling slippery slope.
Victoria Times-Colonist by Maneesha Deckha 1 March 2015
Dignity in death is not just about the right to choose. It’s also about equal treatment.
Alaska Highway News 26 February 2015
UBC immunology professor Pauline Johnson provides expert knowledge on vaccinations.
The Hill Times by Kim Campbell, Elizabeth May, Mylène Freeman, Carolyn Bennett, Nancy Ruth 23 February 2015
Apparently Canada is in a club of two – with Zambia – on the national anthem front. But Bill C-624, up for second reading this week, gives us the opportunity to rectify that.
Global News 23 February 2015
Sheryl Staub-French, of UBC’s Engineering faculty, offers insights into the value of having more women engineers:
BC philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is engaging the public in her research into romantic love.
Ottawa Citizen by Rakhi Ruparelia 18 February 2015
I hear Sister Sledge’s We Are Family running through my head whenever I see evidence of Canada’s self-congratulatory satisfaction in our professed racial harmony and multicultural success. The most recent trigger was the poster created by the government of Canada in honour of Black History Month. It features strong, dynamic, and inspirational athletes beneath the headline: “Proud of Our History.”
Maclean’s 16 February, 2015
Winner of a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellow, UBC’s Sara Harris is using a MOOC to align climate policy with science
Blogging for Equality by Nicole LaViolette 11 February 2015
Much has been made of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander‘s recent announcement that Canada will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in response to the United Nations’ appeal to help resettle Syrian refugees worldwide. The cause is urgent: millions of Syrians who have fled the brutal civil war are languishing in countries that simply do not have the resources to care for them.
The Toronto Star by Kate Rossiter 5 February 2015
How would you feel about buying a condo in a building that had previously been a residential school or internment camp? Would you feel differently knowing that the people harmed at the institution had been consulted in the redevelopment process?
Impact Ethics by Karen Busby 3 February 2015
A British Columbia couple (Greg and Elaine Smith) have learned, the hard way, that there are many perils to international surrogacy. After signing a comprehensive contract with a Mexican clinic, the Smiths thought they had covered all the bases. But when their twins were born prematurely and could not breathe on their own, the couple read the fine print. The clinic was not responsible for intensive care medical costs. British Columbia (like most provincial governments) does not pay for offshore care and so the couple faced crippling medical bills.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 23 January 2015
Toronto may be richer than we think, but there are many people in this city who are poorer than we think.
Sex-assault conviction erased, new trial ordered because Alberta judge too sensitive to rape culture
National Post 19 January 2015
University of Ottawa Law Professor, Elizabeth Sheehy provided context to a recent sexual assault trial
Pambazuka News by Kerrie Thornhill 13 January 2015
Violent fantasies are founded on two assumptions. First, that violence can solve one’s problems. Second, that one is good at violence.
Montreal Gazette by Amira Elghawaby 28 December 2014
My dad recently retired from the federal public service after spending over three decades serving this country. His job was to make sure that Canadian-made airplanes were as safe as possible. He was celebrated for his dedicated service by his colleagues and staff upon his retirement. Accolades came in from international safety agencies and aerospace corporations from around the world.
Huffington Post by Amira Elghawaby 19 December 2014
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. That’s essentially what groups like ISIS and their ilk, of various faith denominations and political persuasions, represent. These groups have no time for the rule of law, human rights, or internationally recognized rules of engagement.
Toronto Star by Rosemary Cairns Way 19 December 2014
The latest round of federal judicial appointments offers, yet again, evidence of the government’s utter indifference to the need for a judiciary that actually reflects the population it serves.
Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, Penelope Gurstein continues to provide insight into housing issues
Read her additional article in the Vancouver Sun