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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:
Edmonton Journal by Joanne Cave 22 September 2014
Whether it’s John Mann’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s or Gillian Bennett’s touching suicide letter on deadatnoon.com, this horrific disease is finally a topic of national conversation.
The Province 17 September 2014
University of British Columbia education professor Lisa Loutzenheiser, University of Victoria political science professor, Janni Aragon, and University of Ottawa law professor, Rakhi Ruparelia — Informed Opinions’ workshop participants all — offer context to the controversy surrounding a soccer team promotion.
BNN.com 11 September 2014
Jennifer Reynolds, President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets talks to BNN about WCM’s “Return to Bay Street” program.
Globe and Mail by Allison Sekuler 10 September 2014
It’s now estimated that at most one out of every four PhDs will end up in full-time university faculty positions, with the vast majority of doctoral students finding employment elsewhere.
University Affairs by Elizabeth Flynn-Dastoor 10 September 2014
Matthew de Grood was known as a good student, heading off to law school, but something was broken in him and it snapped on the night that he stabbed five of his University of Calgary peers to death. I won’t begin to speculate about the specifics of Matthew’s case or whether there is anything that university staff could or should have done. Clearly he was deeply troubled.
The Toronto Star by Ananya Mukherjee and Darryl Reed 31 August 2014
This Labour Day let us support not only the rights of garment workers around the world, but also their vision.
Toronto Star 26 August 2014
Sociology professor Carmela Murdocca on why Prime Minister Stephen Harper was wrong to say that the problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women is not a ‘sociological phenomenon.’
Toronto Star by Sarah Neville 23 August 2014
I thought of Sid the Kid when I first woke up in St. Michael’s Hospital, unable to sit up without vomiting. After his infamous blows to the head on the ice, I wondered, did he experience extreme vertigo and fatigue, memory loss and mood swings? Did he…
Edmonton Journal by Joanne Cave 22 August 2014
It’s a scary time to work for a Canadian charity. If the fear of imminent funding cuts, reliance on unpaid interns and volunteers to keep the organization afloat and pressure to turn every project into a self-sustaining social entrepreneurship venture wasn’t enough … you have a thorough, multi-year audit of your political activities to look forward to.
Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 17 August 2014
Torontonians treat any hint of higher taxes like bad medicine but expect infrastructure and services that make Toronto a world-class city.
ipolitics.ca by Natasha Bakht and Jordan Palmer 31 July 2014
They say justice delayed is justice denied. No one knows that better than ‘NS’, a Muslim woman forced to remove her niqab (full-face veil) in order to testify against two relatives she alleges sexually assaulted her as a child.
Toronto Star 29 July 2014
UBC psychology professor Mariana Brussoni adds value to a Toronto Star feature story about why it’s good to encourage your kids to take risk — even if they do skin their knees.
Ottawa Citizen by Kelly Grindrod and Sherilyn Houle 25 July 2014
Earlier this summer, a debate was sparked by the experience of Kate Desjardins, an Ottawa woman who went to a walk-in clinic to renew her birth control prescription. She was handed a letter informing her that three of the clinic physicians were not prescribing birth control because of their “religious values.”
CBC Radio 25 July 2014
UBC linguistics professor Molly Babel provides CBC Radio listeners with research-informed insights on how we make social judgments about people who speak with different accents on The Current:
CBC Radio 15 June 2014
Kate Johnson, former chaplain of the Pittsburgh Institution, a minimum security prison north of Kingston, Ontario, provides insight on the chaplain’s role in prisons.
Vancouver Sun 27 June 2014
Sheryl Staub-French, a professor of civil engineering at the University of B.C, shares her expertise on BIM (building information modelling)
University of Waterloo Political Science professor Dr. Sarah Esselment takes part in a panel discussing the Ontario Leaders’ Debate.
The Vancouver Sun Sarah Foster 5 June 2014
It’s a small thing. It’s an easy thing. And it’s arguably the best thing we can do to make a difference to the oceans.
Sarah Foster also discusses how buying and eating sustainably sourced shrimp is critical for the health of our oceans UBC.ca 3 June 2014
SFU women’s studies Prof. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl offers context to street harassment and the Hollaback movement designed to counter it. The Province 23 May 2014
UBC researcher and director of Project Seahorse Amanda Vincent discusses the recent discovery of a rare seahorse in Atlantic Canada. CBC 22 May 2014
The Hill Times by Raylene-Lang-Dion 19 May 2014
In the global ranking of countries based on the percentage of elected women to national legislatures, Canada places 55th and the United States 84th.
Kingston Whig Standard by Bev Chambers 15 May 2014
Twice a month the girls at Girls Inc Limstone in Kingston work on a quilt depicting their dreams. Volunteers from the intergenerational program Friendship Blooms are teaching the young women the skills of designing the quilt blocks.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 14 May 2014
What do butts, language learning, thighs, problem-solving, squats, map-reading and sexual harassment all have in common?
Radio Interview on VoiceAmerica with Dr. Jehannine Austin 12 May 2014
Dr. Jehannine Austin is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, a Research Scientist at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Institute, and graduate advisor for the UBC Genetic Counseling program. She discusses the role of genetic counseling in helping individuals, families, and future generations with the challenges.
Rabble.ca by Kara Santokie 8 May 2014
Does Mayor Rob Ford have a problem with women? Toronto women don’t need fixing, but the Mayor certainly does.
Huffington Post by Giovanna Mingarelli 9 May 2014
For the first time in history more than half the world’s population live in towns and cities. As cities become crucial to the planet’s health, it’s more important than ever to design, build and enrich the places in which we live, work and play.
The Calgary Herald by Cathy Ryan and Jerry Osborn 1 May 2014
Just as floods are inevitable, so too is the pattern of the aftermath. Complaints against insurance companies, complaints against the government, folks wanting to be considered to be on the floodway (so they can get bought out), folks wanting to be considered to be off the floodway (so they can stay put), general resistance to floodplain regulation, pressure to solve problems with engineering solutions, accrual of political capital by quick action on highly visible projects — these stories have played out many times in North America.
The Vancouver Sun by Georgia Perona-Wright and Pauline Johnson 6 May 2014
If you could take a shot that would prevent cancer, would you? Would you give it to your child?
The Vancouver Sun by Penny Gurstein 2 May 2014
Let’s not make homelessness a political football. Now that we know that the number of homeless has risen, despite Vancouver’s efforts to end it by 2015, it is time to take a hard look at what can be done. Homelessness is a consequence of our overheated housing market.
The Ottawa Citizen by Nancy Peckford and Raylene Lang-Dion 30 April 2014
Let’s say you’ve just won a hard-fought election campaign. During it, you studied the issues of concern to constituents, demonstrated your mastery in all-candidates debates and effectively convinced thousands of voters that you had the integrity and smarts to represent them. Arriving at the House of Commons, one of the first things one of your new male colleagues says to you is what a “fine body” you have.
The Hill Times by Diane Beckett 7 April 2014 Scientists, world leaders, business people speak with one voice.
The Ottawa Citizen by Rakhi Ruparelia 11 March 2014 Have you ever thought about what it means to be white?
The Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun by Jessica Tomlin 6 March 2014
As we mark another International Women’s Day this Saturday, it is tempting to celebrate the fact that women in the developing world are viewed as catalysts for change in their communities.
The Calgary Herald by Brandi Chuchman 7 March 2014
Hockey has Hayley Wickenheiser. Cross-country skiing has Becky Scott. Freestyle skiing had Sarah Burke. Canadian idols in their respective sports, these women have each inspired a generation.
Winnipeg Free Press by Sarah Teetzel 6 February 2014
With the Canadian Olympic Committee very close to finalizing its roster of athletes who will represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Olympic fever builds in Canada. Yet the athletes face pressures and uncertainty unheard of for previous generations of Olympians.
The Ottawa Citizen by Kerri Froc 5 February 2014
It seems obvious that there will be constitutional challenges to Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values, which prohibits “conspicuous” religious symbols for provincial civil servants and contains other requirements purportedly relating to the removal of religion from the provision of government services (and even some non-governmental services, like daycares.).
The Edmonton Journal by Jana Vamosi 4 February 2014
How many species are enough to support human life? We don’t know yet. But we need to find out.
The National Post by Sarah M. Mah 8 January 2014
News reports on the recent Supreme Court decision tossing out laws on prostitution focused on women’s inequality, but missed a fundamental fact: prostitution is also about racism.
The Ottawa Citizen by Jodi Bruhn 29 December 2013
Former Senate staffer Chris Montgomery has it. So does Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page has it in spades. It’s called courage, and there’s mounting evidence that Canadians crave it in their public officials.
The Vancouver Sun by Tiffany Crawford 26 December 2013
Article profiles the research of UBC professor and Informed Opinions graduate Jehannine Austin.
The National Post by IO Grad Angela Cameron, Clayton Ruby, Angela Chaisson, Mark L. Berlin, Amy Sakalauskas, Jena McGill, Robert Peterson and Mathieu Bouchard 20 December 2013
What is the appropriate role of a law school in directing its students’ consensual sexual activity? We would argue none. Which is why the decisions by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the B.C. Minister of Education to approve Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school are both legally incorrect and unjust.
The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 18 December 2013
Moments of success in the pursuit of social justice and a better society are often motivated by the bravery, commitment, and ethical vision of particular individuals or institutions. The advancement of equality requires this kind of leadership.
The National Post, The Windsor Star and The Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Sheehy 17 December 2013
Are battered women justified in killing their abusers in self-defence — even when those abusers are unconscious? In 1982, after a lengthy murder trial, a Nova Scotia jury of Jane Stafford’s peers effectively said “yes,” and acquitted her of murder. Elizabeth Sheehy’s op ed about the issues addressed in her new book led to more than two dozen local, national and international broadcast interviews, including appearances on CTV’s Canada AM and CBC Radio’s “The Current.” Watch Elizabeth Sheehy’s appearance on Canada AM.
The Ottawa Citizen by Claire Bellefeuille 11 December 2013
I’m dreading Christmas, and it’s not because of my inability to stay away from the canapés at holiday functions.
The Ottawa Citizen by Don Butler 10 December 2013
Article features informed opinions of respected University of Ottawa law professor and IO Grad Elizabeth Sheehy whose new book, Defending Battered Women on Trial, will be published Dec. 15 by UBC Press. Elizabeth Sheehy appeared on CBC Radio’s The Current 18 December 2013. Listen now.
The Ottawa Citizen by Hilary Young 7 November 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled in the case of Hassan Rasouli, a Toronto man who has been on life support since 2010. His doctors consider continued life support to be futile, even harmful to Rasouli. His wife, Parichehr Salasel — herself a physician — refused consent to withdrawing treatment both because of her medical assessment and her husband’s values regarding the sanctity of life.
The Globe and Mail by Anna Lennox Esselment 28 October 2013
A number of recent government controversies have highlighted the role of the “political staffer,” such as the current Senate scandal, the gas plant cancellations in Ontario, the B.C. Liberals’ “ethnic outreach strategy,” and various interferences in freedom of information requests.
The Huffington Post by Giovanna Mingarelli 23 October 2013
It was my last night in the capital city of Ulanbaataar (UB) during my first visit to Mongolia. I had spent an evening at a private reception generously hosted by the President of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia, taking part in some of Mongolia’s older traditions — like trying my hand at the Mongolian bow and enjoying a bowl of fermented mare’s milk.
The Ottawa Citizen by Nancy Peckford and Raylene Lang-Dion 23 October 2013
As the world watched last week to see if the fragile negotiations inside the United States Senate would finally stick and avert the irreparable harm forecasted to the global economy in the event of a U.S. loan default, Time Magazine reported that “Women are the only adults left in Washington.” Really?
The Globe and Mail by Barbara Orser 10 October 2013
In the introductory lecture of my entrepreneurship class, I present students with two scenarios. In the first, each student is described as having a brilliant idea for a new business. Optimism and experience leads them to believe that it is a ‘sure fire’ winner. A question is posed: “Who is willing to pursue business start-up?” Hands are raised.
The Waterloo Record by Cindy Ward 20 September 2013
Kevin Doyle, the recent tenant of the Boathouse in Victoria Park, has been in the media of late for not paying five months in rent arrears to the City of Kitchener.
The Huffington Post by Giovanna Mingarelli 8 September 2013
Albert Einstein was once asked by a journalist about his formula for success, and he said: “If A is success, I should say the formula is A = X + Y + Z, X being work, Y being play and Z is keeping your mouth shut.”
The Montreal Gazette by Brenda O’Neill and Elisabeth Gidengil 4 September 2013
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois’s suggestion that the Charter of Quebec Values due to be tabled next week will assert the equality of women and men is one that may resonate with many Quebec women. Although it remains to be seen what exactly will be banned in the proposed bill, reports suggest it will include religious headgear and other visible religious symbols, in a range of institutions including day-care centres and government offices.