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The women with informed opinions that we’ve trained, inspired or supported 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:

Green-collar workers will help shape Canada’s next-gen cities

Huffington Post by Nobina Robinson 29 August 2017

Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure — and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy would have developed very differently were it not for the construction of a transcontinental railway just fourteen years after Confederation in 1867.

 

Where has all of our empathy gone?

The Globe and Mail by Amira Elghawaby 19 August 2017

Earlier this year, National Geographic put a call out to photographers from around the world to capture images that would close “a widening empathy gap between us and those who have life experiences that differ dramatically from our own.”

 

Being shocked by Charlottesville shows you weren’t paying attention

Ottawa Citizen by Rakhi Ruparelia 18 August 2017

Immediately following what many considered to be Donald Trump’s unexpected U.S. election victory, Saturday Night Live produced a brilliant sketch in which a group of friends gather together for a presidential election party.

 

Please stop shaming women who report sex assault

Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Sheehy, Sunny Marriner and Sabrina Heyde 16 August 2017

When will they ever learn?

Last month, the Citizen reported that Ottawa police had declared “unfounded” yet another woman’s sexual assault report. The police explanation for the decision reveals that they continue to operate under a mistaken interpretation of the law of sexual assault, as well as confusion about their role in the criminal process.

 

Charlottesville: White educators need to fight racism every day

The Conversation by Michelle Stack 15 August 2017

Like many people, I watched the news coming out of Charlottesville this weekend in horror. Future generations will ask about this moment, wondering: How did this happen? What did you do to resist?

 

Acid attacks are on the rise and toxic masculinity is the cause

The Conversation by Bipasha Baruah and Aisha Siddika 13 August 2017

A spate of acid attacks has earned London the dubious recent distinction of being called “the acid capital of Britain.” There have been more than 100 acid attacks reported in 2017 alone, with at least one a day in the city, and there are suggestions the true figure is much higher.

 

Ontario will provide free abortion pills as of August 10

AM640 with Catherine Macnab 03 August 2017

Mifegymiso will be offered to women in Ontario free of cost. Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s executive director, Catherine Macnab speaks with AM640’s Tasha Kheiriddin about it.

 

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

The Conversation by Mariana Brussoni 01 August 2017

“Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!”

Concerned parents can often be heard urging safety when children are at play. Recent research suggests this may be over-protective and that kids need more opportunities for risky play outdoors.

 

B.C. pledges education action – for the good of democracy, Canada should follow suit

The Conversation by Michelle Stack 27 July 2017

For the first time since the 1950s, British Columbia has a minority government.

Over the course of Canadian history, minority governments have resulted in universal health care legislation and the Canadian Pension Plan. Other minority governments, however, have led to another election within six months. As an academic and public education advocate, I hope this partnership survives the full term, which would give the B.C. government until 2021 to implement an ambitious plan.

 

Feverish talk about an opioid crisis ignores the benefits for chronic pain sufferers

CBC News by Dawn Rae Downton 26 July 2017

The opioid crisis has gone to the dogs, literally. Last month, major news outlets across Canada reported that a seven-month-old Shih Tzu named Wallace — looking ever-so-cute on the TV broadcasts — had nearly died of a fentanyl overdose.

 

When women are surrogate mothers: Is that work?

The Conversation by Alana Cattapan, Angela Cameron and Vanessa Gruben 24 July 2017 (republished in The National Post 25 July 2017)

A recent Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) news article reported that the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) has called for the federal government to reconsider the ban on payment for surrogacy in Canada. The article suggests that industry professionals and academics alike are coming around on compensation for surrogacy, with support growing all the time.

 

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it’s female)

The Conversation by Laura Doering and Sarah Thebaud 23 July 2017

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”

So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they’re often praised for being a “leader.” But when little girls do, they’re more likely to be scolded for being too “bossy.”

 

Revised NAFTA might make U.S. items cheaper for Canadian online shoppers

The Toronto Star with Andrea Stairs 18 July 2017

Larry Rosen doesn’t think anyone would be crazy enough to pay more for Prada shoes or a Hugo Boss sweater in his stores in Canada if they could get them cheaper online in the U.S.

 

Stampede may be legally ‘humane’, but that doesn’t mean animals are protected

Vancouver Sun by Maneesha Deckha 16 July 2017

The death of Cowboy, a horse “put down” last week at the Calgary Stampede after being injured in a chuckwagon race, is a tragedy, one deserving of our attention and grief. The incident has rightly shone a spotlight on the treatment of animals at the Stampede, sparking debate about whether the Stampede meets provincial animal welfare standards.

 

A $15 minimum wage is a feminist issue

Huffington Post by Etana Cain 13 July 2017

Chances are you know someone working part-time, from contract to contract, or in a low-wage job — and research shows that person is most likely a woman. Across Canada, women account for 70 per cent of part-time employees and 60 per cent of minimum-wage earners. There is a lot at stake for women — and gender equity — in the movement to end precarious employment.

 

ACE a common-sense approach to eldercare

Troy Media by Donna Thomson 13 July 2017

Dr. Samir Sinha is Canada’s guru on aging. We should listen carefully to his ideas because 42 per cent of all hospital patients in our country are over 65 and they account for 60 per cent of all hospital days. Senior patients consume 60 per cent of acute-care budgets and almost half of all health-care spending.

 

Why tech is failing at diversity and how it can succeed

HPC Wire by Kelly Nolan 11 July 2017

The sectors that are supposed to be all about innovation and the future continue to fail spectacularly at gender equity and diversity.

 

Charitable giving can’t wait until disaster strikes

Huffington Post by Ann Rosenfield 07 July 2017

People give fast and big when there is a tragedy. After the terrible Grenfell Tower fire, U.K. charities raised over £11M. Gifts have poured in from all kinds of places. Simon Cowell, who is better known for being cranky than kind, quickly developed a charity CD, “Bridge over Troubled Water,” with dozens of artists donating their time and talent to support the cause.

 

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone

IDRC GrOW Research Bulletin Issue No. 2 by Bipasha Baruah July 2017

Entrepreneurship has been promoted as a cure-all to generate employment for women’s economic survival almost everywhere in the world. This trend has peaked over the past 20 years during which most countries liberalized their economies and embraced globalization. Entrepreneurship can certainly benefit some women and it is important to continue providing support to optimize women’s entrepreneurial pursuits. However, it is also important to recognize that entrepreneurship is often not a realistic employment solution for some, particularly low-income, women. Research conducted around the world demonstrates that even well-intentioned interventions by governments, NGOs, private sector organizations and social enterprises fail to level the playing field for all women to become successful entrepreneurs. This is precisely why poorer women worldwide generally tend to be more interested in stable wage employment rather than entrepreneurship.

 

The fentanyl ‘crisis’ isn’t what it’s chalked up to be

Ottawa Citizen by Dawn Rae Downton 22 June 2017

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, meeting this week in Ottawa, is luring clinicians, exhibitors and media with “hot topics” such as this one: “Opioids are used to manage pain during pregnancy and childbirth, but the risk of addiction is real. What are the alternatives, and what are the risks?”

 

Solitary bill a first step, but doesn’t go far enough

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kerr 20 June 2017

When analyzing a new law, it is important to ask what the law symbolizes along with what the law does. Symbols can be as important as the actual rules when it comes to the prospect of real change.

 

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

JWN by Nobina Robinson and Glenn Feltham 13 June 2017

We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history—one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure.

 

Canada walks the talk on global women’s rights

The Globe and Mail by Jess Tomlin and Rachel Vincent 12 June 2017

When the Liberals took power in 2015, women around the globe celebrated as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared himself a feminist and promised a feminist foreign policy. However, after February’s federal budget offered no new money for advancing women’s rights globally, that gushing admiration faded as many began to doubt that this government could move beyond photo-op feminism.

 

Human milk banking in Guatemala City: All for all

Impact Ethics by Martha Paynter 09 June 2017

Last month, non-profit human milk banking staff and researchers from across the continent met in Dallas for the Human Milk Banking of North America 2017 Symposium to share best practices and new developments. The use of human donor milk is growing and non-profit banks must compete with for-profit enterprises and private milk markets. Human donor milk health and safety standards in North America continue to evolve in response to scientific evidence, epidemiological developments such as Zika, and funding changes including the recent Medicaid coverage for banked milk in New York State. While we adapt processes and goals for milk banking in North America, it is worth examining alternative models of milk bank operations.

 

Ottawa unveils new feminist foreign-aid policy

The Globe and Mail with Julia Sanchez 09 June 2017

The Globe and Mail interviewed Julia Sanchez on the federal government unveiling what it calls “Canada’s first feminist international-assistance policy,” with plans to eventually ensure that at least 95 per cent of the country’s foreign aid helps improve the lives of women and girls.

 

Keeping true to the spirit of World Oceans Day

Times Colonist by Carol Amaratunga 07 June 2017

A quarter of a century ago, on June 8, 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, a dedicated team from Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada launched the first World Oceans Day.

 

Canadian universities in battle to retain top spots in global rankings

The Globe and Mail with Michelle Stack 07 June 2017

The Globe and Mail interviewed Michelle Stack on Canadian universities dropping in a world rankings table, with a decline in academic reputation for most schools driving this year’s results lower, according to a recent key global survey.

 

Recognizing the worth of natural caregivers

Policy Options by Donna Thomson and Vickie Cammack 29 May 2017

The financial sustainability of our formal care systems depends on family, friends and neighbours, a reality often recognized only by caregivers themselves.

 

Canada’s forgotten child hostages

The Toronto Star by Catherine Morris 16 May 2017

Who cares about the human rights of two Canadian toddlers held hostage by a Taliban-aligned group for their entire lives? What is Canada doing to secure their release? Canada’s murky hostage protocols make it difficult to know.

 

I don’t use fentanyl to get high. It lets me live without chronic pain

The Globe and Mail by Dawn Rae Downton 09 May 2017

Imagine my surprise, on reading the news last spring, to find that I’d contributed to the spike in fentanyl street deaths in Vancouver.

 

Queering refugee claim: IRB gets rid of problematic stereotypes and impossible paradoxes

Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 15 May 2017

Kudos to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board for its new guideline designed to prevent queer refugee claims from being unfairly dismissed.

 

It’s time to rethink our messaging about environmental change

The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Jennifer Lynes and Sarah Wolfe 07 May 2017

As another Earth Day trudged on by, one message became clear: it’s time to change tactics.

 

Ceci n’est pas un discours haineux

Huffington Post by Nadia Naffi 23 avril 2017

J’ai toujours été fascinée par le travail de René Magritte, artiste surréaliste belge, internationalement acclamé pour sa révolution contre les contraintes de l’esprit rationnel. Son œuvre La Trahison des images, où il oppose l’image aux mots, a réussi à nous faire mettre en doute notre perception de ce qui nous entoure. Qu’est-ce qui est vrai et qu’est-ce qui est fruit de nos interprétations?

 

Why workplace diversity depends on engaging millennials

The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Jane Griffith and Eric Beaudan 21 April 2017

Millennials are the largest generation in the Canadian workplace – estimated to make up more than 50 per cent by 2020. The most educated and diverse generation yet, we believe they have different values and expectations about the workplace. We also believe that in the next decade or two, they have the potential to change the face of leadership in Canadian companies by radically increasing the number of diverse executives in the C-suite and at the board level. But this can only happen if organizations engage and develop this multidimensional cohort.

 

Prime Spark with Sara Hart

Prime Spark with Carolyn Emerson 09 April 2017

Sara Hart of Prime Spark with Sara Hart recently interviewed Carolyn Emerson to discuss her 31-year career at Memorial University as well as her current role as head of her own consulting company.

 

Catalyseur d’exclusion des musulmanes au Canada

La Presse par Nadia Naffi 02 Avril 2017

Que dirait-on si les religieuses en tenue devenaient le visage de toutes les femmes chrétiennes ?

 

The budget’s baby steps on gender analysis

Policy Options by Alana Cattapan, Cindy Hanson, Jane Stinson, Leah Levac and Stephanie Paterson 27 March 2017

Budget 2017 is a positive start on examining how gender affects government policies, but there’s much more to be done to address structural inequality.

 

How to keep sexual assault cases on track

Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 20 March 2017

Canada’s substantive and procedural sexual assault laws are pretty strong on the books. Consent must be affirmative, contemporaneous and continuous. Mistaken belief in consent must have an air of reality. Sexual history is presumptively inadmissible. Personal records are rarely relevant. Yet only one in 10 sexually assaulted women makes a report to the police and only one out of 10 of these complaints will result in a conviction.

 

Polytechnics educate youth for the job market

The Montreal Gazette by Nobina Robinson 12 March 2017

It’s not easy being young these days — especially where employment is concerned.

 

How spring break could promote indigenous reconciliation

Ottawa Citizen by Jodi Bruhn 09 March 2017

This coming week, many winter-weary Ottawa families will head south for spring break. If you’re lucky enough to travel, Henry Miller has some advice. The American author described one’s destination as “never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

 

Judge in ‘knees together’ trial resigns after council recommends he be fired

The Globe and Mail with Constance Backhouse 09 March 2017

The Globe and Mail interviewed Constance Backhouse after a judge resigned over his conduct of a rape trial in the face of a blistering recommendation for his removal from a national disciplinary body.

 

The abortion pill is now legal in Ontario

All in a Day with Catherine Macnab 09 March 2017

All in a Day interviewed Catherine Macnab to discuss the legalization of the abortion pill.

 

How to succeed in the charitable sector

Waterloo Region Record by Lyndsey Butcher and Cameron Dearlove 08 March 2017

From the announced closure of HopeSpring to the shortfalls in United Way Kitchener Waterloo’s fundraising campaign, it’s been a challenging few weeks for Waterloo Region’s charitable sector.

 

A league of their own: Meet the middle-aged women playing hockey for 1st time in St. John’s

CBC News with Carolyn Emerson 06 March 2017

CBC News interviewed Carolyn Emerson on playing hockey in her 70’s.

 

Canada judge’s ‘a drunk can consent’ ruling stirs debate

BBC News with Elizabeth Sheehy 06 March 2017

BBC News interviewed Elizabeth Sheehy on a Canadian judge’s finding that “clearly a drunk can consent”, as he cleared a cab driver of sexual assault, and has drawn legal criticism.

 

Capacity for consent and the Halifax ruling: Did the judge err?

The Globe and Mail by Elizabeth Sheehy 05 March 2017

The acquittal of Halifax taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi by Nova Scotia provincial court judge Gregory Lenehan raises legal, evidentiary and ethical issues that have rightly provoked outrage and debate.

 

Gender lens needed on indigenous claims

Winnipeg Free Press by Cindy Hanson 02 March 2017

What price would you place on the loss of your children?

 

Maritime Noon radio interview with Elizabeth Sheehy

Maritime Noon with Elizabeth Sheehy 02 March 2017

Maritime Noon interviewed Elizabeth Sheehy to discuss the case of a Halifax taxi driver acquitted of sexual assault. She reacts to the judge saying, “Clearly, a drunk can consent.”

 

Canada owes refugees fleeing U.S. a fighting chance

Huffington Post by Jennifer Andrews 01 March 2017

Did the recent photograph of the RCMP officer welcoming illegal refugees into Canada make you feel warm and fuzzy? Because here is what the image doesn’t reveal.

 

For real change, we need more than internal police reviews

The Globe and Mail by Elizabeth Sheehy and Teresa Scassa 28 February 2017

The Globe and Mail’s investigative series Unfounded offers an unprecedented opportunity for change at the level of police investigations of sexual assault. The journalism reveals the breadth and depth of the problem, and makes clear to ordinary Canadians that practices of unfounding not only cause tremendous harm to thousands of women who report, but also leave the rest of us endangered by predators who remain insulated from accountability for their crimes.

 

Women who enter politics shouldn’t be subjected to threats and abuse

Calgary Herald by Sue Tomney 18 February 2017

It is both shocking and unsurprising to learn this week that Premier Rachel Notley received more than 412 threats of harm in an 11-month period, and that 26 of those were forwarded to police for further investigation.

 

How journalism will protect our democracy in the era of fake news

The Globe and Mail by Kim Campbell 14 February 2017

“Who you gonna believe – me or your own eyes?” asks an obviously lying Chico Marx in Duck Soup. In a world where direct evidence is challenged by alternative facts, and poll results and news stories are dismissed as fake news, it feels as if we are in a Marx Brothers movie, except that this is not a comedy.

 

Female politicians speak out about sexist, violent cyberbullying

The Current with Nancy Peckford 14 February 2017

The Current interviewed Nancy Peckford to discuss how, increasingly, women are having to face very real cyberbullying.

 

GE Canada, Linamar bosses among women executives to meet with Trump and Trudeau

BNN with Jennifer Reynolds 13 February 2017

BNN interviewed Jennifer Reynolds to discuss the entrepreneurship initiative to remove barriers for women in business on both sides of the border.

 

How an NGO coalition helped score the Muskoka initiative

Policy Options by Elly Vanderberg 7 February 2017

As nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) today consider how to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), the current UN development framework, it is helpful to reflect on how a coalition of NGOs in Canada contributed to a 2010 “policy win”: the Muskoka Initiative. The coalition persuaded the Canadian government to champion ideas and goals not previously on its agenda and, in the years following, ensured they were implemented.

 

Seeing justice done: Sexual violence policies at universities

Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 30 January 2017

Laws and policies governing inter-personal and group-based sexual violence, misconduct and harassment at many universities and colleges across Canada not only prevent participants from seeing whether justice is done, they also prohibit open inquiry and impede learning. Disturbingly, the trend is toward even less disclosure about findings and outcomes.

 

Activism without borders gives Canadians a voice in U.S. politics

Huffington Post by Ann Rosenfield 30 January 2017

Saturday night, Sia pledged $100,000 to match gifts to the ACLU to help overturn the Trump administration’s de facto ban on travellers coming from several Muslim-majority countries.

 

‘Future-proofing’ skills through polytechnic education

The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Nobina Robinson 26 January 2017

For the foreseeable future, Canada will face sluggish growth, declines in job quality, and considerable gaps in both productivity and infrastructure. This bleak scene is the result of a confluence of several factors – demographic shifts, under-investment by business in equipment and training, and a global economy that has yet to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis. Add to this, new threats such as automation that have the potential to disrupt employment further.

 

Why I’m joining the Women’s March on Washington

The Ottawa Citizen by Sarah Neville 18 January 2017

I hate crowds and I’ve never been able to sleep on a bus. I’ve got looming client deadlines, and my family’s weekend is packed: hockey games, birthday parties and piles of laundry. So why would I opt to spend two restless nights on a charter bus with 53 strangers, headed to the Women’s March on Washington? I’m busy, I’m tired, my family needs me. But I’m going. I have to. Here’s why.