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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:

Mississauga app developer matches high school students with volunteer hours to get excited about 

The Globe and Mail with Janelle Hinds 23 December 2018

By the second month of Grade 9, Janelle Hinds had breezed through 40 hours of volunteer work – the total number of hours Ontario students have to put in at some point over four years to graduate from high school.

OP ED: Canada doesn’t have a refugee crisis, it has a crisis of confidence 

The Ottawa Citizen by Paula Ethans 19 December 2018

In the last two years, as irregular border crossings have increased, migration has become a hot button issue. And discussions on the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration have recently brought our migration policy to the forefront of Canadian political debate. 

B.C. AG wants review of how legal aid is delivered 

Canadian Lawyer Magazine with Catherine Morris 19 December 2018

After years of “dismal” funding, British Columbia Attorney General David Eby says his government plans to improve legal aid services, while a recent report from Lawyers Rights Watch Canada says chronic underfunding has caused Canada to fall short of its international human rights obligations.

OP ED: Robo-advisers are shaking up the Canadian investing landscape – in a good way

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 19 December 2018

One dystopian vision of the future is that robots will take our jobs. Even the white-collar jobs. Apparently no one will be safe.

OP ED: When you have two lovers, the holidays can be tricky 

The Conversation by Carrie Jenkins 18 December 2018

Imagine you’re going home for the holidays, and this year you’re introducing a new partner to your family. Slightly awkward? Ok. Now imagine your old partner is there as well. Oh, and they’re still your partner too.

University of Regina releases statement recommitting to TRC calls to action

CBC News with Vianne Timmons 17 December 2018

A University of Regina working group designed to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action has released its guide to implementing those calls.

OP ED: Ontario’s new climate plan is far from conservative

The Conversation by Jennifer Lynes, Dan Murray and Jason Thistlethwaite 13 December 2018

In late November, the Ontario government unveiled its game plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change by replacing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program.

This legal battle could change the way death is defined in Canada

CTV News with Hilary Young 13 December 2018

CTV Morning interviewed Hilary Young on the way death is defined in Canada.

Remember the internet of the ’90s? That’s what Canada’s outdated data protection laws were meant to handle

The London Free Press with Teresa Scassa 12 December 2018

With about two-dozen politicians from nine different countries clustered around a committee table in London, NDP MP Charlie Angus somehow managed to get the last word.

OP ED: What we mean when we talk about Alberta conservatism

CBC News by Melanee Thomas 12 December 2018

Growing up in rural Alberta was magical.

Conservatives join with Liberals to vote down Senate’s amendments to sexual assault bill

The Lawyer’s Daily with Kim Pate 11 December 2018

The Liberal government, joined by the Conservatives, voted down two controversial Senate Criminal Code amendments supported by women’s advocates who argue trial judges desperately need Parliament’s specific guidance in sexual assault prosecutions involving complainants who were incapable of consenting due to intoxication, disability or other factors.

Ford government move to bail on binding arbitration with doctors ‘affront to the law,’ OMA says

CBC News with Muneeza Sheikh 11 December 2018

The government of Premier Doug Ford has pulled out of binding arbitration with the association representing the province’s physicians, according to documents obtained by CBC Toronto, citing a “lack of confidence” in the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

Despite appeals from women’s groups, Liberals reject Senate amendments to bill on sexual consent

The Ottawa Citizen with Kim Pate 11 December 2018

In a move that puts it offside with many feminist activists, the Liberal government has rejected Senate amendments to a bill that would have established a guide for courts on defining when a person is incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

Seriez-vous prêt à manger des insectes?

Radio Canada with Laura Shine 10 December 2018

Laura Shine discusses her research on edible insects and what we consider edible on Radio Canada. 

OP ED: We shouldn’t trade our health for a paycheque

The Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 08 December 2018

How did the experts get it so wrong? Turns out, they failed to really look at the evidence.

Mi’kmaw man says poor treatment he received at the PEI Correctional Facility left him hospitalized and in fear of his life

The Halifax Examiner with Martha Paynter 08 December 2018

A Mi’kmaw man in hospital says that the treatment he received in the Prince Edward Island Correctional Facility left him in in fear of his life.

OP ED: Why universities need homerooms

The Conversation by Eva Pomeroy 06 December 2018

What kind of education can give us hope for the future?

Sports and violence against women: What can be done?

The Regina Leader-Post with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 05 December 2018

Although I write about sports for a living, the subject matter is not always restricted to games people play.

OP ED: Less talk, more action: National Day of Remembrance on Violence Against Women

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 05 December 2018

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women falls on Dec. 6

RCMP release name of youth charged in connection with threats to Selkirk-area school

CBC News with Aimee Morrison 04 December 2018

One of the young people charged with making threats on social media that led to the entire Lord Selkirk School Division being shut down on Monday is scheduled to appear in court in Winnipeg on Tuesday, RCMP say. 

Here’s what a world of net-zero carbon emissions looks like 

Global News with Dayna Scott 3 December 2018

What does a world without extra carbon emissions look like?

Facebook accused of discriminating against black people – why diversity isn’t just an HR problem

Global News with Ivona Hideg 29 November 2018

“Facebook has a black people problem.” That’s the start of a memo by Mark Luckie, a former digital strategist at Facebook, sent companywide just before he quit.

OP ED: Even if the SEC allows, gig companies must evaluate issuing stock to workers

The Globe and Mail by Nura Jabagi 27 November 2018

Uber made headlines last month with its renewed efforts to convince the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow it and other gig economy players to issue shares to their workers.

Stoney Naked woman sued for $1M by chief, council for alleged defamation over controversial land deal

CBC News with Hilary Young 26 November 2018

A woman from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation is facing a $1-million lawsuit for speaking out against band leadership.

New doctor at St. Michael’s Hospital hopes to bring youth-violence lessons from Winnipeg

The Globe and Mail with Carolyn Snider 25 November 2018

Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital has hired a Winnipeg doctor as the new head of its busy emergency department. But Carolyn Snider is not new to the city or to this busy downtown hospital, where she cut her teeth as a medical resident.

Online retailers warn of delivery delays amid ongoing Canada Post strike

The Globe and Mail with Andrea Stairs 22 November 2018

A month-long strike by Canada’s dominant mail operator ahead of the holiday shopping season has led online retailers to turn to pricier couriers and warn of delays that could make customers think twice about online shopping.

Advocates say access to abortion pill still an issue in Nova Scotia 

The Canadian Press with Martha Paynter 22 November 2018

Advocates say Nova Scotians’ access to the abortion pill remains a major issue, with one student saying she had to wait nearly three weeks because of barriers including finding a doctor to prescribe the drug, testing delays and billing issues.

Trudeau Weighs Order Ending Postal Strike Amid Black Friday Rush 

Bloomberg with Andrea Stairs 20 November 2018

Canada’s government is willing to order an end to rotating postal strikes as retailers complain the dispute threatens the holiday shopping binge that begins after Thanksgiving in the U.S.

OP ED: Extending Uber pilot project will disadvantage future competition 

The Montreal Gazette by Nura Jabagi 20 November 2018

In a move that upset the province’s taxi drivers, the new Coalition Avenir Québec government recently extended the Uber pilot project for a third year. On the one hand, the decision allows the government more time to study the effects of platform-mediated services (like Uber and AirBnB) on traditional businesses and how best to “level the playing field” between new entrants and incumbents. On the other, by extending the project, the government has further entrenched yet another monopoly, leaving Uber as the only ride-hailing service that can operate legally in Quebec.

Trudeau Weights Order Ending Postal Strike Amid Black Friday Rush 

Bloomberg with Andrea Stairs 20 November 2018

Canada’s government is willing to order an end to rotating postal strikes as retailers complain the dispute threatens the holiday shopping binge that begins after Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Edmonton MP Kerry Diotte Sues U of A Student Newspaper For Calling Him Racist 

The Huffington Post with Hilary Young 20 November 2018

Almost two weeks after threatening legal action against some Twitter users, Edmonton MP Kerry Diotte is suing a student newspaper for calling him racist.

FDA looks to reduce the number of clinical trials in dogs 

Outsourcing-Pharma with Lisa Kramer 19 November 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week proposed the study that could potentially provide an avenue for animal drug developers to conduct some trials without the use of dogs.

Union rejects Canada Post offer of ‘cooling’ off period with mediation amid strike 

CBC News with Andrea Stairs 19 November 2018

Canada Post’s largest union has rejected the mail carrier’s proposal of a “cooling off” period followed by mediation that would have brought an end to all strike activity until January.

No deal: latest Canada Post offers won’t be put to striking workers as deadline looms 

Global News with Andrea Stairs 16 November 2018

Striking Canada Post workers will not get to vote on a pair of offers put forward by the Crown corporation this week before the deadline on them expires.

What is it that keeps Canadians up at night? 

The Toronto Star with Heather Bastedo 15 November 2018

Canadians are worried about a lot of things these days, according to a new survey, but they’re not the things dominating the current political debate.

What a win looks like for Yes and No sides of Calgary 2016 Olympic debate 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 13 November 2018

So, what exactly does a win look like in today’s Calgary 2026 Olympic plebiscite?

You could say it’s simply 50 per cent plus one, but it may not be that easy.

OP ED: Solitary by another name is just as cruel

The Globe and Mail by Kim Pate 12 November 2018
Government legislation billed as eliminating the damaging and dangerous practice of administrative segregation – better known as solitary confinement – is in reality, a cynical exercise that merely rebrands this cruel treatment.

OP ED: Financial markets can suffer from the blues, too 

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 12 November 2018
Have markets got you down this fall? While you may well know that gloomy financial markets can depress your mood, it turns out your mood can also influence markets.

‘Inappropriate’ but not illegal: Why women Tony Clement followed online are going public 

Global News with Shana MacDonald and Paula Ethans 09 November 2018

A little more than two years ago, Sophie Geffros went to an event for young women in politics in Ottawa. There, she says, she met Tony Clement.

Assisted-dying activist remembered at Halifax ‘celebration of life’ 

Richmond News with Hilary Young 09 November 2018

Hundreds of people gathered Friday afternoon to remember a terminally ill Halifax woman whose fight to loosen assisted dying laws captured national attention as she dispensed wisdom about life from the “bed of truth” where she spent her last days.

Provincial money ends for Ring of Fire talks as Matawa chiefs await response, negotiator says 

CBC News with Dayna Nadine Scott 09 November 2018

The lead negotiator for the chiefs of Indigenous communities closest to the Ring of Fire says they’re still waiting to hear back from the provincial government about how talks will look going forward.

Q&A: Lori Wilkinson explains why ‘It’s OK to be white’ posters are not OK 

CBC News with Lori Wilkinson 08 November 2018

Last week students and staff at the University of Manitoba were greeted with posters and faxes displaying a single sentence: “It’s OK to be white.”

Alberta prisoners made 67 allegations of sexual assault in the last five fiscal years; Only one resulted in a criminal charge 

The Edmonton Journal with Kim Pate and Martha Paynter 07 November 2018

Just before noon on Dec. 3, 2017, RCMP in Red Deer received a call from the local remand centre, a jumbled, brick building that houses inmates just blocks from its city hall.

OP ED: Setting A Deportation Target Puts Canadian Values On The Line 

The Huffington Post by Laura Schemitsch 07 November 2018

The Trump era has fuelled widespread anti-immigration and anti-refugee sentiment that has infiltrated public discourse in Canada. Recent headlines raise a red flag and I am not convinced Canada is preparing to do much better through its current immigration policies.

OP ED: MS St. Louis apology: How novels can teach us about our past 

The Conversation by Jennifer Andrews 06 November 2018

In an effort to acknowledge historical injustices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to apologize on Nov. 7 for Canada’s 1939 decision to turn away refugees fleeing the Nazis. Many of the 907 passengers on board the MS St. Louis at the Halifax port were German Jews; 254 of them later died in the Holocaust but the majority survived the war.

The fight for gender equality continues 

Prince Albert NOW with Vianne Timmons 05 November 2018

The Prince Albert Council of Women hosted the Women in Leadership: Transforming Intentions into Actions event in celebration of Persons Day Monday.

OP ED: Québec’s push to ban the hijab is ‘sexularism’ 

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 05 November 2018

In 2006, I wrote a book about how Canadians — journalists, politicians, lawyers, teachers and everyday people — are in denial about racism. I explained our tendency to regard explicit racism as something that happened in the United States. Racism in Canada was camouflaged in politeness or regarded as a simple preference. It was erased from the national Canadian narrative, except for exceptional cases where the evidence was irrefutable and could not be explained as an overreaction on the part of the aggrieved, or trivialized as a meaningless irritation.

Short sleeves help avoid potentially painful flu shot, pharmacists say 

CBC News with Kelly Grindrod 04 November 2018

If you’re planning to get your flu shot soon, make sure you’re dressed for it. Wearing a short sleeve or sleeveless shirt can help prevent a debilitating condition called shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA.

Toronto human rights lawyer sounds the alarm on Canada’s plans to use AI in immigration 

The Globe and Mail with Petra Molnar 4 November 2018

Imagine a not-so-distant future, when automated bots appraise refugees’ stories about their own lives, probing whether their marriages are real, their children are their own, or whether they pose a security threat. Then imagine these artificial intelligence arbiters meting out inscrutable rulings that push people out of Canada and back to precarious lives back home, where they may face war, oppressive regimes or persecution.

OP ED: Here’s what happens the day after the clocks change 

The Conversation by Lisa Kramer 03 November 2018

Society has a love/hate relationship with daylight-saving time changes. At this time of year, many of us delight in the extra hour of sleep that comes with turning the clocks back. However, when spring rolls around, we invariably curse the loss of sleep that accompanies setting the clocks forward.

Assisted death, but not on her terms: Audrey Parker is bent on changing Canada’s late-stage consent rule – if only posthumously 

The Globe and Mail with Hilary Young 31 October 2018

After a decadent breakfast of lobster eggs Benedict prepared by a friend in her modern high-rise kitchen Thursday morning, Audrey Parker plans to tidy up, climb back into her king-sized bed and receive a lethal injection.

Canadians have little ability to determine if StatCan has their personal banking info: experts 

Global News with Teresa Scassa 31 October 2018

Amid the uproar over Statistics Canada‘s plan to obtain the sensitive banking data of hundreds of thousands of Canadians without their consent, privacy experts say there is little people can do to verify if their information has been obtained by the national statistical agency.

Proposed changes to Corrections Act could narrow community release options for Indigenous people, says senator 

CBC News with Kim Pate 27 October 2018
Advocates and legal experts are concerned proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) are adding restrictions to provisions for community release for Indigenous people.

Ottawa proposes easing of sperm donation rules, new surrogacy regulations 

The Calgary Herald with Karen Busby 26 October 2018

The Trudeau government proposed new regulations Friday that would lift a ban on men who have sex with other men from donating their sperm anonymously to Canadians struggling with infertility.

Another round of tests finds weedkiller widespread in popular cereals and snack bars 

Environmental Health News with Deborah Kurrasch 24 October 2018

Glyphosate— the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller—was found in all 28 samples of different cereals, oatmeal and snack bars tested by a lab for Environmental Working Group, according to a report released today.

N.S. says more freedom coming for some segregated inmates 

CBC News with Martha Paynter 24 October 2018

A new unit planned for Nova Scotia’s largest jail will grant more freedom and human contact to some inmates who are now confined to their cells for up to 23 hours a day, but a prisoner advocacy group argues the change will not stop the “torture” of the facility’s most vulnerable.

More women elected to Vancouver council but still work to be done 

Vancouver Courier with Ellen Woodsworth 23 October 2018

Vancouver might not have elected a woman mayor this time around, but eight out of 10 seats on the new council are being filled by women.

Here’s How To Deal With The Coming Canadian Election Cycle 

Refinery 29 with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2018
This week marks the one-year countdown to Canada’s next federal election (slated for Oct. 21, 2019), and while you might be thinking more short-term — finding a new pair of fall black booties, for instance? — political parties are swinging into gear. Here, answers to all your burning questions about the players, the parties, and the policies that will dominate the coming election cycle.

OP ED: Why some earthquakes are so deadly 

The Conversation by Lindsay Schoenbohm 21 October 2018
You feel a jolt. Was that … no, it couldn’t be. Wait, it is an earthquake. Now the whole house is shaking. What do you do?

The answer depends less on the magnitude of the earthquake than you’d think. What matters more is what country you live in and how close you are to water.

Why positive thinking could be making you feel worse 

Prima with Maja Jovanovic 18 October 2018
When we’re dealing with life’s ups and downs, lots of us have those friends who will tell us to push aside our worries and think positive. Of course, it’s a well-intentioned message. And, while it’s one that’s backed up by some best-selling self-help books, many experts are concerned that positive thinking may not be the best approach for everyone.
Presiding judge at Wagmatcook court was force behind on-reserve justice 

The Chronicle Herald with Martha Paynter 12 October 2018

Etched into Judge Laurie Halfpenny-MacQuarrie’s memory is the image of the Wagmatcook man hitchhiking 80 kilometres to Port Hawkesbury wearing flip flops in January.

Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada

The Globe and Mail with Lyndsey Butcher 12 October 2018
Women’s health advocates have hailed the abortion pill as the key to eliminating barriers to abortion in Canada because it can be prescribed by a family doctor and taken at home, no matter where a woman lives. Yet, nearly two years after Mifegymiso became available, many women still have to travel to abortion clinics, endure lengthy waits and pay out-of-pocket if they want to use it to end their pregnancies.
Students speak out about university’s handling of reported sexual assault case 

The Ottawa Citizen with Karen Busby 11 October 2018

Students at St. Francis Xavier University are speaking out in response to the school’s handling of a reported case of campus rape, calling for a review of its sexual violence policy to ensure a “survivor-centric” approach.

OP ED: Using AI in Immigration Decisions Could Jeopardize Human Rights 

Centre for International Governance Innovation by Petra Molnar 11 October 2018

The world is facing an unprecedented number of complex migration crises. As more and more people interact with immigration and refugee determination systems, countries are beginning to dabble with artificial intelligence (AI) to automate the millions of decisions that are made every day as people cross borders and seek new homes. As a major migration hub, Canada is experimenting with the use of these technologies.

Nearly a quarter of workers believe they will or may be allowed to use pot during work hours: poll 

CTV News with Muneeza Sheikh 10 October 2018

Nearly a quarter of Canadian employees believe they definitely will or might be able to consume cannabis during work hours after it becomes legal on Oct. 17, according to a new Ipsos poll.

OP ED: New guide kick-starts reconciliation in the justice system 

The Conversation by Michelle Stewart 10 October 2018

It’s been almost three years since the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on the systematic abuse and intergenerational trauma wrought by Indian Residential Schools in Canada. That program was a colonial project that took Indigenous children out of their homes and placed them in residential schools with an aim to “kill the Indian in the child.”

How Canada became an international surrogacy destination 

The Globe and Mail with Karen Busby 5 October 2018
Here’s an arresting statistic: Almost half of the babies born to Canadian surrogates in the province of British Columbia in 2016 and 2017 were for intended parents who lived outside the country. That’s 45 of the 102 babies born to surrogates there – 44 per cent.
How to stop saying ‘I’m sorry’ all the time – and what to say instead 

NBC News with Maja Jovanovic 5 October 2018

A few years ago, a sketch on “Inside Amy Schumer” so aptly depicted a propensity for errant and extraneous apologies among women, it sparked an ongoing conversation that asked why and begged to change the narrative.

Inmate segregation in spotlight. Study of federal correctional system eyes effects of solitary confinement 

Winnipeg Free Press with Kim Pate 4 October 2018

The detrimental effect of solitary confinement on prisoners was a key issue brought before the Senate committee on human rights, which made a stop Thursday in Winnipeg as part of its coast-to-coast study of Canada’s federal correctional system.

OP ED: Why I’m not surprised Nobel laureate Donna Strickland isn’t a full professor 

The Conversation by Michelle Stack 4 October 2018

Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics. The third woman to have ever been awarded this prize in 117 years, she shares it with Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou.

Artist faced lawsuit over computer system that creates randomly generated images 

The Globe and Mail with Teresa Scassa 4 October 2018

Adam Basanta is a human who makes art who wanted to see if a machine could make art, too. So he created what he calls an “art factory” – a computer system that runs on its own and churns out a stream of randomly generated abstract pictures.

Canada’s Not-Great, Not-Terrible Trade Agreement

The Walrus with Debra Steger 3 October 2018

On September 30, 2018, shortly before a midnight deadline, Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they had agreed to a replacement for the twenty-four-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had declared the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian foreign-affairs minister Chrystia Freeland immediately declared the revised NAFTA deal “a victory.”

Canada’s Not-Great, Not-Terrible Trade Agreement

The Walrus with Evelyn Ackah 3 October 2018

On September 30, 2018, shortly before a midnight deadline, Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they had agreed to a replacement for the twenty-four-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had declared the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian foreign-affairs minister Chrystia Freeland immediately declared the revised NAFTA deal “a victory.”

OP ED: The reason some earthquakes are so devastating 

The Toronto Star by Lindsay Schoenbohm 3 October 2018

You feel a jolt. Was that … no, it couldn’t be. But now the whole house is shaking. It must be an earthquake. What do you do? The answer depends less on the magnitude of the earthquake than you’d think. What matters more is what country you live in and how close you are to water.

OP ED: Toronto must keep fighting Doug Ford – for the good of democracy

The Conversation by Alexandra Flynn 2 October 2018

After the Ontario Court of Appeal recently ruled that Toronto’s upcoming municipal election would go ahead with 25 wards instead of 47, the province turned its attention to the city’s waterfront.

There’s speculation Premier Doug Ford has a personal interest in reviving the idea of a casino on the city’s waterfront.

Online shopping savings under USMCA won’t apply to Canada Post, Ottawa says

The Toronto Star with Andrea Stairs 1 October 2018

Canadians will pay less in duties and taxes on some goods shipped to them from U.S. retailers under the new trade deal announced Sunday — but only if they don’t use Canada’s national mail carrier to ship them.

OP ED: A blueprint for aliens looking to hack a human host 

The Conversation by Allison E. McDonald 1 October 2018

The movie Venom, the latest thriller in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise, plays to one of our deepest human fears: the loss of self control. In the movie, journalist Eddie Brock becomes infected with a parasite and is transformed into Venom, an alien-human hybrid. But could a parasite truly control our minds and actions?


BOSS Magazine with Jennifer Reynolds 1 October 2018

The latest Global Financial Centres Index, which analyzes the health and competitiveness of the world’s financial hubs, ranks Toronto seventh, eclipsing Zurich, Boston, and Beijing on the world stage. With the second highest density of tech startups on the planet, the blisteringly-hot Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor is rapidly becoming Canada’s technology supercluster: a chiller—and more killer—cousin to Silicon Valley.

And Jennifer Reynolds is bringing them together to change the world of fintech.

Sidewalk Labs launches research grants to study human behaviour 

The Toronto Star with Jennifer Lynes 30 September 2018

What kind of neighbour is most likely to water your plants while you’re away on vacation? How do you build community bonds in a neighbourhood without being overly contrived or prescriptive? How can behaviour-based incentives encourage people to use green bins and recycle more? Sidewalk Labs, the firm behind the proposed “city of the future” on Toronto’s eastern waterfront, wants to know.

HOW I MADE IT: Martha Paynter, Nurse Activist

FLARE Magazine with Martha Paynter 30 September 2018

How do you describe what you do to your parents?

I am a nurse activist. Nursing is the most dynamic profession, limitless in impact, and so fulfilling. I am a clinician, a writer, a scientist, a community organizer, an advocate.

OP ED: Three reasons to vote No to 2026 Games 

The Calgary Herald by Jacqueline Kennelly 29 September 2018

Feeling confused about which way to vote in the Olympic plebiscite? Here’s a handy guide to the top three myths about hosting the Games.

Conservatives to force vote condemning McClintic transfer to Aboriginal healing lodge 

The Chronicle Herald with Kim Pate 28 September 2018

After hammering the government for days, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer plans to force a vote next week on a motion condemning the transfer of convicted murderer Terri-Lynne McClintic to an Aboriginal healing lodge, and demanding the decision be reversed.

How women can prevent longer maternity leaves from hurting their careers

CTV News with Ivona Hideg 27 September 2018

Mothers who take advantage of Canada’s newly expanded parental leave benefits may be putting their career advancement at risk, but a new study says there are things they can do to turn that situation around.

OP ED: Ultrasound ‘policy’ one of Nova Scotia’s many failings on abortion access

The Coast by Martha Paynter 27 September 2018

An Atlantic Canadian province is once again in the news for failure to provide timely access to abortion for pregnant people. Despite the significant changes to abortion policy in Nova Scotia in the past year—the launch of a toll-free hotline for connection to Mifegymiso (medical abortion) prescribers across the province, the creation of a billing code to compensate physicians for Mifegymiso prescribing, the extension of Mifegymiso prescribing authority to nurse practitioners, the removal of the requirement for a referral to seek abortion care, and the success of a fundraising campaign to purchase a $10,000 ultrasound machine to improve efficiency at the now-named Women’s Choices Clinic (formerly the QE2 Termination of Pregnancy Unit)—last week the Globe and Mail’s Jessica Leeder disclosed her own private and failed odyssey to procure abortion services here.

OP ED: Ottawa’s use of AI in immigration system has profound implications for human rights

The Globe and Mail by Petra Molnar 26 September 2018

How would you feel if an algorithm made a decision about your application for a Canadian work permit, or determined how much money you can bring in as an investor? What if it decided whether your marriage is “genuine?” Or if it trawled through your Tweets or Facebook posts to determine if you are “suspicious” and therefore a “risk,” without ever revealing any of the categories it used to make this decision?

Q&A: Does the U.S. need a data privacy law?

Digital Journal with Teresa Scassa 25 September 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in 2018, represented important change in data privacy regulation for businesses operating within and in relation to the European Union (see the Digital Journal article “European business needs to get smart about data protection”). The regulation harmonized data privacy laws across Europe; put in place measures to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy; and it has reshaped the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.

OP ED: Tips for bolstering your organization’s sustainability approach

Canadian Lawyer by Melissa Kennedy 24 September 2018

Most organizations are familiar with the concept of sustainability and the importance of embedding its practices into their culture and operations. It’s an effective way of taking accountability for your business impacts, anticipating external influences that may shape your business and connecting your brand to a core set of values.

OP ED: Big Tobacco’s opposition to plain packaging is plain spin 

The Conversation by Julia Smith 23 September 2018

No matter how you look at it, a standardized cigarette pack is ugly. The colours are unappealing, the font bland and the large graphic health warnings gruesome. That’s why standardized packaging is such an effective public health policy — and why tobacco companies hate it.

Death of intellectually disabled inmate highlights service gaps, advocates say 

CBC News with Kim Pate 22 September 2018

A Canadian senator and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities say the death of a man after a suicide attempt in the Burnside jail last week highlights systemic problems that need to be fixed.

Judges, legal exerts talking all things prison law at Dal conference

The Chronicle Herald with Kim Pate 20 September 2018

Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law will host a national conference on Canadian prison law this weekend, bringing experts and stakeholders from across the country for what participants are calling a timely and important series of discussions on prison issues.

OP ED: How to take control when you’re interrupted in meetings

Forbes by Sarah Neville 19 September 2018

You’re in a meeting, about to give an update on a big project. You take a breath, and launch in. You share the context, some key data, and are just getting to your recommendations when Steve-from-marketing, interrupts with a comment – and you lose your train of thought. You respond, resume, and build up to your final point. He interrupts again, this time taking the floor – while you quietly fume. Been there?

Amazon investigating reports of employees leaking data for bribes

Global News with Nura Jabagi 17 September 2018

Amazon Inc. is looking into whether its employees are selling confidential data and using other tactics to inflate rankings for independent retailers.

Policy is not enough: Universities need a comprehensive approach to preventing sexual assault, experts say

The Ottawa Citizen with Daphne Gilbert 17 September 2018

This year, one in five female university students will be sexually assaulted.

It’s the same ratio as last year and at least the 30 years before that. In fact, Charlene Senn, Canada’s research chair on sexual violence, says there’s evidence that the statistic has been in that range since the 1950s.

Policy is not enough: Universities need a comprehensive approach to preventing sexual assault, experts say 

The Ottawa Citizen with Charlene Senn 17 September 2018

This year, one in five female university students will be sexually assaulted.

It’s the same ratio as last year and at least the 30 years before that. In fact, Charlene Senn, Canada’s research chair on sexual violence, says there’s evidence that the statistic has been in that range since the 1950s.

OP ED: It’s time to train accountants in sustainability 

The Conversation by Leanne Keddie 16 September 2018

It seems that everywhere we turn these days sustainability is a hot topic. From individuals to corporations, (almost) everyone is jumping on board with the idea that we all need to live more sustainably.

Specialized doula training program coming to Cape Breton

CBC News with Martha Paynter 13 September 2018

A doula training session is set for Sydney this weekend to fill a gap in Cape Breton.

The organization Women’s Wellness Within will train a dozen women to provide birthing support to those in trouble with the law.

Know your tolerance for a market downturn and stay calm when it hits: experts

The Financial Post with Lisa Kramer 13 September 2018

Nobody can predict with accuracy when stock markets will end their record-setting bull run, but the best way for investors to deal with the next downturn is to remain calm and stick to a well-crafted plan.

OP ED: How to ‘love-craft’ your relationships for health and happiness

The Conversation by Carrie Jenkins 12 September 2018

You know how to find happiness: Just meet Prince Charming (or Cinderella), overcome all obstacles, get married. The end.

Sure, we kind of know real life doesn’t work like that. And yet this “romantic” story remains right up there on its cultural pedestal. We measure ourselves against it when we “fail.”

Nova Scotia inmate protest rare and effective, national advocate says

The Chronicle Journal with Kim Pate 7 September 2018

A national prisoners’ advocate is praising a 20-day peaceful protest by inmates at a Halifax jail as a rare and effective tactic that sets an example for similar efforts at the country’s provincial lockups.

Indians drop Chief Wahoo logo for Canada stop in aftermath of controversy

City News with Monique Jilsen 7 September 2018

The Cleveland Indians are giving fans a preview of their new-look uniforms this week in Toronto by dropping the Chief Wahoo image from their hats and jerseys.

City hall loosens requirements for criminal record checks 

The Coast with Martha Paynter 6 September 2018

As anyone who’s ever pounded the pavement (or keyboard) in search of employment knows, job hunting can be a profoundly dispiriting exercise.

Dr. Juliet Daniel – inspiration personified 

The Hamilton Spectator with Juliet Daniel 6 September 2018

Several years ago there were these people, scattered the world over, from here to the Himalayas probably, and every Thursday they’d stop what they were doing and say a prayer for Dr. Juliet Daniel.

OP ED: When did progress become a dirty word?

The Toronto Star by Amy Ede and Amanda Parriag 5 September 2018

While Canada embraces education as a crucial foundation for progress toward a more equitable society, the province of Ontario is taking a step back. Cancelling an opportunity to make the Ontario curriculum better equipped to teach students about reconciliation is a grave error and a great disservice to our citizens.

‘Hands of universities are tied’ by privacy laws preventing disclosure of sexual misconduct by staff: prof 

CBC News with Karen Busby 29 August 2018

Administrators at the University of Manitoba want to re-examine the provincial privacy laws that they say prevent them from sharing details about the sexual misconduct of past employees with potential new employers.

UOIT professor launches workplace bullying study

Global News with Muneeza Sheikh 29 August 2018

It’s a problem many don’t know how to detect — bullying in the workplace.

But a University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) professor is trying to make it a little more clear.

OP ED: Is the push toward zero-fee funds a race to the bottom?

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 27 August 2018

Can you imagine a world in which mutual-fund managers pay investors an annual fee – rather than the other way around? That may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.

What Monogamous Couples Can Learn From Polyamorous Relationships, According to Experts

TIME with Carrie Jenkins 27 August 2018

Polyamory — having more than one consensual sexual or emotional relationship at once — has in recent years emerged on television, mainstream dating sites like OkCupid and even in research. And experts who have studied these kinds of consensual non-monogomous relationships, say they have unique strengths that anyone can learn from.

OP ED: Nurse: We should support prisoners’ demands for better healthcare 

Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 24 August 2018

On August 21, the prisoners at the Burnside provincial jail launched a peaceful protest, in solidarity with a large prisoner strike in the United States, to call for basic improvements in health care, rehabilitation, exercise, visits, clothing, food, air quality and library access.

Mike Bullard Launches Defamation Suit Against Chatelaine

CANADALAND with Hilary Young 23 August 2018

On Wednesday, comedian and former TV and radio host Mike Bullard served Rogers Media and Chatelaine senior writer Sarah Boesveld a statement of claim for defamation. The suit asks for $6 million from the defendants: $1 million in general damages and $5 million in punitive and/or aggravated damages.

Trump says markets will crash if he’s impeached. Don’t count on it 

Maclean’s with Lisa Kramer 23 August 2018

It seems unwise for Donald Trump to invite comparisons to Richard Nixon. Any yet, there the president of the United States was on Fox & Friends this morning. “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash, I think everybody would be very poor,” Trump told the hosts of his favourite morning show. The comments invoked memories of his disgraced Republican predecessor, albeit probably unintentionally.

Rich Canadians are outliving the poor, strikingly so among men

The Globe and Mail with Tammy Schirle 23 August 2018
Rich Canadians are outliving the poor, strikingly so among men, a new study shows.
Parsing 50 years of Canada Pension Plan data, thus excluding Quebec, researchers Kevin Milligan and Tammy Schirle said in their C.D. Howe Institute paper that Canada’s highest-earning men are outliving the lowest-earning men by eight years, or by more than 10 per cent.
OP ED: Gap back-to-school ‘hijab ad’ ignites social media 

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 22 August 2018

In July, Gap launched its back to school advertising campaign featuring a group of children of colour from P.S. 153 in Harlem, New York,  including a young girl wearing a hijab. The ad spurred positive media coverage for its celebratory inclusivity and a massive virulent debate on social media.

School trustees pressed to keep sex-ed curriculum 

The Record with Lyndsey Butcher 20 August 2018

A local organization is calling on the public school board to disregard Premier Doug Ford and continue teaching the same sex-ed classes.

The message was to be delivered to public school trustees Monday, at a special meeting called by the Waterloo Region District School Board to hear public input and consider initiatives by the Progressive Conservative government.

Legal experts say Crown questioning credibility of domestic abuse victim is ‘dangerous strategy’

Ottawa Citizen with Elizabeth Sheehy 16 August 2018

The child-assault case of a woman who was granted a conditional discharge after a judge ruled she was the victim of partner abuse should offer some “crucial lessons” to the court system, according to legal scholars and advocates for survivors of domestic violence.

Senator says judges are in best position to decide sentences

Ottawa Citizen with Senator Kim Pate 16 August 2018

A Liberal-appointed Senator who has introduced a bill to water down the impact of mandatory minimum sentences says judges are in the best position to deliver penalties tailored to the individual criminal.

OP ED: We can’t be blind to history’s truth

Lethbridge Herald by Melanee Thomas 16 August 2018

Recently, in response to removing one of John A. Macdonald’s many statues, readers of this paper expressed concern that we must act “before we lose more of our history.”

A Closer Look At The Libel Notices Mike Bullard Served Three Journalists

Canadaland with Hilary Young 15 August 2018

On July 11, comedian and former talk show host Mike Bullard delivered a trio of libel notices to journalists who wrote about the fallout from his criminal case the prior month.

Will face of UCP caucus change, given diverse slate of nomination hopefuls?

CBC with Melanee Thomas 13 August 2018

A lack of gender and racial representation will not be an Achilles heel for the United Conservative Party, say candidates who hope to diversify Jason Kenney’s opposition caucus.

Calling Fredericton shooter ‘normal’ is damaging to victims: advocates

Global News with Martha Paynter 13 August 2018

When people are murdered, everyone who’s left wants to know what drove a person to kill.

Savings incentives at 7-Eleven among ways to boost Mexico’s retirement outcomes

Benefits Canada with Lisa Kramer 10 August 2018

Cashiers will often ask Canadian consumers if they’d like to donate to a charity as they pay for items at retail stores. But what about applying the concept to retirement savings?

OP ED: Syrian refugees — the need for an image reboot

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 07 August 2018

In 2018, the Syrian refugee crisis entered its eighth year. The return of expatriates to Syria is challenging. More and more Syrians are displaced.

Canadian privacy laws have not kept pace with technology

CBC Information Morning – Moncton with Hilary Young 03 August 2018

UNB law professor Hilary Young reacts to news that malls use facial recognition software to track customers.

How the Soulpepper case changed cultural institutions without going to trial

The Toronto Star with Karen Busby 02 August 2018

They may not have had their day in court, but the actresses who sued the Soulpepper Theatre Company and one of its co-founders over sexual harassment allegations succeeded in changing the company’s culture, legal experts say, showing the power of civil actions as a tool in the #MeToo movement.

Syrian refugees share their stories with WLU prof’s research team

Waterloo Region Record with Bree Akeeson 02 August 2018

The stories of dozens of Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon are being shared online as part of a research project led by a Wilfrid Laurier University professor.

Watchdog criticizes feds over internet filtering tools

Waterloo Region Record with Shannon Dea 02 August 2018

Canada co-chairs an international body dedicated to protecting the rights of gays and lesbians at the same time that it supports a Waterloo company that helps oppressive governments censor LGBTQ+ content from the web, says an internet watchdog group.

OP ED: The brutal personal costs of the Philippines’ human rights abuses

The Conversation by Petra Molnar and Anna Su 02 August 2018

In September 2017, Sheerah Escudero’s world came crashing down. Her beloved younger brother Ephraim had been missing for five days and the Escudero family was growing increasingly desperate. Then the call came: His body had been found lying by an empty road more than 100 kilometres away in Angeles City, in Pampanga province in the Philippines, northwest of Manila. Ephraim had been shot in the head, his body wrapped in packing tape.

Racist social media posts lead to arrests in Flin Flon area

CTV News with Lori Wilkinson 31 July 2018

A Flin Flon, Man. woman and another from a Saskatchewan community nearby have been arrested after posting racist and violent remarks online about Indigenous people.

OP ED: Repeal of updated sex-ed curriculum is dangerous

Waterloo Region Record by Lyndsey Butcher 31 July 2018

In June, a 19-year-old Kitchener man pled guilty to sexually trafficking a 14-year-old girl from Cambridge. The girl had been groomed and recruited over several months on Instagram, one of several social media sites popular with teens and used by predators to exploit children in our community.

OP ED: Elton John is wrong to suggest a social media boycott

The Montreal Gazette by Nadia Naffi and Ann-Louise Davidson 27 July 2018

In June, Sir Elton John accused tech giants of spreading homophobic hate speech online. In response, he called on his fans worldwide to boycott social media.

Expert says SheLeads’ political push shouldn’t focus on ‘shortcomings’

CBC with Melanee Thomas 26 July 2018

Another election period and yet another initiative to get women on the ballot. But this time, a push called the SheLeads Foundation is looking to whisk women under the conservative banner.

OP ED: Time to reconsider the prohibitions in university sexual violence policies on what complainants can say and know

Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 23 July 2018

Many university policies for handling sexual violence complaint investigations throw a cone of silence over complainants, leaving some confused and others angry about what they can say about the events giving rise to the complaint or the complaint process. Adding insult to injury, many policies also vaguely threaten to sanction anyone who speaks in a public forum about a complaint, even after all formal proceedings have ended. No wonder some choose a #MeToo moment rather than making a formal complaint.

New report lists 10 strategies to increase diversity in federal government contracts

Betakit with Barbara Orser 23 July 2018

While many women launch and grow businesses in Canada, the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises owned by women are less likely to enter contracts with the Canadian federal government.

‘A pain that lingers’: New project addresses racism and mental health in Winnipeg’s black community

CTV News with Lori Wilkinson 22 July 2018

A new initiative is starting up next month to help Winnipeggers experiencing mental health issues caused by racism.

Has Trudeau turned a roaring economy into slow simmer?

CTV News with Brenda Spotton Visano 20 July 2018

“Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it. His uncontrolled spending and tax hikes is making life harder for Canadians. It’s time for a Prime Minister who puts taxpayers’ interests first.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Twitter, July 15, 2018

OP ED: Play games with your kids this summer to boost their brains

The Conversation by Neha Shivhare and David Kaufman 19 July 2018

Research shows that playing games can enhance our personal, social and emotional well-being, as well as our mental acuity.

OP ED: In support of breastfeeding

Impact Ethics by Martha Paynter 19 July 2018

This month we learned the United States tried to squash a World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding. Why? As Dr. Alison Stuebe joked in the Breastfeeding Medicine blog, “Every time a baby goes to breast, the $70 billion baby food industry loses a sale.”

Daycare difference? Quebec fertility rate outpacing Ontario’s

CTV News with Tammy Schirle 18 July 2018

Quebec’s long-term attempt to boost its fertility rate by offering cheap childcare appears to be paying off, according to a new study from Statistics Canada.

Ending influx of asylum-seekers to Canada easier said than done: expert

Winnipeg Free Press with Lori Wilkinson 17 July 2018

Telling the federal government to halt the influx of asylum-seekers entering Canada from the United States is easier said than done, an immigration expert and one of the critics pushing for the move say.

OP ED: Chronic sleep deprivation could be an important driver of depression in young women

BMC by Annalijn I. Conklin and Christopher G. Richardson 16 July 2018

Depression is a common psychological disorder that affects 121 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability when measured by years lived with disability (YLDs). Rising rates of depression diagnoses among youth, with about 20% experiencing depression before adulthood, have led many counties to prioritize initiatives that enhance prevention, early identification, and treatment efforts.

Trump-Putin summit: Security officials say meeting was ‘nothing short of treasonous’

Global News with Sonja Luehrmann 16 July 2018

The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was heavily critiqued by security experts, with some calling it “nothing short of treasonous” on Trump’s part.

OP ED: Morals over money: Low-cost options for socially responsible investors

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 09 July 2018

Do you keep your morals in mind when making investment decisions? If so, you’re not alone. Increasingly, investors are considering the broad social impact of their portfolio allocation decisions. And accordingly, a bevy of new financial products (and a mouthful of jargon) has emerged to cater to those ethically minded investing intentions.

OP ED: How to protect your children from wildfire smoke

The Conversation by Cecilia Sierra-Heredia 08 July 2018

We’re very careful about what our kids eat, but what about the air they breathe?

City readies site of new YWCA Hub in Inglewood

Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 05 July 2018

The YWCA Calgary is getting a financial boost from the federal government for its new home campus in Inglewood.

OP ED: Teachers can play key role against hatred, radicalization

The Montreal Gazette by Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, M. Ayaz Naseem and Michelle Savard 04 July 2018

“Why do Canadians hate Muslims?”

Protesters say justice camp in Regina will stay up following meeting with provincial ministers

CBC with Michelle Stewart 03 July 2018

The Justice For Our Stolen Children camp at Wascana Park near the Saskatchewan legislature will remain standing, according to representatives.

As Parliament studies barriers for women in politics, MP launches online ‘campaign school’

The Edmonton Journal with Jane Hilderman 03 July 2018

A former NDP leadership candidate is launching an online course to teach women how to get involved in politics.

What Canadian travellers need to know about U.S. travel ban upheld by the Supreme Court

Global News with Petra Molnar 26 June 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which doesn’t allow people from some predominantly Muslim majority countries to enter the U.S., has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States.

New family facility to be established at the U of R in coming year

620 CKRM The Source with Vianne Timmons 24 June 2018

When President of the University of Regina Dr. Vianne Timmons stopped by the 620 CKRM studios last week, several matters were discussed, including research and innovation, recent events and what lays ahead.

Union files grievance after London hospital fires technician charged with sex assault of patient

The London Free Press with Muneeza Sheikh 23 June 2018

A major public service union is grieving the firing by a London hospital of a technician charged by police with drugging and sexually assaulting a patient.

OP ED: Obsess on less for greater success

The Hamilton Spectator by Maja Jovanovic 22 June 2018

When someone asks something of you, do you usually say “yes” without hesitation? Do you say “yes” more often then you’d like and then regret the decision or resent the request? I have recently become obsessed with how people make decisions and the consequences of poor decision-making on productivity. I have found that the ultrasuccessful have very specific strategies for decision-making that we can readily implement.

Planning to plant pot? Manitoba laws come with real consequences, lawyer says

CBC with Karen Busby 22 June 2018

A Winnipeg cannabis advocate and head shop owner does not think Manitoba’s ban on homegrown cannabis will deter people from growing plants when recreational marijuana is made legal this fall.

q with Tom Power

CBC with Naila Keleta-Mae 21 June 2018

Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae presents a q gateway to Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love.

OP ED: ‘I’m such a bad mom’

Today’s Parent by Amanda Watson 20 June 2018

Every morning, I leave my toddler in the car while I hustle, a hound under each arm, the 10 metres to and from the gates of doggy daycare. And every morning, I cross my fingers that nobody sees me and calls the police.

OP ED: Dealerships are a tipping point

Springer Nature by Jennifer Lynes June 2018

There was a time when one in three cars on the streets of New York City was an electric vehicle. The year was 1900. The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) would continue to grow over the next decade.

City blasted for poor emissions tracking

CBC with Diane Beckett 19 June 2018

Blasted by critics for doing next to nothing to address climate change during their last term, councillors on Ottawa’s environment committee vowed Tuesday to set a more aggressive goal to reduce the city’s own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Immigrant business owners seek financing less than Canadian born ones: study

The Star Calgary with Evelyn Ackah 19 June 2018

Immigrants hoping to launch businesses in Canada are believed to have a much harder time accessing capital than their Canadian-born counterparts, but although they seek financing at lower rates than Canadian-born owners, they are approved at roughly the same rate.

Minister defends refugee deal with U.S. as calls grow for it to be cancelled

iPolitics with Evelyn Ackah 19 June 2018

Canada’s Immigration Minister stood behind the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States on Tuesday despite calls from opposition MPs and experts to abandon it.

IBM creates A.I. robot to debate with humans

Global News with Maite Taboada 19 June 2018

A computer designed by IBM is making some remarkable strides in artificial intelligence. It’s called “Project Debater,” and it’s programmed to debate humans on real-life topics. Reid Fiest reports.

Canadian government’s plans to study digital age ‘better late than never,’ expert says

The Toronto Star with Teresa Scassa 18 June 2018

Emerging big data and artificial intelligence technologies have the potential to dramatically reshape Canada’s economy. Now, Ottawa’s trying to catch up.

Startup working on national rollout of abortion referral app

Waterloo Region Record with Lyndsey Butcher 17 June 2018

A Kitchener startup is working to develop a national version of its abortion referral app.

Climate change is speeding up a rise in sea levels with Christine Dow 17 June 2018

Climate change could be accelerating a rise in sea levels to a greater extent than previously thought, researchers have found.

Parenting and politics: Long commutes, public scrutiny make elected life hard for new moms

CBC with Melanee Thomas 15 June 2018

Three years after Premier Rachel Notley appointed Alberta’s first gender-balanced cabinet, women juggling politics and new parenthood remain challenged by the very different demands of the two roles.

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

The Washington Post with Christine Dow 13 June 2018

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.

Does Doug Ford’s victory signal the end of common sense in Ontario politics?

The Globe and Mail with Anna Esselment 08 June 2018

Doug Ford’s majority-government victory in Ontario’s election, Thursday, cements the arrival of populism in a province that once was governed by common sense.

Union’s defence of Elizabeth Wettlaufer was ‘grossly disappointing,’ says employment lawyer

CBC’s The Current with Muneeza Sheikh 07 June 2018

The public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the former Ontario nurse convicted of killing eight nursing home patients and harming six others, is raising questions about whether unions often go too far in protecting their members.

An Ontario ‘youthquake’?

The Agenda on Politics with Jane Hilderman 07 June 2018

With Ontarians heading to the polls, The Agenda on Politics focuses on one group of voters who could make a big difference in this election: millennials. This cohort is notorious for not voting, but they could be the key to victory for one lucky party this time around. Jane Hilderman, executive director of The Samara Centre for Democracy looks at millennial attitudes to voting and how that could play out in this election.

Supreme Court says Israel is right venue for internet defamation case

Canadian Lawyer with Hilary Young 06 June 2018

In an internet defamation case against Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Supreme Court of Canada has stayed the proceedings, finding Israel as the more appropriate forum for the suit brought by a Canadian billionaire.

OP ED: What if Trudeau, instead of Duterte, kissed the woman?

Rappler by Nina Somera 06 June 2018

A lot of people are cringing over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s predatory kiss to a Filipino migrant worker during his official visit to South Korea. But what if it had been Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who kissed the woman on stage in front of the cameras? The crowd might have cheered even more.

Women premiers get pushed out of leadership faster than men. What gives?

Maclean’s with Melanee Thomas 05 June 2018

A new paper sheds light on the circumstances under which women have become provincial premiers in Canada—and the findings fly in the face of conventional wisdom.

New online resource allows Canadians to compare retailers’ seafood sustainability practices

The Vancouver Star with Sarah Foster 04 June 2018

Canadian consumers have a chance to know how seafood retailers are living up to their sustainable commitments thanks to a new online resource, Seafood Progress, which launched on Monday.

The extra load that professors of colour have to bear

The Globe and Mail with Annette Henry 03 June 2018

University of British Columbia professor Annette Henry’s role as a mentor isn’t always limited to the students in her classes. Dr. Henry, who has written about the experience of black female professors in Canada, and is black herself, has also had students she has never taught seek her out.

Nurse steps up for incarcerated pregnant women

The Chronicle Herald with Martha Paynter 02 June 2018

In her north-end Halifax home, Martha Paynter’s laptop sits open on the dining room table, which also serves as a makeshift work desk. Her three-year-old daughter plays quietly nearby. Having her child close to her is natural, the way she believes it should be, not just for herself, but for all women.

How involved should I be in my child’s politics?

The Globe and Mail with Muneeza Sheikh 01 June 2018

“Mama, where do I vote?” my 18-year-old son asks.

Federal government looks to AI in addressing issues with immigration system

The Globe and Mail with Petra Molnar 31 May 2018

The Canadian government is hoping to use artificial intelligence to inform how it mounts legal challenges to immigration and refugee claims as part of a new pilot program, set to move ahead in June.

The need to nurture a skills economy

Troy Media with Nobina Robinson and Daniel Komesch 30 May 2018

When leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies meet on June 8 and 9 in Charlevoix, Que., the top-line agenda item will be preparing for the jobs of the future.

Equipping Women to Stop Campus Rape

The New York Times with Charlene Senn 30 May 2018

Berta Felix was a junior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton in the fall of 2016. Around Christmas, she went out for drinks with a male friend. Ms. Felix did not consider it a date. Her friend did, apparently. He insisted on paying for the drinks. He drove her home, and in her front yard, he started kissing her.

Group wants municipal election candidates to address women’s concerns

Vancouver Courier with Ellen Woodsworth 29 May 2018

The 2018 civic election is still months away but one female-centred organization is already working on efforts to influence political parties and candidates’ campaigns.

A New Generation Lives a Different American Dream—And They’re Happy

yes! with Nancy Worth 29 May 2018

It’s no surprise to anyone that the housing market of 2018 isn’t the same as the one 40 years ago. But what it means for young people piecing together careers is that they can’t expect to afford the same houses and lifestyles their parents’ generation was able to obtain.

OP ED: It’s time for Malawi to quit tobacco

The Conversation by Julia Smith 29 May 2018

Imagine this: You are a farmer in one of the poorest countries of the world. Each year, the price of your harvest falls, but you keep growing the same crop because it is what your mother and, before her, your grandmother farmed.

OP ED: Let’s stop talking about “empowering” African women

Policy Options by Michelle Savard 29 May 2018

The “empowerment of women” is mentioned 32 times in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, and $150 million has been allocated to related activities in developing countries over the next five years. But what does it really mean for Western non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to empower African women?

OP ED: Too Many Stayed Silent On Quebec’s Anti-Muslim Bill 62

Huffington Post by Kelly Nolan 24 May 2018

A small community of women in Quebec will have difficulty taking the bus or accessing services. They will likely be subjected to discrimination in our public institutions. Bill 62 will seriously affect their ability to access public services, public transport or attend school.

Aecon Shares Tumble After Canada Blocks Sale to Chinese Buyer

Bloomberg with Michelle Lally 24 May 2018

Aecon Group Inc. plunged the most in 18 months after the Canadian government blocked a proposed C$1.2 billion ($930 million) takeover of the construction firm by a unit of China Communications Construction Co.

By focusing on women in planning and decision-making, Calgary could build a safer city

The Calgary Star with Elsbeth Mehrer 23 May 2018

More than men, women in Calgary fear taking transit at night.

Trudeau’s Liberals have so much to do, and so little time left

The Globe and Mail with Anna Esselment 23 May 2018

There is word going around that, after the House and Senate rise for their summer recess in June, Justin Trudeau will ask the Governor-General to prorogue Parliament, so that the fall session begins with a Speech from the Throne.

YW Calgary launches funding campaign to complete new hub ‘built for women, by women’

Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 22 May 2018

YW Calgary has launched a campaign to raise funds for a new hub catering to women and their families.

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads, boosted posts

The Globe and Mail with Nura Jabagi 22 May 2018

The government of Canada has been increasing its use of paid Facebook advertisements over the last three years, spending tens of millions of dollars on boosted posts, videos and ad campaigns, new figures tabled in Parliament show.

Both working-class and ‘elite’ voters favour Doug Ford in Ontario election, poll shows

Toronto Star with Heather Bastedo 21 May 2018

Imagine a spreadsheet with 66 columns and 1,200 rows. We had 700 pages of tables with almost 80,000 data points.

Here’s what makes Albertans more likely to vote for the NDP, the UCP or another party

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 17 May 2018

Imagine a spreadsheet with 66 columns and 1,200 rows. We had 700 pages of tables with almost 80,000 data points.

Do Ford’s foibles foreshadow another Tory collapse?

The London Free Press with Anna Esselment 14 May 2018

The path from predicted victory to shattering loss is well trod by Ontario’s recent Progressive Conservative leaders.

Wynne says she isn’t sure why Doug Ford has twice commented on her smile

News 1130 with Erin Tolley 11 May 2018

Doug Ford has now commented twice on Kathleen Wynne’s smile, and the Liberal leader doesn’t know why.

Doug Ford paints himself as fiscally responsible outsider in bid to lead Ontario

CP24 with Anna Esselment 09 May 2018

Eight years after a populist wave handed Rob Ford the reins of Canada’s largest city, his brother is testing the same brand of everyman appeal on the provincial stage.

OP ED: Cleaning up the mandatory minimums mess

Policy Options by Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant 08 May 2018

On April 10, Independent Senator Kim Pate announced her intention to introduce a bill, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Independence of the Judiciary), that would grant Canadian judges the authority to impose a “fit” sentence regardless of whether an offence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment. It would free judges from mandatory minimum sentences and enable them to impose sentences below the stated minimum where appropriate.

OP ED: Online news trolls not as bad as we think

The Conversation by Maite Taboada 08 May 2018

Toxicity online seems pervasive. We encounter and hear about all manner of obscene language, insults and slurs. Some of it even comes from U.S. President Donald Trump. Much of his long list of attacks against people, places and things has been unfurled online.

OP ED: Our planning for the future of work must include education

Policy Options by Nobina Robinson and Daniel Komesch 07 May 2018

It’s hard to find anyone these days who’s not talking about artificial intelligence (AI), robots, automation, the gig economy and what it all means for the future of work. Global diplomatic circles are no different. In June, when leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies meet in Charlevoix, Quebec, the top-line agenda item will be preparing for the jobs of the future.

OP ED: Island Voices: Cycling infrastructure an investment in Victoria’s future

Times Colonist by Meghan Winters 06 May 2018

Are Victoria’s streets fit for everyone? Not quite yet.

Vancouver researcher urges parents to let kids climb trees

News1130 with Mariana Brussoni 05 May 2018

Go ahead – let your child walk to school – on their own!

When we fail inmates, we fail ourselves

Penticton Western News with Alana Abramson 04 May 2018

Inmates aren’t typically the most sympathetic individuals for the general population, but by ensuring inmates are protected and provided for, we all stand to gain.

We want it all: Albertans expect low taxes, balanced budgets and no service cuts

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 04 May 2018

It definitely wasn’t popular when he said it.

Privacy experts: EU changes will help consumers indirectly, push Canada to follow

Regina Leader-Post with Teresa Scassa 03 May 2018

The European Union’s new privacy protection rules are being described as a game-changing new standard that’s already being felt in Canada as companies with transatlantic operations get ready for the sweeping changes that come into effect later this month.

OP ED: The many benefits of meditation in the classroom

The Conversation by Thomas Culham and Neha Shivhare 03 May 2018

The fast pace of the business world — where competition is the rule and return on investment decides everything — can be challenging for business students.

Dating in the #MeToo era can mean more confusion over consent: experts

Global News with Anuradha Dugal 02 May 2018

It has been months since Aziz Ansari’s “bad date” incident, and experts say the narratives around dating in the #MeToo movement continue to change, but for some, it leads to more confusion.

OP ED: Mutual fund fees are a case of dollars and per cents

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 01 May 2018

Would you rather pay a 1-per-cent fee or a $1,000 fee on $100,000 invested in a mutual fund? Before you congratulate yourself for noticing that 1 per cent and $1,000 amount to the same fee in this example, I ought to tell you that you may be making a related mistake in your own investment accounts that could be costing you buckets of money.

Albertans aren’t as conservative as you might think, poll suggests

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 30 April 2018

Albertans aren’t strictly conservative. At least not in the way we are stereotyped — or perhaps stereotype ourselves.

The argument for telling people how much money you make

CBC Radio Ottawa Morning with Romina Raeisi 30 April 2018

Ottawa University law student, Romina Raeisi makes the case for transparency amongst colleagues and friends about payscales.

Major European Banks Are Backing Away From The Oilsands. Will Others Follow?

The Huffington Post with Lisa Kramer 28 April 2018

The decision by Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, to halt funding for new projects in the oilsands has some wondering if other financial institutions, including U.S. banks and pension funds, will eventually follow suit — and what the impact that might have on Canada’s energy sector.

Kids need Vitamin N

The Mountain Times with Mariana Brussoni 26 April 2018

Climbing a tree is a path to self-discovery. Building a woodland fort is an exercise in creativity. Stepping across a babbling brook develops confidence and brings joy. Our most treasured childhood memories are often from outdoor adventures. While 71 percent of adults played outside as kids, only 21 percent of America’s children regularly play outdoors now. But a child’s time experiencing nature reaps an array of health benefits and provides a life long love, wonder, and awe for our natural world. Nature constantly calls to us in Vermont, where we’re certainly fortunate to be. Just opening the door and venturing outside gives us a dose of “Vitamin N”: Nature!

Manitoba police officer sues over sharing of intimate images without permission

The Ottawa Citizen with Karen Busby 26 April 2018

A Manitoba police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging intimate images of her were shared without her permission.

Newfoundland politician Eddie Joyce steps aside amid harassment allegations

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 26 April 2018

A Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister has stepped aside amid harassment allegations, in what political observers say is a fresh sign of the shift in how society discusses harassment.

OP ED: Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence

The Toronto Star by Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant 23 April 2018

A woman is killed by her current or former partner every six days in Canada. Indigenous women are killed by their intimate partners at a rate eight times higher. Domestic violence is a national crisis.

Rogers e-mail service terms allow access to users’ contacts, raising privacy concerns

The Globe and Mail with Teresa Scassa 21 April 2018

A new set of terms and conditions recently sent to Rogers e-mail users includes a Canada-specific provision that would allow the service provider to mine their friends’ and contacts’ personal information.

OP ED: Are we losing community, as we lose trees?

North Shore News by Brenda Morrison 20 April 2018

Last year I lost my father, I lost the home that he built for our family and I lost the trees that I planted with him as a child. I loved those trees. Those trees gathered us, and protected us, as children and as a community. Trees matter – they build homes and communities. Homes without community is an empty existence. Last year we lost those trees to private development.

OP ED: Building the talent pipeline for the future of Canada’s financial services industry

The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 19 April 2018

Speak to any CEO in the financial sector and they will no doubt cite attracting top talent as one of their highest priorities. It is also increasingly one of the industry’s top challenges as the pace of technological change accelerates and transforms traditional business models. Today, the industry must not only attract talent for the roles it has open now, it also needs to anticipate the skills it will require in three to five years in this rapidly evolving landscape. Shifting customer preferences, increasing competition from non-traditional players, big data and emerging technologies are all changing the way financial products and services are delivered. Too often the discussion around talent today focuses on what skills and jobs will disappear, not on the skills we need in the future and how we are going to find and attract that talent.

OP ED: You support pay equity? Tell me how much you make

The Ottawa Citizen by Romina Raeisi 19 April 2018

One topic we never discuss with each other is our salaries. A colleague can ask if you go to church, but not how much you make. That’s a problem because we can’t know how much we should fairly be paid if we never talk about it.

OP ED: Why relationships matter in the gig economy

The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Nura Jabagi 18 April 2018

What do Tinder and the gig economy have in common? Both are killing long-term monogamous relationships and replacing them with casual hookups.

Vancouver mayoral candidate wants policy talk to trump gender vitriol

The Vancouver Sun with Ellen Woodsworth 18 April 2018

Shauna Sylvester says she spent long nights mulling over her Vancouver mayoral bid, knowing what she’d be facing.

OP ED: The deportation of Lucy Francineth Granados: A symbol of Canada’s rising anti-immigrant sentiment

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 17 April 2018

On April 13, Montreal resident Lucy Francineth Granados was deported to Guatemala. Despite mobilization by groups like Solidarity Across Borders and No One is Illegal, Granados was not allowed to stay in Canada.

OP ED; How should the Humboldt fundraising money be spent?

The Toronto Star by Hilary Young 17 April 2018

In the days since the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, over $12 million has been raised for victims and families on one GoFundMe campaign alone, making it by far the largest Canadian GoFundMe campaign to date. It may seem too soon to think about how that money should be spent, but already there are expenses to pay.

OP ED: The deportation of Lucy Granados shows how hollow government ‘compassion’ is

The Ottawa Citizen by Charlotte Cass 16 April 2018

On Friday morning, Canada deported Lucy Granados, a single mother who has lived in Montreal for nine years.

OP ED: How Canada’s immigration detention system spurs violence against women

The Conversation by Petra Molnar and Stephanie Silverman 15 April 2018

“PLEASE GET ME OUT OF HERE I DON’T BELONG HERE!! HELP ME! HELP ME! PLEASE!!!!!! … I don’t see how they can continue to keep me locked up like a criminal. I have no charges. I had already paid my time for my crime.”

These are the last words of Teresa Gratton.

Cabinet to hold emergency meeting Tuesday in bid to save pipeline expansion

BNN with Melanee Thomas 09 April 2018

Faced with an escalating battle between British Columbia and Alberta as well as a spooked investment community, federal cabinet ministers will gather Tuesday for an emergency meeting in search of a way to convince Kinder Morgan to go forward with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

OP ED: American-style deportation is happening in Canada

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 09 April 2018

One night last week, while flipping through the available channels, I came across a program called Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, a reality TV show that, though discontinued, is still being broadcast in different countries. It portrays the work of the Canadian Border Security Agents as they encounter refugees, immigrants and visitors to Canada.

Ford’s comments on black community prompt call for apology

iPolitics with Erin Tolley 06 April 2018

A call for an apology and widespread condemnation met Doug Ford’s comments about the black community on Friday.

OP ED: Gun violence is more than just a gang problem

The Ottawa Citizen by Gladys A. Osien 05 April 2018

When a man gets shot in a neighbourhood, we talk about guns and gangs. When a partner shoots and kills his wife and children, we talk about domestic violence. When a person shoots multiple people in a private or public setting, we talk about mental health. When children are victims of shootings in a school, we talk about how different our gun laws are from the United States.

She was arrested for carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine into Canada. Her court case changed the law.

WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio with Carmela Murdocca 04 April 2018
On June 27, 2015, Cheyenne Sharma landed at Pearson International Airport, outside of Toronto, on a flight from Trinidad.

Ontario budget doubles down on left, politico says

The Waterloo Chronicle with Anna Esselment 03 April 2018

Ontarians will soon decide if their government’s fiscal approach is proper, but this year’s election budget is a clear attempt to double down on the left side of the political spectrum.

Changes to domestic violence law send ‘profound signal’

The Globe and Mail with Elizabeth Sheehy 01 April 2018
Lawyers and academics are lauding new federal legislation on domestic abuse that they say will strengthen the courts’ definition and treatment of intimate partner violence.

OP ED: We must prioritize caring in health care

Policy Options by Vickie Cammack and Donna Thomson 30 March 2018
Ask any Canadian what “care” means and you will get rapid-fire answers that include words like kindness, love, concern, compassion and attentiveness. We know with inner certainty what it feels like to be cared for. But ask if these qualities come to mind when thinking about experiences in the health care system and you might get a blank stare or even a smirk.

OP ED: Here’s why lawyers should advocate for greater diversity in their profession

The Ottawa Citizen by Paula Ethans 30 March 2018

What happens when a law society tells lawyers to promote diversity? A battle of beliefs.

OP ED: Ontario has reshaped the national child care debate

The Globe and Mail by Susan Prentice 29 March 2018
An extraordinary new child-care policy was announced in Ontario this week: free full-day (or half-day) child care for children aged 2 1/2 years to kindergarten. Critics pounced on the new policy, criticizing it as last-minute electioneering. Supporters lament its late timing. Whether or not Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals win another term and actually implement the policy, it generates at least five important outcomes, and changes the national social and political conversation.

Facebook has lost $100B in value — and its money problems may just be beginning

Global News with Lisa Kramer 27 March 2018

Facebook’s stock price has plummeted in the fallout from the recent data scandal, shaving over US$100 billion off the company’s market value.

Former Alberta inmate carried stillborn baby for weeks after seeking help from staff

Edmonton Journal with Martha Paynter 26 March 2018

Stephanie Albert knew something was wrong when the baby inside her stopped moving.

Sidewalk Labs pledges ‘open’ approach to data, but that’s no guarantee they’ll actually share it

Financial Post with Teresa Scassa 22 March 2018

Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc., says it will apply an “open standard” to data governance and partner with as many Canadian companies as possible as it transforms a swath of Toronto’s waterfront into a technology-driven district.

Jane Griffith Speaks to CEOx1Day on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver

Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver with Jane Griffith 21 March 2018

Odgers Berndtson Partner and National Diversity Leader, Jane Griffith was recently interviewed by Business in Vancouver about how the firm achieved gender parity with this year’s CEOx1Day program – with women making up more than half of the participating CEOs. The program is designed to match top university students with CEOs across Canada for a day of mentorship and leadership lessons.

University of Victoria to launch first-of-its-kind Indigenous law program

The Globe and Mail with Rebecca Johnson 21 March 2018
Canada’s first joint program in Indigenous law and common law is preparing to launch next September at the University of Victoria, with an ambitious aim of developing a third legal order in Canada, while also producing lawyers for industry, government, First Nations and international work.

OP ED: How to change the way we value, use and manage water by Sarah Wolfe 21 March 2018

Pick up any newspaper and you’ll find alarming stories about a water crisis. Whether it’s Day Zero in Cape Town, swollen rivers menacing Southern Ontario or relentless droughts in the Prairies, the water crisis headlines flooding our media reinforce that old maxim, “if it bleeds it leads.”

OP ED: It’s time to stop testing drugs on animals and start using better, more modern methods

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 20 March 2018
Nazi-inspired medical research methods are harming humanity, physically and financially.

OP ED: Canada’s curiously cautious commemoration of women suffragists

The Conversation by Veronia Strong-Boag 19 March 2018

International Women’s Day has just passed, and, as always, there was little if no mention of Canada’s suffragists.

OP ED: Comment vaincre le cyberharcèlement : une universitaire propose une méthode en cinq étapes

Franceinfo par Nadia Naffi 20 mars 2018

Jamais le cyberharcèlement n’a été si inventif et donc destructeur. Les cyberharceleurs utilisent le Web sciemment et à répétition pour terroriser ou causer du tort à autrui. Ils harcèlent des personnes qu’ils jugent faibles et sans défense, les dénigrent ou entachent leur réputation, un comportement typique des propagateurs de discours haineux. Toutefois, bien que le cyberharcèlement semble incontrôlable, il existe des techniques pour le combattre.

Here’s why moms-to-be should avoid drinking from plastic bottles

ANI with Deborah Kurrasch 18 March 2018

Pregnant women who drink from plastic bottles may be harming their children’s brain development, according to a recent study.

More resources, government support needed for Canada’s newcomers

Winnipeg Sun with Lori Wilkinson 17 March 2018
When Ali Saeed came to Canada 33 years ago, mental health supports for refugees were nearly non-existent.

OP ED: Transgender women, breastfeeding and drug regimens

Impact Ethics by Martha Paynter 15 March 2018

The recent publication of a case report of induced lactation in a transgender woman, and reactions to it, are cause for critical examination of myths surrounding drug use in lactation and the impulse to restrict transgender bodies. “We need to make sure it is pure and hormone free,” a critic says of the human milk produced by the transgender woman patient, who used medications to induce lactation (domperidone) and to block testosterone production (spironolactone). Yet, human milk is not “pure” or “hormone free.”

OP ED: Labor Snapshot: Engaging Women and Diverse Talent is Now Imperative for High Performance Computing Sectors

SC18 by Kelly Nolan 14 March 2018

When you examine the STEM disciplines that produce HPC experts, unconscious bias and the lack of engagement of women is playing a major role in limiting the growth of the talent pool for both industry and higher education institutes.

Study suggests ‘strong relationship’ between bullying and drug use, could help shape prevention strategies

CBC with Tracie Afifi 11 March 2018

A University of Manitoba study involving thousands of Manitoba students that looked at the connection between bullying and drug use is a starting point to develop better approaches to bullying prevention, researchers say.

OP ED: Confusion and concern over land-use planning across northern Ontario

The Conversation by Dayna Nadine Scott 11 March 2018

Peawanuck is a Cree community in northern Ontario near the shores of Hudson Bay and the home community of the Weenusk First Nation. When I visited in February, caribou hides and animal furs hung in the yards, teepee smokehouses smouldered outside homes and snowmobiles pulled boxed sleighs to carry food harvested from the land.

OP ED: The time is now for companies to emphasize sustainability

The Montreal Gazette by Leanne Keddie 05 March 2018

BlackRock, the world’s largest investment firm, recently issued a wakeup call to CEOs. The firm, whose investment decisions have a major impact on the economic health of major companies, advised them that their success depends on embracing sustainability and responding to climate change.

Waterloo region reacts to Trudeau government’s 3rd budget

CBC with Tammy Schirle 03 March 2018

Trudeau’s government tabled its third budget this week and political leaders in Waterloo region were paying attention to how much money would trickle down to local municipalities.

OP ED: Curb the criticism and cue the applause – Trudeau’s budget was momentous for women

The Ottawa Citizen by Kelly Nolan 01 March 2018

On Tuesday, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, alongside women’s ongoing struggle for equity, won a victory. Never has Canada released a federal budget as progressive and in-step with a movement for change.

Federal Liberals’ call for national campus sex-assault policy comes with ‘unparalleled’ note of menace

The National Post with Kerri Froc 28 February 2018

As universities applauded the federal government for supporting higher education in Tuesday’s budget, it was easy to overlook the relatively modest $5.5 million set aside to “harmonize” campus sexual violence policies over five years.

Patrick Brown debacle means candidates will get more intense screening, parties say

CBC with Erin Tolley 24 February 2018

The major political parties in Ontario are united on precious little heading into the 2018 provincial election, except that in light of the political drama starring Patrick Brown, the scrutiny candidates go through needs to be ratcheted up.

Ottawa hoping to expand take up of working income tax benefit as program grows

Global News with Tammy Schirle 22 February 2018

A federal budget aimed at Canada’s middle class will also have a focus on the second part of the Liberals’ political target audience: those who wish to join it.

Comic books pack ‘KAPOW!’ to traditional academic journals

CBC with Bree Akesson 20 February 2018

A Wilfrid Laurier University professor has been using comics as a supplement to traditional academic journal articles and textbooks as a way to convey information to students through a different platform.

OP ED: Don’t be a bystander: Five steps to fight cyberbullying

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 20 February 2018

Never in the history of humanity has bullying been so inventive and thus destructive. Cyberbullies exploit this digital age to spread hate. They intentionally and repeatedly use the internet to cause harm, fear or distress to people. Their behaviour includes harassing individuals they consider weak and defenceless, denigrating them and harming their reputation, typical of hate speech spreaders. Although cyberbullying has become destructive and feels unstoppable, there are techniques for dealing with it.

An overdue conversation: #Metoo is bringing discussion about consent to the fore

The Ottawa Citizen with Elizabeth Sheehy 11 February 2018

On a recent weekday evening, a handful of young Ottawa 67s hockey players filed into a lounge inside TD Place for a mandatory session on consent and preventing sexual violence, among other things.

First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems

New Scientist with Jehannine Austin 08 February 2018

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism seem to have some similar effects on the brain. Analysing gene activity is taking us a step closer to understanding what causes such mental health conditions.

How Toxic is the World’s Most Popular Herbicide Roundup?

The Scientist with Deborah Kurrasch 07 February 2018

lyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, is arguably also one of the most contentious. Mass protests erupted in Europe last November after the European Commission, following much discussion, granted a five-year extension for the license to use glyphosate in agriculture in the E.U.

University of Windsor: I came here for an argument

Maclean’s with Catherine Hundleby 02 Feburary 2018

At the University of Windsor, you can now get a Ph.D. in argumentation.

OP ED: Beyond Policy: How Gendered Interactions on the Ground Shape Development

Stanford Social Innovation Review by Laura Doering and Sarah Kaplan 01 February 2018

National governments and international bodies often implement policies to promote more gender-equitable social and economic development. For example, initiatives like the UN’s Gender Equality Sustainable Development Goal highlight gender inequities across the globe and set benchmarks for progress towards equality. Similarly, USAID highlights gender equality and women’s empowerment as one of its main areas of focus, aiming to “unlock human potential on a transformational scale” by investing in women’s skills and advancement. These ambitious, large-scale policies and goals function as powerful tools for orienting global attention, and channeling funds toward initiatives that promote gender equality.

OP ED: The other solitary: Psychiatric segregation needs to end, too

The Globe and Mail by Sheila Wildeman 31 January 2018
Recently the B.C. Supreme Court declared “administrative segregation” in prisons unconstitutional. It ruled that this form of solitary confinement causes severe psychosocial harm and is contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It barred, as discriminatory, application of the regime to Indigenous prisoners and ruled that “any period of administration segregation” of prisoners with mental-health problems is illegal. Any remaining use of segregation must be hedged by strict time limits, access to counsel and independent review.

OP ED: Liberals’ summer jobs program controversy on reproductive rights overblown

Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 29 January 2018

Religious organizations and editorial writers have sown confusion about new eligibility criteria for organizations that want to hire students under the Canada Summer Jobs program. They would have readers believe that the federal government is violating individual and organizational Charter-protected rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

Investigating domestic violence, with an eye on prevention

The Globe and Mail with Elizabeth Sheehy 25 January 2018
As Holly Hamilton’s family prepares for her funeral, the slain Ontario woman’s brother has spoken out about the ultimate cost of domestic violence.

OP ED: How To Shut Down Microaggressions While Keeping Your Cool

The Huffington Post by Sarah Neville 24 January 2018

In the world of vintage furniture, the “casting couch” is a piece that, until recently, seemed timeless. It was hard to imagine that this item, a feature in the offices, rehearsal halls and studios of many a showbiz boss, could ever go out of style.

OP ED: Why all children must learn their times tables — and fun ways to teach them

The Conversation by Lynda Colgan 24 January 2018

Recently, I was asked by a parent how old children should be to learn how to multiply numbers. He was shocked when I said that children in kindergarten may be experts in multiplication.

Abortion pill still largely out of reach for most women in Nova Scotia

CTV News with Martha Paynter 23 January 2018

The abortion pill remains out of reach of most Nova Scotia women, because doctors still cannot bill the province for providing it.

Best Buy Canada grants secondary schools with new technology

Markets Insider with Amy Coupal 22 January 2018

Best Buy Canada is proud to announce that 9 secondary schools across the country have been selected to receive funding of up to $10,000 each through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program.

Forget the #MeToo backlash. Stay focused on changing how sex and power work

Mashable with Charlene Senn 20 January 2018

After months of condemning pervasive sexual harassment and assault, we’ve arrived at the #MeToo backlash.

OP ED: Beyond the Women’s March – We need to fight as hard for our careers as sexual predators do

The Ottawa Citizen by Kelly Nolan 19 January 2018

Disgraced “knees together” former judge Robin Camp and broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi battled harder for their careers than we have collectively fought for equal pay for equal work in Canada. They hired lawyers and pleaded their cases passionately.

Nova Scotia hires two Crown attorneys to focus on sexual-assault cases

The Globe and Mail with Elizabeth Sheehy 18 January 2018
Two new Crown attorneys dedicated solely to the prosecution of sexual-violence cases have been hired in Nova Scotia.

OP ED: Has The #MeToo Movement Forgotten About Our Women In Uniform?

The Huffington Post by Kelly Nolan 18 January 2018

As the #MeToo campaign stole headlines globally in late 2017, a few others were ignored. In fact, we have been ignoring them for years. Here is but a sampling:

Churches upset by new abortion clause in jobs program

CBC with Catherine Macnab 17 January 2018

Church leaders are calling on the faithful to pray — and call their MPs — about new rules for the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program.

OP ED: The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle

The Conversation by Donald MacLean Wells and Janet McLaughlin 16 January 2018

When we decide what fresh produce to buy, we check our fruits and vegetables for colour and blemishes, and we make sure the price seems fair.

Women have ‘long way to go’ in our cities’ public life, politics

Metro News with Ellen Woodworth 16 January 2018
An initiative to engage and empower Surrey and Vancouver women’s public voices got a $282,000 cash boost Tuesday.

Reported hijab attack on 11-year-old girl ‘did not happen,’ Toronto police say

CBC with Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui 15 January 2018

An 11-year-old girl’s report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn’t occur, Toronto police said Monday.

Smartphones open up world of sex and porn for women, study finds

CBC with Diana Parry 15 January 2018

One thread on a Canadian online forum made up mostly of women asks for advice on sex toys.

Tougher workplace harassment rules would help protect political staffers: Hajdu

National Post with Jane Hilderman 12 January 2018

It is too early to begin claiming the pendulum is in danger of swinging too far the other way when it comes to concerns over sexual misconduct on Parliament Hill, as young political staffers remain especially vulnerable to abuse, says Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.

Robo-Advisors Key to Snagging Millennials for Wealth Managers
ThinkAdvisor with Lisa Kramer 10 January 2018

Opportunities for wealth management are growing among consumers with lower and moderate incomes – as well as millennials – by increasing use of robo-advisor technology, according to a recent study.

Why Ontario employers can pay veteran workers the same wage as new hires

CBC with Muneeza Sheikh 10 January 2018

Karen Seenath said it felt like her dignity was on the line when she opted to quit her job at a Brampton Tim Hortons —- a position she’d held for the past seven and a half years.

Kids commuting to school: what’s driving the conversation?

CBC with Mariana Brussoni 07 January 2018

Live in any big city, and there are certain changes that constantly evoke anxiety and lament.

OP ED: Our justice system is still burdened by rape mythologies

The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 05 January 2018

The year just ended brought an unprecedented reckoning of sexual misconduct. Allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment made by four actors against Soulpepper Theatre Company’s artistic director, Albert Schultz, can now be added to the wave of revelations.