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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:


Diversity biggest ‘game-changer’: U of R president looks back over past decade

Global News with Vianne Timmons 26 December 2019.

Vianne Timmons has been the president and vice-chancellor at the University of Regina since 2008.


Trudeau’s gender parity, diversity requirements stop at cabinet door

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 26 December 2019

The most senior and powerful political staff in Justin Trudeau’s government don’t reflect the diversity of Canada, or meet the same representation requirements that the Prime Minister set for his cabinet.


Say what? Why some newcomers are paying to reduce their accents

CBC with Mary Houle 23 December 2019

“Can you repeat that, please?”

It’s a question Joan Jiang gets regularly.

Jiang is from China and learned English as a second language. Though she tries not to take it to heart, she admits that after 20 years in Canada, it sometimes gets to her.


Everyone turns to lawyers for #MeToo advice, but the legal community needs its own reckoning

The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig and Jocelyn Downie 23 December 2019

The legal profession must change the way it responds to sexual misconduct within its own ranks. The culture of the profession – with its social power, history of elitism and male dominance – makes it harder for women to speak out and easier for men to stay silent.


New ‘flight shaming’ and ‘train bragging’ trends are making waves thanks to Greta Thunberg

The National Post with Stephanie Whitney 20 December 2019

People around the world are ditching planes and hopping on trains to reduce their carbon footprints and the negative effects that frequent airplane use can have on the environment — all thanks to the new trends of “flight shaming” and “train bragging”.


UN peacekeepers abandoned hundreds of children after impregnating mothers in Haiti, research shows

Globe and Mail with Kaila Mintz 18 December 2019

United Nations peacekeepers have abandoned hundreds of children after impregnating their mothers while working in Haiti, leaving them to live in extreme poverty, new research shows.


Police unfazed by app feature pinpointing speed traps

CBC with Teresa Scassa 18 December 2019

Drivers using Google Maps recently may have got some help avoiding police officers on the lookout for speeding drivers.


How investors can participate in plant-based profits

The Globe and Mail with Lisa Kramer 17 December 2019

Green shoots of opportunity are sprouting from the growing plant-based protein market. Financial advisors best pay attention to its potential, say those tracking the budding sector.


If in doubt, let them out — children have the right to play

The Conversation by Mariana Brussoni 16 December 2019

New research from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Health Measures Survey reaffirmed the dramatic decline in Canadian children’s fitness seen over the past 35 years — with only one-third of Canadian school-aged children meeting physical activity guidelines.


How to make holiday wish lists a teaching tool for family finances

CTV with Ann Douglas 15 December 2019

Apple AirPods are high on Bitta Chowdhury’s wish list this holiday season, and the 18-year-old has already decided they’ll soon be in his possession whether someone buys them for him or not.


Why it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa

The Conversation by Nikki Martyn 15 December 2019

Many children today know Santa Claus as that jolly man in red who delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve. But the legend of Santa stretches back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas.


Maia Hoeberechts: Northern communities lead the way in understanding climate change impacts

Vancouver Sun by Maia Hoebrechts 13 December 2019

Could you survive a night in the vast frozen Arctic using just a candle and snow? George Angohiatok, a skilled Inuit guide and hunter in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, uses signs in the sky and ice to lead him to the right kind of snow, which he builds into a shelter solid enough to heat with the candle.


Coming home: Vianne Timmons named as new MUN president

CBC with Vianne Timmons 12 December 2019

Memorial University has announced that Vianne Timmons will be taking over as president and vice-chancellor of the university. 


City of Ottawa announces data-sharing plan with Google’s Waze app

Ottawa Business Journal with Teresa Scassa 12 December 2019

Ottawa will join other major North American cities in sharing traffic data with Google’s Waze app, the city announced Thursday.


How RCMP job policy is undermining the careers of women within its ranks

CBC by Souhila Baba 11 December 2019

Mothers should not be police officers.

This might as well be the message that recent court decisions on pension plans for RCMP officers are sending to the Canadian population. This week the Supreme Court of Canada will weigh in.


Christmas Fund: YWCA Calgary innovates to ‘turn the dial’ on domestic violence

Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 6 December 2019

The YWCA Calgary is passionate about going out of business — really.


Lessons from the hockey rink could help Doug Ford tackle climate change

The Conversation by Jennifer Lynes 6 December 2019

The Auditor General of Ontario’s recent report found the province’s current climate change plan is not based on “sound evidence” and will fall well short of Ontario’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets. 


Women twice as likely to experience unwanted sexual behaviour in public: StatCan

Global News with Anuradha Dugal 6 December 2019

One-third of Canadian women have felt unsafe in public due to the behaviour of someone else, according to a survey conducted by Statistics Canada.


Feminism met gunfire at École Polytechnique. It’s taken 30 years to call it what it was

Global News with Kharoll-Ann Souffrant 6 December 2019

From her hospital gurney, Nathalie Provost grinned at the mass of reporters.


Engineering deans remember Dec. 6, 1989 — and celebrate the survivors

Toronto Star with Suzanne Kresta and Mary Wells 6 December 2019

“Have you heard?” “Are you safe?” “But how could that happen?”


Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing

The Conversation with Michelle Stewart 5 December 2019

On Nov. 29, 1990, the body of Neil Stonechild, a Saulteaux First Nations teen, was found frozen in a field on the outskirts of Saskatoon. It was -28C. He was just 17-years-old at the time of his death. He was found wearing only jeans and a light jacket and was missing one shoe.


Remembering everyday violence against women and girls on Dec. 6

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 5 December 2019

It’s the National Day of Remembrance for the 14 women who were killed at the L’école Polytechnique in Montréal for being women and for being students in a discipline that, at the time, was wholly male-defined.


How Canada can reduce the potential threat posed by freed terrorists

Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 4 December 2019

On Nov. 29, Usman Khan killed two people and injured three others in a terrorist attack in London. Mr. Khan had been convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012 and released in 2018, partway through his 16-year sentence.


New Study Links Traumatic Brain Injury and Homelessness

KNX107.70 Radio with Jehannine Austin 3 December 2019

Medical researchers have uncovered some new findings that could provide a link among many in the homeless population.   


Interest in sex does not affect a complainant’s credibility in a sexual-assault trial, Ontario Appeals Court rules

Globe and Mail with Elizabeth Sheehy 2 December 2019

A complainant’s interest in sex should not affect her credibility as a witness in a sexual-assault trial, Ontario’s highest court says.


Ottawa says it’s ending solitary confinement. A former prisoner and advocate says that’s not quite true

CBC with Kim Pate 30 November 2019 

The Canadian government says a bill coming into force on Saturday will end solitary confinement in federal prisons across the country. 


Belief beyond Conviction

The Coast with Kim Pate 28 November 2019

Women are the fastest growing prison population worldwide. A documentary team went into the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth and the Nova Institution for Women in Truro with art supplies, a music therapist and film equipment to find out why.


Productivity isn’t possible without well-being

University Affairs by Stephanie Whitney 25 November 2019

As part of my continuing academic career, I had big plans for publishing this past summer. 


Guest column: Are Canadian water officials using the denial playbook?

Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 24 November 2019

Water officials in Canada now seem to be using the PR playbook for denial and manufacture of doubt. 


Men won almost twice as often as women this federal election, CBC analysis shows

CBC with Melanee Thomas 22 November 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s second gender-parity cabinet might be putting the party’s best feminist foot forward but, away from the spotlight, the makeup of Parliament is still tilted heavily in favour of men.


The (old) elephant in the room: value of older workers ignored

Toronto Star by Helen Hirsh Spence 20 November 2019

Over the last few years I have attended several well-organized conferences and seminars in Canada and the U.S on the nature of work in the future. At each event, I listen carefully for any mention of one of the most powerful segments of the workforce who bring impressively high levels of innovation, productivity, and experience to the conversation — that being, older adults.


What to watch for as Trudeau unveils his new cabinet today

CBC with Melanee Thomas 20 November 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his new cabinet today — an expanded team of ministers to steer the minority Liberal government’s legislative priorities and work to calm regional tensions.


Ottawa real estate developers face lawsuit from Los Angeles street artist

Globe and Mail with Teresa Scassa 19 November 2019

A Los Angeles street artist is suing the builders of an Ottawa real estate development for allegedly misappropriating his art in an advertising campaign.


Mining could see billion-dollar boost

Winnipeg Free Press with Shastri Ramnath 18 November 2019

There has not been much good news in the mining industry in Manitoba for a few years, but that’s starting to change, potentially in a very big way.


Instagram pop-up opens in Kitchener charging selfie-lovers for photo ops

CBC with Aimée Morisson 18 November 2019

Call it the Sears portrait studio for a new generation — “Vivid Dreams” is underway in Kitchener, offering paying customers the chance to take photos in front of splashy backgrounds.


Cree mother continues to ‘languish’ in Saskatoon’s federal psychiatric facility

APTN News with Kim Pate 14 November 2019

Marlene Carter is a Cree woman from the Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan and she’s been incarcerated since 2009.


Virtual reality teaching about N.S. group home abuse transforms shame into respect

CBC with Kristina Llewellyn 13 November 2019

Fifteen-year-old Christian Ofume stands with Tony Smith and discusses the virtual-reality education he’s just received, detailing how, as children, Smith and other residents of a Dartmouth, N.S., group home were forced to beat one another to entertain staff.


Fetal alcohol disorder advocate calls for inquiry into inmate’s death

CBC with Michelle Stewart 13 November 2019

A Canadian advocate for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is calling for a public inquiry into a recent prison death.


Study finds large gaps in research on breast and cervical cancers among black women in Canada

Globe & Mail with Juliet Daniel 13 November 2019

A lack of health data may be putting Canadians of certain races and ancestry at risk, according to a Toronto researcher who has found large gaps in the existing research on the prevalence and outcomes of breast and cervical cancers among black women in the country.


It’s time to let Canadians move on after criminal pot convictions

The Standard by Kim Pate 13 November 2019

The first anniversary of cannabis legalization has come and gone — and at least 250,000 Canadians still have a criminal record for past cannabis possession.


Virtual reality teaching about N.S. group home abuse transforms shame into respect

CBC with Kristina Llewellyn 13 November 2019

Fifteen-year-old Christian Ofume stands with Tony Smith and discusses the virtual-reality education he’s just received, detailing how, as children, Smith and other residents of a Dartmouth, N.S., group home were forced to beat one another to entertain staff.


Fetal alcohol disorder advocate calls for inquiry into inmate’s death

CBC with Michelle Stewart 13 November 2019

A Canadian advocate for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is calling for a public inquiry into a recent prison death.


Alberta is considering starting its own pension program. Here’s why economists say that won’t be easy

The Toronto Star with Tammy Schirle 12 November 2019

Bowing out of the Canada Pension Plan wouldn’t save money for Albertans paying into an alternative provincial system, according to two economists — nor would it be all that different from what Ottawa currently offers.


Questioning Daylight Savings

The Medium with Lisa Kramer 10 November 2019

f you did not remember to set your clocks back one hour on November 3, you might have found yourselves arriving at your appointments an hour early due to daylight savings.


Abortion Access In Alberta At Greater Risk With New Bill

Refinery29 with Melanee Thomas 8 November 2019

Alberta doctors could refuse to refer women to abortion practitioners if a bill currently making its way through the provincial legislature is passed. Bill 207 would protect doctors from referring patients to procedures that conflict with their personal beliefs.


What to know about the Safe Third Country Agreement court challenge

Global News with Petra Molnar 5 November 2019

Arguments over the constitutionality of the Safe Third Country Agreement, a contentious deal between U.S. and Canada, are being heard in federal court this week. 


Three-quarters of Atlantic Canadians echo dying wish of N.B. woman: poll

CTV News with Hilary Young 4 November 2019

It was important to Eric Gozna’s wife, Ellen, that she have a choice of when and where she wanted to die.


Invisible patients: Caregivers need support too in Canada’s health-care system

CBC by Karine Levasseur 2 November 2019

Nervous, afraid and distressed — this is how many Canadians say they feel about the future health care, according to a recent survey.


Cities Were Built for Men. Here’s How To Fix That

The Tyee by Leslie Kern 1 November 2019

Women, if your city feels hostile, it’s because men made it that way.

Women are often taught that dodging trouble in the city is their responsibility. Don’t go out alone. Don’t dress like that. Stay away from that neighbourhood.


Efforts to ditch seasonal time change gaining steam

North Shore News with Lisa Kramer 31 October 2019

The British Columbia government’s effort to formally do away with seasonal time changes marks the most decisive move in a debate that’s quietly raged across Canada for years.


The Unsung Heroes Who Created Canada’s First Women’s Shelters

The Tyee by Paula Ethans 31 October 2019

Countless women endured violence in their own homes, but it was not acknowledged as an issue in the public realm. It was a shameful secret, quietly accepted as a part of life for women.


Racist rants are going viral, but they aren’t illegal. A Vancouver lawyer says they should be

The Toronto Star with Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui 30 October 2019

Yet another racist rant has gone viral — and experts say the “domino effect” of hate we’re seeing won’t stop unless Canada makes some big changes to its laws.


When can kids trick-or-treat without adults?

The Conversation by Nikki Martyn 28 October 2019

Parenting today can be fraught with anxiety. With the rise in technology and social media, stories seem to abound about dangers, but the prevalence of crime and its severity is lower today than it was a decade or so ago in Canada. But this doesn’t necessarily stop parents from feeling scared and vulnerable.


Bardswich: Why polling stations shouldn’t be inside churches

Ottawa Citizen by Kaitlin Bardswich 29 October 2019

I’m a white, cis lesbian with lots of privilege, and little trauma associated with how I’ve been treated for being gay. But others in the LGBTQ+ community may think twice about voting when they see where they have to cast their ballot.


Province unmoved by Horizon’s request to fund abortions outside of hospitals

CBC with Kerri Froc 25 October 2019

The New Brunswick government says it won’t start funding abortions at Clinic 554, even after Horizon Health’s board of directors forwards a motion asking it to.


Albertans must not let our government push a polarized partisan narrative

The Globe and Mail by Melanee Thomas 25 October 2019

Monday isn’t the first time Alberta has elected mostly Conservative MPs. What does seem different, though, is the anger. Premier Jason Kenney described the idea of a Liberal minority government as a “Frankenstein” scenario, in which non-Conservatives pose an existential threat to Alberta.


Charter fight over denial of liver transplants to alcohol-abusers can proceed, Ontario court rules

The Toronto Star with Constance MacIntosh & Martha Jackman 24 October 2019


An Ontario judge has given a widow the green light to pursue a Charter challenge against a Toronto hospital that refused to perform a liver transplant on her dying husband because he was an alcoholic.


Election saw gender parity and diversity among candidates in Ottawa ridings

Ottawa Citizen with Erin Tolley 24 October 2019

Compared with the last federal election, Ottawa ridings saw an uptick in the number of women and visible-minority candidates contesting seats in 2019. They also saw a startling number of racialized candidates running for the People’s party.


Startup seeks to keep emergency vehicles safe on the streets

The Globe and Mail with Catherine Burns 24 October 2019

Like many of its counterparts across North America, the Grand Rapids Fire Department in Michigan is grappling with an unfortunate side effect of continually improving auto engineering and technology – namely, people crashing into its fire engines and endangering emergency responders.


Charter fight over denial of liver transplants to alcohol-abusers can proceed, Ontario court rules

Toronto Star with Martha Jackman 24 October 2019

An Ontario judge has given a widow the green light to pursue a Charter challenge against a Toronto hospital that refused to perform a liver transplant on her dying husband because he was an alcoholic.


Startup seeks to keep emergency vehicles safe on the streets

The Globe and Mail with Catherine Burns 24 October 2019

Like many of its counterparts across North America, the Grand Rapids Fire Department in Michigan is grappling with an unfortunate side effect of continually improving auto engineering and technology – namely, people crashing into its fire engines and endangering emergency responders.


Trudeau has options to ponder for bringing Alta., Sask. interests to the cabinet table

CBC with Melanee Thomas 24 October 2019

Having won a minority in the House of Commons, but no seats in Alberta or Saskatchewan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now contemplating which options he will employ to ensure those provinces have representation at the federal cabinet table.


Women Say Sorry 295,650 Times In Their Lives – And Something Needs To Change

Tyla with Maja Jovanovich 24 October 2019

Like many, we’ve tried to scoff at the allegation, believe us. But in truth, we’ve got to admit there does seem to be some substance to it.


As an Independent MP, can Jody Wilson-Raybould make a difference?

OurWindsor with Melanee Thomas 23 October 2019

Former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould walked into in Hellenic Centre in downtown Vancouver late Monday evening to Elton John’s, “I’m Still Standing,” as the first Independent MP elected in more than a decade.


Investment in child care yields countless social and economic returns

The Conversation by Nikki Martyn 23 October 2019

Children are born with a desire to learn about the world around them. Infants learn and develop by exploring their environments with their senses. In the first few years of life, a baby’s brain makes one million neural connections per second.


Province announces new mineral development fund to replace Mining Community Reserve Fund

Thompson Citizen with Shastri Ramnath 22 October 2019

A successor program to the Mining Community Reserve Fund (MCRF), which was intended to provide assistance to mining communities affected by shutdowns due to ore depletion as well as support mineral exploration in Manitoba, was announced by provincial Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen in The Pas Oct. 16.


UVenus Podcast Has Launched!

Inside Higher Ed with Janni Aragon 22 October 2019

The guest expert on our first episode is Janni Aragon from Victoria University in Canada. The topic is #AcademicStyle, and we talk about everything from Fluevog obsession to owning the room, racism in the academy to sexism in the classroom, professional wear and having fun, being yourself and being taken seriously. We had a lot of fun taping the episode. This one is co-hosted by Meg Palladio, Lee Skallerup Bessette and me.


Federal election 2019: Jagmeet Singh’s comeback fails to materialize as NDP falls to fourth party

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2019

Rookie NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who pledged to build a sweeping movement of young and racialized voters, was not able to deliver on that promise Monday night.


Trudeau has won, but Canada is divided

Gulf News with Melanee Thomas 23 October 2019

Monday’s federal election in Canada has certainly redrawn the map of the world’s second-largest country — and for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that is a map that sees his Liberals shut out completely of the two western provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.


Limited gains for diverse candidates prompt calls for changes to nomination process

The Globe and Mail with Erin Tolley 22 October 2019

While federal parties ran a more diverse slate of candidates than in previous elections, analysts say a flawed nomination process means the House of Commons has a long way to go before it reflects the country it is meant to represent.


Is the Liberal climate plan achievable?

CBC with Angela Carter 22 October 2019

Climate change proved to be a central topic this election cycle, with each federal leader pitching how their party would tackle the issue and mitigate the effects of global warming.


Liberals win minority in federal election — here’s a look at promises Trudeau made

Global News with Angela Carter 22 October 2019

The Liberal Party of Canada is slated to form a minority government after winning Monday’s election.


What next for Alberta? Reaction to election results

Calgary Herald with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2019

It’s not yet known if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be able to reach the necessary agreements with other parties to ensure the survival of his government — but Alberta pundits, politicos and business leaders are already speculating on what the election outcome will mean for the West.


Federal election 2019: Conservative sweep of Alberta illustrates deep well of resentment facing Trudeau

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2019

Albertans led a wave of voters across the Prairie provinces who have rejected Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, exposing a deep well of resentment with Ottawa that his minority government will need to confront.


From Lisa Raitt to Renata Ford, these are the five high-profile women who lost Monday

National Post with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2019

They may now be the not-so-famous five.

An unprecedented 98 women were elected to parliament Monday night, according to Chatelaine, up from 88 in the 2015 federal election — still constituting less than 30 per cent of elected MPs — but five high-profile women were defeated.


After a grim campaign, Trudeau emerges damaged but victorious

CBC with Melanee Thomas 21 October 2019

Faced with a Liberal shutout in Alberta and Saskatchewan and rising tensions in the West, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ended the election campaign by vowing to govern for all Canadians when his MPs return to Ottawa.


The energy discussion Canada’s leaders didn’t have this election

National Observer with Angela Carter 21 October 2019

Environmental experts agree Canada is in unprecedented, historic territory: it’s the first time we’re having an election with such a focus on the climate crisis.


With leading parties deadlocked, volunteers can make all the difference

National Post with Melanee Thomas 20 October 2019

They’re the ones knocking on doors, putting up signs, making phone calls, and serving as the cheering human backdrops behind Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh or Andrew Scheer.


What women care most about in this election, and how the parties stack up

Global News with Melanee Thomas 20 October 2019

While “women’s issues” should be everybody’s issues, experts say, there are certain matters that disproportionately affect women.


Do You Care About Women’s Rights This Federal Election? Then Read This.

Huffington Post with Melanee Thomas 20 October 2019

Melanee Thomas speaks quickly and authoritatively. An associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary who focuses on gender-based inequity in politics, Thomas does not mince words when it comes to her field of research.


‘Money disorder’: When spending leads to cycles of self-destructive behaviour

Global News with Tracey Bissett 19 October 2019

It’s not uncommon to have a complicated relationship with money. Some people love to save, and others love to spend.


Former sensation Justin Trudeau fighting for his political life in Canada’s election

Washington Post with Melanee Thomas 19 October 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the selfie-snapping Liberal leader who swept to power and international fame four years ago with promises of “sunny ways,” heads into Monday’s federal election with his star dimmed and his political future in jeopardy.


Parties increase efforts to boost diversity, but NDP leads the charge

The Globe and Mail with Erin Tolley and Melanee Thomas 17 October 2019

Party candidates in this election are more likely to reflect Canada’s diversity than they did previously, but while some parties are making incremental changes, under Jagmeet Singh the NDP dramatically increased its racial and gender diversity this year.


Explainer: The rise of Canada’s right-wing meme pages

National Observer with Melanee Thomas 17 October 2019

If you’ve scrolled through Facebook in the past year, you may have encountered the right-wing meme machine.


Why The Apple Card Could Make You Spend More

Forbes with Lisa Kramer 16 October 2019

In addition to being made out of titanium and arriving in laptop-like packaging, the new Apple Card stands out for letting cardholders earn immediate rewards, dubbed “Daily Cash.”


In close Waterloo region races, casting a strategic ballot may be on voters’ minds: Analysts

CBC with Anna Esselment 15 October 2019

With less than a week until voting day, people across Waterloo region are making their decisions on who to vote for on Monday, and one Waterloo professor says there’s a lot to think about.


Does solicitor-client privilege protect information shared with a legal app?

Law Times with Teresa Scassa 15 October 2019

In Canada there has been a proliferation of direct-to-consumer legal apps due to pressing access-to-justice needs, and while helping to overcome financial, informational, psychological and even physical barriers, many of these tools also raise serious privacy concerns, according to a study out of the University of Ottawa.


Violence under the microscope for YWCA Regina’s Week Without Violence

CKRM with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 14 October 2019

Reginans will be participating in a national campaign this week to end violence in the community.


Here’s what Albertans have Googled related to the federal election

CBC with Melanee Thomas 13 October 2019

Albertans are curious about the ages of federal political party leaders. The ages of Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Elizabeth May, and Jagmeet Singh were the top Google searches in Alberta from Sept. 11 until 4 p.m. on Friday, according to Google Trends data. 


Diversity of federal candidates up from 2015 but advocates say more work to be done

Global News with Erin Tolley 13 October 2019

The number of federal election candidates from diverse backgrounds continues to rise from election to election, but still falls far short of reflecting Canada’s multicultural makeup.


A feminist take on the Canadian federal election

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 14 October 2019

As feminist scholars, we have been closely watching the election debates and media coverage to see if and how equity, diversity and gender are discussed. So far, little of substance has been said about how they propose to care for Canadians, particularly those located at the intersections of gender, race and colonial power.


Confronting carbon: Comparing party platforms

CBC with Angela Carter 11 October 2019

The four major federal political parties — the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green Party — have spelled out their targets and policies in their platforms. (The People’s Party of Canada does not consider human-caused climate change a threat, and the Bloc Québécois does not have a national climate plan, but supports policies aligned with Quebec’s provincial plan.)


Is Andrew Scheer really promising a tax cut of $50K for millionaires?

CBC with Tammy Schirle 11 October 2019

As part of our federal election coverage, CBC News is assessing the truthfulness and accuracy of statements made by politicians and their parties.


How these Alberta entrepreneurs shifted strategies to find success in new markets

Calgary Herald with Evelyn Ackah 9 October 2019

Hank Van Weelden will never forget December 2014. That was the month business at his modular building company stopped dead. “It fell off the face of the earth overnight,” said the co-founder and chief executive of Alta-Fab Structures Ltd. in Nisku, Alta., a hamlet south of Edmonton. “We had a full production lineup to Christmas and an 18-month backlog. Then it was literally nothing.”


‘Politicians don’t understand us’ Ahead of election, Canadian youth want their concerns addressed

Winnipeg Free Press with Jacqueline Kennedy 7 October 2019

Like many millennials, Adrienne Vaupshas doesn’t own a television.

In order to watch last Wednesday’s televised federal leaders debate — which was held in French, and was the first to include Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau — she went to the re-election headquarters for her local Liberal MP, Marc Miller.


Guest column: Take off rose-coloured glasses for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 6 October 2019 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I see the messages in the media, the pleas for donations, the pledge sheets coming home from my children’s school. As someone working in cancer research and advocacy for two decades, I too have a plea for this October: take off the rose-coloured glasses and realize we need to do more when it comes to breast cancer prevention. Awareness is not enough.


Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality

The Conversation by Martha Paynter 3 October 2019

This federal election season, abortion is undeniably a campaign issue, with media coverage routinely suggesting abortion rights are tenuous or up for debate.


The Mike Farwell Show: Election Debates

570 News with Angela Carter 3 October 2019

Should ‘None of the Above’ be an option on our federal election ballot?


BRAUN: Canadian Journalism Foundation joining fight against fake news

The Edmonton Journal with Natalie Turvey 2 October 2019

The news is full of fake civil wars, fake insurance brokers, fake evangelicals — so much misinformation, so little time.


As journalism goes, so goes democracy — the fight against fake news

The Toronto Star by Natalie Turvey 2 October 2019

We all have a tendency to think that big, complicated challenges require big, complicated answers. Not so. Sometimes, the simplest, most straightforward actions can do more to solve our problems than we ever imagined possible.


B.C. disability insurance decision commentary on access to justice, law prof says

The Lawyer’s Daily with Toby Goldbach 1 October 2019

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a woman pursuing a disability insurance claim is entitled to special legal costs even though there was no improper conduct from the insurance company, a decision being called significant because it would allow trial courts to consider a litigant’s personal and financial circumstances when determining costs.


Pop-up adventure playground gives kids a taste of playing the old-fashioned way

Ottawa Citizen with Mariana Brussoni 30 September 2019

Five-year-old Elyzah is trying to figure out what she needs to put on a piece of wood to make it balance. More wood? The weight of her own body?


Canada Should Make Corrupt Dictators Pay for Refugees They Create

The Tyee by Paula Ethans 30 September 2019

Immigration has become one of the most pressing and divisive issues in this federal election campaign.


Global News Investigates: Almost half of Edmonton criminal cases ultimately withdrawn

Global News with Tamara O’Doherty 30 September 2019

Nearly 50 per cent of cases where Edmonton police lay charges are ultimately withdrawn by Crown prosecutors.


Paid leave, tax credits, more benefits: What the parties are promising parents

Global News with Tammy Schirle 28 September 2019

Millennials — the largest living generation in Canada — are having children, a development that’s put young families at the centre of the federal election campaign.


Calgary YWCA celebrates opening of new facility

Global News with Sue Tomney 28 September 2019

YWCA Calgary is celebrating the opening of its first new building in nearly 50 years.


Canadian youth don’t trust their government to deliver real climate action

National Observer by Anjum Saltana 27 September 2019

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg is wrong: the kids are going to be just fine. At least, that’s what Canadian leaders have told themselves for the past 20 years.


GUEST COLUMN: It’s time for Muslims to join the climate movement

Toronto Sun by Reyhana Patel 27 September 2019

Climate change. These are two words I’ve heard a million times over in the last few years. I’ve heard it in the news, from our politicians as they campaign for the upcoming election and in my work with a humanitarian agency. But it’s only over the last year or so I’ve started to realize the real gravity of the consequences of human impact on our environment.


What do businesses need in order to invest in green tech? Less risk: experts

Global News with Stephanie Whitney 26 September 2019

With the federal election campaign underway, ’tis the season of politicians announcing tax credits, rebates and more.


How maternity leave can hurt a woman’s career: ‘So much can change’

Global News with Tammy Schirle 26 September 2019

When Janet found out she was pregnant, she was petrified to tell her boss. The communications professional, who asked Global News to change her name to protect her identity, was 27 when she became pregnant. She thought taking maternity leave would diminish her chances of being promoted.


Canada positioned itself as a world leader on climate change — is it?

Global News with Angela Carter 26 September 2019

Just after the 2015 federal election, Justin Trudeau claimed Canada was “back” on the world stage as a leader on climate change. Years later, however, experts say Canada isn’t doing enough.


Why is climate change still so controversial to some people?

Global News with Stephanie Whitney and Jackie Dawson 26 September 2019

Climate change is a fact. Not only is it undeniable but it is also one of the top three concerns for Canadians in the federal election campaign, according to an Ipsos poll for Global News. But despite that, some people still have doubts or reject entirely the scientific evidence that global temperatures are rising and with them, the risks posed to people in countries around the world.


Canada, we need to have a serious talk about racism

National Observer by Anjum Sultana 24 September 2019

On three separate occasions, Justin Trudeau was seen wearing brownface or blackface. It has dominated our water-cooler conversations and our family dinner discussions since the images broke.


Unpacking the People’s Party’s Fear of ‘Radical Multiculturalism’

The Tyee with Erin Tolley 23 September 2019

The People’s Party of Canada says it is “inclusive,” but how does that square with its calls to scrap the country’s Multiculturalism Act, tighten our borders, promote “Western civilization values” and cut immigration by more than half?


U of R exploring new programs in northern Sask. after community tour

Regina Leader-Post with Vianne Timmons 22 September 2019

Building partnerships that bring more education opportunities to Saskatchewan’s northern communities is something University of Regina President Vianne Timmons believes is an obligation for the institution.


For Female Entrepreneurs, a Ground-Floor Apartment Is Key

City Lab with Laura Doering 20 September 2019

When it comes to business location, we typically think in terms of neighborhood—say in a downtown commercial corridor or a suburban office park. What we don’t think about is the floor a business is located on and how that might affect its success.


Nova Scotia Catholic hospital will offer assisted dying after policy change

CTV with Jocelyn Downie 19 September 2019

HALIFAX — A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals.


‘Creating dreams’: U of R president, staff tour northern communities to gather feedback

Laronge Now with Vianne Timmons 18 September 2019

Be it childcare accommodation or teacher training and retention in the North, needs for northern Saskatchewan students are intricate and unique.


Fundraising efforts underway to build much-needed Indigenous healing lodge in Toronto

APTN with Kim Pate 18 September 2019

The plan to build Toronto’s first Indigenous women’s healing lodge for women who are in trouble with the law is underway.


Canadian seniors in focus as election campaign enters second week

The Globe and Mail with Tammy Schirle 18 September 2019

Older Canadians became a policy focus for the Liberals Wednesday as the party promised to invest billions more in the old-age security program if they’re re-elected.


After corruption scandal, can Justin Trudeau, the anti-trump, survive blackface scandal?

Newsweek with Annette Henry 19 September 2019

On the heels of a blistering public corruption scandal that has weakened Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a liberal darling across the continent, the prime minister has once more found himself embroiled in a controversy related to his past decisions, this time involving the use of black- and brownface.


It’s shaken the election campaign, but has Trudeau’s brownface image shaken the trust of voters?

News 1130 with Annette Henry 19 September 2019

With the federal election about a month away, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in damage control mode on Thursday, as he grapples with the fallout from multiple bombshell reports showing him in brown and blackface.


Canada must protect its drug supply

Asian Pacific Post with Kelly Grindrod 17 September 2019

When U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a caravan of diabetics for a cross-border shopping trip to buy Canadian insulin, it was a deliberate attempt to publicize his proposed policies to reform health care. He likely had no idea that the media coverage of his actions would set off alarm bells among Canadians and even motivate Canadians to take a stand against the very reforms that Sanders is promoting.


‘You must be very careful’: Common questions about CBD health claims for pain and other conditions answered

CBC with Kelly Grindrod 18 September 2019

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is promoted for a wide range of medical conditions. Recently, a review for doctors weighed the science behind the claims.


OPINION: Nova Scotia now a leader in medical assistance in dying

The Chronicle Herald by Jocelyn Downie 19 September 2019

It’s official – Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is now permitted in all Nova Scotia Health Authority facilities. The NSHA took a very long time to produce its MAiD policy (more than three years after the passage of the federal MAiD legislation), no doubt in large part because it was trying to navigate the shoals of the issue of institutional religious objection to MAiD.  Specifically, would MAiD be permitted at St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish?  But the NSHA ultimately came to the right conclusion – right, not least because it is a conclusion that will reduce suffering, respect autonomy, and is consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Back to Blakeney offers a reminder of the efficacy of Big Politics

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 17 September 2019

If democracy in Canada should one day come to an end, how will it die? Certain observers of the global democratic recession worry that the decline of self-rule will lead to hollowed-out institutions and pervasive technocracy – not tanks in the streets or a general at the podium, but unresponsive legislatures alongside unaccountable managers. Others worry about the rise of toxic populism in the authoritarian tradition – rabble-rousing, angry, violent – leading to military hardware and fringed epaulettes as tools of decision making.


Andrew Scheer vows to ‘champion’ oil and gas sector during Calgary campaign stop

OurWindsor with Melanee Thomas 17 September 2019

CALGARY—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer brought echoes of Alberta’s provincial campaign to Calgary on Monday, promising “job No. 1” of a Conservative government would be repealing the federal carbon tax and vowing to scrap the contentious Bill C-69.


Would a minority government be the best election result?

OurWindsor with Anna Esselment 17 September 2019

The polls suggest Canada could be headed for a minority government on Oct. 21. Andrew MacDougall, a former director of communications for Stephen Harper, argues that would be an ideal result while Anna Esselment, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo, writes that a majority would best serve voters.


U.S. postal treaty exit would hurt Canadian e-commerce business

Vancouver Courier with Andrea Stairs 16 September 2019

MONTREAL — U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to withdraw from an international postal treaty could have a big impact on Canadian e-commerce companies that ship small goods from China to the U.S.


Fundraiser at Southcentre Mall addresses domestic violence

CTV with Sue Tomney 15 September 2019

A wide range of people from every walk of life came together on Sunday in support of a Calgary organization that works to enhance the safety and well-being of women.


Trudeau’s Liberals benefited from record Indigenous voter turnout in 2015. Can they again?

Global News with Lori Campbell 14 September 2019

During the 2015 federal election, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau coasted to victory in part thanks to Indigenous voters determined to evict former prime minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives from office.


Liberals still nominating candidates across much of southern Alberta

Calgary Herald with Melanee Thomas 12 September 2019

Federal political parties have released their rosters for the Oct. 21 election and, while not every party has nominated a candidate for each riding, there is a noticeable lack of Liberal nominees in southern Alberta.


Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue

The Conversation by Michelle Stack 12 September 2019

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently got some good news after a few weeks of scandal management.


Top Canadian universities rise in global rankings

The Globe and Mail with Michelle Stack 11 September 2019

Canadian universities, led by the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and McGill, have moved up in an influential ranking of the world’s top schools.


The Kenney factor: Why the Alberta premier is both a risk and a reward for Scheer’s Conservatives

The Toronto Star with Melanee Thomas 11 September 2019

As the federal election campaign kicks off, Alberta is preparing for Round 2 of the fight between conservatives and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.


Canada election: 5 economic issues to watch for this campaign

Global News with Melanee Thomas 11 September 2019

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau officially launched his bid for re-election Wednesday in a campaign that will focus on his government’s record over the last four years and what parties are offering voters to make life more affordable.


Reality check: Hiring no ‘attractive’ women is not the solution to #MeToo fear

Global News with Anuradha Dugal 10 September 2019

When the #MeToo movement exploded in 2017, women everywhere blanketed the internet with stories illustrating just how common sexual harassment is.


U of R project supporting Indigenous people with FASD in justice system

Regina Leader-Post with Vianne Timmons and Michelle Stewart 6 September 2019

For people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), navigating the court system can be confusing and overwhelming as they try to understand their charges, meet with their lawyer and keep track of their court appearances.


National Housing Strategy not enough to stop Ottawa’s housing crisis, advocates say

Ottawa Citizen with Jacqueline Kennelly 7 September 2019

The city’s 2018 report on housing and homelessness found the waiting list for affordable housing had grown by nearly 15 per cent in one year. Catherine McKenney, city council’s liaison on the file, says local homeless shelters have been over capacity in recent weeks “and we’re not even in the winter months yet.”


Where we stand: the Canadian index of child and youth well-being

One Youth via UNICEF with Ann Douglas 

Only 55% of children in Canada report a high level of life satisfaction

1 in 4 young people sometimes goes to bed or school hungry

27% are often bullied and 28% get in fights


U of R launches mental health text line for students

CJME with Vianne Timmons 4 September 2019

As classes start for University of Regina students on Wednesday, the school is reminding them their grades aren’t the only things that matter — their mental health does, too.


Investing in Canada or addressing climate change – a choice we shouldn’t have to make

The Globe and Mail by Laura Doering 3 September 2019

As the federal election approaches, climate change continues to be a burning issue for voters and politicians. Each of the major parties has proposed various approaches for addressing climate change, but they all have in common an aim to grow the green economy in order to reduce dependence on oil and gas extraction. 


New Lakehead University law school dean ‘intrigued’ by opportunity to make a difference

CBC with Jula Hughes 3 September 2019

The incoming dean of Lakehead University’s law school says she’s “intrigued” by the opportunity to work with a faculty that can “make a difference” in northern Ontario.


How can I best position myself for success when starting my own business if my work contract includes non-compete and non-solicitation clauses?

The Globe and Mail with Sara Forte 2 September 2019

I’ve worked in marketing for more than a decade, representing brands as part of larger businesses. I’ve always dreamed of branching off to start my own operation, and friends have suggested taking on some freelance consulting work or side projects to build up my reputation and finances to start my own business. Unfortunately, my work contract includes non-compete and non-solicitation clauses that seem to prevent me from doing this. How can I best position myself for success when starting my own business given these contract clauses?


Which leader do you dislike the least? Cynicism reigns ahead of federal election

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas, Anna Esselment 1 September 2019

By law, Justin Trudeau has until Sept. 15 to visit the Governor-General and ask her to issue the writ for the Oct. 21 general election, but that hardly matters.


What Canadians should do if caught up in violence when traveling to Nicaragua

Today Nicaragua with Robin Cox 1 September 2019

The Canadian Press prepared an article following the shooting on the night of October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas to help Canadians when caught up in violence while traveling abroad. Though the article Nicole Thompson wrote the article back in October 2017, it is important to read but hopefully, never something you may need to endure.


Catherine McKenna says she has done everything she could to fight climate change

National Observer with Dianne Beckett 30 August 2019

Two days into her job as a rookie environment minister, Catherine McKenna was sent to Paris for the United Nations climate summit, not knowing what “COP21” — the official phrasing for the 2015 meeting — stood for.


Misinformation circulating online stokes fears of voter fraud ahead of federal election

CBC with Melanee Thomas 30 August 2019

When Tasha Stokdijk received four voter registration letters in the mail last April, she was confused. The envelopes were addressed to international high school students she had hosted over the years, all of whom had been underage and weren’t Canadian citizens. 


Family seeks answers after death of patient in N.S. forensic hospital custody

CBC with Martha Paynter 29 August 2019

A Nova Scotia mother says she’s getting no answers from authorities after her son was found unresponsive in his cell at the province’s high-security mental-health facility last week and later died in hospital.


Talking guilt-free parenting and back-to-school with Ann Douglas

Global News with Ann Douglas 29 August 2019

Sending little ones back to school, or to school for the first time can come with a few challenges. Parenting expert and author Ann Douglas sits down with Teresa Kaszuba share a few tips to make that process a little easier for everyone.


Conflict of interest education could help curb opioid epidemic

Kitchener Today with Kelly Grindod 28 August 2019

The pharmaceutical industry in Canada and the United States is being fundamentally changed. That’s according to Kelly Grindrod, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, who spoke with the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.


Local non-profit seeks public inquiry into death of Halifax man in custody

Global News with Martha Paynter 28 August 2019

A local non-profit is assisting a Halifax family in its search for answers after a man in custody at the East Coast Forensic Hospital died this week.


‘How did we get to a first?’: Theatre program has a difficult time attracting students, directors of colour

CBC with Naila Keleta-Mae 28 August 2019

When Jamar Adams-Thompson takes the stage next month to play Othello in the University of Windsor’s production of William Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy, it’ll be the first time that a black actor will be led by a black director in the theatre department’s history.


Acclaimed Liberal candidate in dark on why Ramal spurned by party association

The London Free Press with Anna Esselment 28 August 2019

“Khalil (Ramal) was in the dark for a while. Quite frankly, so was I,” Mohamed Hammoud said Tuesday evening, moments before he was to be acclaimed.


Super Awesome Science Show: Riding bikes

Global News with Meghan Winters 27 August 2019

Over the last few years, getting around by bicycle has become increasingly popular. But the number of people in Canada choosing cycling over four-wheeled methods of transportation is still relatively low. On this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to explore what has led to this increase and how we might be able to make Canada a cycling nation.


Foundation makes $1.5 million donation to Darke Hall Renovation project

Regina Leader-Post with Vianne Timmons 27 August 2019

Inside a rejuvenated lecture hall, Regina Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Christian Robinson picked up his violin and played Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bouret. The performance was the finishing touch on Monday’s announcement that the Ann and Roger Phillips Foundation will be donating $1.5 million towards the renovation of Darke Hall, which is part of the University of Regina’s College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.


Local Liberals resigning amid federal nomination ‘scandal’ involving ex-MPP Khalil Ramal

The London Free Press with Anna Esselment 26 August 2019

Ramal, a two-term former McGuinty-era politician, had been in the race to become the Liberal candidate in the east London riding, a former Liberal seat going open in this fall’s election with the retirement of New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen who snatched it from the Liberals 13 years ago.


Ann Douglas on getting ready for back-to-school

CBC with Ann Douglas 24 August 2019

Parenting columnist offers some advice on minimizing the stress of back-t0-school season and savouring what’s left of summer.


Why political scandals, like Trudeau’s ethics breach, don’t always change voters’ minds

Global News with Melanee Thomas 24 August 2019

An Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News suggests the Liberals and Conservatives are in a virtual dead heat, with the Grits up two points since last month to 33 per cent of the decided vote and the Tories at 35 per cent, a two-point drop.


Addiction policy forum launches overdose awareness toolkit in collaboration with University of Waterloo

Yahoo Finance with Kelly Grindrod 23 August 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 70,237 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, of which more than 47,000 involved opioids. The Overdose Awareness Toolkit includes training videos on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, information about how to administer naloxone, harm reduction education, resources and further reading.


Code Orange: inside a Toronto hospital’s preparation for the next catastrophe

CityNews with Carolyn Snider 23 August 2019

The warning signalling a mass casualty situation blares out from the overhead speakers in the emergency department at St. Michael’s Hospital minutes before the first patient shuffles in with painted-on scrapes and bruises talking about an explosion.


Should tobacco play a role in China’s international development model?

East Asia Forum by Julia Smith and Jennifer Fang 23 August 2019

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is an international, legally-binding treaty ratified in 2003 that aims to address the social, economic and environmental impacts of tobacco use. Signatories, including China, commit to reducing both demand and supply of tobacco.


‘You feel powerless’: What it’s like to be a Canadian youth in a time of climate change and job insecurity

The Hamilton Spectator with Jacqueline Kennelly 22 August 2019

Crippling student debt with no job security. Skyrocketing house prices. A changing climate with disastrous and fatal results. The future facing today’s youth feels bleak to many.


Parts of solitary confinement replacement law to come into effect Nov.30

iPolitics with Kim Pate 21 August 2019

Penitentiaries in Canada must adopt the Liberal government’s replacement for solitary confinement in November. Sections of a new federal law overhauling the rules for solitary confinement, known formally as administrative segregation, will come into force on Nov. 30, as dictated in an order-in-council approved by cabinet this month.


Local LGBTQ advocates pan provinces changes to sex-sed curriculum

CBC with Lyndsey Butcher 21 August 2019

Local LGTBQ advocates and sexual health advocates are panning changes to Ontario’s sex ed curriculum announced on Wednesday. 


OP ED: Still sneezing? Climate change may prolong allergy season

The Conversation by Cecelia Sierra Heredia 19 August 2019

Every year, without fail, summer brings changes to our surroundings: more sunlight, heat, greenness and flowers, among many others. For some people, these changes also mean increasing physical discomfort because along with the flowers, trees and grass comes pollen. 


OP ED: Canada has flipped the burden of proof for bail in cases of repeated intimate partner violence

CBC by Souhila Baba 17 August 2019

Back in June, Bill C-75 became law. The legislation included various amendments to the Criminal Code, including the return of the victim surcharge and the removal of preliminary inquiries in certain cases. 


Author urges ditching the guilt of modern parenting 

The Peterborough Examiner with Ann Douglas 16 August 2019

Ann Douglas, a prolific author of parenting books, is inventing the public to a free gathering in September about how parents can ditch the guilt of modern parenting. 


OP ED: The language gives it away: How can algorithm can help us detect fake news

The Conversation by Fatemeh Torabi Asr 14 August 2019

Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? As a software engineer and computational linguist who spends most of her work and even leisure hours in front of a computer screen, I am concerned about what I read online. 


Trump’s Canada Drug Import Plan Can’t Happen Without Big Pharma

Bloomberg with Lisa Kramer 13 August 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to import cheap Canadian drugs overlooks a crucial fact: it can’t happen without the cooperation of major drugmakers, the very industry he’s trying to undercut. 


OP ED: Can ‘progress studies’ contribute to knowledge? History suggests caution

The Conversation by Shannon Dea 11 August 2019

According to tech entrepreneur Patrick Collision and economist Tyler Cowen, academia needs a new discipline called “progress studies”. But their proposal overlooks two crucial facts: human progress has been an object of study for centuries, and innovators ignorant of that scholarship have had devastating effects on the planet and society. 


How to discover if your portfolio is aligned with your ethical principles

CityNews with Lisa Kramer 8 August 2019

Many Canadians who recoil at media coverage of mass shootings and the internment of migrant children in the U.S. are likely unaware of a link between these ongoing tragedies and their retirement portfolios. 


Why hate crimes are so hard to quantify 

Global News with Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui 7 August 2019

Are hate crimes on the rise? And is so, who are they targeting and why?


OP ED: Trump drawing attention to Canadian drug shortage

The Toronto Star by Kelly Grindrod 6 August 2019

There is only one upside to the Trump administration’s plan to allow American pharmacies to buy cheaper drugs from Canada – it is finally drawing much needed attention to our drug shortage crisis.


Climate deadline more like 18 months instead of 12 years, some experts say

Global News with Angela Carter 5 August 2019

We may think we have 12 years to curb climate change, but some Canadian climate experts say we likely have close to 18 months instead. 


OP ED: L’intérêt de l’enfant, considération primordiale

La Presse by Souhila Baba 1 August 2019

Pour plusieurs Québécois, le rêve d’adopter des enfants de leur pays natal est exclu par une restriction juridique. 


OP ED: Financial professionals just as susceptible to behavioural biases as investors

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 31 July 2019

Many Canadians rely on financial advisers to navigate the complexities of investing and to help them avoid common pitfalls and mistakes. But what if those advisers are just as prone to behavioural biases as the investors they serve?


Will Supreme Court hear N.S. government’s ‘unconquered people’ case? It’s no sure thing

CBC with Hilary Young 27 July 2019

Documents containing details that could be embarrassing to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil may be under wraps for now, but his government faces a tall order to have the Supreme Court of Canada keep them private indefinitely. 


OP ED: Why youth need to be part of climate emergency leadership now

National Observer by Robin Cox 25 July 2019

It’s mid-summer, and the ancient boreal forests of northern Alberta have been on fire since early May. Near the town of High Level, a 351,000-hectare fire still blazes out of control.


YWCA unveils preliminary building designs

CTV News Regina with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 25 July 2019

The YWCA held an information session on Wednesday night to gather feedback of the proposed $35 million dollar building in Regina’s Cathedral neighbourhood. The City of Regina also gave the parcel of land of Lucy Eley Park to the non-profit organization.


Research could protect cities in active earthquake zones with Lindsay Schoenbohm 24 July 2019

A study from the University of Toronto Mississauga reveals new clues about an earthquake that rocked Argentina’s San Juan province in the 1950s. The results add important data about one of the Earth’s most active thrust zones and could help to protect cities in the region from earthquake damage in the future.


OP ED: Bike sharing isn’t just for rich hipsters – ‘super users’ have lower incomes

The Conversation by Meghan Winters and Kate Hosford 24 July 2019

Bike and scooter sharing is booming in cities all around the world. In the United States, the number of trips through either bike or scooter sharing — modes of transportation called “micromobility” — more than doubled over one year, from 35 million trips in 2017 to 84 million in 2018.


OP ED: Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani and Ahmed Al-Rawi 23 July 2019

Russian troll activity on Twitter aimed at influencing public opinion has attracted a lot of attention in the United States and other western democracies. Canadians may feel it’s not an issue here. But a recent examination of Twitter data suggests there are reasons to be concerned as the country heads into a federal election.


OP ED: The uproar over taking ‘man’ out of ‘manhole’

The Conversation by Shannon Dea 23 July 2019

It is not every day that a change to a municipal code for a medium-sized city makes international news. But when city council in Berkeley, Calif., had its first reading of a proposal to remove gendered language from its municipal code, the media went to town.


OP ED: Gender matters in responding to major disease outbreaks like Ebola

The Conversation by Julia Smith 22 July 2019

Despite over a year of containment efforts, the World Health Organization recently declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The declaration reflects the grim recognition that insecurity is preventing effective response.


‘Reluctant to prescribe’: Local clinic says women wait weeks to access abortion pill

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 22 July 2019

A local sexual health resource centre says it’s experiencing so much demand for the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, that patients often must wait two to three weeks to get it. 


Reconciliation a prominent issue heading into federal election

Kitchener Today with Lori Campbell 22 July 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says non-Indigenous Canadians need to be patient and unconditional in their support of Indigenous communities on the road to reconciliation and allow them to make mistakes.


OP ED: Spain’s model for saving lives at sea should be emulated in the EU

The Conversation by Luna Vives 22 July 2019

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 18,000 migrants have died or disappeared in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe since 2014. Last year, the suspension of search-and-rescue operations in the central Mediterranean caused the deaths of one in eight migrants along this route.


Jeffrey Epstein could leave jail 12 hours a day. Here’s what happens in Canada

Global News with Alana Abramson 20 July 2019

Jeffrey Epstein, the rich businessman who served time more than a decade ago for soliciting a minor for prostitution, will await trial, on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls, from behind bars.


U of M women take longer to reach full professor: report

Winnipeg Free Press with Tammy Schirle 19 July 2019

Female faculty members at the University of Manitoba wait more than a year than longer their male counterparts, on average, for promotion to full professorship, a new report says.


Martha Paynter talks about abortion on the big screen

The Coast with Martha Paynter 11 June 2019

The Coast sits down with Martha Paynter to talk about abortion on the big screen. From drawn-out, dramatic representations to quick and empowering montages—set to “Silent Night”—Paynter shares her thoughts on seven noteworthy examples of abortion on TV and in the movies. 


Apollo 11 Is Turning 50. Why All the Moon-Landing Anniversary Hype? with Anne Wilson 18 July 2019

In case you haven’t heard, the Apollo 11 mission that landed humans on the moon happened exactly 50 years ago — but why does that temporal inevitability seem so compelling to so many people?


OP ED: Disability rights are human rights

Montreal Gazette by Bonnie Brayton 17 July 2019

With the passing of the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada, into law last month, the full breadth of human rights is finally being recognized. One of the most important pieces of human rights legislation in decades, it enshrines the rights of millions of Canadians with disabilities.


Brampton City Council Appoints First Muslim Woman to Integrity Commissioner Role

InBrampton with Muneeza Sheikh 17 July 2019

The Brampton City Council has appointed Muneeza Sheikh, who is the first Muslim woman appointed to the city’s joint-role of Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar (which is a contract role).


Canadians find it hard to unplug but is it necessary to ‘go off the grid?’

Global News with Ada Barlatt 14 July 2019

With our smartphones almost perpetually in hand or pocket, the concept of “going off the grid” seems like exactly that — a concept. Canadians are increasingly connected and, according to a new survey, more people are finding it harder to log off.


Abortion-pill obstacles: How doctors’ reluctance and long-distance travel stop many Canadians from getting Mifegymiso

The Globe and Mail with Lyndsey Butcher 13 July 2019

Doctors across Canada are refusing to write prescriptions for the abortion pill, forcing many women to travel to out-of-town clinics to get a prescription, according to a Globe and Mail analysis that reveals provincial access barriers and widespread reluctance on the part of medical professionals to provide abortion care.


More women needed in municipal politics, says political panel

CBC News with Joanne Wright 11 July 2019

More women are needed in municipal politics was the consensus reached on this week’s CBC New Brunswick political panel.


OP ED: Gender matters in responding to major disease outbreaks like Ebola

The Conversation by Julia Smith 22 July 2019

Despite over a year of containment efforts, the World Health Organisation recently declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The declaration reflects the grim recognition that insecurity is preventing an effective response.


Massive haul of ancient art forgeries discovered in Saskatchewan! Would you believe it? 

CBC News with Claire Battershill 11 July 2019

For nearly a century, a strange and eclectic collection of artifacts has been hidden from public view, and while the exact origins remain a puzzle, its recorded history begins in Depression-era Saskatchewan.


Fake or real? Vancouver library exhibit blurs lines of history 

CTV News with Claire Battershill 10 July 2019

A travelling exhibition of fakes and forgeries is on display at the Vancouver Public Library, blurring the lines between what’s a historical artifact and what’s a modern day replica.


The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver 

Public Radio Tulsa with Donna Thomson 08 July 2019

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Donna Thomson, who is a co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver.”


As fight over Quebec’s religious symbols law shifts to courts, legal experts debate best way to challenge it 

CBC News with Kerri Froc 08 July 2019

Quebec’s religious symbols law was not yet 12 hours old when it became the subject of a Superior Court motion seeking to have it struck down.


Boomers, once critical of millennials, are more sympathetic to their housing plight, says professor

CBC News with Nancy Worth 08 July 2019

Rebecca Goldstone calls herself a “1 per cent millennial.” Thanks to financial support from her parents, she graduated in 2016 without debt and landed a full-time job in Toronto soon after.


Five things to know about Canadian immigration detention centres 

The Canadian Press with Stephanie Silverman 07 July 2019

The treatment of migrants has recently been thrust into the spotlight as accounts emerge of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in American border detention facilities. Here’s a look at how Canada deals with immigration detainees.


Fun exhibit full of fakes, forgeries and food for thought 

The Vancouver Sun with Claire Battershill 02 July 2019

A new exhibit of fakes at Vancouver Public Library’s main branch will make think about what is real.


New Beginnings: YW Calgary set to move into new home in Inglewood 

The Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 03 July 2019

YW Calgary, an organization that’s been helping vulnerable women in Calgary for 112 years, is moving to a new home.


Majority of Canadians against accepting more refugees, poll suggests 

CBC News with Mireille Paquet 03 July 2019

A pre-election survey conducted for CBC News suggests Canadians are divided on immigration, with clear limits on the kind of migration they find acceptable. 


Kitchener-Consetoga MP speaks up about controversial anti-abortion petition he enabled 

The Record with Lyndsey Butcher 01 July 2019

Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht has spoken up about his decision to enable a Canada-wide petition urging an end to public funds for abortions.


Made in Canada solutions: answers to seniors’ care challenges can start at home

The Telegram with Laura Tamblyn Watts 01 July 2019

There is no denying Canada’s population is aging.  


But where are you really from? A seemingly simple question, with a complicated answer 

CBC News with Naila Keleta-Mae 01 July 2019

“Where are you from?” It’s a simple question that’s often asked as a way to get to know one another better, or so we assume. 


Spiral French fry sparks legal battle between McCain Foods, Idaho rival 

The Globe and Mail with Teresa Scassa 30 June 2019

Two of the world’s biggest French-fry makers are locked in an international legal battle for who has the rights to manufacture a spiral spud.


Queen’s Psychology issues public call for Indigenous art project

Kingstonist with Kate Harkness 25 June 2019

The Queen’s University Department of Psychology have invited Indigenous artists from Kingston and the surrounding area to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install artwork.


Pate says rejected Senate changes could have saved government prisons bill

iPolitics with Kim Pate 25 June 2019

A Senator says upper chamber amendments to the Liberal government’s prisons bill could have avoided a legal challenge that might threaten to strike down parts of the legislation.


Shore Centre concerned over abortion petition 

Kitchener Today with Lyndsey Butcher 25 June 2019

The petition, that originally started in British Columbia, has been recently endorsed by Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht. 


Evelyn Ackah: ‘You have to shift, you have to pivot’

The Globe and Mail with Evelyn Ackah 24 June 2019

Evelyn Ackah is founder of Ackah Business Immigration Law in Calgary.


Reality check: is it OK to call migrant detention centres concentration camps? 

Global News with Stephanie Silverman 22 June 2019

The detention centres housing thousands of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border are concentration camps, said New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Lenczner Slaght launches centralized website for commercial list 

Law Times with Monique Jilesen 21 June 2019

A new website,, could help more lawyers understand Ontario’s specialized business court, according to the website’s creators at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP.


Lack of federal response to Quebec’ Bill 21 ‘very disappointing’: advocates 

Global News with Erin Tolley 21 June 2019

Federal leaders are being criticized days after the passing of Quebec’s Bill 21 by advocates who were hoping for a stronger response to the controversial new law.


Tracie Afifi wins national health research award for work on child abuse 

The Globe and Mail with Tracie Afifi 20 June 2019

Tracie Afifi used to wonder whether Canada has a child-abuse problem.


App that connects users with abortion providers launches across Canada 

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 19 June 2019

A smartphone app that matches people with their nearest abortion provider launches across Canada on Wednesday.


Quebec’s new immigration law could be an attempt to win more powers from Ottawa 

CBC News with Mireille Paquet 18 June 2019

Quebec’s new rules on immigration could be an attempt by the provincial government to wrest more powers from Ottawa, according to an expert on immigration.


Vancouver’s community gardens sit on $525 million of real estate 

The Vancouver Sun with Ellen Woodsworth 18 June 2019

In circles where people discuss the more arcane points of Vancouver property taxation, community gardens are something of a perennial issue.


Families of children with autism under ‘severe stress’

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 16 June 2019

Families of children with autism are under “severe stress” as they juggle advocating for their children, arranging treatment and tending to their own busy lives, according to a new study by the Laurier Autism Research Consortium.


Calgary’s Neighbour Day: Skate park opens in Bowness, YWCA opens in Inglewood 

Global News with Sue Tomney 15 June 2019

Hundreds of Calgarians came together on Saturday to mark the sixth Neighbour Day in the city.


‘Breakfast of Influencers’ at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital aims to raise awareness about urban health care with Carolyn Snider 13 June 2019

It happens almost daily, says Dr. Carolyn Snider, chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto: A person arrives in her department with an issue that is, on its face, absolutely not an emergency. They just need a prescription refill.


OP ED: The future of meat is shifting to plant-based products 

The Conversation by Lisa Kramer 13 June 2019

With summer just around the corner, it’s not just the weather heating up in Canada. The plant-based foods sector is also starting to sizzle.


A moving target: What abortion access looks like in Nova Scotia 

The Coast with Martha Paynter 13 June 2019

One of the biggest misconceptions about abortion, says Lianne Yoshida, a Nova Scotia physician and medical co-director of the Women’s Choice Clinic in Halifax, is that people think it’s a rare or unusual procedure. “It’s very common,” she says.


OP ED: The value of an old-fashioned visit to your bank branch 

The Conversation by Laura Doering 12 June 2019

The rise of online and mobile banking has changed the financial service industry as we know it.


Complex planning needed for grandparents helping grandchildren 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 12 June 2019

Older Canadians, many of whom have amassed significant amounts of wealth, are seeing their grandchildren experience challenging financial issues, from mounting costs for post-secondary education to high rental costs or down payments to purchase their first homes.


Canada’s financial consumer watchdog facing leadership limbo 

The Financial Time with Laura Tamblyn Watts 11 June 2019

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada appears to be without a leader despite a year-long search by the federal government for a replacement for the regulator’s outgoing commissioner.


OP ED: From obesity to allergy, outdoor play is the best medicine for children 

The Conversation by Mariana Brussoni 11 June 2019

What if there was a simple, inexpensive and fun way to address some of the major challenges facing humanity today. What if it could help improve children’s health, development and well-being?


Military sexual-assault trials have high acquittal rate despite zero-tolerance policy, study finds 

The Globe and Mail with Elaine Craig 10 June 2019

Soldiers tried for sexual assault are acquitted in military courts far more often than defendants in civilian courts who face the same charges, a new report says.


Lawyers tell Ottawa solitary confinement bill is unconstitutional 

The Globe and Mail with Kim Pate 10 June 2019

A group of nearly 100 lawyers and law professors is warning the federal government that a landmark solitary-confinement bill working through the Senate is unconstitutional in its current form.


A burden and a joy: Author Donna Thomson unpacks the duality of caregiving for sick family 

The Globe and Mail with Donna Thomson 04 June 2019

Caring for sick and suffering family members changes people, the imprints staying with them well after their loved ones enter long-term care or die.


New list aims to create referral network for Canada’s female lawyers 

Law Times with Sana Halwani 03 June 2019

Lenczner Slaght is releasing a list of experienced female lawyers with the aim of increasing referrals to Canadian women in the legal profession.


Is going to a strip club or following hot people on Instagram cheating? 

ABC Life with Carrie Jenkins 03 June 2019

Ask your friends whether visiting a strip club, watching porn or following hot people on Instagram is cheating, and you’ll likely get mixed responses.


MMIWG report not shy in its usage of the term ‘genocide’ 

Kitchener Today with Lori Campbell 03 June 2019

The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released on Monday.


Why a medical form may have impeded charges in RCMP’s #MeToo case 

CBC News with Jula Hughes 02 June 2019

In many respects, it’s a startling result. During the RCMP’s own #MeToo reckoning, approximately 190 current and former RCMP employees — men and women in three provinces — say their employment-related medical exams crossed the line into sexual assault.


Prof lauds Manitoba decision to cover costs of protecting sex assault victims’ privacy in court

The Winnipeg Free Press with Karen Busby 31 May 2019

Governments should expect to pay for sexual-assault victims to be represented in court as Canadian law evolves, a legal expert says.


Police warn of dangers for young users on Snapchat 

CTV News with Aimée Morrison 31 May 2019

Waterloo Regional Police are reminding parents of young social media users to proceed with caution.


Ontario Autism Program advisory panel taps Waterloo expert 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 30 May 2019

A Waterloo researcher has been chosen to sit on a provincial advisory panel that will weigh in on the Ontario Autism Program.


Senate committee approves changes to solitary confinement bill 

The Canadian Press with Kim Pate 30 May 2019

A committee of senators has approved changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in Canadian prisons — including a key change to require a judge’s approval to keep an inmate in isolation for more than 48 hours.


Doctor Suzanne Kearns on why training for safety requires a rethink 

Runway Girl Network with Suzanne Kearns 30 May 2019

Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Aviation Professor and author at the University of Waterloo, decided at an early age that she wanted to be a pilot. She started flight training at 15 years, and got her pilot license at 17.


Waterloo professor and mom of a son on autism spectrum named to Ontario Austin panel 

The Waterloo Record with Janet McLaughlin 30 May 2019

Waterloo’s Janet McLaughlin has been named to the province’s new expert panel on autism.


OP ED: In Canada, abortion care is health care – but there’s more we can do 

CBC News by Martha Paynter 30 May 2019

Within days of Alabama criminalizing the provision of abortion care, Ontario’s Court of Appeal ruled that physicians who object to abortion must provide an immediate referral to a practitioner who does not — to ensure that patients receive timely and appropriate treatment.


Ramadan behind bars: How one inmate’s fight to fast highlights oversight concerns 

Global News with Kim Pate 29 May 2019

The halal breakfast option is some combination of fruit and cereal with a muffin, toast and peanut butter, boiled eggs or French toast, depending on the day. That’s according to the Correctional Service of Canada’s national menu, but Jason Cain wrote a few notes in the margins.


Federal government unveiling risk assessment tool for artificial intelligence 

The Globe and Mail with Petra Molnar 28 May 2019

The federal government is unveiling a first-of-its-kind tool that will help departments determine the risk involved in automated decision-making, processes that some agencies are already using.


Tories demand Goodale explanation delayed call on N.S. prison sex-assault claim 

The Canadian Press with Kim Pate 28 May 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale must explain why the Correctional Service of Canada waited three months to call police after learning of assault allegations at Nova Institution for women in Truro, N.S. last year, the federal Conservatives said Tuesday.


London Free Press among Canadian newsrooms tapped to join Facebook’s local news ‘Accelerator’ project 

The London Free Press with Natalie Turvey 27 May 2019

Facebook is bringing its global Local News Accelarator project to Canada, and The London Free Press is one of a handful of newsrooms selected to take part.


What would happen if we forgave student debt?

Global News with Brenda Spotton Visano 25 May 2019

Last month, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released a plan to forgive billions in student debt.


OP ED: Judges clearly need training in sexual assault. So why won’t the Senate pass Bill C-337?

The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 24 May 2019

Why is the Supreme Court of Canada still having to educate trial judges that a woman who has been dragged out of a bedroom asleep and drugged is not consenting to the repeated acts of sexual intercourse imposed upon her while she was in this condition?


OP ED: Sexual assault in prison: vulnerable women prisoners have few protections and face reprisal for reporting attacks 

Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 24 May 2019

On May 22, three women incarcerated at the Nova Institution for Women federal prison filed civil suits against the Attorney General of Canada, alleging they were each sexually assaulted by correctional officer Brian Wilson over the course of the past five years.


Could Trump’s Plan Of Merit-Based Immigration Work In The U.S.?

NPR with Mireille Paquet 23 May 2019

NPR’s Noel King talks to Mireille Paquet, professor of political science at Concordia University in Montreal, about how effective merit-based immigration has been on Canada’s immigration system.


Seniors represent group most likely to be delinquent on mortgages, report says 

The Toronto Star with Laura Tamblyn Watts 22 May 2019

Financial freedom at 55 appears to be a vanishing dream as Canadians carry bigger debt loads later in life and seniors continue to be the group most likely to be delinquent on their mortgages, according to a report by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.


OP ED: Human trafficking fight requires precision in language and goals 

The Lawyer’s Daily by Rudayna Bahubeshi and Anuradha Dugal 22 May 2019

For more than a decade the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) has focused on prioritizing women’s safety in anti-trafficking work, ensuring those who have experienced trafficking receive services and supports that recognize their different realities.


U.S. abortion debate being felt in Waterloo region, Shore Centre’s Lyndsey Butcher says

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 22 May 2019

Debate around new laws restricting abortion south of the border in states like Georgia, Missouri and Alabama are resonating here in Waterloo region, says the executive director of the Shore Centre.


37% in Ipsos poll say immigration is a ‘threat’ to white Canadians – what’s the threat?

Global News with Petra Molnar 22 May 2019

Canada’s reputation of “welcoming” immigrants is one often cited by international rankings that list the country as among the best in the world.


What abortion law changes in the states mean for Canadians 

Halifax Today with Martha Paynter 19 May 2019

Although abortion rights are protected in our Constitution, many are worried that Canadian abortion laws will be changed by conservative lawmakers.


OP ED: Ontario’s child-care cuts will hurt low-income parents working or studying full time 

The Conversation by Linda A. White, Elizabeth Dhuey, Michal Perlman, and Petr Varmuza 16 May 2019

Ontario’s recent provincial budget claimed to help families access quality child care — but in reality, the province’s budget masks what are emerging as massive cuts to child-care funding that will have far-reaching consequences for families and communities.


It’s time to provide alternative strategies for sexual harassment victims 

Forbes with Sarah Neville 15 May 2019

It’s no secret that most sexual harassment goes unreported. Yet employers continue to insist that formal reporting is the best (and often only) option for victims.


How a hot trend in electronic banking is making life easier for seniors 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 14 May 2019

Can we all agree that paying for stuff with a tap of your debit or credit card is perhaps the greatest innovation in banking since the ATM?


Canadians divided over how asylum seekers who have already claimed asylum n U.S. should be treated: poll 

The Globe and Mail with Mireille Paquet 13 May 2019

Nearly half of Canadians say asylum seekers who have not already made a refugee claim in the United States should be given a full hearing upon crossing the border, but are divided over how people who already claimed asylum in the United States should be treated, according to a new poll. ​


Sask. victims of domestic violence eligible for paid leave 

650 CKOM with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 13 May 2019

The provincial government passed legislation Monday permitting five days of paid job leave for victims of domestic and sexual violence.


Tax cuts expected as Alberta’s UCP government moves to “renew the Alberta Advantage”

The Ottawa Citizen with Melanee Thomas 12 May 2019

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his newly appointed Finance Minister Travis Toews will move to “renew the Alberta Advantage” on Monday, implying the province is about to slash taxes even as it awaits the outcome of a panel convened to study the province’s finances.


Living wage of $18.85 an hour needed for ‘decent quality of life’ in St. John’s, study finds

CBC News with Christine Saulnier 12 May 2019

A new study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the living wage required to meet basic household needs in St. John’s is more than seven dollars an hour greater than the province’s minimum wage.


OP ED: Money alone won’t fix Uber drivers’ problems

The Globe and Mail by Nura Jabagi 10 May 2019

Following the recent Uber and Lyft drivers’ global strike in protest of low wages, many would agree that it’s time for these multi-billion-dollar companies to put their money where their mouth is. But is money enough to solve this problem? I would argue that the better solution lies in humanizing the almighty algorithm.


Staying power difficult for women in politic, SACPA told

The Lethbridge Herald with Melanee Thomas 10 May 2019

Women have served as premier in Canada’s most populous provinces in recent years. But none have been re-elected to a second term.


OP ED: In search of evidence-based math policy 

The Hamilton Spectator by Mary Reid 09 May 2019

When it comes to determining fact from fiction, it’s hard to keep up regarding the myriad of claims coming from the Ontario government. One recent example involves Premier Ford saying that “one third of our teachers are failing the Grade 6 math test.”


OP ED: How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives 

The Conversation by Patty Thille 09 May 2019

When Ellen Maud Bennett died a year ago, her obituary published in the local newspaper gained national media attention in Canada, though she wasn’t a celebrity.


Study Shows Living Wage In St. John’s To Be $18.85 An Hour

VOCM with Christine Saulnier 09 May 2019

A new study shows that a full-time worker in St. John’s must earn $18.85 an hour in order to make a living wage.


Royal Baby: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are relishing being parents 

Express with Ann Douglas 09 May 2019

Relaxed, chatty and clearly excited, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex offered a contrasting image from those we have come to expect outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, of a highly polished Duchess of Cambridge posing for pictures with her children.


Meghan Markle has been a target for racists – how will this impact her son? 

Global News with Annette Henry 08 May 2019

Since she started dating Prince Harry, Meghan Markle — whose father is white and mother is Black — has been the subject of racist attacks online.


OP ED: a word without immigration detention is possible

The Conversation by Stephanie Silverman and Sherry Aiken 08 May 2019

A 2017 Ontario Superior Court case highlights how the Canadian immigration detention system routinely traps migrants in a system of indefinite incarceration.


Waterloo researcher wants Ontario to publish results of new round of autism consultations 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 06 May 2019

The province’s public consultations on the Ontario Autism Program are now underway, but one parent and researcher says it may take some effort to earn back the trust of parents and caregivers.


Pepsi’s lawsuit over farmers planting potatoes used in Lays chips dropped, but implications linger

Global News with Sana Halwani 05 May 2019

A dispute between small, local farmers in India and a corporate giant over a patent on the type of potatoes used in Lay’s potato chips ended this week, when the company backed off amid political pressure.


What parents can learn from Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana about handling their child’s gender and sexuality 

meaww with Tiffany Muller Myrdahl 03 May 2019

Last year, after a then-13-year-old wanted to proceed with hormone therapy to help transition from a female body to a male body, the father opposed the treatment.


Eating placenta doesn’t prevent postpartum depression, B.C. study shows 

CBC News with Jehannine Austin 02 May 2019

B.C. researchers are urging new moms to resist the trend of eating their placenta after childbirth, saying it’s risky and does not help with postpartum depression.


Canadians struggle to distinguish between real and fake news: survey 

The Canadian Press with Natalie Turvey 02 May 2019

Canadians are increasingly skeptical of the news they consume and struggle to distinguish fact from fiction or propaganda, a new survey suggested Thursday.


An expert’s guide to proper parenting 

Breakfast Television with Ann Douglas 02 May 2019

Health and parenting author, Ann Douglas, joins BT to chat about her book, “Happy Parents Happy Kids”.


OP ED: The University of Toronto’s attempt to address the gender pay gap isn’t enough

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 29 April 2019

The University of Toronto undertook a bit of spring cleaning last week in announcing a 1.3-per-cent salary raise for female tenure-stream faculty members. But the effort doesn’t go nearly far enough in fixing the gender pay gap on campus.


Helpline launched for loved ones of N.B. missing Indigenous people 

The Brunswickan with Jula Hughes 28 April 2019

A New Brunswick-wide helpline has been launched to help support friends and family of missing Indigenous people, and lead them toward better outcomes.


Floods push Conservatives to agree on need to fight global warming 

The Globe and Mail with Sarah Wolfe 28 April 2019

Saturday evening, a dike failed in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, near Montreal, forcing an emergency evacuation. Two years after enduring a record spring flood, Ottawa and Gatineau are living through worse, with hundreds of homes flooded or at risk.


OP ED: Notre Dame rebuild must look to the future

The Winnipeg Free Press by Emilie St-Hilaire 26 April 2019

What can Paris learn from Saint Boniface, Man.? To rebuild strategically.


$3.7M in federal funding helping women’s organizations focus on service 

Regina Leader-Post with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 26 April 2019

With new funding in hand, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) vice-chief Heather Bear is excited to start training more Indigenous women to take up the work of advocating for women and family rights.


Philippines keeps telling Canada to pick up its trash – why is it still there? 

Global News with Dayna Nadine Scott 24 April 2019

Canadian garbage has been sitting in the Philippines for about six years — and the country’s president is now threatening war over it.


Slashing the arts student stereotype 

The Brunswickan with Joanne Wright 24 April 2019

Though arts is one of the largest faculties at the University of New Brunswick, its students are often the butt of jokes about the perceived quality of an arts degree.


Sri Lanka bombings: Is banning social media after a terrorist attack for the best?

Global News with Maite Taboada 23 April 2019

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went dark on Easter Sunday shortly after terrorist attacks killed hundreds in Sri Lanka.


‘Cold comfort’: Ottawa’s plans to protect pensions no good enough, say critics 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 21 April 2019

The federal government’s latest proposed measures to protect pensions don’t actually accomplish much, according to pensioner groups disappointed with the policy outlined in the Trudeau government’s omnibus budget bill.


OP ED: ‘A refugee is a refugee’: Asylum changes threaten Canada’s ‘gold standard’ system 

CBC News by Shauna Labman and Jamie Liew 20 April 2019

Canada is celebrating a milestone — the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime, which has resettled 327,000 refugees.


Successful parenting advice book author flourished in Clarkson’s soil with Ann Douglas 18 April 2019

Ann Douglas loves being asked to autograph her books, especially if they have been defaced.


OP ED: How an NHL street party caused a social media storm about racism 

The Conversation by Lori Wilkinson 17 April 2019

As the city of Winnipeg was preparing to host a large celebration to mark the beginning of the National Hockey League playoffs for its team, the Jets, a storm broke out over social media over a headline about the hockey street party.


Questions raised about Canada’s embrace of female leaders after 6th premier turfed from office 

City News with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

The gradual disappearance of women from the ranks of Canada’s premiers raises questions about society’s willingness to embrace true equality, former female leaders and political pundits said Wednesday.


Homecoming Proves Beyoncé is Still the Queen of Control 

Flare Magazine with Naila Keleta-Mae 17 April 2019

TBH it make sense that this weekend is Easter, because #Beysus has seriously risen. Beyoncé kicked hump day in to high gear with the early morning release of her Netflix documentary, Homecoming on April 17.


No ‘involuntary job losses’ as hundred of teachers receive layoff notices 

680 News with Muneeza Sheikh 17 April 2019

Hundreds of teachers across the GTA received layoff notices this week, with more expected.


Rachel Notley the latest female premier who failed to win a second mandate. What’s going on?

The National Post with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

In Canadian political history, there have only been 11 female premiers and just one has gone on to win a second mandate — which didn’t last long.


Boost in advance voters shows election ‘more exciting, more competitive’

The Calgary Herald with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

While official numbers have yet to be calculated, one Calgary political scientist says the fact three times the number of Albertans voted in advance polls leading up to Tuesday’s election than in 2015 suggests the electorate is engaged.


Health Canada no longer requiring ultrasounds before prescribing abortion pill 

The Globe and Mail with Lyndsey Butcher 16 April 2019

Women no longer need an ultrasound before getting the abortion pill, a change that experts say will reduce wait times and speed access, particularly in smaller communities.


How rural, religious and other identities affect the way Albertans vote 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 15 April 2019

Woven together, religion, identity and politics have an interlaced history in Alberta.


Top down or grassroots? NDP, UCP take differing approaches to gender balance

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 14 April 2019

When Rakhi Pancholi was asked to run in the Alberta election, she was well versed in the reasons women give for avoiding politics.


Indigenous candidates hopeful in Cardston-Siksika riding 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 12 April 2019

The Cardston-Siksika riding was created, in part, to consolidate electoral boundaries in the province’s southwest corner and adjust for a lack of population growth. 


OP ED: Better city bike maps are made by volunteers 

The Conversation by Colin Ferster and Meghan Winters 11 April 2019

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.


Advocacy group calls for critical thinking on language amid whiteout celebrations 

CTV News with Lori Wilkinson 11 April 2019

A Winnipeg advocacy group is sparking a conversation about the term “whiteout” and associated celebrations in the city. Black Space Winnipeg says it wants people to think about language and the impact words have, going on to say the whiteout might not feel like an inclusive space for everyone.


Facebook banned white nationalist accounts, but it’s hard to actually keep them offline 

Global News with Veronica Kitchen 10 April 2019

Facebook has banned Canadian accounts that were propagating white nationalist sentiments — but it seems that hasn’t kept the people behind the accounts off the social media platform.


Analyzing the rural and urban vote in Alberta election 2019 

Global News with Melanee Thomas 10 April 2019

In 2015, Alberta NDP captured a significant portion of the urban vote and, while the party gained seats in rural ridings, the majority still went to the conservative Wildrose.


University of Waterloo prof urges Canadian voters to check facts ahead of fall federal election 

The Waterloo Record with Veronica Kitchen 10 April 2019

The federal government says it is “very likely” the 2019 election will be targeted by foreign cyber interference, and a local security expert says that puts the onus on voters to check their facts before heading to the polls this fall.


Complaint over store’s ear-piercing policy raises questions about child consent

The Canadian Press with Ann Douglas 09 April 2019

Complaints by a former retail worker who says she felt pressured to pierce the ears of a crying girl have reignited discussion around what circumstances children should be allowed to define their own personal boundaries.


Faith Goldy banned from Facebook after site enforces extremism, hate policy – now what?

Global News with Veronica Kitchen 09 April 2019

On Monday, former Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and several others were banned from Facebook as the social media site said it was removing extremist groups and users that promote hate in an attempt to curb dangerous rhetoric on its platform.


Why is it so hard to say, ‘I really screwed up’? Biden, Rihanna, and how to say sorry

Global News with Maja Jovanovic 06 April 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line recently launched a set of highlighters, one with a name –– “Geisha Chic” –– that fans of the brand were quick to critique.


OP ED: Six years of abortion advancements in Atlantic Canada 

The Coast by Martha Paynter 04 April 2019

Six years ago, when Dr. Henry Morgentaler died, many Atlantic Canadian abortion advocates felt disarmed and afraid. Morgentaler’s private clinic in Fredericton had provided most of New Brunswick’s abortions for years, each patient paying $750.


Nova Scotia’s organ donation law change gets mixed reaction 

The Chronicle Herald with Jocelyn Downie 04 April 2019

Nova Scotia’s move toward presumed consent for organ and tissue donation worries a Halifax medical ethicist.


Right to life ads to be ‘removed immediately’ from Grand River Transit buses 

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 04 April 2019

Ads about abortion placed on Grand River Transit buses will be removed immediately after a complaint was lodged, the region says.


Training Indigenous doulas is ‘an act of reconciliation,’ says participant 

CBC News with Martha Paynter 04 April 2019

A new program to train more Indigenous doulas is coming to Halifax later this month and will combine lessons on birth and breastfeeding with cultural practices like smudging.


Canada is warming and it’s irreversible. Why is it so hard to care? 

Global News with Diane Beckett 03 April 2019

This week, Canada’s environment commissioner Julie Gelfand closed out her five-year term with a damning audit.


UCP’s Kenney opts to keep Alberta candidate on the ballot despite ‘offensive’ comments about LGBTQ people 

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 03 April 2019

Jason Kenney has condemned homophobic comments by one of his candidates while keeping the United Conservative on the ballot, a decision that comes as the party has had to grapple with a number of intolerant remarks made by office-seekers.


Alyssa Milano called out for ‘double standards’ after supporting Joe Biden 

Global News with Anuradha Dugal 03 April 2019

After four women recently came forward accusing former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them, actress Alyssa Milano has come to his defence.


Why we can’t stop apologizing 

Breakfast Television with Maja Jovanovic 02 April 2019

Are you a serial apologizer? Sociology professor Maja Jovanovic shares why we do this and dishes on her new book ‘Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing’!


Changes to OHIP+ could impact young people seeking birth control 

Global News with Lyndsey Butcher 02 April 2019

When the federal carbon tax came into effect on Monday, it likely overshadowed another major change set to affect young Ontarians.


Indigenous helpline launches to help families when someone disappears

CBC News with Jula Hughes 02 April 2019

A New Brunswick helpline has been set up for families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women.


Experts say there are ways to overturn Quebec’s secularism bill despite the notwithstanding clause 

The Globe and Mail with Kerri Froc 02 April 2019

The courts could still overturn Quebec’s secularism bill even though it includes a provision to invoke the notwithstanding clause to shield it from judicial challenges, legal scholars say.


Sask. Attorney General confident in public complaints commission after Machiskinic review released

CBC News with Michelle Stewart 02 April 2019

Saskatchewan’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Don Morgan said he is confident in the ability of the province’s public complaints commission, while other voices are calling for an independent civilian oversight body.


As minimum wage increase kicks in, group calls for $15 an hour 

Halifax Today with Christine Saulnier 01 April 2019

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage has gone up. As of April 1, 2019, experienced workers now make $11.55 an hour, and increase of 55 cents, but a small group rallying outside the Maritime Centre early Monday afternoon says that’s not enough.


How a multinational project is striving to change refugee research 

University Affairs with Laura Madokoro 01 April 2019

James Milner has modest goals for his latest study: ensure that everyone involved in the refugee resettlement process gets an equal voice in the research. About 85 percent of the world’s refugees are located in the global south while most refugee research is based out of institutions in the global north.


OP ED: Let’s change our narrative around wha it means to be a ‘senior’ 

The Ottawa Citizen by Helen Hirsh Spence 29 March 2019

In response to intense lobbying efforts, the federal government recently introduced a budget that includes measures to increase pension security.


Birth control access about to change in Ontario 

Kitchener Today with Lyndsey Butcher 29 March 2019

Starting April 1, young people who have access to private insurance will no longer be eligible to recieve free prescription medications through OHIP+.


OP ED: New parental-leave benefit inches us ever closer toward gender equality 

The Globe and Mail by Ivona Hideg 29 March 2019

Attention new dads: The federal government has an offer you don’t want to miss. It’s a chance to spend more time with your baby, lift the load off your partner, do your bit for gender equality and – best of all – improve your chances for promotion at work. If only new moms could get the same sweet deal.


The future of women’s voices in media: an interview with Gender Gap Tracker’s lead SFU researcher 

SFU News with Maita Taboada 28 March 2019

As a woman, do you feel underrepresented in the media? Does it seem like the majority of people being quoted are male? While 21st century society moves toward gender equity, is this reflected in the news?


Federal budget funds far off for Nova Scotia’s home-buyers 

The Coast with Nancy Worth 28 March 2019

The federal housing budget announced solutions to Canada’s housing problems last week but experts say the plan isn’t likely to change the lives of Nova Scotians.


Ontario’s top court sets 15-day cap on solitary confinement 

The Associated Press with Kim Pate 28 March 2019

Ontario’s top court has placed a hard cap on solitary confinement in prisons, saying inmates can no longer be isolated for more than 15 days because that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.


Federal funding aims to help women’s movement in Metro Vancouver 

Vancouver Courier with Ellen Woodsworth 28 March 2019

Fourteen women’s organizations in the Lower Mainland are among more than 250 from across Canada receiving a financial shot in the arm from Ottawa.


Wait times for knee, hip replacements, cataract surgery worse in Manitoba for 4th consecutive year: report 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 27 March 2019

Be patient. Results will come. That’s the main message Manitoba’s health minister delivered in reaction to a new national health-care performance report that says fewer Manitoba patients are getting timely access for key procedures.


A Welsh ban on smacking kids would leave reporting up to passersby – is that a good idea? 

Global News with Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui and Tracie Afifi 26 March 2019

This week, Wales joined a growing list of countries that have banned or are in the process of banning spanking, hitting, and other physical means of punishing children.


Social issues could play big role in Alberta election 

Global News with Sue Tomney 26 March 2019

Although it is early days in the road to the 2019 provincial election, social issues have already made many headlines among party leaders.


OP ED: Caregiving: a nascent social revolution 

Open Democracy by Donna Thomson and Zachary White 26 March 2019 

Mention the word “caregiver” and what is the first thought that comes to mind? Older? Exceptional? Isolated and disconnected? Homebound and unemployed? Each of these stereotypes about care and caregivers is becoming increasingly outdated


URSU prepare as strike deadline approaches at University of Regina 

Global News with Vianne Timmons 25 March 2019

The University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) has let university administration know they intend to go on strike Thursday if a deal isn’t reached.


OP ED: Doug Ford’s repeal of the Far North Act won’t gain the respect of Indigenous communities 

The Globe and Mail by Dayna Nadine Scott 25 March 2019

Late last month, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government confirmed that it plans to repeal the Far North Act, seeking to reduce “red tape” and increase “business certainty” in the Ring of Fire – a mineral deposit located near James Bay. While Premier Doug Ford is not the first to think he has found a key to unlocking the resource potential of Ontario’s north, this strategy is sure to backfire.


OP ED: It’s time to end the miscarriage taboo – and talk about women’s bodily functions 

The Ottawa Citizen by Laura Shine 25 March 2019

When the bleeding started, I didn’t want to believe I was losing my pregnancy.


OP ED: In an AI era, lessons from dinosaurs help us adapt to the future 

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 24 March 2019

The ancestors of modern birds were the sole survivors of one of the most severe mass extinction events in the history of the world. Today, 10,000 known bird species exist, all of them the descendants of dinosaurs. Polar adaptations, seed-based diets and even nest designs may have played roles in determining who lived and who died.


Advocacy groups say 2019 federal budget fails to safeguard employer pensions 

Vancouver Courier with Laura Tamblyn Watts 24 March 2019

Bill Morneau’s fourth federal budget since the Liberals came to power in 2015 contained a variety of pre-election goodies, including many directed at seniors, when it was tabled last week in a raucous House of Commons.


Why New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has the world’s attention 

Global News with Annalisa Harris, Pamela Lovelace, and Amanda Kingsley Malo 23 March 2019

In the wake of the mosque attack that killed 50 people in New Zealand, the country’s prime minister has won international acclaim for her handling of the tragedy — with some even calling for her nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.


Don’t pay kids to do chores – common money mistakes parents make 

Global News with Ann Douglas 23 March 2019

For Annie Boucher and her husband, a weekly allowance is a great way to teach their children financial literacy while also incentivizing help around the house.


Displaced, incarcerated people find ways to be resilient, researchers say at Roatch-Haskell Lectures 

ASU Now with Bree Akesson 22 March 2019

Displaced and powerless, refugees and incarcerated people both struggle with the concept of hope, according to two social work experts who have researched the resilience of these populations.


OP ED: Flush your disgust. We can’t let emotions dampen our water policies

The Globe and Mail by Sarah Wolfe 22 March 2019

Ew, yuck! That exclamation is a common verbalization of disgust. And we all know what disgust feels like, too: a stomach clench and nose wrinkle as our brain tells us to be cautious about something slimy or rotten, festering or putrid, burrowing or slithering.


U of R president challenged by flat provincial funding, potential faculty strike 

Global News with Vianne Timmons 21 March 2019

University of Regina’s president Vianne Timmons called balancing a looming strike, the students call against a potential tuition hike and no extra funding from the provincial government a “challenge.”


‘Nothing like it in the world’: Should Canada adopt New Zealand’s approach to supporting victims? 

Global News with Muneeza Sheikh 21 March 2019

In the wake of last week’s deadly mosque attack in New Zealand, the country’s prime minister reassured people that the government would help cover funeral costs and ongoing recovery assistance for survivors and families of the 50 people killed — no matter their immigration status.


Judge to N.B.: Give records to big tobacco 

The Daily Gleaner with Hilary Young 21 March 2019

The province has been ordered to give Canada’s big tobacco companies the medical records of 1,273 New Brunswickers.


Alberta election could wipe out fringe political parties: expert 

660 City News with Melanee Thomas 20 March 2019

Alberta’s election campaign is just two days old, and it’s shaping up to be a two-horse race.


The One Word You Should Stop Saying to Boost Your Confidence and Success 

Thrive Global with Maja Jovanovic 19 March 2019

I’m a chronic apologizer. I say sorry profusely — to co-workers, to strangers in the elevator — even to inanimate objects.


‘Web of data’ collected by smart city tech stokes privacy fears 

Ottawa Business Journal with Teresa Scassa 19 March 2019

Apps that do things such as alerting drivers when a parking spot opens up nearby make life easier for urban dwellers, proponents say ​– but some critics wonder what will happen to individual privacy in a world where a vast network of cameras, sensors and other devices is capable of watching us virtually every minute of the day.


Morneau set to table high-stakes election year budget as SNL-Lavalin scandal rages on 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 17 March 2019

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables his federal budget Tuesday — a high-stakes election year spending plan that could be as much about shoring up sliding Liberal support as it is about fiscal policy.


$2M project aims to spark new thinking on climate change 

Times Colonist with Robin Cox 15 March 2019

Earth’s climate is changing and urgent action is needed to address that reality, says a Royal Roads University professor.


Racialized Women in Politics

Policy Options with Erin Tolley and Mitzie Hunter 13 March 2019

The 2015 federal election saw the most women elected to Parliament yet. But with women making up only 26 percent of MPs, it’s clear that structural barriers to political participation remain. For racialized and Indigenous women, the path to politics is harder still.


Happy Parents, Happy Kids? Depends On How Much Support Parents Get 

Theravive with Ann Douglas 12 March 2019

If happy parents make happy kids, as the science tells us it does, then how do we ensure parents are happy?


OP ED: Have women disappeared from the messaging around child care?

Policy Options by Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Elizabeth Wallace 11 March 2019

When it was launched in July 2016, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) — Canada’s main child care benefit at the national level — was celebrated by politicians and news outlets as a “game-changer” for Canadian families. Replacing the Harper Conservatives’ Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), the “beefed-up benefits” were thought to be a win for Canadian parents.


Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead

Ideas.Ted with Maja Jovanovic 11 March 2019

Think about all the times you use the word “sorry” in a typical day. There are the necessary “sorry”s — when you bump into someone, when you need to cancel plans with a friend. But what about the unnecessary “sorry”s? The “sorry, this may be an obvious idea” at a meeting, the “sorry to cause trouble” when rescheduling a haircut, the “sorry, there’s a spill in the dairy aisle” at the supermarket.


Without space for diverse opinions, Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ approach is ‘status quo’ 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 11 March 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t lived up to his “sunny ways” promises — and that’s because he hasn’t opened up the space for diverse opinions, according to political scientist Melanee Thomas.


Advocates hopeful budget will include new pension protections 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 11 March 2019

Seniors advocates are optimistic that the federal government’s pre-election budget will include measures aimed at protecting private-sector pensions in the event of a bankruptcy.


OP ED: Join a business that brings balance to your life 

The Globe and Mail by Evelyn Ackah 08 March 2019

In 2010, after practising immigration law on Bay Street for 12 years with international law firms and achieving partnership, I decided to make a change. I wanted to build a new life and a new kind of law firm. I wanted a balanced lifestyle. Nine years ago, I moved to Calgary to be closer to my family, launched my immigration-law firm and adopted my two children.


Looking at the Gender Gap Tracker 

Rogers TV with Laura Shine 08 March 2019

Laura Shine from Informed Opinions explains what their organization is doing to amplify women’s voices so they won’t be under-represented as news sources.


Autism families and supporters plan protest at local PC MPP’s office 

The Record with Janet McLaughlin 08 March 2019

Families and supporters impacted by the provincial government’s recent decision to overhaul the Ontario autism program will gather in a peaceful protest to demonstrate their opposition to these changes.


Your clients and mental health 

Investment Executive with Lisa Kramer 08 March 2019

One in five Canadians will experience a mental health challenge or addiction in any given year, according to a report conducted for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


Waterloo region protesters take fight against autism funding changes to Queen’s Park 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 07 March 2019

People from across Ontario are headed to Queen’s Park Thursday to protest changes to the Ontario Autism Program.


OP ED: AI in schools – here’s what we need to consider 

The Conversation by Neha Shivhare 07 March 2019

Are you ready for artificial intelligence in schools? You may already know that researchers believe AI is likely to predict the onset of diseases in future and that you’re already using AI every day when you search online, use voice commands on your phone or use Google Translate.


International Women’s Day initiative supporting women living in poverty 

Regina Leader-Post with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 07 March 2019

To live in poverty is difficult enough, but as a woman it can be even harder if you have to choose between buying food for your children or feminine hygiene products for yourself.


OP ED: International Women’s Day should remind us there is a ways to go toward gender equity

Regina Leader-Post by Vianne Timmons 06 March 2019

On March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day, which has been formally recognized by the United Nations since 1975 as a time for everyone to reflect on the accomplishments of women and girls around the world.


Alberta’s smallest political parties fighting the goof fight, but face long odds of breakthrough 

Edmonton Journal with Melanee Thomas 04 March 2019

A plethora of new parties has mushroomed across Alberta’s political landscape over the last two years.


OP ED: Saying no to power: The resignations of women cabinet members 

The Conversation by Veronica Strong-Boag 04 March 2019

First in 1921 and now in 2019, the resignations of women cabinet ministers have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.


OP ED: Regulations needed after cryptocurrency CEO takes passwords to his grave 

The Conversation by Lisa Kramer 03 March 2019

A high-stakes legal drama featuring cryptocurrencies has been unfolding in a Canadian court recently.


Families of children with autism say they’re stretched thin by provincial funding changes 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 03 March 2019

It was a packed room at a town hall in Kitchener on Sunday, as families gathered to share their stories and voice concerns about changes to the Ontario Autism Program.


Electoral integrity in Canada’s 2019 federal election 

Canada and the World Podcast with Andrew Potter, Anna Esselment and Stephanie MacLellan 01 March 2019

Recorded right before three by-elections in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, as well as ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s damning testimony against the Canadian government, this podcast episode looks at issues that will impact the upcoming federal election… 


Child poverty rates go down in every province except Nova Scotia: StatCan 

Global News with Christine Saulnier 28 February 2019

Child poverty rates are going down across the country. According to Statistics Canada the number of children living in poverty in Canada dropped from 13.3 per cent in 2015 to to nine per cent in 2017.


Health minister says ‘action’ is needed but vague on how to stop crooked pharmacists 

Global News with Kelly Grindrod 28 February 2019

Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott said Thursday that she is “aware” of the pharmacy fraud brought to light in a Global News/Toronto Star investigation, adding: “It is something that I take very seriously.”


Child poverty rates drop in every province except Nova Scotia 

The Star Halifax with Christine Saulnier 27 February 2019

Nova Scotia is the only Canadian province where children are more impoverished now than they were two years ago, according to Statistics Canada.


Why experts say schools shouldn’t shy away from a little physicality during recess 

CBC News with Mariana Brussoni 27 February 2019

As an elementary school in Quebec experiments with a new “roughhousing” zone for students during recess, one child development expert says schools need to shake off a tendency towards over-protection.


Don’t worry, parents, rough play is normal part of childhood: expert 

Global News with Mariana Brussoni 25 February 2019

Roughhousing is banned from most Canadian playgrounds, but that may be about to change. At least two Quebec elementary schools are experimenting with supervised “rough play” zones in the schoolyard.


When kids dread recess, we have a problem

The Globe and Mail with Mariana Brussoni 21 February 2019

As the polar vortex descended on Toronto last month, I asked my sons how they were managing the seven consecutive indoor hours at school imposed on them by the subarctic temperatures.


General Motors files application with Ontario Labour Relation Board to stop ‘illegal strikes’ 

Global News with Muneeza Sheikh 21 February 2019

The ongoing saga between General Motors and its Oshawa workers continues. The auto giant has now contacted the Ontario Labour Relations Board to put a stop to what the company is calling “illegal strikes.”


How Apologies Kill Our Confidence 

TEDxTalks, TEDxTrinityBellwoodsWomen with Maja Jovanovic 13 February 2019

Apologies are confidence killers. So, why are women apologizing all the time?


How gender stereotypes are hurting women on maternity leave 

The Globe and Mail with Ivona Hideg 12 February 2019

Parental leave is a hot topic among working mothers who want to stay home with their babies as long as possible, but fear that being out of the office for too long will hurt their careers.


OP ED: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate 

The Conversation by Hannah Tait Neufeld, Brittany Luby, and Kim Anderson 12 February 2019

As we learn more about climate change, this knowledge can be paralyzing, especially for young people who are contemplating life pathways.


Evaluating “Opportunities” 

Inside HigherEd with Janni Aragon 11 February 2019

How do you decide when to say yes vs. no? For faculty, these “opportunities” often come in the category of service and for higher ed administrators, they are often imposed from above and sometimes you don’t have the ability to say no but you do have to ability to downgrade the priority of another project or ask for support to extend your capacity.


OP ED: How changes to the Ontario Autism Program will hurt kids like my son 

The Conversation by Janet McLaughlin 11 February 2019

Doug Ford’s government recently announced its intentions to overhaul the Ontario Autism Program, something the province’s minister of children, community and social services has described as a “broken…Liberal mess” that the Conservatives inherited.


How to Spend Your Time 

Avenue Calgary with Evelyn Ackah 11 February 2019

Time is one of the great equalizers — we all get the same amount of it in the day. Whether you’re trying to run a company, raise a family, or have the most fun possible (or some enjoyable mix of the three) learning to manage time is what separates high achievers from those who merely stumble through life.


Reply none: Digital snubs inevitable but consequences can be severe, say experts 

The Ottawa Citizen with Aimee Morrison 07 February 2019

Danielle James’ phone just won’t stop buzzing. She’s fielding a barrage of emails for her work at a Toronto production company when — buzz — her friend sends her a picture of another vegan lunch on Snapchat.


Lots of work but fewer want it as participation rate shrinks 

CBC News with Tammy Schirle 07 February 2019

Unless there’s a miracle medical breakthrough, the millennial generation will soon be able to stop worrying about baby boomers plugging up the job market and living in the nicest homes.


Dalhousie law profs raise concerns over interim president’s blackface comments 

CBC News with Kim Brooks and Jocelyn Downie 05 February 2019

Dalhousie University’s leadership is facing mounting pressure to take a clear stance on blackface, with a group of law professors asking the school’s top academic administrator to confirm it violates the code of student conduct and personal harassment policy.


LGBT students to get new access to bursary program from province 

CBC News with Pamela Lovelace 05 February 2019

The Nova Scotia government will broaden who is eligible for a bursary meant to promote diversity in the communications field, after Mount Saint Vincent University students and staff said they were concerned it excluded LGBT students.


OP ED: Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media 

The Conversation by Maite Taboada and Fatemeh Torabi Air 03 February 2019

“I believe that all voices are equal and deserving of equal respect.” That’s what Siri responds when asked if she is a feminist.


Planning experts skeptical of Midtown North development 

The Coast with Leslie Kern 31 January 2019

Debate around the Midtown North development has some planning experts worried about the long-term costs of ambitious housing projects.


New report calls for systemic change in NS early childhood education 

Global News with Christine Saulnier 30 January 2019

A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is calling on the Nova Scotia government to intervene in the province’s early childhood education sector, where roughly 67 per cent of workers say they feel chronically underpaid for their work.


Physical punishment of kids tied to antisocial behaviour in adulthood 

Reuters with Tracie Afifi 30 January 2019

Children who are spanked, slapped, shoved or otherwise physically punished may be more prone to antisocial behavior as adults, a U.S. study suggests.


Regina city council votes to gift $2M land to YWCA for new $35M facility 

CBC News with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 30 January 2019

Regina city council has voted to gift land in the city’s Cathedral neighbourhood to the YWCA for a new $35-million resource hub.


OP ED: Montreal’s Téo Taxi gravely underestimated its many economic pressures 

The Globe and Mail by Nura Jabagi 29 January 2019

Montreal’s all-electric, app-based taxi service, Téo Taxi, has reached the end of the road. After a failed cash call last week, and suspicions that Taxelco (Téo Taxi’s parent company) would be placing itself under protection of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, Téo has finally announced that it will cease its operations.


OP ED: Edible insects are one hop closer to our plates 

The Montreal Gazette by Laura Shine 29 January 2019

Monday was a watershed moment for the edible insect community in Quebec.


OP ED: Having a system in place to handle sexual-harassment complaints is better for business 

The Globe and Mail by Sara Forte 29 January 2019

Sexual-harassment complaints are good for business. Seems like a radical statement, but a radical shift is what it will take to move the needle on workplace sexual harassment.


EBay picks Halifax as first Canadian city for its e-commerce training 

CBC News with Andrea Stairs 24 January 2019

Online shopping and auction giant eBay Canada has chosen Halifax as the first Canadian city for its e-commerce training course, saying the Nova Scotia capital was selected on the strength of its small business community.


Idea for special sexual assault court gains steam in Quebec in wake of #MeToo 

CBC News with Elaine Craig 24 January 2019

Much as it did in the U.S., the #MeToo movement in Quebec resulted in sexual assault allegations against some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.


Measles outbreak hits U.S. community known as ‘hotspot’ for unvaccinated children

Global News with Julie Bettinger 23 January 2019

A Washington state community near Portland, Ore., has declared a public health emergency after 23 reported cases of measles were confirmed.


Privacy woes arise amid StatsCan’s gathering of Canadian’s data

Houston Today with Teresa Scassa 23 January 2019

Statistics Canada (StatsCan) has for years been gathering Canadians’ information and providing it to private companies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations for a fee.


‘The Power of Play’ (film) shows why kids need playtime more than ever 

Tree Hugger with Mariana Brussoni 22 January 2019

Every youngster plays. From baby bears wrestling in a den to little goats jumping on each other to hamsters play-fighting in a cage, youth is synonymous with the instinct to play.


Nuclear fusion, a disruptive power source for crowded cities 

CBC News with Christina Hoicka 21 January 2019

The battle to replace fossil fuels with low-carbon power is bumping up against a new practical reality.


Better supports needed in Nova Scotia prisons, says mental health advocate

Halifax Today with Martha Paynter 20 January 2019

One Nova Scotia woman thinks correctional facilities like the Burnside Jail need to be doing a better job at addressing prisoner’s needs. 


Diversity could be reason behind Alberta election delay

660 News with Melanee Thomas 19 January 2019

It doesn’t look like Alberta will see a provincial election until at least April, and one expert believes it may have something to do with diversity.


Debate brews over ruling that sends Kitchener, Ont. nurse back to work after stealing drugs

CBC News with Muneeza Sheikh 18 January 2019

A Kitchener, Ont., nurse who was fired after she admitted she stole and used opioids from the long-term care facility where she worked and falsified patient records will get her job back.


Stepping Up: Meet Canada’s new sources of inspiration and leadership

The Globe and Mail with Petra Molnar, Aerin Jacob, Janelle Hinds, Tamara Soma 17 January 2019

From students and teachers to executives and artists, The Globe’s Stepping Up series aims to shine a spotlight on Canadians offering inspiration and leadership across the country. 


OP ED: As the oceans rise, so do your risks of breast cancer

The Conversation by Jane McArthur 15 January 2019

It is encouraging to see greater attention in the media to the issue of climate change and its effects on the life-support systems of the planet. The link between breast cancer and the environment, however, is being overlooked.


OP ED: Nova Scotia needs a JAIL hotline

The Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 15 January 2019

For one month, prisoners at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) have had access to a phone hotline a few hours a day to report concerns and receive support from volunteers.


Ice Melting in Antarctica Has Accelerated 280% In 40 Years, According to New Study

Outer Places with Christine Dow 15 January 2019

If glaciers in some parts of Antarctica took the #10YearChallenge, their selfie comparisons would be different but not exactly shocking to anyone who knows that global warming is real.


OP ED: Prime Ministers shouldn’t get to decide when by-elections happen

The Globe and Mail by Jane Hilderman and Paul Thomas 15 January 2019

Canadians pride themselves on having an electoral system largely free from partisan political manipulation. 


Girls Who Code program promotes equity in STEM

The Daily Orange with Janni Aragon 14 January 2019

Last semester, a School of Information Studies capstone project set up the founding of a Girls Who Code chapter in the Onondaga Free Library.


OP ED: Economics needs to acknowledge its diversity problem

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 14 January 2019

Economics has a diversity problem, though not everyone agrees.


‘The door has widened’: senator hears of mounting sterilization concerns 

The Canadian Press with Kim Pate 11 January 2019

Increased national awareness about coerced sterilization of Indigenous women has resulted in mounting concerns about other vulnerable women who may have been endured the practice, an Ontario senator says.


YWCA plans $35-million facility in Cathedral area, with city likely to pitch in free land

The Regina Leader-Post with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 11 January 2019

Regina’s YWCA plans to build a $35-million facility at the site of the former Victoria School and Lucy Eley Park — and the city might give them the land for free to support a “unique” project.


Prison volunteers face new, longer security checks

The Globe and Mail with Kim Pate 09 January 2019

Rosemary Green spent five years in a United States prison, separated from her four children. She says visits from volunteers – who provided a consistent connection to the community on the outside – kept her going.


Alberta’s UCP has the most confirmed election candidates so far, although experts say it doesn’t matter

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 08 January 2019

At some point before May 31, Albertans will head to the polls — and at this stage of the game, the United Conservative Party is way out ahead in terms of confirmed candidates.


Bell asking customers for permission to collect more personal data

The Canadian Press with Teresa Scassa 07 January 2019

Canada’s largest telecommunications group is getting mixed reviews for its plan to follow the lead of companies like Google and Facebook in collecting massive amounts of information about the activities and preferences of its customers.


OP ED: Risks, returns, and relational lending: personal ties in microfinance 

Work In Progress Sociology by Laura Doering 03 January 2019

As borrowing rates climb to record highs, one could say that consumers and their banks have never been closer. Generally, we consider these ties to be very formal, with banks and consumers connected only at arm’s length.