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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:

 

How to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake and decrease vaccine hesitancy in young people

The Conversation by Tracie Afifi 27 May 2021

Ending the coronavirus pandemic rests partly on a large uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, with the goal of reaching herd immunity. Recently in Canada, the age for vaccine eligibility has been decreasing to include young adults and adolescents.

 

TEICH: Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime

Toronto Star by Sarah Teich 13 May 2021

The use of civilians as human shields is a war crime. This is well-established in international law. However, despite the global consensus, innocent civilians continue to be used as human shields.

 

CBC poll: Looking beyond the stereotypes of rural Albertans and pandemic restrictions

CBC by Melanee Thomas 12 May 2021

It is mighty tempting to look at the current state of COVID-19 in Alberta and conclude that rural Albertans are particularly resistant to public health guidelines designed to mitigate the disease. 

 

The new sexual assault training law is a meaningless political gesture

The Globe & Mail by Elizabeth Sheehy & Elaine Craig 11 May 2021

Persistent gaps in judges’ knowledge about Canada’s sexual assault law have provoked a crisis of public confidence in the criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault allegations. Unfortunately, the federal government’s solution, the recently passed Bill C-3, is not remotely capable of delivering its promises to sexual assault survivors.

 

Black health: Will the pandemic spark change?

Healthing by Sadaf Ahsan 30 April 2021

The line of people stretches on forever. Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician, shared a video to Twitter last week showing people lined up for the COVID-19 vaccine in Scarborough. Some lean on the guard rail separating the sidewalk from Firvalley Woods, others have brought along camping chairs and blankets, coffees in hand, preparing to wait as long as it takes, no matter how chilly it gets.

 

Canada underfunds its ability to hold war criminals to account
Troy Media by Sarah Teich 28 April 2021

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently delivered the country’s first federal budget in two years. As Canadians spend the coming days and weeks analyzing the country’s economic recovery plan, one department that merits particular attention is the Department of Justice’s War Crimes Section.

 

Watchdog report into RCMP investigation of Colten Boushie’s death confirms police racism

The Conversation by Michelle Stewart 28 April 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd on April 20. While the verdict was celebrated as justice, many also said the novel guilty verdict does nothing to address the routine nature of police violence.

 

The Saturday Debate: Should mainstream businesses use cryptocurrencies?

Toronto Star by Lisa Kramer 24 April 2021

It’s not so much a question of “should” — many businesses already are using cryptocurrencies— and one day, all are going to have to, writes journalist and author Ethan Lou. But University of Toronto professor Lisa Kramer argues there are too many problems for companies to side-step at this time to make using crypto payments practical.

 

Victims of gender-based violence should not be punished for surviving

Toronto Star by Farrah Khan & Sarah Boesveld 18 April 2021

In the hours before the worst mass murder in Canadian history, Lisa Banfield was brutally assaulted and held captive by her common-law partner. That she managed to break free and warn Nova Scotia RCMP about the killer’s spree likely prevented the death toll from surpassing the 22 people killed in Portapique on April 18, 2020.

 

In the military and beyond, more women doesn’t mean more equity

The Conversation by Thea Kurdi 18 April 2021 

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, both public and private institutions are finally grappling with the insidiousness of sexual assault and harassment within their confines.

 

Nova Scotia budget focuses on regaining surpluses, not caring for people

Cape Breton Post by Christine Saulnier 30 March 2021

Upon tabling the first Nova Scotia budget since the COVID-19 pandemic began, our new finance minister said the province was fortunate that we went into the pandemic in “a strong fiscal and economic position.”

 

Bursting social bubbles after COVID-19 will make cities happier and healthier again

The Conversation by Meg Holden, Atiya Mahmood, Ghazaleh Akbarnejad, Lainey Martin and Meghan Winters 29 March 2021

The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the idea of bubbles to our social lives. British Columbia restricted socializing to core bubbles: immediate household members or, for those living alone, a maximum of two people who could be seen regularly.

 

The Financial Empowerment and Problem Solving Program is about to lose its funding. That’s a huge problem for those who need it most

Toronto Star by Brenda Spotton Visano 27 March 2021

You have to be rich to be poor in Canada, and even more so if you live in Toronto. The high cost of managing your household finances when you are living on the financial edge leaves you no other option. And it’s about to get worse.

 

Focus on dignified lives, not facilitated deaths

Lawyer’s Daily by Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant 24 March 2021

Just as Bill C-7 became law last week, Minister of Justice David Lametti tweeted that this new law supports “the building of the Canada we are fighting for,” one with dignity and autonomy for all. One could be forgiven for not recognizing that what Lametti was tweeting about was offering medically assisted suicide to people with disabilities who experience intolerable suffering.

 

The Atlanta attacks were not just racist and misogynist, they painfully reflect the society we live in

The Conversation by Jamie Liew 19 March 2021

I am heartbroken but I’m not surprised. The targeted killing of eight women in Atlanta, six of them Asian, is a brutal result of decades-long exclusion and oppression, legitimized in law and colonial reverberations, that allow a white-dominated settler society to thrive, justifying differential treatment of racialized migrants.

 

MacDonald and Paterson: No, Minister Sajjan, adding women does not guarantee culture change in Canada’s military

Ottawa Citizen by Fiona MacDonald 17 March 2021

Watching Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s testimony to the House of Commons committee on March 12, we were struck by his insistence that adding more women to the Canadian military was a proven way of challenging toxic masculinity and creating culture change.

 

Women struggling due to pandemic need meaningful support to help get back on their feet

CBC by Reyhana Patel 17 March 2021

It’s been a year since the first provinces declared states of emergency due to COVID-19, and it’s fair to say the impact of the pandemic has taken a huge toll on all of us.

 

Quebec needs a Quiet Revolution 2.0

Riochet by Kharoll-Ann Souffrant 15 March 2021

It was one night in 2020. I was sleeping peacefully, in contrast to many restless nights in that first year of COVID-19.

 

Opinion: Google and Facebook’s ‘divide-and-rule’ strategy will hurt publishers and the public

National Post by Sarah Anna Ganter 12 March 2021

Imagine walking into a kiosk, and all national newspaper shelves are empty. This is what Australian Facebook users experienced during the eight days Facebook banned national news from its platform.

 

Kaitlyn Matulewicz and Iglika Ivanova: To reduce gender inequality, introduce paid sick leave

The Province by Iglika Ivanova 8 March 2021

In the week of International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate B.C.’s positive steps toward gender equality while bringing attention to the change still needed.

 

For too long, talk of gender equality has excluded men – let’s change that

Globe & Mail by Ivona Hideg 7 March 2021

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that’s been made. But perhaps it can also be an occasion to envision meaningful change.

 

Stevens and Solomun: Facial recognition technology speeds ahead as Canada’s privacy law lags behind

Ottawa Citizen by Yuan Stevens & Sonja Solomun 1 March 2021

Recently, a joint investigation by four privacy commissioners in Canada determined that controversial software company Clearview AI had engaged in illegal mass surveillance. The company was found to have scraped three billion images from the web and social media, including photos of children, without consent.

 

Do we still need to teach judges not to rely on stereotypes about sexualized violence?

The Globe & Mail by Elaine Craig 1 March 2021

A sexual assault sentencing decision released last month reveals how much work has yet to be done to prevent rape mythology from infecting the criminal justice system in Canada.

 

3 ways companies could offer more father-friendly policies that will help women

The Conversation by Ivona Hideg 19 February 2021

If you want to help women achieve gender equality in the workplace, it’s time to give more support to men.

 

Bill C-22 is inadequate for the task of addressing injustice in Canada’s justice system

The Globe & Mail by Kim Pate, Jodi Wilson Raybold and Wanda Thomas Bernard 23 February 2021

Trauma and marginalization are the legacy of colonial and racist policies. And there is a clear link between that fact and the overrepresentation of Indigenous people and Black Canadians in our justice system – as victims, as accused, or as prisoners.

 

Impact on children during pandemic must not be dismissed

Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 5 February 2021

COVID-19 is rendering children’s experiences invisible. Claims of their exceptional resilience obscure their realities.

 

What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers

The Conversation by Leanne Keddie 2 February 2021

Sustainability is a hot topic today due to increasing awareness of climate change and inequality, among other pressing issues.

 

Can a Risk Averse Saver Boost Her Retirement Income?

Morning Star by Alexandra Macqueen 26 January 2021

Marion is a 62-year old college instructor. She earns $80,000 per year and has a paid-off house. She also has Registered Retirement Savings Accounts totalling $114,000 – $14,000 of which is allocated to a balanced Canadian equity mutual fund and the remainder to low-risk GICs.

 

6 ways to help kids express their feelings about the coronavirus pandemic through art

The Conversation by Nikki Martyn 18 January 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected children’s worlds in many ways. Due to closures and restrictions, they have experienced the loss of social engagement and the support of friends, school communities or extended family.

 

Finally, New Brunswick is being sued for unlawful restrictions on abortion access

Briarpatch by Martha Paynter 18 January 2021

On January 7, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association filed a lawsuit against the Higgs government in New Brunswick, challenging the constitutionality of the province’s restrictions to publicly-insured abortion services. Section 2.a.1 of Regulation 84-20 of the N.B.

 

LETTER: Time for oil wind-down, just transition

The Telegram by Angela Carter, Delia Warren 10 December 2020

Last week, the government doled out $41.5 million to Husky Energy and partners to prop up West White Rose, a project that might never be built, under cover of protecting 331 jobs.

 

Opinion: Another abused woman failed by the justice system

Calgary Herald by Elizabeth Sheehy 10 December 2020

As the window to appeal Helen Naslund’s guilty plea and sentence for killing her abusive husband closed this week, we see another woman’s life laid to waste by male violence and justice system failures.

 

 Humiliating ‘dry cell’ practice re-traumatizes incarcerated women

The Chronicle Herald by Martha Paynter 9 November 2020

Today, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia argues in Truro’s Supreme Court that the “dry cells” provision in the federal Corrections and Conditional Release Act violates Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the right to life, liberty and security of the person. 

 

Who is quoted and who is elected? Media coverage of political candidates

Canadian Science Policy Centre by Maite Toboada 3 November 2020

Can the number of times a candidate is quoted be used to predict their performance on election day? We know that prominence in media reporting is an important factor in elections.

 

Politics and respect at work in election season

Human Resources Mag by Sara Forte 22 October 2020

While the water cooler may have gone virtual to zoom, WhatsApp or slack, elections are still a hot topic for workplace discussions, and employers need to pay attention.

 

To prevent a ‘lockdown generation’, young women and non-binary youth must have a seat at the table for economic recovery

National Newswatch by Anjum Sultana 22 October 2020

October is Women’s History Month,  and to kick off the month on October 11th we celebrated the International Day of the Girl. The theme this year by the United Nations was ‘My voice, our equal future’.

 

The startling impact of COVID-19 on immigrant women in the workplace

Policy Options by Ana Ferrer 21 October 2020

While the mantra for the COVID-19 crisis has been “let’s build back better,” it will be impossible to do so without acknowledging that this pandemic has hit demographic groups unequally.

 

Worsening conditions in prisons during COVID-19 further marginalize criminalized women

The Conversation by Martha Paynter 18 October 2020

In August, the Fraser Valley Institution for Women federal prison in Abbotsford, B.C., closed the Annex, its minimum security unit.

 

Breast cancer awareness is not enough: Public health strategies need to be based on prevention

The Conversation by Jane McArthur 14 October 2020

I’m tired of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Forgive me, but as a researcher studying how we understand information on links between environmental and occupational exposures and breast cancer, I’ve grown weary of yet another October decorated in pink, promoting the same message of awareness.

 

Dispatch from a refugee camp during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Conversation by Petra Molnar 13 October 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared, and we were preoccupied with bread-baking and Tiger King, it was talked about as the great equalizer, a moment to bring us all together.

 

Care is the secret ingredient in school lunch programs

The Conversation by Jennifer Black 13 October 2020

“Now you just have to starve,” a student told us bluntly when we asked about their new school lunch program.

 

Kennelly: Turkey must release Carleton University PhD student on legal grounds 

The Record by Jacqueline Kennelly 7 October 2020

The detention of Cihan Erdal, a PhD student in sociology at Carleton University, has sparked a wave of outrage from academics and members of the public across the country and the globe.

 

Online learning during COVID-19: 8 ways universities can improve equity and access

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 30 September 2020

This summer, universities around the world planned for an unprecedented back-to-school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

What happens when a system is designed to fail migrant women

The Hill Times by Amanda Parriag 24 September 2020

When Carmen fell in love with a Canadian man, following him here from Cuba, he made her many promises, including the pursuit of education.

 

The Challenge of Designing Income Support Programs for the Self-Employed

Finances of the Nation by Tammy Schirle 22 September 2020

The Canada Recovery Benefit may become an important source of support for self-employed individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among those without employees.

 

New technology makes wastewater from the oilsands industry safer for fish

The Conversation by Jessie Reynolds and Diane Orihel 16 September 2020

In the northeastern corner of Alberta, nestled among the expanses of forests and wetlands, lies a major freshwater dilemma that Canada is currently facing.

 

How Canada’s charitable sector can move beyond the WE scandal

Rabble by Chi Nguyen 14 September 2020

Canada has seen the spectacular and quick implosion of one of the charity sector’s biggest brands. The Kielburgers are leaving a gaping hole by pulling out of Canada.

 

5 recommendations from teaching centres to teaching centres to help faculty shift online

University Affairs by Nadia Naffi 8 September 2020

As university campuses around the world emptied out one by one in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, centres for teaching and learning (CTLs) and their equivalent services – with their teams of instructional designers, teaching and learning experts, and multimedia developers – became the “and a” for faculty struggling to transition their courses to hybrid, flexible or fully distant modalities.

 

Bad medicine

Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 3 September 2020

It is outrageous enough that Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back. In recovery he was handcuffed to his hospital bed, adding to the violence inflicted on him. In the days after yet another unjustifiable, ragingly violent police attack on a Black man, his family say his treatment includes being held in “chains.” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is reported to have said, “It seems to be bad medicine.”

 

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

The Conversation by Linda Rutledge 9 August 2020

Harming dogs is a criminal act in Ontario, but shooting wolves is a sport. And while animal welfare legislation was recently strengthened, protection for Algonquin wolves could soon be set back if the government invokes changes made last year to the Endangered Species Act.

 

We can’t build back better without economic justice for racialized women

Corporate Knights by Anjum Sultana & Carmina Ravanera 28 July 2020

This summer has been one of racial reckoning. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions joined in Black Lives Matter protests around the world, protesting police brutality and systemic racism.

 

We need a compassionate recovery to address the hurt we don’t see

Calgary Herald by Sue Tomney 21 July 2020

If we scrape our knee, there are Band-Aids. If we break an arm, we are put into a cast to reset the bone. We know what steps to take to flatten the curve and curb the spread of COVID-19 while awaiting a vaccine.

 

What should we do with $900 million for Canada student service grants?

Rabble by Chi Nguyen 15 July 2020

As Canadians, we should be truly grateful that the federal government took steps to respond to the looming crisis faced by young people. Back in April, the government announced a massive $9-billion fund to support young people.

 

Nurses for police and prison abolition / Nurses for the abolition of the police and prisons / Enfermeras para la abolición de la policía y las prisiones

Wiley Online Library by Martha Paynter, Keisha Jeffries, Leah Carrier 14 July 2020

Nurses must join the movement for police and prison abolition. The twinned crises of COVID ‐ 19 and police brutality against Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in North America in spring 2020 make clear that for nurses to follow our Code of Ethics, to promote justice, foster health, and prevent harm , we must advocate for an end to racist systems of policing and criminalization.

 

Let’s close the Thunder Bay jail and build a better society

The Conversation by Stephanie Silverman 13 July 2020

In June 2020, Kevin Mamakwa died at the Thunder Bay District Jail in northwestern Ontario. A member of the Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Mamakwa was 27 years old and the father of Kashtin, Caelum, Cadrian and Amira Mamakwa.

 

How racism works and shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Conversation by Yasmin Jiwani 30 June 2020

Imagine putting on a pair of kaleidoscope glasses: now look through them to see the myriad and fractured ways racism is playing out in Canada today.

 

Who Gets Left Behind When We Are Forced to Triage Scarce Health Resources?

The Hill Times by Roxanne Mykitik 29 June 2020

With rapidly rising infection rates due to COVID19, provincial and territorial health care officials are bracing themselves for situations of extreme shortage of critical care beds, medical equipment and personnel necessary to treat the sickest of the sick in hospital settings. 

 

Blaming women for breast cancer ignores environmental risk factors

The Conversation by Jane McArthur 21 June 2020

Amidst the conversations about COVID-19 there seems to be increasing attention to the health risks many workers face in their jobs. I find hope in this growing regard for workers’ health and safety.

 

How COVID-19 cases among the homeless overwhelm St. Mike’s hospital

The Toronto Star by Carolyn Snider 17 June 2020

One year ago, I called a Code Orange at St. Michael’s Hospital during the parade following the Toronto Raptors NBA championship victory. 

 

Better public child care is the engine we need for recovery post-coronavirus

The Conversation by Elizabeth Dhuey 15 June 2020

As of June 12, child-care centres in Ontario can open, following reopenings in most regions of Québec.

 

A restorative approach is key for a new normal after COVID-19 

Policy Options by Jennifer Llewellyn & Kristina Llewellyn 15 June 2020

As plans for lifting the pandemic restrictions take effect, there is widespread recognition that things will not go back to the way they were. 

 

A better future: How to defund and reimagine policing

The Conversation by Michelle Stewart 11 June 2020

On May 25, social media erupted with the image of a Black man once again whispering “I can’t breathe” while under the knee of a white police officer for eight minutes and forty six seconds. 

 

Using the underground market risks more than a bad haircut

The Toronto Star by Catherine Connelly 8 June 2020

No matter how scruffy you look these days, don’t get a black market haircut.

 

Coronavirus: Canada stigmatizes, jeopardizes essential migrant workers

The Conversation by Janet McLaughlin 3 June 2020

Tens of thousands of migrant agricultural workers come to Canada every year, many returning to the same communities for decades. 

 

What counts as adequate access to abortion care in a pandemic? A perspective from Canada

IJFAB Blog by Martha Paynter & Francoise Baylis 29 May 2020

The United Nations Populations Fund estimates a significant increase in the number of unintended pregnancies due to COVID-19 lockdowns. 

 

Nexplanon, a 3-year birth control implant, is now approved for use in Canada

The Conversation by Martha Paynter 31 May 2020

Already available in over 100 countries, Nexplanon is now finally approved for use in Canada. Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant: a small rod, inserted into the upper arm through a tiny incision, that prevents pregnancy for up to three years.

 

Refugees at increased risk of coronavirus due to barriers to healthcare

The Conversation by Petra Molnar 27 May 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, wars and conflicts have not stopped. While some countries have successfully grappled with the virus, in refugee camps the situation remains fraught.

 

5 ways to help stop the ‘infodemic’, the increasing misinformation about coronavirus

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi, Ann-Louise Davidson, and Houda Jawhar  21 May 2020

Everyone is responsible for slowing the spread of the disease. Every action counts. This is also the case in the fight against misinformation, which intrudes on the overabundance of news, mixing facts, rumours and fake news. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described this phenomenon as an infodemic.

 

Connection, not real-time teaching, is priority for crisis education

Toronto Star by Kristian R. Llewellyn and Jennifer Llewellyn 14 May 2020

Remote teaching during this pandemic will not replicate the classroom experience. Last Friday, Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s minister of education, announced the government expects teachers to embrace virtual classes in real time, also known as synchronous learning, to restore the classroom experience and feeling for kids.

 

Nova Scotia can – and must – call an inquiry into the Portapique massacre

Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 19 May 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil says the province of Nova Scotia cannot conduct a public inquiry into the Portapique massacre because it does not have the power to do so under the Constitution. He is wrong.

 

More than food banks are needed to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic

The Conversation by Jennifer Black 5 May 2020

COVID-19 is revealing critical weaknesses in how we care for each other. While many Canadians are being thrown out of work and need emergency food assistance, food banks have had to shut down operations to deal with physical distancing requirements, reduce staffing as elderly volunteers stay home to self-isolate and ration food as donations decline.

 

How governments can make public health decisions when some information about coronavirus is missing

The Conversation by Jane McArthur 4 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving crisis. The implications of the virus were at first seen in terms of the need to flatten the curve on the number of cases. It is now evident that we need to address the other impacts of the virus on our lives.

 

COVID-19 situation in prisons requires urgent action

Montreal Gazette by Souhila Baba 27 April 2020

It was just a matter of time before COVID-19 reached the inside of prisons. This month in Quebec, more than 100 people in federal institutions — guards and inmates — have tested positive for the virus, 40 of them at a penitentiary for women. And now, there have also been reports of cases in Bordeaux jail, a provincial institution.

 

NHS ‘heroes’ should not have to risk their lives to treat coronavirus patients

The Conversation by Veronica Kitchen 20 April 2020

At 8pm every Thursday, people across Britain are clapping, cheering, and banging pots and pans to demonstrate their support for essential workers, especially those in healthcare, toiling through the pandemic. Public buildings around the country are lit up in “NHS blue” and the hashtag #NHSHeroes is trending on social media. 

 

Prioritizing Collective Responsibilities in the Response to COVID-19

Canadian Dimension by Jane McArthur and Filipe Duarte 17 April 2020

At the same time as the climate crisis movement was gaining momentum in the wake of youth voices such as Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, Mari Copeny, Alexandria Villaseñor, Vanessa Nakate, and notably in Canada the protests by Wet’suet’en people, we were launched into another crisis.

 

Why Shandro was spared

Sprawl Calgary by Melanee Thomas 16 April 2020

On Thursday, nearly two weeks after many called for Alberta’s Minister of Health to resign because he threatened Albertans for asking questions related to his portfolio, Tyler Shandro was back in public, leading the province’s COVID-19 briefing.

 

Organizing in hard times serves the betterment of community

Regina Leader-Post by Cindy Hanson 17 April 2020

These may be dark days, but history teaches us creative community and social responses come to light out of struggle. Early educational interventions aimed to improve the lives of women, rural people and workers, demonstrate struggle in hard times. 

 

COVID-19 confirms that abortion is an essential service

Healthy Debate by Martha Paynter and Françoise Baylis 14 April 2020

There have long been important differences between Canada and the United States regarding access to, and regulation of, abortion care. During this time of crisis, these differences have become all the more glaring.

 

Why China is emerging as a leader in sustainable and organic agriculture

The Conversation by Steffanie Scott 9 April 2020

It’s August and 38C outside a greenhouse on a fruit farm in suburban Nanjing, China. Inside the farmhouse, customers sample organic grapes and peaches. Ms. Wang, who owns the farm, carefully lifts the cover off a large bin of earthworms. She is raising thousands of them to produce organic fertilizer for her farm.

 

Universal livable basic income in times of crisis and beyond

Toronto Star by Kim Pate and Frances Lankin 1 April 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, people across Canada are struggling to make ends meet or finding themselves in precarious positions. From the get-go, too many of those most marginalized and impoverished did not have the resources to follow public health directives.

 

The worst time for food banks to raise barriers to food

The Province by Jennifer Black 30 March 2020

The timing could not be worse. In early March, new numbers from Statistics Canada’s 2017-18 Canadian Community Health Survey found that the number of Canadians without enough money for food was at an all-time high. 

 

Why some Canadian prisoners should be released during the coronavirus pandemic

The Conversation by Martha Paynter 17 March 2020

As a registered nurse and prison health researcher, I believe COVID-19 requires us to think differently to immediately change our approach to prison health services. This will mean changes to the criminal justice system that are long overdue.

 

COVID-19 and workers in the gig economy

Montreal Gazette by Nura Jabagi 12 March 2020

Wednesday, the federal government tabled its $1 billion COVID-19 response plan. Bracing for “significant economic impacts,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated: “to every worker and business, in every province and territory, we have your back and we will get through this together.”

 

Growing inequality also exposes more Nova Scotians to pandemic, climate risks

The Chronicle Herald by Christine Saulnier 11 March 2020

It is clear, as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows in a new report, that many people in our province do not have the means nor the opportunities to fulfil their potential and participate as full and equal members of our society. Meanwhile, a small minority continuously prosper.

 

Which generation of women will be ‘Generation Equality?’

The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 6 March 2020

UN Women has issued its theme for International Women’s Day 2020: “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.” This struck a chord with me, given that when I graduated from university 25 years ago, I thought I was part of “generation equality.” 

 

Prisons petri dishes for coronavirus

The Telegram by Martha Paynter 3 March 2020

As I diligently stock up this week on Tylenol, hand sanitizer and granola bars in anticipation of a possible COVID-19 shutdown, I am thinking: “What about people in prison?” They have no autonomy over their access to medication and food. They are not allowed hand sanitizers. 

 

Human Rights and Coronavirus: What’s at Stake for Truth, Trust, and Democracy?

Health and Human Rights Journal by Roojin Habibi and Alicia Ely Yamin 1 March 2020

It has scarcely been a month since COVID-19 (then simply known as the disease caused by a novel ‘coronavirus’) was declared a “public health emergency of international concern”. 

 

McNeil budget picks tax cuts over poverty reduction

The Chronicle Herald by Christine Saulnier 26  February 2020

Budget time is time to ask: “What kind of society do you want to live in? Do we want one where everyone has access to the means and opportunity to fulfil their potential and participate as full and equal members?”

 

Ottawa steps into ‘Ring of Fire’ debate with Doug Ford

The Conversation by Dayna Nadine Scott 17 February 2020

The struggle over the mineral deposits in Ontario’s Ring of Fire has taken a surprising turn. With all eyes on British Columbia as events unfold in Unist’ot’en, the federal minister of environment and climate change has said the agency will establish a major regional assessment process for the Ring of Fire.

 

Canada should not join other countries instituting travel restrictions – or in breaking international law

The Globe and Mail by Roojin Habibi 13 February 2020

When disease outbreaks strike, countries are too quick to close borders, ban travel and mount trade barriers. These actions, implemented by at least 72 countries in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, not only isolate communities, cripple economies and disincentivize countries from reporting new cases of the virus. 

 

Bringing fairness to campus sexual violence complaint processes

Policy Options by Karen Busby 11 February 2020

About one in four female students will be sexually assaulted while studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Many complainants experience a drop in their grades, have difficulty concentrating and curtail their social lives. 

 

Mandatory minimums are toughest on the most vulnerable

Toronto Star by Kim Pate 3 February 2020

Rates of Indigenous peoples in federal prison have increased by 43 per cent over the past decade. This is a direct result of systemic discrimination and misguided legal approaches.

 

Protest chill is last thing sex-assault complaints need

Chronicle Herald by Elaine Craig 24 January 2020

Coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against one’s doctor is one of the most daunting things someone can do. The barriers to reporting can be overwhelming. 

 

Medical assistance in dying for Canadians with mental disorders

Policy Options by Jocelyn Downie 23 January 2020

Last September, a Quebec Superior Court judge struck down key provisions in the Quebec and federal laws on medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in what’s known as the Truchon and Gladu case. These set out how close or predictable one’s death needs to be to qualify for MAiD. Now, on March 11, both laws will come into force – without those provisions in Quebec.

 

What happened to Santina Rao in a Halifax Walmart should never happen again

The Coast by Martha Paynter 22 January 2020

Indigenous, Black, people of colour, trans and nonbinary people have been calling this out forever, but the outrageous violence Santina Rao experienced at the hands of police last week has to be the last straw for Halifax’s tolerance of police brutality in our communities.

 

Bike share programs are on the rise, yet the gender gap persists

The Conversation by Meghan Winters, Kate Hosford and Stephanie Sersli 14 January 2020

It’s no secret that there is a significant gender gap in cycling in North American cities. According to the American Community Survey, women make up less than one-third (28 per cent) of commuters who regularly bicycle to work in the United States.

 

All ‘seniors’ shouldn’t be lumped together 

The Toronto Star by Helen Hirsh Spence 9 January 2020

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the significance of how language has framed our views about aging. It occurred to me that much of the problem has to do with the lack of vocabulary to describe the various stages of life following teenagehood.

 

Deepfakes: Informed digital citizens are the best defence against online manipulation

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 7 January 2020

More than a decade ago, Internet analyst and new media scholar Clay Shirky said: “The only real way to end spam is to shut down e-mail communication.” Will shutting down the Internet be the only way to end deepfake propaganda in 2020?

 

Upskill the upskillers: The must-have New Year’s resolutions for business

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 2 January 2020

Today, the survival of many organizations depends on their plans to leverage cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to transform their workplaces into augmented environments.

 

The resolve to be thinner and fitter this year won’t lead to salvation

The Conversation by Patty Thille 2 January 2020

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, you are participating in a social as well as a personal ritual. The patterns of resolutions, considered collectively, reveal what many of us consider to be virtuous.

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