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Graduate Showcase 2019

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:


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.