The ‘Native Speaker’ Fallacy
Inside Higher Ed by Kino Zhao 18 August 2023
We need to stop telling our students to have their essays checked by a native English speaker.
An examination of Canada’s record on global vaccine equity is overdue
The Globe and Mail by Adam Houston, Joanne Liu, Roojin Habibi & Srinivas Murthy 25 July 2023
To learn the right lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada must have the courage to unreservedly examine its record on global vaccine equity.
Fewer students are enrolling in environmental studies – how do we stop this trend?
The Globe and Mail by Sarah Wolfe & Steve Grundy 14 July 2023
Climate change endangers our ecosystems, economies and health.
It’s time for B.C. government to stand with patients like Sam O’Neill
The Province by Jocelyn Downie & Daphne Gilbert 07 July 2023
Sam O’Neill, a young woman dying of inoperable terminal cancer, requested medical assistance in dying (MAiD).
The Toronto we want: we can all win when immigrant women lead
The Toronto Star by Anjum Sultana, Victoria Kuketz & Ramina Ghassemi 02 July 2023
More than 500,000 votes.
Danielle Smith’s new cabinet looks spectacularly unrepresentative of Alberta residents
The Globe and Mail by Susan Franceschet 02 July 2023
Alberta’s new cabinet looks a lot like the reductive stereotypes often associated with the province – namely, that it’s populated mostly by rural, white men.
The stabbing attack at the University of Waterloo underscores the dangers of polarizing rhetoric about gender
Here’s How BC Should Protect Gig Workers
The Tyee by Iglika Ivanova & Jim Stanford 22 June 2023
The last decade has seen the rapid expansion of new business models in numerous industries, which engage workers to provide services through on-demand digital platforms.
Speeding up gender parity in politics
The Hamilton Spectator by Susan Franceschet & Jennifer Piscopo 22 June 2023
The Alberta election has come and gone.
Policy Options by Catherine Xhardez & Mireille Paquet 22 June 2023
The Quebec government presented new immigration guidelines in the spring, and within them the message was clear: language is now an ironclad condition for permanent settlement in the province.
Why Canada needs to end ban on migrant sex work
The Toronto Star by Crystal Laderas 17 June 2023
It’s time to have the uncomfortable sex talk with the Canadian government.
Canada’s terrorism laws have finally started expanding their definition
The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 09 June 2023
On June 6, in a landmark ruling, a young man who killed one woman and injured another three years ago in a Toronto massage parlour was found guilty of terrorism.
To stabilize Canada’s economy, start with a guaranteed liveable income
The Hill Times by Senator Kim Pate 08 June 2023
England is the latest in a growing number of countries to launch a guaranteed liveable basic income trial.
Intergenerational Day: How bringing different generations together can support our mental well-being
The Conversation by Jason Proulx, John Helliwell & Lara Aknin 01 June 2023
“You old bag!”
Hidden tailings leak reveals ongoing environmental racism in Canada
Canada’s National Observer by Ojistoh Horn, Naomi Trick & Jane McArthur 23 May 2023
“It is clear that the community is suffering from decades of environmental racism and generational trauma.”
Feds should not waste their $15-billion Canada Growth Fund on carbon capture for oil
The Globe and Mail by Laura Cameron & Angela Carter 22 May 2023
The $15-billion Canada Growth Fund, emphasized in the 2023 federal budget and aimed at accelerating decarbonization, is a landmark opportunity to align substantial climate action with a thriving national economy.
Learning from COVID-19: The global health emergency has ended. Here’s what is needed to prepare for the next one
The Conversation by Julianne Piper and Kelley Lee 14 May 2023
When the World Health Organization formally declared an end to the COVID-19 pandemic’s designation as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), it may seem to have had little, if any, perceivable impact on the daily lives of most people.
Celebrating moms: How we can support, empower working mothers to thrive in the workplace
Talent Canada by Julie Cafley 12 May 2023
At a recent Catalyst event, a speaker told an anecdote of a mom working from home during March school break and juggling work and childcare.
Temporary foreign worker program must have open work permits
Toronto Star by Catherine Connelly 02 May 2023
If your boss asked you to pay him $1,000 in cash to keep your job, expected you to work without safety equipment or holiday pay, or told you to sleep on the floor in the apartment he was renting to you … you would probably quit.
The world is running out of time to negotiate a global pandemic treaty
The Globe and Mail by Roojin Habibi and Clare Wenham 24 April 2023
Member countries of the World Health Organization are currently negotiating a new pandemic treaty in an effort to prevent a global health crisis like COVID-19 from ever happening again.
The WHO’s international pandemic treaty: Meaningful public engagement must inform Canada’s negotiations
The Conversation by Kelley Lee, Joel Lexchin, Katrina Plamondon and Roojin Habibi 23 April 2023
One of the key lessons emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been that the failure of countries to sufficiently work together worsened and prolonged this deadly public health emergency.
The new US-Canada border deal is inhumane — and deadly
Aljazeera by Jamie Liew, Petra Molnar and Julie Young 19 April 2023
Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed recently celebrated becoming Canadian citizens.
Workplace inclusion is a marathon
Welland Tribune by Charlene Theodore and Julie Cafley 19 April 2023
The societal changes that started in 2020 heralded a new sense of urgency and demand for increased accountability for employers claiming diversity and inclusion as core values.
Time to abolish the Canadian law that allows adults to spank and hit children
The Conversation by Tracie O. Afifi and Andrea Gonzalez 18 April 2023
Corporal punishment (e.g., spanking) is allowed in Canada according to Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Gender equality got left behind in the most recent budget
The Hill Times by Maggie Sainty 19 April 2023
Canada just can’t seem to get it right; all parents need equal parental leave.
Precarious work is an urgent problem for thousands of B.C. workers
Vancouver Sun by Iglika Ivanova and Kendra Strauss 13 April 2023
The rise of the “gig economy” and on-demand work through platforms such as Uber has ignited public debate about precarious work and what makes a “good job”.
Keeping cities cool helps keep women safe
The Montreal Gazette by Allison Lalla 05 April 2023
Everyone who’s lived through a Montreal summer knows how unbearable it gets when the heat waves hit.
Electric vehicles: one part of an energy transition to mitigate climate change
The Hill Times by Christina Hoicka 29 March 2023
While the world is “on thin ice,” according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, there is an opportunity to decarbonize in Canada through the electrification of transportation.
Ottawa and the provinces must work together on air pollution
The Edmonton Journal by Jane McArthur, Sharon Dodd and Joe Vipond 29 March 2023
Canada is one of few industrialized countries in the world that lacks legally binding and enforceable ambient air quality standards.
Centring race: Why we need to think about gentrification differently
The Conversation by Mieko Tarrius 22 March 2023
When we think of gentrification, we often think of how a neighbourhood’s demographics and landscape are transformed.
Erdogan regime’s detentions unlawful
The Winnipeg Free Press by David Matas and Sarah Teich 16 March 2023
As Turkey continues to reel from the impact of last month’s earthquake, countries around the world continue to provide support to the Turkish people.
Rape myths endure in judicial decisions
Policy Options by Elaine Craig and Isis Hatte 10 March 2023
“Life teaches that persistence is sometimes rewarded with success.”
Here’s why asylum-seekers are using Roxham Road
The Ottawa Citizen by Julie Young, Shauna Labman and Jamie Liew 02 March 2023
The government’s pop-up border post at Roxham Road in Quebec is not new.
The free world cannot afford a loss in Ukraine
The Sault Star by Sarah Teich and Maria Reisdorf 24 February 2023
Friday marks the sombre one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Mayoral byelection is a great opportunity for women leaders
The Toronto Star by Chi Nguyen 24 February 2023
With Toronto’s political municipal leadership in absolute flux, this city has a gaping hole.
Black Canadians in politics helped change the world. Let’s celebrate them
The Ottawa Citizen by Erin Tolley and Velma Morgan 16 February 2023
Every February during Black History Month, Canadian schoolchildren learn about Black people who have changed the world: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey.
Power dynamic a problem in John Tory’s unethical relationship
The Toronto Star by Meagan Cloutier 14 February 2023
Power is power, and it doesn’t matter if Toronto mayor John Tory’s affair with a former staffer was consensual.
It’s time for action on improving air quality
The Windsor Star by Jane McArthur and Cassie Barker 11 February 2023
Where you live matters.
Ontario needs to invest in the non-profit business model for health and social services
The Toronto Star by Cathy Taylor 08 February 2023
Who should be in charge of delivering health and social services to Ontarians?
Fighting gentrification of our cities isn’t futile
The Montreal Gazette by Mieko Tarrius 06 February 2023
“This neighbourhood isn’t the same. Rents are out of control. Most of the people I’ve known my entire life left long ago, and the ones who can afford to stay are now feeling excluded in their neighbourhood.”
Canada is taking an unserious approach to stopping the Russian Wagner Group
The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 06 February 2023
Last week, the House of Commons unanimously voted to list the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor, as a terrorist entity.
The return of the ‘extreme intoxication’ defence — as warned
The Toronto Star by Elizabeth Sheehy and Kerri Froc 05 February 2023
Judges can call it what they want, but the defence of extreme intoxication still smells like the same old patriarchy to us.
New regulations on migrant farm workers should tackle employer/employee power imbalances
The Conversation by Stephanie Mayell, C. Susana Caxaj and Janet McLaughlin 01 February 2023
The government of Canada recently amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to include new employer obligations.
A space for her: What we can all learn from Jacinda Ardern’s resignation
The Toronto Star by Chi Nguyen 27 January 2023
Last week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she would be stepping down.
Interest rate hikes: The Bank of Canada’s ‘resolute’ fight against inflation could threaten its credibility
The Conversation by Ellen Russell 25 January 2023
The Bank of Canada “resolutely” declared it will fight inflation by raising interest rates.
Canada’s new COVID test rules: Targeting travellers from China will not stop globally circulating Omicron subvariant
The Conversation by Jennifer Fang, Julianne Piper and Kelley Lee 15 January 2023
In a throwback to January 2020, when the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 began to be detected outside of China, many countries have again adopted measures targeted at travellers from China.
Give the gift of presence and love during the holidays
The Conversation Canada by Nikki Martyn 20 December 2022
The holidays are a time for family, connection and love.
Canada’s immigration policy is at a crossroads
Policy Options by Daniel Béland, Jennifer Elrick and Mireille Paquet 19 December 2022
In Canada, immigration policy remains a hot topic.
Canada needs to plan for a steep decline in oil demand, or risk getting left behind
The Hill Times by Aaron Cosbey and Angela Carter 12 December 2022
Here’s a foreboding story for Canada’s oil patch.
Human Rights Abuses in Tigray Need Global Action
Newsweek by Sarah Teich and Enes Kanter Freedom 07 December 2022
Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the Axum massacre in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where Eritrean forces killed hundreds of Tigrayans over the course of 24 hours.
Strengthen Bill S-5 to make Canada’s environmental protection law more just
The Hill Times by Jane McArthur 01 December 2022
From controversies about COVID-19 protections to legislative actions around education and health workers to concerns about inflation and food costs, there is no shortage of critical issues that have captured our attention.
Forward on workplace inclusion
The Hamilton Spectator by Julie Cafley 01 December 2022
I recently had an opportunity to encourage hundreds of Canada’s business leaders to consider their contribution toward more inclusive workplaces.
The federal dental plan may fall short of expectations
Policy Options by Jennifer Robson, Tammy Schirle and Lindsay Tedds 01 December 2022
Now that Bill C-31 has received Royal Assent, some Canadian families will soon want to apply for the interim federal Canada Dental Benefit created by the legislation.
Rachel Notley, Danielle Smith and Alberta’s huge political gender gap
CBC News by Melanee Thomas 27 November 2022
In about six months, two powerhouse female politicians will go head to head to decide who will lead the province for the next four years.
Justice on the front lines of the climate emergency
Canada’s National Observer by Ineza Umuhoza Grace and Anjum Sultana 18 November 2022
It has been a difficult year for children around the world, particularly girls.
Soaring cost of living highlights urgent need to tackle housing affordability
Vancouver Sun by Iglika Ivanova and Alex Hemingway 17 November 2022
Affordability has long been a concern for residents of Metro Vancouver — a region notorious for stratospheric housing costs — but with inflation shooting up to a 40-year high this year, the cost of living has become a much more pressing worry for many.
Preventing use of the notwithstanding clause is a bad idea — and unnecessary
The Conversation by Kerri Froc 14 November 2022
During the Cold War era, American military strategists thought the Soviet Union would be deterred from dropping a nuclear bomb on North America only if the United States also built up sufficient nuclear weapons capable of annihilating the Soviets.
Why a workplace strategy for menopause matters
The Toronto Star by Julie Cafley 27 October 2022
We need to talk about menopause.
What Parliament refused to hear about Canada’s new extreme intoxication law
The Conversation by Kerri Froc 18 October 2022
In case you missed it, and if you blinked you probably did, Parliament passed Bill C-28 in June 2022.
Does the global consensus on refusing to pay ransoms to terrorists make sense?
The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis and Alex Wilner 14 October 2022
When terrorist groups kidnap aid workers, humanitarians, diplomats, tourists and others, the outcome for victims is usually bleak: years of neglect at the hands of their captors, and – if they’re lucky – release only after their families or governments pay a ransom demand.
Stop running from the problem: prevent breast cancer by reducing toxic chemicals
The Toronto Star by Jane MacArthur, Jennifer Beeman and Cassie Barker 11 October 2022
How far do women have to run before we stop getting breast cancer in the first place?
Fiona further exposes income erosion in Nova Scotia
Saltwire by Christine Saulnier 03 October 2022
For many Nova Scotians, life is a constant struggle; the challenge to make ends meet is even tougher this year because of the rising cost of living.
Why women get fewer promotions than men
The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 28 September 2022
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada’s wage gap sits at 16.7 per cent – the seventh worst of 38 OECD countries.
How helping others during major life transitions could be a path to greater well-being
The Conversation by Lara Aknin and Tiara Cash 26 September 2022
Nearly 2.5 million students began post-secondary education in Canada this September.
Data has so much power to influence outcomes, so why are women often left out?
The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Reynolds 14 September 2022
As we begin to head back to the office, most women will be pulling warm sweaters and wraps out of the closet to shelter from the arctic office temperatures that prevail in our workplaces.
A bridge to nowhere: Natural gas will not lead Canada to a sustainable energy future
The Conversation by Amy Janzwood and Heather Millar 11 September 2022
The Canadian government has used Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the removal of Russian natural gas exports to justify increasing natural gas production in Canada.
It’s not all coffee shops and hipsters: what we get wrong about gentrification
The Guardian by Leslie Kern 04 September 2022
On a trip to Mexico City, a bus tour whisks me through neighbourhoods teeming with cool cafes, elegant wine bars and stylish twentysomethings.
Cutting Off Financing for the Next Capitol Insurrection
Lawfare by Jessica Davis and Elena Martynova 28 August 2022
The attack at the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, wasn’t cheap.
How Québec’s Bill 21 could be vanquished by a rarely used Charter provision
The Conversation by Kerri Froc 23 August 2022
This November, the Québec Court of Appeal will hear an appeal of Hak v. Attorney General of Québec on the constitutionality of Bill 21, which prohibits public service workers from wearing religious symbols.
Canadians deserve high-quality care, but non-profit hiring crisis is standing in the way
The Toronto Star by Pamela Uppal 22 August 2022
We’ve all heard about the crisis in health care, but what most Canadians don’t know is that this crisis is being driven, in part, by an unprecedented labour crisis in our non-profit community care sector.
The life cycle of plastic is a death spiral
Canada’s National Observer by Jane McArthur and Honour Stahl 18 August 2022
Who doesn’t regard plastic as a necessity of modern living?
Canada’s investments in tech entrepreneurship are paying off and we need to keep up the momentum
The Toronto Star by Mary Wells 16 August 2022
When I graduated with a bachelor of engineering from McGill in 1987, the best engineering students went to big Canadian companies like Pratt and Whitney, IBM, Nortel, CAE Industries, Dofasco and Alcan.
It is Amnesty International and Russia, not Ukraine, that are putting civilian lives at risk
The National Post by Sarah Teich and Shuvaloy Majumdar 12 August 2022
Last week, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine passed its 160th day, Amnesty International published a report accusing Ukrainian forces of unlawfully endangering the lives of their civilians.
Why shouldn’t hockey parents pay into a victims’ compensation fund?
The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 10 August 2022
There are many reasons why Hockey Canada’s reported handling of sexual assault allegations should leave us feeling disgusted. But compensation for the victims should not be on the list.