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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Record with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Toronto Star by Catherine Connelly 8 June 2020
No matter how scruffy you look these days, don’t get a black market haircut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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”.
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?”
Toronto Star by Shari Graydon 21 February 2020
You know that theory suggesting that women are given a chance to lead political parties or General Motors only when the situation is so bad no sane man wants the job?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Conversation by Meghan Winters, 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.
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.
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?
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 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.
Global News with Vianne Timmons 26 December 2019.
Vianne Timmons has been the president and vice-chancellor at the University of Regina since 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 6 December 2019
The YWCA Calgary is passionate about going out of business — really.
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.
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.
Global News with Kharoll-Ann Souffrant 6 December 2019
From her hospital gurney, Nathalie Provost grinned at the mass of reporters.
Toronto Star with Suzanne Kresta and Mary Wells 6 December 2019
“Have you heard?” “Are you safe?” “But how could that happen?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.