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:
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Conversation by Meg Holden, Atiya Mahmood,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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 5 February 2021
COVID-19 is rendering children’s experiences invisible. Claims of their exceptional resilience obscure their realities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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?”
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, 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.
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.