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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:

 

Massive haul of ancient art forgeries discovered in Saskatchewan! Would you believe it? 

CBC News with Claire Battershill 11 July 2019

For nearly a century, a strange and eclectic collection of artifacts has been hidden from public view, and while the exact origins remain a puzzle, its recorded history begins in Depression-era Saskatchewan.

 

Fake or real? Vancouver library exhibit blurs lines of history 

CTV News with Claire Battershill 10 July 2019

A travelling exhibition of fakes and forgeries is on display at the Vancouver Public Library, blurring the lines between what’s a historical artifact and what’s a modern day replica.

 

The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation froLoved One to Caregiver 

Public Radio Tulsa with Donna Thomson 08 July 2019

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Donna Thomson, who is a co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver.”

 

As fight over Quebec’s religious symbols law shifts to courts, legal experts debate best way to challenge it 

CBC News with Kerri Froc 08 July 2019

Quebec’s religious symbols law was not yet 12 hours old when it became the subject of a Superior Court motion seeking to have it struck down.

 

Boomers, once critical of millennials, are more sympathetic to their housing plight, says professor

CBC News with Nancy Worth 08 July 2019

Rebecca Goldstone calls herself a “1 per cent millennial.” Thanks to financial support from her parents, she graduated in 2016 without debt and landed a full-time job in Toronto soon after.

 

Five things to know about Canadian immigration detention centres 

The Canadian Press with Stephanie Silverman 07 July 2019

The treatment of migrants has recently been thrust into the spotlight as accounts emerge of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in American border detention facilities. Here’s a look at how Canada deals with immigration detainees.

 

Fun exhibit full of fakes, forgeries and food for thought 

The Vancouver Sun with Claire Battershill 02 July 2019

A new exhibit of fakes at Vancouver Public Library’s main branch will make think about what is real.

 

New Beginnings: YW Calgary set to move into new home in Inglewood 

The Calgary Herald with Sue Tomney 03 July 2019

YW Calgary, an organization that’s been helping vulnerable women in Calgary for 112 years, is moving to a new home.

 

Majority of Canadians against accepting more refugees, poll suggests 

CBC News with Mireille Paquet 03 July 2019

A pre-election survey conducted for CBC News suggests Canadians are divided on immigration, with clear limits on the kind of migration they find acceptable. 

 

Kitchener-Consetoga MP speaks up about controversial anti-abortion petition he enabled 

The Record with Lyndsey Butcher 01 July 2019

Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht has spoken up about his decision to enable a Canada-wide petition urging an end to public funds for abortions.

 

Made in Canada solutions: answers to seniors’ care challenges can start at home

The Telegram with Laura Tamblyn Watts 01 July 2019

There is no denying Canada’s population is aging.  

 

But where are you really from? A seemingly simple question, with a complicated answer 

CBC News with Naila Keleta-Mae 01 July 2019

“Where are you from?” It’s a simple question that’s often asked as a way to get to know one another better, or so we assume. 

 

Spiral French fry sparks legal battle between McCain Foods, Idaho rival 

The Globe and Mail with Teresa Scassa 30 June 2019

Two of the world’s biggest French-fry makers are locked in an international legal battle for who has the rights to manufacture a spiral spud.

 

Queen’s Psychology issues public call for Indigenous art project

Kingstonist with Kate Harkness 25 June 2019

The Queen’s University Department of Psychology have invited Indigenous artists from Kingston and the surrounding area to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install artwork.

 

Pate says rejected Senate changes could have saved government prisons bill

iPolitics with Kim Pate 25 June 2019

A Senator says upper chamber amendments to the Liberal government’s prisons bill could have avoided a legal challenge that might threaten to strike down parts of the legislation.

 

Shore Centre concerned over abortion petition 

Kitchener Today with Lyndsey Butcher 25 June 2019

The petition, that originally started in British Columbia, has been recently endorsed by Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht. 

 

Evelyn Ackah: ‘You have to shift, you have to pivot’

The Globe and Mail with Evelyn Ackah 24 June 2019

Evelyn Ackah is founder of Ackah Business Immigration Law in Calgary.

 

Reality check: is it OK to call migrant detention centres concentration camps? 

Global News with Stephanie Silverman 22 June 2019

The detention centres housing thousands of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border are concentration camps, said New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

 

Lenczner Slaght launches centralized website for commercial list 

Law Times with Monique Jilesen 21 June 2019

A new website, Commerciallist.com, could help more lawyers understand Ontario’s specialized business court, according to the website’s creators at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP.

 

Lack of federal response to Quebec’ Bill 21 ‘very disappointing’: advocates 

Global News with Erin Tolley 21 June 2019

Federal leaders are being criticized days after the passing of Quebec’s Bill 21 by advocates who were hoping for a stronger response to the controversial new law.

 

Tracie Afifi wins national health research award for work on child abuse 

The Globe and Mail with Tracie Afifi 20 June 2019

Tracie Afifi used to wonder whether Canada has a child-abuse problem.

 

App that connects users with abortion providers launches across Canada 

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 19 June 2019

A smartphone app that matches people with their nearest abortion provider launches across Canada on Wednesday.

 

Quebec’s new immigration law could be an attempt to win more powers from Ottawa 

CBC News with Mireille Paquet 18 June 2019

Quebec’s new rules on immigration could be an attempt by the provincial government to wrest more powers from Ottawa, according to an expert on immigration.

 

Vancouver’s community gardens sit on $525 million of real estate 

The Vancouver Sun with Ellen Woodsworth 18 June 2019

In circles where people discuss the more arcane points of Vancouver property taxation, community gardens are something of a perennial issue.

 

Families of children with autism under ‘severe stress’

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 16 June 2019

Families of children with autism are under “severe stress” as they juggle advocating for their children, arranging treatment and tending to their own busy lives, according to a new study by the Laurier Autism Research Consortium.

 

Calgary’s Neighbour Day: Skate park opens in Bowness, YWCA opens in Inglewood 

Global News with Sue Tomney 15 June 2019

Hundreds of Calgarians came together on Saturday to mark the sixth Neighbour Day in the city.

 

‘Breakfast of Influencers’ at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital aims to raise awareness about urban health care 

OCanada.com with Carolyn Snider 13 June 2019

It happens almost daily, says Dr. Carolyn Snider, chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto: A person arrives in her department with an issue that is, on its face, absolutely not an emergency. They just need a prescription refill.

 

OP ED: The future of meat is shifting to plant-based products 

The Conversation by Lisa Kramer 13 June 2019

With summer just around the corner, it’s not just the weather heating up in Canada. The plant-based foods sector is also starting to sizzle.

 

A moving target: What abortion access looks like in Nova Scotia 

The Coast with Martha Paynter 13 June 2019

One of the biggest misconceptions about abortion, says Lianne Yoshida, a Nova Scotia physician and medical co-director of the Women’s Choice Clinic in Halifax, is that people think it’s a rare or unusual procedure. “It’s very common,” she says.

 

OP ED: The value of an old-fashioned visit to your bank branch 

The Conversation by Laura Doering 12 June 2019

The rise of online and mobile banking has changed the financial service industry as we know it.

 

Complex planning needed for grandparents helping grandchildren 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 12 June 2019

Older Canadians, many of whom have amassed significant amounts of wealth, are seeing their grandchildren experience challenging financial issues, from mounting costs for post-secondary education to high rental costs or down payments to purchase their first homes.

 

Canada’s financial consumer watchdog facing leadership limbo 

The Financial Time with Laura Tamblyn Watts 11 June 2019

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada appears to be without a leader despite a year-long search by the federal government for a replacement for the regulator’s outgoing commissioner.

 

OP ED: From obesity to allergy, outdoor play is the best medicine for children 

The Conversation by Mariana Brussoni 11 June 2019

What if there was a simple, inexpensive and fun way to address some of the major challenges facing humanity today. What if it could help improve children’s health, development and well-being?

 

Military sexual-assault trials have high acquittal rate despite zero-tolerance policy, study finds 

The Globe and Mail with Elaine Craig 10 June 2019

Soldiers tried for sexual assault are acquitted in military courts far more often than defendants in civilian courts who face the same charges, a new report says.

 

Lawyers tell Ottawa solitary confinement bill is unconstitutional 

The Globe and Mail with Kim Pate 10 June 2019

A group of nearly 100 lawyers and law professors is warning the federal government that a landmark solitary-confinement bill working through the Senate is unconstitutional in its current form.

 

A burden and a joy: Author Donna Thomson unpacks the duality of caregiving for sick family 

The Globe and Mail with Donna Thomson 04 June 2019

Caring for sick and suffering family members changes people, the imprints staying with them well after their loved ones enter long-term care or die.

 

New list aims to create referral network for Canada’s female lawyers 

Law Times with Sana Halwani 03 June 2019

Lenczner Slaght is releasing a list of experienced female lawyers with the aim of increasing referrals to Canadian women in the legal profession.

 

Is going to a strip club or following hot people on Instagram cheating? 

ABC Life with Carrie Jenkins 03 June 2019

Ask your friends whether visiting a strip club, watching porn or following hot people on Instagram is cheating, and you’ll likely get mixed responses.

 

MMIWG report not shy in its usage of the term ‘genocide’ 

Kitchener Today with Lori Campbell 03 June 2019

The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released on Monday.

 

Why a medical form may have impeded charges in RCMP’s #MeToo case 

CBC News with Jula Hughes 02 June 2019

In many respects, it’s a startling result. During the RCMP’s own #MeToo reckoning, approximately 190 current and former RCMP employees — men and women in three provinces — say their employment-related medical exams crossed the line into sexual assault.

 

Prof lauds Manitoba decision to cover costs of protecting sex assault victims’ privacy in court

The Winnipeg Free Press with Karen Busby 31 May 2019

Governments should expect to pay for sexual-assault victims to be represented in court as Canadian law evolves, a legal expert says.

 

Police warn of dangers for young users on Snapchat 

CTV News with Aimée Morrison 31 May 2019

Waterloo Regional Police are reminding parents of young social media users to proceed with caution.

 

Ontario Autism Program advisory panel taps Waterloo expert 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 30 May 2019

A Waterloo researcher has been chosen to sit on a provincial advisory panel that will weigh in on the Ontario Autism Program.

 

Senate committee approves changes to solitary confinement bill 

The Canadian Press with Kim Pate 30 May 2019

A committee of senators has approved changes to a bill that aims to end solitary confinement in Canadian prisons — including a key change to require a judge’s approval to keep an inmate in isolation for more than 48 hours.

 

Doctor Suzanne Kearns on why training for safety requires a rethink 

Runway Girl Network with Suzanne Kearns 30 May 2019

Dr. Suzanne Kearns, Aviation Professor and author at the University of Waterloo, decided at an early age that she wanted to be a pilot. She started flight training at 15 years, and got her pilot license at 17.

 

Waterloo professor and mom of a son on autism spectrum named to Ontario Austin panel 

The Waterloo Record with Janet McLaughlin 30 May 2019

Waterloo’s Janet McLaughlin has been named to the province’s new expert panel on autism.

 

OP ED: In Canada, abortion care is health care – but there’s more we can do 

CBC News by Martha Paynter 30 May 2019

Within days of Alabama criminalizing the provision of abortion care, Ontario’s Court of Appeal ruled that physicians who object to abortion must provide an immediate referral to a practitioner who does not — to ensure that patients receive timely and appropriate treatment.

 

Ramadan behind bars: How one inmate’s fight to fast highlights oversight concerns 

Global News with Kim Pate 29 May 2019

The halal breakfast option is some combination of fruit and cereal with a muffin, toast and peanut butter, boiled eggs or French toast, depending on the day. That’s according to the Correctional Service of Canada’s national menu, but Jason Cain wrote a few notes in the margins.

 

Federal government unveiling risk assessment tool for artificial intelligence 

The Globe and Mail with Petra Molnar 28 May 2019

The federal government is unveiling a first-of-its-kind tool that will help departments determine the risk involved in automated decision-making, processes that some agencies are already using.

 

Tories demand Goodale explanation delayed call on N.S. prison sex-assault claim 

The Canadian Press with Kim Pate 28 May 2019

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale must explain why the Correctional Service of Canada waited three months to call police after learning of assault allegations at Nova Institution for women in Truro, N.S. last year, the federal Conservatives said Tuesday.

 

London Free Press among Canadian newsrooms tapped to join Facebook’s local news ‘Accelerator’ project 

The London Free Press with Natalie Turvey 27 May 2019

Facebook is bringing its global Local News Accelarator project to Canada, and The London Free Press is one of a handful of newsrooms selected to take part.

 

What would happen if we forgave student debt?

Global News with Brenda Spotton Visano 25 May 2019

Last month, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released a plan to forgive billions in student debt.

 

OP ED: Judges clearly need training in sexual assault. So why won’t the Senate pass Bill C-337?

The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig 24 May 2019

Why is the Supreme Court of Canada still having to educate trial judges that a woman who has been dragged out of a bedroom asleep and drugged is not consenting to the repeated acts of sexual intercourse imposed upon her while she was in this condition?

 

OP ED: Sexual assault in prison: vulnerable women prisoners have few protections and face reprisal for reporting attacks 

Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 24 May 2019

On May 22, three women incarcerated at the Nova Institution for Women federal prison filed civil suits against the Attorney General of Canada, alleging they were each sexually assaulted by correctional officer Brian Wilson over the course of the past five years.

 

Could Trump’s Plan Of Merit-Based Immigration Work In The U.S.?

NPR with Mireille Paquet 23 May 2019

NPR’s Noel King talks to Mireille Paquet, professor of political science at Concordia University in Montreal, about how effective merit-based immigration has been on Canada’s immigration system.

 

Seniors represent group most likely to be delinquent on mortgages, report says 

The Toronto Star with Laura Tamblyn Watts 22 May 2019

Financial freedom at 55 appears to be a vanishing dream as Canadians carry bigger debt loads later in life and seniors continue to be the group most likely to be delinquent on their mortgages, according to a report by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

 

OP ED: Human trafficking fight requires precision in language and goals 

The Lawyer’s Daily by Rudayna Bahubeshi and Anuradha Dugal 22 May 2019

For more than a decade the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) has focused on prioritizing women’s safety in anti-trafficking work, ensuring those who have experienced trafficking receive services and supports that recognize their different realities.

 

U.S. abortion debate being felt in Waterloo region, Shore Centre’s Lyndsey Butcher says

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 22 May 2019

Debate around new laws restricting abortion south of the border in states like Georgia, Missouri and Alabama are resonating here in Waterloo region, says the executive director of the Shore Centre.

 

37% in Ipsos poll say immigration is a ‘threat’ to white Canadians – what’s the threat?

Global News with Petra Molnar 22 May 2019

Canada’s reputation of “welcoming” immigrants is one often cited by international rankings that list the country as among the best in the world.

 

What abortion law changes in the states mean for Canadians 

Halifax Today with Martha Paynter 19 May 2019

Although abortion rights are protected in our Constitution, many are worried that Canadian abortion laws will be changed by conservative lawmakers.

 

OP ED: Ontario’s child-care cuts will hurt low-income parents working or studying full time 

The Conversation by Linda A. White, Elizabeth Dhuey, Michal Perlman, and Petr Varmuza 16 May 2019

Ontario’s recent provincial budget claimed to help families access quality child care — but in reality, the province’s budget masks what are emerging as massive cuts to child-care funding that will have far-reaching consequences for families and communities.

 

It’s time to provide alternative strategies for sexual harassment victims 

Forbes with Sarah Neville 15 May 2019

It’s no secret that most sexual harassment goes unreported. Yet employers continue to insist that formal reporting is the best (and often only) option for victims.

 

How a hot trend in electronic banking is making life easier for seniors 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 14 May 2019

Can we all agree that paying for stuff with a tap of your debit or credit card is perhaps the greatest innovation in banking since the ATM?

 

Canadians divided over how asylum seekers who have already claimed asylum n U.S. should be treated: poll 

The Globe and Mail with Mireille Paquet 13 May 2019

Nearly half of Canadians say asylum seekers who have not already made a refugee claim in the United States should be given a full hearing upon crossing the border, but are divided over how people who already claimed asylum in the United States should be treated, according to a new poll. ​

 

Sask. victims of domestic violence eligible for paid leave 

650 CKOM with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 13 May 2019

The provincial government passed legislation Monday permitting five days of paid job leave for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

 

Tax cuts expected as Alberta’s UCP government moves to “renew the Alberta Advantage”

The Ottawa Citizen with Melanee Thomas 12 May 2019

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his newly appointed Finance Minister Travis Toews will move to “renew the Alberta Advantage” on Monday, implying the province is about to slash taxes even as it awaits the outcome of a panel convened to study the province’s finances.

 

Living wage of $18.85 an hour needed for ‘decent quality of life’ in St. John’s, study finds

CBC News with Christine Saulnier 12 May 2019

A new study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the living wage required to meet basic household needs in St. John’s is more than seven dollars an hour greater than the province’s minimum wage.

 

OP ED: Money alone won’t fix Uber drivers’ problems

The Globe and Mail by Nura Jabagi 10 May 2019

Following the recent Uber and Lyft drivers’ global strike in protest of low wages, many would agree that it’s time for these multi-billion-dollar companies to put their money where their mouth is. But is money enough to solve this problem? I would argue that the better solution lies in humanizing the almighty algorithm.

 

Staying power difficult for women in politic, SACPA told

The Lethbridge Herald with Melanee Thomas 10 May 2019

Women have served as premier in Canada’s most populous provinces in recent years. But none have been re-elected to a second term.

 

OP ED: In search of evidence-based math policy 

The Hamilton Spectator by Mary Reid 09 May 2019

When it comes to determining fact from fiction, it’s hard to keep up regarding the myriad of claims coming from the Ontario government. One recent example involves Premier Ford saying that “one third of our teachers are failing the Grade 6 math test.”

 

OP ED: How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives 

The Conversation by Patty Thille 09 May 2019

When Ellen Maud Bennett died a year ago, her obituary published in the local newspaper gained national media attention in Canada, though she wasn’t a celebrity.

 

Study Shows Living Wage In St. John’s To Be $18.85 An Hour

VOCM with Christine Saulnier 09 May 2019

A new study shows that a full-time worker in St. John’s must earn $18.85 an hour in order to make a living wage.

 

Royal Baby: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are relishing being parents 

Express with Ann Douglas 09 May 2019

Relaxed, chatty and clearly excited, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex offered a contrasting image from those we have come to expect outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, of a highly polished Duchess of Cambridge posing for pictures with her children.

 

Meghan Markle has been a target for racists – how will this impact her son? 

Global News with Annette Henry 08 May 2019

Since she started dating Prince Harry, Meghan Markle — whose father is white and mother is Black — has been the subject of racist attacks online.

 

OP ED: a word without immigration detention is possible

The Conversation by Stephanie Silverman and Sherry Aiken 08 May 2019

A 2017 Ontario Superior Court case highlights how the Canadian immigration detention system routinely traps migrants in a system of indefinite incarceration.

 

Waterloo researcher wants Ontario to publish results of new round of autism consultations 

CBC News with Janet McLaughlin 06 May 2019

The province’s public consultations on the Ontario Autism Program are now underway, but one parent and researcher says it may take some effort to earn back the trust of parents and caregivers.

 

Pepsi’s lawsuit over farmers planting potatoes used in Lays chips dropped, but implications linger

Global News with Sana Halwani 05 May 2019

A dispute between small, local farmers in India and a corporate giant over a patent on the type of potatoes used in Lay’s potato chips ended this week, when the company backed off amid political pressure.

 

What parents can learn from Charlize Theron and Zoe Saldana about handling their child’s gender and sexuality 

meaww with Tiffany Muller Myrdahl 03 May 2019

Last year, after a then-13-year-old wanted to proceed with hormone therapy to help transition from a female body to a male body, the father opposed the treatment.

 

Eating placenta doesn’t prevent postpartum depression, B.C. study shows 

CBC News with Jehannine Austin 02 May 2019

B.C. researchers are urging new moms to resist the trend of eating their placenta after childbirth, saying it’s risky and does not help with postpartum depression.

 

Canadians struggle to distinguish between real and fake news: survey 

The Canadian Press with Natalie Turvey 02 May 2019

Canadians are increasingly skeptical of the news they consume and struggle to distinguish fact from fiction or propaganda, a new survey suggested Thursday.

 

An expert’s guide to proper parenting 

Breakfast Television with Ann Douglas 02 May 2019

Health and parenting author, Ann Douglas, joins BT to chat about her book, “Happy Parents Happy Kids”.

 

OP ED: The University of Toronto’s attempt to address the gender pay gap isn’t enough

The Globe and Mail by Lisa Kramer 29 April 2019

The University of Toronto undertook a bit of spring cleaning last week in announcing a 1.3-per-cent salary raise for female tenure-stream faculty members. But the effort doesn’t go nearly far enough in fixing the gender pay gap on campus.

 

Helpline launched for loved ones of N.B. missing Indigenous people 

The Brunswickan with Jula Hughes 28 April 2019

A New Brunswick-wide helpline has been launched to help support friends and family of missing Indigenous people, and lead them toward better outcomes.

 

Floods push Conservatives to agree on need to fight global warming 

The Globe and Mail with Sarah Wolfe 28 April 2019

Saturday evening, a dike failed in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, near Montreal, forcing an emergency evacuation. Two years after enduring a record spring flood, Ottawa and Gatineau are living through worse, with hundreds of homes flooded or at risk.

 

OP ED: Notre Dame rebuild must look to the future

The Winnipeg Free Press by Emilie St-Hilaire 26 April 2019

What can Paris learn from Saint Boniface, Man.? To rebuild strategically.

 

$3.7M in federal funding helping women’s organizations focus on service 

Regina Leader-Post with Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen 26 April 2019

With new funding in hand, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) vice-chief Heather Bear is excited to start training more Indigenous women to take up the work of advocating for women and family rights.

 

Philippines keeps telling Canada to pick up its trash – why is it still there? 

Global News with Dayna Nadine Scott 24 April 2019

Canadian garbage has been sitting in the Philippines for about six years — and the country’s president is now threatening war over it.

 

Slashing the arts student stereotype 

The Brunswickan with Joanne Wright 24 April 2019

Though arts is one of the largest faculties at the University of New Brunswick, its students are often the butt of jokes about the perceived quality of an arts degree.

 

Sri Lanka bombings: Is banning social media after a terrorist attack for the best?

Global News with Maite Taboada 23 April 2019

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went dark on Easter Sunday shortly after terrorist attacks killed hundreds in Sri Lanka.

 

‘Cold comfort’: Ottawa’s plans to protect pensions no good enough, say critics 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 21 April 2019

The federal government’s latest proposed measures to protect pensions don’t actually accomplish much, according to pensioner groups disappointed with the policy outlined in the Trudeau government’s omnibus budget bill.

 

OP ED: ‘A refugee is a refugee’: Asylum changes threaten Canada’s ‘gold standard’ system 

CBC News by Shauna Labman and Jamie Liew 20 April 2019

Canada is celebrating a milestone — the 40th anniversary of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship regime, which has resettled 327,000 refugees.

 

Successful parenting advice book author flourished in Clarkson’s soil 

Mississauga.com with Ann Douglas 18 April 2019

Ann Douglas loves being asked to autograph her books, especially if they have been defaced.

 

OP ED: How an NHL street party caused a social media storm about racism 

The Conversation by Lori Wilkinson 17 April 2019

As the city of Winnipeg was preparing to host a large celebration to mark the beginning of the National Hockey League playoffs for its team, the Jets, a storm broke out over social media over a headline about the hockey street party.

 

Questions raised about Canada’s embrace of female leaders after 6th premier turfed from office 

City News with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

The gradual disappearance of women from the ranks of Canada’s premiers raises questions about society’s willingness to embrace true equality, former female leaders and political pundits said Wednesday.

 

Homecoming Proves Beyoncé is Still the Queen of Control 

Flare Magazine with Naila Keleta-Mae 17 April 2019

TBH it make sense that this weekend is Easter, because #Beysus has seriously risen. Beyoncé kicked hump day in to high gear with the early morning release of her Netflix documentary, Homecoming on April 17.

 

No ‘involuntary job losses’ as hundred of teachers receive layoff notices 

680 News with Muneeza Sheikh 17 April 2019

Hundreds of teachers across the GTA received layoff notices this week, with more expected.

 

Rachel Notley the latest female premier who failed to win a second mandate. What’s going on?

The National Post with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

In Canadian political history, there have only been 11 female premiers and just one has gone on to win a second mandate — which didn’t last long.

 

Boost in advance voters shows election ‘more exciting, more competitive’

The Calgary Herald with Melanee Thomas 17 April 2019

While official numbers have yet to be calculated, one Calgary political scientist says the fact three times the number of Albertans voted in advance polls leading up to Tuesday’s election than in 2015 suggests the electorate is engaged.

 

Health Canada no longer requiring ultrasounds before prescribing abortion pill 

The Globe and Mail with Lyndsey Butcher 16 April 2019

Women no longer need an ultrasound before getting the abortion pill, a change that experts say will reduce wait times and speed access, particularly in smaller communities.

 

How rural, religious and other identities affect the way Albertans vote 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 15 April 2019

Woven together, religion, identity and politics have an interlaced history in Alberta.

 

Top down or grassroots? NDP, UCP take differing approaches to gender balance

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 14 April 2019

When Rakhi Pancholi was asked to run in the Alberta election, she was well versed in the reasons women give for avoiding politics.

 

Indigenous candidates hopeful in Cardston-Siksika riding 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 12 April 2019

The Cardston-Siksika riding was created, in part, to consolidate electoral boundaries in the province’s southwest corner and adjust for a lack of population growth. 

 

OP ED: Better city bike maps are made by volunteers 

The Conversation by Colin Ferster and Meghan Winters 11 April 2019

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.

 

Advocacy group calls for critical thinking on language amid whiteout celebrations 

CTV News with Lori Wilkinson 11 April 2019

A Winnipeg advocacy group is sparking a conversation about the term “whiteout” and associated celebrations in the city. Black Space Winnipeg says it wants people to think about language and the impact words have, going on to say the whiteout might not feel like an inclusive space for everyone.

 

Facebook banned white nationalist accounts, but it’s hard to actually keep them offline 

Global News with Veronica Kitchen 10 April 2019

Facebook has banned Canadian accounts that were propagating white nationalist sentiments — but it seems that hasn’t kept the people behind the accounts off the social media platform.

 

Analyzing the rural and urban vote in Alberta election 2019 

Global News with Melanee Thomas 10 April 2019

In 2015, Alberta NDP captured a significant portion of the urban vote and, while the party gained seats in rural ridings, the majority still went to the conservative Wildrose.

 

University of Waterloo prof urges Canadian voters to check facts ahead of fall federal election 

The Waterloo Record with Veronica Kitchen 10 April 2019

The federal government says it is “very likely” the 2019 election will be targeted by foreign cyber interference, and a local security expert says that puts the onus on voters to check their facts before heading to the polls this fall.

 

Complaint over store’s ear-piercing policy raises questions about child consent

The Canadian Press with Ann Douglas 09 April 2019

Complaints by a former retail worker who says she felt pressured to pierce the ears of a crying girl have reignited discussion around what circumstances children should be allowed to define their own personal boundaries.

 

Faith Goldy banned from Facebook after site enforces extremism, hate policy – now what?

Global News with Veronica Kitchen 09 April 2019

On Monday, former Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and several others were banned from Facebook as the social media site said it was removing extremist groups and users that promote hate in an attempt to curb dangerous rhetoric on its platform.

 

Why is it so hard to say, ‘I really screwed up’? Biden, Rihanna, and how to say sorry

Global News with Maja Jovanovic 06 April 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line recently launched a set of highlighters, one with a name –– “Geisha Chic” –– that fans of the brand were quick to critique.

 

OP ED: Six years of abortion advancements in Atlantic Canada 

The Coast by Martha Paynter 04 April 2019

Six years ago, when Dr. Henry Morgentaler died, many Atlantic Canadian abortion advocates felt disarmed and afraid. Morgentaler’s private clinic in Fredericton had provided most of New Brunswick’s abortions for years, each patient paying $750.

 

Nova Scotia’s organ donation law change gets mixed reaction 

The Chronicle Herald with Jocelyn Downie 04 April 2019

Nova Scotia’s move toward presumed consent for organ and tissue donation worries a Halifax medical ethicist.

 

Right to life ads to be ‘removed immediately’ from Grand River Transit buses 

CBC News with Lyndsey Butcher 04 April 2019

Ads about abortion placed on Grand River Transit buses will be removed immediately after a complaint was lodged, the region says.

 

Training Indigenous doulas is ‘an act of reconciliation,’ says participant 

CBC News with Martha Paynter 04 April 2019

A new program to train more Indigenous doulas is coming to Halifax later this month and will combine lessons on birth and breastfeeding with cultural practices like smudging.

 

Canada is warming and it’s irreversible. Why is it so hard to care? 

Global News with Diane Beckett 03 April 2019

This week, Canada’s environment commissioner Julie Gelfand closed out her five-year term with a damning audit.

 

UCP’s Kenney opts to keep Alberta candidate on the ballot despite ‘offensive’ comments about LGBTQ people 

The Globe and Mail with Melanee Thomas 03 April 2019

Jason Kenney has condemned homophobic comments by one of his candidates while keeping the United Conservative on the ballot, a decision that comes as the party has had to grapple with a number of intolerant remarks made by office-seekers.

 

Alyssa Milano called out for ‘double standards’ after supporting Joe Biden 

Global News with Anuradha Dugal 03 April 2019

After four women recently came forward accusing former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them, actress Alyssa Milano has come to his defence.

 

Why we can’t stop apologizing 

Breakfast Television with Maja Jovanovic 02 April 2019

Are you a serial apologizer? Sociology professor Maja Jovanovic shares why we do this and dishes on her new book ‘Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing’!

 

Changes to OHIP+ could impact young people seeking birth control 

Global News with Lyndsey Butcher 02 April 2019

When the federal carbon tax came into effect on Monday, it likely overshadowed another major change set to affect young Ontarians.

 

Indigenous helpline launches to help families when someone disappears

CBC News with Jula Hughes 02 April 2019

A New Brunswick helpline has been set up for families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

 

Experts say there are ways to overturn Quebec’s secularism bill despite the notwithstanding clause 

The Globe and Mail with Kerri Froc 02 April 2019

The courts could still overturn Quebec’s secularism bill even though it includes a provision to invoke the notwithstanding clause to shield it from judicial challenges, legal scholars say.

 

Sask. Attorney General confident in public complaints commission after Machiskinic review released

CBC News with Michelle Stewart 02 April 2019

Saskatchewan’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Don Morgan said he is confident in the ability of the province’s public complaints commission, while other voices are calling for an independent civilian oversight body.

 

As minimum wage increase kicks in, group calls for $15 an hour 

Halifax Today with Christine Saulnier 01 April 2019

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage has gone up. As of April 1, 2019, experienced workers now make $11.55 an hour, and increase of 55 cents, but a small group rallying outside the Maritime Centre early Monday afternoon says that’s not enough.

 

How a multinational project is striving to change refugee research 

University Affairs with Laura Madokoro 01 April 2019

James Milner has modest goals for his latest study: ensure that everyone involved in the refugee resettlement process gets an equal voice in the research. About 85 percent of the world’s refugees are located in the global south while most refugee research is based out of institutions in the global north.

 

OP ED: Let’s change our narrative around wha it means to be a ‘senior’ 

The Ottawa Citizen by Helen Hirsh Spence 29 March 2019

In response to intense lobbying efforts, the federal government recently introduced a budget that includes measures to increase pension security.

 

Birth control access about to change in Ontario 

Kitchener Today with Lyndsey Butcher 29 March 2019

Starting April 1, young people who have access to private insurance will no longer be eligible to recieve free prescription medications through OHIP+.

 

OP ED: New parental-leave benefit inches us ever closer toward gender equality 

The Globe and Mail by Ivona Hideg 29 March 2019

Attention new dads: The federal government has an offer you don’t want to miss. It’s a chance to spend more time with your baby, lift the load off your partner, do your bit for gender equality and – best of all – improve your chances for promotion at work. If only new moms could get the same sweet deal.

 

The future of women’s voices in media: an interview with Gender Gap Tracker’s lead SFU researcher 

SFU News with Maita Taboada 28 March 2019

As a woman, do you feel underrepresented in the media? Does it seem like the majority of people being quoted are male? While 21st century society moves toward gender equity, is this reflected in the news?

 

Federal budget funds far off for Nova Scotia’s home-buyers 

The Coast with Nancy Worth 28 March 2019

The federal housing budget announced solutions to Canada’s housing problems last week but experts say the plan isn’t likely to change the lives of Nova Scotians.

 

Ontario’s top court sets 15-day cap on solitary confinement 

The Associated Press with Kim Pate 28 March 2019

Ontario’s top court has placed a hard cap on solitary confinement in prisons, saying inmates can no longer be isolated for more than 15 days because that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

 

Federal funding aims to help women’s movement in Metro Vancouver 

Vancouver Courier with Ellen Woodsworth 28 March 2019

Fourteen women’s organizations in the Lower Mainland are among more than 250 from across Canada receiving a financial shot in the arm from Ottawa.

 

Wait times for knee, hip replacements, cataract surgery worse in Manitoba for 4th consecutive year: report 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 27 March 2019

Be patient. Results will come. That’s the main message Manitoba’s health minister delivered in reaction to a new national health-care performance report that says fewer Manitoba patients are getting timely access for key procedures.

 

A Welsh ban on smacking kids would leave reporting up to passersby – is that a good idea? 

Global News with Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui and Tracie Afifi 26 March 2019

This week, Wales joined a growing list of countries that have banned or are in the process of banning spanking, hitting, and other physical means of punishing children.

 

Social issues could play big role in Alberta election 

Global News with Sue Tomney 26 March 2019

Although it is early days in the road to the 2019 provincial election, social issues have already made many headlines among party leaders.

 

OP ED: Caregiving: a nascent social revolution 

Open Democracy by Donna Thomson and Zachary White 26 March 2019 

Mention the word “caregiver” and what is the first thought that comes to mind? Older? Exceptional? Isolated and disconnected? Homebound and unemployed? Each of these stereotypes about care and caregivers is becoming increasingly outdated

 

URSU prepare as strike deadline approaches at University of Regina 

Global News with Vianne Timmons 25 March 2019

The University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) has let university administration know they intend to go on strike Thursday if a deal isn’t reached.

 

OP ED: Doug Ford’s repeal of the Far North Act won’t gain the respect of Indigenous communities 

The Globe and Mail by Dayna Nadine Scott 25 March 2019

Late last month, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government confirmed that it plans to repeal the Far North Act, seeking to reduce “red tape” and increase “business certainty” in the Ring of Fire – a mineral deposit located near James Bay. While Premier Doug Ford is not the first to think he has found a key to unlocking the resource potential of Ontario’s north, this strategy is sure to backfire.

 

OP ED: It’s time to end the miscarriage taboo – and talk about women’s bodily functions 

The Ottawa Citizen by Laura Shine 25 March 2019

When the bleeding started, I didn’t want to believe I was losing my pregnancy.

 

OP ED: In an AI era, lessons from dinosaurs help us adapt to the future 

The Conversation by Nadia Naffi 24 March 2019

The ancestors of modern birds were the sole survivors of one of the most severe mass extinction events in the history of the world. Today, 10,000 known bird species exist, all of them the descendants of dinosaurs. Polar adaptations, seed-based diets and even nest designs may have played roles in determining who lived and who died.

 

Advocacy groups say 2019 federal budget fails to safeguard employer pensions 

Vancouver Courier with Laura Tamblyn Watts 24 March 2019

Bill Morneau’s fourth federal budget since the Liberals came to power in 2015 contained a variety of pre-election goodies, including many directed at seniors, when it was tabled last week in a raucous House of Commons.

 

Why New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has the world’s attention 

Global News with Annalisa Harris, Pamela Lovelace, and Amanda Kingsley Malo 23 March 2019

In the wake of the mosque attack that killed 50 people in New Zealand, the country’s prime minister has won international acclaim for her handling of the tragedy — with some even calling for her nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Don’t pay kids to do chores – common money mistakes parents make 

Global News with Ann Douglas 23 March 2019

For Annie Boucher and her husband, a weekly allowance is a great way to teach their children financial literacy while also incentivizing help around the house.

 

Displaced, incarcerated people find ways to be resilient, researchers say at Roatch-Haskell Lectures 

ASU Now with Bree Akesson 22 March 2019

Displaced and powerless, refugees and incarcerated people both struggle with the concept of hope, according to two social work experts who have researched the resilience of these populations.

 

OP ED: Flush your disgust. We can’t let emotions dampen our water policies

The Globe and Mail by Sarah Wolfe 22 March 2019

Ew, yuck! That exclamation is a common verbalization of disgust. And we all know what disgust feels like, too: a stomach clench and nose wrinkle as our brain tells us to be cautious about something slimy or rotten, festering or putrid, burrowing or slithering.

 

U of R president challenged by flat provincial funding, potential faculty strike 

Global News with Vianne Timmons 21 March 2019

University of Regina’s president Vianne Timmons called balancing a looming strike, the students call against a potential tuition hike and no extra funding from the provincial government a “challenge.”

 

‘Nothing like it in the world’: Should Canada adopt New Zealand’s approach to supporting victims? 

Global News with Muneeza Sheikh 21 March 2019

In the wake of last week’s deadly mosque attack in New Zealand, the country’s prime minister reassured people that the government would help cover funeral costs and ongoing recovery assistance for survivors and families of the 50 people killed — no matter their immigration status.

 

Judge to N.B.: Give records to big tobacco 

The Daily Gleaner with Hilary Young 21 March 2019

The province has been ordered to give Canada’s big tobacco companies the medical records of 1,273 New Brunswickers.

 

Alberta election could wipe out fringe political parties: expert 

660 City News with Melanee Thomas 20 March 2019

Alberta’s election campaign is just two days old, and it’s shaping up to be a two-horse race.

 

The One Word You Should Stop Saying to Boost Your Confidence and Success 

Thrive Global with Maja Jovanovic 19 March 2019

I’m a chronic apologizer. I say sorry profusely — to co-workers, to strangers in the elevator — even to inanimate objects.

 

‘Web of data’ collected by smart city tech stokes privacy fears 

Ottawa Business Journal with Teresa Scassa 19 March 2019

Apps that do things such as alerting drivers when a parking spot opens up nearby make life easier for urban dwellers, proponents say ​– but some critics wonder what will happen to individual privacy in a world where a vast network of cameras, sensors and other devices is capable of watching us virtually every minute of the day.

 

Morneau set to table high-stakes election year budget as SNL-Lavalin scandal rages on 

CBC News with Laura Tamblyn Watts 17 March 2019

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables his federal budget Tuesday — a high-stakes election year spending plan that could be as much about shoring up sliding Liberal support as it is about fiscal policy.

 

$2M project aims to spark new thinking on climate change 

Times Colonist with Robin Cox 15 March 2019

Earth’s climate is changing and urgent action is needed to address that reality, says a Royal Roads University professor.

 

Racialized Women in Politics

Policy Options with Erin Tolley and Mitzie Hunter 13 March 2019

The 2015 federal election saw the most women elected to Parliament yet. But with women making up only 26 percent of MPs, it’s clear that structural barriers to political participation remain. For racialized and Indigenous women, the path to politics is harder still.

 

Happy Parents, Happy Kids? Depends On How Much Support Parents Get 

Theravive with Ann Douglas 12 March 2019

If happy parents make happy kids, as the science tells us it does, then how do we ensure parents are happy?

 

OP ED: Have women disappeared from the messaging around child care?

Policy Options by Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Elizabeth Wallace 11 March 2019

When it was launched in July 2016, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) — Canada’s main child care benefit at the national level — was celebrated by politicians and news outlets as a “game-changer” for Canadian families. Replacing the Harper Conservatives’ Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), the “beefed-up benefits” were thought to be a win for Canadian parents.

 

Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead

Ideas.Ted with Maja Jovanovic 11 March 2019

Think about all the times you use the word “sorry” in a typical day. There are the necessary “sorry”s — when you bump into someone, when you need to cancel plans with a friend. But what about the unnecessary “sorry”s? The “sorry, this may be an obvious idea” at a meeting, the “sorry to cause trouble” when rescheduling a haircut, the “sorry, there’s a spill in the dairy aisle” at the supermarket.

 

Without space for diverse opinions, Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ approach is ‘status quo’ 

CBC News with Melanee Thomas 11 March 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t lived up to his “sunny ways” promises — and that’s because he hasn’t opened up the space for diverse opinions, according to political scientist Melanee Thomas.

 

Advocates hopeful budget will include new pension protections 

The Globe and Mail with Laura Tamblyn Watts 11 March 2019

Seniors advocates are optimistic that the federal government’s pre-election budget will include measures aimed at protecting private-sector pensions in the event of a bankruptcy.

 

OP ED: Join a business that brings balance to your life 

The Globe and Mail by Evelyn Ackah 08 March 2019

In 2010, after practising immigration law on Bay Street for 12 years with international law firms and achieving partnership, I decided to make a change. I wanted to build a new life and a new kind of law firm. I wanted a balanced lifestyle. Nine years ago, I moved to Calgary to be closer to my family, launched my immigration-law firm and adopted my two children.

 

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.