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The women and gender-diverse individuals 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:

 

How to empower older adults to become digital citizens in our tech-dependent world

 The Conversation by Rachelle Patille, Atiya Mahmood and Priscilla Ruth Chyrva 23 September 2021

Living in a technology dependent world means we all want to stay connected, regardless of age.

 

Canada is stuck in a state of carbon lock-in – here’s how we can reverse that

Corporate Knights by Christina Hoicka 21 September 2021

As the dust settles on Canada’s federal  election, we can see clearly that climate change was top of mind for many voters.

 

COVID-19 and border restrictions: Here’s what the parties’ election platforms say about controlling the fourth wave

The Conversation by Benoît Gomis, Julianne Piper and Kelley Lee 13 September 2021

As the 2021 federal election winds down, a fourth wave of COVID-19 is underway amid further easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers.

 

The Conservatives’ child care plan will help poorer families but reinforce regional inequity

Policy Options by Gillian Petit, Lindsay Tedds and Tammy Schirle 10 September 2021

One day into the 2021 federal election campaign, the Conservative Party of Canada released its full election platform. 

 

Don’t equate sex work with human trafficking

The Chronicle Herald by Meredith Ralston 08 September 2021

An article in your Aug. 21 edition, “Centre providing support to victims,” states that Nova Scotia has the highest rate of human trafficking in Canada.

 

Canada Election 2021 is about showing up for women

The Georgia Straight by Jasmine Ramze Rezaee 06 September 2021

The world has changed dramatically since the 2019 federal election.

 

Time to ask candidates what their party will do to strengthen Calgary charities and non-profits

Calgary Herald by Sue Tomney and Bruce MacDonald 30 August 2021

Here in Calgary, like elsewhere in Canada, this federal election is like no other.

 

Federal Election 2021: Understanding the parties’ proposals on childcare—what could they mean for your finances?

MoneySense by Alexandra Macqueen 26 August 2021

As affordability and the rising cost of living shape up to be significant themes in September’s federal election, all three major political parties have come out with proposals to reduce the cost of childcare for Canadians.

 

The Globe and Mail by Meredith Ralston 25 August 2021

OnlyFans, a website that allows its estimated two million content creators to sell pictures and videos directly to fans via a paid subscription model, announced on Aug. 19 it will ban the very material on which it primarily made its name and money.

 

Mitigating the Pandemic Effects on Future STEM Workforce

The Canadian Business Journal by Mary Wells 21 August 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing full and partial lockdowns that swept across Canada and the world have had unprecedented effects on education. 

 

The Globe and Mail by Jessica Davis 17 August 2021

The speed and decisiveness of the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan is a humanitarian, human rights and international counterterrorism disaster.

 

Vaccine booster nationalism is selfish and reckless

Toronto Star by Roojin Habibi 16 August 2021

Over the past year, wealthy countries like Canada have contributed to a growing vaccine apartheid: 83 per cent of the 4.5 billion COVID-19 jabs administered have gone to people in high- and upper-middle-income countries, while 99 per cent of people in low-income countries have yet to receive even a single dose.

 

Mental health of refugees in Canada calls for urgent attention

The Hill Times by Rukhsana Ahmed 11 August 2021

To various extents, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the deterioration of the mental health of many people in Canada.

 

Why it makes good business sense to hire people with disabilities

The Conversation by Catherine Connelly 8 August 2021

Managers sometimes assume that hiring employees who live with disabilities will be more expensive. They worry that these employees will perform at a lower level, be absent more often, need expensive accommodations and will then quit.

 

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in schools this fall? Ontario’s 1982 legislation spurred organized opposition

The Conversation by Catherine Carstairs 5 August 2021

As our minds turn to back-to-school, it is urgent to increase Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rates among young people.

 

Notwithstanding the notwithstanding clause, the Charter is everyone’s business

The Conversation by Kerri Froc 26 July 2019

Canadian politicians are beginning to use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause more than ever expected, raising questions about when it’s legitimate to override rights guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

The future of work in Ontario is at a crossroads. Will we ensure decent employment for all?

Toronto Star by Jasmine Ramze Rezaee 26 July 2021

As we recover from the worst of the pandemic, it is clear Ontario’s economic rebound is top of mind for the provincial government. It is, after all, the focus of not one but two recently struck governmental bodies.

 

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, grief literacy can help us support those around us

The Conversation by Susan Cadell 19 July 2021

COVID-19 has brought about many losses and many deaths. The number of deaths worldwide has reached almost four million, and 26,000 of those deaths are in Canada.

 

Health workers must help write a happy ending for Canada’s environmental protection law

National Observer by Jane McArthur 15 July 2021

We may not think of doctors and other health professionals as storytellers. At the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), we are helping write a happy ending to the prolonged story of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) update.

 

Evidence suggests there was no benefit to Ontario closing its schools

Toronto Star by Elizabeth Dhuey 7 July 2021

Among all the debates around our reaction to the pandemic, few have been as fraught as the question of school closures. This was for good reason — education serves as the very foundation of a liberal democratic society.

 

Will COVID-19 vaccination enthusiasm last? Lessons from polio and H1N1

The Conversation by Catherine Carstairs 30 June 2021

Canadian enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccination is impressive. After repeated lockdowns, long separations from friends and family and economic losses, Canadians are lining up overnight at pop-up clinics and crashing websites with their eagerness to book appointments.

 

Anti-SLAPP laws help keep frivolous lawsuits out of the courts, but not every province has them

The Conversation by Hilary Young 20 June 2021

On a recent episode of the podcast The Construction Life, a host and guest were joking about whistling at “a sexy woman on the street” and pretending to grab at her. Carpenter Natasha Fritz then asked to come on the show to talk about sexual harassment in the construction industry.

 

School closures have been hard on students and the economy

Toronto Star by Elizabeth Dhuey & Kelly Gallagher-Mackay 10 June 2021

Many will be relieved as shops and patios reopen this weekend, and turn their mind towards a summer with fewer constraints: not just seeing family and friends, but a broader reopening of the economy.

 

More transparency is needed on decisions about terrorism charges

The Globe & Mail by Jessica Davis 10 June 2021

The news of the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont., has left Canadians grappling with many troubling questions. 

 

How to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake and decrease vaccine hesitancy in young people

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.

 

Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime

Toronto Sun 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 poll: Looking beyond the stereotypes of rural Albertans and pandemic restrictions

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 new sexual assault training law is a meaningless political gesture

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.

 

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.

 

Watchdog report into RCMP investigation of Colten Boushie’s death confirms police racism

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.

 

The Saturday Debate: Should mainstream businesses use cryptocurrencies?

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.

 

In the military and beyond, more women doesn’t mean more equity

The Conversation by Fiona MacDonald & Stephanie Paterson 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.

 

Nova Scotia budget focuses on regaining surpluses, not caring for people

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.”

 

Bursting social bubbles after COVID-19 will make cities happier and healthier again

The Conversation by Meg Holden, Atiya Mahmood, Ghazaleh Akbarnejad, Lainey Martin and Meghan Winters 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.

 

The Financial Empowerment and Problem Solving Program is about to lose its funding. That’s a huge problem for those who need it most

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.

 

Focus on dignified lives, not facilitated deaths

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 Atlanta attacks were not just racist and misogynist, they painfully reflect the society we live in

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.

 

MacDonald and Paterson: No, Minister Sajjan, adding women does not guarantee culture change in Canada’s military

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.

 

Women struggling due to pandemic need meaningful support to help get back on their feet

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.

 

Quebec needs a Quiet Revolution 2.0

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.

 

Google and Facebook’s ‘divide-and-rule’ strategy will hurt publishers and the public

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.

 

Kaitlyn Matulewicz and Iglika Ivanova: To reduce gender inequality, introduce paid sick leave

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.

 

For too long, talk of gender equality has excluded men – let’s change that

The 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.

 

Facial recognition technology speeds ahead as Canada’s privacy law lags behind

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.

 

Do we still need to teach judges not to rely on stereotypes about sexualized violence?

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.

 

3 ways companies could offer more father-friendly policies that will help women

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.

 

Bill C-22 is inadequate for the task of addressing injustice in Canada’s justice system

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.

 

Impact on children during pandemic must not be dismissed

Windsor Star by Jane McArthur 5 February 2021

COVID-19 is rendering children’s experiences invisible. Claims of their exceptional resilience obscure their realities.

 

What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers

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.

 

Can a Risk Averse Saver Boost Her Retirement Income?

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.

 

6 ways to help kids express their feelings about the coronavirus pandemic through art

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.

 

Finally, New Brunswick is being sued for unlawful restrictions on abortion access

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.

 

Time for oil wind-down, just transition

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.

 

Another abused woman failed by the justice system

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.

 

Humiliating ‘dry cell’ practice re-traumatizes incarcerated women

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. 

 

Who is quoted and who is elected? Media coverage of political candidates

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.

 

Politics and respect at work in election season

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.

 

To prevent a ‘lockdown generation’, young women and non-binary youth must have a seat at the table for economic recovery

National Newswatch by Anjum Sultana 22 October 2020

October is Women’s History Month,  and to kick off the month on October 11th we celebrated the International Day of the Girl. The theme this year by the United Nations was ‘My voice, our equal future’.

 

The startling impact of COVID-19 on immigrant women in the workplace

Policy Options by Ana Ferrer and Bessma Momani 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.

 

Worsening conditions in prisons during COVID-19 further marginalize criminalized women

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.

 

Breast cancer awareness is not enough: Public health strategies need to be based on prevention

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.

 

Dispatch from a refugee camp during the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

 

Care is the secret ingredient in school lunch programs

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.

 

Kennelly: Turkey must release Carleton University PhD student on legal grounds 

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.

 

Online learning during COVID-19: 8 ways universities can improve equity and access

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. 

 

What happens when a system is designed to fail migrant women

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.

 

The Challenge of Designing Income Support Programs for the Self-Employed

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.

 

New technology makes wastewater from the oilsands industry safer for fish

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.

 

How Canada’s charitable sector can move beyond the WE scandal

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.

 

5 recommendations from teaching centres to teaching centres to help faculty shift online

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.

 

Bad medicine

Halifax Examiner by Martha Paynter 3 September 2020

It is outrageous enough that Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back.

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