Graduate Showcase

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:


The Canada Health Act is failing people with mental illness

Ottawa Citizen by Yasmin Khaliq 03 December 2021

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association one in five Canadians is currently living with mental illness.


Time to ban cosmetic pesticides in Edmonton

Edmonton Journal by Raquel Feroe, Jane McArthur and Rod Olstad 26 November 2021

“Pesticides are approved by Health Canada so they’re safe.” If only that were true.


Connecting the dots on climate health

National Observer by Jane McArthur and Anjali Helferty 23 November 2021

Try to remember the last time you did a connect-the-dots puzzle. You were probably a child.


Lessons from COP26 for a Just and Effective Transition

The Tyee by Christina Hoicka 15 November 2021

Globally, we need to transition away from fossil fuels, which are responsible for 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.


Overtime at COP26: Toward a Common Future

Policy Magazine by Velma McColl 12 November 2021

As I write, negotiations have gone into overtime in Glasgow, extended into the weekend rather than ending on Friday.


Paying a living wage key to Canada’s post-COVID economic recovery

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The cost of living in Canada is on the rise and for workers earning low wages, making ends meet continues to be a struggle. 


COP26 Midpoint: Even Doing Better Than Ever, We Can Still Do Better

Policy Magazine by Velma McColl 05 November 2021

We’re at the midway point of COP26 in Glasgow. Some 130 global leaders have come and gone and put their best cards on the table.


Dispatches from COP26: If Canada wants to meet its emissions targets, it needs to support clusters of innovations

Corporate Knights by Christina Hoicka 03 November 2021

As a researcher of just transitions in energy, I have made my way to the UN’s climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow with the University of Victoria delegation.


COVID taught us the government must protect the environment

iPolitics by Jane McArthur 03 November 2021

Yes, we’re all tired of hearing it, but it bears repeating: Many lessons can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Why do we need a diverse government? Because it’s 2021

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 31 October 2021

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assembled his first cabinet after the 2015 election, his priority was to have a cabinet “that looks like Canada.”


COP26: Getting past the ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and to Net Zero by 2050

Policy Magazine by Velma McColl 29 October 2021

Climate change is a human problem. 


Many Albertans still fine with an oil-and-gas future

Policy Options by Brooks DeCillia, Melanee Thomas and Lori Thorlakson 29 October 2021

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney continues to bet big on Alberta’s oil and gas industry.


Canada needs a gender-responsive pandemic preparedness plan

Policy Options by Julia Smith and Alice Mũrage 27 October 2021

COVID-19 put Canada’s pandemic preparedness to the test, not only in grappling with the primary impacts of illness and deaths, but also in responding to the secondary effects on millions of Canadians, which were sustained and gendered.


Spirit photography captured love, loss and longing

The Conversation by Felicity Hamer 26 October 2021

Photography has always had a relationship to haunting as it shows not what is, but what once was.


To protect our privacy and free speech, Canada needs to overhaul its approach to regulating online harms

The Conversation by Yuan Stevens 20 October 2021

In the wake of the leaks by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, at least one thing remains clear: social media companies cannot be left to their own devices for addressing harmful content online.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month deserves action, not ‘blah, blah blah’

National Observer by Jane McArthur 18 October 2021

Let’s be honest. It was shocking when Greta Thunberg at the pre-COP26 event Youth4Climate boldly described the 30 years of climate promises as “blah, blah, blah.” 


‘Premier Yes’ needs better policy, not just TV ads, to win over constituents

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 17 October 2021

For many of us, gratitude was the theme for this past Thanksgiving weekend. 


The banality of online toxicity

Policy Options by Maite Taboada 08 October 2021

Online discourse can be both shockingly and trivially toxic.


Few steps forward on diversity in Canada’s election results

The Ottawa Citizen by Fiona MacDonald and Jeanette Ashe 04 October 2021

Much post-election analysis has focused on how Canadians have ended up with a minority Parliament that is effectively similar to what we had before. 


Equity and diversity were shamefully ignored during the election

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 03 October 2021

While pandemic recovery, gun control, and even puppies took centre stage during the federal election, we failed to seize the opportunity to hold our leaders accountable on equity issues.


Spirit photography: 19th-century innovation in bereavement rituals was likely invented by a woman

The Conversation by Felicity Hamer 29 September 2021

Spirit photography was an important development within bereavement rituals of the early 1860s.


Inside new refugee camp like a ‘prison’: Greece and other countries prioritize surveillance over human rights

The Conversation by Petra Molnar 27 September 2021

On the Greek island of Samos you can swim in the same sea where refugees are drowning.


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.


By punishing Trudeau’s Liberals for an unwanted election, we only hurt ourselves

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 20 September 2021

Canadians have historically used elections to punish or reward political parties, and this one may be no exception — polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied in a two-horse race.


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.


Tokenistic photo ops are no longer enough in this election campaign

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 29 August 2021

This campaign feels a bit strange for me.


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.


Young people need more than fun TikToks videos from politicians courting their votes — they need real solutions

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 22 August 2021

With the federal election in full swing, the race is on to capture the hearts — and the votes — of Generation Z.


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.


Oh, Canada! We have a racism problem

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 27 June 2021

We like to think that Canada is a multicultural country. 


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.


The senseless murder of a family walking down the street is an atrocity — one that begins with subtle forms of Islamophobia in Canada

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 13 June 2021

Muslims are angry; we are grieving. 


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. 


Jokes about Mayor John Tory’s hair are funny, but his mane is a symptom of an industry in crisis

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 30 May 2021

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s hair crisis has been a topic of discussion for weeks.


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.


Doug Ford has repeatedly failed us by disregarding experts. Extending the lockdown is good policy, at long last

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 16 May 2021

I have been watching a lot of superhero movies lately, perhaps because I’m hoping a caped crusader will come to Ontario and save us from the mess we’re in.


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.


How pandemic’s superheroes are using social innovation to help mitigate the crisis

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 02 May 2021

When Gotham City has a problem it can’t handle, Batman steps in.


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.


Instead of social cohesion, Ford is only creating more envy and frustration with vaccine rollout

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 18 April 2021

The government of Ontario has had a year to prepare for our province’s vaccine rollouts. 


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.


Doug Ford’s budget fails to deliver on ‘she-covery’

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 04 April 2021

There is no provincial election currently underway in Ontario. 


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.


By responding to pandemic in a reactionary manner, our leaders continue to fail our most vulnerable

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 21 March 2021

“We failed the most vulnerable.”


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.


Comments like Doug Ford’s ‘nails on a chalk board’ form political rhetoric meant to silence women

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 07 March 2021

A few weeks back, Ontario Premier Doug Ford faced criticism for comparing the voice of Leader of the Official Opposition Andrea Horwath — the only woman leader in the Ontario legislature — to “nails on a chalkboard.”


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.


Did I offend you, reader? Time to have a difficult discussion about privilege and racial equity

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 21 February 2021

Yes, I get it. Discussions about privilege and racial equity are uncomfortable.


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.


Doug Ford is for some of the people

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 07 February 2021

After months of missteps, it is evident that Doug Ford and his government are not for “all” the people.


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.


Access to mental health services must be more equitable

The Toronto Star by Ruby Latif 24 January 2021

Shorter days and colder weather are known to heavily impact the mental health of Canadians every year, but this winter is especially difficult.


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.

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