With a federal election on the horizon, we’re now getting a peak at some of the goodies upcoming in the budget. Higher TFSA limits? Income-splitting for families? The prospect of a balanced budget law? “Yes, please!” we may be tempted to say.
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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:
The Hill Times by Nancy Peckford 19 November 2015
Maria Fitzpatrick, a first term NDP MLA, rose in the Alberta legislature this past week to support a Private Member’s Bill on violence against women. As a private members’ bill, the proposed measure might have seemed modest to some — to enable women fleeing spousal violence to break a lease without financial penalty.
The Globe and Mail by Elaine Craig and Alice Woolley 9 November 2015
Those who doubt that discriminatory stereotypes and myths about sexual violence continue to inform some sexual-assault trials should read a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision that overturned the acquittal of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman. Last month, the appeal court sent the case back for a new trial because the trial judge did not understand the law of consent and had relied on “stereotypical myths” in finding the accused not guilty.
Winnipeg Free Press Michelle Faubert 30 October 2015
Last week, it was reported Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna declared suicide in the territory a crisis, an announcement that resulted from a coroner’s inquest into suicide in the territory in September.
The Toronto Star by Kim Anderson 29 October 2015
Ah, Halloween — that time of year when ghosts come out and white folks dress up as Indians. So this year, some of us Indians decided to join in and dress up as Indians too.
Sierra Club Canada by Diane Beckett 27 October 2015
Amid all the urgent priorities on Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau’s to-do list, an improbable item caught my eye last week.
The Globe and Mail by Tammy Schirle 24 October 2015
Are you a widow? Divorced? Born after 1958? Expecting to retire some day? After the first 100 days under the incoming new government, you can expect important changes to your public pension. While the Liberals will focus on tax changes and climate change for the first 100 days, there are big plans on the table for the core of Canada’s public pensions.
The Globe and Mail by Nancy Peckford and Grace Lore 20 October 2015
It was an election premised on change. Canadians saying they wanted it. Countless organizations telling us we needed it. The parties offering their versions of it. And, boy, did change come. After nearly 10 years of Conservative rule, we have a new Liberal majority government. Some new ideas on the table. And an opportunity to revisit some of the values that many Canadians believed were in peril before this election.
The Telegram by Carolyn Emerson 17 October 2015
I am a white, Canadian-born, 68-year-old middle-class woman. It seems I am the ideal focus for the three major parties in this federal election. But I don’t want you making promises that would benefit me at the expense of others.
The Globe and Mail by Louise Arbour 15 October 2015
When he retires from his post, the Governor-General of Canada will have his bank accounts subjected to heightened scrutiny. So will his parents, his spouse and his children, for the next 20 years. So, too, will the Chief Justice of Canada, all Supreme Court and appellate court judges, ambassadors, counsellors, deputy ministers, generals, past and present, and all their family members. They should expect calls from their bankers asking questions about the sources of deposits and other transactions. And if one of their children happens to have a joint account with a third party, all that would have to be explained to the bankers who are required by law to exercise such vigilance.
Huffington Post by Brenda Spotton Visano and Marva Burnett 15 October 2015
What is our vision for a better Canada? Do we even have one? As the leaders of our major political parties enter these last few days of the race to become prime minister, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were inspired by a vision offered by one of them? We could vote for the leader who captures our imagination of a Canada in which we can see our collective selves thriving now and in the future. But a vision for Canada is missing from the national debates. And in the absence of one, many Canadians are looking to see “what’s in it for me?”
CTV Canada AM 14 October 2015
Anna Esselment, University of Waterloo political science prof looked at election campaign promises on CTV’s Canada AM
Huffington Post by Sarah Neville 11 October 2015
Ladies: are you wondering what to wear? Fear not, Canadian politicians have got your back. A national dress code is on the way. No details yet, but rest assured, you’ll be free to wear your crop top, thong underwear and six-inch heels. Just don’t cover your face.
Winnipeg Free Press by Karen Busby 6 October 2015
Following 9/11, Islam transitioned from obscurity to notoriety in the Canadian psyche. Muslim women came to be perceived as subjugated women needing protection by the Canadian state.
CBC Radio 4 October 2015
Kerri Froc on CBC radio’s “The 180” being interviewed about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 6 October 2015
In whom can we place our trust? The government? Other political parties? Certainly not each other, apparently. Keep an eye on your neighbour, we’re being urged during this election campaign; report them if something seems awry. Not scared enough yet? ISIS is coming! And on top of that, there just might be a homegrown plot brewing in your local Tim Hortons, so call it out. Take that with your double-double, you terrorist. This is Canada, and we don’t tolerate that sort of thing.
The Globe and Mail 2 October 2015
Natasha Bakht, a law professor at the University of Ottawa comments on Harper’s new “tipline” and how it is targeting Muslin communities.
The Match International by Julie Ma 2 October 2015
Shock. Fear. Embarrassment. Frustration. Anger.
When someone loses a person they love, people talk about the five stages of grief that a person goes through. But there are other stages for other experiences and for me, I go through five stages when something happens to me almost every single day. And that’s sexual violence on the streets.
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Nobina Robinson 29 September 2015
Over the past few years, gloom-and-doom news reports and commentaries have warned about the dangers of pursuing any sort of higher education other than earning a university degree, in terms of ultimate earning potential. The general argument is usually that a university degree leads to a high-paying, successful career and that other forms of postsecondary education or trades training don’t pay off. Those ideas, however, rest on a shaky foundation that crumbles under the slightest scrutiny.
The Globe and Mail by Jennifer Lynes 24 September 2015
Are you one of millions of Volkswagen owners who just can’t look your bug or Jetta in the headlights any more?
The company’s use of a “defeat device” to skirt emissions testing has rocked both the business world and countless unwitting drivers. In just a few days, the reported number of cars affected by the company’s deceptive emissions testing has widened to 11 million vehicles, from the initial estimate of about 500,000. While there have been numerous scandals over the years related to vehicle recalls, almost all of them have involved safety issues for the vehicle’s occupants. In this case, the health impact of these diesel engines goes beyond vehicle passengers and owners, affecting the air everyone breathes.
The Globe and Mail by Anna Lennox Esselment 22 September 2015
Our daughter was about three months old when she attended her first campaign event. She could drop a pamphlet like a pro at five. Our son was two when he learned the art of clapping at the right times during a rousing speech at a political rally. Our children, in other words, aren’t strangers to political campaigns.
Canadian Parliamentary Review, vol. 38 no. 2 by Brenda O’Neill, 2, 2015
The story of women’s political representation in Canada has generally been told as one of progress. While substantial progress has been made, particularly in recent years, there have also been periods of stagnation.
Ottawa Sun by Nancy Peckford 29 August 2015
Much ink was spilled this week on the refusal of certain federal party leaders to participate in a national debate on women’s issues, namely Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair. One hundred and seventy-five not-for-profit organizations had endorsed the idea, big and small. They argued that, without a focused debate on issues including violence, economic security and opportunities for female leadership, all women voters are being shortchanged.
Huffington Post by Eva Pomeroy 28 August 2015
In our effort to gain rights for individuals, one significant collective was left out of the equation: family.
The Globe and Mail by Eva Pomeroy 24 August 2015
My friend Beatrice is an accidental flex worker. Made redundant when her company decided to downsize, she was later asked to return when the economy picked up and the company needed her skills and experience. She did return – only this time, on her own terms: as a consultant, working part-time and flexibly. Now she enjoys a healthy balance between the work she loves and the time needed to care for her three young children.
The Globe and Mail by Julie Cafley 19 August 2015
When former University of British Columbia president Martha Piper was asked in 2011 about the impact a university president has, her swift response, after nearly 10 years at the helm before her retirement in 2006 was, “not much.” As Ms. Piper returns to the university as interim president after Arvind Gupta’s hasty departure this month, would she say the same thing today?
CBC 18 August 2015
Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice, joined a panel on CBC’s Ontario Today on August 18th to answer the question “Does gender make a difference in politics?”
Cape Breton Post by Jess Tomlin 29 July 2015
I am deeply saddened to hear of Flora MacDonald’s passing
Canada remembers her as a humanitarian and politician. Cape Breton remembers her as an athlete and music lover. And I remember her as a mentor.
Windsor Star by Charlene Senn 8 July 2015
‘Be wary of strange men, hold your keys between your fingers, and ask a guy you know to escort you home or to your car.”
If only these tips – aimed at and absorbed by millions of girls and women over the past few decades – actually helped prevent sexual violence.\
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Elizabeth Cannon 7 July 2015
Government funding of university research is crucial to transforming Canada’s energy sector and achieving the Group of Seven’s new commitment to deeply cut emissions and decarbonize the global economy by 2100. With government support, scientists at research-intensive universities are advancing solutions for the sustainable development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in ways that reduce emissions and mitigate other environmental impacts.
Huffington Post by Naila Keleta-Mae 2 July 2015
Who are the most influential storytellers of the 21st century?
The Globe and Mail by C.S.I. Jenkins 2 July 2015
Last Friday, my social media exploded in rainbow hearts and bubbled over with messages that “love just won.” #lovewins suddenly became a top trending hashtag on Twitter. Because love is love, right?
Montreal Gazette by Eva Pomeroy 29 June 2015
We’re incredibly lucky to be parents in Quebec, right?
Generous parental leave and subsidized daycare have made me the envy of my friends elsewhere. With this kind of support in place, doesn’t it follow that we should be less stressed than parents in other provinces?
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Andrea Stairs 24 June 2015
It’s been a dramatic year for retailers in Canada with major closures, new entrants into the market and mergers and acquisitions. And while e-commerce is playing a bigger role, bricks-and-mortar stores remain central to the retail experience. As a result, investing in both offline and online experiences to deliver true omnichannel retail is more critical than ever.
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Brenda Spotton Visano 23 June 2015
If only it were enough. The federal government’s national financial literacy strategy – “Count Me In, Canada” – is an ambitious plan with the noble intention of empowering Canadians to meet their financial goals head-on, and banks are offering millions of dollars in support.
The Chronicle-Herald by Tamara Franz-Odendaal 19 June 2015
If I asked you to picture a scientist, what image comes to mind?
If you are like most Canadians, you will likely imagine someone in a white lab coat. Probably a man. Probably in his mid-50s with grey hair.
The Globe and Mail by Tiziana Casciaro 26 May 2015
It’s been a frustratingly slow journey for women in business leadership. Despite the advancement – even dominance – of women in an increasing variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and in the work force (including managerial occupations), women continue to be severely underrepresented in business leadership positions. The higher the leadership level, the fewer the women, whether it’s in corporations, professional services firms or entrepreneurial ventures.
University of Manitoba law professor Karen Busby provides insight on challenges of gender assignment on official documents.
National Post 26 May 2015
The Globe and Mail by Jana Steele 25 May 2015
Historically, governments have been reluctant to implement significant pension reforms, preferring instead to kick the pension can down the road. Because pensions have such a long life, it may have been perceived as more expedient to tackle other priorities and leave pension issues for future generations to deal with. More recently, however, we have seen Canadian jurisdictions begin to grapple with these changes.
Rabble.ca by Kate McInturff 22 May 2015
The last time we had a federal election in Canada, women cast half a million more votes than men. And I can’t help wondering why.
Montreal Gazette by Hilary Rose 21 May 2015
The other day I asked my 95-year-old father whether he had made any plans for the future. “Plans? For the future?”
“Yes,” I said. “Plans. Like a living will, or a power of attorney (called a mandate in Quebec). That sort of thing.”
The Globe and Mail by C.S.I. Jenkins 15 May 2015
Ontario schools are introducing a new sex ed curriculum this September, one that covers topics such as sexting and consent as opposed to merely the mechanics of sex. Predictably, some parents are vocally outraged.
Montreal Gazette by Theresa Bianco 11 May 2015
As an advocate of responsible pet ownership, I was deeply disturbed by a recent report about a case involving a man whose pit bulls attacked a woman (“Dog owner convicted of assault over pit bull attack,” Montreal Gazette, May 1).
Montreal Gazette by Eva Pomeroy 8 May 2015
There’s a new line on my CV. It reads: Eight years experience at home taking care of my young children. Enough pretending that the work required to care for another human being doesn’t count. It is one of our great collective blind spots and, as we celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, it’s time to bring it into view.
Waterloo Record by Lyndsay Butcher 8 May 2015
It’s the question that strikes fear in the heart of every parent: “where do babies come from?”
The Hill Times Online by Nancy Peckford 6 May 2015
The remarkable election victory led by NDP leader and now Premier-elect Rachel Notley is an accomplishment that most women in Canada are celebrating, quietly or otherwise, no matter where their party allegiances may lie.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 4 May 2015
Things just got a bit worse for women. In the wake of a new UN report lamenting women’s lack of access to economic opportunity and the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work, Toronto’s leadership decided to compound the problem in its small way. The civic appointment committee has recommended four new candidates for the Toronto Transit Commission board, all of whom are male. This would bring the board’s total membership count to 10 men and one woman. Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on the equal rights of women, how far have we really come?
The Toronto Star by Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant 27 April 2015
Amid public outrage about the death of Cindy Gladue, a young Indigenous woman, and the failure of the criminal justice system to hold the john who apparently caused her death accountable, the Harper government has quietly taken steps to undo the progress achieved in the name of another Gladue woman.
The Hill by Jess Tomlin 15 April 2015
Just two weeks after Uber and UN Women launched a partnership to create 1 million jobs for women, the partnership evaporated. Following an angry letter urging UN Women to “dump” Uber, UN Women has done just that. But to what end?
iPolitics by Amira Elghawaby 14 April 2015
Just over a month ago, Canadian citizen Benamar Benatta quietly settled his lawsuit against the federal government over the unlawful treatment he suffered in the days immediately after 9/11.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 11 April 2015
Globe and Mail by Lisa Philipps 9 April 2015
As the 2015 government budget season rolls out across the country, what should Canadians really be watching for? So far the bottom line is hogging too much of the attention.
The Toronto Star 9 April 2015
Kate Murzin of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation offers context on access to rehab services.
Winnipeg Free Press by Karen Busby 8 April 2015
Many have welcomed the decision of the attorney general of Alberta to appeal the acquittal of Bradley Barton for the death of a Cree woman, Cindy Gladue. In spite of 30 years of feminist advocacy to reform rape law and rape culture, convictions still are difficult to obtain in sexual-violence cases. Getting an acquittal overturned is even more difficult.
Vancouver Sun 1 April 2015
Park planners are starting to pay attention to the research of UBC’s Mariana Brussoni about the dangers of too-safe playgrounds.
Vancouver Sun 21 March 2015
UBC psychiatry professor Erin Michalak and her team create online tools to support people living with bipolar disorder.
ABC 20 March 2015
Eminent marine conservationist and UBC prof Amanda Vincent is leading the way to protect endangered ocean species.
Amanda Vincent is also featured in the summary article
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 14 March 2015
Considering the February weather that Torontonians have just endured, the overheated housing market defies all logic. It feels a bit like saying that the average house price in Whitehorse just crossed $1 million.
Daily Xtra 13 March 2015
UBC Philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is studying the interplay between the biological and sociological aspects of love.
The Vancouver Sun by Penny Gurstein 6 March 2015
If you were the city of Vancouver and were repeatedly criticized for making planning decisions behind closed doors, how would you gain the trust of your citizens? Recently, the B.C. Supreme Court echoed those concerns and put the brakes on a development in Yaletown. Now the city plans to mount a lengthy and costly appeal. Instead, might you want to consider this setback as an opportunity to take a fresh approach?
Metro News 6 March 2015
Annette Henry, UBC and Janni Aragon, UVIC, weigh in on the context for and use of the recently coined, and increasingly popular “mansplaining”
Winnipeg Free Press by Karen Busby 3 March 2015
What explains Quebec Judge Eliana Marengo’s decision last week to refuse to hear Rania El-Alloul’s case on the ground that the headscarf worn by this Muslim woman was not “suitable” attire in a courtroom? El-Alloul was trying to get her car back after her son was stopped driving it when his licence was suspended.
The Toronto Star by Amna Qureshi 2 March 2015
Judge Eliana Marengo has made a serious error by telling a Muslim woman that she must take off her hijab in court before her case would be heard. Her justification — that the woman was not “suitably dressed” — is wrong-headed and a troubling slippery slope.
Victoria Times-Colonist by Maneesha Deckha 1 March 2015
Dignity in death is not just about the right to choose. It’s also about equal treatment.
Alaska Highway News 26 February 2015
UBC immunology professor Pauline Johnson provides expert knowledge on vaccinations.
The Hill Times by Kim Campbell, Elizabeth May, Mylène Freeman, Carolyn Bennett, Nancy Ruth 23 February 2015
Apparently Canada is in a club of two – with Zambia – on the national anthem front. But Bill C-624, up for second reading this week, gives us the opportunity to rectify that.
Global News 23 February 2015
Sheryl Staub-French, of UBC’s Engineering faculty, offers insights into the value of having more women engineers:
BC philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is engaging the public in her research into romantic love.
Ottawa Citizen by Rakhi Ruparelia 18 February 2015
I hear Sister Sledge’s We Are Family running through my head whenever I see evidence of Canada’s self-congratulatory satisfaction in our professed racial harmony and multicultural success. The most recent trigger was the poster created by the government of Canada in honour of Black History Month. It features strong, dynamic, and inspirational athletes beneath the headline: “Proud of Our History.”
Maclean’s 16 February, 2015
Winner of a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellow, UBC’s Sara Harris is using a MOOC to align climate policy with science
Blogging for Equality by Nicole LaViolette 11 February 2015
Much has been made of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander‘s recent announcement that Canada will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in response to the United Nations’ appeal to help resettle Syrian refugees worldwide. The cause is urgent: millions of Syrians who have fled the brutal civil war are languishing in countries that simply do not have the resources to care for them.
The Toronto Star by Kate Rossiter 5 February 2015
How would you feel about buying a condo in a building that had previously been a residential school or internment camp? Would you feel differently knowing that the people harmed at the institution had been consulted in the redevelopment process?
Impact Ethics by Karen Busby 3 February 2015
A British Columbia couple (Greg and Elaine Smith) have learned, the hard way, that there are many perils to international surrogacy. After signing a comprehensive contract with a Mexican clinic, the Smiths thought they had covered all the bases. But when their twins were born prematurely and could not breathe on their own, the couple read the fine print. The clinic was not responsible for intensive care medical costs. British Columbia (like most provincial governments) does not pay for offshore care and so the couple faced crippling medical bills.
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 23 January 2015
Toronto may be richer than we think, but there are many people in this city who are poorer than we think.
Sex-assault conviction erased, new trial ordered because Alberta judge too sensitive to rape culture
National Post 19 January 2015
University of Ottawa Law Professor, Elizabeth Sheehy provided context to a recent sexual assault trial
Pambazuka News by Kerrie Thornhill 13 January 2015
Violent fantasies are founded on two assumptions. First, that violence can solve one’s problems. Second, that one is good at violence.
Montreal Gazette by Amira Elghawaby 28 December 2014
My dad recently retired from the federal public service after spending over three decades serving this country. His job was to make sure that Canadian-made airplanes were as safe as possible. He was celebrated for his dedicated service by his colleagues and staff upon his retirement. Accolades came in from international safety agencies and aerospace corporations from around the world.
Huffington Post by Amira Elghawaby 19 December 2014
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. That’s essentially what groups like ISIS and their ilk, of various faith denominations and political persuasions, represent. These groups have no time for the rule of law, human rights, or internationally recognized rules of engagement.
Toronto Star by Rosemary Cairns Way 19 December 2014
The latest round of federal judicial appointments offers, yet again, evidence of the government’s utter indifference to the need for a judiciary that actually reflects the population it serves.
Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, Penelope Gurstein continues to provide insight into housing issues
Read her additional article in the Vancouver Sun