Recent Commentary by our Grads
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 Globe and Mail by Lisa Kerr 20 June 2017
When analyzing a new law, it is important to ask what the law symbolizes along with what the law does. Symbols can be as important as the actual rules when it comes to the prospect of real change.
The Liberal government has tabled Bill C-56, which reforms the provisions in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that govern administrative segregation or solitary confinement. First enacted in 1992, advocates have been trying to fix this rather lawless regime ever since. It is no small thing that these provisions are now receiving such thorough legislative attention. This did not happen in the wake of Ashley Smith’s death nearly a decade ago. Correctional Service Canada (CSC) and the Conservative government of the day refused to make changes even as the unsettling details of the teenager’s needless death in segregation came to light in a public inquest.
JWN by Nobina Robinson and Glenn Feltham 13 June 2017
We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history—one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure.
Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our nation and its economy would have developed very differently were it not for the construction of a transcontinental railway just 14 years after Confederation in 1867.
The Globe and Mail by Jess Tomlin and Rachel Vincent 12 June 2017
When the Liberals took power in 2015, women around the globe celebrated as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared himself a feminist and promised a feminist foreign policy. However, after February’s federal budget offered no new money for advancing women’s rights globally, that gushing admiration faded as many began to doubt that this government could move beyond photo-op feminism.
Impact Ethics by Martha Paynter 09 June 2017
Last month, non-profit human milk banking staff and researchers from across the continent met in Dallas for the Human Milk Banking of North America 2017 Symposium to share best practices and new developments. The use of human donor milk is growing and non-profit banks must compete with for-profit enterprises and private milk markets. Human donor milk health and safety standards in North America continue to evolve in response to scientific evidence, epidemiological developments such as Zika, and funding changes including the recent Medicaid coverage for banked milk in New York State. While we adapt processes and goals for milk banking in North America, it is worth examining alternative models of milk bank operations.
The Globe and Mail with Julia Sanchez 09 June 2017
The Globe and Mail interviewed Julia Sanchez on the federal government unveiling what it calls “Canada’s first feminist international-assistance policy,” with plans to eventually ensure that at least 95 per cent of the country’s foreign aid helps improve the lives of women and girls.
Times Colonist by Carol Amaratunga 07 June 2017
A quarter of a century ago, on June 8, 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, a dedicated team from Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada launched the first World Oceans Day.
The Globe and Mail with Michelle Stack 07 June 2017
The Globe and Mail interviewed Michelle Stack on Canadian universities dropping in a world rankings table, with a decline in academic reputation for most schools driving this year’s results lower, according to a recent key global survey.
Policy Options by Donna Thomson and Vickie Cammack 29 May 2017
The financial sustainability of our formal care systems depends on family, friends and neighbours, a reality often recognized only by caregivers themselves.
The Toronto Star by Catherine Morris 16 May 2017
Who cares about the human rights of two Canadian toddlers held hostage by a Taliban-aligned group for their entire lives? What is Canada doing to secure their release? Canada’s murky hostage protocols make it difficult to know.
Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 15 May 2017
Kudos to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board for its new guideline designed to prevent queer refugee claims from being unfairly dismissed.
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Jennifer Lynes and Sarah Wolfe 07 May 2017
As another Earth Day trudged on by, one message became clear: it’s time to change tactics.
In our effort to promote innovation and change, we’ve been scaring people with threats of devastating floods and deadly heat waves, or trying to inspire action with images of polar bears stranded on disappearing Arctic ice floes – but it’s not working.
Huffington Post by Nadia Naffi 23 avril 2017
J’ai toujours été fascinée par le travail de René Magritte, artiste surréaliste belge, internationalement acclamé pour sa révolution contre les contraintes de l’esprit rationnel. Son œuvre La Trahison des images, où il oppose l’image aux mots, a réussi à nous faire mettre en doute notre perception de ce qui nous entoure. Qu’est-ce qui est vrai et qu’est-ce qui est fruit de nos interprétations?
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Jane Griffith and Eric Beaudan 21 April 2017
Millennials are the largest generation in the Canadian workplace – estimated to make up more than 50 per cent by 2020. The most educated and diverse generation yet, we believe they have different values and expectations about the workplace. We also believe that in the next decade or two, they have the potential to change the face of leadership in Canadian companies by radically increasing the number of diverse executives in the C-suite and at the board level. But this can only happen if organizations engage and develop this multidimensional cohort.
Prime Spark with Carolyn Emerson 09 April 2017
Sara Hart of Prime Spark with Sara Hart recently interviewed Carolyn Emerson to discuss her 31-year career at Memorial University as well as her current role as head of her own consulting company.
La Presse par Nadia Naffi 02 Avril 2017
Que dirait-on si les religieuses en tenue devenaient le visage de toutes les femmes chrétiennes ?
Les cultures occidentales tendent à représenter toutes les femmes musulmanes, voilées ou non, par le hidjab que portent certaines d’entre elles. Nous attachons une connotation négative au hidjab. Nous affirmons que toutes les musulmanes – d’une manière ou d’une autre – sont opprimées, puis nous courons à leur rescousse.
Policy Options by Alana Cattapan, Cindy Hanson, Jane Stinson, Leah Levac and Stephanie Paterson 27 March 2017
Budget 2017 is a positive start on examining how gender affects government policies, but there’s much more to be done to address structural inequality.
Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 20 March 2017
Canada’s substantive and procedural sexual assault laws are pretty strong on the books. Consent must be affirmative, contemporaneous and continuous. Mistaken belief in consent must have an air of reality. Sexual history is presumptively inadmissible. Personal records are rarely relevant. Yet only one in 10 sexually assaulted women makes a report to the police and only one out of 10 of these complaints will result in a conviction.
The Montreal Gazette by Nobina Robinson 12 March 2017
It’s not easy being young these days — especially where employment is concerned.
A recent report from Statistics Canada found that full-time employment among young people (17-24 years of age, excluding full-time students) has declined significantly since the late 1970s. This is not just the result of a bumpy economy. Youth are more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the employable population, regardless of the business cycle.
Ottawa Citizen by Jodi Bruhn 09 March 2017
This coming week, many winter-weary Ottawa families will head south for spring break. If you’re lucky enough to travel, Henry Miller has some advice. The American author described one’s destination as “never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
So how about it? Wherever you go, how about seeking that fresh perspective?
The Globe and Mail with Constance Backhouse 09 March 2017
The Globe and Mail interviewed Constance Backhouse after a judge resigned over his conduct of a rape trial in the face of a blistering recommendation for his removal from a national disciplinary body.
All in a Day with Catherine Macnab 09 March 2017
All in a Day interviewed Catherine Macnab to discuss the legalization of the abortion pill.
Waterloo Region Record by Lyndsey Butcher and Cameron Dearlove 08 March 2017
From the announced closure of HopeSpring to the shortfalls in United Way Kitchener Waterloo’s fundraising campaign, it’s been a challenging few weeks for Waterloo Region’s charitable sector.
CBC News with Carolyn Emerson 06 March 2017
CBC News interviewed Carolyn Emerson on playing hockey in her 70’s.
BBC News with Elizabeth Sheehy 06 March 2017
BBC News interviewed Elizabeth Sheehy on a Canadian judge’s finding that “clearly a drunk can consent”, as he cleared a cab driver of sexual assault, and has drawn legal criticism.
The Globe and Mail by Elizabeth Sheehy 05 March 2017
The acquittal of Halifax taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi by Nova Scotia provincial court judge Gregory Lenehan raises legal, evidentiary and ethical issues that have rightly provoked outrage and debate.
Winnipeg Free Press by Cindy Hanson 02 March 2017
What price would you place on the loss of your children?
This is perhaps the most gripping question ignored by the largest compensation process within the Indian Residential School Settlement. It also makes clear why a gender analysis of policy is important, because it can demonstrate how policies affect men and women differently.
Maritime Noon with Elizabeth Sheehy 02 March 2017
Maritime Noon interviewed Elizabeth Sheehy to discuss the case of a Halifax taxi driver acquitted of sexual assault. She reacts to the judge saying, “Clearly, a drunk can consent.”
Huffington Post by Jennifer Andrews 01 March 2017
Did the recent photograph of the RCMP officer welcoming illegal refugees into Canada make you feel warm and fuzzy? Because here is what the image doesn’t reveal.
The Globe and Mail by Elizabeth Sheehy and Teresa Scassa 28 February 2017
The Globe and Mail’s investigative series Unfounded offers an unprecedented opportunity for change at the level of police investigations of sexual assault. The journalism reveals the breadth and depth of the problem, and makes clear to ordinary Canadians that practices of unfounding not only cause tremendous harm to thousands of women who report, but also leave the rest of us endangered by predators who remain insulated from accountability for their crimes.
Calgary Herald by Sue Tomney 18 February 2017
It is both shocking and unsurprising to learn this week that Premier Rachel Notley received more than 412 threats of harm in an 11-month period, and that 26 of those were forwarded to police for further investigation.
Further, the premier received 19 threats in 2015 alone.
Women entering politics face a scary reality: they will receive threats, they will be harassed and bullied online, in person and through the media because of their gender. The political arena remains unsafe for women and that needs to change.
The Globe and Mail by Kim Campbell 14 February 2017
“Who you gonna believe – me or your own eyes?” asks an obviously lying Chico Marx in Duck Soup. In a world where direct evidence is challenged by alternative facts, and poll results and news stories are dismissed as fake news, it feels as if we are in a Marx Brothers movie, except that this is not a comedy.
The Current with Nancy Peckford 14 February 2017
The Current interviewed Nancy Peckford to discuss how, increasingly, women are having to face very real cyberbullying.
BNN with Jennifer Reynolds 13 February 2017
BNN interviewed Jennifer Reynolds to discuss the entrepreneurship initiative to remove barriers for women in business on both sides of the border.
Policy Options by Elly Vanderberg 7 February 2017
As nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) today consider how to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), the current UN development framework, it is helpful to reflect on how a coalition of NGOs in Canada contributed to a 2010 “policy win”: the Muskoka Initiative. The coalition persuaded the Canadian government to champion ideas and goals not previously on its agenda and, in the years following, ensured they were implemented.
Canadian Lawyer by Karen Busby 30 January 2017
Laws and policies governing inter-personal and group-based sexual violence, misconduct and harassment at many universities and colleges across Canada not only prevent participants from seeing whether justice is done, they also prohibit open inquiry and impede learning. Disturbingly, the trend is toward even less disclosure about findings and outcomes.
Huffington Post by Ann Rosenfield 30 January 2017
Saturday night, Sia pledged $100,000 to match gifts to the ACLU to help overturn the Trump administration’s de facto ban on travellers coming from several Muslim-majority countries.
Within hours, people had tweeted donation receipts including Rosie O’Donnell and Judd Apatow. It wasn’t just Sia. Other people, famous and ordinary alike, also issued gift challenges starting at $500. This is a new use of a backroom fundraising strategy for a greater purpose.
The Globe and Mail Report on Business by Nobina Robinson 26 January 2017
For the foreseeable future, Canada will face sluggish growth, declines in job quality, and considerable gaps in both productivity and infrastructure. This bleak scene is the result of a confluence of several factors – demographic shifts, under-investment by business in equipment and training, and a global economy that has yet to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis. Add to this, new threats such as automation that have the potential to disrupt employment further.
The Ottawa Citizen by Sarah Neville 18 January 2017
I hate crowds and I’ve never been able to sleep on a bus. I’ve got looming client deadlines, and my family’s weekend is packed: hockey games, birthday parties and piles of laundry. So why would I opt to spend two restless nights on a charter bus with 53 strangers, headed to the Women’s March on Washington? I’m busy, I’m tired, my family needs me. But I’m going. I have to. Here’s why.