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:

 

Why I’m joining the Women’s March on Washington

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.

Respond to Aleppo by sponsoring a Syrian family

The Toronto Star by Bree Akesson 20 December 2016

You may feel helpless watching the horrors in Aleppo unfold on your television screen and across social media over the last several days. Perhaps you have expressed your outrage or shook your head in disbelief. But there is something that Canadians can do to respond.

Canadians know that true generosity goes beyond giving cash

The Huffington Post by Ann Rosenfield 19 December 2016

I say “Bah Humbug” to The Fraser Institute for saying an average Canadian is less generous than their American neighbour. Their 2016 Generosity Index makes Canadians look bad because Canadian give much less to charity. Cash gifts are only one part of the generosity story. The Fraser Institute research leaves out that Canadians volunteer way more than Americans. So they are only telling part of the story when they report on generosity.

Syrian refugees need better way to reconnect with their families

The Globe and Mail by Anneke Smit, Gemma Smyth and Jillian Rogin 19 December 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had coffee with Syrian refugees in Toronto recently, and discussed the successes and challenges of their first year in Canada. Two days later, the Senate Sub-committee on Human Rights released its most recent report on the Syrian refugee resettlement. In both cases the message was clear: In order to thrive in Canada, refugees need their families around them.

Demanding accountability for a judge’s failure

Policy Options by Daphne Gilbert, Lise Gotell and Elizabeth Sheehy 13 December 2016

Last week, Professor Brenda Cossman lamented in the Globe and Mail that the Committee of Inquiry has advised the Canadian Judicial Council to “punish” Justice Robin Camp rather than show “empathy” for his remorse and his belated effort at re-education. In a sexual assault trial over which he presided, Camp repeatedly referred to the young, homeless Indigenous complainant as “the accused,” called her “amoral.” He asked her why she didn’t just keep her knees together to avoid the attack, among numerous other remarks. In total, the committee identified 17 instances where the judge’s questions or comments amounted to judicial misconduct on the basis of demonstrable antipathy toward sexual assault laws enacted to promote women’s equality, and reliance on long-discredited discriminatory myths and stereotypes.

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