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:


Prime Spark with Sara Hart

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.

Catalyseur d’exclusion des musulmanes au Canada

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.

The budget’s baby steps on gender analysis

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.

Polytechnics educate youth for the job market

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.

How spring break could promote indigenous reconciliation

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?

Judge in ‘knees together’ trial resigns after council recommends he be fired

Globe and Mail with Constance Backhouse 09 March 2017

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.

The abortion pill is now legal in Ontario

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.

How to succeed in the charitable sector

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.

A league of their own: Meet the middle-aged women playing hockey for 1st time in St. John’s

CBC News with Carolyn Emerson 06 March 2017

CBC News interviewed Carolyn Emerson on playing hockey in her 70’s.

Canada judge’s ‘a drunk can consent’ ruling stirs debate

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.

Capacity for consent and the Halifax ruling: Did the judge err?

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.

Gender lens needed on indigenous claims

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 radio interview with Elizabeth Sheehy

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.”

Canada owes refugees fleeing U.S. a fighting chance

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.

For real change, we need more than internal police reviews

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.

Women who enter politics shouldn’t be subjected to threats and abuse

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.

How journalism will protect our democracy in the era of fake news

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.

Female politicians speak out about sexist, violent cyberbullying

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.

GE Canada, Linamar bosses among women executives to meet with Trump and Trudeau

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.

How an NGO coalition helped score the Muskoka initiative

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.

Activism without borders gives Canadians a voice in U.S. politics

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.

‘Future-proofing’ skills through polytechnic education

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.

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.

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