One decade


While Joe and I were busy at Progress Summit this weekend we failed to mark March 27. It was March 27, 2005 that I spent a good deal of my afternoon working myself up to calling Joe and asking him to come over and watch some movies. That night we kissed. And, as they say, the […]

March 30, 2015

The Language of Campaigns


Joe and I spend the better part of the weekend at the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit. (Joe there for work, me there for self interest). Two of the most interesting talks I saw over the course of the weekend were the ones featuring dissenting voices – Tim Powers and Monte Solberg, who are well-known Conservative […]

March 29, 2015

What we do not know

Issues, Work

I was brought to tears many times during Progress Summit (#prgrs15), but one of the panels that affected me the most was the panel on Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The panel was made up of Marie Wilson, one of three commissioners for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Perry Bellegarde, the current National Chief of the AFN, […]

March 28, 2015

Take the good


Joe and I are at a conference this weekend, two full days of panels and networking. We were very lucky because this particular conference has child care available, so we didn’t have to arrange our schedules in a way to make sure that one of us was around for bus drop off and bed time […]

March 28, 2015



Last week the kid announced to me that she had two BFFs. When I asked her what BFF meant she knew and she told me so. She then proceeded to list six different kids that she considers her BFFs. (And none of them was the kid she declared to be her boyfriend last week). Now […]

March 16, 2015

Dropping out

Women's Issues, Work

After one year of maternity leave I was ready to go back to work. I was very, very ready. I had put us on my city’s centralized waiting list just after I found out I was pregnant and with just a few weeks left before my return to work we had yet to receive a […]

March 12, 2015

Famous 3


I had the pleasure of attending the Famous 5 Ottawa luncheon on March 9 that included a panel of women involved in the 2015 federal election campaigns. This is the first time in Canadian history that the three major campaigns (Conservative, Liberal and NDP) have female campaign directors. The Green Party campaign is also being […]

March 10, 2015

Changing media, changing campaigns


The topic in one of my classes this week is campaigning and one of our readings is specifically about the 2011 Canadian federal election. I was excited to read the chapter because it was directly related to my job on the campaign – media and social media – and it brings up some very interesting […]

March 7, 2015

The Scramble


It happens in the blink of an eye. Four simple words: “I don’t feel good,” and your entire day is lost to the ether. I have class this afternoon, I have an assignment to, I had scheduled a meeting and I was going to pick up some books at the library, maybe even go to […]

March 5, 2015

Balancing: It’s an Act

Women's Issues, Work

Scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day came across this tweet: A professor at Dalhousie is concerned about a trend of companies offering to pay for women to freeze their eggs so they can delay having children until later in life. Reading the article where she talks about things like having school and work […]

March 5, 2015