93, 118 or 135


During a town hall with Vice on October 5 Justin Trudeau announced that his Liberals are committed to helping First Nations communities get clean drinking water. He said: “We have 93 different communities, under 133 different boil water advisories across the country. Chief Isadore Day has called for within five years there should be zero, and I’ve told the chief and I’ve told […]

November 27, 2015

Dear Dad


I’m almost done the first semester of classes in my Masters program. This week I got to do a presentation on my final project for one and in the car on the way home I almost cried because it felt so good. Because I am good at this. Because I know my stuff. So I […]

November 25, 2015

Three Words, 2016

Issues, Learning

It is early to be doing a post about my three words to focus on in the New Year, but the semester is coming quickly to an end and there are things I’ve learned over the last part of this year that I need to transfer to the work I’m planning to move into in […]

November 22, 2015

The gift horse’s mouth

Issues, Parenting

I’ve been reading up on giftedness lately. Since the kid was a wee one we’ve been saying that we suspect she’ll test gifted. The more I read about it and talk to people, the more I realize that the assessment is a mere formality. This kid checks off every box. And the more I’m reading, […]

November 19, 2015

Use your words

Issues, Tools

Joe has one tweet that I’ve had favourited for years now. It’s one of those things that we have always agreed on and something that makes us both unsuited for academia and probably comes from our journalistic background: We resent the use of large words when smaller ones will suffice. I find that a lot […]

November 18, 2015

Christmas morning surprise


There is something the kid wants desperately for Christmas. At first it was no way, then I thought maybe and now I want it for her almost as much as she wants it. A trampoline for our backyard. At first all I could think of was the cost, but the more I thought about it […]

November 15, 2015

The apple and the tree

Health, Parenting

One of the reasons I was scared to become a mother was my lifetime of dealing with depression. It started out as school anxiety when I was in elementary school and turned into full blown clinical depression by the time I hit 16. I’ve been dealing with it ever since. I’m doing well now. Mostly. […]

November 13, 2015

Because it’s 2015


Canada has a cabinet with gender parity. Justin Trudeau told us he would do it and he did. For the past several days Twitter has been all, well, a-Twitter, about this and whether it’s right or wrong. I went on a Twitter rant and decided to put it here in blog form: There is proof […]

November 4, 2015

Swearing In

Canadiana, Issues

Tomorrow morning Justin Trudeau is being sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. It was not something I foresaw when I started working on the NDP campaign at the end of August. Actually, at the time I don’t know what I expected. I know I expected a minority right up until the moment Peter Mansbridge […]

November 3, 2015