I believe her


Issues, Personal

For perhaps the first time in my life today I couldn’t watch the news. I have watched the news through many tragic events – 9/11, Sandy Hook. I have watched desperate to know the details, the happenings, the resolutions. I struggle to tear myself away and not know. Even as a young teenager I stayed […]

September 27, 2018

Ontario kids deserve better


Health, Issues, Parenting

The thing that perhaps upsets me most about the debate around Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum (you know, the sex ed one) is that there are parents out there who don’t want their children to have as much information as possible. There are parents who don’t want their children to know the proper names […]

July 18, 2018

Someone think of the children


Issues

Obviously the world’s attention is on the United States right now, where we are seeing children taken away from their parents and placed into a system from which they may never emerge. It’s horrifying, and I absolutely think we should be speaking out, educating ourselves about what’s actually happening and why, and calling on leaders […]

June 19, 2018

The E minus


Issues, Ottawa

During the 2008 federal election I was the first to arrive at the office. I would get there around 6 am, relieving the overnight media monitoring, who was always much peppier than I was – me having just woken up, and him being full of caffeine and adrenaline. Upon arriving at the office, I had […]

June 7, 2018

Shades of cynicism


Issues

A couple of years ago there was a news report about the dropout and truancy rates in Nunavut. Dropout rates in the territory are high, a lot of kids just stop going to school. And in this story, if I’m remembering it right, it was in this story that I heard someone point out the […]

March 31, 2018

Beyond Reproach


Issues

It has been quite something, watching these young people fight back after seeing their peers shot down in front of them by a young man armed with a gun that should never have been available to him. I’m not American. I don’t like guns. I have never had any desire to own one, touch one, […]

February 23, 2018

Inside Politics


Issues

I remember an exchange from several years ago, when a new pundit had appeared on one of the political shows for the first time and had, apparently, been as confrontational when the cameras were off as when they were on. The person telling me this story informed her to tone it down, because we’re all […]

February 11, 2018

Marching on


Health, Issues, Parenting, Personal

I took the kid up to the Hill on Saturday to experience the Women’s March. I had wanted to go last year but I was sick or something and didn’t make it. I knew it wouldn’t be exactly the same this year, not being the first of the movement, but I also knew I wanted […]

January 24, 2018

There is only the trying


Issues, Women's Issues

I watched the Golden Globes last night, I saw Oprah’s speech, I saw all the reactions on Twitter and read articles about the Time’s Up movement. At the same time I’m currently reading Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, and delving back into the campaign that was. I read an article about the men who chose […]

January 9, 2018

It’s all Golden


Issues

Awards show night on Twitter is my favourite. I mean, I always watch the shows and I used to just talk to the TV or my sister, but now I get to say my thoughts out into the ether and have people talk back. I wasn’t sure I would watch this year’s Golden Globe, which […]

January 8, 2018