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

Fair Wage


Issues

There is much debate here in Ontario about the changes to the minimum wage that came in on January 1. Some employers are cutting other employee benefits (like breaks or tips) so that their costs don’t go up. People are saying that an increased minimum wage will kill small businesses. Others are pointing out that […]

January 6, 2018

All Hands on Deck


Health, Issues, Personal

One of the fantastic things about my job is the opportunity to work for and with youth. When you get a group of engaged youth into a room together amazing things can happen. After a full day of engagement this week, we had a performer come in, one Cody Coyote. Cody is a young Indigenous […]

November 9, 2017

One Thing To Hold On To


Health, Issues

I was listening to What’s the T? – The Rupaul podcast, which I regularly enjoy in addition to my viewings of Drag Race recently. It was an older episode, but Michelle Visage was talking about taking her daughter to see Hamilton. Her daughter ended up sobbing her way through the show because she has been […]

November 7, 2017

Where Are All The Women?


Issues, Women's Issues

I had a conversation a few weeks ago about women in politics. The conversation was started by a very smart woman, she runs her own business, she’s engaged in the community, and she happened to hear how few women are involved in American politics. She was surprised, and that low number made her question how […]

November 6, 2017

Listen and Learn


Issues, Learning

I have taken to listening to podcast that teach me about cultures different than my own. I’ve loved podcasts for a long time, and they’re a great place to learn. I listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which keeps me informed on the news of the week. I used to listen to This American […]

November 2, 2017

The Political and The Self


Canadiana, Issues

I read a snippet of a column this morning written by a well-known, and apparently still widely read, Globe and Mail columnist. This snippet was from a column about public perception of Jason Kenney, former federal minister and newly elected leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. The UCP. Reminiscent of the CRAP. (The […]

October 31, 2017