Don't just live in the world

Black Lives Matter

June 6th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues - (Comments Off on Black Lives Matter)

There is very little I can say right now, and very little reason I should be allowed to opine – except to say that I recognize the luck I had being born who I am where I am, and the privilege that all of this provides. I am a white, middle class, suburban mom with …
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Out of focus

April 24th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Issues | Personal - (Comments Off on Out of focus)

Recently life has been a bit of a mess. We have a lot going on – sometimes it seems like more than we’ve ever had. Work and travel and a new dog, a kid with her stuff, appointments. More than once in the past three weeks I have made an appointment in one calendar and …
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Trans Rights Are Human Rights

November 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Personal - (Comments Off on Trans Rights Are Human Rights)

Years ago we were invited over to a friends’ house for dinner and during that dinner one of our friends told us that he was going to be transitioning – that he would be him in the near future. This was fairly easy to accept. For one, because it was clear he was confident and …
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You change the world when you change your mind

November 6th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues - (Comments Off on You change the world when you change your mind)

Tonight we went to see Kinky Boots. I’ve seen it before, and the kid loves the music and asked me to promise her that I would take her. I was glad to go again because the end of the show is so uplifting. It was a great end to our trip here. And then we …
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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 …
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Ontario kids deserve better

July 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Issues | Parenting - (Comments Off on Ontario kids deserve better)

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 …
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Someone think of the children

June 19th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues - (Comments Off on Someone think of the children)

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 …
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The E minus

June 7th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Ottawa - (Comments Off on The E minus)

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 …
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Shades of cynicism

March 31st, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues - (Comments Off on Shades of cynicism)

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 …
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Beyond Reproach

February 23rd, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues - (Comments Off on Beyond Reproach)

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, …
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