All my life I have been a bit of a breaking news junkie. I didn’t really realize this until I went to journalism school and figured out that I was a quick, precise writer. Unfortunately at the time I did not figure out that political journalism was a better fit for me than sports journalism. […]

May 16, 2017

Pride of Country

Issues, Work

Canada’s Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould – the first Indigenous person to hold the position – has been in South Africa. While there, Wilson-Raybould spoke about the 150th anniversary of Canada’s celebration, which we are celebrating this year. She spoke about the fact that it is difficult, as an Indigenous person in Canada to celebrate […]

April 4, 2017

Insider Baseball

Issues, Work

My brain has slowly been working on something over the past few days, trying to think this through based on all the information that’s come at me since budget day. You see, I went to a panel the day after budget day and listening to some great minds, and I also read a bunch of […]

April 2, 2017

33 per cent

Issues, Work

In last week’s federal budget, the government announced intentions to give new parents the option of extending their leave to 18 months instead of the 12 months most are now eligible for under EI rules. (With the same conditions applying). At first I had a good reaction to this change. Assuming that parents would still […]

March 27, 2017

Everyday People

Issues, Personal, Work

Intellectually I know that not everyone in the country cares as much as I do about what’s happening in Ottawa and on Parliament Hill. I know a lot of people don’t understand it as much as I do. But in practice I have a really hard time acknowledging the fact that there are some people […]

March 24, 2017

NDP Party

Issues, Work

Today was the first debate in the race to become the next NDP leader. I don’t remember much about the last race. I was working in the leader’s office at the time and we weren’t allowed to openly support candidates. I also wasn’t a member of the party and thus didn’t have a vote. At […]

March 13, 2017

The good and the bad


It has been very interesting looking at my Facebook memories this week because apparently it was this week nine years ago that I got and started my first job out of university. It’s a bit hard to look back on because the excitement and optimism that I’m seeing this week turned into the worst job […]

August 13, 2016

Lessons in Crisis Comms


This week an incident took place on the floor of the House of Commons. I wrote some thoughts about the whole thing here, but I’m assuming everyone knows to what I am referring. In the aftermath both opposition parties have commented multiple times, including a rare appearance in front of the media together by the […]

May 21, 2016

Time to get flexible

Issues, Work

Today the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, announced a new government consultation on flexible work. This consultation  allows “every federally regulated worker the right to formally request a flexible work arrangement” and it has been a long time coming as far as I’m concerned. The work world has changed, the economy has […]

May 16, 2016

On the duty to be loyal

Issues, Work

The public service was in the news a lot this election and continue to be so now that we have a new Liberal government. First when they applauded a visit by the new Prime Minister to Foreign Affairs and now because of a report put out by Canadians for Tax Fairness. The report consisted of […]

December 18, 2015