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Personal Work

Resurfacing

Coming out of election is like coming slowly back to the surface after being underwater. It’s disorienting, the journey to the surface exhausts you. After the 2008 election I had three weeks off and I feel ready to go back after that. One week to sleep, one week to catch up and come back to …

Personal Work

A rickety ladder

One of the things I’m trying to do on my vacation is a bit of mapping out and career planning. It turns out if you ask me where I want to be in five years I have no fucking idea. In my life I have, at least three times, been absolutely sure of what I …

Learning Personal Work

Doodle fiercely

I was reading this book Fierce Conversations, which is supposed to be about achieving success at work and in life, but I’ve been really struggling to get through it, and I think today was the final straw. There was a section about hosting a meeting, and it suggested starting off by asking everyone to put …

Work

Junkie

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. …

Issues Work

Pride of Country

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 …

Issues Work

Insider Baseball

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 …

Issues Work

33 per cent

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 …

Issues Personal Work

Everyday People

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 …

Issues Work

NDP Party

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 …

Work

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 …

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