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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 …

Issues Work

Time to get flexible

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 …

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On the duty to be loyal

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 …

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Things my father taught me

My father passed away at the beginning of May. He was a professor and a researcher. Though he started in journalism, his area of expertise was disaster research. He started in the field studying the spread of information. Technically an academic, though I don’t think he would have describe himself that way. If our father-daughter relationship wasn’t …

Learning Work

Professional Development

I have the summer off before my Masters program starts in September. This also means that I have two months off by myself before my daughter gets off school. I am very excited about this time because it gives me more time to think and focus and prepare for next year and then what follows. …

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What we do not know

I was brought to tears many times during Progress Summit (#prgrs15), but one of the panels that affected me the most was the panel on Canada’s Indigenous peoples. The panel was made up of Marie Wilson, one of three commissioners for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Perry Bellegarde, the current National Chief of the AFN, …

Women's Issues Work

Dropping out

After one year of maternity leave I was ready to go back to work. I was very, very ready. I had put us on my city’s centralized waiting list just after I found out I was pregnant and with just a few weeks left before my return to work we had yet to receive a …

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Famous 3

I had the pleasure of attending the Famous 5 Ottawa luncheon on March 9 that included a panel of women involved in the 2015 federal election campaigns. This is the first time in Canadian history that the three major campaigns (Conservative, Liberal and NDP) have female campaign directors. The Green Party campaign is also being …

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Changing media, changing campaigns

The topic in one of my classes this week is campaigning and one of our readings is specifically about the 2011 Canadian federal election. I was excited to read the chapter because it was directly related to my job on the campaign – media and social media – and it brings up some very interesting …

Women's Issues Work

Balancing: It’s an Act

Scrolling through my Twitter feed the other day came across this tweet: A professor at Dalhousie is concerned about a trend of companies offering to pay for women to freeze their eggs so they can delay having children until later in life. Reading the article where she talks about things like having school and work …

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