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Shari Graydon is the Catalyst of Informed Opinions. A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and commentator for CBC radio and TV, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier and president of MediaWatch. Her newest book, I Feel Great About My Hands - And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging, is a lively collection of reflections by 41 women about the benefits of maturity.

TL;DR – advice to ignore, but implications to heed

Hanging out with teenagers can be an enlightening experience. Last week, I participated in a panel discussion convened by MediaSmarts, “Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy” and a repository of fabulous resources for teachers, parents and kids. The teenagers … Continue reading

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Girls fuel outrage and inspiration

I don’t often shout back at the TV, despite the vast volume of material it broadcasts that I find vile or banal. But last week I couldn’t help myself. The object of my fury wasn’t Fox News or Sun TV, … Continue reading

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New partner puts chocolate in the mouths of expert women

Warning: this post contains an unabashed product endorsement. It’s the one thing I try not to leave home without: Cocoa Camino Mint chocolate. But there I was, stranded in the middle of a snowstorm in Toronto without my stash. So I … Continue reading

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Women on boards to counter “affirmative action plan for men”?

The following op ed was published in the Ottawa Citizen 23 September 2013. Here’s an interesting contradiction: the business mantra “What gets measured gets done” is universally understood as an effective way to monitor many aspects of performance. And yet … Continue reading

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Changing lives through media commentary

“You really have to write that!” This enthusiastic exhortation — often exclaimed simultaneously by a chorus of voices — is a common refrain in the commentary writing workshops we lead. Although I’m clear about the benefits provided by the tips … Continue reading

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2 words to make your writing more accessible

Let’s say you have a graduate degree and/or 20 years of experience in your field, and you’re used to speaking or writing for people who are similarly well-informed. Chances are you sometimes find it difficult to translate your knowledge into … Continue reading

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Expert status less important than insightful context

I have no legal training or experience in the sex trade. No one would ever mistake me as a candidate for the corner office of a large corporation. I am not a celebrity and have never been pregnant. And yet … Continue reading

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“Get me rewrite!” – a truly inclusive O Canada

The positive responses to our video campaign in pursuit of a more inclusive O Canada are still outpacing the cranky ignorant ones, and among the most inspiring was an email I received from Toronto poet and physician, Ron Charach. He … Continue reading

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Official sexism brought to you by Canada’s national anthem

The following op ed, commissioned by the Montreal Gazette, also appears in  today’s Saskatoon Star Phoenix. It’s like poking a hornet’s nest: Dare to suggest that the words to the English version of our national anthem should be altered to … Continue reading

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O Canada… Oh, Canada

A few years ago the Conservative government threw a bone (briefly) to Canadian women, and (rashly, as it turned out) promised to update the lyrics to our national anthem to include the 50% of the population currently excluded. (Rumour has it that … Continue reading

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