Category Archives: Publishing Opportunities

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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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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Getting Ahead

… of the news story, that is. It’s a great strategy to increase your likelihood of publication: if you know that a research report, government announcement or legal decision is about to be released, and your informed opinion about the … Continue reading

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Google delivers news hooks as they happen

At our Informed Opinions Writing Compelling Commentary workshops, we ask participants to identify a news hook related to their thesis that will ensure editors view their op ed as timely and relevant. It helps to give them a reason to … Continue reading

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Lessons from a published op ed

Yeah, but I’m not Eddie Greenspan. That’s what I thought last December when Globe and Mail op ed page editor, Natasha Hassan claimed to a room full of Osgoode Hall profs that her paper’s online commentary hub was an enormously influential … Continue reading

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet…

Should she or shouldn’t she? I was chatting on the phone a few weeks ago with a woman who is listed in our Experts Database. She had written an excellent piece of commentary about First Nations and non-aboriginal Canadians that … Continue reading

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On Laura Secord, long skirts and women’s history

My mother grew up a Secord near Niagara-on-the-Lake, so I pay attention when someone slags my famous ancestor, and the story makes headlines. When it happened last week I took the advice doled out by screenwriter Nora Ephron’s mother (“it’s … Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog…

Posting content to a blog may have gotten Julie Powell a book deal that in turn lead to an international best seller and a blockbuster movie (starring Meryl Streep, no less), but updating a personally maintained website with random thoughts … Continue reading

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Love and hate explained

How is the outpouring of emotion that greeted the death of NDP leader Jack Layton reminiscent of the days and weeks after the 911 attacks on Manhattan and the Pentagon? In an op ed in today’s Toronto Star, Jill Scott, a … Continue reading

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