Tag Archives: commentary

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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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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Of privilege and prostitution

For a few years in the 1990s I had the enormous privilege of a regular column in the Vancouver Sun. Every week, I’d write 750 words on pretty much any topic I wanted, and the Sun (a broadsheet not affiliated … Continue reading

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“It’s not about you”

Will Dena McMartin’s recent op ed in the Regina Leader-Post help prevent a flooding disaster and save lives? It just might. And even if it doesn’t, the informed analysis of the University of Regina professor of environmental systems engineering offered … Continue reading

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Most common errors made by aspiring op ed writers – part 2

Far too much research has already documented that when something goes wrong, women are highly inclined to blame the problem or setback on their own deficiencies. This tendency operates in stark contrast to men, who are more likely to blame … Continue reading

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Don’t Bury the Lede!

If you saw the following sentence at the start of a piece in your daily newspaper, would you keep reading? “You don’t see a lot of naked men in advertising.” Lots of people did — no thanks to me. The … Continue reading

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Most Common Errors Made by Aspiring Op Ed Writers – part 1

Whether you’re picked last for the ball team, get rebuffed on the first date, or fail to elicit a positive response from an editor, rejection stinks. That’s why Informed Opinions offers online editing feedback (free to our workshop participants, but … Continue reading

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Calgary Herald Editorial Page Analysis – More Women’s Opinions Needed

Readers often overlook the byline of a story indicating the writer’s name, and although reading an article without knowing who wrote it will still leave you informed, when it comes to commentary, bylines can provide insights into what kind of … Continue reading

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Millions Reached by Informed Opinions Grads

Through our Writing Compelling Commentary workshops, Informed Opinions is connecting with a growing number of impressive Canadian women boasting a broad range of expertise. Many who have participated in our training, have used the skills we teach to craft and … 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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