Tag Archives: Ottawa Citizen

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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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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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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School mobilizes in response to Jamie Hubley’s suicide

Amy Johnson jokes that she has 5 kids at home, and 500 at work. An energetic mother and deeply committed high school principal in rural Ontario, she has also been a longtime advocate for gay youth. So when she read … Continue reading

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Recognized expert on speed dial for breaking story

 It’s the ideal scenario for a would-be commentator: to become so strongly identified with the issue you’re most knowledgeable and passionate about that when a news story about the topic breaks, you’re the first person that editors, producers and reporters … Continue reading

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Christine Lagarde: role model for millions*

I think I have a crush… Christine Lagarde is my new favourite role model. She’s a smart, hard working, bilingual, vegetarian, feminist lawyer who enjoys men and yoga, demonstrates an impeccable sense of style, and laughs readily while holding down … Continue reading

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Citizen commissions comment from IO grad

Whatever your feelings about last week’s election outcome, the increase in the number of women holding seats is a step in the right direction. Nancy Peckford, Executive Director of Equal Voice provided some context to this aspect of the results … Continue reading

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Op ed delivers radio profile, SRO attendance and new partnership

Any good political organizer knows that it’s always better to have a standing-room-only crowd in a small room than a sparse audience in a half-empty big one. Fortunately for Informed Opinions, some great media profile turned our public lecture and … Continue reading

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