September 27, 2016 - by Connie Walker

Dictionary definiteion of justice"This isn’t another poor Indian story, is it?”

It’s been over 10 years, but I still remember the shock I felt hearing those words from my producer. It was 2005 and I worked at a national current affairs show, and had just pitched my first story on a missing Indigenous woman. A girl I knew from back home in Saskatchewan had disappeared. Her name was Amber Redman and she was 19. Amber was on a volleyball team that I coached when I was in university. I didn’t know her well, but I remember she was a shy, sweet girl.

September 20, 2016 - by Meredith Dault

Woman in officeThis post was originally published by Informed Opinions.

Don’t like doing media interviews? You’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing them.

The fact is that while women may hold leadership positions in business, academia, media and government, their voices still remain seriously under-represented in public discourse. Recent research has found that women still make up less than 29% of those being heard on the air or quoted in print in Canada. One of the reasons is that women are far more likely than men to turn down opportunities to engage with the media.

September 13, 2016 - by Jessica Howard

Dad and sonIf we want to reduce sexual assault and dating violence among teens, it’s crucial to discuss why most victims are women and girls without creating gender divisions. Teen healthy relationship programs offer young people of all genders a safe space to discuss stereotypes, gender inequality, and the roots of violence.

It probably wouldn’t come up in a math, science, or English class. But during a workshop on gender dynamics, a boy in ninth grade opened up about something that was bothering him.

“He talked about how difficult hunting is for him,” says Erin Wynn, Coordinator of the Healthy Relationships for Youth program, which runs in 10 schools in rural Nova Scotia. “He said how terrible he feels that he has to be able to skin an animal and do these things that don’t come naturally to him.”

September 8, 2016 - by Morgan Radbourne

Mother and childFor some low-income families, sending kids back to school can break the bank.

Right now, school hallways are probably the cleanest they’ll be all year, but soon the floors will soon be scuffed by the soles of new running shoes and littered with discarded lunches.

Between new books, knapsacks and after-school care, heading back to school is expensive. For single women who are raising children, the cost of a new school year can hit especially hard. About 1 in 5 single mothers in Canada are living on a low income. In 2011, the median annual income for single mothers with children under 6 was $21,200. With little money left after paying for food and rent, many moms are forced to turn down their children’s request for dance lessons and the tech gadgets their friends have.

September 7, 2016 - by Tara Good - 2 Comments

Woman with arms outstretchedEnter 30. Newly separated from my common law boyfriend. Quit my job managing a yoga studio run by highly nurturing, supportive women. Joined a fitness company run by three men with athletic backgrounds. Relationship gone, steady paycheque disappeared, de­nested from my daily support system that I had called my family. Instability at its finest. As I entered this new territory, I was forced to not only find my voice within a new, male-dominated work environment, but also to tear down the old version of who I thought I was and rebuild from scratch. 

September 6, 2016 - by Roz MacLean - 1 Comments

Roz MacLean's The Body BookLike so many girls who grew up with Barbies and princesses for role models, I not only had trouble accepting my own body, but being accepted by others.  I was teased in kindergarten for being chubby, because, even at this young age, children knew that it was bad to be fat.

The idea that thin is good and fat is bad is drilled into us from the time we can first understand the toys we love and the images we see on screens.  The popular dainty-waisted princess associates thinness with virtuosity, kindness, desirability, specialness, and worthiness of attention.

August 31, 2016 - by Karen Banting - 1 Comments

Scales of justiceI wrote a blog post recently about a man getting in my space and creeping me out in an elevator, and posted the link to my Facebook page. I couldn’t believe the chorus of voices that rose up in the comments to defend him, and defend men in general, as though I had somehow accused them all. There were even comments about how my fearful attitude is partly responsible for “attracting these types of situations”.

It blew my mind how quickly people jumped to the man’s defense, and also questioned my read of the situation, as though they, people who were not present, somehow understood what happened better than I did.