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Kathleen Hogan

Blogger, Lawyer

Kathleen Hogan blogs as Mom2KG at stayathomemomdoingnothing.com. She is currently on a yearlong leave of absence from paid work as a senior lawyer and knowledge management specialist at one of Canada's largest banks.

Rob Ford, The Addict, Deserves Your Sympathy

Mayor Ford has finally allowed himself, in his own words, to be "vulnerable" and seek help for his substance abuse problems. I don't like Ford. I didn't vote for him. Politically, he and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum. He has shown misogynistic, racist and homophobic streaks. A lot of people like his regular-folk demeanour and manner of speaking, but I cringe at his delivery. I hope he doesn't get re-elected. But the man is, by all accounts, an addict. He deserves some privacy, and some decent human compassion for what he, and his family, are suffering.
05/02/2014 01:01 EDT
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Why Do We Always Specify the Gender of a Stay-at-Home Parent?

Noting gender, when gender is irrelevant, happens even in the most progressive of milieus. The soundtrack of my current leave of absence has been my beloved CBC, and yet just this week, I heard a newscaster refer to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and another politician as "the two women." Really? How about "the two politicians," or "the politicians" or even just "the two"?
09/18/2013 05:25 EDT