Jenn Gearey
Jenn Gearey has worked as Director of Communications for two Tory Cabinet Ministers, she ran in the 2011 fed election, and worked as a journalist and public servant with a niche in defence and security. Mom of four. Any opinions in this piece are her own. @JennGearey

Entries by Jenn Gearey

Confessions of a New Journalist Reporting in a Conflict Zone

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 6:13 PM

I've been spit at by an imam when I tried to shake his hand in Sudan, I've been interrogated in North Korea (unknowingly pregnant and very hormonal at the time before I was allowed on a flight home) and I've been yelled at through my earpiece by American Forces for...

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Egypt's Inability to End Female Genital Mutilation Is Shameful

(9) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:46 PM

I am in a public washroom in Egypt. There is a woman and likely her young daughter huddled in a stall on the left of me; I can see the bottom of a black niqab pooling around black shoes and small purple running shoes being directed, scurrying around, and doing...

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Why Politics Shouldn't Get Personal

(19) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 4:25 PM

There are less than five months left before the next federal election; that's ample time for politicians--and staffers--of all stripes to make mistakes and for the media to expose them to their readerships and the gossip beyond.‎ When one member goes down, the whole party often wears the disgrace. I.e.,...

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What the Lives of Iraqi Minorities Can Teach Us About the Current Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 10:39 PM

Iraq is beset with bombs, fighting, slaughter, and terrified minorities. In the international community's eye, this fight seemed suddenly to begin with terrorized Yazidis on a mountain. But to understand the current crisis, we need to consider the ongoing constitutional and legal challenges faced by Iraqi minorities.

To some peoples'...

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Syrian Refugees Are a Shock To Lebanon's System

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:35 PM

"Lebanon is like a beautiful woman, everyone wants her but she is turning ugly". This was my introduction to the country, with my taxi driver Khalil referring to the swell of Syrian refugees.

The enormous influx of Syrian refugees has been difficult for the Lebanese people, and an acerbic taste...

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Should Canada Fear North Korea?

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 8:59 AM

There is perhaps no greater insult than for the global community to ignore your country's threats to nuke a handful of other countries. But for many years, some would say North Korea's attempts at nuclear intimidation have gone relatively neglected. In fact, the U.S. has gone to war over much...

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Should Quebec Shame Me Out of Speaking English?

(95) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 7:01 AM

"Ici on gagne à parler français" -- it was a Government of Québec campaign in 2011, to promote the use of French language when doing business. But Madame Pauline Marois has inflamed this campaign in an apparent attempt to kill the English language in Québec.

From trying to wither...

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