Kathryn Marshall
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Kathryn Marshall is a lawyer and founder of SayKnowMore.ca, a national campaign to end sexual violence on university and college campuses. She is the former Civic Affairs columnist for 24 Hours Vancouver and founded the award winning Canadian law blog Lawsome.ca. She has spearheaded a national NGO and worked for a leading public policy think tank.

Entries by Kathryn Marshall

Taking A Stand Against Campus Sexual Assault

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:38 PM

In a few short months, many young Canadians will be starting university or college.

They will be excitedly pouring over glossy school brochures and booking their campus tours.

In preparation, they will probably have lots of questions. Things like where to find the quietest study spots, where to buy...

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We Must Take a Strong Stance Against All Forms of Sexual Harassment

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:07 PM

When I was spokesperson for Ethical Oil back in 2012, I was the target of a lot of sexist taunting. Horrendous sexually explicit messages and name calling were sent my way via social media. The purpose was to intimidate and demean me. Perhaps scare me away from doing my job.

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What Is Our Government Doing to Advance Women's Rights?

(13) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:23 AM

March 8 is International Women's Day.

Unfortunately, recent events in our world have not given us a whole lot to celebrate. Female genital mutilation is a serious problem in places like the U.K., women and girls are being kidnapped en masse by extremists, and

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20 Things I Learned About Pregnancy and New Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 12:49 PM

I usually write about politics, but since I recently became a mom, I have been thinking a lot about all things motherhood, pregnancy and baby-related. Here is a little list of some things I learned about pregnancy and new motherhood:

1. If you have lost a pregnancy, there will always...

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Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

(15) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Lately there's been a lot of talk about the lack of women on corporate boards.

All this talk is certainly justified - the numbers are truly dismal. In Canada, women only comprise ten per cent of corporate board members.

Those are the kind...

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A "Thank You" Letter to Leah McLaren

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Dear Leah,

We've never met, but I read your open letter to Nazanin Afshin-Jam in the Globe and Mail.

As you may have heard, there is a very unfortunate trend in the media to go after the spouse of a politician for...

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If Steve Paikin Wants Women On His Show, Maybe He Should Stop Insulting Them

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Recently, Steve Paikin, author and host of TVO's The Agenda, took to his blog to ask a question: "where, oh where, are all the female guests?"

According to Paikin, it's awfully hard to get females to appear on his show.
He crafts two explanations for...

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Hey Justin, We're Not Your "Ladies"

(108) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:31 PM

What's your favourite virtue? Who are your real life heroes? These are the questions that the Liberal Party of Canada is very curious to ask women.

So curious that they're even holding an entire event dedicated to it! That's right, on Thursday night in Toronto, "ladies" are invited...

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Addicts Don't Need InSite, They Need Support

(93) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Last week's controversy over Health Canada's funding of a program to give heroin to select addicts is like déjà vu. It's an awful lot like the conflicts the federal government has had with similar drug programs over the years. The Insite supervised injection clinic in Vancouver's...

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Don't Call Them "Women's" Issues

(6) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Today is International Women's Day -- a day that aims to make women's issues front and center around the world. It's an important day to mark, although the use of the term "women's issues" has often irked me because so many of these concerns aren't solely women's issues; they're society's...

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Why the Senate is Right to Investigate Anti-Oil Sands "Charities"

(96) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 1:33 AM

It's a fact of life that there's a finite amount of charitable dollars to go around in this country. Canadian families can set aside only so much for donations, and a dollar allocated to the Diabetes Foundation is a dollar that doesn't go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or...

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McGuinty's Head Stuck in the Oil Sands

(72) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 11:45 AM

It used to be people accused Alberta of being narrow-minded and suspicious of other provinces. There was never any truth to that stereotype, of course, but now it's Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty who's making his province sound, well, downright provincial.

Alberta's premier Alison Redford has been trying to drum up...

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EU Picking on Wrong Kid in (Oil) Sand Box

(43) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Europeans are learning the hard way the real cost of relying on conflict oil. Appalled, as we all are, at Iran's determination to threaten the world with war and nuclear weapons, they want to stop importing Iranian oil -- but they can't. Not for quite a while. An EU ban...

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John D. Rockefeller Rolls Over in Grave as Heirs Attack Canadian Oil

(51) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 11:58 PM

The name Rockefeller has a special place in cultural lore. Over the years its been linked to everything from American ingenuity and industriousness to unbridled greed; from unimaginable wealth to unrivaled philanthropic work. But one thing the Rockefeller name's never really been associated with is anti-business activism. How could it?...

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Obama Flushes Canadian Interests Down the Pipeline

(148) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:23 PM

When Barack Obama was running for president of the United States, he made a bold promise. "If I'm president, I'm immediately going to direct the full resources of the federal government, and the full energy of the private sector, to a single overarching goal," he said. "In 10...

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Joe Oliver to Environmental Radicals: Go Home!

(90) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 2:10 AM

As Canadians have learned more in recent days about the meddling of foreign money in our national policy decisions, they've been speaking out. They've written letters to the government demanding that Ottawa stop a swarm of activist groups backed by foreign billionaires from hijacking -- as the Prime...

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Looming Northern Gateway Pipeline Smackdown

(71) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 11:40 PM

On January 10, the federal government opens public hearings to determine whether to approve a new pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta's oil sands to the B.C. coast, where it can be shipped to new markets overseas. More than 200 groups have registered as interveners in the hearings...

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The Iranian Oil Hostage Crisis

(47) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 3:55 PM

Not everyone cares about the conflict footprint that comes with oil from Iran's loathsome regime. Plenty of countries are content to patronize a government that not only brutally tramples basic human rights, degrades women, and persecutes gays, but also uses the currency it collects from oil sales to

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Chiquita Slips on its Own PR Banana Peel

(79) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 10:46 AM

After spending the week facing a heated and huge backlash over its ill-considered decision to boycott Canadian oil, Chiquita Brands, the company behind the famous banana, is trying to climb out of the public relations pit it fell into. Not surprisingly, it's not doing a very good job.

It's no...

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Hey, Brian Topp, Oil Workers Aren't Death Merchants

(45) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Whether or not you're an NDP supporter, the party can be pretty proud of its history of standing up for progressive ideas. It's been a powerful voice for unionized workers across Canada, and around the world. The NDP has stood strong for gender equality and Aboriginal rights; a commitment to...

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