Lee Tunstall
Lee Tunstall is a freelance writer and researcher in Calgary and holds a Ph.D in history from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Entries by Lee Tunstall

The Senate Scandal Was Not Worth a $23 Million Audit

(31) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 6:51 PM

Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it's not for the reason you might think.

The auditor general spent around $23 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million in questionable expenses -- out of $180...

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Let's Believe Women Who Report Sexual Assault

(21) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:22 PM

By Saman Ahsan and Lee Tunstall

The Ontario premier recently promised Lia Valente and Tessa Hill, two young grade eight students who gathered some 40,000 names on a petition, that the province's new sex-ed curriculum will contain a surprising new component -- consent. This is surprising only because...

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Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Older adults living with mental illness often face a double stigma in our society - both from aging and from mental illness. They are some of the most invisible and most vulnerable individuals in our communities, and we need to find better ways to support them.

"Sarah" was well-known to...

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Canadian Girls Are Suffering From "Supergirl Dilemma"

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:24 PM

The recent Maclean's cover story, entitled Revenge of the Teenage Girl, was too tempting not to read. No doubt they were publishing this in honour of the third International Day of the Girl taking place this Saturday, October 11. How surprising then, to find...

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If the Olympics Was All Female Canada Would Have Placed First

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:32 AM

In honour of this International Women's Day, it seems fitting we turn our attention to our female Olympians, who performed so wonderfully well at Sochi, and made all of us back in Canada exceptionally proud.

How well did they do? Very well. If there were an all-female Olympics, Canada...

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Will Physical Sex Go Extinct?

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Spike Jonze's new movie, Her, has generated some controversy and debate about a human falling in love with an operating system. As technology permeates our lives more and more, such an idea becomes less like science fiction and more like a possible evolutionary change.

It incites the question: Is...

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"His Worship Rob Ford": Is It Time to Ditch Honorifics?

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 4:32 PM

Honorific titles are used in many cultures and have been for centuries. Some of the most common in the English language include "Mr.," "Mrs." or even "Ms." But there are other honorific terms that are reserved mainly for politicians that perhaps deserve a rethink given the recent misadventures of more...

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Cheer up, Toronto: Rob Ford's Not the Only Misbehaving Mayor

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Far too many leaders these days are in it for themselves.

"There's no respect for the constitution, for the rule of law, for democratic governance," he said.

Three guesses as to who "he" is. Mayor Rob Ford? Senator Mike Duffy? Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair?

Nope, although those...

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It's Fitting the Tory Convention Starts on Halloween This Year...

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 6:34 PM

It's scarier than Charlie Brown's Pumpkin Patch on Parliament Hill these days. For Conservatives, this year Halloween is a great excuse to get the heck out of Dodge (Ottawa) and head to their Calgary stronghold to lick their wounds and perhaps do a bit of trick or treating.

The Conservative...

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Where Are All the Women Time Travellers?

(7) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Until Peter Capaldi strolled out and was introduced as the 12th Doctor Who, there had been some interesting speculation and even advocacy for the next doctor to be a woman. After all, there is no good reason why a woman couldn't be a Time Lord. But the...

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A Long History of Animal Diplomacy (It's Not Just Pandas!)

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:06 PM

With the arrival of Er Shun and Da Mao on their very own Panda FedEx Express last week, almost all of Canada stopped to welcome the darling bears to their new home for the next decade. Although not quite a gift, as the pandas are only here for...

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This International Women's Day, Let's Think of the Girls

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 5:47 PM

As International Women's Day approaches again on March 8, many commentators take this opportunity to look back on the history of women to gauge how far we have come over the years. But it is often what is yet to be written that is most interesting, which made...

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How Quebecois and Scottish Separatists Differ

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 3:45 PM

Largely lost in the recent news cycle was a curious meeting held between Quebec's separatist premier, Pauline Marois and Scotland's nationalist first minister, Alex Salmond. Billed as a "separatist summit" by Marois and the PQ, the 45-minute "courtesy" meeting was decidedly played down by the Scots. Poor Marois...

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Are All the Single Ladies Really Like the Oil Sands?

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:55 PM

When I first read that Chen Weidong, chief energy researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute, had likened the oilsands to "leftover single women," I'll admit I was mightily aggrieved. This is because, well, I resemble that remark.

"It's the same situation as the leftover single women...

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