For a country that's historically been known as a wallflower, the attention is long overdue. But we shouldn't become "braggadocious" and let our national ego inflate. In short: We shouldn't become American. Canada has become so popular internationally precisely because of its humility.
CBC doesn't need a more experienced and dynamic host. It needs a new show. Regardless of who takes the reins, "q" will always be a reminder of the Ghomeshi's downfall. "Q" lowercase is the literal embodiment of how CBC management tried to minimize its Ghomeshi problem, but for listeners the show and its original host are inextricably linked.
08/22/2016 11:14 EDT
One of the best ways to shape a young person's mentality is to elicit an emotional response. While this tactic has been expertly employed in public health campaigns, it's rarely applied to sexual education. When it comes to consent, we simply don't teach real-life, visceral examples that could lessen the number of teens who go on to commit these crimes.
08/08/2016 08:30 EDT
Most All Lives Matter peddlers aren't outright racists who yearn for a return to the era of Jim Crow. More commonly, they are folks who deny "white privilege" because they've seen black people in suits and subconsciously want to protect their own superiority.
07/18/2016 03:55 EDT
Trudeau's behaviour reinforces the idea that male anger trumps patience and deliberation. These seemingly isolated incidents of aggression have a cumulative effect. They create an environment where men feel entitled to act on their base instincts, which can lead to more serious misdemeanours than an elbow nudge.
05/23/2016 11:34 EDT
The most interesting part of American Crime Story, the TV series chronicling the O.J. Simpson trial, was the way it revealed how mid-90s views on race and gender shaped the outcome of this case. Throughout the trial, lead prosecutor Marcia Clark was a target for sexism. In 2016, female lawyers still deal with a lot of the same prejudice.
04/11/2016 10:43 EDT
The decision today in the Ghomeshi case is a depressing read. But while it's important to acknowledge the uphill battle ahead, it's also important to look back on how far we've climbed since the Ghomeshi scandal first broke in 2014. In the span of two years, this case has shifted public opinion towards believing victims, which is a victory in itself.
03/24/2016 07:47 EDT
One of Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trials starts on Monday, but those expecting a conviction may very well be disappointed. Our country has some of the most progressive sex assault laws in the world, but those within the legal system often fail to properly implement them.
02/01/2016 09:20 EST
In addition to those who love or loathe Uber, there's a third category of users. We don't think Uber is definitely good or bad, but we do know its existence is inevitable. In the short-term, Uber will wreak havoc on individual lives. In the longer term, I hope it improves the taxi industry as a whole.
12/23/2015 11:25 EST
Tipping is a flawed practice that restaurants should just abandon altogether. Tips embody the interplay of individualism, hard work and success that so many North Americans value. But a server's ability barely correlates to how much they make.
12/10/2015 11:17 EST
For those of us with the luxury of not being consumed by grief, now is the best time to talk about issues related to terrorism, such as racism, Western exceptionalism, refugee policy and hate crimes. Post-tragedy, we're engaged enough to pay attention to the important issues we usually ignore.
11/23/2015 10:00 EST
While income inequality is clearly a problem, it's strange to pit social issues that are clearly intertwined against one another. It would be great if HR departments had the capacity to eliminate poverty, but the most pragmatic way employers can fight inequality is to hire women and non-white people.
11/10/2015 02:55 EST
Rather than bask in Trudeau's afterglow, many Canadians are offended by the international swoon. The basic argument is that since women know the horrors of objectification, why would we inflict the same treatment on men? But the "same treatment" has a very different effect.
10/26/2015 09:13 EDT
Lefties too often believe that right-wing women are not feminists. While it's true that on the whole the NDP, Liberal and Green Party platforms tout women's equality and protection from discrimination, not every policy is obviously more feminist than another. Had the Up for Debate event included a right-wing speaker, she would not have showed up in an apron. She would have argued how different values can still lead to equality. That kind of diverse political debate would have proved women aren't a special interest group; we represent the entire range of a political spectrum.
09/30/2015 10:38 EDT
Policymakers have recently sought to regulate the long shadow cast by social media slip-ups. In Europe and California, laws now exist that enable people to take digital erasers to their online activity, deleting stains we once considered permanent. But rather than empower individuals to purify their online personas, our culture needs to become more tolerant of a generation's habit to airs its flaws online.
09/02/2015 09:46 EDT
Last Monday night, a downtown mural honouring Sandra Bland, the black woman who committed suicide in a Texas jail, was defaced with the phrase "All Lives Matter" and a white moustache. The "all lives" slogan and other ignorant mentalities about race are rooted in a dangerous rejection of white privilege. As it turns out, white people have a difficult time accepting that their skin colour grants them advantages that other ethnicities simply do not enjoy.
08/06/2015 08:55 EDT
In the lowest income quartile, 27 per cent of people don't have internet access, compared to only five per cent in Canada's richest bracket. During a time in which cars can drive themselves and Uber will deliver you lunch, this divide is a huge problem -- a problem Canada's government has been slow to address.
08/04/2015 09:23 EDT
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in America last week and the gay community is finally on a collective honeymoon. While many celebrated at Pride festivals and on social media, the critics have already emerged. Canadians can offer some guidance. After all, 10 years ago this month, we became the fourth nation on Earth to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. If the U.S. looks to our example, it could learn a lot from Canada's fight for gay rights.
07/05/2015 11:54 EDT
In recent weeks, working women have been stung hard by sexist soundbites from the mouths of British biochemist Tim Hunt and the Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson. It's tempting to feel progress has stalled and we should all just go back to smoking inside, we should applaud Hunt and Lawson for doing women a favour. Their stupid remarks have exposed an often overlooked mentality held by powerful men that fuels sexual harassment in the workplace.
06/22/2015 01:07 EDT
Caitlyn's mother, Esther Jenner, has called her daughter "beautiful," said she has "nothing but admiration for my child" and that she wants to learn more about gender dysphoria. In many ways, Esther's attitude is as valuable as the spotlight Caitlyn Jenner is shining on the trans community. Too often, mothers and fathers tell transgender children not to be themselves.
06/08/2015 12:59 EDT
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