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House of Commons must consider paid parental leave

Jan 18 2018 — Vicky Mochama — There might be more babies in the House of Commons, and, for once, that’s not a complaint about its members. Karina Gould, the minister for democratic institutions, is set to be the first female cabinet member (though not the first MP) to have a child while in office, according to the Globe and Mail. (The […]

Why is the onus on women to take radical actions?

Jan 11 2018 — Vicky Mochama — I’ve had quite enough and I am moving to Iceland. On Jan. 1, the plucky island nation became the first country to pass legislation making equal pay the law. Or I could do what the BBC’s China editor has chosen to do: quit. Carrie Grace, a senior journalist at the BBC for over 30 years, […]

It’s time Canada renegotiates Safe Third Country Agreement

Jan 10 2018 — Vicky Mochama — Ten days from now will mark the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of the 45th American president. It has been a whirlwind year that has upset global norms and created an atmosphere of chaos. “From this moment on,” promised the president before a thin crowd, “it’s going to be America First.” On Monday, his administration […]

Treatment of women in Canadian prisons a human rights travesty

Jan 4 2018 — Vicky Mochama — To look at the experiences of women in federal prisons is to hold up a mirror and a magnifying glass to the failures of Canada’s social safety net. Women, especially Indigenous women, have become the fastest growing prison population. Over a 10-year period, the population of women in federal prisons has grown by 37 per […]

White women, where were you?

Dec 21 2017 — Vicky Mochama — In a conversation with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Jane Fonda said she felt a shift in the cultural landscape in the aftermath of the sexual harassment scandals that have hit Hollywood. And yet she noted, “This has been going on a long time to Black women and other women of colour and it doesn’t get out […]

Ottawa needs to listen to MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Dec 18 2017 — Vicky Mochama — I like to joke that my biggest fear is a white girl with a clipboard. It’s actually clowns and backwoods camping. But the image is an easy way to explain a problem I regularly face: the spaces I want to go are all too often blocked by gatekeepers who do not believe that I belong. […]

Politicians — they waste time just like us!

Dec 14 2017 — Vicky Mochama — During a typical question period in the House of Commons this week, Maclean’s magazine reported that a sizable portion of our elected representatives were spotted staring into their phones: “The proportion of active users ranged from one third to a half of all sitting members at a given time. During each hour of question period, […]

Treatment of Liberal MP is precisely why women don’t report

Dec 7 2017 — Vicky Mochama — This week, Conservative MP James Bezan rose in the House to apologize for a comment that he had made to Liberal MP Sherry Romanado. “I have nothing but the greatest respect for this member, for this institution, and I sincerely apologize,” Bezan said. This apology came after a review by the House of Commons’ chief […]

Canada can use its words to ease tensions as Quebec drops the ‘hi’

Dec 4 2017 — Vicky Mochama — Bonjour, hi! For some, it’s a welcoming greeting meaning “hello, hi.” (That translation comes courtesy of ten years of French education, folks.) For others, it’s a hostile attack on the French language and the Québécois. Naturally, many of the latter are in the Parti Québécois who passed a motion in the Quebec national assembly inviting […]

The royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle will fix racism

Nov 29 2017 — Vicky Mochama — I am thrilled Meghan Markle is marrying Prince Harry, because it has solved racism. I know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone leave a gig on television for the job of Being Professionally Pleasant? Acting is so much less work. I wouldn’t leave such a cushy job, but Meghan quit Suits because of love. Delightful, […]

If we’re going to have a rink at Parliament Hill, let’s do it right

Nov 27 2017 — Vicky Mochama — For the first time all year, there’s something exciting happening on Parliament Hill. The Heritage Ministry announced they’ll be installing an ice rink on the east lawn of the Hill. Currently under construction and slated to open in December, the rink comes with boards, stands and something Ottawa does not need in December: a cooling […]

Judges failing women again on sex assault cases

Oct 26 2017 — Vicky Mochama — Let me tell you a tale of two judges. In their wisdom and with the power of the court behind them, each presided over a sexual assault trial. In Quebec this May, Judge Jean-Paul Braun presided over the case of a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger. Said Braun, “She’s a young girl, […]

Are Mélanie Joly and Bill Morneau being Punk’d?

Oct 22 2017 — Vicky Mochama — If I was being generous, I’d say between the foibles of these two ministers on tax changes and cultural policy, the party looks incompetent. But it’s rather good at branding the prime minister. Ever since they had her sit on a stage with the head of the Chicken Farmers of Canada to announce a frankly […]

ESPN exposes its hypocrisy in suspending Hill

Oct 12 2017 — Vicky Mochama — ESPN, the sports television network has suspended Jemele Hill, the co-host of the flagship show SportsCenter, over a violation of the company’s social media rules. The network had previously punished Hill, an analyst and commentator, for tweeting that Donald Trump is a white supremacist. The organization is well within its bounds to mete out uneven […]