National Newswatch

Against the sabotaging noise, women are devoted to getting the work done

Feb 22 2018 — Vicky Mochama — After trying to ignore the Climate Change Barbie insult coined by alt-right website Rebel Media, environment minister Catherine McKenna snapped when a former Conservative minister used the smear late last year. Rather than continue to ignore it, and against the advice of her staff, she answered a question about it during a scrum. “My daughters […]

Pipeline feud finally hit public where it hurts — their wine glasses

Feb 9 2018 — Vicky Mochama — One hundred and fifty years ago, Confederation began with wine and vague threats. This moment is the future the founders wanted. The discontent between Alberta and British Columbia over the Trans-Mountain pipeline has finally hit the public where it hurts: their wine glasses. After the B.C. environment minister announced that the government would look into […]

Trudeau is right to call anti-immigrant groups racist

Feb 7 2018 — Vicky Mochama — On Saturday, a 28-year-old Italian man shot at African migrants, injuring one woman and five men in a central Italian town. Over a two-hour period, the man shot from his car at Black migrants from “Nigeria, Ghana, the Gambia and Mali” according to RAI state television. The shooter is being charged with attempted murder with […]

As Ottawa mulls labour code update, culture change clearly needed

Feb 5 2018 — Vicky Mochama — #MeToo has opened the floodgates and the waters are beginning to hit the Canadian political landscape. In politics, as in many workplaces, harassment and abuse can run rampant if unchecked. Every federal party is dealing with this. On Thursday Jagmeet Singh announced that the NDP would investigate a complaint regarding Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir, whose […]

Much left unsaid during Trudeau’s public reckoning with Black people

Jan 31 2018 — Vicky Mochama — While watching the prime minister’s announcement Tuesday that Canada would finally recognize the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent, I found myself agog. When I’m expecting to be disappointed, it’s rare that I’m also surprised. Frankly, the announcement went as expected. Which isn’t saying much. Two days before the beginning of Black […]

To advocate successfully, we must advocate specifically

Jan 22 2018 — Vicky Mochama — Women everywhere are facing incredible, though not insurmountable, challenges. It was apparent at the Women’s March this year and last year. And in how the #MeToo movement has spotlighted a pervasive culture of harassment and sexual abuse. As federal policy is being crafted right now around accessibility, there is one group I’d like to highlight. […]

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 […]

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, […]