A Woman’s Place is in the House

Kayla Ishkanian and Priscilla Mak Now in the program’s fifth year, the University of Toronto Women in House program brings young women from undergraduate and graduate programs across the university to Parliament Hill. The program was co-founded at the University of Toronto in 2013 by Tina Park, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for the […]

The Case for an Arts & Culture Policy Revamp

Jordann Thirgood As Canadian icon Gord Downie makes history and our nation approaches its 150th birthday, the time is ripe for government to promote and strategically invest in our artists and cultural industries. On August 20, millions of Canadians collectively wept as lead vocalist Gord Downie gave the performance of a lifetime during what was likely […]

On Catherine McKenna and the Pressure to Compromise

Jonathan Kates Last week, as interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose grilled the Liberal government in the House of Commons on their yet-to-be announced decision regarding the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was giving Ambrose her answer over 5,000 kilometres away. In Richmond, B.C., with Natural Resources […]

Seen and Heard: An International Women’s Day Discussion on Gender Equality

James Nelson On March 8th, I attended an International Women’s Day event hosted by The Hill Times in Ottawa to discuss gender equality and the role women play in policy making.  The International Women’s Day 2016 campaign theme, Pledge for Parity, follows the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015, which estimates that the […]

Keeping our House in order: How the Speaker of the Commons is Chosen

Alexa Grieg The night of October 19th, 2015 was a big one for Canadians. Many outstanding (and longstanding) questions were answered. Did voter turnout finally increase? A whopping 69.1 per cent of eligible voters exercised their democratic right to vote, the highest turnout in a Canadian federal election since 1993. Did we elect a new […]

Seen and Heard: Women in House Event in Ottawa

Claudia Wong An annual event at Parliament Hill, Women in House provides an opportunity for university students to gain an inside look into the lives of female politicians in the Canadian federal government. The program, which is hosted by many universities across Canada, aims to foster among women a desire for political involvement in and […]