“Brave Spaces” launches new podcast series

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new Brave Spaces Podcast series on the theme of diversity. The Podcast series is hosted by Dr. Margarida Garcia, 2004 Scholar and Chair of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Diversity. During these conversations, at times uncomfortable but nevertheless necessary, Dr. Garcia explores with the…

Why is no one talking about for-profit homecare?

The global pandemic drew attention to decades-long problems in long-term residential care in Canada – resulting in tragic loss of life for thousands, and loss of quality of life for the many more who experienced isolation and inadequate care during pandemic lockdowns. Research has demonstrated that COVID-19 related mortality and inadequate care during the pandemic…

Overshoot Day: a sustainability metric that you should know

On July 28, the Think Tank Global Footprint Network announced Overshoot Day for theyear 2022. Overshoot Day is when the world’s population has consumed all the natural andrenewable resources made available for the year by the planet. This metric was designed in 1990 by Mathis Weckernagel, PhD Student at University of British-Columbia. He is now…

The non-profit labour force is in crisis

Governments must act now to ensure Canadians don’t lose community services Non-profits across this country are at the forefront of helping communities survive and thrive. Non-profit workers are committed to serving their communities and have found innovative ways to do this throughout the pandemic. But we’re at a tipping point. If governments do not act…

Canada needs to step up for the women and girls of Afghanistan

The Taliban’s draconian measure of requiring face coverings is the latest step in an ongoing nightmare for the women and girls of Afghanistan. Since the Taliban reasserted control over the country last August, women and girls have seen their access to education cut off, had their mobility restricted and been excluded from political life. Women…

Now is the time for Canada’s feminist foreign policy

When Ukrainian and Russian representatives meet to attempt to negotiate a way out of the crisis, the absence of women from those tables is glaring. Yet research shows that peace accords are more likely to last when there is meaningful engagement by women. This is exactly the moment a strong feminist foreign policy is needed…

A national child-care program: it took a pandemic

One of the most meaningful outcomes of the pandemic is the long-awaited establishment of a national program to provide high-quality, affordable child care. Advocates argue that this $30-billion investment will be good for children, good for women and good for the economy. With every province now having signed on, the program’s path to realization and…

Men’s mental health is the silent killer

Everyone told me these would be the best days of my life. I’m 18, finishing college and the world around me seems to be imploding. I haven’t had COVID-19, I have a job and I consider myself one of thelucky ones. But my entire college experience is a zoom room with screens off. I’ve met…

Microlending to support skilled immigrants

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) – Canada’s leading citizenship organization and the world’s foremost voice on citizenship and inclusion – has made a $500,000 investment in Windmill Microlending’s innovative and highly-effective Community Bond program, helping 50 skilled immigrants build successful professional lives in Canada thanks to Windmill’s accreditation and upskilling loans. “New immigrants don’t…

Feminism on the rise in Canada

Since the second wave of the women’s equality movement in the 1960s, the term “feminism” has been subject to bouts of withering criticism. At various times, feminism has been deemed too militant or radical, has been declared “dead” or has met with critics seeking to replace it entirely with something more palatable; “equalism” has often…