Time to unmask the creeps crawling Ottawa’s corridors of power

There are powerful men on Parliament Hill who are sexual predators. The #MeToo campaign should be exposing their sins

Time to unmask the creeps crawling Ottawa’s corridors of powerIt’s hit Hollywood. It’s taken down big names in the media. All over Capitol Hill in Washington, too. So why hasn’t the #MeToo movement claimed any of the creeps crawling through Ottawa’s corridor of power? Because, God knows, there’s plenty of dirty old (and young) men up there. The stories are legion. So where is…

When a kiss is just a kiss

Fairy tales impart pro-social values and are full of lessons for the young. We do our children no favours when we read lust and sexual assault into them

When a kiss is just a kissIn Casablanca, the greatest movie ever made, Dooley Wilson (as Sam) sings: “You must remember this/ A kiss is just a kiss/ A sigh is just a sigh.” Sarah Hall of North Shields, England, would disagree. For her, a kiss, such as that bestowed by the handsome prince on Sleeping Beauty, teaches impressionable youngsters that…

While we focus on sexual abuse, we can’t forget power abuse

Power abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. We need to put systems in place to control it

While we focus on sexual abuse, we can’t forget power abuseWhen the new allegations of sexual abuse in Hollywood surfaced, I was surprised that so many women (and men) were piling on. I thought we’d taken care of this problem after Anita Hill courageously declared in 1991 that Clarence Thomas was unfit to stand for the U.S. Supreme Court because of sexual harassment. Certainly, universities…

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all men

The Alberta premier really shouldn't be touted as a role model for young girls

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all menAlberta Premier Rachel Notley must apologize to all Albertans for engaging in sexist gender stereotyping in the legislature. Instead, she’s taking a page from the state representative who seemed to think it best to make light about the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotyping in the Oklahoma legislature. In 2013, Oklahoma State Rep. Dennis Johnson got into hot water…

Hefner, Weinstein and the tawdry, damaging world of modern sex

The personal price for satisfaction for the Playboy founder and his disciples, but extremely high for society

Hefner, Weinstein and the tawdry, damaging world of modern sexHugh Hefner’s death has resulted in Latin maxims battling in my head. On one hand, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Of the dead say nothing but good”) is wise and charitable. But so too is “De mortuis nil nisi verum” (“Of the dead speak nothing but the truth”). If we spoke nothing but the truth about…

Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversy

The allegations against Calgary MP Darshan Kang should have been met with quick action by the prime minister. Why weren't they?

Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversyA politician’s true mettle is on full display when faced with a controversy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surely knows this political rule of thumb. Alas, he was all fingers when faced with a situation that required immediate action but received longer-than-expected inaction: the controversy involving Darshan Kang. A former Alberta Liberal MLA, Kang was elected as…