A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin Trudeau

Allegations of a groping incident 18 years ago won't go away. The prime minister needs to be more definitive in his response

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin TrudeauIs Justin Trudeau telling the truth about an alleged groping incident with a female reporter 18 years ago, or is the prime minister lying through his teeth? Yes, that’s a harsh way of laying it out. But there’s no point in sugarcoating this unusual story any longer, as some media organizations were doing up until…

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?

A new survey says people are looking at journalism with new respect in these troubled times

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?It’s true. The 2018 survey by Cision of 1,355 journalists from across six countries discovered that perceived trust in professional journalists improved by 20 per cent this year. Cision is a global provider of media software. Yes, sadly, journalists felt underappreciated by 91 per cent of the general public up until last year. And fake…

Time for #MeToo to shift to the #IRegret movement

The focus on consent has made men all over the world stop and think. Am I one of those men?

Time for #MeToo to shift to the #IRegret movementStrangely, this weird moment in history is a good time to be alive. I've been a feminist most of my adult life, at least since I realized power imbalances were rampant in present and past societies. After dedicating most of the 1990s and 2000s to fighting the good fight in the trenches, I burned out and left…

The much-delayed wakening of Rip Van Willard

Our erstwhile hero is roused from an almost-35-year slumber to find that much has changed – and some things never change

The much-delayed wakening of Rip Van Willard“It’s a friggin’ miracle … you woke up uncle Willy! I bet your old doc never seen this coming. Who would’a guessed you'd sleep for almost 35 years? How do ya feel?” “Where am I … is this heaven?” “No siree uncle, you're in the Heart of the New West!” “Whoa,where else would I be,…

Man receives prison term for sexual interference

Dharam Brahmbhatt could be deported to India as a result of the guilty verdict

Man receives prison term for sexual interferenceClarion Staff Dharam Brahmbhatt’s future in Canada is uncertain after being sentenced to four months in jail for committing sexual interference at his workplace. The criminal matter was at provincial court for decision after a trial several weeks ago. Judge Robert Jackson had ruled that Brahmbhatt was guilty of committing sexual interference and all that…

How do we play the mating game in the #MeToo era?

The workplace was once an acceptable place to find romance. Now it's a place to court misunderstanding and perhaps disaster

How do we play the mating game in the #MeToo era?My parents met during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when life was tough. They were both teachers in small prairie schools. My father was older than my mother and after a brief courtship they married. There’s nothing unusual about that story. In fact, it was very common. Many teachers met and married. In most…

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive action

#TimesUp has already raised more than $20 million, acquired legal support and reached out to help harassment victims

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive actionIt is not always obvious what policies and practices our political leaders support. In Canada, however, our prime minister has made very clear that the removal of gender discrimination is a major focus that he’s already taken steps to implement. A major component of gender discrimination and one that should have been eliminated long ago…

The end of the sexual revolution, the start of a new awakening?

Justin Trudeau must set a new standard for sexual propriety in great part because his father dismantled traditional values

The end of the sexual revolution, the start of a new awakening?It feels like good fortune to watch this full circle moment when the son must grapple with what the father wrought. Mere weeks ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke emphatically about his insistence on proper conduct between the sexes on Parliament Hill and, by extension, among Canadians generally. While North America grapples with the newest…

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not done

Patrick Brown, Kent Hehr and more – the cultural shift has finally reached Canadian politics

#MeToo strikes Canadian politics with a fury – and it’s not doneThe Conservative MP shook his head. We were in a restaurant in Toronto, getting caught up. He’d just told me that a little-known federal Tory backbencher named Patrick Brown was going to seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative party leadership. I’d told him all I’d heard about Brown was that he “had a zipper problem.” The…

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campus

The concept of rape culture was invented by feminists to tar all men with the brush of the worst of them

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campusAccusations of rape made by students against other students or staff members have caused great concern in universities and beyond. Female students at McGill University, according to individual and in-class conversations, frame rape as a result of “rape culture.” But their definition of “rape culture” doesn’t fit with what’s usually meant by “culture.” In order…

#MeToo movement gains traction in Ottawa

Ottawa’s corridors of power have been buzzing about a coming bombshell. The revelations will bring a speedy end to many political careers

#MeToo movement gains traction in OttawaThat didn’t take long. Last week, I wondered why the #MeToo movement had yet to alight in Ottawa. Within days – and just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was about to take the stage at his annual Christmas party – TVA broke a major story: a senior staff person in Trudeau’s office was under investigation.…

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…

Men are not a collective, but I’ll apologize anyway

Men are not like the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation who operate as a single entity with a hive mind

Men are not a collective, but I’ll apologize anywayIt’s a bad time for men. Well, all men who aren’t Justin Trudeau. As a feminist, the prime minister will always enjoy absolution and be above the fray. For the rest of us, it’s been a few weeks of witnessing daily and very public shamings of men based on their behaviour towards women in the…

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…