York University thinks religious beliefs should transcend gender equality — and that’s wrong

There has been a fury of controversy at York University in Toronto in the past couple of weeks. A male student requested exemption from having to do group work in class with females, citing religious reasons. While the professor flatly refused to accommodate his request, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts insisted on the […]

Why I’m Opting Out of Full-Time Kindergarten

The province of Ontario is in the process of switching over to full-time kindergarten. That means that all four-year-olds (and three-year-olds who have yet to turn four this year) are supposed to attend junior kindergarten (JK) from 8:45 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. There is no nap or quiet time in the afternoon; it’s a regular […]

The Insidious Scourge That Is “Kid Food”

Humans are the only animals who feed their kids something other than what they’re supposed to eat as adults. If you watch any nature show, you’ll see that there’s no such thing as “kid food” in the animal world. There’s just “infant food,” such as milk for baby mammals and partially digested, regurgitated food for […]

Let’s stop the destruction: No ATVs on municipal roads!

I grew up in paradise on the shores of a small clean lake in Muskoka, Ontario’s famed cottage country. There are thick forests and cascades of granite along the lake’s edges and the whole area pulsates with wildlife. I share my childhood home with deer, moose, beaver, bullfrogs, snapping turtles, chipmunks, loons, and black bears. […]

No More Games :: the Brazilian Protests

Clearly, I’ve been living under a rock because I only just became aware of the protests that have been filling Brazilian streets lately. (No, wait – I’ve just been busy birthing babies!) Now I’m noticing all the Facebook posts from my Brazilian friends, most of which are hugely supportive of the protests. One picture of […]