Social Issues & Urban living

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I love writing, and I love journalism. I’ve worked for 11 incredible years in this  industry, sticking my elbows out to get the best shot at crammed press conferences, interviewing amazing people (like Romeo Dallaire), and sweating through tight deadlines in high energy newsrooms.

But in 2015 I made the decision to take my career down a different path, saying goodbye to the newsroom so I could freelance and blog, while being home with my children.

Stick around to check out some of my recent stories about social issues and urban living.

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Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 2.27.49 PMHow hashtag activism brought out the best us  (Metro)

Social media isn’t without its flaws. It can sometimes seem like nothing more than a meeting place for narcissists and trolls. But it can also bring out the best in people, providing them with a platform to campaign for important causes that might otherwise go unnoticed, and giving them an almost limitless audience. Read more

White Supremacy in Canada (Metro)

What is the alt-right, and how does it differ from the term white supremacist, skin head and Nazi? Does this movement exist in Canada, and could it gain the kind of momentum we see south of the border? Metro talked with Canadian experts on white supremacy to look at the white power movement in Canada in this eye-opening six-part series.

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 12.46.36 PMIs Christmas in November disrespectful to veterans? (Metro)

Metro reached out to current and former members of the military to get their take on whether stores should or should not put up holiday decor before Nov. 11. Read more


Media and mental illness (Metro)

There are several terrible truths surrounding the stabbings of two teenage girls in an Abbotsford high school. The first and most tragic being that a young girl is dead and another injured. The second being that the young man allegedly responsible appears to have had no motive. Whether mental illness played a factor is still unclear, but that hasn’t stopped many people from jumping to that conclusion. Read more

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 7.22.03 PMWhy we gave up being landlords to be Airbnb hosts instead (Toronto Star)

They leave us Israeli dates, Dutch cheese graters, homemade Brazilian treats and toys for our kids. Little thank-yous for hosting them in our home, even though it’s not really our home, but an apartment we built in our basement and converted into an Airbnb suite. To say we didn’t get that treatment when we were landlords is an understatement… Read more

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 7.03.34 PMBabylicious welcomes tykes into T.O. eateries (Toronto Star)

Tabülé on Queen St. E. is packed with media moms and their babies. We’re sitting at tables chatting while the kids, strapped into high chairs, suck back food pouches. All the kids, that is, except my 3-year-old. She’s squeezed the contents of her pouch onto a plate and is licking it like a child raised by wolves. She’s eaten almost nothing, and has declared herself “full” and “done.” … Read more

10300078_10154363112220381_2381510031461098031_nWant to rent on Toronto Islands? Get ready to schmooze (Toronto Star)

Ever have a fantasy about ditching your city life and setting up shop in one of the cosy cottages on the Toronto Islands? It’s quiet, you can watch the sun set from the beach, and you’re only a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown. Best of all, there’s no traffic. Paradise, right? But with fewer than 300 homes on the Island, stock is limited. And unless you know someone who knows someone whose brother’s cousin is an Islander and can vouch for you, homeowners may not be willing to hand over their keys… Read more

promo-front-1_0Gentrification can include marginalized people (Metro)

Something pretty amazing in the world of social outreach happened in Toronto last week, and it’s caught the attention of homeless advocates across the country. A 106-bed shelter for women and children was slated to close at the end of March, but a developer stepped in and offered space in a boutique condo in a trendy neighbourhood. The news was celebrated around the city, especially in the community of Leslieville, where 50,000 people signed a petition demanding the shelter stay open… Read more

Screen shot 2015-03-01 at 11.55.10 AMConfessions of a former Mean Girl on Pink Shirt Day (Metro)

It’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada — a national day to raise awareness about bullying — so let’s talk. Bullying education has come a long way since I was a kid. Students today learn that bullying takes many forms, from the physical to emotional, and they’re taught to recognize and address these various forms of abuse. It’s a conversation we need to keep having, as it’s easy for children — and adults — to ignore the types of bullying that don’t leave bruises… Read more

homeless1 What’s wrong with feeding the homeless? When no good deed goes unpunished (Metro)

I’m your average Canadian — polite, apologetic and law-abiding. I like that rules are in place to maintain order and fairness. But there’s something wrong with a legal system that punishes Good Samaritans — and by extension the people they are trying to help… Read more

Ban Ki-Moon Meets With Malala Yousafzai At The U.N.The new (baby)face of feminism (Metro)

There’s a new face to feminism these days. It’s a youthful face, made up of girls fighting for women’s rights before they’ve become women themselves. Consider Malala Yousafzai, who has just become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was only 11 years old when she became a vocal activist for the universal right to education. Her rallying cry for children’s and girls’ equality is aimed at policy-makers. But, by virtue of her age, she’s inspiring fellow children…  Read more

Ghomeshi Charged 20141126It’s not about Ghomeshi, it’s about sexual violence (Metro)

Let me inundate you with even more Jian Ghomeshi analysis, because I think it’s important. In fact, I think it’s a matter of life and death. So before we turn the page, hear me out. Jian Ghomeshi has been charged and the case is in the courts, but this isn’t the time to turn our backs on the story. If we do so, it will end an important dialogue about sexual violence, and that puts women in danger… Read more

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