B.A., Carleton University
M.S.c., University of London
Former political staffer turned advocacy consultant and government relations strategist to underrepresented groups; child poverty, Indigenous issues and not for profits, among others.
Truth, Reconciliation, and the Responsibility to Protect
Truth, Reconciliation and the Responsibility to Protect: The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) found Canada responsible for perpetrating "cultural, physical, and biological genocide against Aboriginal populations." Canada is a signatory to the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), which renders the convention legally binding domestically. Canada has further committed to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, which is not legally binding per se, but can spur the action of the international community. As Canada has ratified these international commitments, and in light of the recent findings of the TRC, how has Canada failed Indigenous populations under the guidelines of these legal instruments?
Sugar Tax Op-Ed
Canada - It’s time to tax our sugar already. As Canadians we often pride ourselves as progressive leaders on social issues and the common good. One illustration of this common good has and will always be our healthcare system. As 2016 was winding down, the Federal government announced its intent to develop and implement a federal sugar tax as one of the next steps to improving our treasured healthcare apparatus. Implementing a sugar tax, and designing it based on lengthy consultation with stakeholders across Canada is a commitment that the government will be able to meet with relative ease.