I still write stuff

I just never update this blog. Ummmm, what have I been most pleased with lately?

I started watching Canadians read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on YouTube. If you care about Canada’s history, it’s basically a must. But it’s hard.

For Canada Day, I thought about the cultural bridges that food can build — and the ones it can’t. Also, I’m going to be on a panel at the Kitchen Bitches conference in September, talking about misogyny in the food industry. It will be interesting, but also fun. You should come.

Dear Auntie: it’s silence, not sex education, that harms children.

In the 1990s, I made some friends on the internet. I love them. A look at the rosy side of online life, which often gets a bad rep.


Another effect of Toronto’s real estate boom: shelters getting squeezed out of their rental spaces.



Omg The Ethnic Aisle Omg

Four years ago, a few fellow Toronto media-types and I started a blog called the Ethnic Aisle. The idea was to be the change we wanted to see: to combat the surface-level, condescending and clueless coverage of the GTA’s racialized/ethnic/multicultural communities with smart stuff we’d actually like to read.

It’s been fun, and a lot of work. We’ve talked about racism, and body hair, and food and booze and politics. And we did it for freeeeee. The response has always been enthusiastic and supportive, but you know – doing stuff for free can get tiring, and crazy. So we decided to run a crowdfunder to see if good will could turn into dollars and HOLY HECK! You really like us.

So: this fall the Ethnic Aisle will put out a Canada issue. Next year, we’ll put out two digital issues and a print anthology. Love you to pieces, Toronto. Thanks for keeping it real.

Recent stories: sleep, and surrogates

pillowsMostly been editing of late, but last week I indulged my sleep obsession and wrote about dreamy mattresses, pillows and sheets. 

Also, from a few weeks back, a longer, more serious piece on Canadian surrogates: women who have other people’s babies, even though they’re not allowed to get paid.

Over at Globe Life

Been sitting on the Life desk at the Globe and Mail for a couple of months, re-learning what it means to be an editor from the one and only Kathryn Hayward. Here are a few stories I’ve been particularly pleased to conceive, edit and overall help shine:

Wild parties, theft and condom wrappers: the rewards and risks of Airbnb – Adam Bisby on the new wariness of Airbnb hosts

The strong, skinny type: Simon Lewsen on 20-something guys who work out a lot. Like, a lot. Is that a problem?

Hesistant parents explain their unease with new sex-ed curriculum: Rebecca Cuneo Keenan with a really insightful piece on parents who don’t like the province’s new curriculum.

Uh, 2014 In a Glance?

Right, so. The first thing that happened in 2014 was this:

gotdroolwhich is why this is so sorely out of date. Most of what I’ve done in the past few months have been op-eds for the Globe and Mail Commentary section. Here they are, in roughly chronological order:

The Inaccesible Truth About Public Transit: pushing a stroller and my able-bodied privilege

The Realtors of Oz: bidding wars make real estate unnecessarily sleazy.

Work Creep: I’m against Wifi in public parks. 

Men; fight misogyny every day, or be responsible for violence against women.

Tattoos. Yawn. 

Canada needs paid parental leave specifically for fathers and secondary parents. 

Are Your Legs Broken? Democracy is a verb.

The world needs fewer celebrity feminists, and more ordinary ones. 

Let Dutee Run: Stop gender policing female athletes’ bodies. 

There was a relaunch of the Toronto ethnicity and race blog that I edit, The Ethnic Aisle, with an amazing Election Issue and gorgeous new design by Simon Yau. I then went on CBC Metro Morning to talk about race and the election with the terrifyingly articulate Desmond Cole.

And, very sadly, The Grid was closed down for good, something I’m bummed about on the regular.

I’m working on a couple of exciting and interesting projects right now, so stay tuned. Thanks for coming by.


Ethnic Aisle: The Election Issue

You might have heard there’s an election in Toronto soon. If the discourse so far has left you wishing for something slightly smarter, the Ethnic Aisle Election Issue is here for you. We’ve got real talk on whether non-citizens should be allowed to vote, how zoning can be racist, and how the Ford era has made this a city where people feel ok to use hateful slurs. Read it. Then vote, yo.

Buy magazines!

I’m quite proud of a few recent pieces that aren’t FREE ONLINE. Put down some cash for:

“Made in Toronto:” in the November issue of Toronto Life, profiles of some of Toronto’s remaining factory workers, with photos by Dave Gillespie. Go Wildcats! Edit: it’s up now.

“Tweet Justice:” in the December issue of the Walrus, a profile of social media savvy Edmonton social worker Mark Cherrington. Edit: It’s now online.

But you should still buy magazines (or digital access), you freeloader.