The post-pandemic classroom shouldn't be based around screens
The pandemic must not become disaster capitalism’s moment in the classroom, when we are hoodwinked into believing that education is best delivered through machines.
The Globe and Mail, August 2021
When kids dread recess, we have a problem
Recess in its current form is failing to provide the physical activity and social opportunities that are its raison d'être – and the consequences are serious.
The Globe and Mail, February 2019
Removing class size caps doesn't solve problems
The Ford government’s latest swing of his deficit-slashing hatchet has nothing to do with education – and everything to do with the looming spring budget.
The Globe and Mail, January 2019
Doug Ford is failing on the education file
The Premier will have to listen to the people: all the people, not just the ones he likes
The Globe and Mail, August 2018
Absent teachers aren't solving problems - they're creating new ones
This is the season of the substitute, as regular teachers vanish and instruction gives way to games, movies and popsicles.
The Globe and Mail, June 2018
More Phys Ed in Schools!
Schools need to stop considering physical activity a fun distraction from the serious business of academic work and recognize that it is essential to learning.
The Globe and Mail, September 2017
Report cards are failing parents and their kids
The fact that my son "writes different kinds of texts following models to communicate a certain purpose" leaves me rather cold.
The Globe and Mail, June 2016
Banning cartwheels: what’s the point of recess with no fun?
Risk is a big word in parenting theses days; in fact, we may be the most paranoid generation of parents in history.
The Globe and Mail, October 2015
Could WiFi in schools be harming our kids?
"We're asking much bigger questions, like what is education? Are these devices good for society generally? Is this speed of innovation a good thing? The stakes here are huge."
The Globe and Mail, May 2014
The Anti-Nut Nutiness
Public health authorities face a tricky challenge, determining how to balance the concerns of the allergic individual against the well-being of the group. Meanwhile, immunologists are warning about the unintended consequences of widespread nut avoidance.
The Globe and Mail, February 2014
PARENTING / CHILDCARE
Why I don’t shield my kids from the news
There’s a prevailing belief in our culture that the innocence of childhood is sacred and must be preserved at all costs. I don’t agree.
Today's Parent, September 2017.
The Story of Us was not a failure: ask my kids
It did not present a perfect, exhaustive chronology – the most deadening approach to history – but highlighted the drama, the stories within the histories, some of the main historic arcs.
The Globe and Mail, June 2017
Best Summer Ever
There's no small irony in the fact that, while we love them to death, we're depriving our children of one of the richest aspects of our own childhoods: freedom.
Cottage Life, July 2015
Take my kids, please!
When I moved back to Toronto from Berlin, a newly single mum, my first order of business was finding good, affordable childcare for my two boys. What I discovered was a daycare system on the verge of collapse.
Toronto Life, September 2012
National Magazine Award nomination
Who's Doug Ford trying to please?
Traffic flow is a problem on Ontario highways, but a 10km/h raise in speed limits isn’t going to fix it. The move is nothing more than a distraction from a much bigger problem: The transportation sector is the main contributor of greenhouse gases in this province.
The Globe and Mail, May 2019
Kids in Public Transit - Who could object to that?
“Helicopter parenting” has metastasized well beyond the parent, into the reaches of schools, institutions and provincial ministries
The Globe and Mail, September 2017
What is a fit penalty when a driver takes a pedestrian’s life?
One would hope that the judicial process would at least provide some clarity and that penalties would act as a serious deterrent.
The Globe and Mail, December 2016
Far from Home
The Dasni family survived unspeakable horrors in Iraq. When they arrived in Toronto last year, they had nothing: no money, no English and only a vague idea of where Canada was on a map.
Chatelaine, November 2017.
Digital Publishing Award nomination
A holly, jolly Christmas - while the planet burns
Between climate change, the most severe spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and global pollution on an unprecedented scale, Earth has little cause for celebration
The Globe and Mail, December 2018
Their intentions are good, but when the super rich decide to back a cause, ego can sometimes undermine the hard work of NGOs.
Corporate Knights, October 2015
OUR HOME & NATIVE LAND
Canadians don’t know how to vacation
A holiday, as the Oxford English tells us, is "a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done." So why do we continue to desecrate them?
The Globe and Mail, March 2018
No ‘fake Christmas’ in our house: Only a real tree will do
There's something quite remarkable about bringing a mammoth chunk of nature into our increasingly sterile urban homes.
Globe and Mail, December 2017
Neither Rhyme nor Reason to Ontario’s beer sales “shake-up”
Treating alcohol as a forbidden fruit, best kept under lock and key, does nothing to keep it out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have it.
The Globe and Mail, December 2015
R.C. Harris: the man behind the Bloor Street Viaduct
Designed to transport water, traffic and electricity, it was built in 1918.
Toronto Star, July 2015
Front Lines, Home Fires
In the early 1940s, the battle fields of Europe and the sunny shores of Muskoka were closer than it seemed.
Cottage Life , Summer 2015
International Regional Magazine Award nomination
DISPATCHES FROM GERMANY
Berlinale Bust or Buzz?
Stars such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Penelope Cruz may have turned out on in force for this year's Berlinale, but there were few cinematic masterpieces.
Spiegel Online, February 2008
Ich bin ein (hammered) Berliner
One Saturday night late last month, a 16-year-old boy succeeded in downing 56 shots of tequila in a drinking competition at a west Berlin bar.
The Globe and Mail, March 2007
All eyes are trained on Enemy
The future of Studio Babelsberg may rest on the decay of its past
The Globe and Mail, February 2001