April 6: Sheila Copps to speak at Women for 50% 2018

No Comments 18 March 2017

New date!

April 6, 2017

Join us for an unprecedented full-day gathering of New Brunswick women and men, coming together to commit to gender balance in elected office and encourage more women to run.

Guest speaker: Hon. Sheila Copps

Register today!

Visit Women for 50% 2018’s Facebook page for more information.

Pre-event news coverage to date:

Huddle Today. “Because in New Brunswick it’s still 1977.” January 11, 2017.

919TheBend.High Profile N.B. Women Pushing For More Female Candidates In 2018 Election.” January 11, 2017

CBC News New Brunswick.Work begins now to elect more women to legislature in 2018.” January 11, 2017.

Acadie Nouvelle.Un mouvement pour 50% de femmes à l’Assemblée législative en 2018.” 11 janvier 2017

New Brunswick Women’s Council.Women’s Council applauds growing movement to increase the number of women participating in New Brunswick politics, calls for changes to political process.” Français.


The Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country

No Comments 06 February 2017

Walrus Talks National Tour (cartoon graphic)The Order of Canada and the Walrus Foundation are jointly presenting The Walrus Talks Conversations About Canada: We Desire a Better Country, a national tour featuring 50 members of the Order and 50 youth leaders to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

“This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest honours,” said Governor General David Johnston. “Its motto, Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam (They desire a better country), is the source of inspiration for this one-of-a-kind speakers’ series. The diverse and compelling examples of excellence that it will showcase will inspire Canadians and invite them to imagine the Canada of tomorrow.”
The tour runs from March 1 to June 1, 2017 in 13 provinces and territories in just 13 weeks. The tour will connect members of the Order of Canada and Canada’s next generation of young leaders with communities across Canada on what our future as a country could and should be.

All of the events will be streamed live online and rebroadcast by CBC Radio and CPAC.

For tour dates and ticket information, visit


Book Launch: They Desire A Better Country

No Comments 01 February 2017

They Desire a Better Country (book cover)Who belongs to the Order of Canada?

The Governor-General’s office and the publisher, Figure.1, have brought together 50 stories of those who proudly wear the snowflake insignia in one book, They Desire A Better Country: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories.

This anniversary collection tells the stories of just 50 of the nearly 7,000 remarkable individuals who collectively hold Canada’s highest civilian honours.

Written by Lawrence Scanlan and translated by Daniel Poliquin, O.C., this book is about Canadians of every age, from coast to coast to coast, and celebrates the breathtaking diversity of Canadian achievements, all of which have made a lasting impact on our country.

This book will be available for purchase in February 2017. Every living member of the Order will receive a copy as will every high school and library system in the country.


10 Days To Change the World: Attend the World Design Summit

No Comments 25 January 2017

World Design Summit Montréal 2017

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Social Media as News

No Comments 23 November 2012

Social Media as News

A morning workshop
for journalists and news-watchers

CBC reporter and Twitter maven Kady O’Malley will be joining the presentation team at a
workshop next week for news and information professionals.

The National Press Club of Canada is offering this professional development workshop
on social media for journalists and others interested in understanding the craft on
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Adobe Systems, 343 Preston Street, Tower ll in the
Klondike Room.

Learn how journalists use social media to gather the news. Find out how to feed into the
24X7 news cycle using these techniques. Register for this unique opportunity at

Susan Murphy, Co-Founder and Digital Media Specialist at Jester Creative Inc. will be
leading this half-day workshop, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Social media’s impact on traditional marketing and journalism practices
– News breaks on Twitter first
– New media communications tools (blogs, podcasts, video)

Finding your online audience
– The importance of listening
– How to connect with people in the online world

How to establish realistic social media marketing goals
– Social media goals – it’s not about numbers
– Establishing business goals that make sense

Developing effective social media strategies
– Creating spaces
– Measuring success

Managing your social media time wisely
– Time saving social media tools
– Focusing on what’s important to you
– Scaling social media

All training materials, which may include presentation slides, relevant links and supporting
information will be provided in electronic form to course participants. These materials will be
provided via email after the workshop.

About the Instructor
Susan Murphy has 24 years of experience in media and communications, with 15 years
experience as a web site designer and digital content specialist. Susan is a former
television producer with hundreds of local and national programs to her credit ranging
from news to arts and entertainment. She has been working with social media since

Susan has 20 years of experience as a trainer, and has developed course content
for delivery in both the public and private sectors. She regularly delivers social media
training courses to a variety of private and public sector clients. More information about
Susan’s experience can be found at



October is women’s history month

No Comments 23 October 2012

October is women’s history month and there is much to celebrate. However, the advances we have enjoyed are under attack, in Canada and abroad. The Republican candidate for American president thinks the key to women’s political involvement is the requirement to leave work in time to get supper on the table. In our country, the Conservatives continue the attack on reproductive rights of women. In this month that honours the Famous Five, those courageous women who fought for our right to vote, we should all do our part for equality.

I have recently taken on responsibility for the Liberal Party’s Judy LaMarsh fund. In the next few months, Liberals across the country will organize activities in support of the Judy Fund. Please join Liberal Member of Parliament Dr. Carolyn Bennett at the end of the month at a Parliamentary Scaraoke Party. Just follow my web link and I will see you there. If you want to host your own party, email me at Continue Reading

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“Scaraoke” for Judy / pour Judy

No Comments 12 October 2012

Karaoke Fundraiser for the Judy Lamarsh Fund hosted by the Liberal Women’s Caucus.













La collecte du Caucus des Femmes du Parti Libéral “Scaraoke” pour le fonds Judy Lamarsh.


Young Liberals of Canada Quebec Fundraiser

No Comments 12 August 2012


Happy Canada Day!

No Comments 01 July 2012

Happy Canada Day!

Much has happened in the past six months, since we last connected. When a door closes, another one always opens. Last month, I participated in an international conference on volunteerism in China.

On the home front Andrew Coyne and I have been debating the corruptibility of prime ministers in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver as part of a series entitled The History Wars. Calgary is our next stop. Next week, I am off to Quebec City to participate in the annual conference of the Quebec English School Boards Association. I write weekly for the Hill Times and have recently begun contributing to a unique Globe and Mail column on office politics.

On the business front, I am currently sitting on the international advisory board of Datawind, the Montreal-based company that has produced the world’s least expensive computer. They want to bridge the digital divide and I hope to help. This week, I was also honoured to be named Special Advisor to Vancouver-based Skanderbeg Capital.

On the voluntary front, I am still working on my Haiti project. As President of the National Press Club Foundation, I am also fundraising in support of journalism scholarships.

On the leisure front, my husband, Austin and I have just purchased a vacation property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which we hope to rent out. The unit is a two-story penthouse right on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta (a 10 minute cab ride from the airport).

Via my website, I hope to update you periodically.  If you want to unsubscribe, no hard feelings.  New visitors, you can subscribe to my newsletter on the right column of the page.

Meanwhile, remember how blessed we are to live in this wonderful country. Celebrate today!


History Wars at the ROM – Power Corrupts Canadian Politicians

No Comments 25 October 2011

Here is a copy of a speech I gave at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) History Wars debate.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men…” So goes Lord Acton’s famous 1887 aphorism.  The examples to support Acton’s claim are numerous. One only has to Google “dictators,” warlords” and “fascists,” to retrieve a list bearing the stories of Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin Dada and Adolph Hitler, to name a few.

Without question, these men committed horrific crimes.  And, viewed in isolation, one could be forgiven for falling back on the notion that power corrupts every politician.

One can also comb through evening news to witness the tribulations of governors, senators and mayors who have been caught with their nose deep in the public trough.  From the horrific to the benign, there is no shortage of example to demonstrate the prevalence of political corruption.

With this disclaimer behind us, we need to more closely examine the notion that “power corrupts”?  Tonight’s debate presents us with an opportunity to free ourselves from the simply sensational reporting of today’s 24/7 news networks to truly consider whether the notion of corruption in high places is as prevalent as it appears.  The question should be, “are politicians more corruptible with the attainment of power than their counterparts in other spheres of endeavor”?

With that in mind, I’ll cite the examples of Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black, media tycoons and possessors of power stemming from capital and influence.  Do their recent indiscretions demean the reputations of all journalists, or are they isolated incidents reflective of individual overweening ambition? Continue Reading

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