By Nili Kaplan-Myrth and Ariel Troster
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many gross inequalities, globally, more apparent. Many of us became advocates by default, feeling we really had no other choice. Nili and Ariel interview women across Canada who work double or triple shifts as professionals, parents and activists, shining a light on the issues that keep us up at night. From the streets, to the waiting room, to the classroom, advocacy is often the only prescription for change.
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Rx: AdvocacyJun 01, 2021
Dr. Maya Goldenberg: What Drives Vaccine Hesitancy?
Dr. Beyhan Farhadi speaks about virtual education & pandemic politics.
Covid, classrooms, and closures - Kelly Iggers speaks about educators and the education system
Birgit Umaigba, RN, speaks about a year of working in the ICU during COVID-19
Fae Johnstone speaks about trans women’s experiences for IWD2021
In conversation with Sara Fung and Amie Varley of the @grittynurse podcast
Onward with our Advocacy, 2021
Amanda Jette Knox speaks about the importance of mentorship as we navigate activism & advocacy
Dr Zena Sharman speaks about redesign of LTC, from a lens of LGBTQ+ rights, and disability justice
Episode Thirteen: Dr. Jessi Gold speaks about mental health during the pandemic
Episode Twelve: Dr. Sue Reid speaks about burnout during the pandemic
Episode 11: Dr. Clover Hemans speaks about advocating for vulnerable populations during the pandemic
Episode Ten: Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook speaks about reproductive rights and justice during the pandemic
Episode Nine: Dr. Lisa Richardson speaks about systemic racism and Indigenous self-determination in healthcare
Episode Eight: Dr. Michelle Cohen speaks about sexism and gender bias in healthcare
Episode Seven: Dr. Melissa Holowaty talks about addiction med & barriers to care in rural settings.
Episode Six: Dr. Eugenie Waters and Dr. Sarah Sloan speak about health and climate advocacy.
Episode Five: lawyer Emilie Coyle speaks about advocating for prisoners' rights during a global pandemic.
Episode Four: Jill Promoli speaks about flu prevention and advocacy for universal paid sick days
Episode Three: Dr Vivian Stamatopoulos, speaks about essential caregivers
Episode Two: Laura McCoy, teacher, speaks about advocacy in education
Laura McCoy is an elementary school teacher and has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for 21 years. She is a Regional Organizer for the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, and a founding member of Ontario Education Workers United, a rank-and-file group of education workers. She lives in Toronto with her partner, and has two teenage children.
Episode One: Dr Jennifer Kwan, family doctor, speaks about pandemic public health advocacy
Dr. Jennifer Kwan is a family physician from Burlington, Ontario. She is an advocate for Masks4Canada & creates daily graphs for Ontario’s COVID19 statistics on Twitter. During the COVID19 pandemic, Dr. Kwan has helped the public and physicians understand the virus’s impact in Ontario. She has also been advocating for PPE for frontline workers in hospitals, as well as outpatient clinics, creating a centralized list of Ontario hospitals accepting donations. As one of the Directors of the Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association, she has assisted in the donation of over 5000 masks to local physicians’ offices and care providers. She also contributed to the PPE subgroup of Covid19Resources.ca and worked with the data visualization team on howsmyflattening.ca
For more information, including links to interviews, articles and other media: https://jkwanmd.com/about and follow her on Twitter @jkwan_md