By Jennifer Yang Identity and Inequality Reporter Mon., Sept. 24, 2018 As a rookie engineer in the late 1980s, Gina Parvaneh Cody attended a conference in Toronto that she will never forget. The conference was about tower cranes, but that’s not what made it memorable. The moment that has now crystallized in her memory is when the MC opened his mouth to greet the crowd of 700 people: “Lady and gentleman,” he began, “good evening.” “There was one woman. It was me,” Cody recently recalled, speaking from her North York home. “I still remember that.” Since moving to Canada from Iran in 1979 to pursue her master’s degree, Cody has been a trailblazer in the male-dominated field of engineering: she was the first woman to earn a PhD in building engineering from Concordia University and the first to scale Toronto’s construction cranes as a machine inspector. She enjoyed a successful career spanning … [Read more...] about Concordia University’s engineering school is first in Canada to be named after a woman
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By The Canadian Press Sun., Aug. 12, 2018 FREDERICTON—Until Friday morning, Jackie McLean’s Twitter feed was a mix of family moments, politics and wry jokes. But since Friday afternoon, hours after McLean’s common-law partner, Const. Robb Costello, died in the line of duty, it has become a heartbreaking real-time peek into the intense pain that comes with losing a spouse so suddenly. “That first wave hits you and it’s rough but it’s a tsunami, it retreats and seemingly takes everything with it and you’re left with a world you recognize and can navigate but that is completely vacant,” she wrote Sunday. Costello, 45, a 20-year police veteran with four children, was killed Friday morning, one of four people gunned down outside an apartment complex on Fredericton’s north side. Investigators allege a man shot at the first two victims, Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud, from an elevated position shortly after 7 a.m. … [Read more...] about ‘Is there a guide to being a widow?’ Fredericton officer’s spouse reveals depth of grief
Lifestyle Bob Dylan, Kesha and Valerie June are among the musicians and singers reimagining classic love songs as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender anthems in a new album released on Thursday. 06 Apr 2018 03:45AM Bookmark LOS ANGELES: Bob Dylan, Kesha and Valerie June are among the musicians and singers reimagining classic love songs as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender anthems in a new album released on Thursday.The six-song "Universal Love" album is meant to give the community songs that reflect their own gender identity by flipping pronouns or having male and female singers reverse traditional roles.Dylan, the Nobel Prize-winning composer and performer, covers "He's Funny That Way," a standard sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Ross that has also been part of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby's songbooks as "She's Funny That Way."Guitarist and singer St. Vincent, who has said publicly she identifies as neither gay nor straight, performs "And Then She Kissed Me," a … [Read more...] about ‘He’s Funny That Way’: Dylan, Kesha lend voices to LGBT songs
By Caroline Williams Sun., March 18, 2018 “I’d like you to think of something that you worry about often,” says Alex Temple-McCune, a baby-faced PhD student with the air of a much older, kindly doctor. “Oh, that’s easy. My son running into the road outside my house,” I reply. Alex stares at me, impassive. “He’s 5,” I add, by way of explanation. “It’s a very busy road.” He nods, slowly. “OK, I am going to leave the room for five minutes, and I’d like you to worry about that for the whole time I am gone. Think about it in as much detail as you can, and try not to think about anything else.” Oh God. “This is going to be horrible!” I plead, feeling my eyes widen as Alex gets up to leave. He hesitates at the door but goes out anyway, leaving me alone in a sparse, white, windowless room to think, in horrifying detail, about the worst thing that could happen in my life. … [Read more...] about Could I rewire my brain to lose my worrier mentality?
All jobs have their highs and lows. Nordstrom has a great reputation when it comes to their employee’s happiness and overall workplace culture. In fact, the retailer has made the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For List for 20 consecutive years in a row. Still, day to day life as a retail associate can be challenging. During my three year tenure at Nordstrom, I learned many valuable lessons and experienced some shocking customers. Here’s what it’s really like to work at Nordstrom: Employees are driven to extremes for commission checks Nordstrom employees are paid a commission of all the sales they make – and it sometimes brings out an ugly competitiveness amongst floor associates. Many employees aggressively court customers in pricey departments of the store in hopes of hooking a customer and their commission before other colleagues. If you don’t reach your sales goals you run the risk of being demoted or fired Nordstrom sets daily, … [Read more...] about I got a job at Nordstrom and discovered the ‘best company to work for’ has a shark tank culture no one ever talks about