Joanne Seiff

Joanne Seiff is the author of three books. She works in Winnipeg as a freelance writer.

Latest from Joanne Seiff

Opinion

Our disposable culture needs a fix that will help our environment, too

A tale of two broken-down appliances tells a bigger story about our throw-away society.
Opinion

Mend, craft or make do with less: How you can embrace 'slow fashion' year-round

The demise of Forever 21 in Canada has once again brought "slow fashion" into the spotlight. What seemed like a grassroots fashion movement in the past has morphed, Joanne Seiff says, and what follows is unclear — but it could make a big difference in terms of our environment, our wardrobes and our bank accounts.
Point of View

Self-promotion vs. self-reflection: How can we use social media better?

After years of resisting the pull of Instagram, Joanne Seiff signed up, and saw first-hand the seductive power of an image — and of the validation that comes with a "like." But, she says, we could be making better use of social media.
Opinion

Manitoba CFS is so broken, it can be a struggle to report child welfare concerns

I'd been told Manitoba's CFS is dysfunctional by several people. News reports reinforced this. However, I was completely unprepared for how bad basic functions continue to be.
Opinion

No need to reinvent the wheel with 'made in Manitoba' solutions to problems others have already tackled

The solutions to many problems faced in Winnipeg tend to be variants on the refrain "Let’s come up with an all new 'made in Manitoba' solution," says Joanne Seiff. But she argues Manitobans don’t have to reinvent the wheel in finding solutions to the problems we face.
Point of View

The high price of smashed car windows, petty crime and addiction

A frustrated 'broken windows club' victim calls for more resources to treat the disease of addiction, instead of paying for more auto insurance claims.
Opinion

'What will you do to further reconciliation?' Canadians need to act on MMIWG inquiry's calls for justice

It’s abundantly clear that Canadians need to address historic and egregious wrongs, says Joanne Seiff. But with the release of the final report from the MMIWG inquiry, she says it's also clear we're falling short of meeting basic recommendations to do that.
Opinion

Can you see me now? Time to stop judging each other and value middle-age women

It's time to stand up to society's emphasis on appearance and the "policing" of the way other women look, says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

Time to stop kicking the can down the road on lead levels in Winnipeg's soil

Despite years of problems with lead contamination in Winnipeg’s soil — including pollution at Weston School — the province, city and school division lack a plan for remediation, says Joanne Seiff, who has previously dealt with contaminated soil in her own yard.
Opinion

Daddy jobs, mommy jobs and gender inequity: Jody Wilson-Raybould's story shows we have a long way to go

Obvious gender discrimination exists, but most women now face something far more insidious, says Joanne Seiff. There are multiple moments in a woman’s career where she might be faced with a barrier or discrimination that might be hard to confront or change.
Opinion

When it comes to parenting advice, the best tip may be to throw away the books

What parents really need are wise elders and support — not advice from an endless supply of books filled with "bad science and assumptions," says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

Give the gift of your attention

In the age of social media, adequately hearing, listening and responding to one another seems to be a lost art.
Opinion

Hanukkah a celebration of religious freedom and light in a time when hate, darkness hit home

Hanukkah is a festival of lights and a celebration of the triumph of the few over the many — but Joanne Seiff says this year, the celebration of survival and light over intolerance and darkness strikes closer to home than many would like.
Opinion

When it comes to inclusion for kids with special needs, Manitoba's schools need improvement

October is Disability Awareness Month in Manitoba, but it serves as a good reminder that many of us can’t just choose to be aware of disabilities once a year, says Joanne Seiff.
Opinion

U of Manitoba's 'sorry' isn't good enough when it comes to harassment, assault on campus

In light of assault and harassment allegations at the University of Manitoba, Joanne Seiff says universities need adequate counselling, consent education and clear and legal employment boundaries established.