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Podcast: How can Canada recruit more women into the military?

Listen to the third episode in our summer series of politics podcasts—produced in our Ottawa bureau


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. On this summer edition of the podcast: How do we get more women to join the military? The Canadian Armed Forces have pledged that, by 2026, one-quarter of its members will be women. Achieving that target won’t be easy. To talk about it. we’re joined by Lt.-Gen. Chris Whitecross, currently the most senior woman in the military.

Can we battle Islamophobia with a Canadian flag? That’s the hope of one Muslim group that wants to raise a flag pole outside of every mosque in Canada. We speak with a Toronto businessman who’s trying to put this plan into action.

Canada turns 150 years old in 2017, but the Parliamentary Press Gallery already hit that milestone this year. To mark the moment, the gallery released a book to look at the role of reporters on the Hill through our country’s history. We hear from Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove, one of the authors of the book.

You can learn a lot about someone in just one minute, which is why Maclean’s put MPs through our 60-second challenge. Hear them respond to a series of rapid-fire questions.

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The full episode



Part 1. How to recruit women into the military

Maj.-Gen Christine Whitecross attends a committee on the external review into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces, in Ottawa on Monday, May 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Maj.-Gen Christine Whitecross attends a committee on the external review into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces, in Ottawa on Monday, May 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How do we get more women to join the military? The Canadian Armed Forces have pledged that, by 2026, one-quarter of its members will be women. Achieving that target won’t be easy. To talk about it. we’re joined by Lt.-Gen. Chris Whitecross, currently the most senior woman in the military.



Part 2. How to fight Islamophobia with the Canadian flag

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Can we battle Islamophobia with a Canadian flag? That’s the hope of one Muslim group that wants to raise a flag pole outside of every mosque in Canada. We speak with a Toronto businessman who’s trying to put this plan into action.



Part 3. How to celebrate 150 years of journalism

Justin Tang/CP

Justin Tang/CP

Canada turns 150 years old in 2017, but the Parliamentary Press Gallery already hit that milestone this year. To mark the moment, the gallery released a book to look at the role of reporters on the Hill through our country’s history. We hear from Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove, one of the authors of the book.



Part 4. How to answer questions in rapid fire

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You can learn a lot about someone in just one minute, which is why Maclean’s put MPs through our 60-second challenge. Hear them respond to a series of rapid-fire questions.


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Podcast: How can Canada recruit more women into the military?

  1. Offer the women an education….I’ve seen men enter with grade 5…and achieve a degree and officer rank.

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