National Newswatch

Humility, empathy are key to Ontario Liberals’ rebuild

Jun 17 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — The results of the provincial election delivered a devastating blow to the Ontario Liberal Party. This week, the remaining members of caucus met and unanimously endorsed John Fraser as interim leader as the party embarks on its rebuilding process. After 15 years spent sensibly building the province of Ontario, the Ontario Liberal Party now enters […]

Critical gains for women could be lost if Doug Ford wins

Jun 3 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — In a few short days, Ontario voters will head to the polls to elect our next government. This has been an election for the history books, and there is a great deal at stake. In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, all across the province we’ve seen an influx of young women entering the political […]

Oprah should trump Donald for the Nobel Peace Prize

May 13 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — Donald Trump is putting in much effort to appear to play it coy in response to supporters championing to see him win a Nobel Peace Prize during his presidency. When asked whether he thought he deserved the award, the U.S. president said, “Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it.” Donald Trump Jr. encouraged […]

Feel the thrill of being involved in a campaign

May 6 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — In 2016, Ontario passed legislation introducing new election financing rules. This week marks the beginning of the first campaign period that will take place under the new framework. As the rules were being developed and debated I remember being especially worried about the outcomes for first-time female candidates. Fundraising for political campaigns is a difficult […]

Violence against women, in all forms, is terror.

Apr 29 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — April 23, 2018 was an otherwise beautiful day. As Torontonians broke their routines and strode outside to bask in the sun and fresh air, one man carried out an act of terror on Yonge St., taking the lives of 10 people and injuring another 16. With a rental van as his choice of weapon, the […]

Time to end double standard facing women in campaign trail

Apr 22 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — When Donald Trump entered the political arena, he broke all the rules. And his election in 2016 exemplified a frustrating double standard between men and women on the campaign trail. While men are encouraged to innovate and break the political mould, women are expected to learn the rules as they exist and follow them closely […]

An inspiring push for social justice in Ontario’s North

Apr 8 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — In 2017, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched a project to identify and remove barriers that keep underrepresented groups — particularly urban Indigenous, racialized, and new Canadian women — out of municipal politics. Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton, London and Sioux Lookout piloted the project, called “Diverse Voices for Change.” Following research and community engagement in these […]

Bold plans needed to end racial discrimination

Mar 25 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — Canadians joined the international community this past week in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We observe this day in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, where police in the South African township of Sharpeville opened fire on peaceful demonstrators protesting apartheid.

A palpable energy during celebration of women

Mar 11 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — This past week, as women across Canada and around the world celebrated International Women’s Day, something felt different. There was a palpable energy, a feeling that as we honour civil rights leader Viola Desmond as the first Canadian woman to grace our currency, we are entering a game-changing chapter in the story of the advancement […]

Canada right to support Caribbean hurricane reconstruction

Nov 26 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — The Canadian government joined the UN on Tuesday to answer a call from Caribbean nation states recovering from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which are requesting assistance from the international community for support in reconstruction. Aside from a larger pledge from the Netherlands, which is intended exclusively for Dutch territories, the Canadian pledge of $100 […]

The enduring power of Michelle Obama

Nov 12 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — Toronto is abuzz. Tickets went on sale last week for the Economic Club of Canada event on Nov. 28, which will feature a discussion with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The topic of the fireside chat-style discussion is education and equality for girls and women around the world.