National Newswatch

Good leaders attract great candidates

Sep 15 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — You can tell a lot about the leader of a political party by the calibre of local candidates they inspire to put their names on ballots across the country under their banner. A great leader should be able to attract and build a diverse, intergenerational, cross-sectoral and wise team. While most attention during an election […]

Women leaders share political lessons through Canada2020

Jun 23 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — This past week, women who served as Canadian first ministers came together in person for the first time in a historic event that culminated the No Second Chances podcast, spearheaded by Kate Graham. That included former prime minister Kim Campbell, former Alberta premier Rachel Notley, former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, former Alberta premier Alison Redford, […]

Ontario needs to support its students

May 26 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — In the coming weeks, thousands of students in Canada will walk across convocation stages with pride and celebration for their hard-earned accomplishments. Many of them will also carry an understanding sense of anxiety about the cost of their education and what the future will bring. (And perhaps hope that their commencement speaker will be as […]

Nathalie Des Rosiers and Marie-France Lalonde dared to lead

May 19 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Less than a year after their election, it was revealed last week that two Ontario Liberal members of provincial parliament will be formally resigning in the pursuit of new leadership roles. MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Nathalie Des Rosiers, representing the ridings of Orléans and Ottawa-Vanier respectively, announced that they will be departing the provincial political […]

Free menstrual products a must, but start with the poor first

May 12 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — For all the stigma stomping we’ve achieved in recent years, there’s one that still persists. And considering the monthly reality for nearly half the population — dating back to literally the dawn of humanity — it’s an odd one. Some would be surprised that Canada’s behind the global curve on access to menstrual products, but […]

Youth fight back against governments that limit their choices

Apr 7 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Last week, young people across the country sent powerful messages to Canadian federal and provincial politicians: We have you on watch, and we will not be dismissed. We saw 338 young women take their seats in the House of Commons on Wednesday and make forward thinking statements as a part of the Equal Voice Daughters […]

Leave families out of news coverage

Feb 24 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — The 2019 federal election year is upon us and Canadian political discourse is moving at a furious pace. With new information regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair surfacing by the minute, journalists have been admirably vigilant in their pursuit of presenting the facts, as they are made available, to the Canadian public.

How Black Canadians can make their ancestors proud

Feb 10 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — This past weekend, leaders from across the country came together for the second Summit of Black Canadians hosted by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. It was a weekend of much needed intergenerational and regional connection, sharing, and momentum. Participants included politically engaged lawyers, teachers, artists, business leaders, nurses, doctors, trade unionists, students, historians, community activists, and […]

Creating a culture of consent on campus

Jan 27 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Following decades of student-led advocacy, the federal Liberals are showing leadership with the establishment of a national framework to outline how colleges and universities address gender-based violence prevention and provide support for survivors of sexual assault. This month, an advisory committee gave input on the national framework, which will standardize policies surrounding service offerings, prevention […]

Liberals must pass a cannabis amnesty law

Jan 13 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — When the Trudeau government set out to deliver on its core campaign commitment to legalize cannabis, success was defined for many by legislation that did not impede on each province’s autonomy over responsible implementation. The timeline was ambitious, and history was ultimately made on Oct. 17, 2018 with the passage of The Cannabis Act.

Michelle Obama sets stellar example for future change-makers

Dec 9 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — As Michelle Obama embarks on her global book tour, connecting with audiences in promotion of her first book Becoming, she is proving herself to be a powerful political force for the causes she chooses to support. While she has been clear that she has no intention to run for public office herself, she has turned […]