National Newswatch

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 […]

Viola Desmond’s legacy a light that shines on other trailblazers

Nov 25 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — This week marked the official circulation of Canada’s new $10 bank note highlighting the story of trail-blazing entrepreneur and civil rights activist Viola Desmond. Desmond was selected in a process that spanned years of public consultation to identify an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating bank note. Canadians welcomed the concept […]

Don’t forget our marginalized neighbours

Nov 11 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — When it comes to solving our most complex societal issues — from tackling the roots of violence to promoting greater societal inclusion for our most marginalized neighbours — charitable community institutions are beacons of light. Research from these groups brings informed solutions to the table and front-line staff interact every day with Canadians who are […]

Stacey Abrams is a special kind of political force

Nov 4 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — As the American midterm elections come to a close this week, the spotlight is on the race for governor in Georgia. The southern state has been graced by the heaviest of political hitters over the past few days, to campaign alongside the talented Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams.

Canada’s unity and strength shone during trade negotiations

Oct 7 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — As I head to my hometown of Windsor, Ont., to spend the holiday weekend with family, it occurs to me just how much we have to be thankful for. The city joins communities across the country in letting out a collective sigh of relief that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations are behind us.

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 […]