National Newswatch

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 […]

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 […]