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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 […]

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 […]