National Newswatch

Renters facing eviction need grace now

Aug 9 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — Sun., Aug. 9, 2020timer3 min. read At each phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were told that the safest way of life was to “shelter in place,” but what happens when that shelter is snatched away? Thousands of families with eviction filings are anxiously queued up in Canadian courts; their cases began being processed this […]

Free at Last*: Make Emancipation Day a National Holiday

Jul 31 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — Growing up in Windsor, my Emancipation Day was annually spent connecting with elders and learning of the stands taken and sacrifices made by generations before my own, striving toward human dignity for all. I remember a particularly sad moment alongside local historians when a commemorative plaque was delayed, again, this time with the excuse of […]

How to reconnect during the pandemic

May 24 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — The first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic were a blurred frenzy, as each of us tried to keep pace with evolving circumstances while ensuring that the safety of our loved ones was secured. Government leaders moved on impossible timelines to deliver solutions and adapted in real time to fill in gaps where needed.

During COVID-19, what kind of superhero are you?

Apr 12 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — As 2020 continues to unfold, the lyrics from the late songwriter Bill Withers’ classic “Lean on Me” feel truer now more than ever: “If there is a load you have to bear that you can’t carry, I’m right up the road, I’ll share your load, if you just call me.”

It’s time to be bold and creative

Mar 15 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — Every few minutes there is breaking news regarding the varying impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a pandemic last week by the World Health Organization. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau works from home at Rideau Cottage for the next two weeks in self-isolation (with his wife Sophie Trudeau in quarantine recovering from the virus), […]

Lessons to be learned from Trudeau’s African visit

Feb 9 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — This month, in Toronto’s Union Station, there will hang a quilt by Canadian artist and poet Nadine Williams in commemoration of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (International Decade). The piece is an intricately stitched work of art depicting the indestructible threads that tie Canadians across the continent of Africa. Separate, […]

Obama urges us not to fear the future, but to shape it

Jan 26 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — When Barack Obama left the White House in 2016, I wondered on what future issues he would direct his leadership. The Obama Foundation mandate appeared to focus on developing young civic leaders internationally, and he’s continued to actively speak on climate action initiatives. The Economic Club of Canada (ECC) and the Global Institute for Conscious […]

The human loss of Flight 752 is immeasurable

Jan 12 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — It felt inevitable that the year 2020 would be overwhelming. With our neighbours to the south in the throes of an election, Canadians are strapped in for a volatile ride not of our own choosing. This is also the year of simultaneous federal and provincial political party leadership races and an unpredictable minority government with […]

Canada’s success in the next decade depends on working together

Dec 8 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — Thursday’s speech from the throne spoke pointedly of a renewed national agenda aimed at rectifying the issues of yesterday, prioritizing the issues facing Canadians today and addressing the challenges that lay ahead of us in the decades to come. The speech opened by highlighting the differences in regional needs required across the country and established […]

Leadership campaign offers new hope for Ontario Liberals

Nov 24 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — At the 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention I arrived ready to participate in history in the making. Both of the front-runners for that leadership were ambitious, experienced, hard-working women, Kathleen Wynne and Sandra Pupatello. The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission had made buttons that read “Congratulations Madame Premier” because we knew that no matter how […]

Canada has been a foreign aid laggard for too long

Nov 10 2019 — Tiffany Gooch — There comes a moment for each prime minister who has secured a second mandate to face the difficult decision of establishing their legacy addressing domestic challenges, while also considering Canada’s contribution to global efforts aimed at overcoming international challenges. Under Justin Trudeau’s leadership it may appear there have been considerable shifts to how Canada has […]