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Conquering the mountain of systemic racism

Nov 29 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — I vividly remember the first time I was called the N word. I was eleven years old, visiting an unfamiliar Canadian city on a church retreat. I separated, briefly, from my chaperone to double back to the hotel and retrieve my Bible. As I raced to catch up with the group, a truck full of […]

Stacey Abrams leads fight against voter suppression

Nov 15 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — This week U.S. president-elect Joe Biden solidified his election win by flipping Georgia, bringing his total to 306 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, compared to Trump’s 232. Meanwhile, the outgoing president continues to repeatedly peddle unsubstantiated claims of fraudulent votes, and has refused to concede the election. In truth, the most recent […]

Violence against Mi’kmaw lobster fishers is an act of terror

Oct 18 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — When the Sipekne’katik nation opened the Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia this September, it should have been a moment of celebration. Instead, it was the beginning of a horror story come alive, as fishers have been continuously targeted and terrorized by non-Indigenous fishers as they’ve tried to carry out their rights to earn […]

It’s time to normalize pregnancy, parenting and politics

Oct 4 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — During a week of late night voting for Canadian politicians, Liberal Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York Nathaniel Erskine-Smith was caught on camera doing double duty as he read his child a bedtime story and carried out his legislative responsibilities under the new virtual voting accommodations.

There is no excuse for Doug Ford suppressing mandate letters to ministers

Sep 20 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — In what has now been dubbed as a “Fordian slip,” Ontario’s Minister of Education Stephen Lecce found himself correcting his language in Question Period last Tuesday — as he declared his intent to maximize savings, instead of safety, in schools. I believe Lecce’s words spread quickly across social media, because since taking office, this administration […]

Bill Blair is the wrong person to lead police reform

Sep 13 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — The federal government came out strong this week announcing an unprecedented Black Entrepreneurship Program. The initiative brings together public and private contributions totalling $221 million in support of small and medium-sized Black-owned businesses across Canada. Investment in economic inclusion for Black communities is a necessary pillar in any national approach to combating systemic racism, but […]

How is it that real action came from athletes and not political leaders?

Aug 29 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — Professional sports went on hold this week, as NBA and WNBA players led the charge on an extraordinary and unprecedented job action. It wasn’t COVID-19 that saw playoff games postponed. The insidious virus that ultimately caused players to withdraw their talent from public entertainment consumption was racism. This was a monumental moment in sports history, […]

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.”