National Newswatch

The enduring power of Michelle Obama

Nov 12 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — Toronto is abuzz. Tickets went on sale last week for the Economic Club of Canada event on Nov. 28, which will feature a discussion with former First Lady Michelle Obama. The topic of the fireside chat-style discussion is education and equality for girls and women around the world.

Creating safe spaces for women in politics

Nov 4 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — Every so often, a politician makes a public statement that unreservedly merits an apology. This week that moment came for Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. When presented with a question about transparency in land dealings for a Global Transportation Hub, he deflected with a question about the NDP’s approach to allegations of sexual assault within their […]

Are we doing enough to combat sexual predators?

Oct 15 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — Jane Fonda nailed it. Movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s despicable, predatory behaviour toward women is not unique. In an interview with CNN, she said what so many of us were thinking, “It’s this male entitlement — in Hollywood, and everywhere. In offices and businesses all over the world, in bars, and restaurants and stores, women are […]

We must all create a culture of respect in the Twittersphere

Jun 25 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — We, as a society, have yet to determine exactly what we are looking for from political leaders on Twitter. We want authenticity, decorum and facts. And based on our sharing habits, it is clear that we want to be entertained. We demand rapid response on issues that are important to us. We expect well thought […]

Clicking with youth voters critical in next election

Jun 18 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — The countdown is on for the 2018 provincial election in Ontario. As political parties prepare to compete for support, what will inspire young people in this election to vote? The 2015 federal election ignited a passionate response from young Canadians. No doubt motivated by a charismatic leader promising to legalize weed. Elections Canada reported an […]

Were race relations was on the Obama-Trudeau menu?

Jun 11 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during the three-hour dinner between Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this past week in Montreal. I imagine a discussion filled with aspirational leadership goals on climate change, women’s issues, and youth civic engagement in the wake of the uncertainty brought by the […]

Agenda to improve women’s lives finding success

Jun 4 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — We’ve seen great waves of progress on women’s issues in Ontario and Canada, and progress intensifies as we make more room at the table for diverse perspectives. Eliminating barriers for women and women of colour entering politics is an important step in the process. We have a long road ahead. Transformational change is needed to […]

Don Meredith should have quit a long time ago

May 10 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — In February, the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) invited me to host its Black History Month event in Toronto, awarding political leaders from the black community. I was honoured. I am a fifth-generation black Canadian from Windsor – the descendent of a resilient people who sought their freedom through the Underground Railroad, settling and […]