National Newswatch

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 […]

Bold plans needed to end racial discrimination

Mar 25 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — Canadians joined the international community this past week in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We observe this day in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, where police in the South African township of Sharpeville opened fire on peaceful demonstrators protesting apartheid.

A palpable energy during celebration of women

Mar 11 2018 — Tiffany Gooch — This past week, as women across Canada and around the world celebrated International Women’s Day, something felt different. There was a palpable energy, a feeling that as we honour civil rights leader Viola Desmond as the first Canadian woman to grace our currency, we are entering a game-changing chapter in the story of the advancement […]

Canada right to support Caribbean hurricane reconstruction

Nov 26 2017 — Tiffany Gooch — The Canadian government joined the UN on Tuesday to answer a call from Caribbean nation states recovering from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which are requesting assistance from the international community for support in reconstruction. Aside from a larger pledge from the Netherlands, which is intended exclusively for Dutch territories, the Canadian pledge of $100 […]

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 […]