Entries by Tiffany Gooch

How Black Canadians can make their ancestors proud

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

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

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. Throughout the process, I’d […]

Michelle Obama sets stellar example for future change-makers

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 her attention […]

Viola Desmond’s legacy a light that shines on other trailblazers

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

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

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. Congressman and civil rights leader John […]

It’s time for new voices on Toronto city council

The 2018 municipal elections are upon us and it’s time to engage locally and support movements toward better representation on our elected councils across the country. Over the past few years community-led initiatives, such as Women Win Toronto and Operation Black Vote Canada, have been working to recruit, train and deliver wraparound supports for first-time women […]

Humility, empathy are key to Ontario Liberals’ rebuild

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 […]