Entries by Tiffany Gooch

Humility, empathy are key to Ontario Liberals’ rebuild

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on June 17, 2018 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 […]

Oprah should trump Donald for the Nobel Peace Prize

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on May 13, 2018 Donald Trump is putting in much effort to appear to play it coy in response to supporters championing to see him win a Nobel Peace Prize during his presidency. When asked whether he thought he deserved the award, the U.S. president said, “Everyone […]

Feel the thrill of being involved in a campaign

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on May 6, 2018 I imagined the struggle placed on new candidates now restricted from being in the room at their own fundraisers to thank donors. Donor appreciation is a large part of fundraising. When an individual decides to direct their generosity to supporting your political vision […]

Mediocre men walk their way through political campaigns. It is time to end the double standard facing women on the campaign trail

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on April 22, 2018 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 […]

An inspiring push for social justice in Ontario’s North

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on April 8, 2018 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, […]

Bold plans needed to end racial discrimination

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on March 25, 2018 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 […]

A palpable energy during celebration of women

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on March 11, 2018 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, […]

Howard McCurdy blazed a brilliant trail, but his work is not done

This column originally appeared in The Toronto Star on February 25, 2018 We lost a great Canadian political trailblazer and civil rights activist last week. It is difficult to find the words to honour the powerful legacy left by Howard McCurdy following his passing at the age of 85. The mark he made on Canadian […]