Let’s be clear: Sex ed in Ontario got a lot of consultation

Aug. 30, 2016 by

This needs to be said: it is simply wrong to state that Ontario’s new sex-education curriculum was arrived at without adequate consultation. I am glad Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown has finally come out and said he will not scrap

A concert with all of Canada

Aug. 21, 2016 by

I was a kid when The Tragically Hip were at their greatest in the early 90s. So they weren’t exactly my main band. But last night, I put the TV on in the background. I didn’t want to miss this

Brexit Debate Lays Bare UK’s National Fault Lines

Jun. 15, 2016 by

Last week in the United Kingdom, the first of two nationally televised debates on Brexit (the proposed British exit from the European Union) aired, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farrage taking pointed questions

Lessons From Canada

May. 10, 2016 by

American President Barack Obama recently made headlines arguing against a leave vote in the Brexit referendum. Obama’s remarks were the second time in recent weeks the leave campaign was put on the defensive by a North American’s comments, with the

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Mar. 7, 2016 by

In politics, there is always a balance in elections between hard work organizing in advance and the zeitgeist taking over. This is especially true in a “wave election,” like the one on October 19th. The metaphor commonly used goes something

A View From The Paris Climate Talks

Dec. 5, 2015 by

It’s Friday evening, midway through the COP21 Climate Change Conference, and there’s an event for the young activists assembled to pressure their governments into action. It’s a spoken word night in an extraordinary location. The old Gare Ornano in the

We Must ‘Uphold Our Values’ – An Interview With Hon. Jane Philpott, MP

Dec. 1, 2015 by

The 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Ottawa ended with a party in the old railway building across from the Chateau Laurier. A young MP was dancing nearby; his name was Justin Trudeau and he had a ridiculous

Some Friendly And Free Advice For The NDP

Oct. 27, 2015 by

Here is some friendly, but unsolicited advice, for the NDP. As a leftish Liberal who joined the Party in 2011, believe me — I know how horrible losing feels. Worse, like the Grits in 2011 but for different reasons, this

The Power to Move the Soul

Oct. 20, 2015 by

When the federal election campaign started, months ago, I posted a photo on Facebook of Justin Trudeau in a scrum after an event at the University of Toronto. I helped organize the event, and I’m standing just behind him, with

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

Sep. 1, 2015 by

During the past number of months campaigning for local candidates, Canadian politics has perplexed me for a variety of reasons, but one reason stands out the most. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?

You beat Donald Trump by mocking him: GOP can shut him down by making him Rob Ford

Jul. 14, 2015 by

Republicans have no idea how to handle Trump. There’s only one way — make him a laughingstock Sitting in a Long Island diner, then again sitting in JFK’s departure terminal and again when I arrived home in Canada, standing in

Forcing Women to Remove Their Niqabs Is Just Another Kind of Oppression

Mar. 12, 2015 by

In February, I sat in Victoria Station in London, England. A tall black man was shouting something, clearly drunk. I didn’t really pay him any attention. Then I heard the guy sitting across from me shout out, “shut the f-k

How to keep Ontario’s schoolyards in community hands

Feb. 11, 2015 by

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about under-utilized schools in Ontario. Education Minister Liz Sandals has been clear: facing a stubborn deficit, the province cannot afford to spend nearly $1-billion a year maintaining, cleaning and repairing schools

How Rob Keffer won in a landslide

Oct. 30, 2014 by

When I signed on to the Rob Keffer for Mayor team in July, we knew we had a fight on our hands. In a hypothetical replay of the 2010 mayoral race, Rob would’ve lost to Doug White by about 270

Should NDP trigger Ontario election? Just look to Jack Layton in 2005

Apr. 30, 2014 by

Sometime after Thursday afternoon, Andrea Horwath and her Ontario NDP will face a choice. Either they vote for the Liberal budget or they bring down a government they feel remains mired in the scandals of its former self. We have

‘Unfair Elections Act’ targets the youth Trudeau wants and Harper fears

Mar. 18, 2014 by

Getting youth to vote – or not to – is at the centre of two parties’ political strategy heading into a 2015 federal election. At the Liberal convention in Montréal, President Barack Obama’s campaign gurus were out in full force.

Rebranding bits of Canada (Audio)

Mar. 6, 2014 by

Discussing recent rebrandings of major Canadian institutions, including the City of Mississauga and the Liberal Party of Canada. Listen Below: Originally published on

The Liberal debates are boring – and it’s not the candidates’ faults

Feb. 20, 2013 by

The problem with the Liberal leadership debates isn’t the number of candidates but the debate format. It’s past time for the debate organizers within the party to tier these debates and to surrender editorial control to a journalist, not a

How Kathleen Wynne Will Win

Jan. 16, 2013 by

“I’m running to govern; I’m ready to win.” That simple statement has been Kathleen Wynne’s pledge in the Ontario Liberal leadership race. There is critical work ahead of us to confront global challenges. Wynne has proposed a plan to govern,

The Liberal Leadership Race: May the Best Woman Win

Dec. 31, 2012 by

A war story and a poll seem instructive to the Ontario Liberal leadership race, which looks to be coming down to a fight between the two female contenders. First, the story: It was the night of the Kitchener-Waterloo by-election. The

Who I’m Supporting in the Ontario Liberal Leadership Race

Dec. 10, 2012 by

I always knew I’d be supporting Kathleen Wynne for Ontario Liberal leader. But a Conservative proved my choice right before she’d even launched her leadership bid. I’m supporting Kathleen Wynne because of her character and her progressive principles. I’m also

Liberal party’s membership rules complicate calls for renewal

Oct. 17, 2012 by

In stepping down after 16 years as Ontario Liberal Party leader, Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about renewal. That was the title of his e-mail to party memberships. “I’ve concluded,” he said in an emotional speech to caucus, “that this is

Liberals are too obsessed with the past. Justin Trudeau is the cure

Oct. 3, 2012 by

Partisans spend so much time in Canadian politics objectifying the past. At what point, in this country of so little history and too much geography, can history actually be history? Justin Trudeau seems the epitome of this retrospective, partisan pornography.

What Liberals can learn from Obama’s Democrats

Sep. 14, 2012 by

Has the Liberal Party of Canada finally developed a grassroots? And, if so, is this grassroots structurally focused to win local elections? There’s certainly a cautiously optimistic sense within the party. The move to allow ‘supporters’ (or those Canadians who

The first step in Liberal renewal should be apologizing for past wrongs

Jul. 16, 2012 by

There’s clearly an appetite in Canadian politics for reforming the system. Preston Manning tapped into it from the right, Jack Layton from the left. But Liberals were the original reformers, appointing Parliament’s first auditor-general after a patronage scandal deposed the

GSAs and Gay Bullying: The Vatican isn’t the only Catholic voice on matters of sexuality

Jun. 6, 2012 by

Kids have the right to band together to create clubs in their schools — whether for sports, drama or to address bullying. And, so long as their clubs are consistent with a positive learning atmosphere, they should have the right

Canada’s Economic Success Must Benefit Aboriginals Too

Feb. 29, 2012 by

Canada must address the needs of its aboriginal population and include them in its long-term goals. The eminent Canadian novelist Robertson Davies once remarked, “I see Canada as a country torn between a rather northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which

Stop Throwing Tantrums Over Tuitions

Jan. 31, 2012 by

Premier Dalton McGuinty was elected on a platform to reduce full-time undergraduate tuition fees by 30 per cent. His government has now done that for over 310,000 students. Each university student eligible for OSAP will receive $800 off their tuition

Get the fees out of high schools

Jun. 16, 2009 by

It’s the hidden costs that kill. We work so hard to find the deal, finding the best and the cheapest cellphone, only to learn about the system-access fee. We invest in education, making it the best and the cheapest, only

Against Empty Prayers

Jun. 1, 2008 by

It’s not everyday that I am prepared to say “well done” to a politician. But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty wins my support. The premier – cognizant of the diversity and freedoms of Ontario as the most culturally rich area of