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Stories by Erica Ifill

The royal tea? Black women are never allowed to be part of the club

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
For a Black woman, it doesn’t matter how high you rise, shattering the glass ceiling means you will always be cut by the shards.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
We were told by white people in positions of power that they were listening and learning—unfortunately, that’s where many of them stopped. Many aren’t doing. And when they do something, it turns out to be a mockery.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
It’s obvious our governments don’t know what they’re doing and have constructed a strategy that equals licking their fingers and holding them up to determine which way the political winds are blowing.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
These empty gestures and symbolic victories are crumbs. This Black History Month, after the year Black people have had, the performance is not only insulting, it’s exhausting.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
This country is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis and while we are quick to put the onus of seeking treatment on those suffering, we don’t expect managers and leaders to take their share of responsibility.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Conversations about systemic racism need to move beyond diversity and inclusion, which does not solve racism, and move onto dismantling white supremacy, which does.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The same white grievance industrial complex that was erected in America to advance white supremacy is the same one that Conservative MPs have used to build their electoral base of support.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
What is clear is that the replacement of Andrew Scheer has ushered in a new crew of Conservatives with ostensibly fewer scruples than one would hope from a group vying to be in charge of the country.
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Opinion|By Erica Ifill
This human rights crisis has been ignored by this government, whose claims of feminism and reconciliation wear thin without the appropriate action and resources.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
While Singh peppers his social media with pop culture moments in attempts to attract young voters, he forgets to followup with a cohesive set of policies that they can rally behind.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
'The culture of the RCMP is toxic and tolerates misogynistic and homophobic attitudes amongst its leaders and members,' reads the Bastarache report. Wish I were surprised.  
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
We’re getting a lot of finger-waving, personal responsibility crap, which has always been a strawman argument to ignore the systemic and systematic failures in response to a global pandemic.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Our pundit class is failing to properly articulate the social and political issues of the day and it’s obvious. In the pandemic, everyone is telling on themselves.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
No one who supports this act will be on the right side of history and will be sharing bunk space in the same collective cultural memory as George Wallace.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Make no mistake, this is not a conservation issue, it is an issue of environmental racism by the denial of Indigenous rights, underscored by the violence necessary to enforce white supremacy.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canadian multiculturalism has come to signify racialized Canadians tryna make a dollar out of 15 cents while white Canadians enjoy access to good-paying, secure jobs in industries that haven’t missed a beat.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
What will be interesting to witness is how the parties react and position themselves with respect to Justin Trudeau’s line in the sand: ‘This is not the time for austerity.’
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
We are amazed, but not amused by all the things you say that you'll do. Though much concerned but not involved with decisions that are made by you.
For a government that champions gender equality, it sure doesn’t take the concerns of one gender as seriously as another.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
You wouldn’t know that an act of terrorism took place on the grounds of Rideau Hall, not from an inept Canadian news media.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
We’ve never had any leader treat our needs with that level of respect, much less risk their reputation for us. And there’s not enough Budget 2020 money that can overcome that impression. 
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Instead of expanding our horizons to rethink how we define safety, criminality, and the purpose of policing, what we’re getting are half-baked plans from yesteryear masquerading as change.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Recovery without effective, equitable child care may result in a shrinking of the workforce, as more and more women may choose to opt out entirely because the burden is too great.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The same untethered rage that the Republicans showed Barack Obama during his presidency is the same unhinged hatred Conservatives have for Justin Trudeau—and right now it isn't helping their cause.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
This pandemic is not just a mere inconvenience, it’s literally life and death, yet we have politicians gaslighting us into believing otherwise.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The lack of humanity in the response and rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 is evident as leaders flounder trying to express why millions should be kicked off the Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the middle of a pandemic.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canada has a white, male, domestic terrorism problem that is now a national security problem. Let’s hope they don’t turn this country into the Republic of Gilead.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Some lives are expendable for a bottom line and a lifetime of imprisonment by the state. Funny how that works along racial lines.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unfortunately for market sycophants, the market is about to collapse and the only thing saving us is government. But after decades of cuts, government infrastructure has been hollowed out.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The employment insurance program can barely function when we need it most because politicians stole from workers to make their books look balanced. Indeed, as is the custom of the first of April, we were fooled.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
If we really want to push feminist policies, alleviate intersectional barriers, and achieve equity, then we’ll have to get our hands dirty, challenge power, and revolt.35

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