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Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 28, 2024
There have been a few instances in Canada where legislation like this could’ve saved a young girl’s life, writes Erica Ifill. Pexels photograph by Alex Green
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 28, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 28, 2024
There have been a few instances in Canada where legislation like this could’ve saved a young girl’s life, writes Erica Ifill. Pexels photograph by Alex Green
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 21, 2024
While many decry the expectation of free news, a model whereby the financing of journalism was downloaded from advertising dollars to consumer dollars was unsustainable, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Priscilla Du Preez
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 21, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 21, 2024
While many decry the expectation of free news, a model whereby the financing of journalism was downloaded from advertising dollars to consumer dollars was unsustainable, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Priscilla Du Preez
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 14, 2024
The European Union, United Kingdom, and the United States are all working on bills to make deepfake porn a criminal offence, but Canada is falling behind, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Romina Farías
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 14, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 14, 2024
The European Union, United Kingdom, and the United States are all working on bills to make deepfake porn a criminal offence, but Canada is falling behind, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Romina Farías
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 7, 2024
Make no mistake, the parental rights battle cry championed by the likes of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is about surveillance and control of those who are already marginalized, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 7, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | February 7, 2024
Make no mistake, the parental rights battle cry championed by the likes of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is about surveillance and control of those who are already marginalized, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 31, 2024
Demonstrators participate in a pro-Palestinian rally in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2023. Many of those punished are people of colour who had the nerve to use their Charter right of free expression to present their views relating to the genocide of the Palestinians, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 31, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 31, 2024
Demonstrators participate in a pro-Palestinian rally in Ottawa on Nov. 25, 2023. Many of those punished are people of colour who had the nerve to use their Charter right of free expression to present their views relating to the genocide of the Palestinians, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 24, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are giving the impression they have lost the plot, making up their plan for Gaza as they go along, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and Andrew Meade, and No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 24, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 24, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are giving the impression they have lost the plot, making up their plan for Gaza as they go along, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and Andrew Meade, and No. 10 Downing Street photograph by Simon Dawson
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 17, 2024
There is no question Hamas committed war crimes, but as Israel continues with its own massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, backed by western countries (including Canada), a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions has unfolded, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 17, 2024
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | January 17, 2024
There is no question Hamas committed war crimes, but as Israel continues with its own massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, backed by western countries (including Canada), a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions has unfolded, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 13, 2023
For too long we’ve believed that the ruling class running game on us to discourage non-elites from organizing for better wages and benefits is far beyond of the realm of possibilities, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Piotr Makowski
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 13, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 13, 2023
For too long we’ve believed that the ruling class running game on us to discourage non-elites from organizing for better wages and benefits is far beyond of the realm of possibilities, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Piotr Makowski
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 6, 2023
CBC president Catherine Tait dropped the bomb on Dec. 4 that the public broadcaster would be cutting 800 jobs at a time when journalism is falling apart, misinformation is on the rise, and the distribution of that journalism is most critical, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 6, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | December 6, 2023
CBC president Catherine Tait dropped the bomb on Dec. 4 that the public broadcaster would be cutting 800 jobs at a time when journalism is falling apart, misinformation is on the rise, and the distribution of that journalism is most critical, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 29, 2023
The failures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberals are within the context of an affordability and housing crisis—a nightmare that fuels civil discontent, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 29, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 29, 2023
The failures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberals are within the context of an affordability and housing crisis—a nightmare that fuels civil discontent, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 15, 2023
This is the first TikTok war since the platform became a cultural and political zeitgeist, affording the space and time to comment on political and social trends, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Solen Feyissa
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 15, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 15, 2023
This is the first TikTok war since the platform became a cultural and political zeitgeist, affording the space and time to comment on political and social trends, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Solen Feyissa
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 8, 2023
In October, Auditor General Karen Hogan’s office determined that ‘Canada's efforts to combat racism and discrimination in major departments and agencies are falling short.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 8, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 8, 2023
In October, Auditor General Karen Hogan’s office determined that ‘Canada's efforts to combat racism and discrimination in major departments and agencies are falling short.’ The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 25, 2023
Now-Independent Ontario MPP Sarah Jama was kicked out of the Ontario NDP caucus and censured in the legislature, and we should all be afraid of the precedent this sets, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of Global News
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 25, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 25, 2023
Now-Independent Ontario MPP Sarah Jama was kicked out of the Ontario NDP caucus and censured in the legislature, and we should all be afraid of the precedent this sets, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of Global News
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 18, 2023
Who gets to be the victims of the Israel-Hamas war is directly connected to whose aggression can be excused as legitimate, and NDP MP Heather McPherson is the only one of our federal legislators who is showing leadership by calling for a ceasefire, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 18, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 18, 2023
Who gets to be the victims of the Israel-Hamas war is directly connected to whose aggression can be excused as legitimate, and NDP MP Heather McPherson is the only one of our federal legislators who is showing leadership by calling for a ceasefire, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 11, 2023
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has threatened the use of the notwithstanding clause for his school pronoun policy which puts trans kids in danger while releasing them to possible dangerous environments, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 11, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 11, 2023
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has threatened the use of the notwithstanding clause for his school pronoun policy which puts trans kids in danger while releasing them to possible dangerous environments, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 4, 2023
Press gallery reporters scrum Justice Minister Arif Virani on Sept. 19. Legacy media and the Canadian political class failed to show the humility and regret for embarrassing everyone by sanitizing Ukrainian involvement in Nazi war crimes, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 4, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 4, 2023
Press gallery reporters scrum Justice Minister Arif Virani on Sept. 19. Legacy media and the Canadian political class failed to show the humility and regret for embarrassing everyone by sanitizing Ukrainian involvement in Nazi war crimes, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 27, 2023
Canada’s anti-Jewish love affair with Eastern European Nazis did not begin and end with a standing ovation from every MP in attendance on Sept. 22, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 27, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 27, 2023
Canada’s anti-Jewish love affair with Eastern European Nazis did not begin and end with a standing ovation from every MP in attendance on Sept. 22, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 20, 2023
Unlike other instances of unparliamentary language in the House of Commons, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s Sept. 18 misspeak was ignored by his parliamentary colleagues and members of the press gallery, which sends a message, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 20, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 20, 2023
Unlike other instances of unparliamentary language in the House of Commons, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s Sept. 18 misspeak was ignored by his parliamentary colleagues and members of the press gallery, which sends a message, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 13, 2023
The Temporary Foreign Worker program, closely linked to Minister Marc Miller’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, is as strong as tattered lace, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 13, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 13, 2023
The Temporary Foreign Worker program, closely linked to Minister Marc Miller’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, is as strong as tattered lace, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 6, 2023
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s Labour Day video is the latest example of something that makes for great content, but doesn’t counteract a long-standing narrative of whose anger is deemed acceptable, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of X (Twitter)/@PierrePoilievre
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 6, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 6, 2023
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s Labour Day video is the latest example of something that makes for great content, but doesn’t counteract a long-standing narrative of whose anger is deemed acceptable, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of X (Twitter)/@PierrePoilievre
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 30, 2023
The Spanish women’s World Cup victory has been tainted by the actions of Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales, who inappropriately and non-consensually kissed player Jenni Hermoso during the ceremony presentation. Screenshot courtesy of BBC News
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 30, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 30, 2023
The Spanish women’s World Cup victory has been tainted by the actions of Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales, who inappropriately and non-consensually kissed player Jenni Hermoso during the ceremony presentation. Screenshot courtesy of BBC News
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 16, 2023
Under then-minister Sean Fraser, the anti-racism work within Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has been minimal and miniscule, and not of a serious nature, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 16, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 16, 2023
Under then-minister Sean Fraser, the anti-racism work within Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has been minimal and miniscule, and not of a serious nature, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 2, 2023
A procession was held on July 27 to honour a Toronto police dog, Bingo, who was shot and killed on the job. Screenshot courtesy of CityNews
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 2, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 2, 2023
A procession was held on July 27 to honour a Toronto police dog, Bingo, who was shot and killed on the job. Screenshot courtesy of CityNews
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 26, 2023
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s rejection of a request for funding from the City of Toronto is the latest example of her government choosing favourites and leaving overstretched cities to take up the slack on assisting refugees. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 26, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 26, 2023
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s rejection of a request for funding from the City of Toronto is the latest example of her government choosing favourites and leaving overstretched cities to take up the slack on assisting refugees. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 19, 2023
After revealing himself to be a capable politician following the Conservative leadership race, Pierre Poilievre squandered his political capital by reducing himself to his own meme, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 19, 2023
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 19, 2023
After revealing himself to be a capable politician following the Conservative leadership race, Pierre Poilievre squandered his political capital by reducing himself to his own meme, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 23, 2022
Apparently, Elon Musk isn’t the genius weird nerds purported him to be, and now he’s single-handedly destroying one of the most connective platforms on the internet, writes Erica Ifill. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/NVIDIA Corporation
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 23, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 23, 2022
Apparently, Elon Musk isn’t the genius weird nerds purported him to be, and now he’s single-handedly destroying one of the most connective platforms on the internet, writes Erica Ifill. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/NVIDIA Corporation
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 16, 2022
Elon Musk, pictured at the Kennedy Space Centre's vehicle assembly building on May 30, 2020. There is no such thing as a free-speech warrior; instead these are people who don’t like your speech, and Musk is no different, writes Erica Ifill. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/NASA HQ PHOTO
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 16, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 16, 2022
Elon Musk, pictured at the Kennedy Space Centre's vehicle assembly building on May 30, 2020. There is no such thing as a free-speech warrior; instead these are people who don’t like your speech, and Musk is no different, writes Erica Ifill. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/NASA HQ PHOTO
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 9, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government has introduced the notwithstanding clause three times since 2018, which previously had never been used by an Ontario government, notes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 9, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | November 9, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government has introduced the notwithstanding clause three times since 2018, which previously had never been used by an Ontario government, notes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 19, 2022
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's response to a young Black man who worked for the African Development Bank at a Brookings Institution’s event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10 was a display of anti-Blackness, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 19, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 19, 2022
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland's response to a young Black man who worked for the African Development Bank at a Brookings Institution’s event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10 was a display of anti-Blackness, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 12, 2022
The Edmonton Police Service issued an apology after circulating an AI-generated sketch of a potential suspect in an assault case last week created via DNA phenotyping technology. The unregulated and unverified tech has the potential to put a target on the back of every young Black male in Alberta, writes Erica Ifill. Image courtesy of the Edmonton Police Service
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 12, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | October 12, 2022
The Edmonton Police Service issued an apology after circulating an AI-generated sketch of a potential suspect in an assault case last week created via DNA phenotyping technology. The unregulated and unverified tech has the potential to put a target on the back of every young Black male in Alberta, writes Erica Ifill. Image courtesy of the Edmonton Police Service
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 28, 2022
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, which received the most votes of any party in Italy's Sept. 25 election. Photograph courtesy of Giorgia Meloni's Facebook
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 28, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 28, 2022
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, which received the most votes of any party in Italy's Sept. 25 election. Photograph courtesy of Giorgia Meloni's Facebook
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 21, 2022
Pallbearers bring Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin into Westminster Abbey in London, U.K., on Sept. 19 while members of her family look on. With great power comes great responsibility, and in this, the Queen failed. In fact, her tenure was a failure of human rights and of reconciliation, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/BBC
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 21, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | September 21, 2022
Pallbearers bring Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin into Westminster Abbey in London, U.K., on Sept. 19 while members of her family look on. With great power comes great responsibility, and in this, the Queen failed. In fact, her tenure was a failure of human rights and of reconciliation, writes Erica Ifill. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/BBC
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 31, 2022
Unlike the outpouring for Chrystia Freeland, BIPOC women and our white allies have received little-to-no support amid a co-ordinated hate campaign from white people of the upper class, especially white women, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 31, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 31, 2022
Unlike the outpouring for Chrystia Freeland, BIPOC women and our white allies have received little-to-no support amid a co-ordinated hate campaign from white people of the upper class, especially white women, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 17, 2022
When a group of far-right white men develop a list of female journalists and female journalists of colour to target, that’s fascism, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Sergey Zolkin
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 17, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | August 17, 2022
When a group of far-right white men develop a list of female journalists and female journalists of colour to target, that’s fascism, writes Erica Ifill. Unsplash photograph by Sergey Zolkin
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 27, 2022
Caribana is usually celebrated on the August long weekend, which this year coincides with Aug. 1, or Emancipation Day, a celebration of the end of slavery in the West Indies. Flickr photograph by Roberto Baca
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 27, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 27, 2022
Caribana is usually celebrated on the August long weekend, which this year coincides with Aug. 1, or Emancipation Day, a celebration of the end of slavery in the West Indies. Flickr photograph by Roberto Baca
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 20, 2022
If the Liberals want universal broadband in Canada by 2030, they don’t have the policies to ensure success. Firstly, most of Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s digital policies around equitable broadband over-rely on funds, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 20, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | July 20, 2022
If the Liberals want universal broadband in Canada by 2030, they don’t have the policies to ensure success. Firstly, most of Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s digital policies around equitable broadband over-rely on funds, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 29, 2022
The Canadian flag is not a symbol of unity when the rest of the country didn’t care that the capital city was cut off and under siege, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 29, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 29, 2022
The Canadian flag is not a symbol of unity when the rest of the country didn’t care that the capital city was cut off and under siege, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 22, 2022
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, left, and Innovation Minster François-Philippe Champagne head departments pumping out work with discriminatory implications that could reverberate throughout every part of society for generations, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 22, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 22, 2022
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, left, and Innovation Minster François-Philippe Champagne head departments pumping out work with discriminatory implications that could reverberate throughout every part of society for generations, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Sam Garcia
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 15, 2022
Bill C-11, the new broadcasting bill introduced by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, still does not address core problems of the digital experience. In fact, it reveals further issues with trying to control the internet, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 15, 2022
Opinion | BY ERICA IFILL | June 15, 2022
Bill C-11, the new broadcasting bill introduced by Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, still does not address core problems of the digital experience. In fact, it reveals further issues with trying to control the internet, writes Erica Ifill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade