Hope, optimism and the changing face of politics: Barack Obama in Toronto

Jonah Kotzer On Friday, September 29th, former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event was hosted by Canada 2020 and drew an audience of 3,000 people, who paid $10,000 per table to attend. Students of University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance were invited to volunteer at […]

Singing Truth to Power

Liza Kobrinsky A couple of pages into American poet Walt Whitman’s Deathbed Edition of Leaves of Grass, you come across I Hear America Singing. In it Whitman describes a chorus of American labourers singing while they work: the mechanic, the carpenter, the shoemaker, and, even, the mother and the young wife. Whitman has “each singing […]

The ‘Anti-Incumbency Tsunami’

[Ed: The opinions expressed are those of the author.] An anti-incumbency tsunami has ravaged North America in recent weeks. Voters both in Canada and the United States are turning out in record numbers to turf traditional career politicians in favour of political neophytes who have successfully tapped into a volatile electorate. Stylizing themselves as populists, […]