Starting April 1, 2020, Alastair Sharp will be covering youth in the Greater Toronto Area thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative and the Government of Canada.
Alastair Sharp is a reporter in National Observer's Toronto bureau. A former Reuters journalist with ten years of experience reporting across general and political news, companies, markets and economics, with expertise reporting on technology, Alastair trained with the multimedia news agency in London before working in its Cairo bureau for two years and in its Toronto bureau for eight years.
The question of how to deal with education sits at the centre of the province’s reopening dilemma, since anything less than a full return to classes makes it difficult for working parents who have for months been juggling both the working and the parenting.
A group of young people from the 905 area outside Toronto are not letting the need to stay safe during a pandemic keep them from their work pushing for climate action in their municipalities and beyond.
Toronto city councillors and housing advocates make a last-ditch effort to dissuade Premier Doug Ford’s government from passing a tenancy bill they warn will push renters out of their homes in massive numbers.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the government will stop splitting students into academic and applied streams in the first year of high school and ban early elementary suspensions, practices that have disproportionately hurt Black students.
Critics say the youth council Doug Ford’s Ontario government started pulling together this month after two years in power will struggle to create meaningful impact without a reversal of sharp funding cuts and inclusion of the province’s most vulnerable.