Fatima Syed, The Walrus

Fatima Syed

The Walrus

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Fatima:

From the Arctic to Brazil: the Deep Roots of Islam in the Americas

A new book shows how Muslim communities make up a complex, vital part of Western society → Read More

The abuse Catherine McKenna receives on Twitter exploded the day the carbon tax started

A data analysis out of the University of Toronto shows that replies to McKenna’s tweets have intensified since the day federal carbon pricing took effect. → Read More

In Saskatchewan, students learn about climate change through an oil and gas filter: report

According to University of Regina researchers, the influence of oil and gas has instilled in Saskatchewan's education system a troubling worldview that doesn't acknowledge the urgency of the climate emergency. → Read More

Trudeau takes office as Trump takes California-Quebec climate deal to court

The United States government is suing California for signing an emissions-reduction agreement with Quebec, saying the deal amounts to foreign policy that the state had no right to conduct. → Read More

Indigenous people pin hopes on Jagmeet Singh in minority government

"I think there's been some really good relationship building that's happened just through Jagmeet Singh," Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle said. → Read More

Memes, fake news and partisan ads: Disinformation’s role in the 2019 Canadian election

Foriegn actors didn’t play as big a role as feared — but meme makers, partisan organizations and fake news platforms obscured facts. → Read More

Memes, fake news and partisan ads

The influence of targeted online campaigns filled with hoaxes and rumours had a significant impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the 2017 French presidential vote, the 2018 Brazilian national election and the events leading up to the United Kingdom’s Brexit. Canada was seen as one of the few holdouts that had, until now, avoided the type of viciousness and outright lies that have… → Read More

How Jagmeet Singh became Canada’s spokesperson for race in the 2019 election

In an election campaign haunted by the spectres of racism and anti-immigrant backlash, both at home and abroad, the NDP leader has repeatedly been thrust into the role of unofficial spokesperson for racialized Canadians. → Read More

Six fact checks from the first official English-language leaders debate

Will Andrew Scheer protect abortion rights? Was Jagmeet Singh right to say that Trudeau’s cabinet ministers use offshore tax havens? We answer all your fact check questions. → Read More

New Elections Canada rules force youth climate-strike organizers to tread carefully

Canada's largest youth climate strike has been deliberately designed to be non-partisan. → Read More

Unprecedented damage to oceans has Canada's marine life on the run

The scientists say that as seawater gets warmer and more acidic, marine life is desperately fleeing to the poles in search of milder conditions. → Read More

Carbon pollution must be 'sharply' cut to lessen destruction of rising oceans: IPCC report

A new IPCC report has found that if we want to stop unprecedented sea level rise, we need urgent climate action that harnesses Indigenous knowledge and deploys renewable energy technology. → Read More

New EU Commission structure shows seriousness on climate action

One of European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen's first acts in office was to task her second-in-command with leading the continent on a path to climate neutrality by 2050. → Read More

Canadian youth hungry for action at first UN Youth Climate Summit

Youth question whether meaningful change can come from a summit with ‘a lot of photo ops and showy stuff.' → Read More

Even before #brownface, the 2019 federal election was always about race

If the country is serious about race, Canadians would connect the dots and ask hard questions of our top leaders: we would ask when they acknowledged racism, if they understand racism — and if they don't, why they believe they are best suited to help all the communities in this country. → Read More

Election 2019 cheat sheet: the last four years in Canadian politics

The Canadian political landscape looks vastly different from the sunny ways that brought Justin Trudeau to power. In case you forgot them, here are the highlights of the last four years. → Read More

Canada’s 2019 federal election will be called Wednesday

Canada’s 2019 election campaign has started. Trudeau promised “sunny ways” following the last election in 2015. While many believe his government has delivered on core promises, it has also faced scandals such as the SNC-Lavalin affair. → Read More

How the launch of the Canadian Energy Information Centre could fill major gaps in energy data

The idea of a Canadian Energy Information Centre represents the one thing everyone that works in Canada's energy sector — from environmentalists to oil and gas workers — agree on: that Canada needs reliable energy statistics. → Read More

Catherine McKenna says she has done everything she could to fight climate change

There was momentum, and then it was gone. In an exclusive interview with National Observer, the environment and climate change minister defends her record despite recent electoral gains by the right. → Read More

We asked Canada's agriculture ministers what they're doing about the climate crisis

Federal and provincial agriculture ministers say they understand the seriousness of the conclusions in the latest major UN climate report urging land-use reform and that they have a plan to tackle—but few are able to articulate just how they will do so. → Read More