Karim In the Media

Karim is a leading voice on Ontario politics and the big issues that affect our lives. He writes a bi-weekly column for The Toronto Star, is a founder of First Policy Response, and is regularly invited to comment on the issues of the day. Through his writing he holds government to account, and has advanced solutions on issues from effectively responding to COVID to climate change, and from economic dignity to education reform.

New Perspective with Karim Bardeesy the Ontario Liberal nominee in Parkdale-High Park!
November 17, 2021 | New Perspective
New Perspective speaks with Karim about immigration, his priorities and more...learn more


Hub Dialogue: Karim Bardeesy on building a constituency for big ideas
September 16, 2021 | The Hub
The Hub's Sean Speer talks to Karim about why he’s decided to run for public office, how we can build and mobilize movements for change, and how we must find ways to bridge culture, economic, and political divides in Ontario and the rest of Canada...read more


Post-pandemic, let’s demand a plan that gives people economic dignity
June 20, 2021 | Toronto Star
Sisters Amtoj and Anmol Kaur and their friend Kirti Vyas have a beef. Undergraduate students at Ryerson University and Glendon College, living in Rexdale, the trio are giving voice... read more


A blend of in-person and online learning is becoming the norm. Post-pandemic, let’s make it work
June 06, 2021 | Toronto Star
There’s been a lot of loss for young adults, especially college and university students, in this pandemic. Loved ones. Jobs. Friendships and connections. A sense of promise about the future... read more


Market competition has suffered during the pandemic. Should we call time on the game of monopoly?
May 09, 2021 | Toronto Star
It was a straightforward question: Who are the beneficiaries and who are the losers from Ontario’s April stay-at-home order? The answers that came back... read more


A Conservative argument for a Liberal sick leave program
April 23, 2021 | Toronto Star
After doing the wrong things for too long, can the Ford government do the right thing next week?... read more


Ontario is in crisis. What can we do when the plot’s been lost?
April 11, 2021 | Toronto Star
A family in crisis. Trapped in a cycle of regrets, recriminations and wrong choices, it tries to dig its way out... read more


Wealth inequality has gotten worse during the pandemic — and here is what we can do about it
March 28, 2021 | Toronto Star
Get ready for the pitchforks. Just six months into the pandemic, the Thomson family’s fortune grew by an estimated $9 billion, to over $50 billion... read more


Can we create a national plan to kickstart graduates' careers?
March 24, 2021 | The Big Story Podcast
The second graduating class of this pandemic is about to enter the workforce. There are still very few jobs and thousands of grads desperate for them... read more


A Marshall Plan for college and university graduates
March 14, 2021 | Toronto Star
Look around, in their public and private actions, and see how students are expressing themselves these days... read more


Politicians, use your formal power, or agree to good ideas others are putting forward
February 28, 2021 | Toronto Star
When they wake up in the morning, the first question every decision-maker at a government or large public institution in Canada should be asking is: what can I do with the formal authority I have?... read more


Training is only half the story. Here’s why talent investment is a necessary part of our economic recovery
February 14, 2021 | Toronto Star
Training and retraining is never more popular than during a period of debilitating unemployment. We’re going through a brutal period, and upskilling, re-skilling and a variety of other programs are going to be a necessary part of our recovery... read more


Talent and goodwill are being left on the table in our pandemic response
January 31, 2021 | Toronto Star
The pandemic and the call to serve. “Give me the vaccine, and let my family, my work, my life, get back to normal.” It’s a heartfelt desire in this wearying year... read more


A paid sick-leave plan workers can rely on
January 17, 2021 | Toronto Star
As of Jan. 13, at least 8,883 people in Ontario — who could have protected themselves by collecting a paycheque at home — have caught the virus at work. And yet we still don’t have a robust sick-leave program... read more


Canada’s political leaders need to focus on co-ordinated, uniform plans to defeat the COVID-19 virus
December 21, 2020 | Toronto Star
What does success look like in our COVID-19 response? More than nine months into the crisis, with two dozen First Ministers meetings and a new lockdown announced in Ontario, we still don’t have an answer from our political leaders... read more


Principles and policies for a national pandemic response
December 11, 2020 | First Policy Response
What does success look like in our COVID-19 response? Nine months into the crisis, and the day after an important First Ministers’ Meeting, we still don’t have an answer from our political leaders... read more

Hope for our democracy, if we are willing to fight for it
October 13, 2020 | Toronto Star
Who doesn’t feel that our democracy is under threat? Authoritarian regimes are on the rise... read more


We're six months into the pandemic. Where do we go from here?
September 23, 2020 | First Policy Response
Most of us are still standing, though many are weary. The hopes for a “return to normal” have been dashed, as school years, businesses and the lives of loved ones continue to be upended, six months since the pandemic started... read more


We need stronger digital protections for vulnerable and racialized Canadians
June 27, 2020 | Ottawa Citizen
Facial recognition systems can generate false positives and are prone to inaccurately flagging darker skin tones... read more


Leadership and Public Policy
June 04, 2020 | The Public Discourse
We talk with Karim Bardeesy and Akaash Maharaj about the qualities of leadership during a time of crisis, and how to build a unifying vision around public policy that serves the common good. Bardeesy is the Executive Director of the Ryerson Leadership Lab and Maharaj is the CEO of the Mosaic Institute... listen in


The Economic Policy Response to COVID-19: An Early Report Card
April 29, 2020 | Ontario Loud
Former Wynne policy chief Karim Bardeesy and economist and Atkinson Foundation Fellow Armine Yalnizyan join Alexi and Garima to talk about how the Trudeau and Ford governments are doing in propping up the economy now that we're more than a month into COVID-19... read more


Karim Bardeesy on COVID-19 Policy Responses
March 31, 2020 | Intended Consequences
How will COVID-19 change the Canadian economy? What do policy makers need to do to ensure we can properly recover from COVID-19? Where can relief packages be strengthened and what policies are needed next?... listen in


First, send money. Stimulus in a global pandemic needs a new playbook
March 17, 2020 | Toronto Star
The federal government will soon roll out a major economic package to deal with the unprecedented emergency of COVID-19... read more


Canadians are looking for ambition on climate change
September 26, 2019 | Toronto Star
Climate change has broken into the popular imagination. Friday’s climate march is part of the global strike for climate justice, pegged to this week’s United Nations climate meetings and guided by the moral clarity of Greta Thunberg... read more


Building resilience
April 02, 2019 | Ontario Loud
Former policy chief to Premiers Wynne and McGuinty Karim Bardeesy joins the pod to talk about Minister Lisa Thompson's plan to "reform education" by increasing class size, and the impacts that the new plan will have on learning, student success and school closures... read more


Two scandals: How political power really works in Ottawa and Queen’s Park
March 05, 2019 | Toronto Star
The SNC-Lavalin and Ontario Provincial Police scandals playing out in Ottawa and at Queen’s Park make for good political theatre. But amid the intrigue and the unanswered questions there is a wider pair of points being missed... read more


Why democracy is in trouble, and what Canadians can do about it
January 15, 2019 | Toronto Star
It’s 2019, and with the change in calendar comes a sense of hope, optimism and renewal. Yet those with an eye on politics — or more broadly, the state of our democracy — would tell a different story... read more


How to resurrect the Ontario Liberal party
June 18, 2018 | Toronto Star
Hurt; angry; chastened. That’s the space many Ontario Liberals are in as Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives prepare to govern and the NDP assumes the role of official opposition... read more