WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, May 29

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, May 22

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 15

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

  • #PoliceWeekONT was trending nationwide this week, as residents used the hashtag to ask key questions about Toronto’s carding policy. Though the hashtag was originally intended to highlight Ontario Police Week, Toronto police failed to engage with users criticizing carding.
  • Criticism of carding continued to mount as the case of Mutaz Elmardy highlighted the need for reform. Elmardy was awarded damages this week after suing a Toronto police offer who beat him. The incident occurred after the office stopped Elmardy on his way home even though he was not suspected of any crime. The Anti-Black Racism Network also held a press conference this week calling for an end to carding, outlining clear demands for the city and province to follow and highlighting their lack of accountability on the issue.
  • At a Ryerson event on Wednesday, Tory expressed concern over the lack of visible minorities on council but said he would not support extending the vote to permanent residents and others without citizenship
  • The Public Works committee left the fate of the Gardiner unresolved this week and it will continue to be debated at council. Here’s a handy FAQ to help navigate the issue.
  • CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted soccer fans who shouted sexists remarks at her on-air, drawing attention to the daily harassment female reporters face. One of the men has since been fired and both have been banned from MLSE games for the next year.
  • After being punished for disobeying her school’s dress code, Moncton High School student Lauren Wiggins wrote a powerful letter to her Vice-Principal which she later published on social media, expressing her disdain for the unfair standards applied to female students.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 8

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

  • Mayor Tory asked the civic appointments committee to review their recommendation to add 4 white men to the TTC commission. In the end, council decided to sub out one of the male appointments for Maureen Adamson, making her 1 of 2 women on the 11-person commission, which includes no visible minorities.
  • At this week’s city council meeting, Mike Layton’s motion to implement inclusionary zoning did not earn enough votes for debate but instead will be referred back to committee before returning to council. Inclusionary zoning would force new developments to set aside a certain number of unit for low income residents.
  • Tenants in Parkdale have been organizing against Swedish property company Akelius for the poor service and unfair rent increases they’ve been experiencing. As a Parkdale Legal Services rep explains “Akelius wants working class and immigrant tenants out of their buildings in Parkdale, that is clear.” Learn more about the challenges tenants face in this write-up on Landlord Licensing from Torontoist.
  • After Rachel Notley’s stunning win in Alberta this week, Equal Voice’s Nancy Peckford reflects on the many accomplishments of her historic campaign. Not only will the new Alberta government have the highest percentage of female representatives in Canadian history, but the campaign was focused on Notley’s ideas rather than her personal life, which is rare for a female candidate.
  • Despite nationwide protests last week and repeated concerns raised over privacy violations, Bill C-51 has been passed.
  • A new study released this week details the serious gender pay gap in Canada which is double than the global average.
  • The NDP will introduce a bill to end the tampon tax, piggybacking on the efforts of an online petition which has reached over 72,000 signatures.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 1

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 24

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 17

A roundup of some of the latest news in women, Toronto, and/or politics this week. What stories did you read this week? Tell us in the comments.

  • The Toronto Police Services (including Mayor Tory) has approved the heavily-criticized carding policy. The Ontario Human Rights Commissioner wrote an indignant letter to Chief Blair, noting “It is clear our recommendations have not been incorporated into the Procedure in any meaningful way and even the Board’s revised Policy indicates a retreat from earlier, more progressive positions.” In addition to the concern over human rights violations, the decision sets a dangerous precedent in terms of police accountability
  • An independent review released on Thursday details how CBC management failed to investigate Jian Ghomeshi and reports of workplace harassment. Media Critic Jesse Brown provides critical context to the CBC investigation
  • What will Toronto do about the Gardiner? Torontoist weighs the options and how this will reflect our city’s true priorities
  • The Canadian Labour Congress is recommending that minimum wage be raised to $15. As detailed by Press Progress, the amount of minimum wage jobs is increasing while it becomes more and difficult to live off those earnings for many Canadians. Protests were held across North America this week for the Fight for $15 campaign. 
  • Check out the full report from the Draw The Lines campaign which reviewing Toronto’s ward boundaries for municipal elections.