WiTOpoli Mixer Series
As we embark on an election year, Women in Toronto Politics is beginning to formulate plans for community outreach and resident engagement. It’s the perfect time for women invested in the city and its communities to connect with one another and dream up ways to ensure women’s voices are heard on the campaign trail.
In that spirit, WiTOpoli is hosting a series of mixers in Toronto (Scarborough, downtown, Etobicoke and north York) as well as one mixer via Google hangout. All events will be held in bars or restaurants, and children are welcome.
December 10, 2013 – Downtown Toronto - Osteria dei Ganzi on Jarvis just north of Wellesley, 6 – 9 pm.
January 13, 2014 – North York – Jack Astor’s at Yonge and North York Blvd, 6 – 9 pm. This event is accessible and close to the subway (North York Centre station). Please RSVP on Eventbrite.
January 27, 2014 - Etobicoke – Gabby’s Grill & Taps at 2899 Bloor St. W near Royal York station, 6 – 8:30 pm. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.
February 4, 2014 - Scarborough – Queen Victoria’s Pub at 2240 Midland Ave. near the 401, 6 – 9 pm. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.
February 5, 2014 – online mixer – details to follow
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We look forward to meeting you!
WiTOpoli Jane’s Walk: The Past and Present of Toronto Women’s Activism and Engagement (May 5, 2013: meet at Toronto Police Headquarters, north side of College between Bay and Yonge)
Want to tap into Toronto politics and the issues that affect Toronto women, not just historically, but today? Join us for a walk around the downtown core for a history of some of the landmark moments in Toronto feminism – and find out who’s making history right before your eyes!
“Explaining How Politics Works to Women” Coffee Party (April 24, 2013: Queen & Beaver Public House)
This impromptu event was organized by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and promoted by WiTOpoli in response to Mayor Rob Ford’s offer to “explain how politics works” to the women of Toronto. It was a collaborative opportunity for women to discuss the representation/inclusion of women in politics amongst themselves, with the input and support of a councillor.
Deputation Party (November 7, 2012: Toronto City Hall)
The evening workshop focused on how to deliver a deputation to a Toronto City Council committee, from signing up to standing up. We discussed how to bring the wants and needs of a citizen, neighbourhood, or organization to City Hall with confidence, passion and a grasp of the logistics involved.
Women are City-Builders (September 23, 2012: Academy of the Impossible)
The one-day workshop, facilitated by Exhibit Change, supported 30 diverse Toronto women in generating specific ideas to help Toronto manage its growth, meet the needs of its citizens, and improve its infrastructure and natural environment.
The Front Page (May 30, 2012: Centre for Social Innovation)
The Front Page explored the nature of online and offline political conversations about women in politics, and the influence that these conversations exert on women’s political action and expression.
Moderator: Alison Loat, Founder, Samara Canada
Panelists: Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor
Hamutal Dotan, Editor-In-Chief, Torontoist
Jse-Che Lam, English and Civics Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councillor
The Comment Section (May 23, 2012: Centre for Social Innovation)
Moderator: Robyn Doolittle, City Hall Reporter, Toronto Star
Panelists: Alicia Pang, citizen #TOpoli tweeter
Andrea Houston, Staff Reporter, Xtra
Nadia Swaby, citizen #TOpoli tweeter
Sarah Thomson, Publisher, Women’s Post, 2010 mayoral candidate