WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, July 18

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.

  • Over 1,000 people took to the streets last Saturday for SlutWalk Toronto. The now-annual parade began as a protest in response to comments made by Toronto police Constable Michael Sanguinetti, who suggested that “…women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” After just three years, SlutWalks are now being organized in over 200 cities around the world.
  • Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has promised to lobby the federal government to ban handguns in the GTA. This sparked discussion in the #TOpoli Twittersphere about the implicit and explicit racism often afoot when we talk about (and build public policy around) gun control – including this response from Ward 2 Council candidate Andray Domise.
  • The provincial Liberals are resubmitting the budget that triggered last month’s election, which includes ambitious new initiatives such a province-wide pension plan and a pledge of $15-billion for GTA transit.
  • The last Morgentaler Clinic in the Maritimes shuts its doors this week, but the fight to save it continues. Over $100,000 has been raised to support Fredericton’s sole private abortion clinic, which has been forced to close due to the provincial government’s refusal to fund its services.
  • Bitch magazine’s profile of Lucy Flores —who’s running to be the first Latina Lieutenant Governor of Nevada —showcases this “new kind of role model for Latina women” and reveals how “her own lived experience becomes the basis of her progressive agenda for social change.”
  • Britain’s PM David Cameron is expected to promote as many as 12 women to his cabinet and the lower ministerial ranks as part of a major reshuffle. Cameron has frequently been criticized by the lack of female representation in his Conservative party
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