WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, August 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.

  • Toronto City Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon has become the target of an animated “spanking” game on a website belonging to rival candidate/ pick-up artist James Sears. As McMahon told Metro News, she’s “disgusted at his attempt to bring public service and the office of a councillor down into the gutter” but has decided not to take further action at this time
  • This week, the Toronto Star Big Ideas series discussed the need for a national affordable childcare strategy 
  • The Harper government felt the wrath of social media after it was discovered that the Therese Casgrain volunteer award, named for the prominent Quebecois feminist, has been re-named for the PM himself
  • On a similar note, Toronto Star writer Bob Hepburn urges us to recognize the legacy of Margaret Campbell – a Toronto politician, women’s rights advocate, and lawyer who almost became the city’s first female mayor in 1969!
  • Our crowdfunding campaign to build the Position Primer, a new online voter information tool, hit its goal. NO BIG DEAL. Any additional funds raised will beef up our marketing and outreach to ensure as many Torontonians as possible use the Position Primer, so we are still accepting funds until August 22. Donate now!
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