WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, August 15th

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.

  • A new report from U of T’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance brings to light Toronto’s infrastructure funding shortfall, stating that $2.5 billion will be needed by 2020 to maintain existing assets.
  • Police Chief Bill Blair dropped threats of a lawsuit after accepting Councillor Doug Ford’s apology for accusing police of leaking a story to the Toronto Star that police were preparing to subpoena Mayor Rob Ford to testify as a witness in the extortion case against friend Alexander Lisi.
  • Maytree Foundation president Ratna Omidvar distinguished the Live-in Caregiver program from other Temporary Foreign Worker Programs, and called for the government to focus on strengthening it instead of scrapping it, arguing that live-in caregivers do not fill a temporary gap, but rather meet a long-term labour need.
  • Star columnist Judith Timson called Alison Redford’s departure from politics a “Disappointment to Women,” and asked whether the Alberta Premier was held to a different standard.
  • Former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci released a report on how Toronto police should deal with people in crisis, outlining 84 recommendations. Here are six.
  • After the recent shifts in the mayoral polls, The Star addressed questions about the polling process and its reliability.

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