WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, September 12


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.

  • While serving as a witness at the committee hearing for Canada’s proposed sex work bill, former sex worker Terri-Jean Bedford was escorted out of the Senate because she exceeded her allotted response time. Bedford believes the proposed law is a “fundamentally flawed bill” and has often criticized the Senate committee for ignoring sex workers’ testimony.
  • In a show of support for domestic violence survivor Janay Rice, Twitter users employed the hashtag #WhyIStayed to share personal stories of intimate partner violence violence and the reasons why some survivors stay in abusive relationships. Toronto counsellor Farrah Khan of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic spoke to Metro Morning about how to respect survivors while engaging with these issues online.
  • Carleton University students were appalled to find frosh leaders wearing “fuck safe space” shirts, referencing a “safe space” policy that is specifically designed to ensure campus is free of homophobia and heterosexism.
  • After being confronted by Global News last friday, TDSB Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos refused to apologize for his transphobic and homophobic tweets. As transgender rights activist Susan Gapka explained,”It’s very concerning that people elected to public office don’t take the time to learn about our society.”
  • Hamilton activist Holly Jarrett launched the “Am I Next?” campaign, urging the Canadian federal government to investigate and take action on the epidemic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.


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