- Major shakeups in the municipal election last Friday, as Rob Ford withdrew from the mayor’s race only to be replaced by his brother, city councillor Doug Ford. On Wednesday, Rob’s doctors confirmed that the mayor has been diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma, which will require chemotherapy treatments that will last until after the October 27 election. Meanwhile, Doug has already drawn criticism for allowing his campaign communications director to visit his office, prompting a reminder to all councillors from city manager Joe Pennachetti that incumbents can’t use their city-funded offices for election purposes.
- On Monday, the federal government promised to address violence against aboriginal women and girls through a new plan based on 16 recommendations made last March by MPs sitting on the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women. $25 million over five years has been allocated for the plan.
- With the backing of both the government and a wide cross-section of NDP, Liberal and backbench Tories, Ontario MP Michael Chong’s private member’s bill on the role of parliamentarians is expected to pass its next vote in the Commons next week. Chong aims to empower MPs by handing them more power to review and eject party leaders, and to vote on the expulsion and re-admission of caucus members.
- On xojane, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth shares her story of the challenges she faced managing her friend’s campaign for public school trustee in Calgary, which included a steady stream of vitriolic comments aimed at both women. Despite their negative experience, Chorney-Booth still declares her strong belief in the value of civic engagement.
- As part of her new role as UN goodwill ambassador, actress Emma Watson visited Uruguay’s legislature on Wednesday, delivering a petition with 5,500 signatures that called for a bill implementing quotas for female lawmakers.Just 14 percent of Uruguay’s legislators are women, and the country has never had a female president.