WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, October 10

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.
  • In response to tragic shootings that claimed the lives of three young men this week, six council candidates co-released a statement on how move forward from these events and prevent future violence.
  • A parent has officially complained to the TDSB regarding transphobic comments made by Trustee Sam Sotiropoulus back in August. The letter has garnered 90 additional signatures in support thus far.
  • On Monday, Canada’s new sex work bill passed in the House of Commons by a 156-124 vote. While Justice Minister Peter MacKay believes the bill represents a “paradigm shift” in Canada’s approach to regulating sex work, activist Terri-Jean Bedford believes the law will be found unconstitutional and isurging all opponents to express this to their premiers.
  • The Toronto Foundation released its 13th annual Vital Signs Report shedding light on various facts and figures that could inform city policies. For example, the report found an increasing gap between the city’s rich and poor, as well an increasing gender pay gap.
  • Abortion service providers in Maine have been welcoming an increasing number of clients from New Brunswick since the Morgentaler clinic in Fredricton was closed in July. The clinic was the only private abortion clinic in all of the Maritimes. New Brunswick activists are planning to put pressure on premier-designate Brian Gallant to address the region’s limited access to reproductive services.
  • Check out the Ethnic Aisle’s brand new Election Issue, including an interview with Toronto’s first black female mayoral candidate, Carolann Wright-Parks.
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