WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, October 17

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.

  • This week, the Toronto municipal election was marred by yet another disturbing instance of racism on the campaign trail. City Council candidate Munira Abukar found her campaign signs defaced with hateful messages over the weekend, and again on Thursday. Abukar has been extremely vocal in calling out the acts of bigotry, inspiring the hashtag #IStandWithMunira.
  • As the election countdown continues, Torontonians turned out to advance polls in record breaking numbers this week.
  • After receiving a death threat directed at feminist Anita Sarkeesian, Utah State University refused to perform weapon searches at Sarkeesian’s upcoming speaking event, forcing her to cancel her USU appearance. The threat specifically referenced the Montreal Massacre in which 14 women were killed, promising “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if Sarkessian spoke at USU.
  • NDP leader Thomas Mulcair announced his proposal to create 1 million new childcare spaces nationwide for $15 per day. Many were excited to see affordable childcare raised as a key issue for the upcoming election – one that deserves more attention on a municipal level as well.

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