WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, October 31

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, stories surfaced of 9 women who were assaulted by CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. As the public continues to learn more about the situation, it’s important to consider how these stories relate to public discourse on sexual assault. and the circumstances that discourage women from speaking out on these issues.
  • Toronto’s newly elected council fails to represent the city’s diversity. On the bright side, shout out to Ausma Malik who won her spot as TDSB School Trustee in spite of the Islamophobic attacks launched against her.
  • Harper unveiled his income-splitting package this week, which has been criticized by his opponents for only benefitting “a small minority of people at a time when inequality in our society is increasing.” 
  • NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton hosted the Women’s Forum des Femmes in Ottawa on Thursday to “build a feminist agenda. You can follow along with the conversation here and at #WFDF14. 
  • And of course, a friendly reminder that Halloween is not for slut-shaming.

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