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.
- On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a national coalition called on Premiere Wynne and the Ontario Attorney General not to enforce the new federal prostitution law, out of concern about the law’s ability to keep sex workers safe. Wynne has asked the Attorney General to examine the constitutionality of the new law, but in the meantime, Wynne has said that the law must be enforced in keeping with the province’s obligations under the Criminal Code.
- In an interview with Peter Mansbridge this week, Prime Minister Harper admitted that launching a national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women “isn’t really high on [his] radar”. Harper went on to claim that “action” is better than more studies, despite the fact that Aboriginal leaders themselves have been calling for an inquiry for months. However, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said this week that she hopes she’ll be able to join a roundtable on violence against Aboriginal women which will happen in Ottawa in February.
- A Facebook group created by Dalhousie University Dentistry students has since been removed from the site because of the violent misogynist discussions its members had about their female peers. The President of Dalhousie has since delayed the students’ exams and announced that the students will be entering into a restorative justice process.
- The Toronto Police Service Board held a meeting a Monday to discuss a study on carding prepared by the Community Assessment of Police Practices. At the meeting, many experts criticized the practice and how it is disproportionately used to profile racialized Torontonians. The issue has been deferred to a subcommittee meeting in February.
- The Nova Scotia Attorney General announced this week that anyone who violates the publication ban in the Rehtaeh Parsons case will not be prosecuted unless her name is used in a derogatory way.
- A new study by the Broadbent Institute reveals that the wealth gap between the rich and the poor in Canada is much wider than Canadians believe.