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.
- Three Toronto police officers have been suspended and are being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female colleague.
- Mayors from Canada’s biggest cities met on Thursday to discuss strategies to secure federal funding for projects like transportation and housing.
- Toronto poet laureate George Elliot Clarke discussed how Malcolm X’s teachings relate to issues facing Toronto in honour of Black History Month,
- Councillor Janet Davis has put forth a motion asking Toronto Council to endorse the consensus document produced at the National Child Care Care Conference
- As the Toronto 2015 budget continues to be debated, Metro’s Matt Elliot reminds us that the current proposal has failed to make TTC accessibility a priority.
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) announced that it will review its Gender Identity Services for children, which have been criticized for pathologizing gender-variant kids and encouraging them to conform to the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Bill C-626 was voted down on Wednesday, halting efforts to bring back the long-form census. After the census was cancelled in 2010, researchers in key policy areas have expressed concern over the loss of this valuable data for planning purposes – especially in large cities like Toronto.
- In response to an article by feminist writer/comedian Lindy West detailing the harassment she receives on Twitter, the company’s CEO admitted that the site needs to improve its processes to make it easier for users to report abuse.
- After a slew of pieces were published dissecting the story of student Emma Sulkowicz and her alleged rape, the hashtag #TheresNoPerfectVictim took hold on Twitter. The conversation shed light on how survivors deal differently with trauma and their willingness to report. Elle Magazine posted an overview of how discussions like these on social media are reinvigorating feminism.