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.
- ICYMI, @ivotejevote and @SamaraCDA hosted panel discussions and Twitter chats on women in politics this week. Catch up with the hasthags #SamaraChat, #womeninpolitics and at Maclean’s live blog.
- At an event on Monday, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and former candidate Idil Burale discussed how to promote greater diversity in municipal elections.
- At the Executive Committee meeting this week, members voted to move forward with Tory’s proposed budget before the final debate on the budget at April’s city council meeting. The committee voted to maintain staff positions for city planners but did not fulfill requests from the integrity commissioner and ombudsman office’s requests for additional staff.
- After a Quebec judge demanded that Rania Al-Alloul remove her hijab in court, supporters took to Twitter with the hashtag #SuitablyDressed and launched a GoFundMe to buy her a new car. Al-Alloul went to court in the first place because the police impounded her vehicle.
- After being sexually assaulted by a fellow student earlier this year, York University PhD student Mandi Gray has refused to return to campus until the administration makes greater effort to ensure her security. Gray joins a chorus of voices who have been increasingly critical of how campus assaults are handled, which is the subject of the new documentary “The Hunting Ground”.
- Check out this profile of the Fredericton Youth Feminists who inspired their high school to develop a thorough harassment and sexual assault policy after protesting their school’s dress code last fall.