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.
- Toronto council approved the 2015 budget this week, finalizing the plan to have the city borrow from itself to balance the budget while keeping property tax increases below the rate of inflation
- Ontario MPP Cheri Dinovo proposed a bill that would ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth under 18 and bar its practitioners from receiving funding through OHIP
- After Harper claimed that allowing niqabs at citizenships ceremonies promotes an “anti-women culture”, Muslim women and allies were quick to point out the hypocrisy with #dresscodePM
- The Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief urged parliament to consider how anti-terror legislation could disproportionately affect Aboriginal communities, given CSIS’ previous surveillance of the Idle No More movement
- The Canadian Bar Association encouraged the senate to reject the recent amendment to bill C-279, which would restrict trans people from “sex-segregated” facilities
- Kathleen Wynne released her new provincial plan to combat sexual assault and Regina launched a new pilot program to allow sexual assaults to be reported anonymously
- Press Progress breaks down why Canadian women left the workforce in staggering numbers this past year