WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 15

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.

  • #PoliceWeekONT was trending nationwide this week, as residents used the hashtag to ask key questions about Toronto’s carding policy. Though the hashtag was originally intended to highlight Ontario Police Week, Toronto police failed to engage with users criticizing carding.
  • Criticism of carding continued to mount as the case of Mutaz Elmardy highlighted the need for reform. Elmardy was awarded damages this week after suing a Toronto police offer who beat him. The incident occurred after the office stopped Elmardy on his way home even though he was not suspected of any crime. The Anti-Black Racism Network also held a press conference this week calling for an end to carding, outlining clear demands for the city and province to follow and highlighting their lack of accountability on the issue.
  • At a Ryerson event on Wednesday, Tory expressed concern over the lack of visible minorities on council but said he would not support extending the vote to permanent residents and others without citizenship
  • The Public Works committee left the fate of the Gardiner unresolved this week and it will continue to be debated at council. Here’s a handy FAQ to help navigate the issue.
  • CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted soccer fans who shouted sexists remarks at her on-air, drawing attention to the daily harassment female reporters face. One of the men has since been fired and both have been banned from MLSE games for the next year.
  • After being punished for disobeying her school’s dress code, Moncton High School student Lauren Wiggins wrote a powerful letter to her Vice-Principal which she later published on social media, expressing her disdain for the unfair standards applied to female students.
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