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.
- MPP Jagmeet Singh opened up to the CBC this week about his experience with police carding and is calling for a provincial strategy the end the practice.
- Ontario cities will be allowed to use ranked-ballots in the 2018 elections.
- Ahead of the June 10th Council decision on the Gardiner Expressway, Torontoist unpacks what the consequences will be for transit planning. Expert advice says part of the Gardiner should be torn down.
- The Star revealed this week that Tory is exploring the possibility of a more expensive Scarborough subway route than what is currently planned, in order to align it with SmartTrack.
- The bill to ban reparative therapy for transgender children in Ontario is one step closer to becoming law. Ontario MPPs gave Bill 77 unanimous consent on Thursday to refer it back to committee before the third reading.
- Local activists are urging NXNE to cancel a performance by artist Action Bronson at Yonge-Dundas Square because of his violent misogynist music and transphobic comments. A petition for the cause has reached almost 7,000 signatures. John Tory has also expressed concern that the performance may be inconsistent with the venues’ policy which is run by the City of the Toronto.
- Parliament voted this week to cancel the GST tax on feminine hygiene products.
- Federal Conservatives voted against NDP MP Niki Ashton’s bill to create a national action plan to address violence against women, despite reports from Health Canada that the federal government needs to do more on the issue.