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.
- At this week’s city council meeting, council endorsed the Poverty Reduction Strategy, approved building a casino at the Woodbine Rack Track, and re-appointed Andy Pringle to the Toronto Police Services Board. Pringle’s appointment has been criticized by some given his pro-carding stance and his close connections with Tory.
- In light of the police shooting that killed Andrew Loku last Sunday, a coalition of organizations are calling attention to the disproportionate number of racialized people who have been shot by the Toronto Police, and asking to them review their approach to dealing with mentally ill residents. There is a vigil for Andrew Loku being held on Friday, July 10th in Toronto.
- Did you read that Canadaland post about women journalists leaving the Globe and Mail? We encourage you read and listen to what writers Vidya Kauri and Scaachi Koul have to say about what’s missing from these discussions of industry sexism.
- Torontonian Savannah Burton will become the first trans athlete to represent Canada at an international sporting event when she competes at the World Dodgeball Championship later this summer
- A recent poll demonstrates Canadians’ strong support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, but many are weary of the government’s ability to actually implement them
- A coalition of groups, including the Canadian Federation of Students, are challenging the Fair Elections Act in court. They believe recent revisions to the voter ID requirements will make it harder for students, homeless and First Nations people to vote in October’s federal election. Election districts will also be changing for the 2015 election – click here to find out which riding you’re voting in.