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 the public consultation on carding held this week, Minister Yasir Naqvi insisted the practice should be better regulated while many attendees called for an end to carding. Minister Naqvi also said the province cannot demand that police provide data on carding, leaving the public with no answers as to whether the practice is effective.
- Criticism of Canada’s response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis continued to mount this week. Many organizations are accepting donations including Doctor’s Without Borders and UNICEF Canada.
- No One Is Illegal Vancouver launched NeverHome.ca to document the effect of changing immigration laws in Canada, through interactive, multi-media resources.
- Trans rights activists in Quebec are pushing the province to implement Bill 35 which would allow Trans residents to change their sex on government documentswithout having to fulfill a surgery requirement.
- As Ontario prepares for the sex-ed curriculum to roll out, the Director of the Peel School Board announced that students will not be exempt from discussions of gay families or gender identity for any reason. Quebec is also launching a mandatory sex-ed pilot program with no exemptions for any students.
- At the MTV video awards last weekend, Amber Rose and Blac Chyna rose awareness about slut-shaming by wearing matching outfits painted with derogatory terms used to demean women.
- Toronto restaurant owner Jen Agg hosted the “Kitchen Bitches” conference this week to highlight issues of sexism in the restaurant and food industry.
- Ashley Callingbull Burnham became the first Canadian and First Nations woman to be named Miss Universe this week, using her platform to discuss missing and murdered indigenous women and other key issues for Aboriginal Canadians.