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.
- The Toronto Police Service Board approved an increase to the Toronto Police budget on Thursday, which will be sent to council for approval. An Ontario poll conducted this week found that the most would prefer more money be spent on social services than policing.
- Canada’s new Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is expected to officially withdraw the federal government’s appeal to Zunera Ishaq’s niqab case.
- As Queen’s Park reviews reforms to the provincial planning act, Councillor Mike Layton wants to ensure that inclusionary zoning is part of the bill. Inclusionary zoning measures could be a key step to building more affordable housing units in Toronto.
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says that consultations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will begin in the next few weeks.
- The province is holding consultations on the Gender Wage gap, including a stop in Toronto on Monday November 16th. Here’s a policy backgrounder from the Equal Pay Coalition on some key issues for the province to address.
- In the wake of the Mizzou campus events, Desmond Cole reminds us of Canada’s own history responding to campus racism.
- Four law professors have filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against Judge Robin Camp for his mishandling of a rape trial. Their complaint details inappropriate comments he made in court that contravene rape shield laws, which are intended to prevent a women’s sexual history from influencing a case.
- Court transcripts revealed how an Ottawa Justice was quick to dismiss the experience of a man in the residential school system during a bail hearing. The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network provided the transcript to the Ministry of the Attorney General who chose not comment on the judge’s remarks.