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 first wave of government sponsored Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto this week, welcomed by Prime Minister Trudeau at Pearson Airport
- At a press conference on Monday, a coalition of organizations and activists, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission, called attention to the potential pitfalls and loopholes in Ontario’s draft regulations on police carding.
- Protests by Toronto taxi drivers against Uber shut down Queen and Bay on Wednesday, expressing frustration with how the lack of regulations around Uber has affected taxi drivers’ livelihoods.
- The NDP re-introduced their trans rights bill to the House of Commons on Wednesday, which aims to add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code. The bill was previously introduced under the Conservative government but failed to make it past the Senate.
- The Cy and Ruby bill, which aims to expand rights for LGBTQ parents in Ontario, passed its second reading at Queen’s Park on Thursday.
- MP Carolyn Bennett announced the first phase of the long-awaited inquiry into Missing and Murder Indigenous Women.
- The Canadian government paid a settlement on Monday to Benamar Benatta, who was racially profiled by Canadian boarder officials after 9/11 and illegally detained in the United States.