WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, January 15

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.

  • City Hall held public deputations this week on #TOBudget2016, allowing residents to give their thoughts on how funds should be allocated. Our civically-engaged hearts were aflutter when two sixth-grade girls took the floor to discuss the TTC and Toronto’s tax system.
  • Canada’s first transitional house for LGBTQ youth had its official launch on Thursday, seeking to address the starting rates of LGBTQ homelessness as identified in previous city studies.
  • Toronto woman Ayan Farah is suing the government. The RCMP claims she has connections to a local gang, but have failed to demonstrate what those connections actually are, while the accusation alone has caused her to lose her job.
  • Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner is calling the province to publicize race-based stats for children in care. Renu Mandhane hopes the data will help the OHRC address why certain populations, such as black and aboriginal children, are overrepresented among children’s aid societies’ clients.
  • York U student Navi Dhanota won her human rights complaint against the school, ensuring that students will not have to disclose their mental health diagnoses in order to get academic accommodation. The OHRC plans to reach out to their institutions to prompt similar policy changes across the board.



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