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 city’s 2016 budget was approved at council this week. A motion to reduce the police budget failed, though some funds were re-allocated toward crime prevention programs. Council also urged the police to implement changes outlined in the recent KPMG report. During the meeting, some councillors criticized the budget for failing to meet the need for low-income residents. Councillor Janet Davis also successfully lobbied for increased funds for childcare subsidies.
- As plans move forward to build a casino in Rexdale, Community activist Hibaq Gelle is asking for a Community Benefit Agreement to detail how the new complex will benefit local residents
- TDSB Trustee Sheila Ward passed away this week, who served on the board for over 25 years
- A new report by Raiding the Roof revealed the number of families using homeless shelters has seen a 50% increase over the past decade
- The number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada may be as high as 4,000 according to Minister Patty Hajdu, though it’s hard to determine that number with a lack of clear data
- The Liberal government it will restore cuts to refugee health care previously made under the Conservatives
- The Status of Women office will be exploring programs to get more women elected to office, emphasizing the need to provide financial assistance for women to jumpstart their political careers