WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 20

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.

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WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, May 13

 

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 Crown opted to accept a peace bond in the final sexual change against Ghomeshi instead of proceeding with the case in court. Complainant Kathryn Borel explained in her statement that the peace bond was “the clearest path to truth” as it required an admission of guilt on Ghomeshi’s part
  • At Queen’s Park, a debate on ranked ballots saw Toronto Councillor Justin Di Ciano advocating against the voting system, which has previously recived from John Tory and many other councillors
  • On Parliament Hill, MPs discussed a proposed gender equity bill which would encourage political parties to run more women candidates
  • The Liberals also made moves on electoral reform this week, though opposition parties criticized the party’s suggestion to create a committee with a majority of Liberal MPs
  • MPs Lisa Raitt and Ruth Ellen Brosseau discuss balancing child care with their House of Commons life

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 29

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.

 

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 22

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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 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.

 

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 8

 

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.

  • Black Lives Matter supporters marched to Queen’s Park Monday, prompting a response from Premier Wynne. Wynne promised she would set up a formal meeting to discuss the concerns they’ve raised about accountability at the Special Investigations Unit. The exchange prompted demonstrators to pack up #BLMTentCity at Police Headquarters as they wait for the Premier to follow up. John Tory has yet to reach out to BLM for a meeting.
  • Rogers is making to low-cost internet plans accessible to Toronto social housing tenants.
  • Miscarriage is now considered a disability according to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, paving the path for folks to receive appropriate work benefits after a miscarriage.
  • Brandon University in Manitoba is being criticized for its campus sexual assault polices. Two students have come forward saying that the school made them sign a contract to silence themabout their sexual assault complaints. The school administration did admit their wrongdoing publicly, but some students are leaving the university because of the ordeal.
  • MPP Jack MacLaren made a sexist joke about MP Karen McCrimmon at a recent fundraising event. MacLaren apologized privately but his party leader Patrick Brown says MacLaren won’t be kicked out of the party caucus for his vulgar remarks.

 

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, April 1st

 

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 Black Lives Matter demonstration at Toronto Police Headquarters is still going strong, after protests started on March 21st. This week, BLMTO released a mixtape featuring Toronto artists to support their cause, and 3 councillors delivered a petition and motion on police accountability to city council
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam hosted a great panel of women’s political engagement this week – catch up on the conversation here if you missed it.
  • After last Sunday’s attacks in Lahore, Pakistan, Toronto’s Pakistani community organized a vigil at Queen’s Park on and shared their solidarity in the wake of the tragedy
  • Sponsorship groups for Syrian refugees are expressing concerns about the slowing pace of arrivals.
  • PEI announced that islanders will soon have access to abortion services, which has been unavailable in the province for over 30 years. Earlier this year, PEI pro-choice activists made plans to sue the provincial government over the long-standing lack of services.
  • A whole bunch of stuff was discussed and voted on at City Council on Thursday, including plans for SmartTrack and the East Gardiner. Check out Neville Park’s liveblog for Torontoist for the most salient details.