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Reclaiming Our Narratives: Conversations on Gender and Racial Profiling in Toronto

When: November 28th, 9:30am-5:00pm

Where: Osgoode Hall Law School (4700 Keele Street) 

Join us for a FREE day of discussion on the many ways gender impacts racial profiling. This event will reflect and address the unique realities of gender and racial profiling in the Jane-Finch community, so we especially encourage members of this community to attend. Find out more on our Facebook page and register here.


Women Are Watching: Election Results Viewing Party!


When: October 19th, 7:00pm onwards

Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave.)

Come watch the election results with us! RSVP on Facebook!

Outside The Ballot Box: Let’s Talk Youth Voter Engagement!


When: August 19th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd Floor (765 Queen Street East)

The federal campaign is here! Join Be the Vote and WiTOpoli to discuss youth voter engagement and the barriers youth face to participating in political conversations. Whether you’ve never voted or are a #cdnpoli expert, we want to hear from youth like you. RSVP on Facebook!

Speakers & Performers:

Idil Burale is an experienced advocate and frequent commentator on urban issues who’s been featured in print, radio, and TV. A passionate city builder and columnist for Spacing Magazine, she’s been an advisor on various civic issues ranging from community safety, student achievement, and poverty reduction

Amara Possian is the Campaigns Manager (Elections) at Leadnow which mobilizes voters across Canada through grassroots, people-powered campaigns. She is a facilitator and organizer with interests in movements for economic and ecological justice.

Zeinab Aidid is a Toronto based writer, speaker, spoken word artist, and educator. Born to Somali immigrant parents, she draws upon her experience navigating the world as a black, Muslim, woman.

This event is free and open to everyone! The venue is accessible and light refreshments will be served. Follow us on Twitter at @bethevoteca, @WiTOpoli and #youthtalk42

WiTOpoli Winter Warm-Up

Tuesday March 3rd, 7-9pm

Hi-Lo Bar (wheelchair-accessible)

753 Queen St. E at Broadview

Warm up for International Women’s Day with a WiTOpoli mixer! Meet other folks who share your interest in an equitable city, including special guest and speaker Fiona Crean, the City of Toronto’s Ombuds(wo)man. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP on Facebook.


WiTOPoli Budget Pub Night

Tuesday January 13th, 7-9pm

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill

5051 Yonge Street (near North York Centre Station, wheelchair accessible)

Join former Toronto Youth Cabinet co-chair Claire McWatt (@ClaireMcWatt) and incisive municipal politics commentator Neville Park (@neville_park) as they take us through the ins and outs of the Toronto budget process, fill us in on how to make our voices heard, and give us the heads-up about what’s in store for women and equity seeking groups in 2015.

Gender & The City Mayoral Debate (October 9, 7:00-9:00pm, YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre at 87 Elm St.)

Toronto’s leading mayoral candidates will convene for Gender and the City, a live debate hosted at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre and moderated by award-winning journalist Denise Balkissoon. Candidates will field questions about how their positions on issues ranging from affordable housing to safety and city planning will impact the lives of women and transgender people in Toronto. John Tory and Olivia Chow have confirmed their participation; Doug Ford received an invitation shortly after declaring.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for candidates and residents alike to reflect on the gendered implications of city issues. We are co-organizing this debate with awesome peer organizations: Toronto Women’s City Alliance, YWCA Toronto, North York Women’s Centre, METRAC and the Toronto-York Region Labour Council Women’s Committee.

ASL interpretation and live notetaking will be provided, and child-minding will be available on site. Residents can watch this debate live on Rogers TV cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough and online at Visit for more election coverage details. Remote audience members can tweet questions and comments to the organizers using the hashtag #GenderTO.

WiTOpoli Karaoke (October 16, doors: 8:00pm | singing: 9:00pm, Marquis de Granby @ 418 Church St.)

Women in Toronto Politics is collaborating with weekly karaoke night #LoserKaraoke to help you blow off some steam before the election with a WiTOpoli karaoke night! The theme? Celebrating Women. Come on out and we’ll belt out every song we can think of that reminds us how much women, frankly, rock. Arrive early to reserve your song, it’s a popular night and spots fill up quickly!

#ElxnSexism Twitter Chat (September 30, 7:00-9:00pm, The Internet)

We’re hearing quite a lot about misogyny, racism and other forms of hatred on the campaign trail from candidates and residents alike. Those hurling the hate might be competitors, reporters, or constituents at the door. Let’s talk about it, shall we? Or better yet – tweet about it. WiTOpoli will host a Twitter chat for candidates and constituents to share experiences of bigotry during the municipal election season, offer support to one another, and share ideas for how to respond to it. Join us at the hashtag #ElxnSexism.

Position Primer Launch Party (September 23, 8:00pm-midnight, Studio Bar)

Join Women in Toronto Politics for the launch of our Position Primer, an easy-to-use website that will help Torontonians make informed decisions in the upcoming City Council race. We’re super proud of all the hard work that’s gone into the Position Primer, so we want to celebrate and thank all our wonderful contributors. Join us for an evening of drinks and dancing (tunes courtesy of DJ Amy Wood). $10 at the door. RSVP on Facebook.

**This is not a for-profit party, the cover charge is just to cover the costs of the party itself! Any extra funds will be directed toward Position Primer promotion and outreach.


WiTOpoli Movie & Bingo Party: ELECTION (August 18, 7:30-10:30pm, The Ossington)

Join WiTOpoli as we view the cult classic film ELECTION, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. We’ll be playing FEMINIST FILM BINGO and celebrating the success of our Position Primer crowdfunding campaign!

Doors at 7:30, movie at 8:00. There may or may not be cupcakes.

Crowdfunding Campaign Launch Party (July 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Monarch Tavern)

Join Women in Toronto Politics for the launch of our IndieGogo campaign! What are we celebrating? The design and development of a new, non-partisan online voter engagement tool for Toronto’s 2014 municipal election – the Position Primer.

#WhyWeRun Twitter Chat (July 16th, 7:00-9:00pm, The Internet)

WiTOpoli invites female candidates from across the city to join a Twitter chat about #WhyWeRun for municipal office and school boards. Join @WiTOpoli for this online conversation happening on Twitter at the hashtag #WhyWeRun on Wednesday, July 16th from 7:00-9:00pm.

Event with Why Should I Care? – Why Should I Care About Canada’s New Prostitution Laws? (July 21, 7:00-9:00pm)

Why Should I Care? (WSIC) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing a grassroots forum for discussing difficult political issues in a safe and non-partisan environment. Women in Toronto Politics and WSIC are collaborating to produce a free discussion-driven event focusing on the newly proposed laws governing sex work in Canada.

WiTOpoli Mixer Series

As we embarked on an election year, Women in Toronto Politics formulated plans for community outreach and resident engagement. It was the perfect time for women invested in the city and its communities to connect with one another and dream up ways to ensure women’s voices are heard on the campaign trail.

In that spirit, WiTOpoli hosted a series of mixers in Toronto (Scarborough, downtown, Etobicoke and north York).

December 10, 2013 – Downtown Toronto – Osteria dei Ganzi

January 13, 2014 – North York – Jack Astor’s at Yonge and North York Blvd,

January 27, 2014 – Etobicoke – Gabby’s Grill & Taps at 2899 Bloor St. W

February 4, 2014 – Scarborough – Queen Victoria’s Pub at 2240 Midland Ave.

WiTOpoli Jane’s Walk: The Past and Present of Toronto Women’s Activism and Engagement (May 5, 2013: meet at Toronto Police Headquarters, north side of College between Bay and Yonge)

Want to tap into Toronto politics and the issues that affect Toronto women, not just historically, but today? Join us for a walk around the downtown core for a history of some of the landmark moments in Toronto feminism – and find out who’s making history right before your eyes!

“Explaining How Politics Works to Women” Coffee Party (April 24, 2013: Queen & Beaver Public House)

This impromptu event was organized by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and promoted by WiTOpoli in response to Mayor Rob Ford’s offer to “explain how politics works” to the women of Toronto. It was a collaborative opportunity for women to discuss the representation/inclusion of women in politics amongst themselves, with the input and support of a councillor.

Deputation Party (November 7, 2012: Toronto City Hall)

The evening workshop focused on how to deliver a deputation to a Toronto City Council committee, from signing up to standing up. We discussed how to bring the wants and needs of a citizen, neighbourhood, or organization to City Hall with confidence, passion and a grasp of the logistics involved.

Women are City-Builders (September 23, 2012: Academy of the Impossible)

The one-day workshop, facilitated by Exhibit Change, supported 30 diverse Toronto women in generating specific ideas to help Toronto manage its growth, meet the needs of its citizens, and improve its infrastructure and natural environment.

The Front Page (May 30, 2012: Centre for Social Innovation)

The Front Page explored the nature of online and offline political conversations about women in politics, and the influence that these conversations exert on women’s political action and expression.

Moderator: Alison Loat, Founder, Samara Canada
Panelists: Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor
Hamutal Dotan, Editor-In-Chief, Torontoist
Jse-Che Lam, English and Civics Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councillor

The Comment Section (May 23, 2012: Centre for Social Innovation)

The Comment Section analyzed women’s voices in conversations about #TOpoli and #TOcouncil, on Twitter and beyond.

Moderator: Robyn Doolittle, City Hall Reporter, Toronto Star
Panelists: Alicia Pang, citizen #TOpoli tweeter
Andrea Houston, Staff Reporter, Xtra
Nadia Swaby, citizen #TOpoli tweeter
Sarah Thomson, Publisher, Women’s Post, 2010 mayoral candidate

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