WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, February 12

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, January 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, 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.

 

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, January 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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, December 18

 

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.

  • Funding for housing, poverty reduction, and other items were left off the 2016 budget proposed by city staff this week. Staff urged city council that if it wants these projects to have funding, they need to decide what other savings should be made, and what the property tax increase should be to account for those changes.
  • A new task force will work to review potential efficiencies in the Toronto Police budget. Funds for Toronto Police take up the biggest portion of the city budget. A report was published several weeks ago by a company called KPMG, with several money-saving suggestions. The Toronto Police Service Board has now appointed a task force to review those suggestions, which will be led by Police Chief Mark Saunders and Board Chair Andy Pringle.
  • CAMH will be shutting down its gender identity clinic which has been heavily criticized by trans advocates.
  • Thursday December 17th marked the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.Toronto activist Arlene Pitts released new research on how Bill C-36 has affected street-based sex workers in Toronto.
  • Critics are calling on Kathleen Wynne to reinstate the Anti-Racism Secretariat at Queen’s Park. The secretariat was created in 1991 but then eliminated in 1995 by the Harris government.
  • Ontario became the first province to pass a pregnancy loss awareness bill last week. Bill 141, a private members bill brought forth by Mike Colle, aims to support families who have experienced miscarriages, stillbirths, or infant death, with better funding for treatment, testing, and mental health support.

 

 

WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, November 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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, March 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.