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.

 

 

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WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, March 11

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 4

 

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, February 5

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, June 27

 

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.

  • At City Hall this week, the Community Development and Recreation committee unanimously recommended that council implement mandatory anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training in Toronto youth shelters. Council will vote on the issue July 8 or 9.
  • After a leading men’s rights group recently received charity status from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), NOW Magazine revealed that the group managed to name-drop a number women’s and queer rights organizations on their application to the CRA, without the knowledge of these organizations.
  • As pollsters continue to mull over the outcome of the provincial election, Global News provides statistical insight into the “Toronto-centric constituency that propelled Wynne to the majority”.
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is inviting input regarding its policy on “Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code”. The policy is currently being reviewed in light of reports made earlier this year that several Ottawa doctors refused to provide birth control prescriptions to patients because of the doctors’ moral and religious beliefs.