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.
- We couldn’t be prouder that WiTOpoli’s Equity Lead Farah N. Mawani has won the City of Toronto’s Access Award for her work on disability issues
- Social justice advocate and lawyer Dyanoosh Youssefi spent time with WiTOpoli on Sunday to help fine-tune our mission, vision and values as an organization. Stay tuned for what happens next!
- Despite the rain, Toronto Pride once again had the city in its thrall. Mayor John Tory attended the parade, breaking a four-year Mayoral absence.
- As of last weekend, all of Toronto’s outdoor pools are open for the season.
- Ontario is opening up more possibilities for publicly insured sex reassignment surgeries for transgender people.
- The Grilled Cheese in Kensington has shut down as allegations of poor conduct and treatment of employees have gone public.
- A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Toronto after the city’s mystifying withdrawal from a contract under section 37 that would have allowed arts group the Toronto Media Arts Cluster (TMAC) – home to Dames Making Games – to operate a space in a new development on Queen West.
- Justin Trudeau’s pronounced commitment to gender parity in a Liberal cabinet prompted discussion about the value of diversity in these positions. Lauren Dobson-Hughes questions whether “merit” is a gender neutral concept while Ishmael Daro wonders how will the party possibly find enough qualified men?
- Have you seen the video of Bree Newsome getting arrested for climbing the flagpole outside the South Carolina statehouse and taking down its Confederate flag? If not, watch it here. She has since made bail, but there is still time left to contribute to this Indiegogo campaign fundraising for her legal defence fees.
- The sudden occurrence of fires at predominantly black churches in the past two weeks is being chronicled, investigated and discussed in the hashtag #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches.