As Queen’s Park reviews reforms to the provincial planning act, Councillor Mike Layton wants to ensure that inclusionary zoning is part of the bill. Inclusionary zoning measures could be a key step to building more affordable housing units in Toronto.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says that consultations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will begin in the next few weeks.
Four law professors have filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against Judge Robin Camp for his mishandling of a rape trial. Their complaint details inappropriate comments he made in court that contravene rape shield laws, which are intended to prevent a women’s sexual history from influencing a case.
Court transcripts revealed how an Ottawa Justice was quick to dismiss the experience of a man in the residential school system during a bail hearing. The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network provided the transcript to the Ministry of the Attorney General who chose not comment on the judge’s remarks.
The Chiefs of Ontario have launched the #WhoIsShe campaign to support a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
CBC News acquired an internal report from Status of Women Canada, revealing that Canada is in the bottom ranks in terms of the gender pay gap, support for childcare and parental leave. Minister Kellie Leitch did not directly comment on the report or why it was marked “secret”.
The Toronto Police Services Board met yesterday to discuss the practice of “carding”, though the board ultimately voted to defer any decisions of the new rules until its next meeting on April 16th. For more background on the issue, check out these recent pieces from VICE and NOW.
The Ontario minister of community safety and correctional services is urging the federal government to reject the recent amendments to Bill C-279, as “it’s essentially legalizing discrimination” for transgender Canadians
The Ontario Attorney General concluded its review of Canada’s new prostitution laws, declaring them to be constitutional. Premier Wynne had previously express “grave concerns” as to the laws constitutionality, and coalition of organizations are urging the province not to enforce the new law, for fear that it will continue to put sex workers in danger.
Last weekend, the Broadbent Institute hosted the Progress Summit in Ottawa, including a keynote from feminist gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian. Toronto school trustee Ausma Malik also attended and discussed her views on being a millennial in politics with Maclean’s.
After being stalled in parliament for the past three years, the federal bill to enshrine the rights of transgender Canadians(C-279) suffered another harsh blow on Wednesday. Senator Don Plett introduced an amendment to the bill that would exclude trans people from “sex-specific” sites under federal purview such as shelters, washrooms, prisons and crisis centres. The bill will be referred back to the House of Commons with the amendment and will likely not be addressed until after the next election.
Friends and community members are calling on Toronto police to further investigate the death of Sumaya Dalmar, a young trans women who passed away last weekend. A memorial is planned forTuesday at the 519 Community Centre.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair ordered his officers to put a halt to the practice of carding, which has been heavily criticized by many as a form of racial profiling, However, the surprising move came with no public explanation and no effort to address the the public’s concern about the practice. Police Association president Mike McCormack believes the announcement will not change how officers interact with the public, but simply how the information previously retrieved from carding will be recorded.
Dalhousie suspended thirteen Dentistry students from all clinical activities in response to the hateful, misogynist Facebook group they created, though the move proved to be of little consolation to many critics. A group of fourth year female Dentistry students penned an open saying they felt pressured to participate in the restorative justice process suggested by the administration and that a full investigation should take place, while provincial licensing bodies have demanded Dalhousie release the names the 13 offenders.
Toronto illustrator Evan Munday pledged to send Harper drawings of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to raise awareness of the issue. Harper previously stated in an interview that the call for a nationally inquiry on the topic was “not on his radar”.
Toronto Council has failed to meet their planned December deadline to open a 24 hour shelter for homeless women. The project was proposed to address the danger women are often vulnerable to late at night when shelters are closed, but a budget has yet to be allocated for the project.
An RCMP officer was only docked a week’s pay after having a female Aboriginal prisoner released into his personal custody without her consent. Researched Meghan Rhoad has studied similar instances of misconduct among RCMP officers in B.C. and is perplexed why there was no independent investigation of the matter.