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.

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WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, October 16

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.

  • Three Muslim women spoke to CBC about the politicization the niqab during the federal election and how it takes the attention away from important issues that affect Canadians.
  • Senior bureaucrats are criticizing the Parliament Hill light show for focusing too much on war and men. At a meeting to review of shows contents, a proposal to include more female historical figures was rejected and comments were deleted from the meetings minutes.
  • According to a report released by the Toronto Children’s Aid Society, out of Canada’s 14 largest urban areas, Toronto has the highest percentage of youth living in poverty. In Toronto, 28.6 percent of children live in very low-income homes.
  • Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist detained in Egypt returned to Canada on Sunday.
  • More than 3.6 million Canadians voted during the four days of advanced polls for the federal election. Voter turnout is up 71 percent from the 2011 federal election. Hopefully on October 19 the lineups and wait times to vote will be shorter.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, October 2

 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.

  • A Toronto police officer pleaded not guilty to the fatal shooting of 18-year old Sammy Yatim on a Dundas Streetcar in 2013. The trial is expected to last at least 8 weeks.
  • Tension rose during the Munk leaders’ debate on Canadian foreign policy when the three main party leaders debated over citizenship, refugees, security and the Keystone pipeline. Oxfam Canada’s Executive Director pointed out that women’s issues were excluded from the foreign policy discussion.
  • Excluded from another federal election debate, Green Party leader Elizabeth May uses Twitterto participate in the Munk foreign policy debate.
  • woman wearing a hijab was harassed in Montreal this week and reported in to police as a hate crime. In last week’s French language debate, Harper repeated his refrain that women should not be allowed to wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies, even though the courts have already contested his stance.
  • The Ontario government is seeking to appeal property tax assessments. Mayor John Tory responds with the threat of increasing the rent on properties the city leases to the province.
  • City councillors voted on regulating Uber under city by-laws. Proposals include that the starting fare for taxis be reduced by $1 and that Uber refrain from operating until the regulations are amended. A report is expected this spring.