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 30

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.

  • Ontario drafts new rules for carding and sets the parameters for certain forms of street checks to continue. Here is how the provincial regulations differ from the Toronto Police Services Board’s carding policy.
  • Stephen LeClair, Ontario’s new Financial Accountability Officer, calls into question to partial sale of Hydro One in his report.  The Report claims that Ontario’s debt would initially decrease, but will increase to amounts higher than it would have been without the sale.
  • Ontario aims to end chronic homelessness in 10 years. The province has a $50 million poverty reduction fund, $10 million of which will be spent over the next two years on initiatives to eradicate poverty. The Ontario government is set to hold hearings to get feedback to address the persistent wage gap.
  • On October 27, Tracey MacCharles, Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, introduced a new legislation that targets sexual violence, workplace harassment and will increase support for survivors. This legislation proceeds the Ontario government’s anti-sexual violence campaign.
  • A Toronto resident recorded a video of TAVIS officers trying to block his camera as she tried to film an arrest happening at Jane and Lawrence.

WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, September 25

Anastasia Kuzyk, 36. Nathalie Warmerdam, 48. Carol Culleton, 66.
 
On Tuesday, three women were killed in a rural Ontario town called Renfrew Country. Friends of the victims shared memories on As It Happens. It was a traumatic event for such a small community, and clearly illustrates how women in rural areas are uniquely vulnerable to violence where access to services is few and far between. An Ottawa Citizen report has also detailed how local police failed to protect these women, who were all known to the perpetrator.

It took almost a day for the story to gain mainstream media coverage, which still remains sparse. Every week, when we assemble these news round-ups, there is inevitably a story to cover on violence against women. It’s become a numbing reminder of just how prevalent these stories are, but we do need to be reminded. We can’t let these stories become a blip on the radar. We will continue to work with our members to address these issues in whatever way we can, and will challenge our leaders to confront the systemic barriers that allows violence like this to persist.

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