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.
- Funding for housing, poverty reduction, and other items were left off the 2016 budget proposed by city staff this week. Staff urged city council that if it wants these projects to have funding, they need to decide what other savings should be made, and what the property tax increase should be to account for those changes.
- A new task force will work to review potential efficiencies in the Toronto Police budget. Funds for Toronto Police take up the biggest portion of the city budget. A report was published several weeks ago by a company called KPMG, with several money-saving suggestions. The Toronto Police Service Board has now appointed a task force to review those suggestions, which will be led by Police Chief Mark Saunders and Board Chair Andy Pringle.
- CAMH will be shutting down its gender identity clinic which has been heavily criticized by trans advocates.
- Thursday December 17th marked the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.Toronto activist Arlene Pitts released new research on how Bill C-36 has affected street-based sex workers in Toronto.
- Critics are calling on Kathleen Wynne to reinstate the Anti-Racism Secretariat at Queen’s Park. The secretariat was created in 1991 but then eliminated in 1995 by the Harris government.
- Ontario became the first province to pass a pregnancy loss awareness bill last week. Bill 141, a private members bill brought forth by Mike Colle, aims to support families who have experienced miscarriages, stillbirths, or infant death, with better funding for treatment, testing, and mental health support.