WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, October 24

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.

  • Anonymous flyers were distributed in Trinity-Spadina this week attacking TDSB Trustee candidate Ausma Malik, claiming that she supports terrorist organizations along with other unfounded claims. Unfortunately, this is not the first instance in which Malik has been confronted with this hatred. She released a statement addressing the issue several weeks ago.
  • A study on voter turnout in Toronto municipal elections sheds light on how immigration or visible minority status may impact citizens’ likelihood to vote.
  • John Tory and Olivia Chow called on Doug Ford to apologize to Jennifer Pagliario after reports surfaced that he called the Toronto Star reporter “a little bitch”. Though Ford denies the incident, several confirmed the claim including CTV news VP Joanne MacDonald. Also, it should be noted that this is not the first time Ford has offended a female reporter.
  • A group of students addressed a TDSB committee meeting on Wednesday to raise their concerns regarding homophobic and transphobic tweets published by Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos. Over 200 students signed the petition presented at the meeting, arguing that Sotiropoulus has violated Ontario’s Accepting Schools act and the TDSB’s code of conduct.
  • In light of Harper’s failure to launch an inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Aboriginal women’s leaders have begun developing new strategies to address gendered violence in their communities
  • After Toronto poet Emma Healey published a piece about an abusive relationship she endured with a professional colleague, author Stacey May Fowles elaborated on the backchannels that exist within the Canadian literary community as women try to warn each other about potentially threatening male writers. Toronto blogger Neville Park echoed a similar sentiment, describing how these backchannels operate in different tight-knit communities, including #TOpoli circles.
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WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, September 12

 

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.

  • While serving as a witness at the committee hearing for Canada’s proposed sex work bill, former sex worker Terri-Jean Bedford was escorted out of the Senate because she exceeded her allotted response time. Bedford believes the proposed law is a “fundamentally flawed bill” and has often criticized the Senate committee for ignoring sex workers’ testimony.
  • In a show of support for domestic violence survivor Janay Rice, Twitter users employed the hashtag #WhyIStayed to share personal stories of intimate partner violence violence and the reasons why some survivors stay in abusive relationships. Toronto counsellor Farrah Khan of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic spoke to Metro Morning about how to respect survivors while engaging with these issues online.
  • Carleton University students were appalled to find frosh leaders wearing “fuck safe space” shirts, referencing a “safe space” policy that is specifically designed to ensure campus is free of homophobia and heterosexism.
  • After being confronted by Global News last friday, TDSB Trustee Sam Sotiropoulos refused to apologize for his transphobic and homophobic tweets. As transgender rights activist Susan Gapka explained,”It’s very concerning that people elected to public office don’t take the time to learn about our society.”
  • Hamilton activist Holly Jarrett launched the “Am I Next?” campaign, urging the Canadian federal government to investigate and take action on the epidemic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.