WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, May 6

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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, January 8

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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, December 18

 

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.

 

 

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, December 11

 

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.

 

 

WiTOpoli Weekly: Saturday, October 10

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.

WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, September 25

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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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WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, July 3rd

 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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, February 27

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.

WiTOPoli Weekly: Friday, January 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.

  • The City of Toronto has rejected the line of credit offered by the province to balance the city’s budget. The draft budget Tory revealed last week was dependant on receiving this loan. As the budget continues to be debated in council, it is unclear what adjustments will be made to move forward.
  • Toronto police are investigating an incident that was caught on videotape this week, in which young black man is asked for his vehicle documents but never told why he is being investigated, and is eventually arrested. The exchange took place in an area where residents have previously complained about unnecessary police interactions, as documented in the Community Assessment of Police Practices survey.
  • Researcher David Hulchanski has updated his research on Toronto’s income inequality, revealing that the gap continues to widen. While incomes are increasing in 28% of the city, incomes are dropping in 40% – largely in the inner suburbs.
  • A Toronto police officer was acquitted of an assault charges this week, after beating a journalist during the G20 protests. After charges were dropped, the reported shared her story with the Toronotoist.
  • The University of Ottawa is taking steps to address sexual assault on campus by implementing key recommendations made by a sexual violence task force. The task force was created in part as a response to the sexual assault charges against members of the school’s hockey team.
  • On Monday, the Ontario government announced various policy revisions regarding the treatment of trans inmates, ensuring that trans prisoners will be housed with inmates of their own gender. The changes were prompted by the passage of Toby’s law in 2012, which enshrined gender identity as protected under the Ontario human right code. Activists are continuing to advocate federally for bill C-279 to protect trans folks across Canada.
  • Earlier this week, the two young activists behind the We Give Consent campaign joined Premier Wynne to discuss how the topic of consent will be integrated into the new Ontario health curriculum.