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.