WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, August 7

 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, May 15

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.

  • #PoliceWeekONT was trending nationwide this week, as residents used the hashtag to ask key questions about Toronto’s carding policy. Though the hashtag was originally intended to highlight Ontario Police Week, Toronto police failed to engage with users criticizing carding.
  • Criticism of carding continued to mount as the case of Mutaz Elmardy highlighted the need for reform. Elmardy was awarded damages this week after suing a Toronto police offer who beat him. The incident occurred after the office stopped Elmardy on his way home even though he was not suspected of any crime. The Anti-Black Racism Network also held a press conference this week calling for an end to carding, outlining clear demands for the city and province to follow and highlighting their lack of accountability on the issue.
  • At a Ryerson event on Wednesday, Tory expressed concern over the lack of visible minorities on council but said he would not support extending the vote to permanent residents and others without citizenship
  • The Public Works committee left the fate of the Gardiner unresolved this week and it will continue to be debated at council. Here’s a handy FAQ to help navigate the issue.
  • CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronted soccer fans who shouted sexists remarks at her on-air, drawing attention to the daily harassment female reporters face. One of the men has since been fired and both have been banned from MLSE games for the next year.
  • After being punished for disobeying her school’s dress code, Moncton High School student Lauren Wiggins wrote a powerful letter to her Vice-Principal which she later published on social media, expressing her disdain for the unfair standards applied to female students.

WiTOpoli Weekly: Friday, July 25

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.

  • Earlier this week, the City of Toronto called off plans to allow disabled citizens to vote online or by phone in the 2014 election, citing a lack of time to build and test the system. Council voted 29-1 to approve the cancellation, but did give preliminary authorization for online and phone voting by all voters, disabled and non-disabled, in future elections.
  • Bylaw enforcement officers will be at the controversial Ford Fest this Friday, ready to stop Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford from engaging in any politically motivated activities in the city-owned Thomson Memorial Park. More than 100 Torontonians have complained to city ombudsman Fiona Crean, and at least another 100 directly to city hall since the uproar over the Fords’ annual barbeque began.
  • The Toronto mayoral race continues to heat up, with a recent Forum Research survey indicating a statistical three-way tie between the top candidates. Olivia Chow had the support of 29 per cent of survey respondents, John Tory boasted 28 per cent, while Rob Ford’s approval held steady 27 per cent. Karen Stintz and David Soknacki lag behind with 6 and 5 per cent, respectively.
  • Vancouver Parks Board candidate Trish Kelly has been forced to abandon her campaign following the emergence of an online video she filmed about masturbation eight years ago, and in doing so has opened up a debate surrounding the significance of political candidates’ online activities. “There will always be some boundaries of what we’ll accept in terms of someone who wants to take a leadership role,” says Kelly. “But we need to have those conversations.” Had Kelly won, she would have been the first aboriginal member of Vancouver’s Park Board.
  • Research and policy institute Guttmacher has challenged the recent US Supreme Court decision surrounding birth control – which allows employers to opt-out of paying for health insurance for contraceptive coverage – by providing a comprehensive list of studies that  find that in addition to the health benefits for women and families, all contraceptive methods save insurers money.
  • Saudi women will be allowed to vote and stand as candidates in the upcoming municipal council elections expected to take place next year. Women were not allowed to participate in the 2011 elections. While female candidates will now have the rights to address their voters in a manner similar to their male competitors, gender segregation in the polling centers will still be enforced.