It’s hard to imagine now, but once there was a time when Toronto’s daily newspapers didn’t provide front-page coverage of Pokémon. But this column is now documenting a third straight week of Pokémon-related reportage, even on this historic week where a woman is about to be nominated by a major American political party as its presidential candidate. Is keeping the focus on Pokémon Fever in these momentous times still enough to take one of Toronto’s papers to Front Page Challenge glory?
In 2016 alone, 35 instances of sexual assault have been reported on Toronto’s public transit system. It’s a major issue: as Torontoist‘s Viviane Fairbank wrote last week, women have been facing harassment and assault on the TTC for years, and deserve adequate safeguards against it.
Protecting women from this treatment appeared to be the TTC’s intent earlier this month when it announced that it would be launching a new app aiming to “address safety concerns of women and women with disabilities.” The app comes about in response to City Council’s request for a safety audit on the commission.
But TTC officials don’t seem to have a consensus on its function or scope.
It’s easy to be cynical about the Ward 2, Etobicoke North by-election to replace the late Rob Ford. It was a foregone conclusion that Michael Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) would beat out the 11 other political hopefuls and claim his birthright. After all, Rob Ford represented the ward from 2000 to 2010, and when Rob was mayor Doug Ford represented it from 2010 to 2014, and Rob represented again from 2014 to 2016. Doug Ford Sr. also served as a backbench MPP in the area in the late 90s. The Ford family name means a great deal in that part of the city.
While the Fords might be the most famous example, they are far from the only political family represented at Toronto City Council. In fact, more than one quarter of Council’s members come from a political family. It may be hard to win a seat in the first place or to unseat an incumbent, but it sure helps to have the family support and knowledge to get there.
To be slightly less cynical, some of these families have a strong commitment to public service and have provided leadership that makes their communities better. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the best way to ensure diverse representation.
Here’s a look at the 12 members of Council that come from political families. Let us know if we missed any!
If it weren’t for our life as an -ist, we’re not sure we’d ever leave our apartment. Fortunately, to fully -ist, one must seek out the new, the fresh, and the unknown. Brand new, or just new to us, that’s what we’re all about this week. Phillyist keeps it fresh by getting a new motto, […]