Weekend Newsstand: April 9, 2016
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Weekend Newsstand: April 9, 2016

In the news this Saturday morning: daycare waitlist fees, Zara managers discriminating against an employee, and the Canadian Mental Health Association's response to the Andrew Loku shooting.


In Toronto’s hyper-competitive daycare market, parents have become accustomed to paying fees to simply be placed on wait lists, but two lawyers and one MPP are now working to end that practice. Liberal MPP Arthur Potts, representative for Beaches-East York, will present a motion to ban wait-list fees on Monday. Potts is moving ahead despite the commitment already made by Toronto City Council to end wait-list fees in the city by January 2017 and provincial Education Minister Liz Sandals’s promise to examine the matter. With fewer than 22 per cent of Ontario’s young children enrolled in licensed daycares and monthly daycare costs higher, according to the Toronto Star, than a typical mortgage payment, wait-list fees are just one component of a multi-faceted issue.

International fast-fashion clothing chain Zara has come under fire this week in Toronto since managers tried to “fix” the hair of a biracial employee who came to work wearing box braids. Cree Ballah, the employee, says she showed up to work with braids pulled together at the back of her head and was taken out of the store by management, who told her the hairstyle wasn’t “professional” and then tried to “fix” it. “It was very humiliating…it was unprofessional,” she said.

The Canadian Mental Health Association has joined a growing backlash against how the police and Special Investigations Unit handled the 2015 police shooting of Andrew Loku, a 45-year-old refugee dealing with mental health issues. The CMHA is calling for an inquest into the shooting death of Loku, and the association says it has evidence Loku was not agitated at the time of his death and that non-violent de-escalation tactics were not used. In calling for an inquest, the CMHA joins Loku’s family, the African Legal Aid Clinic, Black Lives Matter Toronto, and former Toronto Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee.

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