WTC hosted Centering Equity, a forum with City Council candidates from the 10 largest municipal political parties

WTC hosted Centering Equity, a forum with City Council candidates from the 10 largest municipal political parties

In collaboration with the YWCA City Shift, SFU's Public Square, and SFU's Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies we hosted a panel discussion with 17 candidates running for City Council. The questions that candidates answered were based on the feedback we had heard in our community engagement process for the Hot Pink Paper Campaign. Questions covered topics like affordable housing, community safety, disability justice, the climate emergency, and Truth and Reconciliation.

WTC presented a workshop on Intersectionality in Leadership at Minerva's Inclusive Leadership Forum

WTC presented a workshop on Intersectionality in Leadership at Minerva's Inclusive Leadership Forum

Our community organizer, Diana Kamau, presented a workshop at Minerva's Face of Leadership - Inclusive Leadership Forum this past month. She broke down the meaning of intersectionality, the history of the term, and how it can be practically applied to leadership.

WTC presented Advancing the TRC Calls to Action at UBCM

WTC presented Advancing the TRC Calls to Action at UBCM

Our Executive Director, Ash Peplow Ball, and Project Coordinator, Clara Prager, presented a clinic on how local governments can advance the TRC Calls to Action along with Barclay Pitkethly, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Mission, and Janet Wark, a City Councillor from the District of Chetwynd. Read the summary of the event here

WTC gets press coverage for the Hot Pink Paper Campaign

WTC gets press coverage for the Hot Pink Paper Campaign

Campaign lead, Mahtab Laghaei, appears on CBC On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko, RedEye Radio, and CJSF IntraVenus to talk about the Hot Pink Paper Campaign and the upcoming municipal election. 

WTC launches its 2022 Hot Pink Report Card showing what candidates commit to the policies we need

WTC launches its 2022 Hot Pink Report Card showing what candidates commit to the policies we need

After a year of community engagement with local organizations and individuals of equity seeking genders through in-person sessions, a community survey, and focus groups we developed 8 policy asks around the most pressing issues. We sent these 8 asks to the candidates from the top 10 municipal parties and asked them to committ to implementing these policies if elected. On the steps of City Hall we explained our eight policy asks and launched the report card that shows where candidates stand. 

WTC celebrates over a decade of advocacy with a 10 year anniversary film screening

WTC celebrates over a decade of advocacy with a 10 year anniversary film screening

We came together for our first in-person event since 2019 for a film screening at SFU of Running With My Girls, a documentary about the power of grassroots activism in local government to celebrate WTC's over a decade of advocacy. 

WTC Co-Chair speaks to CBC about improving public hearings

WTC Co-Chair speaks to CBC about improving public hearings

Our co-chair Trudi Goels has a conversation with Gloria Macarenko on CBC's On the Coast about our need for improving the public hearing process, what we can all do to get involved in municipal politics, and what's coming up next for WTC's Hot Pink Paper Campaign. Listen here.

WTC writes to Vancouver City Council re: a more equitable public hearing process

WTC writes to Vancouver City Council re: a more equitable public hearing process

Leading up to the 7th/8th & Arbutus land use application public hearings, we sent a letter to the mayor and councillors urging them to use a 'point of order' to create a more equitable public hearing process that would direct all harmful comments speculating about future tenants and draw the conversation back to land use. 

WTC speaks in support of the supportive housing initiative on 8th & Arbutus

WTC speaks in support of the supportive housing initiative on 8th & Arbutus

WTC staff spoke to both Global News as well as city council in support of the housing initiative at 8th and Arbutus. 

WTC joins 1100+ global organizations calling for the UN to renew their SOGI mandate

WTC joins 1100+ global organizations calling for the UN to renew their SOGI mandate

WTC signed on to a global call to action, led by our partner organization Dignity Network Canada, urging the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. As a result the UN Human RIghts Council voted to renew. 

Cities Organize! kicks off its first 6 week cohort

Cities Organize! kicks off its first 6 week cohort

WTC launched our six week training cohort to provide the tools and resources newcoming changemakers need to create an advocacy campaign in their community. 

WTC writes joint letter in opposition to Vancouver City Council motion for CCTV cameras

WTC writes joint letter in opposition to Vancouver City Council motion for CCTV cameras

WTC joined 15 other local organizations to write a letter of opposition to City Council in response to the Motion that wanted to increase CCTV camera monitoring throughout the city. The letter successfully contributed to defeat of the Motion by all Councillors except for one.