This Week In Feminist News: April 24-30

 Daily Show comic Hasan Minhaj, left, was the headline comedian at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday, while late night television show host Samantha Bee hosted a competing event. (Evan Agostini, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Daily Show comic Hasan Minhaj, left, was the headline comedian at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday, while late night television show host Samantha Bee hosted a competing event. (Evan Agostini, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • It has been 100 days since Trump was elected to the office of the President of the United States. Make of that statements what you will. As is customary, this occasion was marked by the White Correspondents’ Dinner and this year it was hosted by Hasan Minhaj. He slayed. Seriously, his jokes were so fire that I was disappointed not to see Trump’s reactions. Trump decided to shirk tradition by not attending the dinner because he doesn’t care and he is very sensitive. By sensitive I mean, he is concerned about his self image, not really the lives or feelings of others. Also, Samantha Bee killed it in Full Frontal’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. As is customary for her and her writers, the jokes were on point and the $200,000 in proceeds went to a great cause, the Committee to Protect Journalists. Also, she had a special segment for us Hillary fans which particularly warmed my heart. If you are a fan of satirical comedy that skewers rich, old, white men, check out both events. (CBC, YouTube)
  • Trump and his band of merry men decided in their infinite wisdom to cut all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes women’s rights around the world. In cutting this funding, this group of misogynists have once again severely damaged the lives of women, only this time it will impact women the world over. Unfortunately for one woman in particular, Ivanka had to defend these actions while she was at a summit in Germany and she failed. Although Ivanka had the awkward experience of defending her sexist father in front of the world’s most powerful and influential women, I think the real victim here is Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has stoically watched as a buffoon has held the highest office in the United States and now, she has to share a stage with his daughter whose internalized sexism is unbearable. (The Independant)
  • Guess what? It is budget time! The provincial Liberals have released a balanced budget (take that fiscal conservatives!) with some interesting developments. They have put massive funds into healthcare and have managed to create a pharmacare plan for people under 25. Not to be out done, the NDP have proposed a plan that would include all Canadians and cover 125 of the most common drugs. The Liberals also invested in education in an attempt to reduce class sizes and increase co-op opportunities for high school and post secondary students. However, there is no funding set aside to create new affordable housing units nor anything for transit. (CBC)
  • Basic income is here! Ladies and gentlemen, we have basic income coming to Ontario! Now, to be fair, this is a pilot project that is only being rolled out in Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay. In this project, 4,000 people will be selected at random to participate. One group will receive $16.989 as a single person and $24,027 as a couple and the other will receive nothing, as a control group. Basic income programs have been shown to reduce poverty and improve people’s health, education, and employment options. If you want to learn more, the Globe and Mail broke down the basics of the program and explained Wynn’s proposal. (CBC)
 Carl James, researcher from York University

Carl James, researcher from York University

  • A report by Carl James, a researcher at York University, found that black students are twice as likely to be in applied courses and more likely to be suspended. He found that there was a pattern of this happening in schools across the GTA and the issues are, in large part, structural. The recommendations of the report include, mandatory race-based data collection, alternative discipline measures, more diverse teaching staff, more policies to address anti-black racism, and an end to streaming (applied vs academic courses). (The Toronto Star)
  • Parliamentary nerd alert: this article is boring but you should read it. The Liberals want to make some changes in the House of Commons and they are important. They want to expand question period, change standing orders to prevent abuse of omnibus legislation, and reforming the process to review government spending. These are all areas of the parliamentary process that have be subject to much controversy and abuse from current/past administrations. The Conservatives and the NDP have joined to stall these changes and are concerned that the reforms may be rushed. It is important to note that Trudeau is making these parliamentary reforms in lieu of the electoral reforms that his party promised during the election. (CBC)
  • The Atlantic examines a theory proposed by Peter Temin, an MIT economist, who suggests that America has a two-class system. Income inequality is a major issue in the States and it has been growing, especially since the Mortgage Crisis, much to the detriment of its citizens. The article outlines the problems in greater detail and explores how to solve this problem. (The Atlantic)
  • Bonus article for the laughs: BUST did a great piece on ‘Mancrimination’. For those of you scratching your head, Mancrimination is a word made to describe the oppression that men feel as a result of gender inequality. Luckily, the oppression that men experience can be expressed in simple three line haikus which is perfect for their new ad campaign. Therefore, there is a simple way to solve this problem and it will just take a bit of work on our part, ladies. Based on this ad campaign, it appears that men are demanding, that doors be held open for them, that sex be had with them, that their dicks be treated with the respect they deserve. Thankfully, there is already a well-established and hearty system that has been implemented to protect men – the patriarchy. Equality means divesting your power, ladies, so for the sake of these long suffering men, roll back those rights. (BUST)