Episode 11: Queer Issues (DYQWIQ Crossover)

Listen to episode 11 here.

Kate and Tara sit down with the hosts of ‘Do You Queer What I Queer?,’ a Toronto-based podcast which serves as a platform for diverse voices of politics and human interest in the LGBTQ community to educate, entertain, and expand world-views of listeners. In this crossover episode, Tara, Kate, Elliott, and Thom talk about queer issues in Ontario and what the three Ontario parties have to offer the community and its allies in the upcoming provincial election.

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • stated will roll back inclusive sex ed curriculum
  • historic connections with anti-queer advocates

Liberals:

  • maintain 2015 sex ed curriculum
  • symbolism of Kathleen Wynne as party leader and Premier of Ontario
  • pledged to establish a new Local Service Priority Fund to strengthen mental health supports for LGBTQ+ individuals
  • pledged an additional $2.1 billion more over the next four years to increase the level of care and access for mental health and addictions services with a special focus on queer individuals
  • committed to piloting Canada‚Äôs first dedicated LGBTQI2S Community Legal Clinic

NDP:

  • maintain 2015 sex ed curriculum
  • fully cover the cost of transition medicine for trans individuals
  • improve access to primary and secondary procedures

Episode 2: Housing

Listen to episode 2 here

Tara and Kate talk to Toronto Housing Matters founder Chris Spoke about the price of housing in the province of Ontario and what we are seeing so far policy-wise from the three parties

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • eliminate rent controls
  • eliminate foreign buyers tax

Liberals:

  • maintain foreign buyers tax as a one time payment in Greater Golden Horseshoe Region
  • create more than 2,000 new housing units with a mix of market-based and affordable units

NDP:

  • build 30,000 new supportive housing units over 10 years
  • 65,000 new affordable homes over 10 years
  • introduce legislation requiring developers to include affordable homes in new projects
  • introduce yearly Housing Speculation Tax on foreign buyers who own homes in Ontario
    • $5 for assessed $1000 value in 2018, rising to $20 for assessed $1000 value in 2019