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’s 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 7: Feminist Policy in Ontario

Listen to episode 7 here.

Tara speaks with Toronto creative Franceta Johnson about some of what the three parties have to offer in terms of policy that helps to combat the inequality between men and women in Ontario.

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • promised they will cover up to $6,750 in childcare costs per child under the age of 15 (the average cost of childcare in Toronto is $3000/month)
  • stated would ensure individuals under the age of 18 obtain parental permission before receiving an abortion
  • promised to roll back health and sex ed curriculum reforms with greater parental input

Liberals:

  • pledged free childcare for children over the age of two and full day kindergarten
  • reformed Ontario’s sex ed curriculum in 2015 and plan on maintaining it
  • maintains a pro-choice position for all

NDP:

  • promised to maintain Liberal’s sex ed curriculum
  • pledged free childcare for all households who earn under $40,000 annually and childcare for $12/day for households earning over $40,000
  • maintains a pro-choice position for all