Debate digs into mental health, education and hate affecting marginalized Ontarians

On May 26, over 30 organizations collaborated as Queer Vote Ontario to host a provincial debate on issues facing the 2SLGBTQI+ community and other marginalized groups of Ontarians. The None of the Above Party, NDP, Green Party and Liberals thought the event was worthy of acknowledgement and participation.
The Ontario Party, the New Blue Party and the Progressive Conservative Party chose not to participate in a discussion of the needs of equity-seeking communities.

This is the first of two articles covering the debate. The election is on June 2. Woodstein Media intends to help people make informed choices at the polls.

North Perth to celebrate Pride with laughter, drag shows and family fun

Listowel can expect the Kin Station to pulse with Pride in June.

A comedy night kicks off the Pride events on June 8, promising “an incredible night of hilariously unabashed stand-up comedy featuring Rob Watson.”

On June 17, the entertainment would continues with Drag Bingo. Admission covers five rounds of bingo with drag performances in between each one.

Then on June 18, there will be Family Pride activities during the day and in the evening it’s A Night Out with dinner, a DJ, a drag show and a silent auction.

Roller derby will bounce back, skates are already hitting the track: Tri-city edition

As pandemic-related restrictions loosen, many people across Ontario and beyond are hoping they can lace up their roller skates and hit the roller derby track again. This series of articles will check in with teams as they prepare for some action in 2022. This time, sharing the progress of their league is Tri-city Roller Derby’s President Ivy Courtney, who some people in the derby community might know as Aggrosaurus.

Queer Vote Ontario debate promotes discussion of issues facing marginalized communities

Issues facing the Queer, equity-deserving and marginalized communities in the Ontario election will be the focus of a debate being hosted on May 26.

Updated the list of participants as of May 24 at 5:30 pm.

The following candidates are participating: Green Party of Ontario candidate for Nippising, Sean McClocklin, Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Willowdale, Paul Saguil, NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Kristyn Wong-Tam, and None of the Above Party candidate for Mississauga-Streetsville Greg Vezina.

It Takes a Village officially helps folks living precariously cast a vote in Ontario election

It Takes a Village has been approved to be the location in North Perth to support community members living rough or without a fixed address to vote.

This means that The Village can assist people in filling out a “Certificate of Identity and Residence” form, verifying their current housing situation.

If the Village staff are familiar with the people, they can be endorsed and provided with a letter they take to the polls, and that becomes their ID, and they don’t have to provide anything else.

Ag-based debate allows Perth-Wellington candidates to dip lightly into housing, education and healthcare

The Perth County Federation of Agriculture and the Listowel Agriculture Society cohosted a Perth-Wellington All-Candidates Meeting on May 17. This article is based on the questions that reached beyond the agriculture theme and does not include information based on conspiracy theories, misinformation or disinformation. Woodstein Media already spoke with five of the seven candidates, and you can read those conversations by clicking the links embedded in this article.

Perth-Wellington MP John Nater proposes slowing the flow of media Bill C-18

Bill C-18, an act respecting online communications platforms that make news content available to persons in Canada, was the focus of discussion in the House of Commons on May 13. The Bill is intended to protect news media who currently have their work pilfered by online platforms such as Google and Facebook without proper compensation.

Nater moved that the motion be amended to read that Bill C-18  be “not now read a second time but that the Order be discharged, the Bill withdrawn and the subject matter thereof referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.”

North Perth proud reluctantly includes Pride flag

Clerk Lindsay Cline brought forward a report to council on May 16 that proposed making changes to the municipality’s policy on raising flags and recommended flying a Pride flag provided by Stratford-Perth Pride at the municipal office from June 1 to June 30.

Deputy Mayor Doug Kellum, Coun. Terry Seiler, and Coun. Dave Johnston voted against flying the Pride flag, but the motion passed 7-3.