By Bianca Caputo, WomanACT Social Media Team
Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of WomanACT, is showing her support for Bill 157 (amendments to Bill 148) at a press conference on Thursday, September 28th at Queen’s Park.
A year ago, Bill 26 was brought forth by Peggy Sattler, Ontario NDP critic for Women’s Issues, Education, and Skills Development. This bill pushed for:
Bill 26 was supported and passed unanimously by the three parties, yet referred to Committee, where it has remained with no further action.
Building on Bill 26, amendments to Bill 148, currently introduced in Bill 157 are specifically addressing the following:
Theresa Vince, Lori Dupont, Ravinder Kaur Bhangu, Camille Runke: all murdered at their workplaces by their partners… the list goes on. Domestic homicides or murder by an intimate partner represents 17% of all solved homicides in Canada and 47% of all family homicides.
“How many more victims will be added to the list? What do we need to do to ensure we, as a society, are able to protect those who need it the most? What do we need to do to be considered a priority?”
Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of WomanACT, fully support amendments proposed to Bill 148 and hope these amendments can eventually become law.
Click here to read Bill 148.