Media


YWCA Toronto is a respected voice in the media on issues that impact the lives of women and girls. Below you can find the Association’s latest press releases and highlights of related media coverage.

The future of work in Ontario is at a crossroads. Will we ensure decent employment for all? - op-ed by Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
Toronto Star | July 26, 2021

YWCA Toronto came through for women during the pandemic - at a cost - written by Sarah Boesveld, Manager of Advocacy
Toronto Star | May 28, 2021

Under COVID-19, the number of Torontonians applying for social housing as a refuge from domestic violence has soared - 
featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters and Clinical Services

Toronto Star | May 26, 2021

This Toronto woman finally has a place to call home after years of living on the streets - featuring Teshia Allen, Manager of 389 Church Street
CBC Toronto | May 4, 2021

The uphill battle for subsidized housing in the GTA
City News | April 26, 2021

Documentary following new Church Street Tenant - interview with Nikki Renaud by Mary Wiens 
Metro Morning | April 23, 2021


Ottawa promises billons for child care and long-term care, while EI reforms are on the way - featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters and Clinical Services
Toronto Star | April 19, 2021

Doug Ford’s budget fails to deliver on ‘she-covery’ - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
Toronto Star | April 4, 2021

YWCA shelter for homeless women on Queen Street East in the Beach extends lease until at least October of this year - 
featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls' and Family Programs for the YWCA Toronto

Beach Metro | March 25, 2021

YWCA Toronto Post Ontario Budget Response - interview with Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
Here and Now Toronto | March 24, 2021


Sarah Everard's murder raising questions about women's safety in Canada - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
CTV News | March 16, 2021

Family violence victim speaks out after unlikely intervention - featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls and Family Programs
CityNews | March 15, 2021

Motherhood: A joy. A job. A pre-existing condition? - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
The Kit | March 2021

5 activists on the alarming impacts of the pandemic on BIPOC women - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
CBC | March 5, 2021

The Power of Women Conversation Series - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
CBC | February 24, 2021

Toronto opens a 13-storey supportive housing building on Church Street - featuring Heather McGregor, CEO
Daily Hive | February 5, 2021

New affordable, supportive housing building opens in downtown Toronto's Church-Wellesley area - featuring Heather McGregor, CEO
Toronto.com | February 4, 2021

'Like a pandemic within a pandemic': Shelters call for support as violence against women rises amid COVID-19 - featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls and Family Programs
CTV News | January 10, 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
CTV News | January 10, 2021

Op-ed: Province's poverty reduction plan is a big miss - joint op-ed from Heather McGregor, CEO and community partners
NOW Toronto | December 23, 2020

PM marks Ecole Polytechnique massacre with pledge to follow through on assault weapons ban - mentions YWCA Toronto
NOW Toronto | December 6, 2020

Countering mass violence linked to misogyny - featuring Heather McGregor, CEO
CityNews | December 6, 2020

Global News at 6 - featuring Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
Global News | December 6, 2020

'We haven't come very far' - YWCA Toronto and women's shelters call on government to address root causes of violence against women on Polytechnique massacre anniversary - featuring Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls and Family Programs
Toronto Star | December 6, 2020

Greater Toronto's Top Employers 2021 step up and take action - mentions YWCA Toronto
Globe and Mail | December 4, 2020

YWCA Toronto launches WiTT app to promote women's trades and technology community - featuring YWCA Toronto's mobile app
Ontario Construction News | December 1, 2020

Brock to participate in UN campaign to end gender-based violence - mentions YWCA Toronto
Niagara Falls Review | November 26, 2020

The COVID-19 Divide - interview with Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications
CTV News | October 24, 2020

Why we need universal child care in Canada - joint op-ed by Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Director of Advocacy and Communications, and community partners
NOW Toronto | September 16, 2020

Poverty reduction central to building back better - written by Heather McGregor, CEO and Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Manager of Advocacy
Toronto Star |  August 17, 2020

Women's groups call for public inquiry into Nova Scotia mass shooting - mentions YWCA Toronto
NOW Toronto | July 20, 2020

Forty-eight stylish face masks from Toronto designers - mentions YWCA Toronto
Toronto Life | May 27, 2020

Beach community’s welcome of homeless shelter for women has been heart-warming, says YWCA Toronto - interview with Ashley Brown, Interim Director of Shelters and Girls Family Programs
Beach Metro Community News | May 25, 2020

A Feminist Approach to Ending Poverty After COVID-19 - written by Heather McGregor, CEO and Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Manager of Advocacy
Policy Options | May 22, 2020

Toronto Thai restaurant shifts business model to support community - mentions YWCA Toronto
Dished Toronto May 20, 2020

Why gun violence is still high in Toronto, even amid the pandemic lockdown - interview with Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Manager of Advocacy
Toronto Star May 8, 2020

YWCA Toronto emergency homeless shelter for women to operate at site of former Days Inn Hotel in the Beach - interview with Heather McGregor, CEO
Beach Metro News | May 4, 2020

How you can help vulnerable people in Toronto during the coronavirus crisis - mentions YWCA Toronto
Toronto.com April 17, 2020

Thousands march in Toronto for International Women's Day - interview with Firoozeh Radjai, Director of Philanthropy
Global News March 8, 2020

'No one is consenting': How social media is re-traumatizing victims of domestic abuse - interview with Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, Manager of Advocacy
Global News | November 27, 2019

YWCA's Breakthrough program helps women heal through the transformative power of art - featuring Emily Hostland, Program Worker with the Breakthrough program, Healing Through The Arts
She Does The City March 8, 2019

The red flags that signal you may be experiencing financial abuse -  interview with Tsering Tsomo, Director of Employment and Training
LowestRates.ca December 11, 2018

Statement for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Twitter Moments | December 6, 2018

How Ottawa is trying to breathe new life into a 22-year-old policy for gender equality - interview with Colette Prevost, Director of Advocacy and Communications
Toronto Star | December 28, 2017

Gun Control is a Women's Issue – op-ed by Heather McGregor, YWCA Toronto CEO
Toronto Star | September 14, 2018

GTA women’s shelters feeling housing market pressures - interview with Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters and Girls and Family Programs
Global News | August 31, 2017

Toronto Coach Terminal mural to help build community through art - interview with tenants from Winona’s Place
City Centre Mirror | July 25, 2017

A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Feminist Issue - op-ed by Etana Cain, former Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer
Huffington Post | July 13, 2017

How YWCA honouree Connie Walker discovered she wanted to be a journalist - interview with Connie Walker, 2017 YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction
CBC News | May 18, 2017

Federal budget measures assessed based on impact on women - interview with Etana Cain, former Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, 2017 Woman of Distinction
Toronto Star | March 22, 2017

Look To Women's Shelters To Help Shape Mental Health Conversations - op-ed by Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters and Girls and Family Programs and Etana Cain, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer
Huffington Post | January 26, 2017

Housing Plan Can Help End Hidden Crisis Of Women's Homelessness - op-ed by Danielle Nakouz, Manager of the Elm Centre Supportive Housing program
Huffington Post | October 5, 2016

This Change in Legislation Should Help Domestic Violence Survivors Flee Faster - interview with Maureen Adams, former Director of Advocacy and Communications
Torontoist | September 28, 2016

National affordable housing plan urgently needed - op-ed by Heather McGregor, CEO
Toronto Star | September 27, 2016

Getting your period while homeless - interview with Ertha Downey, Manager 1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter and Choices for Living Program
CBC: Out in the Open | September 16, 2016

How going to camp gave me back my happiness - op-ed by Anissah Rajpatee, Camp Tapawingo participant
Toronto Star | July 24, 2016

Canada Child Benefit a Game-Changer for Women and Children - op-ed by Maureen Adams, former Director of Advocacy and Communications and Etana Cain, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer
Huffington Post | June 30, 2016

 

YWCA Toronto Statement on Recent Act of Anti-Muslim Violence
June 2021 

Federal Budget 2021 Statement
April 2021

 Ontario YWCA Coalition Joint Analysis of the Ontario 2021 Budget
March 2021

YWCA Toronto Statement on The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 2021

YWCA Toronto Statement on the Passed 2021 City Budget
February 2021

“A real win for our community!” Celebrating the opening of 389 Church Street
February 2021

YWCA Toronto Statement on the Draft 2021 City Budget
January 2021

YWCA Toronto Statement on Ontario 2020 Budget
November 2020

YWCA Toronto Statement on 2020 Throne Speech
September 2020

YWCA Toronto Statement on Racial Justice
June 2020

Ontario Rate of Child Poverty Higher Now Than in 1989
May 2020

YWCA Statement on Gun Control
May 2020

Income Security in the Time of COVID-19
April 2020

YWCA Toronto Solidarity Statement 
February 2020

YWCA Toronto Statement on the 2019 Ontario Budget 
April 2019

2019 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Media Release
March 2019 

Statement by YWCA Toronto on Cuts to Social Assistance
August 01, 2018

CEO Statement on the 2018 Ontario Election Results
June 08, 2018

YWCA Toronto Statement on the Tragedy in Toronto
April 2018

Ontario Budget Brings Welcome News for Women 
March 2018

2018 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Media Release
March 2018 

Canada’s National Housing Strategy Brings Women’s Homelessness Into Focus
November 2017

Campaign for an Equal Senate for Canada
March 2016
 
2016 Ontario Budget Response and Backgrounder
February 2016