Laura in the News

October 15, 2019: Cuts will hurt people relying on legal aid: Niagara Community Legal Clinic

October 9, 2019: Niagara development charges complaints to be topic of special meetings

October 8, 2019: Niagara must be ‘disruptive’ to advance affordable housing

September 20, 2019: Niagara region joins anti-racism coalition

September 20, 2019: Region joins inclusive municipalities coalition

August 26, 2019: Six Canadian moms share the stories of their abortions: It may surprise you to learn that many of the women who choose to have abortions in Canada—perhaps the majority—are mothers.

July 11, 2019: ‘She was a fierce and passionate advocate’: Niagara mourns the loss of Renee Martin: Niagara mourns the loss of a powerful activist, loving mother and friend

July 2, 2019: Young mothers of Niagara accept diplomas thanks to LEAP

June 25, 2019: 610CKTB Noon30 with Tom McConnell. Tom and Laura discuss the increase to Councillor remuneration

June 21, 2019: Update: Council votes yes on tax compensation, defers decision on raise: Extra money makes up for loss of tax-free status on one-third of salary

June 20, 2019: Regional council being bullied out of pay raise: Villella: Councillors set to debate 20% raise in their own salaries tonight

June 18, 2019: Pay hike another unforced error for Niagara Region council

June 13, 2019: Regional Council to discuss giving themselves a raise

June 12, 2019: Niagara’s regional councillor pay could spike by more than 20%

May 23, 2019: Hamilton protests public health merger, but the province doesn’t have to listen

May 18: 2019: Handmaid protesters confront MPP Sam Oosterhoff over reproductive rights
*Note: I was neither present at nor an organizer of this event. As my name is mentioned in the article, because of my involvement with the issue on Twitter, I’m posting it here.

May 18, 2019: Handmaids voice outrage at Oosterhoff event in Grimsby: Protest sparked by MPP’s comments at anti-abortion rally
*Note: I was neither present at nor an organizer of this event. As my name is mentioned in the article, because of my involvement with the issue on Twitter, I’m posting it here.

May 12, 2019: Respect, integrity among regional council’s priorities: Regional politicians hold strategic planning session on weekend

May 10, 2019: St. Catharines regional councillor shares ‘unthinkable abortion’ story: Laura Ip tweets her story in response to MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s anti-abortion comments

May 10, 2019: My Unthinkable Abortion: St. Catharines Reg. Councillor Goes Public and Sends Letter to Oosterhoff

May 9, 2019: (De)constructing Barriers

May 7, 2019: Editorial: Niagara Folk Arts Festival a much-needed celebration of diversity

May 7, 2019: Anti-racism discussion to be part of Niagara Region’s strategic plan process

May 1, 2019: Shocking femicide stats worry Gillian’s Place

April 26, 2019: Niagara Region council decides to build Burgoyne Bridge barriers: Authorizes spending $4-million to end suicide contagion on downtown bridge

April 23, 2019: Bridge barrier at the centre of discussion about mental health in Niagara Region

April 16, 2019: Public works committee votes for Burgoyne Bridge barriers: Measures will keep people from harming themselves

April 11, 2019: Regional council divided on Burgoyne Bridge barriers: Council set to debate installation of safety measures at Burgoyne span

March 4, 2019: NPCA ‘SWAT team’ will continue until June: Region extends interim board appointments for three months

February 28, 2019: Regional council reverses decision on pay cut while approving budget

February 18, 2019: Region’s 6% tax hike deferred

February 15, 2019: Region defers budgets for both police and NPCA

However, councillors voted 13-11 against a second amendment, introduced by Ip, stating that “any approvals related to the NPCA levy not be given and no payments be made to the NPCA until such time as we have received answers we consider to be satisfactory.”
“I’m disappointed that, that failed,” Ip said in an interview following the meeting.
“My intent was not to suggest that we fight the NPCA until we receive answers to our very reasonable questions. You bring an $8-million budget forward and there’s a $2.5-million hole in your presentation, I kind of want to know what’s going on with that $2.5 million.”
“I’m disappointed that so many of them (regional councillors) that are on the board voted that motion down because it has not been demonstrated by NPCA staff that they’re going to give the answers,” she added.

February 1, 2019: Region defers NPCA funding: Councillors want more details on NPCA budget before paying the bill

January 31, 2019: Councillor to press NPCA on budget “hole”

January 9, 2019: Niagara overdose prevention site saving lives

November 13, 2018: Editorial: Next regional chair must be an elected politician

November 5, 2018: New regional councillors mulling over next chair

November 1, 2018: Niagara regional council is 75% new – and the public is watching

October 26, 2018: Niagara’s controversial CAO is set to jet off to Shanghai in the name of trade (video)

October 23, 2018: Region sheds ‘toxic environment’

October 23, 2018: Vote brings sweeping change to regional council

October 19, 2018: Meet the candidates for St. Catharines regional council

October 15, 2018: Meet the St. Catharines Region candidates

October 12, 2018: Integrity topic issue at Niagara Region council

June 28, 2018: Sweet partnership with Beechwood Doughnuts pays off for YWCA Niagara

May 10, 2018: No candidates yet for regional chair

April 4, 2018: Letters

April 1, 2018: We can fix municipal government by voting

March 7, 2018: Project aims to empower youth mentally, physically and emotionally Underdogs Boxing Club coaches Laura Hughes (left) and Laura Ip are gearing up to launch The Empowerment Project, a workshop series for 12- to 17-year-old girls and non-binary youth that explores emotional as well as physical empowerment. – Melinda Cheevers/Metroland

March 1, 2018: Rooting for the Underdog Underdogs Boxing Club is shaking up the image of who can be a boxer. – Kerry Duncan/The Sound

January 16, 2018: Niagara Women March On this Saturday

December 1, 2018: Civil debate seems to have been lost

October 27, 2017: Grade 10 students from across Niagara celebrate Power of Being a Girl

October 11, 2017: Boxing to heal

October 6, 2017: New boxing program aims to empower women in Niagara who’ve experienced violence Founder and president of Underdogs Boxing Club Laura Ip has teamed up with YWCA Niagara to bring the Shape Your Life program to St. Catharines. – Melinda Cheevers/Metroland

September 11, 2017: Shape Your Life program coming to St. Catharines – Laura Ip explains

September 10, 2017: Boxing fitness program for victims of violence

September 1, 2017: Shape Your Life boxing program for women who’ve experienced violence launches in St. Catharines Laura Ip is launching a second version of Shape Your Life boxing program at her new gym, Underdogs Boxing Club, in St. Catharines, Ont., in October. (Laura Ip)

August 26, 2017: Not first choice for self defence

June 2, 2017: Body-shaming a problem that begins at birth

April 19, 2017: Quick Update: Falling through the cracks

April 17, 2017: UPDATE 2: Falling through the cracks

April 15, 2017: UPDATE: Falling through the cracks

April 14, 2017: Falling through the cracks

March 24, 2017: Niagara podcasters holding ‘Local Media Matters’ fundraiser Laura Ip and Ruth Unrau will host The Practical Feminist live at Mahtay Cafe Saturday afternoon, one of several live shows taking place as part of the Local Media Matters fundraiser in support of the Niagara Podcasters Network. – Courtesy Photo

March 17, 2017: Gender gap must close in the workplace

January 25, 2017: EDWARDS: A spark of hope in the era of anger and division

January 21, 2017: Niagara women march in solidarity

January 18, 2017: Niagara women ready to march this Saturday Laura Ip from YWCA Niagara is ready to hit the streets downtown for the Niagara edition of the Women’s March on Washington, taking place Jan. 21. The event will start at City Hall at 10 a.m. and walkers will make their way to St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle’s office on Geneva Street. – Melinda Cheevers/Metroland

January 6, 2017: Canadian politics needs more women

November 22, 2016: We must raise the bar

October 19, 2016: Cheechoo hopes to inspire at annual leadership summit

October 11, 2016: It’s about celebrating, inspiring women

August 5, 2016: We’re rich…in illness and inequality

July 29, 2016: We’re all close to being homeless

July 28, 2016: Imagine what a living wage could do

June 3, 2016: Two enormous resounding yeses

May 13, 2016: There are benefits to paying a living wage

April 23, 2016: YWCA -presentation by Laura IP (sic) Resource Development Offficer (sic)

November 20, 2015: Search Engine: Highway structure for the birds

September 15, 2016: The obstacle-ridden road to recovery

March 10, 2016: Women in boxing

February 22, 2015: Chatting with former councillor Laura Ip about open data

January 9, 2015: Search Engine: The smartie pants edition

November 27, 2014: Weekend events shine spotlight on Niagara’s diversity

November 17, 2014: “Transformational” Mayor, Council say goodbyes

October 22, 2014: Arts group grades the candidates

September 25, 2014: On the campaign trail

September 25, 2014: Council debate between mayoral candidates turns heated

September 22, 2014: Mayoral candidates square off over budgeting

September 19, 2014: Search Engine: The mystery of the Grantham plaque

September 18, 2014: St. Catharines municipal election candidates

September 12, 2014: St. Catharines City Council seats up for grabs

September 9, 2014: Living Wage idea to be explored

July 14, 2014: Paying tribute to a community leader Denis Cahill and Patricia Cahill Waters hold up the street sign paying tribute to their father Lou Cahill. The sign will be erected in downtown St. Catharines, at a portion of Garden Park north of King Street in recognition of Lou’s contributions to the community. Thursday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lou, who died in 2008 at the age of 94.

June 2, 2014: Councillor Laura Ip – Community Care Hungry Vegan Drive

May 19, 2014: Vegan food bank diet was difficult

May 9, 2014: HEROD: Council talk, and a little election scuttlebutt

March 18, 2014: Working to make Niagara better

February 26, 2014: Arenas’ lifespan extended

February 14, 2014: Looming decision on arenas

February 11, 2014: City to crack down on shovel fairness

January 30, 2014: Council fills the void

January 27, 2014: Laura Ip appointed to St. Catharines council Laura Ip watches St. Catharines city council debate from the council gallery. – Julie Jocsak

January 20, 2014: City still considering holding byelection

January 16, 2014: Council holds off filling vacancy

January 9, 2014: HEROD: Laura Ip isn’t shoe-in for council seat

January 9, 2014: Monday council meeting to deal with vacant seat

March 8, 2011: Academy alternatives discussed Event organizer Laura Ip watches as Kaneka Watkins, of Success Beyond Limits, outlines some of that program’s achievements during a community meeting examining alternatives to the DSBN Academy on Thursday.

October 7, 2010: Back to basics in Ward 3

September 15, 2010: Young blood vying for your vote

May 20, 2009: How to Be a Socially Just Citizen

August 11, 2009: Forced health coverage unfair

November 1, 2006: Grantham candidates speak out