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Treats are nice. But they don’t replace funding for crisis centres.

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The Shoebox Project, which provides women in shelters with a pretty box of toiletries and treats, has been getting quite a bit of attention in Ontario’s legislature lately.

The shoeboxes were brought up during speeches marking Woman Abuse Prevention Month in November, on the December anniversary of the misogynistic shooting of 14 women at Montreal’s L’Ecole Polytechnique, and repeatedly leading into the holiday season.

Certainly it’s a nice charity. But all the while that Progressive Conservative MPPs have been applauding the Shoebox Project — co-founded by one of their own, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney — they have been withholding the funds that survivors of sexual violence desperately need.

Almost a year ago, Ontario’s rape crisis centres were promised a 30-per-cent increase in funding over three years to catch up to the rising demand for services. But the Ford government put that Liberal plan on hold.

That funding would come from Mulroney’s ministry........

© Toronto Star