In a letter to Mayor John Tory, Susan Banting, the president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority's Toronto chapter, and other sorority women called out the city for creating new licensing regulations to 19 fraternity and sorority houses, saying their reasoning just wasn't there.
The city voted this week in favour of putting safety regulations and restrictions on these houses based on information that there was increased instances of sexual assault in these areas. Banting says this isn't the case.
In their letter the women write that there's absolutely no connection between reduced sexual assault and licensing, and further go on to say that of the complaints received against fraternity and sorority houses in the city, none of them had anything to do with sexual assault.
The city has received 166 complaints about the houses in the past five years, however data from Bylaw Enforcement shows these were all about noise, waste, and property standards.
The women go on to write that their organizations already offer mandatory programming aimed at reducing sexual assault and are incredibly self-regulated.
The licensing will require the houses to provide an emergency contact, undergo annual inspection, and comply with other safety regulations. The changes will be implemented in the upcoming months.
Read the full letter below: