Issues and Advocacy


Minutes of the Issues and Advocacy Committee 2016 – 17


Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.


Present:  J. Poudrier, B. Robertson, M. Rodgers, E. Saari, B. Swanson, K. Tulisalo, 

D. Wallace, C. Whiting, H. Vail – Chair

Regrets:  N. Pitt, C. Haist 



Attachment #2

Report on the Meeting with MP A. Rota on February 10, 2017

Kaarina and Nimmi who are members of the Issues and Advocacy Committee met with the M.P.

An update was provided on the initiatives that our club has undertaken. Mr. Rota was also informed that we celebrated our 75th anniversary last year and that CFUW national would be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.

The topics that were discussed are as follows:

CFUW’s response to the cancellation of electoral reform

We gave Mr. Rota copies of two letters sent by CFUW, one to Minister Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, and one to Prime Minister Trudeau. The letters express CFUW’s disappointment with the government’s decision to abandon its election promise of electoral reform and they urge the government to reconsider this decision.

Missing and Muudred Indigenous Women and Girls

A brief summary of our 2016 resolution on the above topic was provided.  We commended the government of Canada for launching its National Inquiry. The final report will be issued on December 31, 2018 and it has been announced that an interim report will be submitted on November 1, 2017

 Request for information from Mr. Rota

  1. Will the interim report be made public
  2. Can he provide a status report on what the committee has done to date

Trumps’ Global Gag Rule

We gave Mr. Rota a copy of the letter titled “Joint public statement on Trump’s Global Gag Rule Re-Enactment” to which various national and international organizations, including CFUW, are signatories. The Global Gag Rule is, in essence, the U.S. withdrawal of funds from any organization that even spends a portion of its money on the provision of family planning, contraceptive counselling and safe abortion services.  On behalf of CFUW, we expressed appreciation that the government of Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights as announced by the International Development Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau in January. That Minister also said that the government will launch a new initiative in the coming weeks.

Request for information from Mr.Rota

A letter to CFUW North Bay advising us when the initiative will take place as well as the funding for the initiative.

The Nippising-Timiskaming Youth Council

Mr. Rota advised us that the Council includes both secondary school students as well as those from post-secondary institutions. So far, they have discussed the issue of Jobs (proposed by the older group) and the Environment and Social Responsibility (proposed by the younger group). In response to our inquiry about the purpose of the Council, the Minister advised us that it was a means of finding out what the younger generation thinks, their proposals and recommendations for solutions. At the next meeting, two additional topics, proposed by the Council, will be discussed.

Progress Report on Bill C 242

A letter had been sent to Mr. Rota by our Co-Presidents to advise him that CFUW North Bay supports the Private Member’s Bill C-242 to criminalize non-state actor torture. It has passed second reading.  We asked for a status report on where the Bill currently stood. Mr. Rota told us that it is rare that a Private Member’s Bill is passed by parliament but he said that he would look into it.

Request for information from Mr. Rota

An update on whether the Bill has progressed beyond second reading.

We thanked Mr. Rota for meeting with us and giving us the opportunity to share with him the details of the work that our club has been doing and for his willingness to respond to our requests. 

Request for information from Mr. RotaWe asked him to inform CFUW North Bay if he becomes aware of any issues that would benefit from our assistance and expertise. Following this meeting, an email was sent to Mr. Rota to advise him that when he has the information related to our requests, the response to be sent to Heli Vail, Chair of the Issues and Advocacy Committee.


Attachment #3


Draft Letter Re: Letter of Support for MPP V. Fedeli Private Member’s Bill – Financial Literacy


Vic Fedeli, MPP

165 Main Street East

North Bay, Ontario P1B 1A9


March 16, 2017


Dear Mr. Fedeli:


The Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay would like to take this opportunity to support your Private Member’s Bill, The Financial Literacy for Students Act which will mandate school boards in Ontario to incorporate a compulsory course on financial literacy in Grade 10.


CFUW North Bay believes in the importance of addressing this issue through legislation, as it will ensure that essential skills for the 21st century will be addressed early in the student academic career.  As well, it will provide them knowledge and skills to assist their future lives as responsible citizens.


CFUW North Bay commends your efforts in this endeavor.  (signed co-presidents of CFUW North Bay)


Minutes of the Issues and Advocacy Committee 2016-17


Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 6:30 


Present: K. Tulisalo, D. Wallace, J. Poudrier, B. Swanson, 

M. Rogers, C. Whiting, L. Long, H.Vail – Chair

Regrets: C. Haist, E. Saari, N. Pitt


Agenda


Issues and Advocacy Committee 2016-17


Date: Monday, October 24, 16


Time: 6:30 p.m.


  1. Welcome
  2. New Business Items
  3. Calendar
  • Review Resolutions Timeline for 2016-17 (see attachment 2016/17 Calendar)
  • Establish Dates and Times for Meetings to Prepare for March Resolution Meeting (see attachment Resolution Process 2016-17)
  • Establish Additional Dates for Meetings to Discuss Issues and Advocacy Committee Direction


  1. MP and MPP Letters and Meeting Dates to discuss CFUW 2015-16 Resolutions (see attachment Approved Resolutions 2015-16 and and The Annual Letter to MP/MPP)
  2. MP Letter Regarding Proportional Representation (see  attachment  Letter on Proportional Representation)
  3. MP Letter Regarding Private Members Bill C-242 (see 2 attachments Letter Re: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture)
  4. Discussion of New Business Items



Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES

 Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. 

Hostess: Catherine Whiting, 75 Wild Cherry Lane on Trout Lake


Present:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Janet Poudrier. Catherine Whiting, Nimmi Pitt, Caroline Haist, Heli Vail, Bunty Swanson, Sharon Walker, Eunice Saari, Linda Cunningham

Regrets: Diane Wallace


  1. Call to order & welcome: The meeting was called to order at 11:30 a.m. after a delicious lunch. A big thank you goes out to Cathy for providing the chili, coffee and tea and to the other members who brought bread, salads and desserts.

  

  1. Approval of agenda:  The agenda was approved with the addition of Advocacy Toolkit to 5.1) and changing Press Agency to Club Action and Newsletter in 6.a).  Moved by Bunty, seconded by Heli.  Carried.


  1. Approval of minutes of January 13, 2016 meeting: Moved by Kaarina, seconded by Nimmi. Carried.


  1. Decision Items:  a) Tracking Sheet on Action Items was discussed and revised.  Please

                                    See attached sheet.

b)  CFUW Resolutions Meeting on March 16, 2016 setup and schedule. Potluck supper will be at 5:30 p.m. Each resolution will be given 15 minutes. The presenter will do a short point form presentation to allow more time for questions and discussion and a vote.


5. Business arising:   1) CFUW Resolutions Action Package 2015 and Advocacy Toolkit:

Letters to MPP & MP with follow-up visits – Janet will contact the constituency offices to make an appointment and send a letter with background material on the issues. She will notify the committee as to the dates to find out who will be free to attend.

2) IWD 2016 Report from meeting on February 2nd – Kaarina   reported on the IWW meeting. Join Me on the Bridge will be on Friday, March 4th. Holy Name has been booked. A poster will be sent out to advertise the event. The Gift of Reading will be at 11:00 a.m. at M. T. Davidson School in Callander.  On March 8th Calvary Pentecostal Church will be hosting a Gala Evening Tea at 7:00 p.m. for the Celebration of Women. Many thanks to Lisa Long, Co-Pastor, for organizing and hosting this event.


  1. Information Items for Discussion:


a)  Club Action and Newsletter now being sent out to members and on our website.
b) Save these dates:  March 12th, 2016 Standing Committee Meeting in Toronto; May 14th OC AGM Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville;
 June 22 - 25   CFUW AGM (National) St. Catherines;

 NEWHA Meeting on February 12, 2016; Webinar on An Introduction to GWI will be on February 29th at 11:30 a.m. Kaarina will send details and Sharon will send a copy of the proposed amendment to the CFUW Constitution submitted by CFUW St. Thomas


c)  2016 CFUW RESOLUTIONS AND OC RESOLUTION: The following people did a short presentation on their resolution. CFUW Resolution 1 – Nimmi; Resolution 2 – Heli for Joellen; Resolution3 – Bunty; Resolution 4 – Sharon; Resolution 5 – Cathy; OC Resolution – Janet.  It was decided that each presenter would do a one page bullet summary of the resolution which should only take a couple of minutes so that there is more time for discussion. The Resolution Package and the one page summaries will be sent out to all of the members before the meeting on March 16. 


7. Reports: a) Report on Standing Committee meeting on January 23, 2016 – Kaarina gave a short report and suggested that we read the recent Dates and Data for the complete minutes of the sessions.


b) Latest GWI information regarding CFUW discussed earlier.


c) NB Refugee Family – Cathy reported that we have one family of six that have arrived. Fundraising is needed to buy I-Pads for ESL lessons. The Faculty at Nipissing are fundraising to buy school supplies. Fundraising will be discussed at our next General Meeting on February 17th.

     8. Around the Table: Progress Report on Trudeau Government: No time.


     9. Next Meeting:  May 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Bunty Swanson`s.  

 

   10.  Adjournment:  1:20 p.m.



CFUW NORTH BAY TRACKING SHEET REVISION FEB.10TH 2016


 CFUW North Bay is submitting revisions to the Ontario Council Advocacy Tracking Sheet Jan.2016. The revisions were recommended by the Issues & Advocacy Committee and forwarded to the Presidents for approval.   


REMOVE     CFUW North Bay from the following Issues: 

ABORIGINAL

EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE

MENTAL HEALTH

YOUTH IN CARE


ADD CFUW North Bay to the following Issues:


     ADVOCACY CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION


 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN    CFUW North Bay: Catherine Whiting      cathy.saari@sympatico.ca 


ENVIRONMENT   CFUW North Bay:    Bunty Swanson          r.b.swanson6@gmail.com 


ELECTORAL REFORM Procedures   CFUW North Bay: Sharon Walker        pwalker9@cogeco.ca


WOMENS’ NETWORKING                   CFUW North Bay: Kaarina Tulisalo    ekt_86@hotmail.com


Submitted by Janet Poudrier, Acting Chair, Issues & Advocacy Committee   


Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Hostess: Heli Vail at 442 Lakeside Drive, North Bay


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Janet Poudrier. Catherine Whiting, Nimmi Pitt, Caroline Haist, Joellen Brown, Heli Vail, Bunty Swanson

Regrets: Linda Cunningham, Sharon Walker, Diane Wallace, Lisa Long, Eunice Saari, Terry Martinelli


  1. Call to order & welcome:   1:40 p.m.
  2. Approval of agenda with two additions:  Moved by Cathy, seconded by Bunty. Carried.
  3. Approval of minutes of October 28, 2015 meeting: Bunty briefly updated us on the pipeline. Moved by Cathy, seconded by Kaarina. Carried.


  1. Decision Items: a) Lunch and Learn, April 20, 2016: Mathilde Bazinet has been invited to speak about the Hospice.

b)  CFUW Resolutions for 2016 and OC Resolution 2015-2016:

The following people will meet to prepare the resolutions with the person`s name in bold to take the lead before the next I & A meeting in February.

CFUW Resolution 1:  Nimmi, Kaarina

CFUW Resolution 2: Joellen, Heli

CFUW Resolution 3:  Bunty, Linda Cunningham?

CFUW Resolution 4:  Kaarina, Caroline

CFUW Resolution 5: Cathy, Janet

OC Resolution: Janet, Nimmi, Cathy


5. Business arising:   1) CFUW Resolutions Action Package 2015:

 Letters to MPP & MP with follow-up visits – Janet will look after the letters and make the appointments.

2)  Rock Rose Clinic – the clinic has received a $1000 grant from RTO District 43 Nipissing. An application for a $4000 Provincial RTO grant will also be done before April 1st, 2016. Permanent funding from NELHINS does not look promising.

3) Red Scarves for Aids Committee – Cathy will make a report at the next General Meeting in January.  A knitting circle should be organized as soon as possible to get started on the scarves.

4) Red Rose Campaign by YWCA = Kaarina provided information on the campaign. Heli asked whether we should have a limit on the number of fundraising requests.

5) Charitable Trust Dinner was very successful. Chief of Police Paul Cook`s presentation was very interesting and informative.

 

     6.  Information Items for Discussion:

a) Revised Website for CFUW – Janet encouraged members to go on the site to get information.  Kaarina explained how to get on. The site is excellent and is easier to access information.

b) CFUW News and Updates, Dates & Data, Communicator Week in Review, Press Agency sent out to members and on our CFUW North Bay website. Also, the Club Action Newsletter will be sent out three times a year.  Members were encouraged to read them.
c)  Save these dates: Jan. 23rd, 2016, and March 12th, 2016, Standing Committee Meetings in Toronto.  Kaarina and Mary Marrs will be attending in January.
 May 14th OC AGM Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville
 June 22-25   CFUW AGM (National) St. Catharines

d)  CFUW/IFUW Going Forward Process - Webinar on January 12th, 2016.  Kaarina and Janet participated in the webinar at 4:00 p.m. and said that it was very well done as well as being an interesting experience.

e) The round table discussions and webcasts on sexual violence and harassment by Ontario Government. Brenda Robertson received a personal invitation to attend. All together 600 people were invited. She will be doing a report.


7. Reports: a) The gender wage gap consultations – Kaarina reported on the one that she attended in Sudbury. There were 12 consultations in total throughout the province. A provincial report will be out by the end of May. A response to the Gender Wage Gap consultations written by Brenda Robertson was sent out to everyone before this meeting.

b) OC Advocacy Action Updates: Kaarina brought attention to the report that was sent out to everyone before the meeting.

c) NEWHA meeting, January 8, 2016 – Kaarina, Bunty, Cathy, Jan and Lisa attended. Cathy reported on the $100,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation to provide transportation to people living in Mattawa that need to come to North Bay for appointments or work. Janet mentioned the Free Smiles dental program provided by the District Health Unit. The next meeting will be on February 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the ACNBA in Suite 204.

d) NB Refugee Family – Cathy, as CFUW member at large, will be organizing educational help to the families.
e) International Women`s Day – North Bay plans for IWW will be discussed at meeting on February 2, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. The Gift of Reading is being organized by Joellen Brown on March 8th

f) Bell Let`s Talk Mental Health Initiative on January 27, 2016.


     8. Around the Table: Progress Report on Trudeau Government – no time.


     9. Next Meeting:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at Cathy Whiting`s.

 

   10.  Adjournment:  3:30 p.m.



Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Jan Poudrier, 87A Campbell Avenue, North Bay, ON


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Janet Poudrier, Catherine Whiting, Caroline Haist, Eunice Saari, Joellen Brown

Regrets: Heli Vail, Linda Cunningham, Sharon Walker, Terry Martinelli, Nimmi Pitt, Bunty Swanson, Linda Bedard, Diane Wallace, Brenda Robertson


  1. Call to order & welcome:   10:20 a.m.


  1. Approval of agenda:  Approved with the addition of one information item.  Moved by Kaarina and seconded by Catherine. Carried.


  1. Approval of minutes of July 27, 2015 meeting. Moved by Eunice and seconded by Catherine. Carried.


  1. Decision Items: a)  Tracking Sheet for Ontario Council on Advocacy Issues is updated 

after every Standing committee meeting, names are put beside      initiatives in which clubs have information and interest in cooperation with other Ontario clubs.

 Aboriginal Issues – Karina Tulisalo

Early Learning/Child Care – Joellen Brown

Environment- Bunty Swanson

Mental Health – Janet Poudrier

Violence against Women – Catherine Whiting

Youth in Care – Kaarina Tulisalo


b)  Lunch and Learn, April 20, 2016 – the suggested topic to be   approved by the executive is an aboriginal issue having to do with the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation report.

c)  Red Rose Campaign (YWCA)  will be deferred until January 2016. Charitable Trust Dinner is on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. Carolyn will put it in the newsletter.


5. Business arising:   1) CFUW Resolutions Action Package 2015 has been received.

 Letters to MPP & MP with follow-up visits

2) CFUW Resolutions for 2016 should be coming before December 1.

Expecting six resolutions.

3)  Rock Rose Clinic – Keri McGuire Trahan runs this clinic on a volunteer basis out of the Early Years Centre on Chippewa Street. An application has been sent to RTO for a $1000 grant for supplies. Just heard today, Thursday, November 5th that our application has been accepted.  An application for permanent funding has been made to NELHINS.

 

     6.  Information Items for Discussion:

a) Revised Website for CFUW has required a lot of work, but is much easier to navigate now. Caroline expressed her concern with the advertising done by our affinity organizations on our website.

b) CFUW News and Updates, Dates & Data, Communicator Week In Review, Press Agency are all very good. Caroline puts them on our local website.
c) Red Scarves for AIDS Committee – We have members who donate wool and members who knit. The deadline for the scarves is November 25th.

d)  Save these dates:

Jan. 23rd, 2016 and March 12thm 2016 Standing Committee Meetings in Toronto
 May 14th OC AGM Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville
 June 22-25   CFUW AGM (National) St. Catherines

Kaarina encouraged members to go.

e)  CFUW/IFUW Going Forward Process is a relationship to encourage information sharing so that members can be educated about what our international organization now called Graduate Women International is all about.

f)    The gender wage gap consultations has been initiated by Kathleen Wynne. Consultation will be in Sudbury on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m.

g)    The Round table discussions and webcasts on sexual violence and harassment has also been initiated by the provincial government and will be in Toronto by invitation only. Dates to be announced.

7. Reports: 1) September Standing Committee Meeting – Kaarina gave a short report. The speakers were excellent, especially the one on Poverty. Members are encouraged to read the OAC Dates and Data report.

2) Fall Gathering on October 24 in Orillia – Kaarina said the Fall Gathering was classy, informative and fun. Fifty-eight members attended. Three drove all the way from Thunder Bay.

3) NEWHA Report for October 9, 2015 – Kaarina gave the report. The next meeting will be on Friday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Amelia Rising office.

4) November 30, 2015. Health Coalition meeting at Lee Park at 12:00 noon.

8. Around the Table: Federal Election 2015 results and implications: A very good animated discussion on the election was enjoyed by all.


9. Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016. Hosting to be announced.

10.  Adjournment: 12:15 p.m.Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay



ISSUES AND ADVOCACY Minutes

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Joellen Brown, 172D Rocky Shore Road, Callander


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Janet Poudrier. Joellen Brown, Eunice Saari, Linda Cunningham, Sharon Walker, Heli Vail and Catherine Whiting

Regrets: Diane Wallace, Bunty Swanson, Brenda Robertson. Terry Martinelli, Nimmi Pitt


1. Call to order & welcome: Janet welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m. 


2.  Approval of Agenda: Moved by Cathy and seconded by Sharon.  Carried.

 

3. Approval of minutes of April 8, 2015 meeting:  Some minor corrections were made. Janet made a note of them and will make the corrections. Moved by Sharon and seconded by Eunice.  Carried.


4. Business arising: 1) CFUW Resolutions Meeting on March 18, 2015 and March, 2016:  Some suggestions were made for March 2016.  The meeting will not be at Holy Name Church but will be at Cementation.


2) Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015 and April, 2016:  Some suggestions were made for April 2016. Information about our mandate and purpose should be provided at the beginning. Speakers should know if the media are present and who they represent. The media should be asked to register at the welcome desk.


3) International Women’s Week Program was reviewed.  Everybody agreed that it was definitely worthwhile and that we should continue our partnership next year.

     

5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review was sent out by Heather Chambers on July 24th.  Very good information in it.

b) Ontario Council Dates and Data – Standing Committee Meetings on Sept 26/15, Jan 23/16, and Mar 12/16 at Yorkminster Baptist church at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto.

c) Communicator & Press Agency goes out four times a year.

d) Fall Gathering, October 14 in Orillia at Fern Resort

e) Ontario AGM on May 14, 2016 at Hockley Valley in Orangeville and Canadian AGM on June 22 - 25, 2016 in St. Catherines at Brock University.


6. New business: 1) Report on Ontario AGM:  Kaarina and Sharon gave a brief report and commented on the keynote speaker, Sue Holloway who was very good.  National AGM: Kaarina reported that the AGM was well attended with 200 delegates. Both 2015 resolutions passed. There were two emergency resolutions. 1) National Enquiry on Missing Aboriginal Women did not pass.  2) Physician Assisted Suicide passed. It is now the law.  We will be lobbying to have input into the process of how the criteria will be set. Joellen will look after getting the criteria done for the deadline of February 2016. National Office will send package in September.

2) Clarification of Issues and Advocacy Initiatives:  Sharon mentioned the list of initiatives that we are monitoring: Aboriginal Issues, Mental Health, and Youth in Care, Early Learning and Child Care. She said that Terry Martinelli felt that they should go through the president before going to OC.  Agreed.

3) Advocacy Awards – Review of last year`s accomplishments. We received an Ontario Award and a National Award.  It was suggested that the president contact the media and publicize our accomplishments and the awards.

4)  NEWHA `s Health Care Clinic – Rock Rose Report. Janet attended the meeting in June and distributed the final report. She will apply to RTO District 43 for a grant of $1000.00 for supplies for the clinic. Catherine Whiting will be our contact person. A proposal is being made to LHINS. We need to write a letter of support.  

5) Operation Connect Advocacy: all advocacy committees will be contacted.
6) Red Rose Campaign by YMCA (Charitable Trust Dinner) will be held on December 1, 2015. Chief Paul Cook will be the speaker.

7) Lunch and Learn 2016:  Topics were discussed.  One suggestion was a debate on the Abolishment of the Senate. An Authors Night in partnership with Sudbury was also entertained.  It was felt that we could not do both.

7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` 

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women will continue.
  • Environment (pipeline, environment and climate change) will be monitored. Bunty is the contact person.
  • Federal Election in October 2015 and NEWHA`s progress on ‘Up for Debate``. Sharon Walker who is the Political Advocacy Chair for RTO District 43 informed us that RTO district 43 and District 44 (French) will receive $3000 each in funding toward sponsoring a Debate at Nipissing University. The issues will be People Issues and will focus on Seniors, Youth Unemployment Pharmacare, etc. CFUW North Bay will provide any help needed.
  • Letter to Vic Fedeli will be written after we receive a package from our NATIONAL Office on our 2015 resolutions. A meeting will follow.


8. Next Meeting:  Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Jan Poudrier`s.

9. Adjournment: 12:40 p.m.Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

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SSUES AND ADVOCACY AGENDA

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Catherine Whiting, 75 Cherry Lane


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Sharon Walker, Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson, Pat Ahola

      Catherine Whiting

Regrets:?


1. Call to order & welcome:   


2.  Approval of Agenda:  


3. Approval of minutes of February 11, 2015 meeting.


4. Business arising:   1) CFUW Resolutions Meeting on March 18, 2015 – evaluation?

     2) Fair Elections Act: Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015.

A) Speakers - Jim Mallory and Dr. Tabachnick gifts

B) Quiz copies - Sharon Walker

C)  Setup for meeting

      3) International Women’s Week Program – evaluation of events

      4) Rallies in front of Jay Aspin`s Office


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee meeting on March 14, 2015 - Kaarina 

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator, Press Agency

6. New business:

  • Letter to Vic Fedeli has been redone by Catherine Whiting.  When will we send it and ask for a meeting? 


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues   according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women
  • Environment (pipeline, environment and climate change) 
  • Federal Election in October 2015.  Budget to be released on April 21st. NEWHA`s  progress on Up for Debate, next meeting.


8. Next Meeting:


9. Adjournment


Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY AGENDA

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Bunty Swanson, 990 Tilley Street


Coming so far:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Sharon Walker, Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson,


Regrets:   Pat Ahola


1. Call to order & welcome:   


2.  Approval of Agenda:  


3. Approval of minutes of January 14, 2015 meeting.


4. Business arising:   1) Fair Elections Act – Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015.

A) Speakers – Jim Mallory and Dr. Tabachnick

B) Quiz – Sharon Walker

C)  Format

      2) International Women’s Week Program

      3) OEB meeting on January 21, 2015


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee meeting on January 24, 2015 

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator, Press Agency

6. New business:

  • CFUW Resolutions Package for 2015  & resolutions meeting
  • Resolutions 1 & 2 to be discussed 
  • Letters to Vic Fedeli and Jay Aspin and visits 


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues   according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women
  • Environment (Pipeline, environment and climate change) 
  • Federal Election in October 2015 or sooner


8. Next Meeting:


9. Adjournment


Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Bunty Swanson, 990 Tilley Street


Present:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Sharon Walker, Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson, Eunice Saari, Joellen Brown, Catherine Whiting


Regrets:   Pat Ahola


1. Call to order & welcome:   10:05 a.m.


2.  Approval of Agenda with one addition:  Moved by Kaarina; seconded by Eunice. Carried.


3. Approval of minutes of January 14, 2015 meeting. Moved by Bunty; seconded by Joellen.     Carried.


4. Business arising: 1) CFUW Resolutions Package 2015 & Meeting:  Kaarina, Pat, and Joellen will meet to discuss and prepare Resolution 1. Janet, Sharon, Catherine and Eunice will meet to discuss and prepare Resolution2.

     2) Fair Elections Act – Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015.

A) Speakers – Jim Mallory and Dr. Tabachnick have been contacted by Jan.

B) Quiz – Sharon Walker has prepared the quiz. Copies were given to our speakers when we met with them. Sharon will do information sheet on voter identification.

C)  Format – same as last year.

3) International Women’s Week Program – Kaarina shared the list of events and will send us the information by computer.

4) OEB meeting on January 21, 2015 – Bunty and Roy, Janet and Mark plan to attend.


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data: Minutes of Standing Committee meeting on January 24, 2015 and information on upcoming meeting on March 14.

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator and Press Agency

6. New business:

  • Letter to Vic Fedeli and visit - We will have to find out if a letter regarding adolescents in care should still be sent. Catherine will work on revamping the letter so that it will be ready to send when needed.  


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues   according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women was reviewed.
  • Environment (pipeline, environment and climate change) – Bunty and Jan reported on the meeting on January 21st.
  • Federal Election in October 2015:  Kaarina mentioned Up for Debate – an initiative to get women`s issues discussed before the election. The Northeast Women`s Health Alliance is working on this.


8. Next Meeting:  10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at Catherine Whiting`s home at 75 Cherry Lane


9. Adjournment:  12:20 p.m. Moved by Kaarina.Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay


ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Sharon Walker, 27 Kodiak Crescent


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Sharon Walker, Janet Poudrier, Joellen Brown, Bunty Swanson,

Eunice Saari. Pat Ahola

Regrets:   Diane Wallace, Catherine Whiting, Wynne Blair


1. Call to order & welcome:   10:10 a.m.


2.  Approval of Agenda:  Two additions were made. Moved by Sharon, seconded by Bunty. Carried.


3. Approval of minutes of November 6, 2014 meeting.  Moved by Kaarina, seconded by Eunice. Carried.


4. Business arising:   Fair Elections Act – Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015.

A) Speakers – Jim Mallory and Dr. Tabachnick.  Jim will deal with the bones of the Fair Elections Act and David will deal with its impact on the democratic process.

B) Quiz – Sharon Walker will work on the quiz regarding the changes.

C)  Format: Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Program will start at 12:00 sharp. Bunty Swanson will be the moderator. Not too formal. More conversational than lecture style. Bunty Swanson and Sharon Walker will do the publicity.


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee meeting on January 24, 2015. Mary Marrs will attend along with Brenda Robertson as OAC President and Kaarina Tulisalo as Regional Director. Kaarina recommended that we read the excellent President’s Message by Brenda. Next Standing Committee meeting will be on March 14, 2015.

c) CFUW News and Updates – Bina Roy loonie/toonie collection will go to Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Reminders were given about the OAC AGM, May 29 & 30 (Terry Martinelli and Sharon Walker will be attending) and the National AGM, June 18th-21st (Pat Ahola and Joellen Brown expressed an interest).

d) Communicator, Press Agency was mentioned.

6. New business:

  • CFUW Resolutions Package for 2015 & resolutions meeting: Joellen, Kaarina and Pat will work on Resolution 1. Eunice, Sharon and Janet will work on Resolution 2. A different format was discussed due to the fact that we only have two resolutions this time.
  • Writing Advocacy letters to MP, MPP, and Newspaper articles
    Visits to MP& MPP.  Template letters were discussed.  Janet will work on the letter to Vic Fedeli and arrange for an appointment.
  • Website should include CFUW partnerships which would include NEWHA, Grandmothers for Africa, etc.
  • Up for debate: Information called Tools for Action: Women and the 2015 Federal Election was received by email and discussed.  It is excellent resource material.
  • Rose Campaign: Kaarina talked about this campaign that is sponsored by the YMCA especially in Sept, Oct and Nov. We will revisit it in the fall of 2015.
  • Bell Let`s Talk: On January 28th Bell will donate a nickel to Mental Health Awareness for every long distance phone call, tweet or text message that is made on that day.


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women:    
     Events and meetings that have taken place since last I&A meeting - International Women`s Week events are being coordinated by the NEWHA committee. Tuesday, March 3
    rd – Lisa Long is hosting a Film Night at Calvary Church; Thursday, March 5 - Nippissing University is hosting a special lecture; Friday, March 6th – Meet on the Bridge, Janet has booked Holy Name Church as a meeting place from 11:00 – 2:00; Sunday, March 8 – a CFUW brunch was discussed; Tuesday, March 10 – an Evolution Stage Program at CSS at 7:00 p.m.
  • Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change): Bunty Swanson brought us up-to-date. A second OEB consultation meeting is being held on Wednesday, January 21st at the Branch 23 Legion from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Federal Election in October 2015 - a short discussion took place.
  • Aboriginal Update: Thunder Bay has an excellent five part film divided into 15 minute segments called ``Walk a Mile``.


8. Next Meeting:Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Bunty Swanson`s.


9. Adjournment:12:10 p.m. Moved by Eunice.Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay


ISSUES AND ADVOCACY AGENDA

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hostess: Sharon Walker, 27 Kodiak Crescent


Coming:   Kaarina Tulisalo, Sharon Walker, Janet Poudrier, Joellen Brown, Bunty Swanson,

Eunice Saari

Regrets:   Diane Wallace, Catherine Whiting, Wynne Blair


1. Call to order & welcome:   


2.  Approval of Agenda:  


3. Approval of minutes of November 6, 2014 meeting.


4. Business arising:   Fair Elections Act – Lunch and Learn on April 15, 2015.

A) Speakers – Jim Mallory and Dr. Tabachnick

B) Quiz – Sharon Walker

C)  Format


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee meeting on January 24, 2015 - Attendees

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator, Press Agency

6. New business:

  • CFUW Resolutions Package for 2015  & resolutions meeting
  • Writing Advocacy letters to MP, MPP, and Newspaper articles
    Visits to MP & MPP 
  • Website – include information on NEWHA
  • Up for debate – information sent by email
  • Rose Campaign 


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women:    
     Events and meetings that have taken place since last I&A meeting, International Women`s Day on March 8, 2015
  • Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change)   
  • Federal Election in October 2015


8. Next Meeting:


9. Adjournment


Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY AGENDA


Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.


Hostess: Eunice Saari, 1150 Ski Club Road


1. Call to order & welcome:   


2.  Approval of Agenda:  


3. Approval of Minutes of October 2, 2014 meeting.


4. Business arising:   


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee meeting on September 27th, 2014.

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator, Press Agency

6. New business:

  • Update on CFUW Resolutions Package for 2014 and resolutions for 2015: Kaarina Tulisalo 
  • The Federal Elections Act – Lunch and Learn April, 2015
  • Writing Advocacy letters to MP, MPP, and Newspaper articles
    Visits to MP MPP  


7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues according to priority for 2014 – 2015.

  • National Initiative on Violence against Women:  Proposed at National AGM that we continue this initiative for another year. The Charitable Trust Dinner Dec. 2014, speaker Pat Jodouin. 
     
  • Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change)   


  • Municipal election – Discussion of results



  • Federal Election in October 2015


8. Next Meeting:

9. Adjournment


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ISSUES AND ADVOCACY AGENDA


Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Hostess: Jan Poudrier, 87A Campbell Avenue


Coming so far: Joellen Brown, Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson, Kaarina Tulisalo, 

Sharon Walker, Eunice Saari, and Pat Ahola

Regrets:     Diane Wallace, Brenda Robertson, Caroline Haist, Wynne Blair


1. Call to order & welcome:   


2.  Approval of Agenda:  


3. Approval of Minutes of July 10th, 2014 meeting.


4. Business arising:   Report on Developmental Services – Sharon Walker


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review – September 27th, 2014 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committees

c) CFUW News and Updates 

d) Communicator, Press Agency

6. New business:

  • Update on CFUW Resolutions for 2014 and resolutions for 2015: Kaarina Tulisalo 
  • The Federal Elections Act – Lunch and Learn April, 2015
  • Standing Committee Meetings on September 27th, 2014 
  • Report on Halliburton’s Initiative on Bullying
    Report on NEWHA Meeting and IWW by Bunty Swanson
  • Writing Advocacy letters to MP, MPP, and Newspaper articles
    Visits to MP MPP  

7. Priority Issues: ``Power of Women Working Together`` - Most important issues according to priority for 2014 – 2015.


  • National Initiative on Violence against Women:  Proposed at National AGM that we continue this initiative for another year. The Charitable Trust Dinner Dec. 2014, speaker Pat Jodouin. 
     
  • Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change)   


  • Municipal election – Debate on October 6th, 2014


  • Federal Election in October 2015

8. Next Meeting:


9. Adjournment


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ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES


Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Hostess: Jan Poudrier, 87A Campbell Avenue


Present: Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson, Kaarina Tulisalo, Joellen Brown, Diane Wallace,

Pat Ahola. Sharon Walker, Eunice Saari, Brenda Robertson 


Absent:     Terry Martinelli, Lisa Long, Martha Kennedy, Caroline Haist


1. Call to order & welcome:   Janet welcomed everyone.


2.  Approval of Agenda with additions by Kaarina. Moved by Eunice and seconded by Sharon. Carried.


3. Approval of minutes of February 13th, 2014. Moved by Sharon and seconded by Kaarina. Carried.


4. Business arising:   a) Lunch and Learn in April with Donna Sinclair as guest speaker was a great success and had a attendance of over 60 people.

b) Premiere showing of the film `Watermark` on June 6th, 2014 was also a great success and had an attendance of 500 people.


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review – Terry Fischer does a super job.

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committees: Report comes out in September, January and March.

c) CFUW News and Updates – July issue dealt with the modernizing of CFUW`s Image and Mast Head. It comes out 3 or 4 times a year.

d) Communicator, Press Agency – Twice a year from National Office.

6. New Business:

  • CFUW Resolutions for 2014: Kaarina Tulisalo reported on results from Ontario AGM and National AGM.


  1. Resolution 1: An Enhanced Canada Pension Plan was split into two.

2)  Resolution 2:  Culture of Peace was passed.

3)  Resolution 3:  Preservation of Democracy – 

Increasing voter participation in Canada was passed.

4)  Resolution 4:  Promoting Plain Language was passed.

5) Emergency Resolutions at National AGM – three emergency resolutions were accepted and passed.


6) Resolution 5: Ontario Council Resolution on Children and Youth in Care   Bill 88 was passed.


  • Adult Learners Week March 29 – April 6, 2014

Sharon Walker gave her report and emailed out her written report. She did an excellent job. She said that the French School Board has no literacy programs. A four booklet report on financial literacy is available.


  • The Federal Elections Act – Lunch and Learn April, 2015 - Jim Mallory will be approached as a speaker.


  • Standing Committee Meetings 2014-15 will be on September 27th, January 24th and March 14th.
     OC AGM 2014-15 is May 29th and 30th in Ottawa.
      National AGM 2014-15 is June 18th – 21st in Quebec City.


  • 100th Anniversary Celebration (1919-2019) – Kaarina mentioned that there are a lot of excellent ideas for celebrating on the National website. The Susan Murphy Trek will raise $100,000 for scholarships.


  • Writing Advocacy letters to MP, MPP, and Newspaper articles
    Visits to MP MPP: It was suggested that we need a training workshop for our  I & A committee members as to protocol, etc. before we involve our whole membership.

7. Priority Issues: Action, Advocacy and Education” was last year`s slogan.  Most important issues according to priority for 2014 – 2015 will be based on the slogan `Power of Women Working Together`.


  1. CFUW North Bay`s accomplishments for 2013 -2014 – a copy was given to everyone. We are proud to have accomplished so many things.


National Initiative on Violence against Women:  Proposed at National AGM that we continue this initiative for another year. The Charitable Trust Dinner Dec. 2014, speaker will be Kathleen Jodouin who is the chair of the DVCC. North East Women`s Health Alliance workshop will be held on Friday, September 26th.  We need ideas for International Women`s Week. The film from NFB, `Buying Sex` is available until December, 2014.
 

  1. Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change) – Janet promised to send a copy of her presentation to the committee members. Bunty Swanson updated us on what has been happening since the presentation by Maude Barlow in April. One hundred people are now involved.


  1. Impact of the results of recent Provincial election and four by-elections was discussed. Youth in Care Bill 88 died; so must start over. Kaarina will send out report.


  1. Federal Election in October 2015 was discussed.


  1. Sharon Walker will send us a report on developmental services.


9. Next Meeting:       Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Joellen Brown`s, our new chair. Notification and agenda will be sent a week before.

10. Adjournment:  12:10 p.m. Moved by Sharon.Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay


CFUW North Bay Literacy Report 2014


This summary report was compiled in response to a request from CFUW National to determine what education is being done for adults in the local districts


Canadore Literacy Programs

There are two programs at Canadore Colllege, both funded by Employment Ontario, the government of Ontario.  The programs are free for eligible participants.  Adult Learners must be 19 years of age or older and have been out of school for more than one year.

Academic Upgrading Program (AU)

Academic Upgrading allows adult learners to refresh and upgrade their skills in math, English and computer applications at an introductory level. Learners cam improve their readiness for employment and/or prepare for other training opportunities. Many AU students proceed directly into the ACE Program.

Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE)

The ACE Program provides adult learners with the opportunity to upgrade their academic skills with a particular focus on preparation for college programs or apprenticeship training. Depending upon the learner’s goal, studies may include math, English, sciences, computer applications and self-management.  Successful completion of the ACE Program provides a grade 12 equivalence that is recognized for admission to college programs and apprenticeship training in Ontario.

These programs are not fee based.


Le centre de formation du Nipissing

Curriculum Framework Adult Literacy Ontario (Framework OALCF)


The Curriculum Framework for Adult Literacy Ontario (Framework OALCF) focuses on the skills and supports the development of adult literacy programs through Literacy and Basic Skills ( AFB). The LBS Program helps learners make the transition to their goals of employment, education, training and autonomy.

 

The development of the Curriculum Framework Adult Literacy Ontario (Framework OALCF) offers the basis for training and literacy services and constant high quality leading to improved outcomes for learners. The approach OALCF task-oriented mobilizing people in regard to the relationship between literacy and everyday life. 

This is a non-profit organization working since 1989 in Nipissing. Training Centre Nipissing offers literacy workshops and training base to a large and diverse clientele.

 

The center allows adults to take their place in the social, cultural and economic life of the francophone community. Services promote personal development facilitating the integration into the labor market and improve the quality of life of learners.

 

Workshops in reading, writing, numeracy and IT are delivered by a team of trainers supported by a network of volunteers.

 

Core funding comes from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The program is not fee based.



Near North District School Board

Laurentian Learning Centre

The Laurentian Learning Centre offers 5 options for Adult Learning in one location and one option at another location.

The Alternative School

The Alternative School is for students between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age who have completed grade nine.  They work on an individualized educational program to achieve an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Certificate. Students are scheduled into 2 o3 courses per day and are expected to complete 8 courses per year.

Lifelong Learning Program

This program is for adults 19 years of age or older who have been out of school for at least one year.  There is formal classroom instruction by qualified teachers and 2 high school credits can be earned in approximately 6 weeks.

ACCESS Program

ACCESS is a Continuing Education Program that specifically assists adults with mental health and addiction challenges to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma in a safe and caring educational environment. Access works with students, the teacher and community support agencies to ensure students’ needs are met towards affording each individual the best chance of success.

Continuing Education Programs

The Laurentian Learning Centre offers the opportunity for students to complete Independent Learning Packages with the assistance of a teacher.

Learning Connection

This program is a Literacy and Basic Skills Program funded by Employment Ontario.  Students can up-grade reading, writing, spelling, mathematics and computer skills. The successful learner can pursue the following goals: Ontario Secondary School Diploma, College Programs, Employment Opportunities, and Apprenticeships.

Learning Connection – F.J. Dellandrea Place

This program is not located at the Laurentian Learning Centre and is funded by Employment Ontario.  It is a Literacy and Basic Skills Program mainly for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities but not exclusively. Participants work on reading, writing, math, money and budgeting skills, life skills, job skills, and computer skills on a individual and part-time basis.  Successful learners pursue opportunities in Employment, Independence and Education.

These programs are not fee based.



Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic School Board

Alternative and Continuing Education


The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic School Board offers Literacy, Numeracy and Essential Skills for adults through three programs.

E-Learning

This program is for adults ages 17 and up who have been out of school one year.  It is delivered through the internet either from a person’s home or from the classroom site where computers are provided.  It focuses on the individual earning a secondary school diploma to prepare for entry into the workforce, college, university or the military. It is funded by the Ministry of Education.

Learning Co-op

This program offers Adult Literacy upgrading for adults ages 19 and up who have been out of school one year.  This program is non-credit and is focused on improving reading/writing/math and other essential skills (computer).  Adults prepare for high-school credit, employment, apprenticeship, post-secondary, or independence. It is delivered in small groups, some classes or one to one.  It is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition)

This program offers adults ages 18 and up who have been out of school one year the opportunity to attain grade 9 and 10 credits.


In addition the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic School Board offers two additional programs for adult literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.  These are:

Family Enrichment Program

Parents with children, birth to preschool, may participate in the Family Enrichment Program.  Children take part in activities designed for their age group while parents attend classroom sessions that may lead to one or more high school credits.  Transportation is provided.  The program is funded by the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board and by the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.

New Horizons Program

This is a part-time Personal Life Management Program for adults with developmental disabilities dealing with immediate and long term needs.  It can provide high school credits.  It is run by the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board in conjunction with Community Living North Bay.

These programs are not fee based.


North Bay Literacy Council


Funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities the North Bay Literacy Council provides opportunities for Improvement of English literacy and numeracy skills for adults 19 years of age or older and out of school.  This is accomplished through one to one tutoring or small groups depending upon the goals and needs of each individual.  The individuals might want to improve their employment opportunities, academic skills, self-management skills, self-direction skills, essential and basic skills and English as a Second Language and GED preparation. All the tutors are volunteers who participate in professional tutor training.  Last year the North Bay Literacy Council won the June Callwood Volunteer Award for Ontario. 

The program is not fee based.


Respectfully submitted by Sharon Walker – Issues and Advocacy Committee, CFUW North Bay

www.cfuwnorthbay.ca 


ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES


Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Hostess: Bunty Swanson, 990 Tilley Street, North Bay


Present:    Chair:  Janet Poudrier, Bunty Swanson, Kaarina Tulisalo, Nimmi Pitt, Joellen Brown, Sharon Walker and Eunice Saari


Regrets:     Heather Chambers, Brenda Robertson


1. Call to order & welcome:   10:05 a.m.


2.  Approval of Agenda: One addition was made under 7. Priority Issues. Aboriginal Issues was added as number 7. Moved by Kaarina. Seconded by Eunice. Carried.


3. Approval of revised minutes of January 16th, 2014. Moved by Nimmi. Seconded by Bunty. Carried.


4. Business arising: a) Meeting with Jay Aspin on January 22nd at 9:00 a.m. Jan Poudrier, Eunice Saari    and Joellen Brown attended. Meeting was very pleasant and congenial. We were able to get our agenda across. We still have not received any follow-up from the MP`s office.


5.  Correspondence: a) CFUW Week in Review 

b) Dates and Data Info on Standing Committee – Next Standing Committee Meeting is on March 22nd.  Issues are Mental Health, Violence Against Women, and Aboriginal Education.

c) CFUW National News – January 14, 2014

d) Film Screening Opportunities Offered to CFUW Clubs by National Film Board to be considered for showing in October. The film, ``It’s A Girl``, will be screened on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 271 Ski Club Road.


6. New Business:

CFUW Resolutions for 2014: Each resolution was presented by the assigned person. It was timed as to its length and suggestions were made as to how to refine the presentation.


Resolution 1: An Enhanced Canada Pension Plan – Nimmi and Eunice

2)  Resolution 2:  Culture of Peace - Bunty

3)  Resolution 3:  Preservation of Democracy - Increasing voter participation in Canada – Kaarina

4)  Resolution 4:  Promoting Plain Language - Joellen

5) Resolution 5: Ontario Council Resolution on Children and Youth in Care – Jan.  Ontario Bill 88 pertaining to this resolution is now in its third reading.


March 19th Meeting – Resolutions Format. It was decided that we would follow the same format as last year.  Resolution 1 will be given more time as it is a very important and complex issue.


Adult Learners Week March 29 – April 6, 2014:  CFUW is canvassing all clubs across Canada to find out what education is being done for adults before it sends a report to the UN. Sharon will investigate locally and write a summary report.  

  

The Federal Elections Act is being criticized. e.g. mock elections in high school are being cancelled. It was recommended that every university and college and senior`s residence have a polling station. Send a message to your MP Jay Aspin by email or twitter.


7. Priority Issues: “Action, Advocacy and Education” - Most important issues according to priority and updates:


National Initiative on Violence against Women:  North Bay has supported the www.onepledge.ca  campaign. List of initiatives by CFUW North Bay needs some revision before it is sent to CFUW National before April 1st.


Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change) – April Lunch and Learn Meeting. Guest speaker is Donna Sinclair.  Title will be ``Impact of Pipeline on Climate Change`.


 Report on Watershed meeting – January 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Motherhouse.  CFUW was well represented. Purpose will be to premier the film `Watermark`.  Bunty contacted David Thomsen, chair of the Nipissing Board.


Provincial election – Visit to North Bay by Kathleen Wynne. The Premier had a two hour meeting with important stake holders on the ONR.


Meeting with Vic Fedeli should be before the election on one issue.


Pre-consultation Budget meeting in North Bay. Kaarina gave a report. It was very informative with excellent presenters.


Request from Andrea Carver and the OCBCC child care funding – Nipissing received $92, 508 in additional funding to the $ 6,989,499 already being provided to Nipissing for 2014. We need to do a follow-up as to how the funds are being spent.


Aboriginal Education: Comments were made on the latest news from the Federal Government. Funding will be provided over 5 years. We were encouraged to sign a Valentine to Harper at the Indian Friendship Centre.



8. Social Media: Twitter & Social Media are excellent for getting the attention of politicians.


9. Next Meeting: Pot Luck Supper and Resolutions on March 19th at 5:30 at Holy Name Church.


10. Adjournment: 12:15 p.m.


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Canadian Federation of University Women North Bay

ISSUES AND ADVOCACY MINUTES


Thursday,  January 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Hostess: Bunty 


Present:   Chair:  Janet, Bunty, Kaarina, Nimmi, and Eunice

Regrets:     Heather, Joellen, Sharon, Brenda


1. Call to order & welcome:   10:10 a.m. everyone was welcomed and wished a Happy New Year.


2.  Approval of Agenda:  Approved with a few additions. Moved by Bunty, Seconded by Nimmi.

Carried.


3. Approval of minutes of November 28th, 2013. Moved by Nimmi, Seconded by Kaarina. Carried.


4. Business arising:   a) National results for 2013 Resolutions – Letter sent to Jay Aspin. Meeting scheduled for January 22nd at 9:00 a.m. Jan, Eunice and Joellen will be attending.

Provincial Budget Consultation meetings hosted by Vic Fedeli will be held on the same day at 9:00 a.m. at the Best Western. Kaarina will be attending.



5.  Correspondence: a) One Ontario Council Resolution received after Christmas which was forwarded to all committee members.

b) CFUW Week in Review 

c) January 2014 Dates and Data – Next Standing committee Meeting will be on Saturday, January 25th.  Minutes of the Standing committee meeting will be in Dates And Data two weeks after the meeting.

d) CFUW National News – January 14, 2014 - Canada`s 100th anniversary coming up in 2017 was discussed.


6. New Business:

CFUW Resolutions for 2014:


Resolution 1: An Enhanced Canada Pension Plan – Nimmi and Eunice

2)  Resolution 2:  Culture of Peace - Bunty and Jan

3)  Resolution 3:  Preservation of Democracy – 

Increasing voter participation in Canada – Kaarina & Joellen

4)  Resolution 4:  Promoting Plain Language - Everyone

5) Resolution 5: Ontario Council Resolution on Children and Youth in Care – Jan

Each resolution was discussed thoroughly and the resolve statements were examined for amendments.


March Meeting – Resolutions Format will be dealt with at the February meeting.


7. Priority Issues: “Action, Advocacy and Education” - Most important issues according to priority and updates:


National Initiative on Violence against Women:  North Bay www.onepledge.ca  campaign. So far there are 340 pledges on the website.  Kaarina will contact Janine Lafreniere for an update and pick up the revised pledge sheets for the next general meeting. CFUW website has an update on the national initiative. Report to National Office is due on April 1st. Kaarina gave us a list of our accomplishments.

CFUW update Non State Actor torture (2012) – Kaarina informed us that this issue was discussed at her teleconference and that a petition is being circulated for a Private members` bill.  The committee decided that we would monitor the progress of this initiative, but would not take it on as one of our priorities.

3. Environment (Pipeline & Climate Change) – April Lunch and Learn Meeting – Bunty contacted Donna Sinclair and she would be happy to be the guest speaker.  Janet mentioned the Fifth Estate documentary on `Silence of the Labs` and encouraged people to watch it on line because of its very disturbing information. She is writing an article on this topic for the February RTO District 43 newsletter.

Watershed meeting – January 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph`s Motherhouse.  Janet will send information out to the rest of the  I & A committee. District 43 of RTO will also be informed by email and the website.

Provincial election possibility in May.  Political parties are already getting their platforms out. A Candidates` Meeting was discussed.

Meeting Vic Fedeli in the near future was discussed on the budget consultations and Bill 88.


8. Social Media: Twitter & Social Media are excellent vehicles for getting information out.  The CFUW website has now got a Facebook Page. Whether we should put more information on advocacy on our North Bay Website was discussed.


9. Next Meeting: February Meeting will be on February 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Bunty`s.  

Jan`s house will be a backup location.