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 Dates & Data 

News from Ontario Council

September 2017

September 23 Speakers' Series and Workshops

Register Here

or through our website
www.cfuwontcouncil.org  

President's Message   


Sandra Thomson 

President, CFUW Ontario Council

Read Sandra's Welcome Back Message Here


 September 23 Speakers Series and Workshops

Plenary Session - New Start Time: 9:45am

Elections 2017-2018  
Our Theme for This Year's Speakers' Series!


September 23 - Women in Political Leadership



Keynote Panelists 

The Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton
Minister of the Status of Women and 
Minister of Early Learning and Child Care

Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock 
Opposition Critic for Women's Issues 

Olivia Chow, Ryerson University
Former MP and Toronto City Counsellor 

Guest Luncheon Speaker

The Honourable Karina Gould, 
MP Burlington, Minister of Democratic Institutions


Afternoon Workshops


Legislation Workshop

Women in Political Leadership: What are the Parties Doing?

Guest Speaker Marit Stiles, President, National New Democratic Party
and Toronto District School Board Trustee 

READ MORE HERE  

Education Workshop 

The Role of the School Trustee  

Guest Speaker Mary Hall, CFUW Belleville and District
Former Ontario Council President
Hastings and Price Edward School Board Trustee
READ MORE HERE

Status of Women Workshop 

Kathy Vassilakos, Stratford City Council

"Implications of Running for Office" 

READ MORE HERE 

 

Advocacy Highlights

July 31, 2017

Women's Economic Empowerment Consultation. 

 

July 19, 2017

Comments on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017.  

 

July 18, 2017

Discussions with Minister of the Status of Women Indira Naidoo-Harris and two Senior Policy Advisors on Early Learning and Child Care and Women's Economic Empowerment. 

 

May 24, 2017

Comments to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Environment and Climate Change Canada on Lake Erie Action Plan. OC also endorsed the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance.

 

May 17, 2017

Carolyn Day, Ontario Council environment and water policy adviser, attended The People's Great Lakes Summit sponsored by the Canadian Environmental Law Association.

 

READ MORE on  Advocacy - Briefs, Submissions, Backgrounders at

www.cfuwontcouncil.org

 

Fall Gatherings

  Ontario North 

October 19, 2017 

"Empowerment in Our Northern Communities: 

What are Your Issues?"  

 Registration Form Here 

or

cfuwhh@gmail.com


Ontario Huron 

October 21, 2017

"Are We There Yet?"  

Registration Form Here 

or

cfuwowensound.com

 

Ontario Central

October 28, 2017   

"Talk It Out"

Registration Form Here 

or

patjoyce103@yahoo.com 

Club News and Events



CFUW Aurora/Newmarket's Theatre Evening

September 12, 2017 

Read More Here

University Women's Club of Toronto Fundraiser
"A Night in Seville" 

September 18. 2017 
Read More Here 

or contact rhales@sympatico.cajehamer1951@gmail.com 

CFUW Welland's Annual Book Sale 
September 30, 2017 

Read More Here 
or contact

www.cfuwwellandanddistrict.ca 

CFUW Ontario Council Newsletter


Welcome to Dates & Data News from the

Ontario AGM and Conference 

May 12 &13, 2017 with Special Reports from the Conference plus News from Clubs

President's Message   



Dear Ontario Council Members,

 

" The Arts can save your life."

  

"Women are portrayed as men see them, i.e., that is  being interested in men only."

 

"Never called myself an artist before. I didn't believe I was. But I found my place here."

"Volunteering suggests an opportunity to accept or reject a task on the individual's own terms with no coercion"


The above statements and/or quotes speak to transformation and how art - music, pottery, media and leadership - had the power to do so for the speakers at the Ontario Council Annual General Meeting (OC AGM).


The OC AGM, hosted by CFUW Stratford, proved to be transforming for the approximately 125 attendees May 12 and 13th. Anita Gaffney, Patricia O'Connell, Tamara Podemski and Karen Powell all spoke to a "deeper truth" and thus educated the CFUW ladies to how art can change local and international communities; the marginalized; or how an industry treats women professionals. 
 

The conference also highlighted the leadership workshop - Leisure, Volunteerism, and Membership Retention --facilitated by Dr. Madeline Kalbach and members of the Ontario Council Board. Madeline's research shows volunteers fall into three categories, with the primary question asking, "Are you having fun yet?"

We have provided you with the speakers' summaries, the "Sistering" power point, Ms. Podemski's video and the research for "Women in Media." Please set aside some leisure time to enjoy reading and viewing all the offerings.


The challenge will be to see if you can transform what you have learned to help women and girls in the province of Ontario. I leave you with this message from Sistering:

"The Arts can become powerful change agents that foster: 1. Community dialogue; 2. Building capacity and leadership; 3. Community mobilization and activism and 4. Generating economic benefits." 

Have a wonderful and safe summer ladies.

 Sandra Thomson

 President, CFUW Ontario Council

 AGM and Conference
Key Note and Leadership Workshop Speakers 


May 12 & 13, 2017 in Stratford, Ontario  

"THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS" 

Keynote Speaker: Anita Gaffney   

CFUW Stratford Local Arrangements Committee member, Pat Reavy, introduced the keynote speaker, Anita Gaffney.

Ms Gaffney is the Executive Director of the Stratford Festival Theatre, the largest repertoire theatre in Canada. A Stratford native, Gaffney has been a festival employee since 1991. An English graduate from the University of Western Ontario, London, she began her professional career at the festival as a publicity assistant, having previously worked summer jobs there as an ice cream vendor, bookstore clerk and waitress. In 2002, she obtained an executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She became Executive Director in 2012.

    

Read the complete report HERE 


 Leadership Workshop Speaker  

Dr. Madeline Kalbach 

Leisure, Volunteerism and Member Retention

 

The Leadership Workshop was facilitated by Dr Madeline Kalbach, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary and Vice President, Membership, CFUW National Board. Assisting her were RD Patricia Joyce and members of the Ontario Council Board.

Dr. Kalbach stated that traditionally the emphasis in clubs tends to be recruitment of new members.   She suggested, however, that it is more effective to retain current members, as they will be the impetus for new members to join as they express their satisfaction with the club to their friends and acquaintances. She has attended gatherings to honour women who have been members of CFUW for up to 62 years.

Dr. Kalbach then progressed to speak of volunteerism within a club.

Read More Here

AGM and Conference Workshop Speakers


                             Patricia O'Connell 

                            From Art to Artisan -  

           The Restorative Power of Social Enterprise

Patricia O'Connell, Executive Director of Sistering, Toronto provided an overview of Sistering and its work. Sistering is an all-women organization that offers a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week drop-in, serving women who are on the street. Clients are vulnerable women, often dealing with mental health challenges, substance use issues, and a history of trauma. Sistering has served Toronto for 35 years and offers meals, donated clothing, and toiletries plus "wrap around services" that include doctors, psychiatrists, housing workers, case managers, an addiction counsellor, and recreation services.  

Patricia and Chris responded to questions about the cost of running the program ($100,000 and in need of new funding sources) and of running all of Sistering's activities as a whole and also the possibility of selling the pottery outside of Toronto.

Read More Here

Find more information at  https://inspirationsstudio.org.

View the Sistering Power Point Presentation Here

Tamara Podemski 

The Impact of Art in Indigenous Communities

Tamara Podemski, a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto, began the workshop with the music video for her song "Meegwetch."  She made the video at a time when she was realizing her own story of her Anishnaabe roots, learning her native language, taking Indigenous Studies at university, and she had just started her own record label. 
The music video is on her website here.

Tamara described it as a turning point when she began to tell her story her own way, rather than being put in a box and packaged as a record company image of a "native artist". She also connected with communities of artists at that time to teach songwriting with at-risk youth and realizedthis was much more meaningful as she shared her story and the youth could relate. 

 

Read More Here 

 

Karen Powell - Women in Media

 

Karen grew up in southwestern Ontario and knew at a young age that she wanted a career in film but had no idea how to go about getting there. She studied law at the University of Windsor, which had an arrangement with universities in Detroit and Michigan.   As courses taken at both institutions were recognized at the University of Windsor, she took several entertainment law courses there that were non-existent in Canada.

Since then, she has seen a tremendous growth in the entertainment industry - it is currently a $2 billion industry in Ontario, employing 100,000 people. There are untold others who create content and put it on social media sites and venues such as YouTube.

   

After receiving her degree, Ms. Powell worked in law in Ontario but wasnot content, so she travelled to British Columbia where she obtained a position in entertainment law, dealing with labour unions, contracts and

finance.  Eventually she became a producer. 
Read More HERE

Read the List of Global Studies on Gender Parity and Diversity   

HERE

Club News and Updates


CFUW Burlington Scholarship Fundraising Event June 12

Join CFUW for a great June 12 scholarship fundraising event featuring author Terry Fallis on June 12.  He is the Canadian author of six books and two time Stephen Leacock Medal winner for Best Laid Plans and No Relation.  He will discuss his newest book One Brother Shy in an interview with the Honorable Paddy Torsney.

See Details Here
Pat Duxbury, Publicity Convenor for CFUW Burlington
 

CFUW Aurora/Newmarket 60th Anniversary Celebration

What an enjoyable event! The evening's ambience was one of joy and friendship.  The 60th Anniversary Planning Committee and the Social 

Committee combined to create a successful event. 
 

Patricia Joyce, Regional Director for Ontario Central, was unable to attend but sent greetings and congratulations on the many events we have engaged in over the year. 
 

The following members were recognized: 

Past President:   Ellen Hoffmann. Retiring Board Members:  Marsha Cox, Irene Lowe and Donna Unwin. 

CFUW 25 Year Members:  Marsha Cox, Jan Jones, Joanne Smith and Mary Warkentin. CFUW Life Member:  Doreen Hiltz.

Past Presidents Virginia Atkins, Doreen Hiltz and Mary Jeanne Oliver shared reflections about their time with CFUW.  They spoke of the meaning of CFUW in their lives and the challenges women have experienced since the 60's.  Their remarks reminded us of the past achievements of CFUW and what is yet left to be done.

Music provided by Tessera Strings contributed to the atmosphere.   

This evening proved, once again, that CFUW Aurora/Newmarket is a vibrant club that enjoys getting together for fun and fellowship.  




Betty Goulden, CFUW Aurora/Newmarket


CFUW Aurora/Newmarket's Authors' Night June 14 

 

The evening features authors Terry Fallis and Marissa Campbell  

Wine & Cheese and Silent Auction

Tickets are $35; wine will be $5/glass

6:30PM

Old Town Hall, Newmarket

Contact Dawn at 905-895-7555 for tickets or more information.

 

 

How can YOU help?

  • Spread the word.  Invite your family and friends, tell groups that you are involved with, put up posters.
  • Volunteer to help at the event Many hands make light work.
  • Donate items. Hand-wrought, re-gifted or gently-used articles for the Silent Auction gratefully accepted.
     
  • Ask me! Call Dawn @ 905-895-7555. I'd love to hear from you.     

Pam Jones, CFUW Aurora/Newmarktet



CFUW Leaside-East York and Electoral Reform 

Sheil Lacroix attended a Council for Canadians meeting re ER and next steps.

 

On May 31 there will be a free vote in Parliament to accept the recommendations of the Electoral Reform (ERRE) Parliamentary Committee led by Nathan Cullen, co-chair of the committee. Apparently, 20 Liberal MP votes are necessary for this to pass as the other parties are in support. 

Our resolution did not specify a referendum so we are OK one way or another. At this point, proponents for Proportional Rrepresentation seem to be on side with a referendum if it keeps Electoral Reform on the agenda.

I am preparing a letter for my club to send to the 6 MPs in my club catchment area and will connect with the broader Toronto community.

However, this is something that should be communicated to all of the clubs across the country because there is still time to connect with our MPs.

We will be sending the results of a recent poll in the next e-mail. PEI is also interesting. The results are not binding and the turnout was low, but the citizens are not letting this drop.

See: 

http://keepyourpromise.ndp.ca/

Sheila Lacroix, CFUW Leaside-East York and CFUW OC Legislation Chair 

 


Editor's Note: Please see May 25 National's Club Action Newsletter for a MP draft letter.


CFUW North Toronto 40TH ANNIVERSARY AGM & DINNER


Back-Left to Right

Barbara Snively, Sheila Kappele, Cecily Stone, Nita Reed, Sue Sigurdson, Kathlene Willing
Front
Mary Ethel Weatherseed
Far Right
Lou Sleman, R.D. at time of Club's Founding 

This year marks forty years since the founding of CFUW North Toronto and on May 9th, 2017, members gathered at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club for the annual AGM and dinner and to celebrate the Club's fortieth year. Seven charter members attended as did Lou Slemin, the Regional Director at the time the Club was founded, and Pat Joyce the Club's current Regional Director.

Before dinner, members and guests sipped their drinks to a selection of jazz vocals by Meagan Luchko who was accompanied by pianist Clair Yunjin Lee. Both are graduates of the music programme at Humber College and well known on the Toronto jazz scene. Members also had an opportunity to examine photographs from the archives which were on display.

The Club's fortieth year has been busy and productive. They have raised over $10,000 for their Scholarship Fund, co-sponsored a Syrian refugee family with a local church, supported the Anhuhyaun Indigenous Women's Shelter and been involved with several advocacy initiatives. 

Wendy Frew, CFUW North Toronto Newsletter Editor



CFUW Montreal South Shore Promotes "The Gardener" by Sebastien Chabot

 

Montreal's Les films d'aujourd'hui is pleased to announce that The Gardener / Le Jardinier, Sebastien Chabot's first feature film, is embarking on a tour that will take it to more than 15 cities across Quebec and Canada following a successful opening in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres on March 17. 

The film is coming to Toronto's HotDoc Ted Rogers Cinema May 19 to 26, 28, 30 and 31 in its original version with French subtitles. This film was recently presented as an Official Selection at the Cape Cod International Film Festival on May 13.

The Gardener / Le Jardinier is distributed in Canada by Les Films d'aujourd'hui.

www.facebook.com/thegardenermovie/?fref=ts

See the trailer: https://vimeo.com/206253368

More information Here

Anne-Lise Dupuis, 
President, Montreal South Shore University Women's Club


News From Ontario Council Dates and Data April 7, 2017

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members:

Welcome to Dates & Data with information from the  
March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting
 
plus Ontario Council News, Information and Updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

Table of Contents  

      

  • President's Message from Sandra Thomson
  • March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting Reports 
  • Call for OC AGM Advocacy Awards to be Presented at AGM Stratford 
  • CFUW at the United Nations
  • On the Radar at OC Advocacy and Recent Government Submissions
  • News from Ontario Clubs and Advocacy in Action:
  • CFUW Charitable Trust Goes to the Shaw Festival April 27 
  • CFUW Orilliia Hosts CBC's Bob McDonald from"Quirks and Quarks"  
  • CFUW Sudbury's "Celebrate Women" April 11at Laurentian University
  • CFUW OC AGM May 12-13 Registration Package 
  • CFUW OC AGM Leadership Workshop Information 
  • CFUW AGM June 22-24 Registration Package 
  • Club Anniversaries in 2017

President's Message   

Collage From March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting (Courtesy of Christine Tworo, RD Ontario North)

   


Connections. Connections. Connections.....

This is the operative word to describe our March 25, 2017 Standing Committees program featuring Acting Assistant Deputy Minister Shannon Fuller, Early Years Division, Janet Davis, Toronto City Councillor and the panel discussion on the CFUW mission to the United Nations Commission of Status of Women conference (UNCSW)!

 

The three offerings - put together by our Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights Chairs - were the results of skillful networking by Ontario Council club members and the resulting connections made with provincial, federal and international representatives in New York City.

 

One cannot dispute the necessity of a connection or what a connection can lead to. Ontario Council acknowledges the work of our Policy Advisor Margaret McGovern and her team which brought Ms. Fuller to our attention. Ms. Fuller gave the attendees an overview of the program and strategic aims of the ministry. In her presentation. As you are aware, CFUW Ontario Council as well as CFUW Toronto Caucus have flagged Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) as a key issue and one that is critical in closing the gender wage gap.

 

Prior to her career as Councillor, Ms. Davis was president of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. She also was instrumental in developing child care at the Toronto District School Board. Ms. Davis presented the facts regarding municipal politics. If programs are to be viable, the funding and the will are needed for the possibility to become a reality. Thus, it is easy to see the connections with this energetic woman and advocate to our cause!

  

The UNCSW panel (on which I was a participant along with Teri Shaw and Kathryn Wilkinson) illustrated how connecting with our government officials raised our profile and proved we are listened to - for example, MP Sheila Malcolmson , heading a steering committee on women's economic security, requested our information on gender equality, poverty, etc. 

 

CFUW made remarkable gains in profile and presence at UNCSW. Many business cards were exchanged and common causes discussed.   Our parallel event on "Mentorship" was very well received with our touted program being shared with women from Australia, the Caribbean, Africa, USA and other Canadian NGOs! 


Yes, many connections were created and relationships formed in the global community. This was such a positive success story for CFUW - please read Vice President of International Relations Cheryl Hayles' full report (below). We have to be proud!

 

Do you have a story on positive connections? In your communities? With your partnerships? Please share your successful connections with us!

   

On another note, I wish to thank CFUW National President Grace Hollett, National Past President Doris Mae Oulton, and Vice President Advocacy Sharon Crabb for joining us at our meeting. Grace and Vice President Membership, Madeline Kalbach, will be delighted to meet you at the Ontario Council AGM in Stratford...have you registered yet?

   

Sandra Thomson

President, CFUW Ontario Council

CFUW At The United Nations


CFUW Vice President International  Cheryl Hayles' Report: 

United Nations Commission of the 61st  Session Status of Women 

(UNCSW)  

The United Nations General Assembly was opened on March 13, 2017 by H.E.Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly,61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
 
In his opening statement he remarked that, "The tools and ways of life of the past will not be those of humanity's sustainable future. Technological innovation and the river of human progress, can be blocked here and there with dams of political and social convenience. But as long as the human spirit flourishes, as
long as we have faith in progress and justice for all, the river will flow on, over all those dams and passing diversions, to a time of greater equity; to a time, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, when lack of gender equality will be rightly seen as an absurdity". This is the hope shared by the more than 8,500 delegates who registered for UNCSW61.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting 

                                                                   

Joint Morning Session

Education Committee

Topic: Early Learning and Childcare

Speaker: Shannon Fuller, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister in the Early Years Division, Ministry of Education. 

Shannon Fuller presented "Renewing and Expanding Ontario's Early Years System"  in her plenary address at the March Standing Committees meeting. Shannon began with an overview of Ontario's Early Years system within a historical perspective. 

In 2009, Dr. Charles Pascal released "With Our Best Future in Mind" with recommendations for a more integrated early learning and child care system, including full day kindergarten. In 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into force, replacing 70 year old legislation. CCEYA strengthened compliance with programming through play based learning, and regulated health and safety in early years settings.

 

In August 2016, Associate Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris (Early Years and Child Care) was appointed to work with Education Minister Mitzie Hunter; in the fall an additional 100,000 child care spaces were announced within a five year plan. Recent legislation has addressed support systems, licensing, access to affordable full day and before and after school care, fair wages for child care workers, and removing wait list charges. Expansion of daycare to ages 6 to 12 is underway. Ontario is developing an integrated early years program by amalgamating four services: Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, Child Care Resource Centres and Better Beginnings into Better Futures into Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres.

Read Shannon Fuller's Presentation Here

 

The afternoon smaller group discussion session, led by the team from the Ministry, focused on the three areas identified by the brief submitted by Ontario Council: Access, Quality and Funding. Our feedback was collected by Shannon for use by the Ministry as they continue to engage with partners and stakeholders to develop the Renewed Early Years and Childcare Policy Framework and Expansion Strategy.

Read Ontario Council's Submission to the  Early Years and Child Care Consultations Here


Kathy Wosnick

Chair, Ontario Council Education Committee

 

March 25, 2017 Afternoon Sessions


Legislation Afternoon Session

 

Topic: Act Locally - Advocating at the Municipal Level

Guest Speaker: Janet Davis, Toronto City Councillor

Our afternoon guest was Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis, Beaches - East York, a mixed income ward with challenges common within many municipalities. A Councillor since 2003, Janet is known as a strong supporter of city services that promote healthy, safe communities, including child care services. Prior to her career as Councillor, Janet was instrumental in developing child care at the Toronto District School Board. Her expertise and background in Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) enabled us to build on the theme of the morning guest speaker, Shannon Fuller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division, Ministry of Education.  

Councillor Davis provided: 

·       an overview of the complexities and disadvantages of Canada's existing funding system; 

·       current challenges in providing social services, in particular ELCC, at the municipal level; and 

·       insight into the workings of municipal politics.  

READ MORE

Sheila Lacroix

Chair, Ontario Council Legislation Committee

 

Status of Women & Human Rights Afternoon Session 

The United Nations Commission of the 61st Session Status of Women (UNCSW):

"Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work"

Debriefing by CFUW Delegates attending:

Sandra Thomson, Ontario Council President and CFUW National Vice President Ontario 

Teri Shaw, Ontario Council Advocacy Co-Coordinator

Kathryn Wilkinson, Vice-President, Education, CFUW National

Dr. Sharon Crabb, Vice-President Advocacy, CFUW National

 

The plan for this session was to tap into our own experts to find out directly what is happening at the UN Commission of the Status of Women. Teri, Sandy, Kathryn, and Sharon had just returned from New York City where they were part of our 20 person CFUW delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place from

March 13-24, 2017.

Goals are not met if voices are silent or worse, not heard. Connections, influence & respect are highly prized and critical to influence policy of the Commission. We have been noticed and heard! 

READ MORE 

 

Anne Cordon, Chair

Ontario Council Status of Women & Human Rights Committee

Ontario Council Wants to Hear From Your Club

ONTARIO COUNCIL ADVOCACY AWARDS 

2016-2017 at AGM 2017 in STRATFORD MAY 12-13

The Purpose of the Awards is to acknowledge the work of CFUW Ontario Clubs in their advocacy efforts.    
READ CRITERIA HERE

Send to 

president@cfuwontcouncil.ca

Send Your Club's Nomination in Now!

IS YOUR CLUB CELEBRATING A SPECIAL EVENT OR MILESTONE?

We want to celebrate our mandate and our Clubs' activities.

Contact Ontario Council President Sandy Thomson 

On the Radar at CFUW OC Advocacy 


What's "On the Radar"   

  • Equal Pay Day - April 11th
  • At a 30% pay gap, a woman will have to work 3.5 months into the new year to earn what men do by December 31 of the previous year. 
  • Put another way, it will take Ontarian women 15.5 months to earn what Ontarian men do in 12 - and women who are racialized, disabled, Indigenous, migrant and immigrant, or sexual minorities or gender variant will have to work into May and June.
  • Join Equal Pay Coalition on April 11 to push for equal pay.
  • For more information, check out the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition website. There are any number of things you can do from Twitter, to phone calls, to meetings.  If you can't this year, prepare for next year!
  • http://equalpaycoalition.org 

Submissions to Government

  • Pre-Budget Consultations 2017 to the Ontario Legislature Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
  • Early Years and Child Care Consultations January 30 2017
  • Bottled Water Technical Guidance Document (EBR Registry Number:012-9151)
  • Basic Income Pilot Project Consultations

All of these can be found on the CFUW Ontario Council website.


If you have any suggestions for the Ontario Council brief, please send them to info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

Teri Shaw 

Advocacy Coordinator, 

CFUW Ontario Council 

Advocacy in Action-News from Ontario Clubs


CFUW Charitable Trust Reminder  

(Submitted by Ann McElhinney)

Toronto Caucus and surrounding clubs: Join us in attending a matinee

of Me and My Girl  at the Shaw Festival  on Thursday, April 27.

Tickets are $65 with a $15 receipt for tax purposes.

Proceeds are in support of the CFUW Charitable Trust post-graduate awards and fellowships.  

Contact annmce@sympatico.ca  

CFUW Orillia 

(Submitted by RD Christine Tworo) 

Read CFUW Orillia's fabulous newsletter HERE featuring CBC Host of "Quirks and Quarks",  Bob McDonald, plus many others!  

  

CFUW Sudbury 

(Submitted by Susan Darling)

A LOCATION CORRECTION WITH OUR APOLOGIES!

22nd Annual Celebrate Women, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 atLaurentian University (LU) Fraser Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.


Click Here for More Information 

2017 AGMs and Conferences



Ontario Council AGM and Conference 

 

May 12 - 13, 2017 in Stratford Ontario 

 

 

 "THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS" 

Experience 'Stratford on the Avon' where Shakespeare Comes Alive!   

 

REGISTRATION FORM HERE  

REGISTRATION INFORMATION HERE 

Key Note Speaker and Workshops HERE


Leadership Workshop Speaker  

Dr. Madeline A. Kalbach, Ph.D
CFUW Vice President Membership

Read Madeline's Bio Here


CFUW AGM and Conference

 

June 22 - 24, 2017 in Richmond, British Columbia    

"GATEWAYS/PASSERELLES" 

AGM 2017 Registration Package Here

 

 Celebrations at Ontario Clubs

CLUB ANNIVERSARIES - CONGRATULATIONS!

ONTARIO WEST

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo - 1922 - 95 Years 

 

CENTRAL ONTARIO

CFUW Aurora-Newmarket - 1957 - 60 Years
CFUW Etobicoke - 1952 - 65 Years

CFUW North Toronto -1977 - 40 Years

CFUW Vaughan -1972 - 45 Years

 

ONTARIO EAST

CFUW Peterborough -1937 - 80 Years

CFUW Renfrew -1957 - 60 Years 

 

ONTARIO SOUTH

CFUW Burlington -1957 - 60 Years

CFUW Milton -1962 - 55 Years



News From Ontario Council Dates and Data April 7, 2017

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members:

Welcome to Dates & Data with information from the  
March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting
 
plus Ontario Council News, Information and Updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

Table of Contents  

      

  • President's Message from Sandra Thomson
  • March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting Reports 
  • Call for OC AGM Advocacy Awards to be Presented at AGM Stratford 
  • CFUW at the United Nations
  • On the Radar at OC Advocacy and Recent Government Submissions
  • News from Ontario Clubs and Advocacy in Action:
  • CFUW Charitable Trust Goes to the Shaw Festival April 27 
  • CFUW Orilliia Hosts CBC's Bob McDonald from"Quirks and Quarks"  
  • CFUW Sudbury's "Celebrate Women" April 11at Laurentian University
  • CFUW OC AGM May 12-13 Registration Package 
  • CFUW OC AGM Leadership Workshop Information 
  • CFUW AGM June 22-24 Registration Package 
  • Club Anniversaries in 2017

President's Message   

Collage From March 25, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting (Courtesy of Christine Tworo, RD Ontario North)

      


March 22, 2014 
Standing Committees

 

Joint Morning Session 

 

Topic:   Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Families through Service Collaboratives.

  

Speaker: Alexia Jouich  

 

In the morning, we will welcome Alexia Jaouich, the Senior Project Manager for the Systems Improvement through Service Collaborative project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in Toronto. Dr. Jaouich is a psychologist with a background in improving the mental health of youth at risk. She has extensive clinical and program implementation experience in the mental health field, with particular expertise in the area of trauma. 

 

Based on the recommendations of Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, 18 Service Collaboratives were established throughout Ontario to support coordinated services for children, youth and adults. The first three years have focused on children, youth and families. Now in its third year, some of the outcomes and learning experiences can be assessed. Services for children and youth fall under the responsibility of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. In reality, services can only be effective with cross sectoral supports, which involve other systems as well as transitions within systems. Examples are: hospital to community setting; youth to adult services; justice system to health. In all, six ministries are involved in caring for our children and youth, so coordination is challenging yet essential.

 

Dr. Jaouich will provide an overview of the Service Collaboratives project and what has been learned so far in improving coordination. Each Collaborative has a particular service gap to study and a mandate to develop and evaluate an intervention to close this gap

It is hoped this event will improve our knowledge of the complex mental health and addiction treatment system in Ontario and the resulting challenges faced by children and their families as well as the fragmented services trying to provide support and interventions. Knowing the system, the players and the developing strategies to close service gaps should enhance our ability to effectively advocate in our communities.

 

 

Legislation 

 

Topic:  Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Families  

Speaker: Alexia Jouich 

 

Building on Dr. Jaouich's talk from the morning session, in the afternoon Legislation session, a Regional Implementation Coordinator, representing one collaborative, will discuss the system gap being studied in her area including the process for determining, implementing and evaluating the specific intervention. 

 

Sheila Lacroix

Chair, Legislation 

Status of Women and Human Rights   

 

  

Topic:  Make It Our Business: Raising awareness of domestic violence in the workplace

Speaker: Charlene Catchpole  

 

In 2013, CFUW launched a National initiative to prevent and respond to violence against women as a response to the following:

  • The greatest risk of homicide for women is in their own homes. 
  • Between 2000 and 2009, 714 women (49% of all femicides) were killed by intimate partners. 
  • By comparison, 215 men (7% of total homicides of men) were killed by intimate partners. 

Last November, the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children a collaborative venture between The University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College and the London Coordinating Committee to End Women Abuse (a large organization comprised of violence against women service providers) launched the Make it Our Business Program (MIOB) with the release of a video tool highlighting the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

 

The premise of this program is domestic violence is not a private matter and recognizing, responding, referring and reporting to appropriate resources are key components of professional development for all members of any workplace environment. The Make It Our Business program provides workplace training to assists workers, supervisors and employers to create a workplace culture that takes domestic violence seriously.

 

 

The afternoon session of the Status of Women and Human Rights Standing Committee on March 22nd welcomes Charlene Catchpole, Executive Director of the North York Women's Shelter. She is Anishnawbe Kwe from Couchiching First Nation and has made her home in Toronto. Charlene has worked in the Not For Profit sector for over 27 years, promoting health and wellness in the Aboriginal, violence against women, LGBT, and HIV communities. She is a graduate of Humber College and York University's Schulich School of Business.

Charlene's experience as a violence against women service provider brings insight into the impact that this type of program will have on supporting victims, providing them with safety at work and the resources they need to escape their situation.

  

Cheryl Ambrose

Chair, Status of Women and Human Rights

 

 

 

Education Committee   

 

Topic:  "Cultural Identity Formation and Holistic Support for Learning: An Overview of the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program at Brock University".

  

Speaker:  Jennifer Brant 

 

 

Jennifer Brant is a member of the Mohawk, Turtle Clan and the mother of two boys. She is a doctoral student in the Joint Ph.D Program in Educational Studies at Brock University. Her current research interests include: Aboriginal women in education, cultural identity formation, and the advancement of ethical space for Indigenous scholarship.

 

 

Jennifer is employed at the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education at Brock University as the Program Coordinator for the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women's Certificate Program. Informed by her MEd research, this program includes curriculum that focuses on decolonizing and reclaiming cultural identities, along with program outcomes that encourage balance between traditional and academic worldviews. Jennifer sits on the Aboriginal Education Council of Brock University and is a member of the Aboriginal Research Advisory Circle of the Research Ethics Board at Brock University.

 

Myrtle Graeve and Arleen Midriak

Co-Chairs, Education 

 

 

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President's Message

January 2014

    

 

As we bask in the afterglow of the recent Olympics reflecting on the spirit of the games and the podium standings of the athletes, let us consider what it takes, what is the right stuff to attain any podium in life. As in life, when we have a passion, we become very focused and work tirelessly to attain our goal. The small stuff is swept aside while the prize (whatever it maybe) has our full attention. Consider the podiums standings for your club this year and how you got there. Celebrate your journey and sing your praises.

 

The 'Times They are a-Changin', is a timely theme for the OC AM hosted by CFUW Barrie and District on May 9th and 10th. A day rarely goes by without an item coming to my attention that doesn't involve change from how we do business, to how we see the world to how we manage in a technological age. How is change for you? Do you embrace it? Bury your head in the sand?

Or put up the stop sign? Change pulls us out of our comfort zone. Join us in Barrie for excellent speakers and conversations on these changing times of ours. I am sure you will gain new insights and confidence in meeting change and identifying its positive aspects. 

 

Since January the Ontario Council Advocacy Chairs and Policy Advisors have worked on a number of advocacy efforts including a response to the Ontario government's budget consultations. With their contribution, seven different topics were included in the response

alerting the government to our concerns and recommendations. You will find the entire OC submission on the Ontario Council website along with other recent letters to the provincial government.

 

Letter of Interest

You are invited to submit a letter of interest in the Ontario Council Board positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Communications. These three position are appointed by the Ontario Council President. To learn more about these roles and responsibilities please contact me directly or send to president@cfuwontcouncil.ca.

 

When I joined CFUW in 1996, I had only planned on attending General meetings and perhaps an interest group when time permitted. However, CFUW has a way of taking you places, you may not think to go. I have been honoured to be your Ontario Council President for these past two years and will look forward to the new biennium in this role. CFUW opens doors to possibilities.

What doors will you let it open for you?

 

Sincerely

Brenda

 

 

  

Ontario Council Advocacy

The following letters were sent to Provincial Government, Premier Wynne or Committee Hearings 

  • OC Response to Ontario Budget Consultations ( on the OC website)
  • Letter sent to Premier on Countering Exploitive Images of Children, cc to Attorney General
  • Letter sent to Attorney General on Human Trafficking and Prostitution in Ontario
  • Response sent to Ministry of Education, Early Learning Division on proposed changes to the regulations for Child Care--Bill 143 Child Care Modernization Act 

Advocacy, Articles and Club News  

 

Supporting Cornwall's CFUW resolution  Hypersexualization: Countering Exploitative

Child Images

 

CFUW Cornwall is asking for your support and participation in their advocacy work with the 2013 resolution: Hypersexualization: Countering Exploitative Child Images.

 

The intention of this resolution is to eliminate the depiction of young females as sexual objects in mainstream media. The potential impact for young girls is enormous as there is evidence that viewing material that is sexually objectifying can contribute to body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, low self-esteem, depressive affect and physical health problems.

 

CFUW Cornwall's vision is to mitigate the detrimental effects of hypersexualization on children and on society at large. Your participation in this worthwhile effort is most appreciated. Please assist us by visiting CFUW's Website to access the resources that will help you take action.

 

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:.

alyssablais@gmail.com                   annekeff16@yahoo.com

 

 

Note:    Clubs will have already received the NFB Film FAQs on the screening of a film called Sexy Inc. which could be used among members or open for public screening to raise awareness of this issue. This film, along with material  previously sent will assist in your advocacy efforts. 

  

Find more information about Regional Gatherings at: cfuwontcouncil.ca   

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Hosted By CFUW Barrie & District

May 9-10, 2014

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June 19-22, 2014

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Dates & Data - February 3, 2017

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members:

Welcome to Dates & Data containing information from the  January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting 
plus Ontario Council news, information and updates

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

NEXT MEETING MARCH 25, 2017 

Guest Speaker - Shannon Fuller 

Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division 

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Table of Contents  

      

  • President's Message from Sandra Thomson
  • January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting - 'Closing the Gender Wage Gap (GWG)' Reports on Presentations 
  • On the Radar at OC Advocacy and Recent Government Submissions
  • News from Ontario Clubs and Advocacy in Action:
  • CFUW Etobicoke
  • CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo
  • CFUW Barrie and District
  • 2017 AGM's and Conferences
  • Information on AGM Stratford Key Note Speaker and Workshops
  • Club Anniversaries in 2017
  • March 25 Standing Committees Meeting Information and Registration

President's Message

"Quite informative."  "These women know their stuff!" " Excellent."

 

These were just a few of the very favourable comments from the attendees at the Ontario Council (OC) Standing Committees Meeting

on January 21 - our first "theme" program highlighted in what we hope

to continue as the OC Speakers' Series.


With one of the highest registrations in some time, we were pleased to have so many women join us as we presented "Closing the Gender Wage

Gap".   This theme was appropriate as it coincided with the celebration of Pay Equity Act - 30 years strong!

 

Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition, complete with signs and bags, gave us the historical perspective on the wage gap. Due to the illness of Linda DavisGender Wage Gap Steering Committee, Doris Mae Oulton, CFUW Past National President, stepped forward and presented Linda's power point program and the '12 Steps' for Implementation'

Professor Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloo,
 was the chair of the working committee in looking at the university's salary anomalies....which resulted in a successful review and equalization of salaries.

 

We tried something new with the afternoon combination of Legislation and Status of Women Standing Committee participants and the feedback was positive: "Having a theme where everything is connected is an excellent idea." "...the joint session was informative and well managed." "The two sessions ..(provided) the depth.. the discussion was better."

 

Thank you ladies for making our January 21st theme day a success

Please mark your calendars for March 25. Our keynote speaker will be

Shannon Fuller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division - very timely

and appropriate as we have just sent in our Early Years and Child Care consultation paper to the Ontario government!

 

And yes, please bring a friend!

 

Sandra Thomson

President, CFUW Ontario Council

January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting 

                                                                    

Joint Morning Session

Legislation Committee

Topic: Closing the Gender Wage Gap 


Speakers:

Doris Mae Oulton 

Past President of CFUW National and a former Assistant 

Deputy Minister of the Status of Women, Manitoba:
Insights on the Ontario GWG Strategy Recommendations

 

Jan Borowy 
Co-Chair of the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC):
Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Fighting for Women's Economic Justice

Closing the Gender Wage Gap was selected as the theme to kick start our journey of learning and advocacy for 2017. The gap remains high, at approximately 30 %.

Equal Pay Day this year is April 19, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned last year. What drives this gap? What can be done?

  

Setting the Stage:

This write-up includes highlights selected to inform and guide our work. Our speakers offered helpful information and advice. It is recommended that you check the CFUW Ontario Council website to consult the resources provided on this topic, including speaker presentations plus the handout Gender Wage Gap in Ontario backgrounder that lists the recommendations of both the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) Strategy Steering Committee and the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC). See:

http://www.cfuwontcouncil.ca/Issues/Issues-Gender-Wage-Gap.html

Terminology:

Linda Davis frames the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) as "a social anomaly that has been allowed to exist and is very rooted in unconscious bias and the normalization of undervaluing women and the work they do". The EPC frames the GWG as a human rights issue. The term we often hear,

Affirmative Action, has been replaced by the term Pay Equity. Pay Equity,

although related, is not synonymous with Equal Pay. Equal Pay is a term

primarily used within organizations or professions referring to equal pay for equal work. Pay Equity is more broadly equal pay for work of equal value, as defined by speaker Jan Borowy, focusing more on the value of work to

society. The former is easier to legislate. The latter poses challenges, involving a societal shift in values.

For a comprehensive report click here.

Sheila Lacroix,
Chair, Legislation Committee 

January 21, 2017 Afternoon Sessions


Legislation/Status of Women - Joint Afternoon Session

Topic: Closing the Gender Wage Gap 

CFUW Past National PresidentDoris Mae Oulton and Jan Borowy, Co-Chair of the Equal Pay Coalition, led a vibrant and fruitful discussion.

Jan Borowy, (www.equalpaycoalition.org) noted the change in government attention to the GWG issue in the mandate letters Kathleen Wynne sent to her cabinet ministers. Previous to this, there had been no uptake by the Liberal government. The current government should be acknowledged and congratulated on prioritizing this. These letters are a helpful resource. A few points that were discussed follow. Looking at the 12 EPC recommendations, each calls for a broader strategy.  

  • Expect the Changing Workplace Review to comment on the minimum wage and other key issues that impact the GWG. 
  • The marked decline in private sector union participation is a concern. 
  • Sectoral bargaining, although complex, would provide more access to unions for women working in the private sector.  
  • Issues continue with women returning to work after maternity leave who may find they have been replaced and / or demoted. 
  • Currently, the Employment Standards Act makes no provision to protect women returning from maternity leave. In general there should be greater enforcement and increased funding to add teeth to the various laws affecting pay equity.

Both speakers had some important strategies to share and help us in our advocacy work:

  • Closing the GWG is complex. Pick your battles. Facts matter; build credibility. Chose one of the elements of GWG, such as child care, and be on top of the topic. Correspond with your local representative by letter, not e-mail. Of course, a visit is best. When visiting your MP, MPP or Councillor, have three items on the agenda: one you can win; one on principle; one you are prepared for a 'no'.
  • For more complex issues, support a partner, such as the EPC in the case of the GWG.
  • Minimum Wage "Fairness at Fifteen" A minimum wage hike is a recommendation of the EPC. You will encounter the argument that an increase to $15 an hour is detrimental to the economy, in particular small businesses. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), https://www.policyalternatives.ca, is a good source of supportive arguments for an increased minimum wage.
  • Changing Workplace Review - Flag this as a key document to review. Expected April or May.
  • On Equal Pay Day, April 19, 2017, raise awareness in your community!EPC local members visit the Ontario Legislature every Equal Pay Day wearing red and all are welcome to join in on Equal Pay Day 2017! Storm your MPP office with e-mails and phone calls. Highlight the day on your Club website. Plan a local event. Work creatively with a local business or partners to plan an activity.
  • Keep up-to-date with the work Equal Pay Coalition. Join the EPC mailing list. It's easy to do from the main page, http://www.equalpaycoalition.org.
  • For more info: http://www.cfuwontcouncil.ca/Issues/Issues-Gender-Wage-Gap.html

Sheila Lacroix

Chair, Legislation Committee

 

Education 

Topic: The Road to Wage Equity, A University Example

Dr. Lynne Taylor, Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloowas the Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group. Its mandate was to investigate all faculty salaries, male and female, professoriate and lecturer, for possible anomalies, both individual and systemic. 
Lynne outlined the steps taken by the Working Group to investigate faculty salaries, and explained how the necessary data was gathered in a research study model. It took approximately a year and a half to pull data from a variety of sources at the university.

Through statistical analysis, the Working Group was able to demonstrate anomalies that were recommended to be addressed. Its report was submitted in August 2016 and identified both individual anomalies (both male and female) and a systemic gender salary anomaly, which were corrected by the University of Waterloo in September 2016 at a cost of 1.2 million dollars. 
Lessons learned were the importance of gathering pertinent data to be able to clearly demonstrate anomalies. Also key to a successful outcome was inclusion of mathematicians and statisticians in the committee, lending weight and credibility to their findings.


Be sure to check out our Facebook page
 for pictures from our day--Like usand stay in touch.  
https://www.facebook.com/CFUWOntarioCouncil/posts/1807597089482908 

Kathy Wosnick, Chair
Education Committee 

On the Radar at CFUW OC Advocacy 

Submissions to Government

  • Pre-Budget Consultations 2017 to the Ontario Legislature Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
  • Early Years and Child Care consultations
  • Bottled Water Technical Guidance Document (EBR Registry Number:012-9151)
  • Basic Income Pilot Project consultations

All of these can be found on the CFUW Ontario Council website.

What's "On the Radar"   

  • Early Learning and Child Care - March Speaker Series
  • Equal Pay Day - April 19th
  • Reports from all the Consultations and Committees:
  • Early Years and Child Care
  • Gender Wage Gap Working Group
  • Changing Workplace Review
  • Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario
  • Income Security Reform Working Group 
  • Bill 185, Social Assistance Research Commission

If you have any suggestions for the Ontario Council brief, please send them to info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

Teri Shaw 

Advocacy Coordinator, 

CFUW Ontario Council 

Advocacy in Action and News from Ontario Clubs

News From CFUW Etobicoke 

To quote President Halina Ostrovski "  We have had a very impressive journey over the first 6 months of 2016-17:
- Membership stands at 277; the club has 44 interest groups, seven of them new this year.
- The November book sale raised $690 and the Christmas Raffle generated $2,053 in support of Women's Habitat and Ernestine's. 
- Once again, I thank all Interest Groups for the prizes provided for the raffle. 
- To Pat Joyce and the entire Christmas raffle team - thank you!  
And there's more to come!!

February 9:  General Meeting 

Our speaker will be Donna Cansfield,  MPP for Etobicoke Centre, 2003-2014, whose topic will be Women in Politics.  After serving on the Etobicoke Board of Education and the TDSB, where she was elected president in 2001, Donna began a distinguished career in the Provincial Parliament. She served as Parliamentary Assistant to various ministers. She was appointed Minister of Transportation in 2006 and Minister of Natural Resources in 2007.  In 2013 she was named Chief Government Whip.  She declined to seek another term in 2014.

Native Art for Sale: Traditional Ojibwa artists, brothers Andrew Sagutch and Joseph Saguc, originally scheduled for January, will have for sale their work consisting of traditional leather craft, paintings, mixed media, jewellery and photography.  This is a great opportunity to support these artists through a purchase of their beautiful work.

February 6:  Stop the Violence Valentine's Breakfast 

This event benefits Ernestine's Women's Shelter.  Our speaker will be lawyer Judith Wahl, from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. Yes, elderly women are also forced to seek shelter from violence and abuse!  Learn more from our acclaimed speaker.
Your ticket includes a full buffet breakfast, starting at 8 am.  Judith will speak from 9 to 9:45. Please join us!
For more Information:  416 239 6664

March 8:  Celebrate International Women's Day 

Sponsored by CFUW Ontario
Guest Speaker:  Jodie-Lynn Waddilove,  Senior Legal Counsel to Justice M. Tulloch for Ontario Independent Police Oversight Review
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
University of Toronto Faculty Club
Lunch and Guest Speaker - Tickets available from Pat Joyce

March 16:  Annual Charitable Trust Card Party 

Fairfield Seniors' Centre Library, 1-4 pm
Cost:   $20  (includes light lunch)
Play cards or board games, or put a puzzle together!  Put a table of four together--and invite all your friends!
This event is open to all women in the community and is a great way to have fun while raising additional funds for scholarships awarded by the Trust.
For more information please contact Pat Joyce     

News From CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo 

(Excerpts from President Susan Vecchiarelli's Message)

This month I would like to be more philosophical and tell you what CFUW means to me.  

After working full-time for thirty-three years in the education field, I knew I needed two components for a fulfilling retirement: to have a schedule to keep me from frittering away my time and to "make things" so that I would feel a sense of accomplishment. My first year of retirement was busy with our move to Waterloo, helping with our son's wedding plans, and making friends through Beta Sigma Phi. Then I discovered CFUW K-W! While exploring the local and national clubs' websites I was impressed with how similar their vision and mission statements were to those of the Women Teachers' Association to which I belonged for many years. I decided to register at the September, 2009 meeting because the programs would inform me about my new community and because education, girls' and women's rights, poverty, discrimination, and equality were being addressed. 

"Making things" has evolved from crocheting and sewing into new crafts and hobbies such as quilting, water colour painting, knitting and, of course, projects and committee work for CFUW K-W. 

For a look at their current project "Open Closet" click here.

Through my work on the Executive Committee, CFUW 2014 AGM Planning Committee, 90th Anniversary Tea, and Interest Groups, as well as attendance of Fall Gatherings, Ontario Council Standing Committee Meetings and AGM's, and National AGM's, I have met many dedicated, gifted women locally and from across Canada who are willing to share their expertise and time. 

I am very proud of the local, provincial, national, and international work that is done. I thank the women who participate in and lead our Interest Groups because socializing and learning will keep us healthy. I thank the women who use their knowledge and skills to run our club. And I thank the women who continue to volunteer to stand up for our rights, beliefs, and for what is right. 
Click here for K-W's February Newsletter. 

 

News from CFUW Barrie and District  
(Submitted by Newsletter Editor Barbara McCahery)
 

A look at another Central Ontario Club enjoying all the benefits membership in CFUW offers! Their motto is "Making a Difference ThroughLeadership and Action" and they have time for fun as well!

For Barrie's complete Winter Newsletter "The Spirit Catcher" click here

 

******A Correction (With Our Apologies!) ******* 

Information concerning the article on Electoral Reform in our January Dates & Data was inaccurate. 
The presentation was to CFUW North Toronto, not North York, and the author of the article is a member of the North Toronto Club. 
Our thanks to Wendy Frew and Moira Hudgin for this correction!

CFUW North Toronto Learns More About Electoral Reform

(Submitted by Joan Gauthier)

For the complete article 

click here 

Ontario Council Wants to Hear from Your Club! 

If your Club is celebrating a special event or a milestone,
let us know! We want to celebrate our mandate and our Ontario Clubs' activities.
Contact Ontario Council President Sandy Thomson

 sathomson@rogers.com

2017 AGMs and Conferences



Ontario Council AGM and Conference 

May 12 - 13, 2017 in Stratford Ontario 

 "THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS" 
Experience 'Stratford on the Avon' where Shakespeare Comes Alive! 

For Key Note Speaker and Workshops: Click Here  

For more Information: 

cfuwstratford@wordpress.com

CFUW AGM and Conference 

June 22 - 24, 2017 in Richmond, British Columbia  

"GATEWAYS/PASSERELLES"  
More Information Coming Soon  

Experience the Beauty, Culture and Excitement of Richmond!    

  

 Celebrations at Ontario Clubs

CLUB ANNIVERSARIES - CONGRATULATIONS!

ONTARIO WEST

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo - 1922 - 95 Years 

 

 

CENTRAL ONTARIO

CFUW Aurora-Newmarket - 1957 - 60 Years
CFUW Etobicoke - 1952 - 65 Years

CFUW North Toronto -1977 - 40 Years

CFUW Vaughan -1972 - 45 Years

 

 

ONTARIO EAST

CFUW Peterborough -1937 - 80 Years

CFUW Renfrew -1957 - 60 Years 

 

 

ONTARIO SOUTH

CFUW Burlington -1957 - 60 Years

CFUW Milton -1962 - 55 Years

Next 2017 Standing Committees Meetings   

March 25 

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      Dates & Data - January 6, 2017

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members:

Welcome to Dates & Data containing information for the  January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting 
plus Ontario Council news, information and updates

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

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Table of Contents  

      

  • January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting - Closing the Gender Wage Gap
  • A Message from our Ontario Council Treasurer
  • On the Radar at CFUW OC Advocacy - Child Care Consultations - online deadline Jan.15,2017!
  • Advocacy in Action at Ontario Clubs:
  • Central Ontario Region 
  • CFUW Sudbury
  • CFUW Owen Sound and Area
  • CFUW Oshawa
  • CFUW North York
  • CFUW Southport
  • Celebrations at Ontario Clubs:
  • CFUW Northumberland
  • Club Anniversaries in 2017
  • 2017 AGM's and Conferences, March 25 Standing Committees Meeting

January 21, 2017 Standing Committees Meeting 

                                                                    

Joint Morning Session

Legislation Committee

Topic: Closing the Gender Wage Gap


Linda Davis - Strategy: Background and Recommendations 

Linda Davis, a member of the Ontario Government's Gender Wage Gap Strategy (GWG) Steering Committee as an external advisor, will kick off the morning with an overview of the mandate of the committee and the recommendations made as a result of consultation sessions throughout the province from October 26, 2015 to February 29, 2016. 
The Final report was released June, 2016 to the Minister of Labour and the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues to help these ministries in creating a strategy to close the gender wage gap. 
To prepare for this session it is recommended that the audience, if possible, review the final report, in particular the 20 recommendations presented at the beginning of the report. The report and other GWG related information can be found at:

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/about/gwg/

Equal Pay Coalition: GWG: Strategy and Recommendations
One of Mary Cornish's team of lawyers specializing in human rights and labour law from the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC) will follow with an overview of the recommendations of the EPC. 
The EPC frames the gender wage gap as a human rights crisis and aims to close the gap, currently estimated at 31.5%,  by 2025. Its submission to the Gender Wage Gap committee, entitled Securing Human Rights Justice for Women's Work: The Path to a 0% Gender Pay Gap by 2025 can be found at:
 http://www.cavalluzzo.com/docs/default-source/publications/epc-preliminary-gender-wage-gap-review-submission-and-appendices-january-18-2016-(c1505029xa0e3a).pdf?sfvrsn=0

The EPC is a member of the recently formed Ontario Working Group given the task by the Ontario Government to address specific GWG issues such as developing a gender workplace analysis tool and reviewing the pay equity legislation.

Our Morning Speakers

Linda Davis is the Past-Provincial President of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario (BPW Ontario), 1st Vice President of BPW Canada, and a board member of the Canadian Federation of University Women London, and the Ontario Provincial Council of Women. In addition Linda is also a member of Ontario Equal Pay and one of two External Advisors to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee and Chair of the largest Community Association in London, Ontario.
In April of 2015 Linda was appointed by Order-in-Council as an External Advisors to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee. Linda, and the other Steering Committee members, held consultations around the province to hear what Ontarians had to say about closing the gender wage gap in the context of the 21st Century Economy. The committee submitted their final report and recommendations to the Ontario Minister of Labour in May of 2016.
Linda is a mother and grandmother lives in London Ontario with her partner Dave. She has worked at Fanshawe College for almost 30 years and is currently the Customer Service Coordinator at Fanshawe. In addition to family, work and advocacy, Linda enjoys golf, travel and walking her two dogs. 

The Equal Pay Coalition http://equalpaycoalition.org
To quote from its website, formed in 1976, the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC) is comprised of dozens of trade unions, women's and business women's groups, and community organizations seeking to end gender pay discrimination and close the gender pay gap through legislation, collective bargaining, and social initiatives. Over the years, the EPC has continued to advocated for strategies to eliminate the GWG including strong enforcement of the Pay Equity Act, access to affordable child care, and increases to the minimum wage. Mary Cornish, Chair of the EPC, was awarded the Order of Canada for her work advancing the cause of pay equity for women. CFUW Ontario Council is a member of the EPC.

Sheila Lacroix,
Chair, Legislation Committee 

January 21, 2017 Afternoon Sessions


Legislation

The guest lawyer from the Equal Pay Coalition will focus on legislation and the gender wage gap
EPC's recommendations include reworking, enforcing and expanding current laws that affect this issue: Employment Standards Act; Pay Equity Act; Human Rights Code. The EPC also recommends that the Employment Equity Act be reinstated and strengthened.
 

Status of Women

Linda Davis The Work of the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee: Process and Insights

Linda will discuss her experiences as a member of the GWG committee, highlighting challenges, such as the complexities of the various issues, the volume of responses and the tight time lines. She will also inform us of the trends that emerged as the committee crossed the province: regional issues, specific professions that came forward, main barriers expressed.

Education 

Speaker: Dr. Lynne Taylor

In September 2015, as part of the salary settlement reached at the University of Waterloo in the spring of 2015, a Salary Anomaly Working Group consisting of representatives of both the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo and the Vice President, Academic and Provost's office was struck. 
Its mandate was to investigate all faculty salaries, male and female, professorial and lecturer, for possible anomalies, both individual and systemic. Its report was submitted in August 2016 and identified both individual anomalies (both male and female) and a systemic gender salary anomaly, which were corrected by the University of Waterloo in September 2016. This presentation will discuss the genesis of this working group, the process used to investigate potential anomalies, the results, and the lessons learned. 
Dr. Lynne Taylor is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo. She has been at the University of Waterloo since 1992, having received her PhD in History from the University of Michigan. She was also Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) for the compensation negotiations signed in March 2015 and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group which was formed to investigate all faculty salaries, male and female, professorial and lecturer, for possible anomalies, both individual and systemic.  

A Message from Our Ontario Council Treasurer

It is almost time for Ontario clubs to pay their annual membership dues and insurance levy to Ontario Council for the term of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.Within the next few weeks, each club will receive by email, a form with an explanation of how to calculate the dollars to be paid. Clubs with dual members, that is members who belong to more than one club, should keep track of which club is their primary membership.

Please note that the amounts to be paid per member as of December 31, 2016, have not changed from last year. Completed forms and accompanying cheques should be mailed to CFUW Ontario Council, c/o Marlene Bristol, Ontario Council Treasurer by February 7, 2017.
For information on 'What $6.25 Buys', Click Here 

Respectfully,

Marlene Bristol

Treasurer, Ontario Council

On the Radar at CFUW OC Advocacy 

Ontario Council is Closely Following These Issues

  • CHILD CARE CONSULTATIONS - ON NOW!!!

Grandmothers, mothers, aunts - now is the time to tell the Ontario government your concerns and ideas about your family's child care frustrations!!

Ontario is currently having child care consultations both on online and in person. 

Online deadline is Jan.15, 2017.

 

 https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-early-years-and-child-care-strategy includes the discussion paper, Building a Better Future: A Discussion Paper for Transforming Early Years and Child Care in Ontario 

Ontario Council BACKGROUNDER which gives you information and links to express your concerns: http://www.cfuwontcouncil.ca/Issues/PDFs/2016-12-ELCC-backgrounder.pdf  

 

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE QUALITY EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE SYSTEM

Ontario is also holding Pre-Budget consultations at both the Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Written deadline for the Standing Committee is January 20th. 

If you have any suggestions for the Ontario Council brief, please send them to info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

OTHER ISSUES WE ARE FOLLOWING:

Employment Standards Act, because of our OC adopted resolution on older workers and benefits

Environmental Bill of Rights, comments due November 8, 2016

Salaries of university and college lecturers 

Bill 6, the Social Research Commission, recently referred to the government's Standing Committee on Social Policy. 

Teri Shaw 

Advocacy Coordinator, 

CFUW Ontario Council 

Advocacy in Action at Ontario Clubs

CFUW Central Ontario Region Hosts 2017 International Women's Day Celebrations


Wednesday, March 8, 2017
University of Toronto Faculty Club
For further Information click on Guest Speaker:
Lunch and Guest Speaker - Jodie-Lynn Waddilove


2016 CFUW Sudbury Adopt-A-Family Community Project 

(Submitted by the CFUW Sudbury Adopt-A-Family Committee)

 

The 2016 CFUW Sudbury Adopt-A-Family Community Project was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the CFUW Sudbury Membership as well as the Community Partners. This year over $9,200 was raised. 
The Adopt-A-Family Project was begun 12 years ago, mandated by the Membership. 

This year the project was able to provide the gift of Christmas to 25 families and 60 children through the Rainbow District School Board, the English Catholic School Board, the Conseil Scolaire Public Du Grand Nord de L'Ontario, Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, Cambrian College and All Nations Anglican Church. All of the deserving families received food vouchers, gifts, clothing, books and much-needed toiletries thanks to your generosity. 

A message received from one of the schools assisted read...

"There were both smiles and tears at pick up this year. 
Your generosity has touched many families...and we are very grateful. 

Each of the families you "adopted" have their own struggles and challenges throughout the year, but at Christmas time the stress is compounded...you are making a real difference."

To date the Adopt-A-Family Program has distributed over $70,000 over the past 12 years. The real meaning, however, is found in the hearts of the families that are served each year. Thank you for that.
For more information on Adopt-A-Family and some great pictures:
http://www.cfuwsudbury.com/adopt-a-family.html

CFUW Owen Sound and Area Activities 

(Information submitted by Judy Gay) 

One of our goals this year is to get to know our indigenous neighbours

better, the Chipppewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.  Individual 
members have been attending the monthly Reconciliation pot-luck suppers, hosted by various churches in the area.

 

We are co-producers , with the Maadookii Seniors of Neyaashiinigamiing,

in developing a script of the history of the Nawash since their contact 

with fur traders and pioneers.  The crew and cast are to be indigenous

persons.  This is a very exciting endeavour for us all.


The Issues Interest Group has explored the indigenous cultural organizations in our area.  We were surprised to discover several publishers of indigenous, educational material as well as various artists and many 
crafts people. 

We had great success with our performance of a reading of

 Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol', a production that we co-produced

with the local Little Theatre, the Roxy.  Over fifteen hundred dollars went into our Scholarship Fund.

We have embarked upon a Bridge Marathon for members of the public as well as CFUW members.  All proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund.

 

CFUW Oshawa - First Meeting of 2017! 

(Information submitted by JoAnne Prout)

January 11,2017

Time 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Kingsview United Church, 505 Adelaide, Oshawa

Guest speaker lawyer Sarah Shipley will discuss Wills, Estates, and Powers of Attorney. 

 

CFUW North York Learns More About Electoral Reform 

(Submitted by Joan Gauthier)

Professor Emeritus Larry LeDuc spoke to the Current Issues group in November on electoral systems and change. He warned that the road to 

change is usually long and not always successful but should a government wish to proceed, it is more important to have a process for reaching the desired end (change) rather than to offer various models. 

Consensus to proceed is a clear requirement; that once it is achieved, models can be developed to suit the particular needs of the country in question.  

Why should changing a voting system be so hard? There is much general resistance: entrenched interests, internal Party divisions, public indifference, and especially the opportunity for many veto points along 

the way.
To help understand some of the difficulties, we looked in some detail at two countries currently using proportional representation: New Zealand and Japan. It took the former nine years, starting with a Royal Commission, much delaying, and two referendums before a Mixed 

Member Proportional system was finally instituted. Each time the particular government proposing change was elected, (just as has happened in Canada in the aftermath of the 2015 election) there seemed less need 

for change. 

Japan's twenty year journey through assorted governments, to proportional representation came from deep frustration with a two party system (established after World War II) that never really worked. A tendency for one party dominance, factionalism within the Party, 

scandals and corruption, led to the belief that reform would come only with a change of system. 
And unlike New Zealand, change came ultimately from a consensus in Parliament and without a public vote.  

There is a frustration in society when the variety of views reflected by our multicultural community is not represented, and they tend not to be in the first past the post (FPP) system we have inherited from Britain. While there are several models for proportional representation, Professor LeDuc outlined his preferred one for Canada in his submission to the Parliamentary Committee, last July. It is a most persuasive and informative read.  

Information about the Special Committee on Electoral Reform 

(minutes and briefs) can be found at the following website: 

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE  

Professor Leduc's brief can be found at: 

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/421/ERRE/Brief/ BR8397332/br-external/LeDucLawrence-e.pdf 

 

 

CFUW Southport Community Involvement 

(Information Submitted by Heather Conlin)

Saugeen Shores online newspaper "The Hub" provided detailed coverage of CFUW Southport's December 6 Vigil remembering the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal 27 years ago. Southport has been holding this vigil since 1990.

This year we had over 120 people attend. This more than tripled our average previous attendance! Saugeen First Nations Singers performed an Annishabe song. A young indigenous girl from Kincardine area read a very moving poem about being native and a girl. Our Municipal Council suspended budget talks for an hour in order to attend and participate in the lighting of 14 candles. It was a moving experience for all who attended! 

At the December 6th Vigil, we collected $400 to divide between the Saugeen First Nations Kabaeshiwim Respite Women's Shelter and Women's House of Bruce Grey.   

At our September Welcome Back Wine and Cheese the scholarship committee presented two Mature Women Scholarships. Chunhwa Park is studying Pre-Health Sciences. Chunhwa grew up in Korea but had to leave school in Grade 3 to work full time. She emigrated to Canada 13 years ago. 

Jean Higgison is studying for her Personal Support Worker certification through Fanshawe College's satellite facility in Kincardine. Picture of committee and recipients below.

 

    

CFUW Southport joined our Saugeen First Nations neighbours in a Take Back the Night and Sisters in Spirit walk on October 6, 2016. Picture below. 





 Celebrations at Ontario Clubs

CFUW Northumberland Celebrated 25 Years in December

CFUW Northumberland, established in 1991, celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a dinner and celebration to honour their Past Presidents. A display was laid out which told the stories of the role this Club has played in the community over the years. This includes scholarships, bursaries, educational speakers, advocacy for girls and women through partnerships with other local groups and public forums.
To see President Ruth Kerr and 10 Past Presidents click Here  

 

CLUB ANNIVERSARIES - CONGRATULATIONS!

ONTARIO WEST

CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo - 1922 - 95 Years 

 

 

CENTRAL ONTARIO

CFUW Aurora-Newmarket - 1957 - 60 Years
CFUW Etobicoke - 1952 - 65 Years

CFUW North Toronto -1977 - 40 Years

CFUW Vaughan -1972 - 45 Years

 

 

ONTARIO EAST

CFUW Peterborough -1937 - 80 Years

CFUW Renfrew -1957 - 60 Years 

 

 

ONTARIO SOUTH

CFUW Burlington -1957 - 60 Years

CFUW Milton -1962 - 55 Years

Ontario Council Wants to Hear from Your Club! 

If your Club is celebrating a special event or a milestone,
let us know! We want to celebrate our mandate and our Ontario Clubs' activities.
Contact Ontario Council President Sandy Thomson

 sathomson@rogers.com

2017 AGMs and Conferences



Ontario Council AGM and Conference 

May 12 - 13, 2017 in Stratford Ontario 

 "The Transformative Power of the Arts" 
Experience 'Stratford on the Avon' where Shakespeare Comes Alive! 

For more Information: 

cfuwstratford@wordpress.com

CFUW AGM and Conference 

June 22 - 24, 2017 in Richmond, British Columbia  

"Gateways/Passerelles"  

Experience the Beauty, Culture and Excitement of Richmond!    

More Information Coming Soon  

Next 2017 Standing Committees Meetings   

March 25 

      Dates & Data

September 9, 2016

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members:

Welcome to the Dates & Data issue containing information on:  September 24, 2016 Standing Committees Meeting 
and Ontario Council updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

President's Message September 2016



Hello Ladies,

I am pleased and privileged to serve as your Ontario Council President for the 2016-2018 term.

  
CFUW Ontario Council, since its inception in 1978, has been a driving force in pursuing knowledge and life long learning, in improving the status of women and girls and by actively participating in CFUW and public policies. The Council is proud of all its past efforts to promote fellowship, cooperation and communication of ideas between and among all 54 clubs in the province.


It is no small feat to stay in front of over 5,000 interested, galvanized and passionate women! I am confident that the 2016-2018 Ontario

Council Executive is ready and prepared to work diligently and effectively with our club presidents and club members. The Council is here for all of you.

My goal, as President of the Council, is to continue the work of previous councils by striving for achievements and successes -- for the good of our organization, our members, and for all women and girls in the province of Ontario.


Our Standing Committee meetings will take place on September 24, January 21, and March 25 in Toronto. Please feel free to "Bring a Friend" to these programs. This is my personal theme for increasing membership in our dynamic organization. Who would not want to join us? The clubs' variety of offerings--from book clubs to hiking to bridge to writing resolutions to meeting with local politicians for a local concern--present something for any woman who believes in our purpose.  

 

The Standing Committee Chairs - Sheila Lacroix, Anne Cordon, and Kathy Wosnick - were certainly not idle over the summer months as we feature this month Professor Joan Simalchik, our keynote speaker, topic: Women on Campus and Beyond: Engendering Solidarity....What is the Status of Women Today? From an education perspective, we will have Jessica Oultran and Chantell Tunney, enlightening us on, "It Takes a Village," and for a very instructive how to, Sheila Lacroix and Teri Shaw will co-facilitate the workshop, "Legislation and Policy 101." 
Ladies, you do not want to miss this day - September 24!  

Please send in your registration early!


Kudos to the following CFUW clubs: Burlington, Guelph, Kanata, and the Toronto region clubs of Central, for hosting Fall Gatherings! On behalf of Ontario Council, these clubs will fulfill the following objectives for our members: 

1. To introduce Club members to the regional level of CFUW and provide them with the opportunities to network with one another on issues specific to their Clubs; 

2. To explain to Club members the connection between the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels, and how this connection is instrumental in successfully doing the work of CFUW;

3. To develop leadership potential and skills by providing training relevant to Club Executive members, both current and potential; and 

4. To provide a learning environment that will encourage Club members to consider assuming a position of responsibility at the local, Ontario Council, and National levels.

With these objectives in mind, you will want to mark your calendars for the following dates: October 22 - Kanata, "Women Effecting Change;" October 29 - Guelph, "Leading the Way - Women Taking Leadership in the Community;" November 5 - Burlington, "Reflect-Refine-Rejuvenate- Embrace Change;" and November 12 - Toronto Forum - Open Discussions on CFUW Club Issues.

  
The first priority to prepare for the upcoming term was to update the website: www.cfuwontcouncil.ca.  The website coordinators - Teri Shaw, Ann McElhinney and newly appointed Cheryl Ambrose - met over the summer to discuss this major undertaking and parcel out specific tasks of the project.   The ladies have been working in stages, which included reviewing every page for design and content, document rewrites, updating resources, and archiving valuable advocacy material.

This critical work continues at the time of this publication. Please have a look and give us your feedback at president@cfuwontcouncil.ca!

  
I am also very pleased to announce that Teri Shaw, former Vice President of Advocacy, has accepted the position of Advocacy Co-Ordinator for Ontario Council. Teri has many years of experience in the advocacy realm! Teri will be responsible for coordinating the advocacy activities of Ontario Council, including the work of the Board-approved policy advisers, assisting me with advocacy activities, tracking legislation, acting as a resource and working with and also coordinating the activities of the Board approved researchers. Please welcome Teri to her new position!


The Regional Directors (RD) have been busy contacting the club presidents and setting up their action plans. The Executive welcomes the new RDs: Judy Gay, Ontario Huron, Christine Tworo, Ontario North, Mary Partington, Ontario East and Heather Foss, Ontario South. They join veterans Cheryl Ambrose, Ontario West and Pat Joyce, Ontario Central. The RDs are the "go to" individuals when clubs have questions or concerns. They are the hub, so to speak. All information flows to and from them - a very valuable resource for the clubs!

I am very fortunate to have returning Lori Ker, secretary, Marlene Bristol, treasurer, and Teresa Habs, communications. Their knowledge and expertise ensure efficient and effective Board operations!

  
In closing, I would like to quote  Ernestine

McKenna, Past President of CFUW Owen Sound, who advised her Club not long ago: "be bigger than yourselves, relevant, current and dynamic".  

With all the work we are involved in, CFUW Ontario Council and its CFUW members can work together to be just that!

Sandra Thomson,

President

Next Standing Committees Meeting

September 24, 2016 

Register Here 

Joint Morning Session 

Status of Women and Human Rights Committee

Topic: 

Women on Campus & Beyond: Engendering Solidarity...

What is the Status of Women Today?

Speaker: 

Dr Joan Simalchik is the Program Coordinator for Women and Gender Studies and the Associate Chair of the Historical Studies Department, University of Toronto Mississauga.

She researches and writes on the themes of gender,violence, historical memory, and trauma. Joan served as the founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (1985-1994) and subsequently was elected to the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. She is a founding board member of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and chairs CCIJ's Gender Working Group. Joan is the recipient of the Jus Human rights Award from the University of Toronto, and the CCVI's Amina Malko Award for her work with refugee women.

To support and highlight the importance and relevance of the CFUW's national initiative to target sexual assault policies in Post-Secondary institutions in Canada, the CFUW Ontario Council, Status of Women and Human Rights Committee is starting this year with a plenary session on violence and harassment with a focus on our post-secondary campuses.
Our guest speaker will look at the persistence and prevalence of gender-based violence while having a look at the limitations and advantages of a legalistic approach. She will emphasize the importance of building a human rights culture whether on post-secondary campuses or in society in general. 
One of her take home messages will be how we can work to shift our culture away from the persistence of violence to create antidotes to the syndrome.
Drawing on inspiration from her mentor and friend, the late Dr. Ursula Franklin who was famous for asking the "wicked questions", Joan will guide us through the process of developing our own: " the ability to look at the issues and realities to turn the topic around so it may be viewed differently and get to the root of problems by taking nothing for granted as to why things have been the way they are".

AFTERNOON SESSION:
Joan will facilitate further discussion on the morning themes including ways to build community on campus, and she will demonstrate tools such as running circles of solidarity exercises to identify existing resources and gaps.

Anne Cordon, Chair
Status of Women and Human Rights Committee 

September 24, 2016 Afternoon Sessions

Education Committee

Topic: 

It Takes a Village: Supporting Student Well-being Using a Collective Impact Model

Speakers:

Jessica Outram

is a principal in Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board at Colborne Public School is a principal in Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board at Colborne Public School. She worked in high schools for 15 years before accepting a position as an elementary school principal in 2014. Graduate studies at OISE focused on Adult Education and Community Development. When Jessica is not working, she is writing.
 www.sunshineinajar.com


Chantell Tunney

is President at Impact Matters: Social leadership for strong communities. She has worked within the non-profit and public sectors for 20 years. Chantell has led numerous large-scale projects which focused on system transformation and organizational transition at both local and provincial levels. Recently she was Chief Executive Officer for Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton. She is a certified Corporate Sustainability Practitioner (CSR-P), a member of the International Association of Facilitators, and a Collective Impact Coach with www.innoweave.ca.

You can read more about her at

www.impactmatters.ca

"Lasting change for complex social problems needs to include the whole village, not just the school. Sustainable community development thrives when there are multiple influences such as active engagement of home, school, and community focused on a common goal." Jessica Outram. "It Takes a Village." OPC Register. Summer 2016. Volume 18, Number 2.


This workshop explores the following two questions: How are we currently supporting student well-being in schools, especially students with mental health issues? What is Collective Impact and how does it work as a change process? 
Then we plan to go deeper, exploring the idea of supporting student well-being using a collective impact process with you. We will work together to brainstorm the opportunities and the challenges, looking for ways you can begin this work within your communities.

Kathy Wosnick, 
Chair, Education Committee   

Legislation Committee   

Topic: 

"Legislation and Policy 101"

Facilitators: 

Sheila Lacroix:

Retired health librarian and OC Legislation Committee Chair 

Teri Shaw:

OC Advocacy Coordinator and retired CFUW VP Advocacy 

Planned as a kick off for a new year of advocacy, this session will prepare our members with information sources, tools and strategies for moving forward. It will serve as an introduction to mining the basics of laws and legislation, and how to take action.

Part I: The Basics of the Legislative Process: How to Find What You Need

Sheila will cover the following, focusing on Federal and Ontario sources

* How to find laws and regulations

* The life of a bill,

* How to track legislation and policy development, new and updates.

* Our Rights: the Charter and the Ontario Human rights Code - crucial lenses.

Points in the process where advocacy efforts are essential will be highlighted. Wherever possible, examples from CFUW advocacy work will be used. Attendees will be provided with key information sources.

Part II: Advocacy Work: How to Use What You Find

Teri will complement this with suggestions on how to use this information, both within CFUW (as either an club or an individual member) or as a citizen and consumer.

Sheila Lacroix

Legislation Committee Chair 

Leadership in Action

Speech to Delegates at the 2016 GWI Triennial  Cape Town, South Africa

Cheryl Hayles

CFUW supports and encourages women in leadership positions.  Cheryl Hayles, member of CFUW Oakville and CFUW Milton, has shown great leadership in her positions in CFUW.  She offered to stand for the presidency of GWI.  Her speech to the delegates warrants a read - sound ideas, thought provoking, and reflective:

The Feminine Engaged in Her Creative Power is Unstoppable as Long as She Stands in Integrity with Her Divine Destiny.

Why do we exist as an organization? We exist because of the unrealized dream of women experiencing their right to Presence, Power and Peace. In other words, women must have equal opportunity to self actualize. In 1919 IFUW was created to address this.

Lets dial it forward to today. Yes, at this stage of GWI's engagement to realize the dream of ending harmful practices against women, we must reflect on our "Why Factor" and the potential that exists in all NFAs. I submit to you that the Feminine energy Engaged in Her Creative Power is Unstoppable as long as she Stands in Integrity with Her Divinity.

You believe in the girl in the mud hut becoming a leader in her nation or you would not be here.   You believe in the absence of gender based violence or your heart would not bleed when you hear of attacks against women.

Once we refocus on our "Why" that's when we start asking the "How" question. How do we align our actions with our beliefs? How do we bring the dream to life? Once we are clear about the "How", we can ask the "What" question. What are the results of those actions?

Funding has been identified as the saviour of the organization. Essentially saying our "Why" needs money. Money is a modality of the "How". Let's not forget that several other modalities exist that contribute to the success of an organization.

There is a spiritual law of attraction that states, when in alignment with our "Why" those who share our beliefs will beat down our door to support us even in an economic down turn. There is much documentation to suggest that money finds its opportunity in the "Why".

We heard from the base that the proposed dues increase is unsupportable. This means we must be creative in finding solutions that do not negatively impact NFAs.

Recently, we re-branded ourselves to focus on the "How" and the "What". The "How" and the "What" will have no potency if there is a crack in the "Why". Let's use some of the 10, 080 minutes given to us every week to be courageous together in making the "Why" message clearer.

Does GWI have challenges ahead? Of course we do. Very talented women volunteered to serve and I will be tapping into their potential.

My commitment to you is...

-  There will be greater communication from the President's desk

-  There will be more consultations with NFAs.

-  There will be more opportunity for NFAs to collaborate.

-  I believe the constitution is important. If we are to govern with integrity we must have guiding principles such as a strong constitution to inform our practice.

On "take your child to work day" productivity increases. Employees are at their best because youth is observing them at work and they are proud to be mentors. I wonder what the inclusion of youth would do for the culture of the organization. An organization focused on supporting women and girls should have girls on the Board. I'm proposing that we address this in our governance practice.

In 2019 we will be celebrating 100 years. GWI needs a President who will take our "Why" into the next generation. With your support, I would like to be the President to usher us into a constructive and influential future. The health of the organization depends on us realizing the dream for women and girls of today and tomorrow. 
Thank you.

2016 - 2017 Ontario Council Advocacy

  • August 8 - An email was sent to Mitzie Hunter, the Minister of Education acknowledging the new regulation concerning wait lists for child care centres
  • June 29 - Ontario Council joined others with the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence to endorse their submission concerning the Great Lakes, water quality and aquaculture.
  • June 7 - Brenda Robertson, President, Anne Cordon, Status of Women Chair, Sandra Thomson, incoming President, had the opportunity to meet with members of the Ontario Women's Directorate discussing the Public Funded Campaigns such as violence prevention and family law.
  • M a y 14 - T he resolution proposed by CFUW Ottawa, on Age Discrimination in Ontario Employee Benefit Programs was adopted.

Advocacy in Action at Ontario Clubs

CFUW-Ottawa Nominates Hally Siddons for the 2016 GWI Chitra Ghosh Award

Hally Siddons was the CFUW- Ottawa nominee for the 2016 Graduate Women International Chitra Ghosh Award because of her outstanding contributions to CFUW, to Afghan women and to the re-building of Afghan society after so many years of conflict and discrimination.

Hally was President of CFUW-Ottawa from 2006-2008, and Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2010 CFUW National AGM. 

From keynote speaker Dr. Sima Samar of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Hally learned about the pressing needs of Afghan women for education and human rights. Inspired by Dr. Samar, Hally recruited 45 women, and they became  University Women Helping Afghan Women (UWHAW), dedicated to learning, advocacy and support for the women of Afghanistan.

Now in its sixth year, UWHAW has raised over $70,000 for scholarships at Dr. Simar's Gawharshad Institute in Kabul. 

Read Hally Siddons' nomination letter written by CFUW-Ottawa President Dr Charlotte Rigby here.

UWHAW corresponds with political leaders, and is on Facebook at 

https://www.facebook.com/University-Women-Helping-Afghan-Women-UWHAW-555114927900850/ and on Twitter at  

https://twitter.com/4UWHAW 

Read More about University Women Helping Afghan Women here.

Note:  Though Hally was not the recipient of the award, we extend our gratitude for her outstanding efforts on behalf of Canadian Federation of University Women Ontario Council.   

 CFUW Toronto Caucus

Ad Hoc Committee On Poverty in Toronto

On August 29, 2016 the representatives from the Ad Hoc Committee on Poverty in Toronto provided general information about CFUW and  a copy of the CFUW Fact Sheet on Early Learning and Child Care to Ministry of Education officials. 


The meeting was an open exchange of ideas and information. They were able to stress the need for subsidized spaces and for not-for-profit, universally accessible programs.


There are 500 million dollars scheduled to start flowing from the federal government to the provinces across Canada in 2016-2017. One hundred million of these funds is slated for early learning and child care for indigenous children.

Up to this point, Ontario has focused on the implementation of universally accessible junior kindergarten with before and after care as part of the legislation.  


At this time weekly meetings are taking place between the policy staff of the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the policy staff of The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, regarding the funding for the national framework.


Read more about the meeting here.

CFUW Stratford Continues Lobbying for Transportation Services in Rural Ontario

CFUW Stratford recently participated in a series of meetings with the Ontario Government concerning Inter-community Bus Modernization, another aspect of the bigger issue of well-integrated transportation services for rural Ontario.


Read  CFUW Stratford President Mary Jane Amey's letter to the Ministry of Transportation Policy and Planning Division here.
 

CFUW Hamilton Working for Bill 185 to Establish Social Research Commission

CFUW Hamilton is working with other poverty groups in Hamilton to garner as much support as possible for Bill 185 - a private member's bill -- which proposes to establish a Social Research Commission.  The purpose of the Commission is to define the various regions of Ontario on the basis of economic factors in order to determine the true cost of living in each area. This would make it possible to determine social assistance rates in a realistic manner. 
Laura Cattari, a board member on the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction, presented this information at our 2016 May OC AGM.
Read more at hamiltonpoverty.ca 

Celebrations at Ontario Clubs

CFUW Kincardine 25th Anniversary Celebration! 

CFUW Kincardine celebrated its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, August 16 at the Best Western, Governor's Inn, Kincardine, with 22 members and former members attending.


Five of our members have been with the group since the first meeting was held in September 1990
. Mary Wightman, Kathleen Dunn, Jackie Clements, Sylvia Kirby and Pauline Whelan (a member of the steering committee). Also, on the original steering committee was former club member June Emond. In recognition and appreciation, these 6 ladies were presented with wrist corsages.

CFUW President, Jane Rigby introduced Judy Gay, our new Regional Director Ontario Huron, and Sandy Thomson, a member of our club and President of Ontario Council.


The memorabilia table prompted lots of conversation sharing of stories and fund raising events over the last 25 years.

CFUW Kincardine received its charter in 1991 and is a group of women who are committed to the promotion of education and improvement of the status of women and children. All women who support the purposes of CFUW are welcome to become members. Founded in 1919, CFUW is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. 

Visit us at www.cfuwkincardine.com.   


Dates & Data News from Ontario Council 

  May 13-14 AGM & Conference at Hockley Valley   

REVISED  

 

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members

Welcome to the D&D issue containing reports from the May 13-14, 2016 AGM & Conference and Ontario Council updates  REVISED to include CFUW NEPEAN as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2016!

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

President's Message 
June 2016 

 

Success is when you move

Out of your comfort zone

And try something new.

Congratulations to CFUW Orangeville & District for hosting an outstanding Ontario Council Annual General Meeting and Conference. The 2016 AGM & Conference hosted at the Hockley Resort with the Theme: Building Bridges - Making Connections delivered on an excellent combination of program and speakers along with the attractive venue.

 

The Leadership Workshop facilitated by the OC Regional Directors, drew over fifty attendees for engagement in learning and development for club presidents. The Friday Reception followed with drumming and guest artist Cathy Elliot who entertained with music and stories. S'mores and folk songs brought back memories of past camp fire nights.

 

The Saturday morning Ontario Council Business brought in a new OC Resolution on Age Discrimination in Ontario Employee Benefit Programs.

Tara Benson Williams lead the assembly in a Team Building exercise as we explored what it means to be on an executive. Conversations on team building are encouraged for executives as you begin a new year. What does it mean for you to be on a club executive? What is important for an executive to work in a collegial, collaborative manner?

 

"A group becomes a team when each member

is sure enough of herself and her contribution 

to praise the skill of the others."   N. Hidle

 

I would like to highly commend the Chair, Ingrid Sproxton and the Local Arrangement Committee. For it is in the preparations and hard work that success is achieved. Thank you for giving so generously of your time, expertise and creativity. Thank you also, to the many volunteers from CFUW Orangeville & District who provided support for the timing, the tellers, the recorders, photo taking and session hosts.

 

"CFUW takes you places you may not think to go."

I am grateful for the opportunity to have met you and members across Ontario and the country.   To have visited your clubs, celebrated your anniversaries, and joined in your fundraisers. Your invitations have been most welcomed.

 

I have appreciated the opportunity to work on your behalf to promote our OC advocacy policies, meet with provincial ministers, policy advisors, participate in provincial consultations and prepare briefs and letters on issues of concern.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Ontario on the CFUW National Board, be a voting delegate to the IFUW Triennial 2013 in Istanbul and represent CFUW at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York this year.

 

Thank you to the Ontario Council Executive, the Ontario Council Clubs, to each of you as CFUW Ontario Council members. It has been an honour to serve you as your CFUW Ontario Council President for the past four years.

 

CFUW opens doors to friendship, numerous possibilities for participation, and growing personally and professionally.

 

May we continue the legacy of a strong, vibrant organization that stands out as one of the foremost women's organizations that promotes the Status of Women and Social Justice, and Education for Women and Girls.

 

Sincerely

Brenda


Conference Highlights and Summary  


The theme for the 2016 OC AGM & Conference was Building Bridges - Creating Connections,and every meeting and session during the event was focused on developing bridges and connections-between CFUW members, between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians, and between Canadians of all economic levels.


On Friday the connections began with a screening of FrontRunners: Niigaanibatowaad, a film on truth telling and reconciliation. CFUW member Laura Robinson is the film's creator; it is the story of the ten teenage boys who carried the torch for the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Nine of the ten young men chosen were from Aboriginal residential schools. Niigaanibatowaad is about the segregation of the Aboriginal athletes and the despair and abuse suffered in the residential school system. Frontrunners is a story of survival, hope, reconciliation and a dream for a new beginning that transcends hatred and racism.

After the film screening, creating connections continued when the Regional Director from Ontario West, Cheryl Ambrose, hosted the Leadership workshop and provided an overview of the newly revamped CFUW National and CFUW Member Resources websites. 


And the highlight of Friday evening, the Welcome Reception, when the AGM & Conference was officially opened. First, we recognized First Nations lands:

"We acknowledge the lands of the First Peoples of Turtle Island and the many First Nations that lived on the lands we now call home today."

Then we started our weekend journey to build bridges and create connections with a traditional drum ceremonyled by Cathy Elliott, First Roots Aboriginal Program Associate for the DAREarts Foundation for Children and a member of the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle. Cathy was joined by Deb Egerton from CFUW Orangeville & District and Carol Tyler from CFUW Guelph. 

"The Drum represents Earth, Mother, Creation. It is made for or by a person and belongs to that person until it is gifted to someone else.  The life force of the animal that gave its skin is honoured whenever it is played. There are different approaches all over Turtle Island, different systems, beliefs and protocols. Not all Nations on Turtle Island use a skin drum. Some use hollowed out trees, bark, and at times, the ground itself. The drum is still a universal voice. When you feel the vibration of a Big Drum hit your chest, you can't help but feel something familiar ... your heart beat."

The drum ceremony was followed by welcoming remarks from two Dufferin-Caledon dignitaries, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon Sylvia Jones and the Warden of Dufferin County and the Mayor of the Town of Mono Laura Ryan. Then Ontario Council President Brenda Robertson delivered Ontario Council's welcome message and awarded 17 anniversary and fall gathering certificates. The speeches were followed by a wonderful presentation by Cathy Elliott that included a 
photographic display on a circular screen and 4 beautiful songs about Cathy's experiences working with First Nations youth in remote communities.

On Saturday, we kicked into high gear with four exciting and informative sessions:

  • OC business meeting - AGM and voting on the OC Age Discrimination in Ontario resolution
  • 1st plenary Building Bridges - Creating Connections to Honour the Truth and Reconcile for the Future
  • 2nd plenary Building Bridges - Creating Connections to Reduce Poverty
  • 2 concurrent break-out sessions focused on education and learning to become an ally to an indigenous Canadian or to someone living in poverty 

Apart from the Ontario Council business meeting, the goal of the Saturday sessions was to increase awareness of the issues facing indigenous Canadians and Canadians that are struggling to overcome poverty.

The speakers for the 1st plenary session were Jodie-Lynn Waddilove and Dr. Susan Dion. Jodie-Lynn is an Anishnabe (Ojibway) and Lenni Lenape (Delaware) lawyer currently acting as Legal Counsel with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice Division. She shared her life story with us including growing up on a small First Nation-Munsee Delaware-in southwestern Ontario, and later attending the University of Sheffield in England where she received her M.A. in International Criminology and Law. After returning to Canada, Jodie-Lynn obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2004 and the Alberta bar in 2006. There was no school or library in the Munsee Delaware community-indeed there still isn't-so Jodie-Lynn, her brothers and the other kids had to travel out of the community each day to attend school. There was plenty of racism from both teachers and fellow-students-all of the Munsee Delaware kids experienced it. For many, the stress of being subjected to a different culture with no respect for their own traditions, was an obstacle too great to overcome. In Munsee Delaware, as in many First Nation communities, it is still a big accomplishment to graduate from high school and to go on to obtain a post-secondary education. Jodie-Lynn made up her mind that she was going to become a lawyer-she felt that by so doing, she could obtain the education and skill set she needed to help her community. She has accomplished that and much more.

Dr. Susan Dion is an indigenous scholar (Potawatami/Lenape) with York University. Unfortunately, because she was late arriving, her presentation had to be cut short. However, she was able to share with us the film stories of two young indigenous Canadians that illustrate the challenges of building bridges across the indigenous/non-indigenous divide

The speakers for the 2nd plenary session-Building Bridges - Creating Connections to Reduce Poverty were Karen Glass and Laura Cattari.


Karen Glass is the Executive Director for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office in Ontario and has over 20 years of experience in social policy. Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy - Realizing Our Potential, aims to be a comprehensive and flexible approach to reduce poverty in the province. At this plenary Karen gave us an update on objectives achieved and goals established since the initiative was introduced in 2014. Karen reviewed the 4 pillars of the current strategy: breaking the poverty cycle with a stronger focus on families; employment, income security and support of meaningful work; ending homelessness; and evidence based policy development. The evidence based policy development combines experience, expertise and evidence, and is implemented through cross ministry collaboration and coordination.

Laura Cattari was our second speaker in this plenary. Laura is a writer and community advocate, and Vice President on the board of Canada Without Poverty - an organization calling for sustained action to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada. Laura was nominated in 2013 as a Woman of Distinction in Hamilton, Ontario.  Laura continued on the subject of evidence based policy development and human rights. She reminded the audience that the International Convention on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights was ratified by Canada on May 19, 1976.
Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) include the rights to decent work, an adequate standard of living, housing, food, water and sanitation, social security, health and education. ESCRs are thus as essential as the freedom of expression or the right to a fair trial for ensuring human dignity.

Laura then outlined Bill 185 Ministry of Community and Social Services Amendment Act (Social Assistance Research Commission), 2016.Bill 185 aims to form a standing research committee to define regions of Ontario on the basis of economic geography and determine the cost of living in different parts of Ontario. The Commission will be composed of 9 experts, including one person with lived experience of Ontario Works, and another person with lived experience of the Ontario disability Support Program. Laura has been invited to be one of these experts. She closed by saying that she will stay in touch with CFUW and will ask for our support in the adoption of Bill 185.

At the Truth and Reconciliation break-out session, 4 CFUW clubs-North York, Owen Sound, Southport and Vaughan-presented ideas and actions they have taken to educate themselves about indigenous issues and to reach out and advocate. Jodie-Lynn also joined this break-out and contributed a number of ideas including support for cultural competency training for anyone who works with indigenous Canadians, celebrating Orange Shirt Day in September, and visiting a residential school. Each presenting club compiled a resource list, as did CFUW Orangeville & District. These lists will be made available to all Ontario clubs.

 

At the Poverty Reduction break-out session, we learned about the Circles program in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. The Circles program matches low-income leaders-Canadians who want to break out of the poverty cycle-with middle or upper-income allies. The goal of the program is not to reduce but to eradicate poverty through community. "The opposite of poverty is not wealth but rather community." A resource list to educate ourselves about poverty was compiled by CFUW Orangeville & District; the list will be made available to all Ontario clubs.

And finally,

I'd like to mention the infographics that were on display throughout the AGM & Conference, just outside the main meeting room. The infographic displays were created by four young women who are attending two local secondary schools and participating in the Dufferin Historian Program, which was created and developed by teachers Neil Orford and Asher Kirk. Each of the students created one display for four different topics-Violence Against Women, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous History in Ontario and Poverty in Dufferin. 

Ingrid SproxtonChair, Local Arrangement Committee 

Ontario Council Presidents' 

Leadership Workshop

 


The 2016 CFUW Ontario Council Leadership Workshop was held in conjunction with the 2016 AGM and Conference at Hockley Valley Resort. In an hour and a half, we covered a lot of ground.

Our Communications Chair, Teresa Habs, CFUW Barrie, reviewed the Ontario Council website, covering locating and subscribing to  Dates and Data, Ontario Council's newsletter. The newsletter is automatically sent to OC board members, club Presidents, Vice Presidents, CFUW liaisons, newsletter editors, and Issues Group convenors or Advocacy chairs. Clubs are reminded to send updated contact information for new executive members to info@cfuwontcouncil.ca. Dates and Data is published 7 times/year, preceding and following the 3 Standing Committee Meetings, as well as a Notice of Meeting 6 weeks prior to the Ontario AGM. Proceedings of Standing Committee meetings are posted on the website following the meetings and are a source of excellent information on a range of topics. Teresa also emphasized the Club Resources link which provides access to all manner of information that clubs may need through the membership year, from Accessibility and Insurance to Club Development and Advocacy Tools.


Cheryl Ambrose, Regional Director (RD) Ontario West, gave a brief demonstration on accessing the password protected CFUW membership website www.cfuwmembership.org that is used to collect important information about your club, including executive contact information, club membership numbers and scholarships, awards and other financial support offered by clubs. Outgoing Treasurers and Presidents are encouraged to review the use of this site with replacements following their AGM. If you are an incoming President or Treasurer and would like support on using this site, please get in touch with your RD or email Member Services memberservices@cfuw.org. The other password protected site is the CFUW - FCFDU Member Resources Website http://www.cfuwadmin.org/Username "viewonly", Password "cfuw4321". 
This site is similar to the Ontario Council Club Resources section in that it contains all manner of information that clubs will want to refer to throughout the year. 


Sandy Thomson, RD Huron, reviewed the wide range of Advocacy tools available on the Ontario Council and CFUW National websites. Her quiz on "who does what?" served as a good reminder that no matter how long we have been involved in our club's advocacy work, sometimes a little refresher is a good thing! Do you know how to handle writing to your MP regarding an issue of concern that is not covered by CFUW Policy? Sandy also talked about the recent changes to the Policy Book,  which can be found under Member Resourceswww.cfuwadmin.org, and explained the resolution process. In the Presidents' Packages that were handed out at the AGM, or will be mailed to those Presidents who were unable to attend, we have provided a few advocacy resources that will help jumpstart the advocacy process. 


Leila Metcalf, RD Ontario East, reviewed the contents of the Presidents' Package, with particular focus on the duties of outgoing and incoming Presidents at this critical time of year. Contents include: 1) Ontario Council and your Club Executive 2) Act on it Locally 3) Ontario Council enclosure 4) Suggested Job Description for Presidents 5) Suggested President's End of Term Checklist 6) Club Resources 7) Tracking Sheet of Clubs and Issues and 8) CFUW Calendar 2016 - 2017. These are living documents and subject to regular updates. 


Pat Joyce, RD Ontario Central, gave attendees an overview on working with their RDs, the role of the RD within and outside their Region. 

Ontario Council Advocacy 

  • Letter sent to Premier Wynne regarding the passing of Bill 66 Great Lakes Protection Actamendments
  • Material on Early Childhood Education and Child Care from the Atkinson Foundation sent out to Ontario clubs
  • Advocacy material sent to clubs on the Grandma Asked Me to Vote campaign
  • Received letter from Ministry of Education re: OC submission to consultations on the new Physical Education and Health curriculum
  • Advocacy material sent to clubs on consultations by provincial government on Gender Wage Gap
  • Attended consultations on Gender Wage Gap.
  • Ontario Council sent in written submission  on Gender Wage Gap 
  • Attended two day provincial Summit on the government's strategy "It's Never Okay" Sexual Violence and Harassment in Toronto November 19-20, 2015
  • Ontario Council response sent on A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to Modernize and Strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework (EBR #012-5444)
  • February 2016: Ontario Council made a submission for the Ontario pre-budget consultations
  • February 2016: Ontario Council signed on with the Environmental Law Association and other signatories to submit a letter to Premier Wynne outlining our concernsregarding the process that Ontario has established to review Waukesha's water diversion proposal
  • Ontario Council signed on to

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care letter to Premier Wynne and will be sending an Ontario Council response to concerns

Letter sent to Premier Wynne, cc to Minister of Education re: Proposed Regulatory Changes under the Child Care and Early Years Act

Letter received from Premier Wynne

Meeting with Ontario Women's DirectorateJune 7

Club Anniversaries in 2016

                    Congratulations!!  

      St. Catharines         1921          95
      Welland & District   1941          75
      North Bay                1941          75
      Windsor                   1946          70
      UWC North York      1951         65
      St. Thomas               1951         65
      Scarborough           1961         55
      Brampton                 1961         55 
      Georgetown            1971         45
      Grimsby                   1991         25 
      Kincardine               1991         25

      Nepean                    1991        25 

      Northumberland      1991        25
      Owen Sound & Dist. 1991        25 

Standing Committees Meetings

Enter these Date on Your Calendar Now! 

September 24, 2016

January 21, 2017


March 25, 2017 


Fall Gatherings 2016

October 22, 2016
Ontario East
Hosted by CFUW Kanata

November 5, 2016
Ontario South Fall Gathering
Hosted by CFUW Burlington
"Challenging the Future:  The Power of Change"
Burlington Golf and Country Club
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

November 12, 2016
Ontario Central
Hosted in Toronto by Central Region Clubs  

2017 Ontario Council AGM   


CFUW Ontario Council

Annual General Meeting 2017

in 

Stratford Ontario 

More news on this Event to follow! 

                                               

2016 CFUW AGM and Conference

CFUW AGM and Conference

"Growing Toward a Renewed Tomorrow" 

June 23-25, 2016

St. Catharines, Ontario

CFUW (Sudbury) " A Gift From the Heart" 

 

        Spring 2016

Nothing is better than two great friends, especially when that friendship spans many years. Marg Chambers and Eleanor Milliken are friends like that.    
CFUW (Sudbury) was formed in 1948. Two years later, Marg became a member and has remained an active member since. In 1968 she convinced her friend Eleanor to come with her to a CFUW meeting. Little did she know how this one meeting would change Eleanor's life.

By 1970, Eleanor was part of the Sudbury executive and became president in 1974. After attending Ontario Council meetings and National AGM's, Eleanor became even more involved. She was Regional Director for Ontario North and then President of Ontario Council and Vice-President of CFUW National. She also held the position of National Coordinator of International Relations and was a member of the CFUW nomination committee. So busy, but always an active member of CFUW Sudbury.
Eleanor and her husband, John, have recently moved to Milton and she has joined CFUW Vaughan. However, we still consider her one of us and love it when she visits.

To honour Eleanor for all her hard work, we have renamed the CFUW Sudbury Scholarship to be The Eleanor Milliken Scholarship. Eleanor proudly accepted at our June dinner.


But that is not the end of the story. The story is about a friendship of 50 years. We are pleased to announce that the CFUW Eleanor Milliken Award will be an Endowed Bursary thanks to a generous donation by Marg Chambers to Laurentian University in honour of her friend.

Thank you, Eleanor, for your dedication to CFUW. Thank you, Marg, for your generous gift that will assist young women to further their education. 
May your friendship be blessed for years to come.

Susan Stuart
President, CFUW (Sudbury) 

Ontario Clubs Receive Awards at 2016 CFUW AGM and Conference


Membership Increase Awards 

CFUW Ajax/Pickering               24%

CFUW Cornwall and District    10%

CFUW Markham/Unionville     12%

CFUW Nepean                          40%

CFUW Perth and District           12%

CFUW Thunder Bay                   12%

CFUW Vaughan                         24% 

New Member Awards
CFUW Barrie and District           12%
CFUW Brampton                        10%
CFUW Burlington                        13%
CFUW Etobicoke                        12%
CFUW Haliburton Highlands      15%
CFUW Markham/Unionville       13%
CFUW Muskoka                          11%
CFUW North Toronto                   11%
CFUW Orangeville and District  13%
CFUW Orillia                                 11%
CFUW Ottawa                             10%
CFUW Owen Sound and Area   26%
CFUW St. Thomas                         12%
CFUW Stratford                             14%
CFUW Sudbury                              18%
UWC North York                            13%   

Special Project Awards Fighting Violence Against Women Awards


CFUW Aurora-Newmarket:

CFUW/Children's Aid Society "Stay in School" Project
  
CFUW Scarborough and Ajax/Pickering:
International Women's Day Event
Speaker: Director of Violence Prevention Programs, Canadian Women's Foundation

CFUW Scarborough:
1) Provide support for abused women with children all year round.
2) Fashion Show Fundraiser: A portion of the funds raised went to the Scarborough Women's Centre.

Advocacy Awards
CFUW Stratford:
For getting the trains back to Stratford through its GettingThere.ca campaign with the involvement of local, provincial, and national organizations.

2016 Small Club Grant Recipients
CFUW St. Thomas
CFUW Kingston
CFUW Cambridge

2016 Fall Gatherings

October 22, 2016

Ontario East

Hosted by CFUW Kanata

Women Effecting Change

View Brochure

October 29, 2016 

Ontario West  

Hosted by CFUW Guelph 

Leading the Way - Women Taking Leadership in the Community

View Brochure

November 5, 2016

Ontario South

Hosted by CFUW Burlington

Reflect - Refine - Rejuvenate

Embrace Change

View Brochure

November 12, 2016 

Ontario Central

Hosted by Central Region Clubs

Open Discussions on CFUW Club Issues 

Club Anniversaries in 2016

Congratulations! 

CFUW St. Catharines          1921     95 

CFUW Welland & District    1941     75 

CFUW North Bay                  1941    75 

CFUW Windsor                     1946    70 

UWC North York                   1951    65 

CFUW St. Thomas                 1951    65 

CFUW Scarborough             1961    55 

CFUW Brampton                   1961    55 

CFUW Georgetown              1971    45 

CFUW Kincardine                 1991    25 

CFUW Owen Sound & Dist.   1991   25 

CFUW Northumberland        1991   25 

CFUW Grimsby                      1991   25 

2017

Standing Committees Meetings

January 21 and March 25  

Enter the Dates on Your Calendar Now!  

2017 AGMs and Conferences

Ontario Council AGM and Conference 

May 12 - 13, 2017 in Stratford Ontario 

 Enjoy the AGM in the iconic setting where Shakespeare comes alive!   

For more Information: 

cfuwstratford@wordpress.com

CFUW AGM and Conference 

June 22 - 24, 2017 in Richmond, B.C.  

"Gateways/Passerelles"  

Experience the beauty, culture and excitement that Richmond has to offer.  

We hope to see you next year! 

More Information Soon   

Dates & Data   

2016 Ontario Council AGM Notice of Meeting

REVISED April 5, 2016

 

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members,

This issue of Dates & Data contains the REVISED official Notice of Meeting for the 2016 Ontario Council Annual General Meeting and Conference.

LOCATION - HOCKLEY VALLEY RESORT

We apologize for any confusion regarding the location that our April 4/16 Notice may have caused.
We invite your questions and comments. 

info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

NOTICE OF THE 2016

CFUW ONTARIO COUNCIL

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The executive of CFUW Ontario Council wishes to notify you that the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Council will take place in Orangeville, (Mono) on May 13th and 14th, 2016. 

 

Business Meeting

Saturday, May 14, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Hockley Valley Resort

793522 3rd Line EHS*, Mono

(NORTHEAST of Orangeville ON**)  


Evening Reception

Friday, May 13, 7:45 pm to 10:00 pm

Hockley Valley Resort

793522 3rd Line EHS*, Mono

(NORTHEAST of Orangeville ON**)

*EHS - East of Hurontario Street

** See Registration Form for Detailed Directions

Registration Form and Programme information are available on www.cfuwontcouncil.ca 

 

Reference: CFUW OC By-Law VII - Meetings

1. CFUW OC shall hold an Annual General Meeting for the discussion of all matters of

provincial interest and for the receiving of reports.

2. Annual General Meetings shall be open to all current CFUW members residing in Ontario

and all members of prospective CFUW OC Clubs.

3. Standing Rules for each CFUW OC Annual General Meeting shall be adopted at the beginning of the meeting.

 

In By Law VIII, it is stated that "The Voting Body...shall consist of the Executive Committee, the Immediate Past President of OC, and the President of each club or her appointed delegate. Each...shall carry one vote" 

 

The appointed delegate may be a member of your club, or your Regional Director. They should tick the "Voting Delegate" box when registering. 

 

Your delegate must present the correctly filled out and signed proxy form to the credential table at the time of registration. Give your proxy holder your Club's instructions on voting. 

 

It is recommended that you allow your proxy holder to vote as she sees fit on any item that has not been distributed prior to the AGM.

CREDENTIAL (PROXY) FORM IS ATTACHED

BELOW 


Lori Ker, Secretary, CFUW Ontario Council

  

Notice of Meeting 

Proxy Form 

 Standing Rules  

Resolution Package 

Canadian Federation of University Women, Ontario Council, 62 Thompson Avenue,Toronto, Ontario M8Z 3T4 Canada

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members

Welcome to the  D&D issue containing the programs for the January 23rd, 2016 Standing Committees Meeting and Ontario Council updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

Standing Committees Meeting

  

Register Now for Standing Committees Meeting 

 

January 23, 2016 

Standing Committees

 

Joint Morning Session

Topic: Supporting Student Learning-Ontario's Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Speakers: Myra Stephen, Education Officer, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Ministry of Education; Anne Facey, Health and Physical Education Teacher, St. Mary's HS, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
This plenary session will include an overview of the curriculum review process in Ontario, key changes in the Health and Physical Education curriculum, and supports for teachers and parents. Key aspects of the curriculum such as approaches to teaching and learning related to healthy living and in particular healthy relationships and HIV/AIDS education will be explored. Speakers will provide a brief overview of related work such as the work connected to safe, inclusive and accepting schools and discuss how this connects to student learning through the curriculum. Finally, a current high school teacher will share some reflections about student needs, teacher needs and practical examples of curriculum implementation at the school level. 

Myra Stephen:

Myra Stephen was the lead on the review of the Health and Physical Education curriculum and has also led and supported work related to the Arts, Mental Health, Financial Literacy curriculum reviews and implementation. Myra has worked in the school system as a teacher, a curriculum consultant and as a Vice Principal. She has taught at the elementary and secondary levels, in Toronto and in Japan.

Anne Facey:

Anne Facey was a member of the writing team for the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum and has been a part of several provincial curriculum writing projects. She serves on the executive for OASPHE (Ontario Association for Support of Physical and Health Education).  After 33 years of teaching in both elementary and secondary panels, Anne continues to be passionate about promoting  and empowering others to lead healthy active lives.

In the afternoon break out session members of the Education Standing Committee will have an opportunity to look more deeply at key areas of change in the curriculum, specifically: 

  • Mental health
  • Healthy relationships and consent
  • Online safety and the risks of sexting
  • Inclusion and learning related to gender identity and sexual orientation

There will be an opportunity to look at the progression of learning from grades 1-12 and also review parent resources to support this learning.

Please join us for a very stimulating MORNING and AFTERNOON session. 
Kathy Wosnick, Education Committee Chair


January 23, 2016

Afternoon Sessions 


Status of Women & Human Rights Committee

Topic: Women and Leadership: Overcoming the "Imposter Syndrome" 

Speaker: Janet Siddall, Retired Diplomat, and CFUW Peterborough Immediate Past President 

At thirty-four years of age, Janet landed back in Canada as an unemployed single mom with a 5 year-old daughter. Janet will share what she learned about life, luck and leadership on her journey to the corner office. From the unique view that a career in the Foreign Service offered her, to the importance of mentoring and giving back, Janet will reflect on the wonderful opportunity that CFUW women have to take their place as leaders in building stronger communities and a better world.

Janet Siddall is a retired Canadian diplomat who spent most of her thirty-year career working in immigration and refugee affairs in Africa and Asia. She also held several senior positions in Ottawa, including that of Assistant Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

But it was her early experiences in the 1980s in Kenya that led to her abiding passion for sub Saharan Africa and the challenges facing its people. By the time she returned to Africa in 2007 as the Canadian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Tanzania, she knew what she would do when she retired in 2009.

Now a proud grandmother of four, Janet is a self-confessed Stephen Lewis "groupie". She is active in the local Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in her adopted hometown of Peterborough. The Grandmothers Campaign supports the Stephen Lewis Foundation by raising funds and awareness on behalf of the grandmothers of sub Saharan African who are caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. Janet is also an active participant in the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) and co leads the End Violence Against Women Working Group. GRAN is a civil society organization that advocates on behalf of grandmothers, vulnerable children and youth in sub Saharan Africa.

Janet joined the CFUW in 2012 and served as the President of the Peterborough Club in 2014/2015. When she is not visiting her grandchildren in Whitehorse, Yukon, Janet is proud to join the wonderful like-minded women in her community who advocate for social justice and women's rights.

Anne Cordon

Chair, Status of Women and Human Rights

Legislation Committee   


Topic: Strengthening the Retirement

Income System: The Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) - Update and Discussion

Speaker: Stephanie Woodward, Executive Director, Pension Innovation and Research Centre, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

At our meeting you will be provided with background information and an update on the ORPP (Ontario Registered Pension Plan). The lack of sufficient retirement income has been flagged by many advocacy groups such as CARP and the Older Women's Network, as well as financial policy experts. Many hoped the federal government would expand CPP capacity, a safe and stable option with broad population coverage. The ongoing erosion of employee retirement benefits, as well as changes in Old Age Security benefits, leave many Canadians vulnerable. Women are disproportionally affected due to the continuing gender wage gap and employment gaps resulting from time raising children. Financial security in retirement / old age is a factor in many of our policy issues, and is on Ontario Council's agenda. Last February, Brenda Robertson, our President, responded to a call for input from the Ministry of Finance, supporting the ORPP on behalf of CFUW Ontario Council. The Ontario Registered Pension Plan Act was passed after the consultation period. The story does not end here. There is still an implementation phase, dealing with the learning curve for both employers and employees, and the issue of CPP and how a change in the federal government could impact this.

Stephanie Woodward will enlighten us with her expertise on the complex landscape of pension options, alternatives and benefits. Prior to joining Ryerson, Stephanie was Director, Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Pension Board (OPB), the administrator of the $23 billion Ontario Public Service Pension Plan. In her role at OPB, Stephanie was responsible for communication strategy and relationship building with OPB clients and stakeholders.

Stephanie will lead the discussion, focusing on the three pillars of retirement (government pillar, employer pillar, and personal savings), and how the ORPP fits in. Time will be spent talking about what is driving the need for the ORPP, how it connects with possible CPP expansion, and about how this pension plan will be structured, and what that means for the various stakeholders.
Sheila Lacroix, Chair, Legislation Committee

President's Message

January 2016

  

"A woman with a voice is

by definition a strong woman. 

But the search to find that voice

can be remarkably difficult." 
Melinda Gates

 As we close the door to 2015, we take a breath with fresh purpose and renewed vision as we move forward into 2016. New beginnings can start anytime, but especially so at the start of a new year. Plans are made, anniversaries to celebrate and new endeavours to anticipate.

Our CFUW organization is approaching its 100th year. How remarkable is that! Efforts are already well underway to recognize the contributions made by CFUW, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. We have this rich legacy of promoting education, the status of women and human rights. As a self-funded organization, we can advocate on a range of issues. Our voices are heard and our presence acknowledged in government consultations, at the United Nations, with our partners.

Our voices are all the stronger because of your participation. The strength of our organization is in the strength of each and every member. Working together we have accomplished much, and more is yet to come. 

With the change in government, women's issues are front and centre. Nationally we have a Minister of Status of Women, a move forward on the inquiry for missing and murdered aboriginal women, efforts to put forth a new child care plan. Provincially, Ontario Council has been involved in consultations on Sexual Violence and Harassment and now the Gender Wage Gap. We have made presentations to ministers and the premier's office on Human Trafficking and Early Learning and Child Care. For almost a hundred years, we have been working on women's security and advancement, and we are not done yet.  We celebrate each step and the occasional leaps along the way. We continue to be steadfast and perseverant in our efforts to ensure gender equality and equity whether in the workplace or society at large.

Internationally, we now have the opportunity to support refugees from Syria. In the fall, Ontario Council was contacted by the International organization's Hegg-Hoffet committee. This committee provides assistance to women fleeing war zones, or some other crises and who would like to continue their education in a safe, stable country. The young woman we were asked to liaise with had just been in Canada for a year and wanted to complete courses for accreditation in Human Resources. We did liaise with Yamna, and working diligently with the Hegg-Hoffet Chair, ensured that she received tuition funding. 

We invited Yamna to the Ontario West Fall Gathering which she gratefully accepted. A young woman who will benefit her community and give much back to her new home, Canada. Other clubs in Ontario have informed me of their involvement in supporting Syrian refugees. Please share your initiatives and story of how your club is making a difference in the lives of our newcomers.

Few of us perhaps can imagine, having a new beginning in a new country, a very different chapter than what was originally expected. Canada has opened its doors in welcome. CFUW clubs open their doors in welcome to all women who would like to join giving support and most special, fellowship to those who walk through the doors. 

I would like to thank you, thank you for sharing your time, skills and talents with CFUW. My very best wishes for the new year to you and your clubs. 

In closing, I would like to leave you with this thought by Marie Currie. 

"We must believe that we are gifted

for something, and that this thing, 

at whatever cost, must be attained."

May we use our voices and gifts to make change happen. 

Sincerely

Brenda

Club Advocacy 

CFUW Burlington 

CFUW Burlington is sponsoring a refugee family!

At our October advocacy committee meeting, Isabelle Harmer raised the idea of helping out a refugee family saying she had an apartment in her home she could lend. Everyone liked the idea and so it was proposed at the next executive meeting. The executive agreed, provided that it would remain a self supporting committee to which members might choose to contribute or not. A refugee committee was struck and the membership informed at the October general meeting. The committee produced a short video, to put on line, asking for support, outlining our sponsorship, and a limit was set of accepting no more than 4 people in a family.

We opted to work through the Anglican diocese who, as many churches, do, had an existing sponsorship permit and will therefore share costs with the government. This means having to raise only $15 000 instead of $30 000. To date we have raised enough to fill out the official application December 8th. We are busy collecting household goods as well as exploring housing. Burlington has a 0.9 vacancy rate for 2 bedroom apartments so this will be the most difficult part. Isabelle lives in the country so she may host the family till we find something more central.

We were able to make an arrangement so we can hand out tax receipts and anyone interested can donate through our website.

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

CFUW Burlington had the opportunity to attend a consultation with the provincial wage gap committee when it came to Burlington. In preparation, the advocacy committee read the background materials on the committee's websitewhich were quite extensive and contained up to date information. The advocacy members jointly went over the 11 questions the committee wanted us to consider and will submit their answers in writing. 

CFUW Burlington is a member of AWH, a women's coalition in Halton with over 20 member organizations. Representatives of AWH were invited to a private meeting with the committee at 4pm. I was one of three selected to meet with the committee. To our surprise we had the committee to ourselves for an hour and presented our case. I addressed the fact that care giving plays havoc with women's careers, both while having young children and while caring for elderly parents. The remedies are well-known. Universal, accessible, quality childcare and better home care will free up women to be more active in paid careers and financially stable during work and in retirement. Precarious, contract and part time employment which many women in this situation resort to also contributes to the wage gap, e.g. women teaching at universities.

Joey Edwarth (Community Development Halton) next addressed precarious employment. Over 50% of the GTA labours in this area, many individuals in the non-profit sector. All part time and contract work should have proportionate benefits and pensions. Unions make a great deal of difference in eliminating the wage gap as studies have shown. Care giving professions, which are dominated by females, should be valued with a living wage.

Margaret Barrie (SAFE) presented a printed summary of our opinions as a group. She added attitudinal change, enforced abolition of harassment of women in male dominated workplaces, standardized hiring practices, open salary scales, government enforcement of rules rather than mere guidelines.

The public consultation was well attended. Speakers took turns speaking. Midwives, PSWs, ECE grads, a single mom with 2 toddlers clinging to her knees, a disabled person, all pleaded their case.

The Committee will continue to accept individual stories, until February as well as submissions from groups until January15th,2016. They are primarily interested, they told us, in HOW to close the wage gap . The easiest way to submit would be to answer the 11 questions they listed on their web site.  

CFUW Burlington's Response to the Closing the Gender Wage Gap Committee

On November 23d, this Ministry of Labour Committee visited Burlington. CFUW Burlington prepared for its attendance by pooling answers to the 11 questions asked by the committee, at its October advocacy committee meeting. The committee will receive written submissions till January 15th,2016 but it has also asked for individual life stories on its website which it will accept till the end of February so here is your chance! 

1. Harassment of women in non traditional fields prevents many from working in them, just as low wages in female dominated sectors stop men from entering the female job ghettos.

2. More people would join non traditional fields if encouraged by good guidance councilors, role models, mentors, sponsors and access to informal networks at work.

3. To protect women from gender related workplace discrimination, more female judges, MPPs, CEOs, work supervisors and Board members would ensure penalties for non enforcement of regulations.

4. Care giving responsibilities can be supported by subsidized childcare, flexible hours, time off without penalty, maternity and paternity leaves without penalties, compassionate leaves and better home care.

5. Barriers that prevent women from being hired, promoted to leadership positions are not enough female executives, Board members and CEOs.

6.Employers could equalize opportunities by offering encouragement in the form of mentors, breaking down internal barriers, publicizing opportunities, holding management accountable, creating inclusive work cultures, making compensation transparent and complying with legislation rather than working around it.

7. Mandatory progress reports, setting targets, timelines and penalties and applying a gender lens to all legislation to confirm with the Beijing Platform for Action to which Canada is a signatory would go a long way to eliminating gender wage gaps and imbalances.

8. Yes, some groups such as the disabled, First Nations and immigrants are affected more than average since they are over represented in precarious, contract and part time employment. Work place standards should apply to them as should benefits and pensions prorated for all time worked, not just 25%

9. Changes in attitude can be created through education, giving people voice at the table and by the affected people speaking up for themselves. Unions are a big help in this regard.

10. All of the above should be part of best practices.

11. The main barrier has been lack of political will. Just do it. It's 2015.  

Marianne Singh-Waraich
CFUW Burlington 

   

CFUW Saugeen

The Club's workshop on "Communicating with Clarity" was a great success. Debera from QUILL and Leah, the facilitator, were pleased with the attendance, although I had hoped for more people!
We had two sessions-morning and afternoon- with representation from community agencies and organizations. Grey County, Hanover Parks and Recreation, YMCA Employment, both school boards, St. John's Ambulance, United Way, CAS, Saugeen Economic Development, ODSP, Four County Planning Marketing Board and private businesses sent participants. Most of these organizations sent more than one person.
The feedback was positive and in fact Debera has told me that one municipality has since requested a workshop for their employees.
I  made community connections with possible future partnerships.   Dave Barrett, coordinator of Skills Work for Women Career Exploration, for both the public and the separate school boards, invited me as a CFUW member to the Career Exploration Event in Chesley on November 26. He was impressed with our mandate and felt we could partner on promoting trades for young women. The event highlights careers in the skilled trades and technologies.
I also had conversations with many of the participants who knew nothing about CFUW.   Debera introduced me as a partner and as the president of CFUW Saugeen. I gave a short background about our organization and about the "Plain Language Resolution."  We also had pamphlets and programs as handouts. I was given the opportunity to speak at the end of each workshop as well and I charged everyone to promote the use of clear writing and to pass on the message.
I was invited to the QUILL 20th Anniversary AGM last week and had another opportunity to promote CFUW. The highlight of the event was when Debera, the Executive Director of QUILL, introduced our club, CFUW Saugeen, as a new partner. She talked about the workshop and our collaboration to the 50 people at the AGM. Most of them are in the Literacy field, and included 4 people from the Ministry of Universities and Colleges. More positive exposure.
I will be writing a letter to the editor thanking everyone who participated in the workshop and especially QUILL for their support in making it possible.
Trudy Baran, 
President, CFUW Saugeen
 

CFUW Orangeville & District 

CFUW Orangeville recently gained local support when this article appeared in the Orangeville Citizen:
Sunday is National Day of Remembrance

Sunday is the National Day of Remembrance on Violence Against Women.
Fourteen young women were senselessly murdered at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. As we take pause to reflect on the inequality and beliefs that caused this tragedy, we are reminded that violence continues to be a reality for far too many women and girls in our community and across Canada every day.
Not enough has been done on the issue of violence against women in Canada. We are reminded of this when, 26 years after those horrific acts in Montreal, three women in Wilno, Ontario, were targeted and murdered by their former partner, a man known to the police as being violent and who had been harassing his victims for some time.
The current response to violence against women in Canada has failed to lower the levels of violence, to adequately protect and educate the population.
On any given day, over 8200 women and children are living in emergency shelters and transition houses to escape intimate partner violence in Canada. Over 400,000 women and girls 15 years of age and older report they had been sexually assaulted annually. We know however that approximately 90% of all sexual assaults go unreported to police.
The United Nations called for all countries to implement a National Action Plan on Violence against Women by 2015. With the new government's promise to implement a National Action Plan, CFUW Orangeville & District calls for this plan to be comprehensive, coordinated and meaningful: to be reached through consultations with women's groups and Indigenous groups in particular.
Gender-based violence is something we can prevent and work towards eliminating in Canada. Won't you join us in supporting local groups working towards this vision, and in calling for a National Action Plan?
Ingrid Sproxton, Jennifer Gohn, Presidents
Canadian Federation of University Women Orangeville 


CFUW Southport

Southport was so pleased to have such wonderful coverage of our Dec. 6 Vigil in the Saugeen Shores Hub: 

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) - Southport held their annual vigil on Sunday, December 6. Approximately 40 people came together to remember the 14 young women who died in 1989 at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal: Anne Marie Lemay; Anne Marie Edward; Annie St-Arneault; Annie Turcotte; Barbara Daigneault; Barbara Klucznik; Genevieve Bergeron; Helene Colgan; Maryse Laganiere; Maryse Leclair; Maud Haviernick; Michele Richard; Natalie Croteau; Sonia Pelletier. 

After entering a classroom, separating the women from the men and telling the men to leave, a gunman declared that feminists had ruined his life and went on a 20 minute shooting rampage, before taking his own life. 

In 1991 the Parliament of Canada established the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to honour those 14 young women. CFUW members lit candles for the victims of the Ecole Polytechnique tragedy and for all women in Canada who continue to be abused or killed most often by their male partners. 

CFUW Southport President Pat McCutcheon addressed the crowd, "Last year 427,000 women in Canada over the age of 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted. With police statistics confirming that only one in 10 assaults are reported the actual number is staggering," she said. McCutcheon continued, saying that on average every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner and Indigenous women are three times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime and four times more likely to be murdered than their non Indigenous sisters. "The CFUW is relieved to see the new Government of Canada taking action on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women. We urge them to work closely with Aboriginal Groups, women's groups and the RCMP to find long lasting solutions to end the violence," said McCutcheon. 

McCutcheon believes that the deeply rooted beliefs and systemic inequality that played a role in this act of violence 26 years ago, continue to go unexamined in Canadian society and that overall little has changed. 

Last year the Canadian network of women's shelters released their first pan-Canadian survey results on the state of emergency shelters in Canada. On an average day the 242 shelters in this country assist more than 4,000 women and their children. In Grey Bruce there are emergency shelter services available through the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs help, please call 519-372-1113. 

CFUW Southport is a non partisan, not for profit group actively working to improve the socio- economic status of women and girls with a focus on education. 
For more information, find them on Facebook or visit their website CFUW Southport.
Pat McCutcheon
President, CFUW Southport 

Club Activities

CFUW Welland and District  

We are very proud to announce the celebration of our 75th ANNIVERSARY in 2016.  We have partnered with our local Museum to present an historical exhibit at the Museum June 11 - July 23, 2016.  It will include archival material such as original hand-written Minutes, newspaper clippings, photos and scrap books.  Items from the Museum such as ladies' hats and garments and other artifacts from the time will also grace our exhibit.  Our members will provide period items from their personal collections

At our Annual Book Sale each October we sell hundreds of books to the Welland and district communities.  The citizens look forward every year.  We actually personally call more than 100 people who have given us their contacts so that they can be notified.  Many more attend. Proceeds support 8 scholarships for local  female high school graduates. The efforts of our convener and members is extensive but reports are that everyone enjoys working together.

Many of our members host a "Breaking Bread" lunch or dinner each year with menus provided by the members.  Cash donations from the participants support women teachers in Afghanistan (2015 donations paid a year's salary for 2 1/2 teachers.)  The name of the charity is CW4AW Afghanistan Women. 

From a social point of view we enjoy many interest groups such as book clubs, bridge clubs, 'out and about' lunches as well as enjoying each others company at our monthly meetings.

Our 2015/16 monthly program includes speakers on the "Holland Experience" Veteran's Day; Welland's Economic Development; and Wellspring Niagara (women's cancer support).

Carol Sernasie 

CFUW Welland and District


CFUW Owen Sound & District  Owen Sound is making the news with investing in the community fund for their scholarships.   They got great press coverage with this article:

New Endowment Fund Set Up -

Women's University Group donates $20,000 to new Education Fund.

A new education endowment fund has been created for students in Grey Bruce. 

The Canadian Federation of University Women Owen Sound & Area donated $20,000 on Tuesday to the new fund which will be held by Community Foundation Grey Bruce.  

The donation was announced at Legacy Ridge Golf prior to the groups 25th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. 

CFUW Owen Sound & Area worked with the Foundation to arrange a transfer of ownership of GIC's to create the endowment .  

It will create a permanent endowed fund that will provide annual scholarships for local high school graduates to support post-secondary education in perpetuity.  

Community Foundation Grey Bruce will match the donation fifty cents on every dollar, adding $10,000 to the education endowment fund. 

For a quarter century, CFUW  has provided educational opportunities for female high school graduates residing in Owen Sound & area who are pursuing post-secondary studies.  

Community Foundation Grey Bruce is a public charity and grant-making organization serving charities and not-for-profit organizations in Grey and Bruce Counties.   

The Foundation has granted upwards of $600,000 in 2015, the largest annual distribution in its 21 year history.  

http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=80129 

 

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2015/12/08/group-makes-donation-to-create-scholarship-fund 

 http://owensoundhub.org/life/1648-local-women-create-education-endowment.html
Ruth Henderson
CFUW Owen Sound 

CFUW Saugeen
 
A 30th Anniversary Celebration!

CFUW Saugeen's local paper The Post carried this article by writer Mary Golem:

The power of women working together.
It's what the Canadian Federation of University Women organization is all about and glancing through an archival display at the Saugeen group's 30th anniversary celebration September 28th at the Saugeen Municipal Airport, it was obvious the local group has lived up to its mandate.
Over the years, the group - which has had different names, different members and different meeting locations - has had one thing remain constant - their desire to ensure that "all girls and women have equal opportunities and equal access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment where their human rights are respected."
The awarding of scholarships to over 100 deserving graduates, fighting for plain language on documents, promoting literacy and offering opportunities for women to socialize, develop leadership skills and work together toward common goals are just some of the group's accomplishments since its inception in 1985-86.
"Our program is diverse and enlightening as we educate ourselves on the issues and challenges facing women and girls" the group's anniversary program read. "With knowledge, we can educate."
The organization's vision includes a world where poverty is reduced, discrimination eliminated, where there are equal opportunities for leadership, employment, income, education, careers and the ability to maximize potential.
The women's advocacy group is self-funded with 54 clubs in Ontario and 5300 members.
The Saugeen group, although small in number, "are seen as leaders in their community", Ontario Council President Brenda Robertson of North Bay said, adding the group's long-standing commitment to ensure all documents are written in plain language for all to understand "is a good example of the group's determination and purpose."
On Friday October 23, CFUW Saugeen is presenting a Communicating with Clarity workshop at the Walkerton Agricultural Hall. The workshop will teach participants how to write messages, design documents and communicate with others in a clear, concise manner, For more information on the workshop, or to register contact QUILL Learning Network at 519-881-4655 or CFUW Saugeen at 519-364-4015.

Ontario Council Advocacy 

  • Letter sent to Premier Wynne regarding the passing of Bill 66 Great Lakes Protection Act amendments
  • Material on Early Childhood Education and Child Care from the Atkinson Foundation sent out to Ontario clubs
  • Advocacy material sent to clubs on the Grandma Asked me to Vote campaign
  • Received letter from Ministry of Education re: OC submission to consultations on the new Physical Education and Health curriculum
  • Advocacy material sent to clubs on consultations by provincial government on Gender Wage Gap
  • Attended consultations on Gender Wage Gap.
  • Ontario Council sent in written submission  on Gender Wage Gap 
  • Attended two day provincial Summit on the government's strategy "It's Never Okay" Sexual Violence and Harassment in Toronto November 19-20
  • Ontario Council response sent on A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to Modernize and Strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework (EBR #012-5444)

2015 Fall Gatherings 


CFUW Ontario North  October 24, 2015

Empowerment - Letting Your Power Out  

CFUW Orillia hosted a very successful and enjoyable Ontario North Fall Gathering Saturday October 24th 2015 at the Fern Resort in Orillia.  Fifty eight delegates registered for the Gathering. The programme was well balanced, the speakers were outstanding and the venue was excellent. It was a great day for gathering new ideas and meeting women across the North. CFUW Orillia is very proud to have produced a deficit free Fall Gathering.

The Local Organizing Committee (LAC) of Barbara Jones and Jeanne Page, Chairs, and committee members Karen Thorington, Roline Maconachie and Joan Gordon, did an outstanding job. The vision of the LAC was to organize a Fall Gathering that was educational, memorable, beneficial, good value for the dollar and above all fun. It was all of these and more!

Ontario Council President, Brenda Robertson gave a morning address to the assembly, bringing greetings and talking about our purpose in CFUW.

The programme featured excellent speakers and focused on the theme of empowerment. Annabel Slaight, the co-founder of "Owl and Chickadee", gave an honest and humorous address on the theme of empowerment. She shared 5 legacy items that she and the Ladies of the Lake learned from their experiences:
1. Always be for something never against
2. Welcome the unexpected
3. Concoct recipes for projects with weird and wonderful ingredients
4. Keep an eye out for new friends and partners
5. Never be boring and always have fun

Susan Clarke demonstrated how yoga can empower the mind and body. She encouraged people to do as much as your body is able. People left her session relaxed and energized.
Carol Ivey, Director & Vice President of RBC Dominion Securities focused her presentation on Financial Empowerment in 3 areas
1. How to build wealth
2. How to retain wealth
3. How to grow wealth

Attendees were empowered and inspired by her presentation.

  Sarah Csekey, a professional public librarian working out of the Orillia Public Library encouraged us to learn how to use social media platforms to engage in the world and promote our ideas. 

Corey Hoch Bullen, a graduate in Sociology and Social work spoke about "Life's Journey" and the three things that limit us from achieving our full potential:
1. Regrets over the past
2. Resentment and envy in the present
3. Fear of what the future holds

She left attendees with many ideas on how to take steps to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
The afternoon session ended with "Two Minute Presentations" during which Clubs had the opportunity to share a successful idea or event. CFUW Orillia presented their new governance model for the executive and management of general meetings.  

CFUW North Bay presented the Kick Off event for celebrating the Club's 75th Anniversary in 2016, a Silent Auction Fundraiser, and the recognition of the International Day of the Girl Child Oct. 11th with a presentation by Hannah Bywater a 15 year old changing the world one project at a time. CFUW Haliburton Highlands presented their new governance model for Club leadership titled The Three Part President. 
CFUW Thunder Bay presented their Walk A Mile Project and their basketeer initiative. 
CFUW Muskoka presented the Club's initiative to support and maintain the presence of Nipissing University in the community.

On behalf of the Ontario North Clubs I thank you for hosting such an empowering Fall Gathering! 

Kaarina Tulisalo 

Regional Director, Ontario North

  

CFUW Ontario West  October 31, 2015 

Women on Track - All Aboard !

On October 31st 2015, the CFUW clubs of Ontario West hosted their first Fall Gathering in 3 years! With the support of several other Ontario West clubs, CFUW St Thomas President Diane Marcou and her team took charge, arranging the venue, the menu and one of the plenary speakers. Her members came together to handle the budget, the morning refreshments and the seasonal center-pieces on each table.  

Earlier in the summer, representatives from CFUW St Thomas, London, Stratford, Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener met at the Canada Southern (CASO) Station to preview the venue, agree on a theme and choose the menu.

Diane welcomed 55 members and guests and Ontario Council President Brenda Robertson brought greetings from CFUW. 
The theme for the day was community collaborations.Margaret MacPherson, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC), talked to us about "Building a Bigger Wave", an Ontario network for Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees.

Concurrent breakout sessions followed, one on Community Connections, lead by CFUW Guelph's Advocacy Chair, Isobel Boyle and the other on Membership, lead by RD Ontario West, Cheryl Ambrose.

Isobel introduced CFUW Guelph's Community Connection project, a partnership with Bridges out of Poverty that grew out of the club's concern about poverty and their 2013 resolution entitled Moving Canadians Out of Poverty which advocates for the creation of a Basic Income Guarantee. The club held a visioning meeting later that fall and members voiced not only strong ongoing support for scholarships, but a desire to advocate for and connect with local initiatives, particularly those with links to poverty.    "When we identified organizations in the community who were involved in actions against poverty, we were introduced to an exciting initiative in our community Bridges Out of Poverty http://wwwwdgpublichealth.ca/?q+bridges
It seemed a perfect fit for CFUW Guelph, who already had a small fund-raising initiative - pre-meeting dinners - that the club channeled towards an annual project. This fund was redirected to support a 3-year minimum commitment to a "community connection".

After a delicious lunch, Hilary Vaughan spoke on the importance of self esteem for girls, followed by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW VP International, who presented information and led a roundtable discussion on GWI.

The gathering ended with acknowledgements and closing remarks and everyone was home in time for Halloween Eve.

Cheryl Ambrose, 
Regional Director, Ontario West

 

CFUW Ontario Central November 7, 2015  

Talking it Out 

Ontario Central's Clubs met at Yorkminster Baptist Church in Toronto. The theme of the day was Talk It Out.  That is what Presidents, Vice Presidents and Club chairs for Advocacy, Membership and Program did

The groups were chaired by the following members: Kathy Wosnick (Vaughan) Presidents/VPs; Peggy Pinkerton (Etobicoke) Advocacy; Pat Cleland (Etobicoke) Membership; Cathy Vendramin (UWCNorth ) Program.

Patricia Joyce, Regional Director and organizer of the day welcomed the 52 delegates from 12 of the 13 Clubs in the region.

VP Ontario, Brenda Robertson brought greetings and encouragement from Ontario Council and National CFUW.

Margaret McGovern, Chair of the Toronto Caucus explained who this group is and their work on early learning, now a National initiative.
Then the groups "Talked It Out" about successes, concerns and solutions for the rest of the morning. 

The day ended at noon with groups going off to local restaurants for lunch. 

An evaluation showed that it was a highly successful event and should be continued.

I congratulate and thank all that helped and attended this event. The cost was low and the participation high! I have booked the event again for 2016 on Nov. 12!
Patricia Joyce, 
Regional Director, Ontario Central  

Club Anniversaries in 2016

Congratulations!!  

CFUW St. Catharines          1921     95
CFUW Welland & District    1941     75
CFUW North Bay                 1941     75
CFUW Windsor                     1946    70
UWC North York                  1951     65
CFUW St. Thomas                 1951    65
CFUW Scarborough             1961    55
CFUW Brampton                   1961    55
CFUW Georgetown              1971    45
CFUW Kincardine                 1991    25
CFUW Owen Sound & Dist.   1991   25
CFUW Northumberland        1991   25
CFUW Grimsby                      1991   25 

2016 Ontario Council AGM News 


CFUW Ontario Council

Annual General Meeting 2016

 

May 13 & 14, 2016 

Hockley Valley Resort

793522 3rd Line EHS, Mono

(just northwest of Orangeville)

 

Friday May 13 

Welcome Reception & Leadership Workshop

 

Saturday May 14 

Business Meeting & Plenary Sessions

Building Bridges - Creating Connections 

  • To Honour the Truth & Reconcile for the Future
  • To Reduce Poverty

Registration fee Friday & Saturday - $110 per person 

Friday Welcome Reception only - $25 per person

 

Hosted by CFUW - Orangeville & District 

www.cfuworangeville.ca              info@cfuworangeville.ca                                              

Brochures/Registration Forms available in January

  

Standing Committees Meetings

January 23, 2016 

March 12, 2016  

2016 AGMs and Conferences

Ontario Council AGM and Conference

May 13 and 14, 2016

Orangeville, Ontario

CFUW AGM and Conference

June 23-25, 2016

St. Catharines, Ontario

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members

Welcome to the  D&D issue containing the reports from the September 26th, 2015 Standing Committees meeting and Ontario Council updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

Standing Committees Meeting

January 23, 2016 

    Mark your Calendar Today!     

 

September 26, 2015 

Standing Committees Reports

 

Joint Morning Session

Topic:  Bridges Out of Poverty

Speaker: Elaine Weir, Public Health Nurse,

Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Facilitator and Circles GW Coordinator/Coach

With passion and humility, Elaine explained what it means to live in poverty and how people living a middle class or wealthy existence can't possible understand how much our lives, goals, motivation, and relationships differ. She spent both the morning and afternoon providing insight and inspiration of what individuals and communities can do to break the cycle of poverty for individuals and groups. 

Elaine Weir is a Public Health Nurse with Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health. She brings more than 30 years of experience and expertise to the Bridges initiative. Elaine has worked in a variety of organizations including hospitals, communities and educational settings. Elaine's work as a public health nurse on the front lines has given her firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals living in poverty. 

Bridges Out of Poverty is a program developed in the United States by Ruby Payne to educate the community about poverty and people who live in poverty. The intention is that through education, professionals and other people in all sectors of the community will open their minds to the culture of poverty and build relationships to create a sustainable community.

The initiative involves three interconnected programs: 

1) Bridges is the first step where individuals of middle and upper income become aware of the hidden rules of poverty http://circlesgw.ca/bridges/. The purpose of the Bridges Out of Poverty program is to educate individuals with middle and upper incomes by looking at the four causes of poverty:

* individual behaviour

*community conditions

*exploitation

*political and economic structures 

2) Getting Ahead is the program for individuals living in poverty to help these individuals become aware of resources that are available in the community, reflect on their own path and the factors that cause poverty. http://circlesgw.ca/getting-ahead/.

3) Circles® is a community-based initiative that creates genuine relationships across economic boundaries. It matches people of low-income who have attended the Getting Ahead program with people of middle- and upper-income who have attended Bridges training. http://circlesgw.ca/circles/ 

Therefore, a "circle" consists of three types of people -

1. Circles® Leader -   An individual or family of low income who is interested in becoming self-sufficient.

2. Allies - two or three volunteers for each Leader who engage in an intentional, caring relationship with an individual or family working to become self-sufficient.

3. The Coach - The Circles® Coach supports Circles® Leaders and Allies in fine-tuning personalized action plans. The Circles® coach is a paid position that has received specialized training to support and manage the Circles® program.

Circles® is a high-impact, 18-month-long voluntary strategy designed to:

- provide emotional and practical support

- assist with complex issues

- build the "social capital" of people living in low income situations

- show the community the very real barriers holding people in poverty

- walk with people in poverty and support positive changes in their lives

I would love to provide a copy of the excellent slides from Elaine's talk, but regrettably the slides are under copyright. For more information about the program in Guelph-Waterloo refer to the website  http://circlesgw.ca or if you want to contact Elaine with questions or to discuss possibly speaking to your local club, email her at Elaine.Weir@wdgpublichealth.ca .  

Anne Cordon, Chair 

Status of Women & Human Rights Committee 


September 26, 2015

Afternoon Sessions 

Status of Women and Human Rights Committee

The afternoon session allowed participants to delve into the discussion more deeply with simulations and questions and answers about the Guelph-Waterloo and the Sarnia experiences. We all participated in a graphic journey where we all started at the same point (actually standing on a line across the middle of the room) and then either moving ahead or backwards based on different scenarios capturing opportunities or disadvantages based on gender, race, age, etc. Guess what demographic had progressed ahead the farthest? We closed the session by brain storming ways to apply these principles to our CFUW clubs. 

Anne Cordon

Chair, Status of Women and Human Rights Committee


Education Committee

Topic:  Measuring What Matters: 
A New Way of Thinking about Skills 

Speaker: 

Dr. David Cameron, Research Director, 
People for Education  

Dr. David Cameron presented a broad overview of school success and the measurements used to describe and define success in the Ontario school system. His background working within Ontario, US and UK school systems combined with his research within the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat at the Ontario Ministry of Education gives him a broad perspective on our education system. 

David began with a historical outline of People for Education, a non-profit organization that partners with parents, teachers, school boards and the government to hold conferences, conduct research and facilitate public dialogue around education in this province, with specific purpose to support public education. The questions: What are we measuring? What are the affects of that process? How is data reported and used? The Measuring What Matters research initiative is working with experts across Canada and beyond, to create a set of core domains and aligned measurement that is educationally useful and reflects a broad set of skills "students will need to live happy, healthy, economically secure and civicly engaged lives". The domains identified to move beyond the basic skills currently assessed (through EQAO) are Health, Social-Emotional Learning, Creativity, Citizenship and Quality Learning Environments.

A very lively discussion touched on many challenges in the current Ontario school system, including the protective nature of educational institutions and working conditions within schools. Measuring What Matters, along with their partners (including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Atkinson Foundation) is now working with twelve school districts interested in starting action research projects. Schools will integrate the core domains and identified competencies into the life of the school and work toward developing different kinds of data to reflect student success in a broader way. For more information, please see their website: http://peopleforeducation.ca/measuring-what-matters/ or contact David directly at david@peopleforeducation.ca 

Kathy Wosnick ,  

Chair, Education Committee 

Legislation Committee   

Topic: Protecting the Quality and Quantity of Water in Ontario: Key Issues and Policy Update   
Speaker: Erica Stahl,  Counsel, Canadian 

Environmental Law Association  

The Legislation Committee welcomed Erica Stahl, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). CELA is involved in many environmental issues, including protecting our water. It is a member of the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance (GLPAA), which has been actively engaged in consultations regarding both prior versions of the bill to protect the Great Lakes and the current Bill 66 which probably will have passed third reading by the time this newsletter is published.

CELA is an Ontario specialty legal aid clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. Events such as the Walkerton water contamination disaster were a driving force in putting water quality on the agenda. CELA works on behalf of individuals and non-profit citizen groups experiencing pollution and other environmental problems. Its services include litigation, law reform and public legal education. It is currently supporting the Grassy Narrows First Nation in its battle against the Government of Ontario for allowing clear cutting of forests that will release mercury into the waterways. This could be a ground breaker; if this case is won, section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will broaden protection from harm and discrimination to include that arising from environmental degradation.

CELA follows a "watershed approach" which includes activities that impact water quality at every stage throughout the watershed, from protecting drinking water sources through to ensuring regulatory oversight with checks and balances. Erica recommended that we focus on the first stage: protecting drinking water sources, as it is the most important and the easiest to control. The purpose of the Clean Water Act, 2006, is to protect current and future sources of drinking water. The CELA website, www.cela.cahas fact sheets to answer your questions.

There are many provincial laws impacting water and the watershed. An example is the Safe Drinking Water Actpassed in 2000 and the Clean Water Act already mentioned. There are also agreements, such as the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the United States and Canada that was signed in 1972 and has been updated several times, most recently in 2012. Its purpose is to protect the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River Basin. It is not legally binding but can be used to put pressure on municipalities. Some of the issues:

  • Pathogens: The Great Lakes receive billions of litres of waste water annually from municipal sewage and storm water run-off, as well as billions of litres of untreated sewage as a result of aging sewer systems, and by passes. Heavier rains as a result of climate change are affecting storm water overflows. 
  • Toxic Chemicals: Facilities releasing toxic chemicals, in some cases toxic chemicals that are carcinogens, are tracked by Environment Canada. Erica showed a map indicating concentrations of facilities releasing chemicals showing alarmingly heavy concentration in particular in southwestern Ontario, in the 'Golden Triangle' (Hamilton Greater Toronto Area) and along the St. Lawrence River. 
  • Nutrients, primarily phosphorus: This is the cause of the algal bloom in the western part of Lake Erie and is primarily the result of agricultural.

Over 250 pollutants have been found in our waters. Many are from commercial products such as deodorants and pharmaceuticals. Benzene, a carcinogen, is found everywhere. Unfortunately, the targets set in the GLWQA were not updated in the 2012 revision and toxic chemicals have lost priority; in fact, no list of toxic substances is in the agreement so action is yet to be determined. However, its scope was expanded to include dealing with climate change and invasive species.

Another strong voice is the Great Lake City Initiative. CFUW members are urged to find out if your city participates. This could be a venue for partnering to advocate for local water issues that arise.

Great Lakes Protection Act

This is a current priority. The previous two bills died, but the current Bill 66 is going to third reading this week. CELA and other GLPAA members sent a submission recommending amendments and CFUW Ontario Council joined the group in signing this submission. Some purposes include establishing: a Great Lakes Guardian Council; a 6-year Great Lakes Strategy; monitoring and reporting standards.

Erica ended with some actions our Clubs can take.

  • Contact our MPPs regarding the Great Lakes Water Protections Act. As I write, this could have passed third reading. If so, you can still write your MPP with your expectations that the government will commit to ensuring sufficient resources to implement the legislation to its full extent. 
  • Push for a stronger implementation of the GLWQA with a focus on prevention rather than control of toxic substances. You can monitor your municipality to determine if anything is being done to prevent contamination. 
  • Engage in local implementation of the Source Water Protection Plans developed under the Clean Water Act

If you require any assistance with letter writing, let me know. Remember, letters sent with your Club's voice and perspective are more effective that a 'form letter'. However, it certainly helps to have samples on hand.

Sheila Lacroix, Chair, Legislation Committee 

Ontario Council AGM 2015 Updates 

Budget for 2015-2016

The business of the 2015 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa was completed and a new Budget for 2015-2016 was passed. Please see the Annual General Report Booklet given out to the attendees and to be sent out electronically. 


Ontario Council Accountant

On behalf of CFUW Ontario Council, I would like to welcome Judith Nettleton as our new Ontario Council Accountant. Judith (daughter of Bev Rhodes) was introduced to the CFUW members
attending the September Standing Committee meeting.


Ontario Council Fees

Ontario Council fees are due February 7, 2016.

Ontario Council Insurance 

Liability Insurance and Directors and Officers Insurance are carried by Ontario Council on behalf of all Ontario Clubs and budgeted at $3,893 this year. A levy is paid annually by each club to cover the premium. This levy is calculated on $0.75 per member and is due on February 7, 2016 and has increased from $0.50 last year.

 

Standing Committees Meetings

Please note that the registration fee for attendance at Ontario Council Standing Committee Meetings has increased from $30 to $35. Although Ontario Council subsidizes the expense of these meetings, our rent as well as the cost of lunch and coffee increase each year.

All members are welcome to register and attend the Standing Committees Meeting and luncheon. Please download the registration form from the Ontario Council website and send the form with a cheque to the Treasurer by the Tuesday preceding the meeting.

Marlene Bristol
Ontario Council Treasurer


New Chair of Status of Women and Human Rights Committee

Anne Cordon, CFUW Peterborough, is the new Chair of SW&HR committee. Anne comes with a background in the sciences and an eagerness to be involved with Ontario Council. Anne began her duties when she introduced our Plenary Speaker Elaine Weir on the topic of 'Bridges Out of Poverty' at our September meeting. 

Brenda Robertson
CFUW Ontario Council President

Club Advocacy 

CFUW Mississauga's Election Project 

Our biggest project this past year was our Election Project.In the spring, the Issues Group, with a federal election in mind, decided to prioritize issues of concern. Our club members were also invited to submit ideas. The issues were narrowed to ten, researched and discussed. The results were edited and formatted and shared. The project is accessible on the Mississauga website and the National website and we are encouraging CFUW members to use and share the backgrounders and questions.

The Shoebox Project: this will be the third year that CFUW Mississauga has participated in the Shoebox Project. The project aims to provide a shoebox of personal supplies, valued at $50.00 to every woman in a local shelter in December.   For many years, we have made a financial collection for our local shelter at our December meeting, interestingly the financial contrition to the shelter has not decreased as the shoeboxes have increased. Last year we filled 45. It is an easy way to support the shelter and packing the boxes is a great way to start the holiday season.

 

CFUW Southport's Campaign:

"Grandma Asked Me" to ... Just Vote"  

Building on our 2014 Resolution on Democracy:

"Resolved, that the Canadian Federation of University Women and its member Clubs initiate, engage in and promote activities and programs to educate all Canadians about the importance of participating in our democratic system of government and of exercising both our right and our responsibility to vote in all elections"

and the statistic that:

In the 2011 Federal Election on 38.8% of voters between the ages of 18 and 25 cast a ballot

CFUW Southport wanted to do something to actively encourage young people to vote. But how to reach them ????? 

Initially we decided rather than CFUW Southport trying to reach out to all of the young voters, we will focus on reaching out to our own generation - friends, family and neighbours, and have them talk to the young people in their lives. We will use our existing networks, contacts, media and methods of communication. The "Grandma Asked Me" ... to Just Vote Campaign was born. 

Then, we created a Young Voter's Information Package, which contains information on how to register to vote and links to find out where the Parties stand on the issues. For info go to:  

http://cfuwsp.wix.com/cfuw-sp-documents#!young-voter-s-page/cee5

  Southport members are talking to and emailing the young people in their own families and to friends across the county. They are sending them the Young Voter's Information Package and asking them to join the campaign. We are reaching out to members of our community by making presentations to our municipal council, other local clubs such as Rotary and Probus, having information booths at local events, and even marching in parades. 

By encouraging others to personally reach out young voters we are truly making a difference - one young voter at a time. 

If each of the 8000+ CFUW Members county wide, spoke to 4 young people and also encouraged 10 of their friends to speak to 4 young people we'll have touched over 350,000 young voters. 

Our Grandmothers would be proud of us.
For more information contact:
Susan MacDonald
CFUW Southport

susanmac@bmts.com 

  

CFUW Saugeen Workshop: "Communicating with Clarity" 

CFUW Saugeen is organizing a workshop on "Communicating with Clarity" in partnership with the Quill Learning Network. The workshop will teach participants in businesses, government and social agencies how to write their message and design their documents to better reach their audience.
The Workshop will be held on Friday October 23, 2015 at the Walkerton Agricultural Hall. Choose 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. cost $35. 

CFUW Saugeen submitted the resolution on "Promoting Plain Language" which was adopted at the 2014 AGM. 

Plain Language is the use of clear, simple language, to ensure the message gets across to its intended audience.
Promoting Plain Language
RESOLVED, That Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge all levels of government in Canada to implement existing policy and sustain programs that advocate the use of Plain Language; and
RESOLVED, That CFUW urge all levels of government in Canada to apply their Plain Language policies in:
1. Public information released by government departments and agencies
2. Legal documents, business and consumer contracts for the general public
3. Medical reports intended for patients
4. Education-related communication intended for parents, guardians and students
5. Labeling of food and health products for consumers 

  On adopting the resolution into policy, CFUW Canada, compiled a list of suggested actions for CFUW clubs and members to promote the use of plain language. We can take an active role in monitoring and encouraging its implementation by being aware of when people are disadvantaged by complicated language. 

The use of Plain Language makes society more inclusive and allows more people to have control of their own decision-making.
For more information contact:
Trudy Baran

barantrudy@gmail.com 

519-364-4015 

Ontario Council Advocacy 

August 27--Ontario Council signed on to the letter by the Canadian Environmental Law Association to reject Great Lakes water diversion by the City of Waukesha Wisconsin

June 25--received letter from Ministry of Education re: OC submission to consultations on the new Physical Education and Health curriculum

April 24--Meeting at Ministry of Education re: Early Learning and Child Care

Fall Gatherings 
For Detailed Information
:

www.cfuwontcouncil.ca

 


CFUW Ontario North  October 24, 2015   

Theme:

Empowerment - Letting Your Power Out  

LOCATION: Fern Resort, Orilliia                    

Contact:  Karen Thorington President

kat60@rogers.com 

  

CFUW Ontario West  October 31, 2015 

Theme:

Women on Track - All Aboard 

Become a powerful influence - collaborate with your community on issues that make a difference in women's lives!

LOCATIONCanada Southern Railway Station
750 Talbot Street, St Thomas
Contact: Mary Jane Collins
 
maryjane5272@rogers.com 

CFUW Ontario Central November 7, 2015  

Theme:

Talking it Out 

Round Table Discussions involving the 

President/VP, Membership, Program and Advocacy Chairs from the 13 Clubs in the Region. 
All Club Members are Welcome! 

A Great Opportunity to Share Best Practices

and Next Practices

LOCATION:Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

1585 Yonge Street, Toronto 

Organized by Committee 

Regional Director, Patricia Joyce

416-622-5628 

patjoyce103@yahoo.com

Club Anniversaries in 2015

 Congratulations!!

CFUW Ottawa                     1910      105

CFUW London                     1920      95

CFUW Hamilton                  1925      90

CFUW Chatham Kent        1945      70

CFUW Oshawa & District  1945       70

CFUW Guelph                      1945      70

CFUW Brantford                   1945      70

CFUW Orillia                          1955      60

CFUW Leaside/East York    1955      60

CFUW Cornwall & District   1955      60

CFUW Perth & District           1970      45

CFUW Orangevill & District 1975     40

CFUW Saugeen                     1985     30

CFUW Southport                    1990     25

CFUW Kanata                        1995     20

2015-2016 Standing Committees Meetings

September 26, 2015 

January 23, 2016 

March 12, 2016 

2016 AGMs and Conferences

Ontario Council AGM and Conference

May 13 and 14, 2016

Orangeville, Ontario

CFUW AGM and Conference

June 23-25, 2016

St. Catharines, Ontario

2015 Ontario Council AGM Notice of Meeting

 NOTICE OF THE 2015

CFUW ONTARIO COUNCIL

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The executive of CFUW Ontario Council wishes to notify you that the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Council will take place in Ottawa, on May 29 and 30, 2015. 

 

Business Meeting

Saturday, May 30, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Hilton Garden  Inn - Airport

2400 Alert Road, Ottawa, ON 


Evening Reception

Friday, May 29, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn - Airport

2400 Alert Road, Ottawa, ON 

 

Registration Form and Programme information are available on www.cfuwontcouncil.ca 

 

Reference: CFUW OC By-Law VII - Meetings

1. CFUW OC shall hold an Annual General Meeting for the discussion of all matters of

provincial interest and for the receiving of reports.

2. Annual General Meetings shall be open to all current CFUW members residing in Ontario

and all members of prospective CFUW OC Clubs.

3. Standing Rules for each CFUW OC Annual General Meeting shall be adopted at the beginning of the meeting.

 

Lori Ker, Secretary, CFUW Ontario Council 

 

In By Law VIII, it is stated that "The Voting Body...shall consist of the Executive Committee, the Immediate Past President of OC, and the President of each club or her appointed delegate. Each...shall carry one vote" 

 

The appointed delegate may be a member of your club, or your Regional Director. They should tick the "Voting Delegate" box when registering. 

 

Your delegate must present the correctly filled out and signed proxy form to the credential table at the time of registration. Give your proxy holder your Club's instructions on voting. 

 

It is recommended that you allow your proxy holder to vote as she sees fit on any item that has not been distributed prior to the AGM.

 

CREDENTIAL (PROXY) FORM IS ATTACHED

 

 Notice of Meeting 

Proxy Form 

Standing Rules  

 


Dates & Data 

CFUW Ontario Council Newsletter


March 14, 2015 

Standing Committees

 

Joint Morning Session

Topic:  Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Ontario 

Paddy Buckley, Director, Strategic Policy and Programs, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, began the morning session presenting the Ministry's goals and mandates which are transforming Ontario's Post- Secondary Education System. Based in a vision of students at the centre of education in Ontario, the Ministry released a Differentiation Policy Framework for post-secondary education in 2013. Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs)

have been signed with all 44 publicly assisted colleges and universities, which will help guide future growth by encouraging more focused and thoughtful development based on each institution's unique strengths. SMAs make it easier to know what each institution is doing. While quality outcomes are expected, no specific targets have been set to this point. A funding formula review is also underway. Further detailed information, including the Framework policy and access to all SMA's is available on the Ministry website  

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng

.

Professor Bonnie Patterson, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), discussed common themes among Strategic Mandate Agreements reached bilaterally between each institution and the Ministry. SMAs are a subset of each college or university's strategic plan, and a "conversation" around each institution's core programs. SMAs reinforce common missions and are committed to innovations such as technology-enabled and experiential learning. Changing demographics of the post-secondary population combined with reductions in operating grants and revenues necessitate finding a balance of specialization, competition and collaboration among institutions. Ontario post-secondary institutions are asking the Ministry, rather than intervention and stewardship, to give them space and support to modernize their programs in line with current needs. Further information is available on the COU website  www.cou.on.ca or by contacting Prof. Bonnie M. Patterson at 416-979-2165 Ext.256 or bpatterson@cou.on.ca.    

Anna Goldfinch, National Executive Representative, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario reviewed recent changes to this province's post-secondary system, using a student lens. Ontario students pay the highest tuition fees in the country (using Statistics Canada data), and carry record levels of debt. This is a particularly onerous burden on marginalized and low income families and women who can expect lower wages in part-time jobs and upon graduation. While government funding to post-secondary institutions has decreased, tuition fees have increased, therefore students increasingly carry the burden of institutional costs. Due in large part to budgetary constraints, Ontario has the highest ratio of students to faculty, with an increased reliance on part-time, session or contract teachers, rather than tenure track faculty, actually teaching students.The Federation of Students is concerned about government assertions that although 

differentiation is "not a cost saving measure, it is expected to save costs". They have labelled Strategic Mandate Agreements as a dangerous experiment that will continue to reduce funding, decrease program choices  and further disenfranchise rural, northern, Aboriginal and francophone students.

 

Kathy Wosnick, Chair, Education Comittee 


March 14, 2015

Afternoon Sessions 

Education Committee

Sexual Assault on Ontario Campuses  

Speaker: Anna Goldfinch, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario

1 in 5 women experience sexual assault while attending a post-secondary institution. Sexual assault continues to be a very serious issue at every college and university campus in Ontario. Since 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) has led the charge against sexual assault and harassment on campus through the No Means No campaign, which focuses on raising awareness and providing consent education. 

Anna outlined some of the issues surrounding rape culture on campuses, which includes a lack of clear sexual assault policies at post-secondary institutions (at only 9 out of 102 universities across Canada as of 2014). In 2014, the Ontario Women's Directorate released A Response to Sexual Violence: A Resource Guide for Ontario's Universities and Colleges. On March 6th, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced It's Never OK: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, with a broad mandate to raise public awareness, challenge deeply rooted attitudes and behaviors, help and support survivors, strengthen laws and to improve safety on campuses. CFS specifically recommends: mandated sexual assault policies at each post-secondary institution (created with significant student input), a six million dollar sexual assault resource fund specifically for pos-tsecondary use, and that a post-secondary sexual assault accountability division be created by the government of Ontario. CFUW members who attended this session were given contact information in order to communicate their thoughts on this topic to the Ontario government. Information about this Ontario government initiative can be found at: www.ontario.ca/home-and-community/we-can-all-help-stop-sexual-violence.

More information from the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario, on both these topics is available at www.cfsontario.ca.

 

Kathy Wosnick, Chair, Education Committee

  

Status of Women & 

Human Rights Committee 

Topic: Using the Gender Lens in the Development of Public Policy

Speaker: Dr. Begum Verjee

This afternoon interactive session facilitated by guest speaker, Dr. Begum Verjee was insightful and offered the opportunity for stimulating discussions. Duringintroductions, each attendee was asked to provide a definition of the term, 'Gender Lens' which was new to some of our members. The descriptions that threaded through the brainstorming included viewpoint based on gender, inclusiveness, and impact on policies and practices. Begum gave us a definition of Gender    

Gender refers to the roles and responsibilities of men and women that are created in our families, our societies and our cultures. The concept of gender also includes the expectations held about the characteristics, aptitudes and likely behaviors of both women and men (femininity and masculinity). Gender roles and expectations are learned. They can change over time and they vary within and between cultures. Systems of social differentiation such as political status, class, ethnicity, physical and mental disability, age and more, modify gender roles. The concept of gender is vital because, applied to social analysis, it reveals how women's subordination (or men's domination) is socially constructed. As such, the subordination can be changed or ended (UNESCO). 

The second activity involved small group discussion on why and how Gender is a social determinant of health which was then shared with the whole group. 

The next activity centered on how to insert a Gender Lens  into public policy.   

  • Gender Equality means that women and men have equal conditions for realizing their full human rights and for contributing to, and benefiting from, economic, social, cultural and political development. 
  • Gender Equality is therefore the equal valuing by society of the similarities and the differences of men and women, and the roles they play. It is based on women and men being full partners in their home, their community and their society. 
  • Gender Equity is the process of being fair to men and women. To ensure fairness, measures must often be put in place to compensate for the historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from operating on a level playing field. Equity is a means. Equality is the result. (UNESCO) 

Using a Gender Lens in Public Policy - Interventions addressing strategic gender interests provide focus on 

fundamental issues related to women's (or, less often, men's) subordination and gender inequities. Strategic gender interests are long-term, usually not material, and are often related to structural changes in society regarding women's status and equity. They include legislation for equal rights, reproductive choice, and increased participation in decision-making.  Gender- 

mainstreaming is a process rather than a goal. Efforts to integrate gender into existing institutions have little value for their own sake. We mainstream gender concerns to achieve gender equality.....  

Throughout the session, women's experiences were being recounted, from lack of research on women's health, to the importance of public education for equality in politics and in the boardroom. To build the evidence base on how to change public institutions and policies to better foster gender equality and raise awareness among policy makers  and planners, men need to be involved in gender equality issues. A Gender Lens can be used to monitor and evaluate gender sensitivity to communications such as posters and other advertisements. This is a tool that governments should be using regularly in creating policy. 

Other Resources:

Mikkonen, J., & Raphael, D. (2010). Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts. Toronto: York University School of Health Policy and Management. Retrieved from

http://www.thecanadianfacts.org/

UNESCO Gender Mainstreaming Tools, Retrieved from

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/gender-equality/capacity-development/gender-mainstreaming-tools/

Bryant, T. (2012). Oppression, Health and Public Policy in Canada. In E. A. McGibbon (Ed.), Oppression: A Social Determinant of Health (pp. 138-149). Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.

Gender equity, welfare regimes and health    

youtu.be/L98_NaNIzGc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L98_NaNIzGc&feature=youtu.be 

Status of Women and Human Rights Committee

Legislation Committee   

Topic: Affordable Housing for Older  

Women: Challenges and Solutions 

Speakers: Erin Harris 

www,olderwomensnetwork.ca

Norma Gamble, Older Women's Network (OWN) Housing Committee and SuitePEAS:

Reinventing Affordable Housing for Women 55+ www.suitepeas.com  

OWN is a volunteer advocacy organization, which works independently and in partnership with like-minded organizations for social justice, with a focus on issues relating to mid life and older women in Canada. OWN's mission reflects the values of CFUW. One part of its mission is working to achieve safe, secure spaces for women to live with dignity through exploring, promoting and implementing affordable housing options and strategies for influencing government policy makers.

Erin Harris provided some history of OWN and their work in housing. OWN was founded in Toronto in 1986. At one time there were chapters throughout Ontario but the only one remaining is in Peterborough. OWN has always advocated for a National Housing Strategy. Canada is the only G8 country without one! OWN was involved in establishing one of the first older women's cooperative housing project. After 10 years of planning and financial support from the Status of Women, the OWN Housing Co-op opened 17 years ago. OWN members were given first choice of suites. Although it is not dedicated to housing older women, it does support OWN's commitment to affordable housing, as 70% of the units are subsidized for people of low or fixed income. It also houses the OWN provincial office.

Erin mentioned the Housing Factor Project, initiated by OWN in 2000. In six Ontario communities, information about the availability of housing and housing needs of mid-life and older women was collected through surveys and focus groups. Women want to age 'in place', in their homes and communities. Key issues of concern are transportation and mobility. Twenty-two recommendations were made but Erin reported that these have not been followed through by any levels of government. The summary of the report including the recommendations is available on the OWN website.

Norma Gamble stressed that women love living in

community. Often they don't wait for government to act. She mentioned four examples from around the world where women have taken the initiative to band together in communal living arrangements, sometimes for safety. One example is the Umoja Village in Kenya. She also highlighted the Beguines of the Middle Ages, women who lived closely together, served the community and were free to leave. The 'beguinage' was not a religious order. 

SuitePEAS is one of many housing models called cluster housing promoted by OWN housing committee. Norma described a co-op-like initiative, SuitePEAS being an example, to re-purpose large houses into flats, with common kitchens and dining rooms. Residents form a corporation, with each buying a share, which can be sold. Equipment, cars and upkeep can be shared. The residents form a community, avoiding isolation.

In a nutshell, the following is needed:

  • A national housing strategy,
  • A housing list in Ontario, with a priority listing for women over 65,
  • Women's groups to influence developers to build more rental housing,
  • Sustainable housing projects,
  • More accessible housing units with bathroom bars, wide doors, etc., and,
  • Housing with integrated supportive services.

There is also a lack of transitional housing for women who have been evicted. In fact, there should be zero tolerance for evicting women over 65. One supportive organization is www.acto.ca, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants of Ontario (ACTO).    

For the 2014 municipal election in Toronto, OWN made questions available to the public to ensure that affordable housing was on the agenda. OWN also made the point that in Toronto no new condo buildings are being built with accessible units which is against the building code, obviously not being enforced. Being a watchdog is something we can all do in our jurisdictions.

You are urged to visit the OWN website and check out its work and resources. Read about the OWN Housing Literacy Series: What Really Works in Creating Affordable Housing? recorded from a series of public meetings featuring guest speakers involved in various housing projects. For advocacy tips see fact sheet Tackling the Housing Crisis for women over Fifty. 

It has been a pleasure to chair this committee for 2014/15. I hope those who attended the meetings have been inspired to take some of the ideas and resources provided by our guest speakers back to their clubs for action. I realize there are so many issues that it can be overwhelming. We must pick and choose, but, many of the strategies are generic and our guests over the year are certainly passionate, positive role models.

Sheila Lacroix, Chair, Legislation

Club Advocacy 

Empowering The Future: Best Evidence for Investing in Early Childhood Education for Canada

Members of the Toronto Caucus Ad Hoc Committee on Poverty attended a Press Conference on March 10th, 2015 where an Open Letter was distributed signed by 150 academics, researchers and scholars "to move forward in investing in young children using the comprehensive body of scientific research available." As well as Canadian academic presenters there were contributions from the Brazilian and Chilean communities.

Copies of the Open Letter, entitled " Empowering 

the Future: Best Evidence for Investing in Early Childhood Education for Canada" were distributed. The document describes six findings from the scientific literature that show why investment in early childhood is important.

This document is available at www.ECinCanada.ca.

If you go on the website you may wish to add your support to the letter.

Information about another important tool was also 

received. The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development has been updated. It can be accessed at www.child-encyclopedia.com.

We are excited about this development and hope you will agree and share information about these documents with your colleagues.

Should you require more information I may be  

reached at mjmcgovern@sympatico.ca 

Margaret McGovern  

Chair, Toronto Caucus CFUW

 

Ontario Council Advocacy 

  Each of the following is noted on the OC Website

  • Ontario Council Response to the Re-introduction of the Great Lakes Protection Act March 2015
  • Meeting at Queen's Park with Premier's Policy Advisors on Human Trafficking January 22, 2015 
  • Ontario Council Response to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan February 13, 2015 
  • Meeting at Queen's Park with the Attorney General on Human Trafficking February 19, 2015

Ontario Council AGM and Conference

Ottawa, May 29-30, 2015 

Ontario Council AGM and Conference

May 29 and 30

The registration form for the Ontario Council AGM and Conference, held in Ottawa this year, is on the Ontario Council website.

cfuwontcouncil.ca 

Important Dates:

April 29 is the deadline for registering for your room at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport (HGI) in Ottawa if you want the special conference rate of $139. (It's a good deal) Don't forget to give them the code CFUW.

May 15 is the deadline for registering for the conference if you want your name included in the draw for prizes such as jewellry, gift baskets, wine etc.  Of course your early registration also helps us plan for final numbers more accurately.

We know that life is busy, but we also know that taking a break helps rejuvenate the spirit. So why not join us on May 29 and 30 in Ottawa at the Hilton Garden Inn - Airport.  We would love to greet you and welcome you to our lovely city!

The Hilton Garden Inn conference room rate of $139 per room (two queen beds) is quite reasonable, especially given the size of the rooms. After April 29, attendees will pay the regular rate which fluctuates between $149 and $199 per room. So get your room mate and reserve a room in April. To see pictures of the hotel, go to www.ottawaairport.hgi.com

When reserving the room (1-866-235-1060) use the code CFUW to ensure you get the conference rate.

Nancy Devillers,

Co-Chair, LAC Ontario AGM and Conference

2015 AGM Conference and

Convention Information 

CFUW ONTARIO COUNCIL

AGM and Conference

May 29 & 30, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn - Airport

OTTAWA

For more information Visit

www.cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN

AGM and CONVENTION

June 18 - 21, 2015

Hotel Chateau Laurier

QUEBEC CITY 

For More Information Visit

www.cfuw.org 

Fall Gatherings News

 



CFUW Ontario-Huron  October 17, 2015  

  

Theme:  Preserving Voices: Past, Present, and Future  

Uniflor Educationl Centre, Port Elgin
Hosts: CFUW Southport
 

Contact Person:  Susan MacDonald, 
LAC Committee   

susanmac@bmts.com

CFUW Ontario North  October 24, 2015

 

Theme: Empowerment - Letting Your Power Out  

LOCATION: Fern Resort, Orilliia

                            


Contact:  Karen Thorington President

 

kat60@rogers.com

 

CFUW Ontario Central November 7, 2015  

Theme: Talking it Out 

Round Table Discussions involving the 

President/VP, Membership, Program and Advocacy Chairs from the 13 Clubs in the Region. 

A Great Opportunity to Share Best Practices

and Next Practices

Everyone Welcome! 

Organized by Committee 

Regional Director, Pat Joyce

416-622-5628 

patjoyce103@yahoo.com

 

Club Anniversaries in 2015

 Congratulations!!


CFUW Ottawa                     1910      105

CFUW London                     1920      95

CFUW Hamilton                  1925      90

CFUW Chatham Kent        1945      70

CFUW Oshawa & District  1945       70

CFUW Guelph                      1945      70

CFUW Brantford                   1945      70

CFUW Orillia                          1955      60

CFUW Leaside/East York    1955      60

CFUW Cornwall & District   1955      60

CFUW Perth & District           1970      45

CFUW Orangevill & District 1975     40

CFUW Saugeen                     1985     30

CFUW Southport                    1990     25

CFUW Kanata                        1995     20

Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members

Welcome to the  D&D issue containing the programs for the March 14th, 2015 Standing Committees meetings and Ontario Council updates.

We invite your comments: info@cfuwontcouncil.ca


March 14, 2015 

Standing Committees

 

Joint Morning Session

Topic:  Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Ontario

Speakers: Paddy Buckley, Director, Strategic Policy and Programs, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU)

Professor Bonnie Patterson, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities

Anna Goldfinch, the National Executive Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. 

Overarching goals for Post-Secondary education transformation in Ontario are to:

  • Support student success and access to a high quality Ontario Post-Secondary education; 
  • Increase the global competitiveness of Ontario's Post-Secondary education; 
  • Build on and help focus the well-established strengths of Ontario colleges and universities while avoiding unnecessary duplication; and 
  • Maintain an efficient and financially sustainable Post-Secondary education system. 

Vision for Post-Secondary Education in Ontario - Paddy Buckley

Paddy Buckley joined the Ministry as Senior Policy Advisor in 2002, and held four manager positions respectively in the Post-Secondary Education Secretariat, the Post-Secondary Education Division, Programs Division and Corporate Management and Services Division.

Ontario's Post-Secondary education system has come through a decade of unprecedented enrolment growth, with more students benefiting than ever before.  In a time of increased fiscal restraint and moderating enrolment growth, we need to make sure Ontario's colleges and universities can continue to thrive and deliver the best possible learning experience for students. 

Ontario has chosen a policy of differentiation to build on the existing excellence and diversity found in Ontario's Post-Secondary education system.  This presentation will outline how the government will continue to work with our partners, including students and institutions, to continue to transform and improve Post-Secondary education in Ontario.  

Transforming Ontario Universities

Professor Bonnie Patterson, has held her post since September 2009. She was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University from 1998 to 2009. She has served previously as President of COU from 1995 to 1998, as Dean of Business at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), and chaired and taught at Ryerson's School of Administration and Information Management. She continues to hold her professorial position in Business Administration at Trent. Prof. Patterson is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by WXN.

Ontario universities successfully negotiated individual agreements with the province that focus on their particular areas of specialization. This process provided an opportunity to demonstrate how differentiated our sector is, and how universities are building on their strengths. Strategic directions were identified including program areas for growth and priorities for the expansion of graduate studies.

Taken together, these agreements demonstrate the breadth of what universities do now and what they will pursue over the next three years. Improving the student experience, preparing them for the workforce, life-changing research, economic and social development locally and globally, community outreach, and building pathways between institutions, are aspects of SMAs agreed to with government.


Back to Basics: What Students Need in the Post-Secondary Education Sector to Succeed

Anna Goldfinch coordinates the campaigns and services of the student movement nationally and provincially. Previously, Anna served as Vice President External and Campaigns Coordinator at Local 78­-Carleton University Graduate Students' Association.  Anna has a Bachelor Degree in Community, Public Affairs and Policy studies from Concordia University and a Master's of Public Administration from Carleton University.

The student experience in Ontario is much different than in other provinces. Paying the highest tuition fees and receiving the lowest per student funding, students in Ontario are concerned about the accessibility, affordability and quality of Post-Secondary education in Ontario. These issues could be compounded by new policies like differentiation, strategic mandate agreements and the possibility of a new outcomes-based funding formula. This presentation will present some of the issues that students are facing in the wake of these new policy changes in the sector, as well as sustainable solutions to ensure accessible, affordable and quality Post-Secondary education in Ontario. 

Kathy Wosnick, Chair, Education


March 14, 2015

Afternoon Sessions 

Education Committee

Topic:  Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Ontario

Speakers: Paddy Buckley, Professor Bonnie Patterson, Anna Goldfinch

In the afternoon we will continue to discuss the implications and challenges for Post-Secondary institutions, students and Ontario taxpayers. 

Kathy Wosnick , Chair, Education

Status of Women & 

Human Rights Committee 

Topic: Using the Gender Lens in the Development of Public Policy 

Speaker: Dr. Begum Verjee 

This will be an interactive workshop where participants will be able to learn how to use a gender lens in developing public policy.

Dr. Begum Verjee graduated with an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy, both from the University of British Columbia. 

As a higher education professional, community psychology practitioner and social change agent, Dr. Verjee has a strong record in adult and continuing education, program administration, social justice and intercultural education, service-learning and community engagement, student development, retention and success. 

With over 20 years of experience working in the fields of diversity and social justice, she has developed programs and initiatives in response to diversity strategies in higher education, government and not-for-profit organizations. She has provided training on diversity related issues, and has worked tirelessly in advocating for community and organizational transformation with a focus on equity and inclusion. 

Dr. Verjee is also a Canadian scholar whose contributions speak to community-university partnerships from an anti-colonial and anti-racist perspective. Her work in higher education reflects an overarching focus on integrative anti-oppressive practice and commitment to social justice. This is embedded in over two decades of educational leadership and systems change work in addressing social, economic and health inequities in higher education. Dr. Verjee also has an interest in exploring post-secondary mental health inequities.

Status of Women and Human Rights Committee

Legislation Committee   

Topic:  Affordable Housing for Older Women: Challenges and Solutions             

Speaker: Older Women's Network

(OWN), www.olderwomensnetwork.org, is an Ontario advocacy organization offering a voice for mid-life and older women facing inequities and discrimination.  Housing for older women is one of the many issues OWN is tackling. Women live longer than men, leaving them alone and often in poor health for longer periods. Many find themselves struggling financially in their final years having earned less than their male counterparts due to shorter working careers or lower wages, and with less generous retirement benefits. With the escalating costs of housing in so many of our communities, finding affordable housing is increasingly a challenge.

Our guests from OWN will highlight models of housing for older women, provide examples of some of OWN's housing initiatives, and provide pointers on taking action, including working with municipal leaders and community partners to support housing needs.

Sheila Lacroix, Chair, Legislation

 

Standing Committees Meeting

March 14, 2015  

Register Now for Standing Committee Meeting 

 

President's Message

March 2015 

"When we least expect it,

Life sets us a challenge

To test our courage

And willingness to change."  

Paulo Coelho

 

In order to succeed we first must believe that we can.  Success is not an accident, but takes hard work, and mustering the courage to continue when facing obstacles and even initial failures. I may not know all the keys to success, but recognize that motivation, having that passion to take action, and persevering to move forward can lead to all kinds of possibilities.

"Defying the Odds...One Step at a Time", the Theme for the CFUW Ontario Council AGM and Conference in Ottawa will introduce us to four inspiring speakers who are champions in their own right.  From a ground breaking athlete, to an international author, to a founder of a Kids' orchestra program, and a co-founder of a learning centre to deliver education to women in Afghanistan, we will be strengthened with their stories and encouraged to realize our own dreams and goals. Ordinary women doing the extraordinary well. 

As March 8 approaches, clubs are planning for International Women's Day which began in 1909.  Over a century of work has been done to promote women's issues, but the work is not done.  We can celebrate the past achievements (we are now persons and in the charter of rights), but cannot afford to sit on our laurels.  There is much to do.  Your efforts in your communities to raise awareness about Violence Against Women, Exploitive Images of Children, Youth in Care, Poverty and Mental Health to name a few, are reaching the ears of those who vote and those who wish to be elected. 

Ontario Council has recently had two meetings at Queen's Park on Human Trafficking, the first in January with the Premier's Policy Advisors, and the second in February with the Attorney General Mme Meilleur and her policy advisors.  Ontario has the largest number of domestic human trafficking prosecutions (including commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced marriage).  Ontario is home to the majority of foreign human trafficking victims recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Currently Ontario has no Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking, whereas, BC, Alberta and Manitoba does.  Ontario needs an Action Plan and a specific Office to Combat Trafficking that can co-ordinate Ontario's response to Human Trafficking.    The Premier's Office was very receptive to all of our requests.  More effort will be required with the Attorney General.  Priorities and funding are always an issue.  Ontario Council will be asking for your help with this advocacy.

Ontario Council appreciates the invitation to meet at Queen's Park and being given considerable time

to make presentations and have these discussions.  I would like to express my gratitude to Sheila Lacroix, Chair of Legislation and Cheryl Ambrose RD Ontario West who accompanied me. 

The Advocacy being done by Ontario Council would not be possible if it were not for the excellent work being done by clubs in their local communities, regionally and nationally. The sharing of expertise, passion for an issue, and the capacity for research and writing is done by volunteers who give generously of their time.  Thank you! In closing, I leave you with this thought:

See your goal

Understand the obstacles

Create a positive mental picture

Clear your mind of self-doubt

Embrace the challenge

Stay on track

Show the world you can do it 

Sincerely, Brenda

Club Advocacy 

CFUW Guelph Hosts a Community Child Care Forum: We Need to Get This Right

On Feb. 19th, one of the coldest nights of the winter, more than 70 people gathered at the Guelph YMCA-YWCA to listen to a panel of speakers discussing child care in our communities. The forum was intended to raise awareness, provide information about the role of different levels of government in providing child care and to engage participants in discussions about needed policy changes. The panel consisted of:

  • Martha Friendly, the Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Toronto speaking on a vision for child care in Canada and the need for a National Child Care campaign to take us from vision to action 
  • Zeenat Janmohamed a visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto and a faculty member at the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and Ryerson University in the School of Early Childhood Studies sharing her research on the integration of child care and education with a particular focus on the impact of full day kindergarten and the extended day on families, ECEs and teachers depending on the auspices of care (school board or third party operated) 
  • Lorna Reid, the Director of the Early Learning and Child Care Centre at the University of Guelph focusing on the challenges faced by child care operators and what is needed by children and by program operators to get Early Childhood Education and Care right.

The audience included a diverse cross section of ECEs, teachers, school board personnel and trustees, parents, grandparents and managers of local agencies as well as our National CFUW Executive Director, Robin Jackson and members of Ontario Council.  

Some of the key messages we heard were the need to:

  • involve the federal government in setting a framework for a National Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) system and funding to support the provincial governments in their role of delivering ECEC 
  • develop a shared vision and a common language around Early Childhood Education and Care and a commitment from the child care and education sectors to work together to achieve this vision 
  • provide equity of service so that the needs of all children are met, even those few who have very special needs or those living in rural and underservices areas 
  • include parents in planning to create  a system that provides flexibility and choice so that they can select the program that is the best fit for their child 
  • develop and support common training, assessments and standards for quality across the system 
  • include child care operators in the system planning so that new Initiatives do not negatively impact their operations to the point that spaces and programs are closed

CFUW has been advocating for a National Child Care Strategy for over 40 years. With the upcoming federal election we have an opportunity to put child care on the agenda. Here's what you can do:

  • vote for child care 
  • convince others to do the same (we need especially to involve men in this discussion) 
  • join the national campaign (as a club or individually) - check out: http://rethinkchildcare.ca/
  • hold events, like this forum, to bring awareness to the need for affordable, accessible child care

The forum was video-taped and will be shared on social media at a future date. A big thank you to the members of CFUW Guelph for their fundraising efforts and to Ontario Council for the Special Events Grant that made this forum possible.

Teresa McKeeman

Chair, Child Care/Education Working Group

CFUW Guelph

Ontario Council Advocacy 

Each of the following is noted on the OC Website

  • Meeting at Queen's Park with Premier's Policy Advisors on Human Trafficking January 22, 2015 
  • Ontario Council Response to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan February 13, 2015 
  • Meeting at Queen's Park with the Attorney General on Human Trafficking February 19, 2015

Ontario Council AGM and Conference

Ottawa, May 29-30, 2015 

An Invitation to All Members of Ontario Clubs to Attend the 2015 Ontario Council AGM and Conference

May 29 and 30

By the time you are reading this article, the registration form for the Ontario Council AGM and Conference, held in Ottawa this year, will have been posted on the Ontario Council website.

cfuwontcouncil.ca

You need to remember two dates:

April 29 is the deadline for registering for your room at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport (HGI) in Ottawa if you want the special conference rate of $139. (It's a good deal) Don't forget to give them the code CFUW.

May 15 is the deadline for registering for the conference if you want your name included in the draw for prizes such as jewellry, gift baskets, wine etc.  Of course your early registration also helps us plan for final numbers more accurately.

We know that life is busy, but we also know that taking a break helps rejuvenate the spirit. So why not join us on May 29 and 30 in Ottawa at the Hilton Garden Inn - Airport.  We would love to greet you and welcome you to our lovely city.

The Hilton Garden Inn conference room rate of $139 per room (two queen beds) is quite reasonable, especially given the size of the rooms. After April 29, attendees will pay the regular rate which fluctuates between $149 and $199 per room. So get your room mate and reserve a room in April. To see pictures of the hotel, go to www.ottawaairport.hgi.com

When reserving the room (1-866-235-1060) use the code CFUW to ensure you get the conference rate.

Nancy Devillers,

Co-Chair, LAC Ontario AGM and Conference

2015 AGM Conference and

Convention Information 

CFUW ONTARIO COUNCIL

AGM and Conference

May 29 & 30, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn - Airport

OTTAWA

For more information Visit

www.cfuwontcouncil.ca

 

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN

AGM and CONVENTION

June 18 - 21, 2015

Hotel Chateau Laurier

QUEBEC CITY 

For More Information Visit

www.cfuw.org 

Fall Gatherings News

 

CFUW Ontario-Huron  October 17, 2015

CFUW Ontario North  October 24, 2015

    CFUW Ontario Central November 7, 2015

Club Anniversaries in 2015

 Congratulations!!


CFUW Ottawa                     1910      105

CFUW London                     1920      95

CFUW Hamilton                  1925      90

CFUW Chatham Kent        1945      70

CFUW Oshawa & District  1945       70

CFUW Guelph                      1945      70

CFUW Brantford                   1945      70

CFUW Orillia                          1955      60

CFUW Leaside/East York    1955      60

CFUW Cornwall & District   1955      60

CFUW Perth & District           1970      45

CFUW Orangevill & District 1975     40

CFUW Saugeen                     1985     30

CFUW Southport                    1990     25

CFUW Kanata                        1995     20

 

Charitable Trust Day at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake

CFUW Charitable Trust Day at the Theatre

Sweet Charity by Neil Simon

Matinee 2:00 Pm

April 29, 2015

Festival Theatre

A Dazzling Musical! Come experience the bold and colourful world of '1960s New York through the eyes of Charity Hope Valentine. The dance hall hostess dreams of a brighter future but she can't help but give her heart to all the wrong guys! Then she meets the meek but sweet Oscar Lindquist when they get trapped in an elevator. Could he be the man to change Charity's luck?  Songs like 'Big Spender' and 'lf My Friends Could See Me Now' paired with a book by Neil Simon made this a Broadway hit in 1966.

Tickets will be sold at $65 pp with a donation going to the Fellowships Awards supported by the CFUW Charitable Trust. 

This year we will be sending attendees receipts for the charitable portion of the cost. (approx $15.00).

To do this we will need the full mailing address of the people receiving receipts. It is helpful to the Charitable Trust if we can mail a group's tickets to one address. We must receive ticket orders on or before Thursday, March 12, 2015. Cheques are to be made out to CFUW Charitable Trust and mailed with the order to: 

Treasurer, CFUW Charitable Trust, 62 Thompson Ave. Etobicoke, ON, MBZ 3T4

Please include names, addresses, phone numbers and emails of ticket purchasers.

Questions? 

charitabletrusttreasurer@gmail.com  or cmhare@rogers.com

Dates & Data - News From Ontario Council, February 7, 2015

CFUW Ontario Council Newsletter


Dear CFUW Ontario Council Members

Welcome to News From Ontario Council, the Dates & Data issue containing reports from the January 24, 2015 Standing Committees meetings. Also included are Ontario Council updates. We invite your comments. 

cfuwontario@yahoo.com

January 24, 2015 
Standing Committees Reports

 

Plenary Presentation

Topic: Integrated Public Transportation

 

CFUW Stratford has been actively advocating in its region for affordable, integrated public transportation through its Stratford Transportation Advocacy Group. To learn more about their work, consult the website Getting There,  www.gettingthere.ca. This session was planned to promote this issue to all of Ontario Council, as many regions in Ontario have experienced similar cutbacks in services or have been generally underserved. It should be emphasized that this is a social justice issue and attendees were asked to keep in mind the following questions:

  • Should a person's independence be limited due to age, disability or financial constraints? 
  • Should the availability of family or friend support dictate your mobility?  
  • Do the environmental benefits of mass transportation help justify the infrastructure investment?

Two guest speakers offering different perspectives and from different sectors offered stimulating and informative presentations:

  • Chris Burke, MetroLinx, an agency of the Ontario Government, Building Transit in the GTHA (Greater Toronto Hamilton Area). 
  • Peter Miasek, from the advocacy group TAO (Transport Action Ontario), Intercity Public Transportation in Ontario: Benefits, Challenges, Solutions

Chris Burke, Director of Policy and Planning, Metrolinx

MetroLinx, www.metrolinx.com, is the regional transportation authority for the GTHA which spans a large, heavily populated area from Durham in the east, York region in the north, up to Lake Simcoe,  and south west over to Hamilton. It manages a multimodal transit network which includes as partners local transit operators plus connecting partners such as Barrie Transit and Peterborough Transit. 

The GTHA is the 5th largest agglomeration in North America, soon to catch up with Chicago, and predicted to continue to grow at a rapid rate. It is a dynamic, contained region with dispersed employment and citizens with high expectations. Toronto is also the 4th 'most livable city' and worth investing in! Congestion has its social impacts, not to mention environmental. 

Planning is nested in two government plans that designate urban growth areas: the Green Belt Plan and the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan. MetroLinx has named the current mega transportation project, The Big Move which aims to have 80% of the population within 2 kilometers of rapid transit, such as rail, light rail, subway or rapid bus transit. Chris outlined nine strategies, one being stable and predictable funding. The Ontario Government has committed 15 billion dollars for the GTHA over the next ten years. Other strategies include the renovation of Union Station, the express train to Pearson Airport, plans to enable more walking and cycling, and of course the Presto Card which allows one to use one card for access to all transportation routes across the GTHA. 

Progress is being made. Already trains have been added on some of the corridors. Planning is underway for the Spadina - Downsview - Vaughan subway line extension. 

It was encouraging to learn of the plans and progress for the GTHA and that MetroLinx is networking with peer cities such as Montreal and Vancouver to share best practices.


Peter Miasek, President, Transport Action Ontario

TAO, http://transport-action-ontario.com  is an advocacy organization working towards improved intercity train and bus service. Peter moved the focus out of the GTHA to more broadly, Ontario.  Both the rail network and the bus network, which also can serve as a feeder to train service, are shrinking.  There was a drastic change when VIA Rail cut its service in 2012. There is no longer train service from North Bay to Toronto and train service from Sarnia to Toronto has been reduced from five to one per day. The map he showed comparing the train network in 1962 with that of today really emphasized the contrast. There is no longer train service linking Sudbury and North Bay directly across the province to Ottawa!

Passenger transportation in Canada is underfunded compared to other G8 countries, even the United States. There is no federal mandate, legislation or standards for VIA Rail. The more lucrative freight service is expanding and taking capacity away from passenger service. In the US, AMTRAK is controlled by federal legislation so passenger service is an enforced service.

The playing field is not level. The government pays for highways, but the transportation industry must pay for the tracks. Also, VIA Rail, which is national, and GO (rail and bus), which is provincial, do not work together. GO is subsidized, unlike private carriers.

Peter outlined some opportunities to advocate for change. Private Member's Bill C-640, the VIA Rail Canada Act will give the federal government more control over VIA. The Canada Transportation Act is under review and TAO has made a submission. TAO has joined with CFUW Stratford and other organizations to advocate for a Southwest Ontario transportation network.There has been mention of a Toronto - London - Windsor high performance rail. However, laying the designated track will take years. TAO favours improving the conventional, existing rail networks. 

Peter and TAO will be pleased to present in your region.

Sheila Clarke from CFUW Stratford led the question/answer period to close the session. Of course, there wasn't time for all of the questions, but both Peter and Chris graciously stayed to answer questions.

Peter's presentation is now available to view on the TAO website. Please contact Sheila Lacroix if you would like a copy of Chris Burke's presentation.  For additional information, it is also recommended that you read UNIFOR's recent report, Passenger Rail in Canada. It is available on the UNIFOR website, www.unifor.org, in the Take Action Campaign section.

Sheila Lacroix

Chair, Legislation 

Legislation Committee Afternoon Session

Topic:

Getting There: Integrated Public Transportation for Ontario

Continuing the Discussion with:

Sheila Clarke,  Anne Carbert and Leslye Glover, CFUW Stratford Transportation Project.

The afternoon meeting continued the morning transportation theme. The CFUW Stratford Project is one of the partners, along with TAO (Transport Action Ontario), of SWOTA (South Western Ontario Transportation Alliance),www.swota.ca. There is a strong network of support in this region and the Stratford team has hands on experience to share on advocating and building support through partnerships. Creating and maintaining an engaging website is definitely one important strategy used by the Stratford group and you are encouraged to visit the site, www.gettingthere.ca to read about the activities and the level of involvement.

Sheila introduced the session by emphasizing the importance of framing public transportation as a social justice issue. For many, a lack of integrated, affordable, public transportation is a barrier to accessing school, family and friends, work, health care, social services and recreation. At a broader level, a good transportation network promotes healthier communities, both environmentally and socially.

Sheila told about the history of Getting There. It all started in 2012 when VIA withdrew the commuter train service from Stratford. It was decided to tackle the issue regionally.  Sheila offered the following guidelines for getting involved in a transportation campaign like this.

  • Connect with elected representatives, but remain nonpartisan. 
  • Constantly revise your goals. 
  • Create a website to promote your cause and activities. 
  • Prepare Educational PPT presentations to have on hand for public meetings. 
  • Focus on a region, not a single route or destination. 
  • Be involved in promoting a formal plan. SWOTA's plan is called Network Southwest. 
  • Be persistent!

We broke into small discussion groups to brainstorm and record answers to three sets of questions. Groups often had both transportation 'haves' and 'have nots' in terms of accessibility to a good transportation network. Final thoughts were also recorded.

All of the comments and answers to the questions by the individual groups have been meticulously recorded in a summary document.  Here are selected, sample responses.

First Set, relating to transportation consumers.

Who needs / wants public transportation in your community?

Those on social assistance; Commuters of all kinds; People without a car, who either cannot afford a car or who choose not to own a vehicle.

Where are they?

Everywhere: rural areas, small towns, cities.

How do they travel now?

Friends, family, neighbours; Wheel Trans; Cycling

Who can advocate for transport?

United way; Elected representatives; University / College Student Organizations

What are potential resources / action networks in your area?

Public forums; Unions; Advocacy groups - CARP, TAO, SWOTA

Other Thoughts

The urban / rural contrast was noted. We must be aware that thriving vital communities, that have had transport removed or reduced, exist beyond urban areas. Do we want everyone to move to the city? Does everyone want to live in the city?

Transportation affects many aspects of life: where to live; where to work; where to attend school; how to access medical services; how to visit friends and family.

The exercise definitely got one thinking about how transportation is so integral to our lives and the lives of others.

If you are interested in receiving the Discussion Groups Summary and / or the one page handout,  Getting There: CFUW Advocacy Action in Support of Integrated Public Transportation which has action suggestions, please let me know. A special thank you to Sheila, Anne and Leslye for organizing this session and sharing your knowledge.

Sheila Lacroix

Chair, Legislation

Status of Women & Human Rights Committee - Afternoon Session

Topic: 

Countering Exploitive Images of Children

Speaker: Alyssa Blais 

Alyssa Blais, whose club, CFUW Cornwall & District prepared the resolution on 'Countering the Hypersexualization of Children', presented media evidence of the forms prevalent images are taking: images of girls photoshopped as big-chested, glamorized, anorexic, often white, often too young, sexual objects. Increasingly images in fashion magazines, music videos, video games and Internet visuals present very young girls, usually two to each boy (who also is also expected to be 'buff and sexy') wearing clothing shouting sexual messages (e.g. thongs for 6 year old girls with "Get Lucky" or "Who Needs Credit Cards"). These images sell what passes as normal, namely heightened sexuality, degradation and violence. Most troubling is the fact that children accept that these images are normal. They are easily available on mobile devices and cannot be regulated.

A very animated discussion left us with three key messages: 

1) these images don't represent reality, but they do hurt, 

2) we as individuals and as groups must speak out, complain and advocate loudly against the $100 billion ad industry that profits from this, and 

3) women and men must provide education for girls and boys to prepare them for the onslaught, through advertising, of false role models. 

There are many resources on this pressing issue but highly recommended is the documentary called

Miss Representation and the TEDx talk by Caroline Heldman, "The Sexy Lie".

A FACT SHEET and suggested ACTIONS are on the CFUW Advocacy website

Submitted by:

Louise Beaulieu-Steiner, CFUW Leaside/East York

Education Committee  - Afternoon Session 

Topic: 

Finding Her Voice: How Single Gender Education Empowers Girls

Speaker: Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl Boughton is the Head of Elmwood School in Ottawa, serving students Kindergarten through grade 12, with the mission to 'inspire each girl to reach her full potential'.  

Cheryl's presentation began with an exploration of current research into how girls and boys learn differently. Boys generally like a more physical and competitive environment with a clear leader. Girls are more collaborative and enjoy learning in a cooperative environment without clear leaders. Girls generally have better hearing so like a quieter room, like to be faced directly, are less impulsive and are risk averse. While teaching to their strengths (language, memory, vision, emotions), Elmwood also stretches girls through "against the grain learning" using gross motor activities, spatial tasks, strategy building and promoting leadership skills. Girls are valued as individuals and those with strong connections learn better; this is thought to be better facilitated in a girls only school, helping to build friendships and establish strong relationships among students and with teachers. 

The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE, 2009) found that students in an all-girls school have higher aspirations and motivation, are more engaged in the learning process, feel more challenged to achieve, are more participatory, feel more comfortable in expressing their ideas, show greater academic gains and feel more supported in their endeavors. Elmwood's outcomes for 2013 show 100% of graduates attending university, 97% offered scholarships and 49% in Science and Engineering (well above the 20% average). Teaching girls that they have enormous potential and power, and giving them advantages to help become strong, highly skilled confident women needs to also be promoted in our public education system. 

The Education committee provides a forum for discussion and continued learning for our attendees. 
 As an organization CFUW: 

  • Promotes high standards of public education in Canada, advanced study and research by women, and a sound concept of lifelong learning.
  • Advocates for the advancement of the status of women, human rights, and the common good locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Promotes cooperation, networking, support and understanding among women.
  • Encourages and enables women to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all aspects of the political, social, cultural, educational and scientific fields.

Kathy Wosnick

Chair, Education

             Ontario Council Advocacy                

Each of the following can be read on the OC Website.

  • OC Response sent on the Ontario government Poverty Reduction Strategy, Raising our Potential
  • Letter to Premier Wynne requesting an Ontario-wide Action Plan on combating Human Trafficking and asking for a meeting
  • Brief sent  on the 5 year review of the Child and Family Service Act
  • Response sent on consultations on the Ontario curriculum for Health and Physical Education 

Ontario Club Anniversaries in 2015

Congratulations!!


CFUW Ottawa                     1910      105

CFUW London                     1920      95

CFUW Hamilton                  1925      90

CFUW Chatham Kent        1945      70

CFUW Oshawa & District  1945       70

CFUW Guelph                      1945      70

CFUW Brantford                   1945      70

CFUW Orillia                          1955      60

CFUW Leaside/East York    1955      60

CFUW Cornwall & District   1955      60

CFUW Perth & District           1970      45

CFUW Orangevill & District 1975     40

CFUW Saugeen                     1985     30

CFUW Southport                    1990     25

CFUW Kanata                        1995     20

Club News


CFUW Central Ontario Partners with CARP - The Power of Women Working Together

There was a buzz in the air around the CFUW booth at the Zoomer Show at the Direct Energy Building last October 25/26 in Toronto.  The Clubs of Ontario Central had the opportunity to staff the booth and/or send their brochures.  The event was organized by Diane Johns, Past President of UWC North York and Regional Director of Ontario Central Patricia Joyce.  The purpose was to increase the profile of CFUW and the membership of the Clubs.  The group received the new membership grant from Ontario Council to help defray some expenses.  Through negotiation and National's relationship with CARP, sponsor of the show, the booth was free.

The new branding pull up banner and flat banner were used to centre the display and draw women to the corner booth.  A steady stream of prospective members was engaged by the twenty-two volunteers, working in shifts handing out appropriate Club brochures both local and national.  To follow-up, visitors were invited to put their contact information in a draw.  The prize was two tickets to the lunch sponsored by the Toronto Caucus (the 6 Toronto Clubs) December 5th at the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto.  This event supports the CFUW National Polytechnique Scholarship and has raised over $21,000 to date.

The entries to the contest were organized by postal code.  These were mailed or e-mailed to the appropriate Clubs across southern Ontario for the Clubs to invite these women to a November meeting. Using the National directory we were able to connect women to local Clubs outside Ontario Central.  We even gave information for the Montreal Clubs!  We had over 250 contacts on paper and many more verbally and with the new CFUW National recruitment brochure.

A survey on the process and the results will be tabulated in November.  In the spring we will check with the Clubs to see how many new members they netted from this event.

I thank the many volunteers from the CFUW Clubs in Etobicoke, North York, Leaside- East York, North Toronto,  Scarborough and Toronto and especially Diane Johns who assisted me in this endeavour.  It was a success in many ways!

Patricia Joyce, 

Regional Director, Ontario Central

 

  Canadian Federation of University Women's Clubs of Kanata, Nepean, and Ottawa and Ottawa Council of Women

 11th Annual International Women's Day Celebration 

Monday, March 2, 5:30-9:00 p.m

SPEAKING TRUTH TO HISTORY

Refreshments!  Door Prizes!  Displays!  Artesania! 

Featuring: Ottawa's Own Triple Trouble Dancers

Special Guest Speaker: Professor Greta Kroeke

"The Early Modern Witch Hunts and Their Modern Legacy"

in the Council Chamber & Atrium,  

101 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean

 Still only $25!

REGISTER  ONLINE at www.cfuw-ottawa.org

OR CONTACT CO-CHAIRS

OCW:  Beverlee McIntosh (613) 728-9770, beverlee.mcintosh@gmail.com

CFUW-Ottawa: Fran Manning (613) 830 3086  fe.manning@rogers.com

CFUW-Nepean:  Sharon Carew  (613) 257 1747  sharonacarew@yahoo.com

CFUW-Kanata:  Carol Fowler (613) 592 1243   cafowler@bell.net

CFUW Orangeville

Indigenous Women Rising

Presented by:

Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle

"Learning Canada's History Through Wampum Diplomacy"

Saturday May 23 2015

Vendors, Artists and More: 11:30am-1:00pm

Presentations: 1:00 - 4:30pm

Tickets $40.

Westside Secondary School Auditorium 

300 Alder Street, Orangeville

To Attend visit:

dufferincountyculturalresource circle.org

CFUW Ontario Council 

Annual General Meeting 2015

May 29 - 30

Hosted by CFUW Ottawa 

Hello All Ontario Clubs!

CFUW-Ottawa is hosting the 2015 Ontario Council AGM and Conference this year. It will be held at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn near the Ottawa airport. The advantage of this hotel is that it can be accessed from the 416 without having to go near the Queensway or downtown Ottawa. No matter what festivals and events are taking place that weekend, you can circumvent them all! 

This year's conference theme is 

"Defying the Odds- One Step at a Time" . 

We have a wonderful speakers' list comprised of top name speakers who have achieved excellence by defying the odds themselves, or who are providing more advantaged conditions so that others can succeed, against all odds. 

Our keynote speaker, Sue Holloway, is an Olympian (two medals) and a motivational coach. She is the first woman in the world to have competed in both winter and summer Olympics. She is modest, funny,  energetic and she works very hard to achieve her goals.

In addition we have three workshop presenters from which you will choose two. This is going to be a difficult choice. We encourage you to choose and register early in order to make sure that you get your choices. 

Here are the speakers:

Denise Chong - an internationally published author and two-time finalist for the Governor General's literary award is best known for her book, The Concubine's Children.

Tina Fedeski - Tina learned about a music program for disadvantaged children in Venezuela. Fascinated, she went to Venezuela to take a look and returned to Ottawa convinced that it would work here too. That was in 2007and the program OrKidstra was born. 

Sadiqa Basiri, an international student from Afghanistan who is currently a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, is the final workshop presenter. Ms Basiri is the co-founder and executive director of a non-profit agency in Afghanistan which delivers education to women.

What else is there to do?

Have you ever visited Ottawa during the tulip festival? If not, it must be on your bucket list. This is your opportunity to see Ottawa's thousands of tulips, enjoy the cruises along the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, take a walk around Parliament Hill (bring your camera) and the Byward Market (have a latte on one of the many outdoor patios.) The sky is the limit! Since the conference is over around 4 p.m. on Saturday you could see the city on Saturday evening and Sunday morning and be home later Sunday. 

The Hilton Garden Inn is offering a conference room rate of $139 per room (two queen beds). This is quite reasonable, especially given the size of the rooms. This rate will end on April 29, exactly one month before the conference begins. After April 29, attendees will pay the regular rate which fluctuates between $149 and $199 per room. So get your room mate and reserve a room in April. To see pictures of the hotel, go to  www.ottawaairport.hgi.com. 

Heads up - When re-serving the room (1-866-235-1060) use the code CFUW to ensure you get the conference rate.

The Friday evening reception will be a "meet and greet" with background music and a few speakers welcoming us to the conference and to the hotel. The greetings from the City of Ottawa will come from Mayor Jim Watson.  And as for the background music by two talented musicians - a violinist and a pianist - we are keeping their identity a secret. But you will recognize one of them! 

If your club would like to reserve a table for displays/sales, please contact OC President Brenda Robertson to identify your interest and any questions you may have. 

We are asking members to try to register no later than May 15. In fact we have decided to put the names of all those who have registered by May 15 into a draw for some prizes. So, in this case, the early bird gets a chance at some prizes, not the worm!

You are all welcome to come and, after a long winter, it is always fun to greet each other again and form friendships with those from clubs across this province. 

Registration forms will be on the Ontario Council website www.ontcfuwcouncil.ca  and on the CFUW Ottawawebsite www.cfuwottawa.org February 2015.

Nancy DeVillers, Co-Chair, n_devillers@hotmail.com

Nancy Vrooman,

Registrar, navrooman@rogers.com