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The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) expresses its dismay at the closure of the offices of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). As a long-standing member group of FAFIA and collaborator on key policy issues affecting women, this closure represents a significant loss to women in Canada. Read More

 

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    The world premiere of Stories for Hemingway's Havana
    Written and Performed by Brian Gordon Sinclair
    (Recipient of the prestigious Sir Tyrone Guthrie Award for acting)
    When: July 7, 2007 at 7 pm
    Where: OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) 7th floor Peace Lounge, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
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    presented by CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault)
    This is a Mad Pride associated event
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    MAD Pride Day - July 14, 2007 - An International Day Recognizing Mad People’s Movement in Toronto
    Survivors! ... Consumers! ... Mad Folks! ... Allies ... Activists ...
    Help Celebrate Mad Pride Toronto!
    Join the BED PUSH - A pride parade of sorts
    Gather at 1pm at the front door of CAMH 1001 Queen Street West at 1pm. We will march to Parkdale Activity & Recreation Center for a celebration!

    Image by Paul CôtéMad Pride Day, July 14th, an international day recognizing Mad People’s movement has been proclaimed as such, within the city of Toronto.

    Help recognize and celebrate psychiatric survivors, consumers and mad folks by getting involved in and supporting Toronto's first ever Mad Pride Bed Push, a parade of sorts.

    The idea of a Bed Push is inspired by our British counterparts who staged The Great Escape Bed Push, as a Mad Pride event last year.

    Dressed in Pajamas a group of campaigners pushed a psychiatric bed from Millview Psychiatric Hospital in Brighton, 60 miles to the original site of “Bedlam” the Bethlem Asylum in London, all the while being pursued by a giant syringe. The aim of the stunt was to raise awareness about the poor levels of choice of treatments and the widening use of force in the psychiatric system.

    When: July 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West

    Speakers: City Counselor Gord Perks,
    M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo, & M.P. Peggy Nash

    Call or email us, let us know that you care about Mad Pride by getting involved in it. Read More

    Women Against Poverty Take Over Abandoned Building
    See Photos and listen to Audio from the Women Against Poverty Collective: Housing Takeover Day Rally and March
    en francais

    Photos:
    John Bonnar: www.johnb.smugmug.com/gallery/...
    Graeme Bacque: http://tinyurl.com/327u5j

    Audio:
    http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=23409

    Articles:
    CTV Article: Police end anti-poverty group's house squat - Sun. Jun. 3 2007 http://tinyurl.com/3cbkd7

    CITYNews: Police Clash With Protesters At Affordable Housing Rally - Sun. June 3, 2007 http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_11648.aspx


    Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC) - Press Release
    Women Against Poverty Demand Government Action On Housing: Release dd June 3, 2007


    Lack of Quality Non-Profit Child Care a "Disgrace" Say Elementary Teachers

    ETFO Press Release dd May 30, 2007
    Poor quality care in licensed Ontario child care facilities documented in recent media reports dramatically underlines the need for a national, non-profit child care program, says the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

    ETFO President Emily Noble acknowledged that the Ontario government quickly responded to concerns about quality of care by promising to post details of child care inspections on a government website. However, the issue of unsatisfactory child care continues to be a serious concern, she said. Read More


    Legal appeal of Ontario Energy Board decision on low-income energy consumers
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    Press Release dd May 29, 2007
    Today, the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) announced it will not be giving up the fight for fair energy prices for low-income consumers in Ontario, despite a recent decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) that thwarted the group’s efforts. LIEN served notice of its appeal to Divisional Court of the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) decision issued April 26, 2007 that it does not have the jurisdiction to implement rate affordability programs for low-income residential consumers. There was a very strong dissenting decision in this matter by Gordon Kaiser, Chair of the three-member Board panel, who found that the OEB does have the “jurisdiction to approve special rates for low-income consumers in appropriate cases.” Read More


    Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC)
    Women's Housing Takeover


    Is That Legal?
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    This resource was created by Simon Shields, a lawyer whose goal in creating this site was to "share his knowledge, experience and research regarding Ontario and Canadian law with those in our society who most need it". The link is to a new resource on the site
    -- an extensive legal review of the new Ontario Residential Tenancies Act.

    Summary of Pro Bono Students Canada 2006-2007 ODSP Special Diet Allowance Analysis
    Our analysis examined the procedure associated with applying for ODSP Special Diet Allowance funding, appealing special diet allowance rulings, and the various regulations associated with this program. Based upon our findings, we concluded that the ODSP Special Diet Allowance is failing to meet its stated objectives. In our report we identified the major issues associated with the current ODSP Special Diet Allowance program and recommended various steps that maybe taken to properly resolve these issues.

    Please Support the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada / Coalition pour le Droit à l’Avortement au Canada (ARCC-CDAC)


    Responses to Ontario Budget 2007

    What people are saying about McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget:
    People from across Ontario are saying Dalton McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget" fails to deliver

    Low Income Families Together (L.I.F.T.)
    Too Little, Too Late! 2007 Provincial budget offers last minute pre-election crumbs, but does not address poverty

    O.D.S.P. Action Coalition:
    People with Disabilities Left in Poverty by Ontario Budget

    Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):
    Budget good first step, but much work remains to be done: anti-poverty activists

    CUPE Ontario
    Ontario's families will wait for years to benefit from McGuinty's "war" on poverty

    Wellesley Institute:
    Thanks for the thoughts, but where's the money?

    Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL):
    Wait ...Wait ...Wait

    Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update (AODA Alliance):
    What the Ontario Budget Includes on Disability/Accessibility

    John Tory: McGuinty's Budget: No relief, few results for average taxpayers
    Tory says McGuinty missed an opportunity to use billions in extra money to help families

    Canadian Auto Workers (CAW):
    Ontario Budget Falls Short of Expectations, Hargrove Says

    Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO)
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    Ontario budget increases overall education funding but local programs may still suffer

    Canadian Federation of Students:
    Ontario Budget Forecast for Students: Higher Tuition Fees and More Debt



    Daily Bread Food Bank:
    Budget's Ontario Child Benefit gets thumbs up from Daily Bread Food Bank

    Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO):
    Elementary Teachers Applaud Government Focus on Education

    Community Living Ontario:
    McGuinty Government's Commitment to Developmental Services Encouraging

    Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB):
    Food banks welcome focus on poverty --
    OAFB welcomes first step on a long journey to reduce poverty in Ontario

    United Ways of Ontario:
    Budget Addresses Needs of Vulnerable Ontarians

    The Ontario Child Benefit & the March 22nd Provincial Budget
    Read a backgrounder on the Ontario Budget 2007 prepared by the Income Security Advocacy Centre

    New Federal Policies Affecting Women's Equality: Reality Check -- CRIAW's latest Fact Sheet
    Do you agree with the federal Conservatives that “women are already equal”?

    Check out CRIAW's hard-hitting new fact sheet:
    New Federal Policies Affecting Women's Equality: Reality CheckPDF document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF file)

    It summarizes “facts” and “current government policy” for six issues.

    Read text here, highlighting one detail from each section.


    R.E.A.L Women of Canada Press Release, February 8, 2007:
    Hearings by Status of Women Committee a Hoax


    Commentary on Sept. 26th Announcement of $1-Billion Funding Cuts
    Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
    CAUT commentary on Treasury Board funding cuts PDF doc - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) (PDF, 4 pgs, 20 kb)
    On September 26 Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced a series of cuts totaling $1 billion over the next two years. The cuts were announced on the same day the government made a $13.2-billion payment on the national debt. The cuts affect a vast array of departments but are concentrated primarily on aboriginal programs, skills and literacy training, social policy research, legal assistance and research, and funding for Status of Women Canada. Read More

    Support a National Child Care Program
    Momentum is building for a private members’ bill that would boost child care from a patchwork of services to a pan-Canadian program. Add your support today by emailing your member of parliament about this important bill. Read more and Take Action

    Government's real priorities revealed - Media Statement
    We are deeply concerned about the gutting of the only federal agency that addresses critical questions pertaining to equality and about what it suggests about what this government's true intentions are for equality matters in Canada.

    Announced Monday, the 5 million dollar cut to Status of Women Canada (SWC) is a serious attack on the lone federal department engaged in the development of gender responsive policy and in the fulfillment of Canada's human rights obligations to women at the international, domestic, and inter-governmental levels.

    We now see the government's real priorities revealed. Read More

    Canadian Conservative Government Slashes Funding to Wasteful Anti-Family Programs LifeSiteNews.com, John-Henry Westen, dd September 26, 2006
    OTTAWA, September 26, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The budgets of some of the most wasteful and at the same time biased Canadian government funded programs have been slashed by the new Conservative Government. Three organizations which have been overtly pushing for same-sex marriage have been denied millions of tax-dollars they have been receiving for years under the previous Liberal government.
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    REAL Women Canada
    , a conservative women's group said in a press release today that they were "especially pleased" at the cut to Status of Women. "This is a good start, and we hope that the Status of Women will eventually be eliminated entirely, since it does not represent 'women', but only represents the ideology of feminists," said the group. "The Status of Women was established in 1973 under Prime Minister Trudeau and over the years, it has funded feminist groups to serve as agents of change, never recognizing that other women have different views and have no wish to be represented by these feminist organizations."
    Hold your nose & read more


    National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) Responds to Federal Budget Cuts
    Stephen Harper promised to “take concrete and immediate measures …to ensure that Canada fully upholds its commitments to women.”

    The elimination of the Court challenges Program will deny legal redress to poor and marginlized women: the Conservative Government is abrogating CEDAW Article 2 (c) To establish legal protection of the rights of women on an equal basis with men and to ensure through competent national tribunals and other public institutions the effective protection of women against any act of discrimination. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not include the financial means by which to access the courts on an equal basis with the wealthiest citizens or corporations when a individual’s rights have been violated.

    Harper’s Government cut $5 million from the Status of Women budget despite the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee, representing all parties in the house, to an increase in the budget of at least 25%. How does this action live up to his promised commitment to Canadian women?


    Cuts to Status of Women and Court Challenges Program Undermine Government’s Commitment to Women’s Equality
    FAFIA (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action) Press Release
    Ottawa: FAFIA, a pan-Canadian alliance of women’s and human rights organizations, is denouncing the $5 million cut to the federal department of Status of Women over two years. These cuts will be taken from its modest annual budget of $13 million. The grants and contributions arm ($11 million) of the department was not affected.

    “These cuts will critically affect the federal government’s own commitment to live up to its equality commitments to women,” said Shelagh Day, Co-Chair of the Canadian Feminist Alliance (FAFIA).

    FAFIA is also dismayed by the elimination of the Court Challenges Program. “This Program has provided Canadian women with their only access to the use of their constitutional equality rights,” said Shelagh Day. “Equality rights have no meaning in Canada if women, and other Canadians who face discrimination, cannot use them.” Read More | en français: Des coupures à Condition féminine Canada et au Programme de contestation judiciaire sapent l'engagement du gouvernement envers l'égalité des femmes

    Conservatives Elimininate Court Challenges Program & Cut $5M from Status of Women of Canada over next 2 years
    The $5 Million cut to Status of Women Canada (SWC) and the elimination of the Court Challenges Program (CCP), seriously undermine the Government's commitment to women's equality.
    The overall budget at SWC is $24 million. The women's program absorbs almost $11 million (grants and contributions). That means the department functions on effectively $13 million, 5 million of which has just been cut over next 2 years.

    Here's the pinpoint URLs to Treasury Board of Canada site with info on the cuts.
    English: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/media/nr-cp/2006/0925_e.asp
    En français: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/media/nr-cp/2006/0925_f.asp

     

    Notes from Pay Equity Press Conference, Ottawa, Sept/21/06
    Andrée Côté, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
    Bonjour, my name is Andrée Côté, and until a few weeks ago I was Director of Law Reform at the National Association of Women and the Law. NAWL has been forced to lay off it's staff in the last few weeks and is waiting for the renewal of our funding application from Status of Women Canada.

    The Harper government response on pay equity this week demonstrates why it is so important that women's groups receive adequate and stable funding: we need to have the capacity to defend women's rights, and to respond to retrograde and ineffective policies that bring us back 20 years. Read More | plus en français

    Pay Equity: at the heart of equality
    Canadian Labour Congress & Public Service Alliance Of Canada
    Press Release dd Sept. 21, 2006
    The federal government announced yesterday that it is taking a giant step backwards on the question of equal pay for women workers. More than thirty years after the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women still earn less, on average, than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. Today, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. Our equal pay legislation is not working. The wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, women of colour and women with disabilities. Read the full release in English | en français

    Women's groups fear federal cuts coming
    by Norma Greenaway, CanWest News Service, Vancouver Sun, Sept. 22, 2006
    A leading Canadian women's rights group has been forced to close its office for lack of money and other federally financed organizations fear a similar fate as the Conservative government zeroes in on a promise to cut spending by $1 billion this fiscal year. The prospect cheers Gwen Landolt, vice-president of the pro-life, pro-family conservative lobby group REAL Women Canada and a fierce critic of federal funding of ''feminist'' and other special interest groups. ''It's simply an abuse of taxpayers' money to fund only one ideology,'' Landolt said in an interview. Read Full article at: http://tinyurl.com/fl9aw

    Conservatives Take First Step Towards Dismantling Ministry for the Status of Women / Les Conservateurs Amorcent Le Démantèlement De Condition Féminine Canada
    NDP / NPD Press Release dd Sept. 20, 2006
    Excerpt: OTTAWA – The future of women’s organisations across Canada is being threatened as the Conservative Government is taking too long to review Status of Women Program applications – forcing prominent women’s organisations to close their doors.

    “By not responding to funding applications, the Conservatives are allowing programs to shut down, one by one.,” said NDP MP critic for the Status of Women Irene Mathyssen. "What's next? The entire department? It looks like Bev Oda is spoiling to dismantle the Status of Women department."

    As of Sept. 12, The National Association of Women and the Law, has closed their doors due to insufficient federal funding. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will shut down on Sept. 26. Organizations have put in applications for funding, but have heard nothing from the Minister responsible for Status of Women, Bev Oda.
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    The Effect of Bill 14 - Access to Justice Act - on Paralegals and the Public
    In its on-going opposition to Bill 14, the Paralegal Society of Ontario (POS) emphasized the numerous concerns expressed by both paralegals and non-paralegals to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Read More

    Womyn's Voices Online Consultation - Violence Against Women: Sept. 18 – Oct. 13, 2006
    Objective: Engage women of Canada, including equality seeking women’s organizations, in the federal government ICT initiatives and collaborate on developing strategies to eliminate online violence and exploitation of women.
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    Blair: "clamp down on antisocial children before birth"
    Setting out plans for state intervention to prevent babies born into high-risk families becoming problem teenagers of the future, Tony Blair said teenage mothers could be forced to accept state help before giving birth, as part of a clampdown on antisocial behaviour. Read More

    Conservatives Must Come Clean on Agenda for Status of Women Canada
    Liberal Party of Canada Press Release dd August 25, 2006
    OTTAWA – Liberal Critic for Status of Women and Multiculturalism Maria Minna today called on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to reveal the Conservative government’s true intentions for the future of Status of Women Canada.

    “The Conservative grassroots community is actively campaigning for the demise of this important agency which promotes the rights of women in Canada,” said Ms. Minna. “Ms. Oda must come clean and reveal whether or not she will bow to the pressure of these extreme right-wing groups or if she will take a stand and publicly distance herself from their position.”

    Recent media reports indicate that several socially Conservative blogs have begun a campaign to eliminate the federal agency for the Status of Women. The group REAL women of Canada, which also opposes same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, launched the campaign because of their belief that the agency “promotes feminist policies on the false premise that women in Canada are victims of a patriarchal society.” Read More


    Law Society Silences Non-Advocacy Paralegals
    Imagine having your ability to make a living severally changed or eliminated, and you are not able to use your constitutional right to speak out in protest. That is what the non-advocacy paralegal faces, as the McGuinty government moves forward with its controversial Bill 14, The Access to Justice Act. The bill, if passed, would have paralegals regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Read More

    Federal Court orders sign language services
    In a landmark ruling, the Federal Court of Canada has ordered the federal government to make professional sign language interpretation services available on request when providing services to people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss. Read More


    Women & HIV/AIDS

    Women and HIV: The promise of microbicides
    Randy Sheppard, CBC News Online
    According to the World Health Organization, women account for nearly 70 per cent of HIV-AIDS cases worldwide.

    When most people think about AIDS, they see it primarily as a problem of the gay community or of those who share needles. And they wouldn't be wrong.

    But over the past half-dozen or so years, the face of AIDS in Canada and the United States has begun to change quite dramatically. More and more of those acquiring the disease turn out to be young heterosexual women, infected by their partners. Read More


    AIDS 2006
    16th International AIDS Conference
    Time to Deliver
    www.aids2006.org/

    Click this logo to visit the site of AIDS 2006 -- 16th International AIDS Conference -- Time to Deliver

    Highlights from the XVI International AIDS Conference, Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, in Toronto, Canada

    Global Leaders Speak Out: Mr. William Jefferson Clinton and Stephen Lewis - August 15, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
    Read Transcript and/or View Video of this session

    Clinton, Gates Address Stigma, Other Challenges to Combating HIV/AIDS Pandemic - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference

    Priorities in Ending the Epidemic: Mr. William J. Clinton and William Gates - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
    Read Transcript and/or View Video of this session

    Actor, HIV/AIDS Advocate Richard Gere Says Media is Crucial in Fighting Pandemic - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference

    Women at the Frontline in the AIDS Response - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
    Read Transcript and/or View Video of this session

    Media and AIDS: Spreading Information Faster than the Disease - August 14, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
    Panelists at this session discuss the mobilization of the media industry following the 2004 launch of the Global Media AIDS Initiative by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a special meeting organized by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS.
    Read Transcript and/or View Video of this session

    High Level Session on Leadership: Time to Deliver for Women and Girls - August 13, 2006 -- XVI International AIDS Conference
    Read Transcript and/or View Video of this session

    Opening Address at 16th International AIDS Conference Aug. 13, 2006 by Governor General Michaëlle Jean

    Daily Roundup for Friday, August 18, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
    Delegates at the closing of the XVI International AIDS conference in Toronto were reminded that now is the "Time to Deliver." Read More

    Daily Roundup for Thursday, August 17, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
    The XVI International AIDS Conference began today by addressing the need for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to HIV that includes elements some say are often overlooked, like human rights and youth. Read More

    Daily Roundup for Wed., August 16, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
    On Wednesday, achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS was a major focus of the conference. The World Health Organization released new estimates of global antiretroviral therapy coverage. Read More

    Daily Roundup for Tuesday, August 15, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
    The latest Daily Roundup includes comments from actor Richard Gere and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Read More

    Daily Roundup for Monday, August 14, 2006 from the XVI International AIDS Conference
    The Daily Roundup for Monday, August 14 looks at the AIDS 2006 theme – Time To Deliver – and features comments from Bill and Melinda Gates and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
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    How you can participate online (free) in the 16th International AIDS Conference - Aug. 13 to 18, 2006
    In preparation for the 16th International AIDS Conference taking place in Toronto from Aug. 13 - 18th, 2006, (and to help inform both myself as a conference delegate and other DAWN members) we've assembled some information on Women and HIV/AIDS (see below) from the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC).

    Please note that portions of the AIDS 2006 Conference will be available for viewing on the Internet at no cost and with no registration... Webcasts and transcripts, along with additional coverage, will be accessible at a later date. You can now sign up now to receive a daily update email during the week of the conference, providing summaries of each day's developments and direct access to all of the online coverage. Sign up at www.kaisernetwork.org/aids2006.

    For those of you living in or near the Greater Toronto Area, please note that there are a number of women's events that will be held in the Global Village at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. These are open to the general public (free of charge) as well as to conference delegates.

    Here is the link to the Programme available online: www.aids2006.org/PAG/ProgrammeAtAGlance.aspx. Any event marked with GV as the venue is scheduled to take place in the Global Village and does not require a conference badge to attend. As an example, here are 2 events scheduled at the Global Village (which I am anxious to attend):

    1. An interactive session hosted by Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

    Where's the Money for Women's Rights and HIV/AIDS?

    AWID will share its 'hot off the press' research on resources for women's rights organizations and HIV/AIDS. Come share and learn if women are being short-changed and become part of the strategies to mobilize more resources for women's rights. For more info, contact awid@awid.org.

    When: Sun. Aug. 13, 2006 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
    Where: Global Village, Main Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

    2. Hosted by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) and AWID:

    In Her Own Words: Violations of Women's Human Rights and HIV
    Moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault (CNN-Johannesburg)

    This panel will expose rights violations that have led to the growing number of women who are now living with HIV, calling for greater respect and promotion of women's rights within the HIV/AIDS response. Panelists from different parts of the world -- HIV+ women activists and policy analysts -- will identify where appropriate policy or program interventions might have made the difference in terms of HIV status, treatment and community response. For more info, contact Cami Hilsendager at chilsendager@iwhc.org.

    When: Mon. Aug. 14, 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Where: Global Village, Main Stage, Metro Toronto Convention Centre


    Women and HIV/AIDS: Select Facts
    Women are increasingly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. 
    Young people, especially young women, are disproportionately at risk.
    Women and girls do not have access to comprehensive information and services.
    The biggest HIV/AIDS risk for many women and girls is marriage.
    Sexual coercion and violence lead to a greater chance of infection. Read More


    With Women Worldwide: A Compact to End HIV/AIDS

    Outlines priority actions for making global HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care strategies work for women. Developed by a group of women advocates for use in 2006 negotiations on HIV/AIDS and beyond. ... Read More

    Women and HIV/AIDS: Women's Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS:
    An Overview

    The Context: Women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS Worldwide
    In January 2002, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that for the first time, women represented half of HIV-positive individuals worldwide, and more than half in sub-Saharan Africa, the region of the world hit hardest by the epidemic. HIV/AIDS had become a generalized epidemic in many African countries, moving from high-risk groups such as sex workers and injection drug users to the general population, largely because of pervasive gender inequality. The combination of social and political inequalities and severe poverty is lethal to women in the developing world, rendering them disproportionately vulnerable to the virus. ... Read more

    The Commitment: Addressing Women's Realities
    Despite women's disproportionate vulnerability, few programs aimed at curbing the pandemic's spread target them or reflect the realities of their lives. If we want to stop HIV/AIDS—in Africa, in Asia, in Latin America, in Eastern Europe, and in Canada and the United States — we must do two things: ... Read more

    Colleagues: Empowering Women on the Ground
    IWHC's colleagues worldwide are providing young people with the information, skills, and strategies to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, and advocating for policies that mandate the gender-sensitive comprehensive sexuality education that will enable future generations to reach adulthood in good health. They are also working to erode the gender inequalities that fuel the epidemic's spread by advocating for women's sexual and reproductive rights and focusing attention on the realities of women's lives. For example: ... Read more

     

    ATHENA: Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS
    As the world enters the third decade of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, women — especially the young and the poor — are increasingly affected. Because gender inequity fuels HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS fuels gender inequity, it is imperative that women and girls speak out, set priorities for action, and lead the global response to the crisis. The ATHENA Network was created to realize this imperative.

    ATHENA strives to bridge the communities around the world that are addressing gender, human rights, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Further, ATHENA promotes the leadership and participation of women and girls, especially those living with HIV/AIDS, as central to the global response. Through these efforts, we are guided by four central mandates for our collective work – the indivisibility and intersectionality of issues and experiences; the need for independence and integrity; the inclusion of grassroots and indigenous groups; and the importance of intergenerational exchange, new voices, and the involvement of youth. Read More


    A Dose of Reality: Women's Rights in the Fight against HIV/AIDS

    The global HIV/AIDS pandemic is taking a catastrophic toll on women and girls. The number of HIV infections among women and girls has risen in every region in recent years, and in sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls constitute nearly 60 percent of those living with HIV. In some countries, the HIV infection rates for girls are many times higher than for boys. The rising number of HIV infections among women and girls is directly related to violence against women and their unequal legal, economic, and social status.

    Abuses of women's and girls' human rights impede their access to HIV/AIDS information and services, including testing and treatment. Those who do obtain HIV services sometimes face disclosure of their confidential HIV test results by public health officials without the women's consent. This heightens women's risk of being ostracized by their communities and abused by their intimate partners.

    Governments around the world have done far too little to combat the entrenched, chronic abuses of women's and girls' human rights that put them at risk of HIV. Misguided HIV/AIDS programs and policies, such as those emphasizing abstinence until marriage, ignore the brutal realities many women and girls face. By failing to enact and effectively enforce laws on domestic violence, marital rape, women's equal property rights, and sexual abuse of girls, and by tolerating customs and traditions that subordinate women, governments are enabling HIV/AIDS to continue claiming the lives of women and girls. Read More


    Women and HIV/AIDS: The Barcelona Bill of Rights
    As we enter the third decade of HIV/AIDS, women, especially the young and the poor, are the most affected. Because gender inequality fuels the HIV/AIDS pandemic, it is imperative that women and girls speak out, set priorities for action and lead the global response to the crisis. Therefore, women and girls from around the world unite and urge all governments, organizations, agencies, donors, communities and individuals to make our rights a reality. Read More


    Remarks by Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa to High-Level Panel on U.N. Reform in Geneva
    There is a crying need for an international agency for women. Every stitch of evidence we have, right across the entire spectrum of gender inequality suggests the urgent need for a multilateral agency. The great dreams of the international conferences in Vienna, Cairo and Beijing have never come to pass. It matters not the issue: whether it's levels of sexual violence, or HIV/AIDS, or maternal mortality, or armed conflict, or economic empowerment, or parliamentary representation, women are in terrible trouble. And things are getting no better. Read More

    Four Steps for Canada: Stephen Lewis and Canadian civil society groups demand action on global AIDS crisis
    Platform presented to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in advance of AIDS Conference
    Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa, today joined the Global Treatment Access Group (GTAG) and the Make Poverty History Campaign in calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take decisive action in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    The Global AIDS Crisis: Four Steps for Canada is a civil society platform for action to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS globally and to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. The platform has already been endorsed by more than 80 organizations across Canada, including the labour movement, faith groups, AIDS organizations, student groups, human rights advocates, and humanitarian and development organizations. Read More

     


    The stigma surrounding abortion continues in New Brunswick - Open Letter from Dr. Henry Morgentaler
    The New Brunswick government continues to deny women access to publicly funded abortions. Under the current Medical Services Payment Act, to have an abortion covered by Medicare, women are obliged to have the approval of two doctors in writing and the abortion must be performed in a hospital by a gynecologist. This leaves women with no family doctor or an anti-choice doctor no option other than the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton. This discriminatory practice must stop. Read More


    Vancouver Sun, columnist Daphne Bramham slams the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income
    In the July 22, 2006 Vancouver Sun, columnist Daphne Bramham slams the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income. (page C4) See article here: http://tinyurl.com/fs3kj

    She states: "Far from helping women like them, this report makes the whole idea [guaranteed income] seem ridiculous." and "The 72-page report by Cindy L'Hirondelle reeks of a sloppy, sentimentalist view of nature, a vision of an idyllic, Rousseau-ian rural life minus the peasants." and"Please, somebody tell me that the Victoria Status of Women Action Group's recently released list of benefits of a guaranteed annual income wasn't written for David Letterman." Read More


    R.E.A.L. Women file complaint against Ontario Chief Justice
    The R.E.A.L. Women clan are at it again ... Now they've filed a formal complaint against Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry with the Canadian Judicial Council, alleging judicial misconduct.


    Open Letter/Petition to Mr. Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop supporting Israeli violence
    I hope you will add your names to this Open Letter/Petition to Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop supporting Israeli violence. We would like to get as many signatures as possible. Please feel free to forward to all individuals that may be willing to support our cause and invite them to sign as well. Read More


    Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2006
    Victims Rarely Report Abuse: StatsCan Report

    Victimization surveys have shown that spousal violence frequently involves multiple incidents. However, a new study examining 10 years of police-reported data shows that most spousal violence is reported to police on only a single occasion.

    The study, which analyzed spousal violence offenders and their contact with police using a 10-year data file for 1995 to 2004, was published today in the 2006 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile. It found that 8 out of every 10 spousal offenders were reported to police on only one occasion during the 10-year time frame. Persons accused of repeated spousal violence (those with two to four police-reported incidents of spousal violence) accounted for 18% of the total. Only 1% were considered chronic abusers, that is they were involved in five or more reported incidents. Read More


    Kirby report (2) turns a blind eye to women by Laila Malik, CWHN
    Despite the mounting evidence — as well as Canada's many commitments to using Gender-Based Analysis in policy and program development — federal health studies somehow remain gender-blind.
    Almost 20 years ago, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) issued an in-depth report calling for action to address mental health concerns facing women in Canada. Women and Mental Health in Canada: Strategies for Change pdf file warned of the dire mental health effects of the feminization of poverty and violence against women and drew attention to the disproportionate number of women assigned with the diagnostic categories of depression and anxiety. It outlined 25 recommendations for improvement, including the development of affordable, high quality child-care services, the establishment of pay equity policies, recognition of unpaid caregiving, and the creation of a national clearinghouse of research and programs on women's mental health. The report was promptly buried, its recommendations consigned to oblivion. Read More


    Lung Cancer Risk Higher in Women Smokers but Survival Better
    * The risk of lung cancer is significantly greater for women than for men.
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    Lung cancer now accounts for more deaths in women than any other cancer including breast cancer and colon cancer combined. Read the Review


    Right of Choice: It's In Our Hands: Stop Violence Against Women
    Amnesty International Report 2006

    From birth to death, in times of peace as well as war, women face discrimination and violence at the hands of the state, the community and the family. Female infanticide deprives countless women of life itself. Every year, millions of women are raped by partners, relatives, friends and strangers, by employers and colleagues, security officials and soldiers. Women, children and men suffer from violence inflicted in the home, but the overwhelming majority of victims are women and girls. During armed conflicts, violence against women is often used as a weapon of war, in order to dehumanize the women themselves, or to persecute the community to which they belong.Read More


    Ontario Court Ruling Strikes Down Lower Court's Ruling on Autism Therapy
    Ontario Court of Appeal rules that the province's refusal to fund therapy for autistic children older than five does not constitute age discrimination


    2006 Report Card on the Status of Women in New Brunswick
    A Statistical Profile by the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women


    Women's Economic Justice Report available online
    In April, 2006 the Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income was released at a public meeting in Victoria BC. Follow this link to read Project background: http://pacificcoast.net/~swag/swcproject05.htm

    Hard copies of the report (printed with 100% recycled newsprint with a colour cover) have been distributed to many groups and individuals in across Canada and a few to the US and overseas. Out of 1000 copies, we have only 200 hard copies left which we are reserving for those without easy access to the internet. Read More


    Report: Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor? PDF file (PDF 184KB/13p.)
    Andrew Jackson, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2006
    The idea of addressing poverty through some kind of wage supplementation program has been around for some time, but has only recently moved to the centre stage of Canadian social policy. Unlike the more visionary concept of a Guaranteed Annual Income for all citizens, wage supplements are intended to promote and support employment in low-paid jobs. This paper examines different recommendations and finds wage supplements can play useful supporting roles in assisting the working poor, but should not be seen as the centerpiece of a new social architecture. Read the report: Are Wage Supplements the Answer to the Problems of the Working Poor? PDF file (PDF 184KB/13p.)


    Where There Is No Doctor: Now Available Online
    The Hesperian Foundation is proud to announce that their classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is now available online! Follow this link to access the 2006 edition on their website. According to the World Health Organization, Where There Is No Doctor is perhaps the most widely used health care manual for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs around the world. The manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent many common illnesses. With over 90 translations and adaptations of the book available worldwide, and millions of copies in print, the book is an essential health resource for individuals and communities around the world.


    Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Cttee Releases Annual Report
    Dr. Barry McLellan, Chief Coroner of Ontario, announced today the release of the third annual report of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC). The report contains an overview of domestic violence deaths occurring in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 that were reviewed by the committee, along with the statistical analysis of information collected. Recommendations arising from the review are also included in the report.

    The DVDRC is an advisory committee and reports directly to the chief coroner. The committee was created in response to recommendations made by the juries in the coroner's inquests in the deaths of Arlene May and Randy Iles (1998), and Gillian and Ralph Hadley (2002), as well as the Joint Committee on Domestic Violence. The committee members are drawn from the health, justice, advocacy and social services sectors. Read More


    A Direct Attack on Abortion Rights
    by Joyce Arthur, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
    On June 21st, Parliament saw first reading of a private member’s bill by Liberal MP Paul Steckle to re-criminalize abortion. Bill C-338, 'An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (procuring a miscarriage after 20 weeks of gestation), would restrict later abortions performed after twenty weeks.

    The bill would allow exceptions to save the woman’s life and “to prevent severe pathological physical morbidity of the woman.”  It would impose a prison term of up to five years, and/or a fine of up to $100,000 on anyone who “uses any means or permits any means to be used” to perform an abortion past 20 weeks.

    Read More:

    Liberal MP Paul Steckle introduces bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks
    The facts on later abortions in Canada
    Key Links


    R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's lobby efforts to disband Status of Women & the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO) - Update
    REAL Women of Canada has obtained an additional Access to Information request on feminist groups for 2004 - 2005 through Status of Women Canada. In their latest newsletter (May-June 2006), they've posted budgets to organizations such as LEAF, NAWL, & NAC on their website as a part of their Letter Writing Campaign to MPs.

    Links to the specific articles in their online Newsletter:
    Ongoing Discrimination of Status of Women:
    http://www.realwomenca.com/newsletter/2006_may_jun/article_7.html

    Professional Feminists Face Changing Times:
    http://www.realwomenca.com/newsletter/2006_may_jun/article_9.html

    For anyone who doesn't wish to visit the REAL Women website, DAWN Ontario has copied and pasted the text from the REAL Women letter to MPs dated April 4, 2006 at this pinpoint URL:
    http://dawn.thot.net/real_women.html#rwl

    Read More

    en français : Le lobby R.E.A.L. Women of Canada tente de faire démanteler Condition féminine Canada et le Comité permanent de la condition féminine (CPCF)


    Report: Count Us In!
    Inclusion and Homeless Women in Downtown East Toronto - June 2006
    Project Partners: Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, Ontario Women's Health Network, Toronto Christian Resource Centre and Toronto Public Health



    What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?
    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a powerful agenda for a global partnership to fight poverty, offering a shared vision of a better world by the year 2015.

    They aim to cut extreme poverty by half, ensure every child has the chance to go to school and live a long and healthy life, and bring discrimination against women to an end. The risks of dying as a result of childbirth are to be dramatically reduced, deadly diseases brought under control, the environment better managed, and the benefits of progress more equally shared by all the nations of the world. Together, the aspirations set out in the MDGs and their associated targets and indicators represent a powerful framework for action.

    Goal 3 challenges discrimination against women, and seeks to ensure that girls as well as boys have the chance to go to school. Indicators linked to this goal aim to measure progress towards ensuring that more women become literate, have more voice and representation in public policy and decision making, and have improved job prospects. But the issue of gender equality is not limited to a single goal — it applies to all of them. Without progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women, none of the MDGs will be achieved.
    Read More

    Plain language guide to MDGs


    Ontario’s most vulnerable are losing out: says Ontario's Ombudsman André Marin - Ombudsman Ontario Press Release May 31, 2006

    Ontario’s disabled have lost out on disability benefits to the tune of at least $6 million, as a result of delays in processing their applications for support by the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Ontario Disability Support Program and the impact of a provincial regulation, which limited retroactive benefit payments to four months. “Thousands of Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens have become losers in a cruelly insensitive and intensely bureaucratic waiting game” Mr. Marin notes in his latest report titled “Losing the Waiting Game.”

    The Ontario Disability Support Program provides income support, health and other benefits for people with disabilities who are in financial need. The Ombudsman’s investigation was launched after the office received 71 complaints of delays of up to 10 months at the Ontario Disability Support Program’s Disability Adjudication Unit, which is charged with determining whether or not an applicant for financial support meets the stringent definition of a “person with a disability” as set out in the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997. During the Ombudsman’s investigation, an additional 74 complainants came forward and upon reviewing Ministry statistics it was found that at least 4,630 individuals and probably many more, were affected during the period from April 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005 alone.

    To add insult to injury, Mr. Marin found that once an applicant was deemed to be entitled to financial support, they were limited by regulation, to receiving four months of retroactive benefits, regardless of how long it may have taken for the Ministry to process their application and even though the delay was through no fault of their own. Read More


    Call to Action to End Women's Poverty - June 7, 2006
    A Woman Stuck In Poverty... Is A Woman Stuck In Abuse

    A coalition of women's advocates and anti-violence & income security groups have come together to create an avalanche of support to demand real change.

    We are calling on all women to raise our collective feminist voices - TOO LOUD TO BE IGNORED AND TOO ANGRY TO BE APPEASED - until real changes are made.


    CEDAW Q & A, Get Informed & Take Action

    Jamaican Women Learn to Use CEDAW as a Tool for Change

    CEDAW - Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - 35th Session, May 15 - June 2, 2006

    bullet About CEDAW
    bullet Background
    bullet Status
    bullet Canada & CEDAW
    bullet FAFIA Factsheet: CEDAW Anniversary Campaign FACTSHEET: What is CEDAW?
    bullet Links

    25 Years: Ready or Not?


    Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income released
    On April 29, 2006, the "Women's Economic Justice Report on Guaranteed Livable Income" was released. This 72-page report documents over 40 interviews held with women between September 2005 to April 2006 to examine these questions:

    • What would the benefits of Guaranteed Livable Income be to women? To family and community? To children?
    • How would it impact health, equality, spirituality, politics, peace and the environment?
    • How do the benefits of GLI compare with the impacts of poverty?
    • How does GLI compare with the goal of jobs as a solution to poverty?
    • What are the barriers and strategies to achieving a GLI?
    • What are the concerns about what could go wrong?
    • What community initiatives would complement a GLI?

    This report also contains the article The Strong Case for a Guaranteed Livable Income; data on women's income specially acquired for the project from Revenue Canada; and where to learn more or get involved. This project was funded by Status of Women Canada BC/Yukon Region. Read More


    Womyn's Voices
    FemmeVox - Engaging women to advance equality through technology

    FemmeVox - Vol. 11 Sept 11, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 10 Jun 27, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 9 Jun 08, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 8 May 23, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 7 May 04, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 6 Apr 25, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 5 Apr 11, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 4 Mar 23, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 3 Mar 07, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 2 Feb 23, 2006
    FemmeVox - Vol. 1 Feb 06, 2006


    Ending the Clawback of the NCBS -
    National Child Benefit Supplement
    Hands Off - Stop Taking Our Baby Bonus
    Hands Off Now Campaign - Take Action!

    Sign a Petition to End the Clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS)

    Background Information
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    NCBS Backgrounder
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    The Welfare Wall -- Hiding the Truth about Poverty
    bullet Poverty in Canada & the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) Claw Back


    Autistic Children Abandoned by McGuinty Autism Policies
    Martel rallies with children, parents, and advocates in Toronto

    July 12, 2006 -
    QUEEN'S PARK - Shelley Martel, MPP for Nickel Belt and the NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, is calling on Dalton McGuinty to immediately deliver on his two explicit election promises to Ontario's autistic children.

    "The McGuinty Liberal government needs to honour their promises to autistic children and their parents during the 2003 election," said Martel. "In addition, significant funds need to be invested to ensure that all children who need IBI treatment receive it. That's clearly not happening because, as of March 31, 2006, 753 children were languishing on the wait list, waiting for IBI treatment to begin." Read More

    NDP to Dalton McGuinty: Keep Your Promises to Autistic Children
    July 7, 2006 - QUEEN'S PARK - Shelley Martel, MPP for Nickel Belt and the NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, is dismayed by today's Court of Appeal decision but emphasized that, for New Democrats, this issue has always been a political issue about what Dalton McGuinty promised during the 2003 election and what he has continually failed to do.

    "Dalton McGuinty made an explicit promise to the parents of autistic children. He promised IBI treatment for every single child who needs it - regardless of age," Martel said.

    "Mr. McGuinty should never have dragged parents and their vulnerable autistic children through the courts, at great expense to taxpayers and the families, just so he could break a promise. I am calling on the premier to do the right thing for autistic children and extend IBI treatment to all children who need it -- without delay." Read More

    Martel Applauds Autism Rights Ruling
    June 28, 2006 - QUEEN'S PARK - NDP Critic Shelley Martel says a recent ruling by Madame Justice DeGuire is a win for families of autistic children, who have long argued that the McGuinty government is violating their children's basic rights. Last week, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that children with autism - whose provincially funded therapy is denied after age 6 - are now free to proceed with their argument that the McGuinty government is discriminating against them on the basis of age. Read More

    Autism Announcement is a Drop in the Bucket
    Martel skeptical about McGuinty's promises to autistic children
    June 16, 2006
    - QUEEN'S PARK - Shelley Martel, MPP for Nickel Belt and the NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, says that today's announcement by the McGuinty Liberal government to provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment to 120 additional children is a drop in the bucket compared to what is actually needed to address the long wait lists. Read More

    Call to Contact MPs to Support Bill C-304 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act
    Significant developments on Autism front in both House of Commons and the Senate
    Things are really picking up on Parliament Hill, with significant developments on the autism front in both the House of Commons and the Senate

    Call for a National Autism Strategy
    To date no province has offered autism treatment under the Medicare umbrella. Those provinces that offer autism treatment programs under the Social Services departments are often plagued with
    unconscionable waiting lists or discriminatory age-based cut-offs.

    It is time for the federal government to demonstrate leadership and develop a National Autism Strategy that would see federal budget surplus dollars transferred to the provinces specifically for autism treatment along with corresponding standards so that no child with autism will be left behind. We are calling on all parents, family and friends of children with autism to write their MPs, Senators, and the Health Minister, to::

    * Ask for the corresponding study results in Canada and what are they doing about it.

    * Ask what they're doing about the lack of Federal funding for the treatment of autism.
    * Call for the new Conservative government to develop a National Autism Strategy.
    Take Action

    Funding for Treatment of Autism
    Autism in the Senate - Debates of the Senate (Hansard) May 16, 2006

    Autism Petition to the Ontario Government
    The petition asks the Ontario Legislature to invest in special education resources for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many of these children are not able to access the special education programs and services that they desperately need to help them develop their full potential. Read & Sign the Petition



    Bill 208, the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms (Marriage) Statues
    Amendment Act
    passes 2nd reading in the Alberta Legislative

    FOTF / IMFC Watch:
    Focus on the Family / Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
    Hold your nose as you read and get ready to mobilize around the issues facing us as a nation vis a vis the fundamentalist desire for political supremacy


    (24) Responses to the May 2, 2006 Federal Budget



    CCD - Council of Canadians with Disabilities Online Consultation
    The International Development Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
    invites disability rights advocates and human rights advocates to join us for an on-line discussion about the proposed UN Convention to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities.




    Bill 107 - proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act

    Text of Legislature Debates over McGuinty's Motion to Shut Down Bill 107 Public Hearings
    Here we set out the text of the debates in the Ontario legislature surrounding the McGuinty Government's shutting down further public hearings on the widely-criticized Bill 107. Bill 107 would weaken the Human Rights Commission and take away key rights that we fought for and won 25 years ago, rights regarding public investigation and public prosecution of discrimination cases.

    Here is a list of all the Liberal MPPs who voted on November 21, 2006 for the McGuinty muzzle motion. You may wish to call these MPPs to let them know how you feel about the muzzle motion, and to urge them to get the Government to reverse itself and re-open the promised public hearings. Read More

    McGuinty Liberals to Shut Down Bill 107 Public Hearings
    TAKE ACTION: URGENT Join Our "Dial Dalton" Campaign!

    Without any prior warning, the McGuinty Government has just served a motion that tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 21, 2006 it will ask the Legislature to invoke "closure" or "time allocation" on Bill 107. This motion will be debated Tuesday night, and likely voted on Tuesday night or Wednesday. The Liberals can be expected to use their majority to force through this motion. Read More | Take Action


    AODA Alliance's Latest News Release on Controversial Bill 107 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Update dd September 1, 2006
    The AODA Alliance has just issued its latest news release on the controversial McGuinty Government's bill to weaken the Human Rights Commission.

    Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) documents disclose six months after the McGuinty government announced its Bill 107 would strip the Human Rights Commission of key powers to enforce the Human Rights Code, it still doesn't know how it will deliver legal representation for all discrimination victims. An LAO internal consultation paper recently made public on the internet reveals Attorney General Michael Bryant has just recently asked LAO to make a proposal on this controversial role. LAO won't decide for weeks whether it wants to make a proposal. The McGuinty government extravagantly pledged its human rights reforms will ensure publicly-funded free independent legal counsel for all human rights complainants, regardless of income. Read More

    Help Raise Controversial Bill 107 In Upcoming Hotly-Contested September 14 Toronto By-Election
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update dd August 31, 2006
    An important provincial by-election has been called for Thursday, September 14, 2006 for the hotly-contested west Toronto riding of Parkdale--High Park. The riding was vacated when Liberal MPP Gerard Kennedy resigned to run for the federal Liberal leadership. We urge everyone to help raise the McGuinty Government's controversial plans to weaken the Human Rights Commission via Bill 107 in this by-election campaign. You can help whether or not you live in the riding. This by-election gives us an excellent chance to show that the controversial Bill 107 will be a serious issue in next year's general provincial election if the McGuinty Government persists in its plans to weaken the Human Rights Commission despite strong community opposition to Bill 107.

    As always, the non-partisan AODA Alliance doesn't tell anyone who to vote for, nor does it support or oppose any party. We encourage everyone to let voters in the riding know about the Bill 107 issues, to inform people about the parties' position on Bill107, and to encourage voters to take it into account when deciding how to vote. Read More

    McGuinty Gov't Still Doesn't Know How to Keep Promise of Free Lawyers for All Discrimination Victims
    AODA Alliance takes action in response to recently-revealed Legal Aid Ontario document showing McGuinty government still doesn't know how it will deliver on its pledge to ensure publicly-funded independent legal counsel to all human rights complainants Read More

    Still Time to Sign Up to Present at Public Hearings on the Controversial Bill 107 for this Fall in Toronto - Act Now!
    Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Update dd August 22, 2006
    It's more important than ever that as many of you as possible, either organizations or individuals, sign up as soon as possible to make an oral presentation this fall at the continued public hearings on the controversial Bill 107 before the Legislature's Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Bill 107 is the McGuinty Government's proposed new law that will take away from the Ontario Human Rights Commission most of its power to investigate and publicly prosecute discrimination cases. Below we help you with information on how to sign up. Read More

    Strong Opposition to Bill 107 Dominates First Three Days of Public Hearings
    Strong opposition to Bill 107 dominated last week when the Legislature's Standing Committee on Justice Policy held its first three days of public hearings on Bill 107, the McGuinty Government's proposed new law to weaken the Ontario Human Rights Commission. These hearings have so far dealt a powerful blow to the controversial bill 107. They have shown that Ontario's Attorney General Michael Bryant was incorrect when he claimed last spring that there is a community consensus in support of the kind of reforms the McGuinty Government has proposed. Hearings will resume in Toronto at as-yet unspecified dates after the Legislature resumes sitting on September 25, 2006. Read More

    Practical Tips on How to Prepare an Oral or Written Submission to the Legislature's Standing Committee on Justice Policy Regarding the Controversial Bill 107
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update dd July 31, 2006
    Here are helpful tips for preparing your written and/or oral presentation on Bill 107 to the Legislature's Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Everyone's contribution to these hearings makes a real difference. We hope that these tips will be useful for presenters from the disability community and from any other individual or group interested in advancing the protection of human rights in Ontario. We explain


    Is the McGuinty Gov't thinking that some new “quick fix” funding will repair the controversial Bill 107?

    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Update dd July 27, 2006
    The McGuinty Government has been under fire for Bill 107’s serious problems. We must be on alert for the possibility that it may try an inadequate “quick fix” to deflect this criticism.

    Specifically, it is possible that the Government may soon announce the funding it will provide to the human rights legal clinic it promised to establish. Last February, the Government said it would eliminate the Human Rights Commission’s core role of investigating human rights violations, and prosecuting where evidence warrants. The Government said it would instead provide legal representation for discrimination victims who take their case to the Human Rights Tribunal. When it introduced Bill 107 last spring, it made the extravagant promise that each and every human rights complainant would be given legal representation at the Human Rights Tribunal, regardless of their income. A new Human Rights legal clinic would do this work.
    Read More


    Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on Bill 107, The Proposed Ontario Human Rights Code Amendment Act
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance - Draft Only - July 15, 2006
    Overview of this Brief's Contents: This brief is divided into two parts. In Part I (the shorter part), we summarize our position on Bill 107 and how it should be amended. For those interested in our position, but not wanting to get into all the background and detail, Part I provides all the information needed. It:

    • summarizes what Bill 107 does.
    • summarizes the key problems with Bill 107.
    • explains the problems with the Government's process for developing Bill 107.
    • summarizes how to improve Bill 107, and

    for those interested in far more detailed information, Part II, the longer part, gives an extensive explanation of each of the 49 amendments we propose. Accompanying this brief are appendices with important background materials to support our proposals. These include:
    1.
    A list of the AODA Alliance's 49 recommendations for amending Bill 107
    2.
    The AODA Alliance's "Fact Check" on Official Statements about Bill 107
    3.
    The AODA Alliances April 3, 2006 Discussion Paper on Options for Reforming the Ontario Human Rights Code.
    Read More

    Quick Guide on How to Fix Bill 107
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
    bullet What's Wrong with Bill 107
    bullet How to Improve Bill 107


    Legislature Gives Controversial Bill 107 Approval on Second Reading & Refers the Bill to the Standing Committee for Public Hearings
    Put in your Request Now to Make a Presentation to Standing Committee Hearings

    Outcry against Bill 107 grows: more than 50 organizations call on Premier for change
    F
    ormer Human Rights Commissioner and member of 1992 Cornish Task Force Advisory Committee Tom Warner joined community leaders at a press conference this morning to release an open letter to Premier McGuinty. The letter was signed by more than 50 organizations representing racialized communities, seniors, gays and lesbians and people with disabilities.

    It sets out growing concerns over Bill 107, the government's human rights reform legislation, and condemns the Premier's plan to hold public hearings on the legislation in the summer when people are less able to attend and boards are unable to meet to approve submissions. The groups are calling on the Premier to hold the hearings in the fall and be prepared to make the necessary changes. Read More

    OHRC Fact Sheet / Fiche de renseignements du CODP
    In response to recent inquiries and to help provide additional information for the discussion on Bill 107 and how best to improve and rebalance Ontario’s Human Rights System, the Commission has prepared a Fact Sheet highlighting cases the Commission has been involved in over the years that have received decisions from higher courts. Please go to www.ohrc.on.ca/english/news/e_june-06-facts.shtml.

    Soliciting Endorsements from Individuals & Organizations
    Sign on to the Open Letter to Premier McGuinty re: Bill 107, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006

    Bill 107 will take away rights now entrenched in the code
    Commentary by Mary Woo Sims, former chief of the B.C. Human Rights Commission

    What Have MPPs Said About the Controversial Bill 107 in the Legislature since April 26, 2006? - AODA Alliance update May 27, 2006
    Since April 26, 2006, when the controversial bill 107 was introduced into the Legislature for First Reading, the issue of the Human Rights Commission has been debated in the Ontario Legislature on several days. Below we set out:

    To read a "Fact Check" on statements made during these and other exchanges, visit: http://dawn.thot.net/bill107_fact_check.html

    McGuinty Government Human Rights Reform Fact Check
    This Fact Check is an attempt to help ensure that public discussion and debate on Bill 107 is based on accurate and complete facts. Read More

    Bill 107 Action Kit - re proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act
    On April 26, 2006, the McGuinty Government introduced the seriously-flawed Bill 107, its proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act, into the Legislature for First Reading. Bill 107 sets back human rights protection. It seriously weakens the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the public agency responsible to enforce your right not to suffer illegal discrimination. We appreciate both the opposition Conservative and New Democratic Parties voicing our concerns with Bill 107 in the Legislature. We urge everyone to act now to help with our campaign to fix Bill 107 so it makes things better, not worse. This Kit:

    AODA Alliance - Talking Points - Queen’s Park News Conference - May 19, 2006
    Read what the AODA Alliance had to say today at their Queen's Park's news conference announcing our strong opposition to the McGuinty Government's Bill 107, the proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act, now before the Legislature for Second Reading

    AODA Alliance Calls on Attorney General to Ensure Forthcoming Public Hearings on Bill 107 Will Be Fair, Open and Accessible, and to Correct the AG's Inaccurate Statement About the AODA Alliance In Legislature
    On May 8, 2006, the Attorney General incorrectly stated in the Legislature: "I know that at least one member of the Ontarians with disabilities committee has argued that we ought to put off debate over human rights reforms until 2025. That's the date on which the accessibility legislation is to be implemented in its entirety."

    Neither the AODA Alliance (whom the Attorney General appears to have confused with its predecessor, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee), nor anyone speaking for it, has asked the Government to hold off debating reforms to the Human Rights Commission for twenty years. To the contrary, we have agreed that reform is needed and called for prompt, time-limited public consultations. However we have opposed the specific weakening of the Human Rights Commission that the Government announced on February 20, 2006 and enshrined in Bill 107. Read More

    AODA Alliance Releases Preliminary Response to the McGuinty Government's Human Rights Bill May 8, 2006

    Express Line to Injustice
    Ontarians want a strong and effective Commission, one that is both comprehensive and flexible; not one that merely achieves a case management efficiency by the slashing and burning of human rights. by Lorne Foster, May 5, 2006 - from rabble news

    Human Rights Now Only Available in Ontario If You Can Afford It
    Ontario Federation of Labour Press Release - April 27, 2006

    Barbara Hall contradicts Attorney General's Claim that She Supports his Human Rights Reform Proposal - April 13, 2006
    In a public statement posted on the Ontario Human rights Commission's website, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall has made it clear that she has not expressed support for the Ontario Government's proposal to provide "direct access" to the Human Rights Tribunal.

    Calling for letters to the editor of Toronto Star to let them know what you think of the Government's proposals to Weaken the Human Rights Commission April 8/06

    Discussion Paper on Strengthening Ontario's Human Rights Commission and Tribunal

    Call for Responses to Helen Henderson's article: Rights debate marred by Chicken Littles, Toronto Star April 1, 2006

    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update - March 31, 2006
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update - March 29, 2006
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update
    - March 28, 2006
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update - March 24, 2006

    Call for Letters/Emails to Premier McGuinty - Re: Proposed Reforms to the Ontario Human Rights Code - March 23, 2006

    DAWN Ontario's Open Letter to Premier McGuinty re: OHRC

    Human rights body needs fixing, not dismantling
    by Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Margaret Parsons & Uzma Shakir,
    Toronto Star Op/Ed - Mar. 13, 2006

    Human Rights Reform Action Kit
    Stop the Gov't from Weakening Enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code

    Changes to Human Rights complaints system threaten the rights of those who need it most: OPSEU - Feb. 20, 2006

    Ontario Human Rights Commission - Protecting the right of all Ontarians

    Report: "Making Ontario's Human Rights Commission Work"
    Download Report as a PDF file (88 kb) PDF file
    Download Report as a Word doc.

    TAKE ACTION
    Sample Letter to a Member of the Ontario Legislature

    AODO Alliance - http://www.aodaalliance.org/

    Protect Your Rights - http://www.protectyourrights.ca/


    CODE BLUE for CHILD CARE
    A Canada wide campaign to protect child care

    Click on the image for more information

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    To sign on to the open letter, click here
    Pour signer la lettre ouverte, cliquez ici


    Keep the child care promise
    by J. Clancy, President of National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

    Stephen Harper has a magnificent political opportunity in front of him. In one stroke, Harper can
    underline the progressive side of his Conservative party, demonstrate a keen grasp of the nature
    of the mandate Canadians have given him, and embody responsiveness, accountability and honour.
    Read More & Take Action


    Call for Letters to MPs, Stephen Harper, & the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Canada in support of increased core funding for women's equality-seeking groups
    REAL Women advocating to have Status of Women Canads disbanded
    Apparently, REAL Women is engaging in a letter campaign to the federal government to have
    the Status of Women Canada (SWC) disbanded. Hence letters supporting SWC to the
    government from feminist groups are needed
    at this point.

    Hands Off Our Ovaries!
    Campaign against Exploitation of Women in Biotechnology

    Online Safety Toolkit and the Web Effect
    As the Internet becomes more heavily relied upon for access to basic government information, and more generally to communicate and share information, it is essential that users be given the tools on how tonavigate safely. The Online Safety Toolkit, and scheduled Train-the-Trainer workshops during March 2006 aim to share these important tools.


    The Welfare Wall -- Hiding the Truth about Poverty
    The term 'Welfare Wall' is used by politicians and policy makers to refer to barriers they argue discourage people from leaving social assistance. Usually they are most concerned with the income differential between people receiving social assistance and those earning minimum wage. Put simply, the argument is that unless people earning minimum wage are financially better off than those on social assistance, a 'welfare wall' is created that acts as a disincentive to those on social assistance to find paid employment.

    Ending the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) would make a big difference in the lives of families on social assistance.
    When you’re already living below the poverty line, being able to keep the approximately $115 you get every month for each of your children would go a long way towards paying your bills. But that’s not what happens.
    Every month the federal government allows the Ontario government to clawback the NCBS from 163,726 children across the province – simply because their parents are on social assistance.

    Sign a Petition to End the Clawback


    Addressing the Primary Care Needs of People with Disabilities
    The Canadian Health Services Access survey estimates that 12-14% of Canadians do not have
    access to a family doctor, and a recent national poll suggests that access is declining. Where problems like this exist in the general population, they are sure to be more acute and more serious in disadvantaged populations. Access problems in the general population (such as wait times and geographical distribution) result in delays and inconvenience in obtaining primary care. Access problems associated with disability actually
    prevent people with disabilities from receiving service.

    Research Brief: Access to Primary Care for People with Disabilities



    CCD's Open Letter Re: Disability Community response to CBC Interview with Robert Latimer (COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES)
    Once again, we are made to suffer Robert Latimer's claims of righteousness in murdering his vulnerable 12 year old daughter. He has had his day in court. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld his life sentence without parole for 10 years. Finally almost 8 years after the crime, he lost his last appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada and began to serve his sentence. Since he was first arrested he has had ample and repeated access to the courts and, through a sympathetic media, to the court of public opinion. How often do Canadians with disabilities have to be subjected to the fact that some part of the public assert and believe our lives are not worth living!


    Changes to ODSP Earnings & Employment Supports
    On Feb. 8th, 2006 the Province of Ontario announced changes to the earnings and employment
    support rules for ODSP recipients. To read a preliminary summary from the Income Security Advocacy Centre, please click here.
    To read a chart (created by Rick Ludkin of the ODSP Action Coalition's Employment & Earnings Working Group) that compares the additional income recipients get right now from working with the income you will get under the rules that come into effect on Nov. 1, 2006, please click here    Read More


    Women's Health Institute Project
    In August 2005 the Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health & Long Term Care announced the creation of a provincial Women's Health Institute (WHI). Working closely with partners, the mandate of this new institute will be to promote women's health throughout Ontario & grow to become a national leader on women's health issues. It is anticipated that the new WHI will be in place for April 2007 and, as part of its mandate, integrate the Ontario Women's Health Council & its important work into its operations.

    With respect to patient care, the Minister also announced the re-emergence of Women's College Hospital as a separate organization from Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre. As an academic health sciences centre, Women's College Hospital will provide state of the art ambulatory care services to women & their families in Toronto.
    In order to achieve the goal set out by the Minister, the Women's Health Institute Project has been established to provide a vehicle for broad consultation and input on the vision, strategic role and governance model, for the new provincial WHI.


    Changes to the Special Diet Supplement
    Special Diet Supplement Slashed by the Liberal Government!

    Ontario Works (OW) Policy Directives

    Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Policy Directives

    View the actual regulatory changes on e-laws:


    Autism Fact Sheet
    Friends of Children with Autism (FOCA) - August 2006
    Autism is now a National Epidemic
    *
    Less than 20 years ago the prevalence of autism was 2 to 5 in 10,000 births.
    * 1 out of 165 babies born today will receive the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
    * Number of diagnoses for children under 5 has increased 150% over the last 6 years.
    * Autism diagnoses continue to increase at a rate of 10 to 17 percent each year.
    *
    Autism treatment specifically ABA/IBI is one of the few medical treatments that derive a cost savings to taxpayers.
    Misconceptions in Ontario Being Presented to the Public
    Summary of Facts & Providing Solutions


    Autism Court Ruling

    McGuinty Government To Appeal Autism Ruling
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    Media Coverage on Autism Ruling
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    Take Action

    Conservative Response to McGuinty Govt's Appeal of Autism Court Ruling
    Frank Klees, MPP Oak Ridges: Statement in the Ontario Legislature - April 6, 2005

    McGuinty Autism Policy Violates Charter of Rights: NDP Release - Apr 4, 2005
    Questions Raised in the Ontario Legislature on April 4, 2005
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    Questions raised by Howard Hampton, MPP and NDP Leader
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    Questions by Peter Kormos, MPP Niagara Centre, & Michael Prue, MPP Beaches-East York
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    Questions by Andrea Horwath, MPP Hamilton East & Children's Issues Critic, and Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity-Spadina & Education Critic
    arrowQuestions by Shelley Martel, MPP and NDP Health Critic


    Pay Equity

    Equity Petition - Online petition urges Newfoundland to honour Pay Equity Settlement with 6,000 provincial health care workers

    Pay Equity Petition
    Online Petition urging Newfoundland to honour
    Pay Equity Settlement

    with 6,000 provincial health care workers


    Poverty

    Add your voice to Make Poverty History

    You can help put an end to global poverty. The time to act is now.
    Add your voice to Make Poverty History.
    Yes I want to Make Poverty History
    .
    Make Poverty History Platform

    Sign On to Make Poverty History


    Report finds gov't supports increasing for low income families
    The National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report: 2003 released April 6/05 by Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services(1) confirms that government investments for low-income families with children continue to increase.

    Fact Sheet - Changes to OW / ODSP Rules
    Employment Assistance Programs in Ontario Works & ODSP PDF File - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

    United Way Report 'Poverty by Postal Code'

    October 17th - the International Day Against Poverty

    Poverty & Women's Health


     

    Why Women Would Gain from a Guaranteed Livable Income
    by C. L'Hirondelle,
    First published for the Status of Women Action Group (SWAG) in 2003
    Revised in Dec. 2004 for the Canadian Woman Studies Journal

    With increasing numbers of women around the world being pushed into ever deeper poverty -- 70% of people living in abject poverty in the world are women (United Nations Development Programme 1999) -- it is clear that women would have the most to gain from a universal Guaranteed Livable Income.

    Read More


    Reproductive Health & Sexual Rights

    DAWN Emergency Contraception Watch Project
    Monitoring Women's Experiences accessing
    Plan B - the Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP)

    Today Women have a second chance to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
    It's called Emergency Contraception - EC for short. It's safe and effective, if taken in the first few days after sex. But for EC to work, Women need to know about it - and be able to get it in time. So prepare yourself!

    Action Alert

    Women: Has a pharmacist REFUSED to sell you
    Emergency Contraceptives now available behind-the-counter?

    If so, the DAWN Emergency Contraception Watch Project
    would like to hear from you!

    Please tell us about your experience.

    The change from the ECP's status from prescription to
    non-prescription has just replaced
    one barrier (access) for another (cost).
    As usual, low-income women will find themselves
    at the bottom of the priviledge ladder.


    Back Up your Birth Control with Emergency Contraception

    Update on Emergency Contraception

    Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) Fact Sheet

    Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) Public Awareness Initiative
    funded by Ontario Women's Health Council & Planned Parenthood


    Disability

    DAWN Ontario's Access Checklist

    Full Access Checklist
    || version Français

    Abridged Access Checklist || version Français

    Information on Accessible Travel
    Planning for Accessible Meetings
    Interacting with People with DisAbilities: An Etiquette Hand-book
    Guide to Employment Accommodation for People with Disabilities
    Guidebook - Working with People with Disabilities
    Tips for Equal Access Presentations
    - Suggestions for making your presentation accessible

    Denial by Design: Ontario Disability Support Program

    Critical Analysis of ODSP Act & Social Citizenship Rights in Ontario


    Don't Ask, Tell or Respond: Silent Acceptance of Disability Hate Crimes

    Ontarians with Disabilities (ODA) Act - Backgrounder

    Advancing the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities 2004

    Canadian Attitudes Towards Disability Issues


    Statistics on Persons with Disabilities in Ontario
    - based on the Health and Activity Limitation Survey (HALS)


    A Profile of Disability in Canada

    - Participation & Activity Limitation Survey (PALS)


    Manifesto for Persons with Disabilities

    Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA)
    Brief to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 118, the Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

    Public Hearings on Bill 118
    Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act
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    Feb 8, 2005 - Day 6 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118
    arrow Feb 7, 2005 - Day 5 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118
    arrow Feb 3, 2005 - Day 4 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118
    arrow Feb 2, 2005 - Day 3 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118
    arrow Feb 1, 2005 - Day 2 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118
    arrowJan 31, 2005 - Day 1 of 6 days of the Public Hearings on Bill 118


    Violence Against Women

    Every minute a woman in Canada is abused
    Canadian Women's Foundation, Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) and Rogers have joined forces to launch the Start to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, supporting the violence prevention work of the Canadian Women's Foundation and 274 shelters for abused women across Canada. Read More

    Family Violence Against Women with DisAbilities

    Sexual Assault and Women With Disabilities
    Read the DAWN brochure online


    You Deserve To Be Safe
    An Educational Video for Girls with disAbilities & Resource Guide
    produced by DAWN Ontario
    Read the booklet online
    | Order the video and guide

    Guide to Services for Assaulted Women
    What Women with DisAbilities Can Do to Be Safe


    DAWN Ontario's Annotated Bibliography & A Statement of Need
    Violence Against Women With Disabilities

    Walking on Eggshells: Abused Women's Experiences of Ontario's Welfare System
    Walking on Eggshells: Abused Women's Experiences of Ontario's Welfare System
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    Read the Final Report of the Research into Welfare & Woman Abuse: 
    HTML version | PDF version PDF File - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
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    Read the short version of the key findings & recommendations (HTML)

    Choose to Change This - Women & Children More at Risk in Province - Report released by OAITH - Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses on Mon. Nov. 24/03 at Queen's Park. (reproduced from PDF file)

    NEW Update April 1, 2002Cross-sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group

    Cross-sectoral Violence Against Women Strategy Group website



    Women's Equality

    Vote for Equality - A Voter Education & Awareness Campaign  for Women's Equality Rights in Canada
    View Results of our Equality Rights Survey from first 100 respondents PDF file (PDF)



    Feminist Principles, Practices and Processes
    Feminist principles guide the work that we do within equality-seeking organizations, as well as the way that we do it. These are the feminist principles of:

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    Advocacy
    Challenge & Conflict
    Choice

    Consultation

    Diversity

    Education & Mentoring

    Equality & Inclusion

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    Joy & Celebration

    Leadership
    Power Sharing
    Safety


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