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What's New - 2007

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December 8, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Between the Laughter: CBC Newsworld, The Lens
Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10 pm, ET/ 7 pm PT
Comedy is an unusual pursuit for someone who is hearing impaired. Stepen O'Keefe must work as hard on his pronunciation as he does on his jokes. Immersing viewers in the heard of Stephen's demanding life, the documentary follows along as he spends time with his young son, runs a business with his wife, prepares to move into a new home, and nurtures his blossoming comedy career. This is a humour filled profile-from life in between comedy acts to the realities of being caught between a hearing world and a silent one. Read More


October 4, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Ten reasons to vote for Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)


September 22, 2007
Additions to the site include:

FAFIA Dismayed by the Closing of Key Women’s Group
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


September 19 , 2007
Additions to the site include:

The October 10th Election & Referendum:


July 4, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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
(this is a FREE event)
presented by CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault)
This is a Mad Pride associated event
Read More


June 18, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Call for Participants: Study of Online Social Economy Organizations
Sherida Ryan, a graduate student at OISE's Social Economy Centre is seeking participants for a research study of online social enterprises.
Follow this link for details and contact information.

June 11, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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


June 4, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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

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


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

May 30, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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


May 29, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Legal appeal of Ontario Energy Board decision on low-income energy consumers
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
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's Group Applauds Amnesty International
CAEFS - Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Press Release dd May 28, 2007
The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) emerged from its Annual General Meeting in Montreal with a clear direction from its membership to commend Amnesty International for their report on The State of the World's Human Rights. CAEFS is a federation of 26 local, community based service providers who work with and on behalf of marginalized victimized, criminalized, and imprisoned women and girls. Read More


May 25, 2007
Additions to the site include:

BIZ Futures - Self Employment Development Program
Toronto Business Development Centre

Interested in Starting your own Business?

  • Living with a Disability?
  • Live in Toronto?
  • Have a good business idea?
  • Eligible for ODSP Employment Supports?

We may have the perfect opportunity for you!

  • Learn how to start and operate your business
  • Nine Week intensive training program
  • Ongoing business advisor support

Next Information Session:

Friday June 22, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Toronto Business Development Centre
1071 King Street West
Read More


May 24, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Stroke Recovery Conference 2007 -- Putting the Evidence to Work for You!
August 17 & 18, 2007 - Ottawa

Aims & Objectives
Why You Should Attend
About Ottawa
Schedule - August 17, 2007
Schedule - August 18, 2007
About the Speakers

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: This conference will allow YOU to meet researchers and professionals at the forefront of stroke rehabilitation and treatment. Read More

May 18, 2007
Featured site:

Is That Legal?
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.

May 15, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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.

May 14, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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

Click on this image of the June 3rd poster to visit the Blog of the Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC) Who We Are
What We Are Doing
Why We Are Doing This
When & Where
Contact WAPC
Facts About Violence Against Women
Facts About Poverty and Women
Ways to be Involved
We demand

Women Against Poverty Collective Blog


May 11 , 2007
Additions to the site include:

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

Click here to visit the website of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada / Coalition pour le Droit à l’Avortement au Canada (ARCC-CDAC)

March 30, 2007
Additions to the site include:

Canada Signs UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Press Release dd March 30, 2007
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today signalled Canada’s intention to be a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read More

Read the Release from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

March 26, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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

March 24, 2007
Featured on the site today:

by Michelle Langlois, Rabble, March 23, 2007

There appears to be some confusion over whether the federal child tax benefit clawback from Ontario social assistance cheques has been ended by the Dalton McGuinty government this week. Allow me to clear up the confusion: the clawback is still in full force. Read full article here: http://www.rabble.ca/everyones_a_critic.shtml?x=58144


March 22, 2007
Additions to the site include:

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)
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

February 15, 2007
Additions to the Site include:

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

Vote for Equality - A Voter Education & Awareness Campaign  for Women's Equality Rights in Canada

Equality Rights Issues & Organizing Info

Organizing Information & Resources for Social Justice Activists


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

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May 23, 2006
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FemmeVox - Vol. 6 Apr 25, 2006
FemmeVox - Vol. 5 Apr 11, 2006
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