Meeting with Pam Damoff MP about the correctional system

On Wednesday October 10, a four-member delegation from AWH met with Pam Damoff, MP to discuss Canada’s correctional system. As a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety, Pam is well placed to move our ideas forward in Ottawa. We were pleased to learn that Pam has toured many correctional institutions in Canada and shares our concerns about the current welfare and future prospects of the inmates.

Our delegation expressed our wish for a lower rate of incarceration in Canada where many of the inmates spend months on remand waiting for a court date simply because they can’t pay the bail amount. We stated our worry about the overrepresentation of poor and indigenous Canadians in the prison population, and our concern about the long-term social effects on children separated from their mothers.

We expressed our opposition to solitary confinement as a corrections strategy and our opposition to mandatory minimum sentences.

MP Damoff received our positions graciously and said she will keep us informed about any developments on our stated objectives.

October 18 is Persons Day in Canada


October 18 is Persons Day in Canada! 

It marks the day in 1929 when the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was handed down by Canada’s highest court of appeal. This gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life.

On October 18 2018 Advancement of Women Halton had the pleasure of hearing from two women mayoral candidates in the municipal election.  Julia Hanna (Oakville) and Marianne Meed-Ward (Burlington) shared some of the challenges they face while running for office.  Being dismissed as irrational, negative or incompetent by male opponents still happens today, 89 years after that historic decision. Nevertheless, these two women show an energy, passion and determination to succeed.

AWH meets with Stephen Crawford

IMG_1870Members of AWH, Chair Tina Agrell, Bev Lefrancois, Lorraine Green and Teri Shaw, met with Stephen Crawford, MPP Oakville, on Thursday, Sept.6. The meeting gave us the opportunity to share with him Our Halton 2018: Women, prepared by Community Development Halton, analysis and research based on the 2016 Census and other public information.


From Tina Agrell, elected Chair June 2018

The summer of 2018 was expected to be a time of rest and recuperation for AWH members. The weather was sultry and hot, and many vacation plans were made. However, with the Municipal elections scheduled for the Fall and with the swearing in of the newly elected Conservative Ontario government in July, many issues arose that required our attention.

The Halton region had five brand new MPPs and we felt it was important to seek meetings and introduce ourselves at the earliest opportunity. A meeting was soon planned with Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford for September 6, 2018.

Oakville North Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos (assistant to Minister of Health Christine Elliott) promised a meeting as soon as she had set up a constituency office.

We wanted to have questions related to our most pressing concerns ready for the Mayoral candidates in the municipal elections. We met and discussed a range of potential topics, with Elka Enola narrowing it down to a crucial few.

The new Provincial government took rapid action on many fronts having an impact on vulnerable women in children in the region.

Supporting Poverty Free Halton, AWH wrote a letter to Minister Lisa McLeod with copies to local MPPs about allowing the experimental pilot project on Basic Income to continue for its designated 3 years, so that useful data could be collected.

Supporting Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, AWH wrote a letter to Minister of Education Lisa Thompson with copies to local MPPs about retaining the updated sex education curriculum in schools. MPP Ted Arnott (Wellington-Halton Hills) responded.

Supporting Toronto City Council AWH wrote a letter to Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford about finding a way to work with municipalities and the federal government to assist asylum seekers while they await review of their applications.

Members of AWH return to meeting in September 2018 and there will be much to occupy us then.

AWH Meeting with Candidates, May 17, 2018

I am the current chair for Advancement Women Halton (AWH) and we were pleased to host a Halton Provincial Candidates session at our monthly meeting. Thanks to all the candidates who participated and the members of AWH who came out. It was unfortunate the PC party was not represented at this session and they were invited. Get involved attend an all candidates session and vote wisely in the upcoming provincial election.

                                                                    Ancilla Ho-Young, Chair

Advancement of Women Halton hosted an all candidates meeting. Thanks to the 3 NDP and 3 Liberal candidates for showing up and engaging in a conversation on the issues. All 3 PC’s were no show. AWH members will be be sharing that lack of respect with the 20+ Halton organizations we represent.

Maureen Weinberger

Wonderful afternoon with AWH as we heard from local Halton Liberal and NDP candidates. The PCs chose not to come. Our region is blessed with 3 Cabinet ministers. All 7 candidates were inspiring and inspired, both those currently serving and those who hope to be there. Interesting listening to the Cabinet ministers as they explain the real complexities of running a government.

Teri Shaw

“Via the questions posed to the political contestants who were present, it was felt that our concerns were heard and addressed. We thank them for their time and interest.”

Daniela Jansson

4 Liberals and 3 NDP at Advancement of Women Halton debate. Maybe the PCs have nothing to say to women?

Tina Agrell

AWH, our meeting with 3 Liberals and 3 NDP we invited Conservatives they did not come, sort of says something…..

Tessa House