AWH concerns are constantly evolving – local, national and international!

  • Violence against women
  • Availability of long term care
  • Conditions for women in prison
  • Gender wage gap
  • Child care
  • Child support clawbacks
  • Affordable housing
  • Trade agreements
  • Minimum wage

 

WHAT WE’RE DOING

September 2018-Feb 2019

Letters Sent:
Region of Halton:
Feb. 11: Regional Chair Gary Carr on the Community Safety and Well Being Plan

Provincial:
Sept. 16: Lieutenant Governor regarding Premier Ford’s interference in municipal elections
Nov. 5: Lieutenant Governor regarding non Declaration of previously passed legislation, thus preventing it being enacted.
Jan. 5: Halton MPPs on Bill 47 proposed changes to Employment Standards Act
Feb. 5: All female MPPs on their unique opportunity to fight for women’s rights

Federal:
Nov. 7: MP Karen Vecchio, Chair, Standing Committee on Status of Women, on accommodation for victims escaping human trafficking
Nov. 30: Prime Minister on Statutory Minimum Sentences
Jan. 18: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on use of Remand
Jan.18: MP Anthony Housefather, Chair, Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, on Assisted Reproduction

Briefs presented:
Dec. 4: Response to Government of Ontario request for consultation on Education -Curriculum design
Dec. 7: Pre-Budget comments to the Ontario Government

Meetings Sponsored:
Sept. 6: Visited MPP Stephen Crawford
Oct. 10: Met with Pam Damoff concerning the correctional system
Oct. 18: Persons’ Day: Hosted women mayoral candidates in municipal election

Events attended:
Jan. 19: Attended the Women’s March in Toronto

Upcoming:
March: Visit to MPP Jane McKenna
Apr. 7: Panel on Pharmacare sponsored by Council of Canadians
May 8: Evening with Feminist lawyer Linda Silver Drainoff

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August 2017- August 2018
Letters sent:
Federal:

  • Women and amendments to the “Indian Act”
  • Women and the Canadian criminal justice system
  • Congratulating government on work for women and girls

Provincial:

  • Imprisonment of migrant and refugee claimants and the death of a woman while in detention
  • Water bottling
  • Request to then Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn to convene a cross-Ministry roundtable on Bill 148, with special concerns of not-for-profit sector
  • Allowing the experimental pilot project on Basic Income to continue for its designated 3 years, so that useful data could be collected
  • Retaining the updated sex education curriculum in schools
  • Finding a way to work with municipalities and the federal government to assist asylum seekers while they await review of their applications

Briefs presented:

  • Commented on applying a gender lens to the provincial Budget to Minister and local MPPs at Hamilton Art Gallery
  • Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 supporting the minimum wage, emergency personal leave, concern with precarious work

Meetings sponsored:

  • Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford September 6, 2018
  • Joint public meeting with the Minister of Labour on Bill 148
  • All Candidates meeting with Liberal and NDP candidates (PCs did not come)
  • Meeting with Halton’s 4 Daughters of the Vote
  • And with Oakville-North Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos (parliamentary assistant to Minister of Health Christine Elliott) soon as she has set up a constituency office

 Other involvements:

  • Police Services and the Sexual Assault Review Committee,
  • Halton Non-Profit Council and Community Safety and Well-Being in Halton,
  • Community Development Halton publication “Women in Halton, 2016”