From the Club Action Newsletter March 30, 2021

President’s Message and Mediation Implementation Committee
Today, the Board is happy to share the report from the Mediation Implementation Committee (click here). The report from the Mediation Group was received just prior to the AGM in June 2020 and a decision was made to leave the implementation to the incoming Board.  It was evident that there was much work that needed to be done and it was divided among the various committees of the board and we also created a new communication committee under the leadership of the VP Quebec, Judy Hopps. I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this initiative but will avoid trying to thank everyone by name or I risk being like the Oscar winner who forgets to thank her mother so I would like to thank the Chairs and members of the Articles and Bylaws, International Relations and Communication Committee, National Office and the members of the Board for their input and suggestions. Some of you may have questions about the report and especially how the work has evolved to meet the changing reality of CFUW: declining membership, the pandemic and virtual operations. We hope this report reflects those changes and taken together with the strategic plan which will be released within the next month will take us forward as an organization. We may be smaller than we were but we are educated, knowledgeable women who can make a difference in the lives of women and girls in Canada and abroad.  We will be holding two Townhall meetings on April 22 (register here) and April 24 (register here) to allow members an opportunity to discuss the report and to ask questions. Finally, I would like to thank Barb DuMoulin, VP British Columbia and Acting President and Joy Hurst, VP international for chairing the Mediation Report Implementation Committee and for pulling all the parts of this report together. 

Spring has always been my favourite season as the world seems to come back to life after winter and the days get longer, the sun is warmer and new growth begins to peek through the ground. I’d like think that CFUW is also emerging into a new stage in its existence. There are many exciting things happening:We just sent our largest delegation to UN-CSW and presented two parallel events, one with our partners in CAMEUS (Mexican Federation of University Women, WG-USA and CFUW)CFUW has received a Federal Grant to provide Pay Equity Workshops at selected Canadian UniversitiesMay 4 will be the first Action Day for Elder Care and Long Term Care organised by the EL and LTC Study GroupOur Advocacy is strong and receiving attention and can be checked on our Score Card. Click here.Membership is vital for the sustainability of our organisation and in this newsletter is a link to a new initiative to connect with our members in the 20-40 and 41-60 age range.   We know there are very few members in those age groups so we want to know what brought them to CFUW and what is important for them as we seek to expand our membership both in numbers and in diversity. See note below.This is just a selection of what is happening and we know that Clubs across the country are also active with their own projects, fundraising and activities. I look forward to meeting with some of you at the Townhalls.

Be well and keep safe.

Kathryn Wilkinson

Stopping Hamilton’s Urban Sprawl

FYI, on March 29th the City of Hamilton’s General Issues Committee will be hosting a special session on; Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS2). This session concerns the city’s land needs assessment for urban growth management. 

If you are concerned about stopping Hamilton’s urban sprawl consider signing the petition prepared by Environment Hamilton. The link to the online petition can be found at https://www.environmenthamilton.org/stop_sprawl 

For more information about stopping Hamilton’s urban sprawl, you can access their short Youtube presentation at  https://youtu.be/WZQZOi2c8v4 

Ontario Council Resolution -Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention and Detection

Resolved, that Canadian Federation of University Women Ontario Council (CFUW) urges governments, police, social agencies, school boards, community organizations and other partners to continue to recognize and react to the reality and dangers of the human trafficking of Canadians, and to educate youth to be alert to luring and coercive control techniques via tools and methods including, but not limited to: 1.A)  that the Ontario Provincial Government make additions to the Grade 9 and 10 Health and Physical Education curriculum to include how to recognize unhealthy relationships, specifically the coercive control and luring techniques used by human traffickers and similar predators; 2.B)  that the Ontario Provincial Government require all educators grades one to twelve to complete a brief ten minute, yearly, online training on the awareness, prevention and detection of human trafficking.

Proposed Resolution – Post Pandemic Recovery for Women in Canada

Today we are highlighting the resolution proposed by by our CFUW International Relations Committee – Post Pandemic Recovery for Women in Canada.

Resolved, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Federal Government of Canada to develop a comprehensive Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery Plan including specific interventions to address the disparate effect of pandemics on the lives of women.

All proposed resolutions will be reviewed and discussed at the March business meeting. Our Advocacy and Action Committee are reviewing them in detail and will report their findings at the meeting. 

We will then have an opportunity for an open discussion of the proposals. Finally, we will take a vote to determine if CFUW Hamilton is in favor of supporting these proposals, rejecting them, or perhaps supporting them with some minor changes. Once accepted at the National AGM they become part of CFUW policy.

Please join us via Zoom Tuesday, March 16th for this lively discussion. Your voice and your vote matter.

CFUW Ontario Council Launches Province-Wide LTC Campaign Today

Ontario Council has launched a multifaceted campaign to support tackling two of the main issues with the ongoing tragedy in Ontario Long Term Care Homes. All clubs in Ontario have been asked to work together to compile a survey which will be released to the press through Ontario Council . The results will also be sent to the Premier and his Ministers.  Learn more about the campaign at CFUW Stratford.

Proposed Resolution – Right to Repair for Large Household Appliances

Today we are highlighting the resolution proposed by  CFUW Cape Breton – Right to Repair for Large Household Appliances.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal governments to work together and create “right to repair” legislation, making the repair of large household appliances used in Canada easier, in an effort to reduce waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and create local jobs. 

All proposed resolutions will be reviewed and discussed at the March business meeting. Our Advocacy and Action Committee are reviewing them in detail and will report their findings at the meeting. 

We will then have an opportunity for an open discussion of the proposals. Finally, we will take a vote to determine if CFUW Hamilton is in favor of supporting these proposals, rejecting them, or perhaps supporting them with some minor changes. Once accepted at the National AGM they become part of CFUW policy.

Please join us via Zoom Tuesday, March 16th for this lively discussion. Your voice and your vote matter.