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.

Proposed Resolution – Single Use Plastics and Plastic Packaging

Today we are highlighting the proposal from CFUW Nepean – Single Use Plastics and Plastic Packaging.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of Canada, and the Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Governments to expedite the ban on single-use plastics (plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six- pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics) and to expand the ban to include all problematic and unnecessary non-recyclable plastics including plastic wrapping, plastic tampon applicators, disposable plastic beverage cups, plastic bottle caps, lids and plastic labels on containers; 

RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada to implement Canada’s Plastic Science Agenda (CaPSA) and, with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, to provide funding for, as well as following up on and fully implementing, a Canada wide strategy on zero plastic waste; 

RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada, and the Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Governments to fully fund and promote programs to educate the public about the dangers caused to habitat, the environment (including fisheries and oceans) and to human health by discarded plastic waste; 

RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada and the Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Governments to use incentives including start-up funding to create alternative uses for discarded plastics, biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic packaging and to work with academics and industry to support the creation of alternative uses for discarded plastics; 

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.

Proposed Resolution – Canada’s Opioid Crisis

Today we will highlight the resolution proposed by AFDU Montreal Lakeshore- Canada’s Opioid Crisis.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women urge the Government of Canada to work with the provincial, territorial and municipal governments to address Canada’s opioid crisis, as outlined in its December 16, 2020 document, Federal Actions on Opioids to Date, by: Improving access to, and the number of, safe injection and overdose treatment sites; expanding public awareness of addiction to prescription and street drugs; Updating current prescription and treatment guidelines; improving access to harm reduction treatment, such as access to Naloxone and safer alternatives; restricting the influx of illegal opioids and the tainted drug supply. 

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women urge the Government of Canada to work with the provincial, territorial and municipal governments in order to expand its commitment to addressing Canada’s opioid crisis by additional means, including but not limited to, the following: working with stakeholders, including health practitioners and counsellors, on best practices in pain management; increasing support and psychosocial services for vulnerable people by increasing the number of trained professionals available to address the opioid crisis; training counsellors and public security personnel to better recognize an address addiction by integrating such training into their core curriculum and ongoing professional development; establishing across-Canada electronic prescription drug registry.

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.

If you are interested in finding out more about this subject CFUW Oakville has invited us to attend their March 15th event . Their speaker, Dr. Jennifer Brasch will be presenting a talk entitled an  “Overview of Opioid Use Disorder ”. 

Please click on the button below for joining instructions.

The complete resolution package is available for download by clicking on the button .

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

Dialogue Sessions Documents: Part 3

Below you will find the third and final installment of information from CFUW National concerning the Dialogue Session conducted in January of this year. The correspondence includes links to documents on GWI Membership, One Class of Members, Exchange Rates, Governance, Surpluses and GWI Finance.

March 2, 2021                                            


Today, we are publishing the final FAQs from the Dialogue Sessions. This includes:GWI MembershipOne Class of MembersExchange RatesGovernanceSurplusesand GWI Finance. Hopefully, by this time your questions have been answered but please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification or an explanation if questions remain unanswered. There is one correction to be made to the FAQ published Wednesday, February 24. In Proposals, it says that motions are due by March 20, 2022. This should be March 20, 2021.

The MOU Oversight Committee continues to meet with GWI. Despite the difficult decisions that have been made, CFUW and GWI meetings are collaborative and respectful and our most recent meeting included a further discussion of the implications of the Board decision made in December 2020 to allow Clubs to elect whether to be counted in the GWI per capita dues calculation. We have committed to keep GWI informed of the numbers electing to be counted for the per capita dues as both GWI and CFUW are preparing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who has assisted with the FAQs and with the Dialogue Sessions but I’m not going to try to name everyone or I will inevitably forget someone but a special thanks must go to our Dialogue Facilitator, Heather Oxman and our parliamentarian, Beth Haynes.

Thank you again for your patience. There were fifty pages of chat after the Dialogue and I hope you agree that we have managed to condense them into a manageable and hopefully easily understandable format.

Be safe.


Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator

Dialogue Sessions Documents: Part 2

Below you will find the second installment of information from CFUW National concerning the Dialogue Session conducted in January of this year. The correspondence includes links to documents on History, International Relations, Benefits of Membership, Reserves and Member Proposals. A third and final installment will be released later this week.

February 24, 2021                                             

In this newsletter you will find the second installment of FAQs from the Dialogue Sessions: HistoryInternational RelationsBenefits of MembershipReserves, Member Proposals. The third and final installment will be released at the end of the week; exchange rate, finance, surplus, and governance.  I trust that the information is helpful in answering some of your questions but I would also like to clarify a couple of issues that have arisen from the newsletter sent out on Friday, February 19. Before the ink had even dried (or whatever the equivalent is in electronic communication), the National Office was being asked to answer questions about dual membership and specifically about voting rights. The advice given in the previous newsletter that a dual member may vote at any club to which she belongs is correct and if you would like a detailed explanation as to why, click here.  

I’d also like to clarify where and how we get our advice. First of all, we have our CFUW ED, Robin Jackson, who has an incredible knowledge of CFUW and an amazing facility for remembering facts or knowing where to find them.  We also have a parliamentarian and this is Beth Haynes. Our parliamentary authority is Roberts Rules and Roberts Rules indicates that while the board must authorize fees for parliamentary services, the president appoints the parliamentarian and must be free to make her choice. When I became President in June, I asked Beth to be parliamentarian for the 2020-2022 Board.  I had already worked with Beth on the 2018-2020 Board and had every confidence in continuing to work with her. Beth is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) with the National Association of Parliamentarians.  This is a rigorous credentialing process, and a parliamentarian is required to maintain this certification through practical experience and recurrent training.  She also has access to a network of fellow parliamentarians that she may consult. 

The Board welcomes questions and suggestions and there is a wealth of knowledge in our organization but we have to have an ultimate authority and in CFUW we have agreed to be governed by Roberts Rules when legislation and the CFUW governing documents are silent.

Take care and keep safe and please continue to share your activities with National.

Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator

Dialogue Session Documents

For your information and convenience we are sharing National’s response to questions posed at the recent Dialogue session.

February 19, 2021                                             

First of all, thank you to everyone for their patience waiting for the results of the Dialogue sessions. When the team began to look at the 50 pages of questions in the chat, it was evident that there were many duplications and we thought it unlikely that anyone would want to read 50 pages of responses. We decided to analyze the questions and to group them into categories which has been a mammoth task. Today you will be able to read questions and answers in five categories: Fiduciary Duty (click here), Budget (click here), Voting (click here), Dual Members (click here), Per Capita Dues (click here.) We have removed all names and grouped similar questions together. Hopefully, you will be able to find the answer to your question and FAQs will follow next week on: Class of Members, Cost Benefit, Exchange Rates, Finance, Governance, GWI Membership, International Advocacy, Member Proposals, Reserve, Surplus.  

One of the things that I really want to emphasize is that the board decision is not intended to remove CFUW from membership in GWI. We will continue as an NFA. The decision made by the board is an operational decision based on our fiduciary responsibility to CFUW.  Through the decision, the board is providing a method of resolving the conflict and hoping to heal the schism that has so divided our organization for the past few years.

Inevitably, 2021-2022 will be a transition period. I trust that during this time we will all respect the decisions that are made by individual members and by clubs and acknowledge that we might not all agree but we can agree that we will continue to work together to further CFUW’s mission. I encourage you to read the attached documents, share with your network, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact National Office, the board, or a member of the Dialogue Team.

Kathryn Wilkinson: National President

Beth Haynes: Parliamentarian

Heather Oxman: Dialogue Facilitator