CURRENT ISSUES AND ACTIONS

Joan Stone, Convener

SEPTEMBER, 2016

The Current Issues and Actions Committee will hold their first meeting of the season on Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Local, national and international issues are dis-cussed. The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) advocacy is an important aspect of the committee work. Recommendations from this Committee may be made to the UWC Board for action on various topics. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a supper provided at a cost of $12.00. In advance kindly advise either Joan Stone, the UWC office or sign up in the reser-vations book so supper arrangements can be made.

JUNE, 2016

The CIA Committee held their final meeting of the term on May 11, 2016. Various matters were discussed including a written response to a letter of inquiry from an interested Member of Parliament regarding Bill C-242: an amendment for CC 269.1-torture.  There was information sharing regarding a recent event sponsored by the International Institute for Women's Rights as several committee members had attended.

             The next meeting is Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. An Express Supper ($12.00) will be available for you if you reserve for it. Please contact Joan Stone  or the Office at uwc@mymts.net if you plan to attend. All voices are welcome.

MAY, 2016

The Committee met on April 13, 2016. Various topics were discussed including CFUW Advocacy position and recommendations for clubs on Physician Assisted Suicide (PAD) and the Naomi Klein presentation on climate change etc. The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:00 –7:00 pm. An Express dinner is available if reserved. Please contact Joan Stone or the Office.

APRIL, 2016

The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on March 9, 2016. The Committee reviewed discussion pursuant to a recent meeting with club members regarding five 2016 CFUW Resolutions. The Committee recommended to the UWC Board (and submitted a motion) that there be an amendment to Resolution 3-regarding Strengthening the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. The Committee also recommended to the Board (and submitted a motion) that a letter be sent to Manitoba Members of of Parliament concerning support for Bill C-242, a private members bill that would add non-state actor torture to CC 269.1, the Criminal Code of Canada-torture. (Both motions were subsequently approved by the UWC Board.)

The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express Supper for $12.00 can be arranged upon request. Please advise either Joan Stone at jorion@shaw.ca or the UWC office at uwc@mymts.net  if you plan to attend so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Kindly note that everyone interested is welcome to attend.

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 MANITOBA WOMEN PARTICIPATE AT THE UNITED NATIONS   March 23, 2016                              

The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC)  and Council of Women of Winnipeg (CWW) were honoured to participate in the presentation “Lessons From the Heart” Indigenous Women Bringing Our Children Home atthe sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 23, 2016, New York, NY .  The presenters were                                                                                                                                 

Sarah Gazan & Jackie Walker from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Family and Community Wellness Centre Inc.,                                                                                          

Margaret MacKinnon from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre                                                                                 

Lore M. Mirwaldt from Mirwaldt, Gray, Poudrier Law                                                                                

Cora Morgan from Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs                                                                                         

Moderated by Kelly-Ann Stevenson 1st Vice President National Council of Women of   Canada and President Council of Women of Winnipeg(and a member of UWC Winnipeg)                                         

MARCH, 2016

The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on February 10, 2016. The Committee reviewed and discussed the five CFUW proposed resolutions which are to be further discussed at upcoming meetings with the club membership. Pursuant to CFUW Resolution Guidelines 2015-2016 any amendments to the resolutions should be submitted by March 31, 2016. The Committee also discussed resolutions with respect to Graduate Women International (GWI) formerly the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express dinner is available if reserved by contacting Joan Stone j or the UWC office.

You may be interested to know that:

Naomi Klein will be presenting on climate change and economic justice at Knox United Church on April 8, 2016.

The International Institute for Women’s Rights (IIWR) MB is hosting a fundraising event with speaker Ellen Gabriel whose topic is Age of Reconciliation at the Viscount Gort Hotel on April 27, 2016.

FEBRUARY, 2016

The Current Issues and Actions Committee held a meeting on January 13, 2016. The Committee agreed to present a motion to the Board to send a letter to the Manitoba Members of Parliament outlining the 2015 CFUW adopted resolutions. The Committee reviewed the 2016 CFUW proposed resolutions and it was agreed that a discussion would be held with the general club membership regarding each of the proposed resolutions. A date and time for this discussion was confirmed for Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.    (see BELOW)

The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A $12.00 Express supper will be offered. Please advise either Joan Stone or the Office if you plan to attend so supper arrangements can be made for you.

The Current Issues and Actions Committee

is issuing at invitation for ALL CLUB MEMBERS to attend a discussion concerning the 2016 CFUW Proposed Resolutions.

**The Date for this discussion at the club is Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Why not reserve for the $12 lunch too and continue the conversation!

The 2016 Proposed Resolutions are as follows:

Resolution 1-From CFUW Barrie and District: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls-Ending the Marginalization of Indigenous Women in Canadian Society

Resolution 2-From CFUW Guelph and Kitchener Waterloo: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD)-Diagnosis, Intervention and Support Plan for children, adults and families affected by FASD

Resolution 3-From CFUW Owen Sound and Area: Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency in Order to Protect the Environmen

Resolution 4-From CFUW Leaside-East York and Etobicoke: Electoral Reform: Adding Proportionality to the Electoral System in Canada

Resolution 5-From the CFUW Advocacy/International Relations and Education Committees: Sustainable Development Goals

Please register for this discussion at the club using the sign-up sheet or contact Maggi at the office. Bring your concerns and questions regarding these proposed resolutions to this discussion.

JANUARY, 2016

The CIA meeting in January, 2016 will be Wednesday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00pm

DECEMBER, 2015

On November 12, 2015, The Current Issues and Actions Committee held their third meeting of the term. A speaker had been arranged for this meeting. Mr Laszlo Pinter from the International Institute for Sustainable Development spoke concerning the development\establishment and monitoring of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and 169 associated targets. These goals and targets will guide and stimulate regional and global action over the next fifteen years moving towards a 2030 agenda.

The December Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday,  December 9 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. As always, there is an open invitation for all UWC members to attend committee meetings and an express dinner is available if reserved by contacting Joan Stone jorion@shaw.ca or the UWC office at uwc@mymts.net.

DUMP OUT YOUR SHOES, LADIES,   IT’S SHOEBOX PROJECT TIME

It is time to reach out to the women who find themselves in local shelters over the Christmas holidays.  For the past two years, the University Women's Club has been part of the "ShoeboxProject".  We doubled our contribution last year and hope to prepare more this year.  Here's how to be part of this project:

1. Find a regular sized shoebox so everyone gets the same sized gift.

2. Wrap it as a gift being very careful to wrap the lid separately so the box can be easily opened (ready-made boxes can be purchased at Dollar stores).

3. Fill the box with new or unused items you think would be appreciated e.g. body lotion,  shampoo, make-up, tooth brush & paste, mitts/hat/scarf.  No mouth wash or candies with nuts or alcohol filled chocolates.  Spend less than $50.

4. Include a note of encouragement.  

5. Bring your box to the club in the week between November 12 and 20.

                     Detailed information: http://www.shoeboxproject.com/manitoba.html

                   Information will also be posted on the club bulletin board outside the office.

NOVEMBER, 2015

In Oct. the Current Issues and Actions Committee held their second meeting of the term. Committee members had attended the CFUW Prairie Gathering, a Council of Women of Winnipeg meeting and the 2015 Federal Election Forum held at the University of Winnipeg. During the committee meeting the full rules and regulations of the upcoming Nellie Awards were reviewed. “The Nellies” will recognize the spirit of Nellie McClung being advanced by women leaders of today in areas of social justice, the arts and promoting democracy. The Committee noted that any UWC member can submit a nomination by visiting WINNIPEGFREEPRESS.COM/THE NELLIES. The nomination deadline is 4:00 pm Sunday, Nov, 22, 2015.

The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12 5:00 pm and it has been arranged that a representative from the International Institute for Sustainable Development will attend as a guest speaker. As always, there is an open invitation for all UWC members to attend committee meetings and an express dinner is available if reserved by contacting Joan Stone  or the UWC office at uwc@mymts.net.

OCTOBER, 2015

       We had our first meeting of the term on September 8, 2015. The members reviewed the terms of reference for the committee pursuant to the club policy manual. The members discussed various local and international issues. In particular, there was information sharing concerning the 2015 CFUW Annual General Meeting held in Quebec City. Resolutions regarding saving pollinators\environment, reducing climate change through carbon tax and physician assisted death were adopted.

       Doris Mae Oulton, National President of CFUW, wrote to Prime Minister Harper in a letter dated June 26, 2015 urging him to take immediate action as recommended in the Truth and Reconciliation Report to address the causes of deaths\disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls. The CFUW national office will be distributing an advocacy kit regarding the resolutions. The Committee also reviewed the Resolution Intents for the 2016 Annual General Meeting. (See page 3)The Committee was informed about the Status of Women report www.cbc.ca\1.3214751 which is a report of violence, poverty and wage gap affecting women.

          Our next meeting isWednesday October 14, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm. A $12 Express supper of salad, sandwich and dessert will be         offered. (See page 5)     Please advise either Joan Stone or the Office if you plan toattend so appropriate arrangements can be made.

SEPTEMBER 2015

The Current Issues and Actions Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 8th  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Local and international issues are discussed. Decisions are made for action by the committee and recommendations are made for UWC Board action on a topic. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will continue to be an “Express” supper provided at a cost of $12.00. Members must sign up for this supper by September 4th so kindly advise either Joan Stone or the UWC office so supper arrangements can by made.


2014-15

The Current Issues and Actions Committee will hold its first meeting of the new Club "year" on Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Both local and international issues are discussed.  Decisions are made for action by the committee and recommendations are made for UWC Board action on a topic.  

We also spend considerable time in reviewing and discussing Resolutions that have been proposed for the CFUW AGM. These can cover a very broad spectrum of often controversial topics as they are from other CFUW clubs across Canada. It is also an opportunity for us to research and submit a Resolution of our own on an issue we deem important and timely. (See CFUW/IFUW section under ABOUT)

All members are most welcome to attend. There will continue to be an Express dinner of soup and sandwich ($12) if you reserve ahead of time with Sandy or the Office. In any case please advise Sandy if you plan to attend so appropriate arrangements can be made for you.

         CFUW members at AGM 2014      Waterloo, Ontario

         CFUW members at AGM 2014      Waterloo, Ontario

Contact Person: Sandy Millen

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Sandy Millen, President UWC of Winnipeg 2013-2015  

                                              Sandy Millen, President UWC of Winnipeg 2013-2015

 

Our contributions to the Shoe Box Project, 2014