Here you will find new posts and information from the Campaign and links to other parts of the site to tell you what we and Ontario political parties are up to in provincial elections. Visit often and share your own comments on how Ontario is doing on ending violence against women.
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The Ontario Federation of Labour launched the People’s Budget on February 25th and is now travelling the province to get ideas and input from people on what the Province of Ontario needs to include in the provincial budget, expected next month.
This is a good opportunity to let the new Premier and the Opposition parties know that women must be included and that we want a budget based on gender and equity for all women.
Let’s take use this chance to send a message to all political parties who might be preparing for an early provincial election not to forget women in their plans for spending our money when the budget is a announced. We’ll we watching!
Follow the People’s Budget. Find out where the OFL will be holding meetings and make sure the OFL people’s budget includes specific progress for women. For more information and to join in the campaign go to: http://ofl.ca/index.php/thepeoplesbudget/
Congratulations to No One Is Illegal Toronto and all allies who supported the long-standing campaign to make Toronto services accessible to undocumented migrant people! All local Toronto services should now make themselves open to undocumented migrants!
See media for coverage of this victory at http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/02/21/cisanctuarycity21.print.html
Both the Province of Ontario and the country needs to follow suit on this progressive move. For undocumented women experiencing abuse and their children, sanctuary city can literally saves lives in Toronto. Expanding its reach can save lives and protect women and children across Ontario.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne a first look at her plans for Ontario today in her first Throne Speech. Her central objective is still balancing the budget and cutting government spending–being ‘austere’ in a more compassionate way. There is a lot of rhetoric in the speech about creating fairness, equity, collaboration and common ground.
The government promises to follow recommendations of the Social Assistance Review Report to allow social assistance recipients to keep more of their meagre assistance. It also mentions shifting policy on accessibility for people with disabilities from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. This move looks to confirm activists’ fears that people with disabilities on ODSP may face more pressure to look for work as the suggested merging of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program takes place.
Some brief mention of continuing Liberal plans for child care and full-day kindergarten. No mention of affordable housing policy. Safety issues focus on children and youth with encouragement for more collaboration across the justice system. No mention of violence against women; actually no real notice of gender-based issues at all.
The Throne Speech is, of course, only an overview and it throws everything into the mix while at the same time promising to cut spending. The first provincial budget release will be the real test, but certainly the Speech itself doesn’t promise any substantive focus on poverty reduction, economic security or equity issues that Ontario needs, especially for women and children. Lots of work ahead for equity activists…
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Across Canada, women gathered on February 14th to march or hold memorials for murdered and missing Aboriginal women. Canada continues to reject calls for a national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of Aboriginal women. The RCMP is now attempting … Continue reading
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One billion women across the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women! Across the world on February 14th, women marked V-Day by taking part in dancing and action to raise awareness and encourage action to … Continue reading