Welcome to the new Step it Up! Campaign website/ blog

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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Last Days Before the Ontario Election: How YOU Can Help With Our Campaign!

We’re just a few last days before the Ontario Election June 12…
What can we do in the last few days?  Here’s what!…

Submit the Step It Up opinion/editorial piece to your local media, on behalf of your organization or self. Congrats to women who saw their letter published here in Sootoday!  Great work!!  If others get published, please let us know.

Tell others you know about the party responses to our letter, asking leaders to share their commitment to addressing violence against women in Ontario: see party responses at the Step It Up website, OAITH’s page or OCRCC’s page.

Promote/Share Step It Up’s messages on Twitter:

Don’t forget to vote.  Remind others to vote. Voting is important, and it makes a difference!  A recent CTV news brief noted that “among PC voters, 74 per cent say nothing short of an emergency will prevent them from voting, compared with 61 per cent of NDP voters who say nothing short of an emergency will prevent them from voting; and 60 per cent of Liberal voters, who stated the same“.

– Susan (OAITH) & Nicole (OCRCC)
on behalf of Step It Up 2014 Election Campaign

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Interviews from Ottawa’s Central Candidates

With thanks to the Ottawa Coalition to end Violence Against Women for their videos interviewing the Ottawa Central Candidates:

Liberal Incumbent Yasir Naqvi

NDP Candidate Jennifer McKenzie

Green Party Candidate Kevin O’Connell

*The PC candidate did not respond to requests for an interview.

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NEW Step It Up! Campaign Video

Check out our campaign video for the Step It Up!

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Election opinion piece for your local media on VAW

Step It Up Coalition has written an opinion/editorial piece, outlining how elected officials and their platforms can have a direct impact on women experiencing violence in our communities.

Election Day (June 12) is just over a week away…
Help share this important information in your local community!

Here’s how:

  1. Submit the attached Step It Up piece (or parts of it) to your local media
  2. Sign it from yourself, your group or local organization (community media is more likely to publish from local sources, residents or groups)

  3. Let us know if you get published!

Opinion Editorial, June 2014 (PDF)                           Opinion Editorial, June 2014 (DOC)
(Attached in both PDF and Word so you can change it if you like)

P.S. Don’t forget to check out party responses to our letter asking leaders to share their vision and commitment to addressing violence against women: to read party responses.

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NDP and Liberals respond to Step It Up Election Campaign letters with 34 signators representing over 150 organizations

The Step It Up! Campaign crafted and sent this campaign letter to the three party leaders on Wedesday, May 21. requesting a response by last Friday May 30. We asked each candidate the following questions:

1. Will your party commit to maintaining the current funding allocation for organizations serving women experiencing violence?

2. How will your party speak to the needs of women experiencing violence in your election platform?

3. In light of the recent RCMP report that states 1,186 Aboriginal women are missing and believed murdered in Canada, what will be your party strategy to address Violence against Aboriginal Women?

As of today, we have received responses from Liberal Party Leader Kathleen Wynne as well as NDP Leader Andrea Horwath!

Both letters have been attached with each parties commitment strategies to Violence Against Women.

Liberal Response Letter

NDP Response Letter

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Ontario Election Leader’s Debate June 3: Ask a question about VAW!

The Ontario Election Leaders’ Debate is taking place on June 3 on CBC.

CBC and Global News are inviting the public to submit questions. Questions submitted may be chosen for Leaders to respond to live at the debate.

We are asking you to compose an email to asktheleaders@globalnews.ca and ontariodebate@cbc.ca and paste this question into the body of the email:

As Ontarians, we value our safety net and how our tax dollars are being spent. It’s a priority for women and children to be safe from sexual and domestic violence. The costs of domestic violence and sexual violence to Canadians are high: $7.4 billion in economic costs for domestic violence and $4.8 billion for costs related to sexual assault, in which more than 90 percent of victims are women (Justice Canada). How will your party commit to addressing violence against women in Ontario?

…And send!

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