40 years post-Bird…

Need I really add more?
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

OTTAWA – Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Report, which was groundbreaking for women’s equality in Canada. Sadly, many of the recommendations still have not been implemented.

“Many things have changed for women over the past 40 years,” said New Democrat Status of Women Critic Irene Mathyssen, (London-Fanshawe). “Married women can now enlist in the Canadian Forces and the minimum wage for men and women is the same. But amazingly, four decades later, we’re still waiting for many of the recommendations from the Royal Commission to be implemented.

“New Democrats will continue to push forward policies and legislation that originally were recommended in the Royal Commission report – such as pay equity, equal representation in public office, improvement in the conditions in the lives of First Nations women and establishing a national Child Care Act,” said Mathyssen.

Mathyssen condemns the lack of action taken by the Harper government. Its outright opposition to women’s rights has turned back the clock on women’s equality. Whether it is cutting funding to women’s organizations, abandoning the court challenges program or ending real pay equity for federal workers, this government has shown a complete disregard for women’s rights.

“New Democrats have led the way in advancing women’s equality in Canada,” said Mathyssen. “We’ve been vocal and consistent in defending reproductive rights, breaking the silence on domestic violence, electing the first female federal leader of a political party and electing the highest proportion of women Members of Parliament.”

For more information, please contact:
Rupinder Kaur, press secretary: 613-222-5048 or rupinder@ndp.ca




OTTAWA – Aujourd’hui marque le quarantième anniversaire du rapport de la Commission royale sur la condition féminine, un rapport innovateur pour l’égalité des femmes au Canada. Malheureusement, plusieurs des recommandations du rapport n’ont toujours pas été mises en œuvre.

« Beaucoup de choses ont changé pour les femmes depuis 40 ans, » a déclaré Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), porte-parole du NPD en matière Condition féminine. « Les femmes mariées peuvent maintenant s’engager dans les Forces armées canadiennes, et le salaire minimum pour les hommes et les femmes est équivalent. Mais ce qui est surprenant, c’est qu’après quarante ans, nous attendions encore que plusieurs des recommandations de la Commission royale soient mise en œuvre. »

« Le NPD continuera à présenter des politiques et des législations qui étaient au départ des recommandations du rapport de la Commission royale, comme l’équité salariale, la représentation égale dans la fonction publique, l’amélioration de la qualité de vie des femmes des Premières nations et la mise en place d’une loi nationale sur les garderies, » a de plus ajouté Mathyssen.

La députée du NPD condamne le manque d’initiative du gouvernement Harper. Son opposition aux droits des femmes est un malheureux retour en arrière pour l’égalité des femmes. Qu’il s’agisse des coupures aux groupes de femmes, l’abandon du programme de contestation judiciaire ou la fin de l’équité salariale réelle pour les travailleurs fédéraux, ce gouvernement a démontré un mépris véritable pour les droits des femmes.

« Le NPD a mené la voie pour faire avancer l’égalité des femmes au Canada, » a par ailleurs expliqué Mathyssen. « Nous avons fait entendre notre voix de manière persistante pour défendre les droits reproductifs des femmes, pour briser le silence entourant la violence domestique, en élisant la première femme en tant que chef d’un parti politique fédéral et en faisant élire la plus grande proportion de femmes comme députés. »

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Pour obtenir de plus amples informations, veuillez communiquer avec :
Rupinder Kaur, attachée de presse : 613-222-5048 ou rupinder@ndp.ca


Who’s Who in the Religious Right?

A friend has done up a couple of excellent lists based on her reading of The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada by Marci McDonald.

The first is a names index filled with names familiar to those who have read McDonald’s book or who have been watching the rise of fundamentalist xianity in Canada:  McVety, Landoldt, Manning, Harper are but a few of those listed.

The second list is the organization index with info about such organizations as the Canada Family Action Coalition, the Centre for Faith and Public Life and the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.  (Sorry, no links from me to them!)

These should prove to be useful lists for my research needs.


Celebrating The Harvest, The Equinox, The Arts

harvest salon posterWell, with a very sizzling summer salon behind us, the regina mom and friends are looking toward harvest.  We’re celebrating the harvest and the equinox and the arts with a Harvest Salon on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature readings by Lorna Crozier and Andrew Stubbs, music by The Canning Party and Bernadette & Jim as well as art by Kim Menzies.

Tickets are $25 Advance, $35 Door and only 25 are available.  Note that some proceeds from this event will be donated to the Literary Committee of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.  Arrange to get your tickets by calling 306.550.7023 or order online, via Paypal. (Note that the payment will go to Jim.)


About the featured artists…

crozier, with books Lorna Crozier‘s “first collection Inside in the Sky was published in 1976. Since then, she has authored 14 books of poetry, including The Garden Going on Without Us, Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence, Inventing the Hawk, winner of the 1992 Governor-General’s Award, Everything Arrives at the Light, Apocrypha of Light, What the Living Won’t Let Go, and most recently Whetstone. Whether Lorna is writing about angels, aging, or Louis Armstrong’s trout sandwich, she continues to engage readers and writers across Canada and the world with her grace, wisdom and wit. She is, as Margaret Laurence wrote, “a poet to be grateful for.” “[1] We’re so happy to have her with us for this celebration!


andrew stubbsAndrew Stubbs “is a prolific editor whose work includes Rhetoric, Uncertainty, and the University as Text, a collection of articles on writing and writing theory by Canadian and American compositionists. He co-edited The Other Harmony: The Collected Poetry of Eli Mandel, and published Myth, Origins, Magic, a study of Mandel’s poetics. Stubbs has published articles and reviews on literature, literary theory, psychoanalysis, and creative writing. His first poetry collection, White Light Primitive, was published by Hagios Press in Spring 2009.” [2] Thanks, Andy, for agreeing to join us!


the canning partyThe Canning Party is a new Saskatchewan folk group consisting of Tanya Dahms, Scott Fulton, and Rob Cocarell. The three are eco-activist and long-time Regina jammers. Tracks from Cocarell’s last CD project with the group, Aref Sea, are online at CBC Radio 3. (I’m particularly diggin’ the track “River Flow” at the moment.)


Bernadette & Jim is — you guessed it — the hubby and me!  I’ll share poetry from my collection and, perhaps, some new work.  Jim has more of his original songs (& guitar-work) to share.  And we do love to sing — old stuff and new work, too.  Who knows what we’ll cook up this time!


kim menziesKim Menzies considers herself  “a self-taught artist.”  Of her recent work she says, “I have been experimenting with a myriad of acrylic mediums and paint combinations for the past two years. My experience has, without a doubt, been a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions. It has not only challenged me to step into a world where colour, shape and texture become a form of communication unto itself, it has challenged me to break down barriers that once defined my comfort zones.[3] Her artwork is featured on the cover of This hot place, my collection of poetry and we are grateful that she will hang a show for the salon.

Only 25 tickets available for this event, folks.  Get yours soon!