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On Equal Pay Day, four of us, Sandra Thompson, President, Ontario Council, Teri Shaw, Advocacy Coordinator, Anne Douglas CFUW Oakville and Tina Agrell of Advancement of Women Halton were invited to Queen’s Park to listen to presentations by the Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour and the Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, and to meet with them later.
The March Standing Committees Meetings plenary speaker, Shannon Fuller, Associate Deputy Minister, Early Years and Child Care, presented an overview of the current and proposed early years program in Ontario. In afternoon in the Legislation session, Janet Davis, Toronto City Councillor Beaches-East York spoke about Municipal Politics, highlighting the real situation for municipalities providing among other things child care services.
Continuing with concerns about the removal of water for the bottling industry, Ontario Council sent comments to EBR Registry Number: 012-9574 A regulation establishing a new water bottling charge.
In a flurry of Ontario government consultations, Ontario Council presented comments on:
CFUW Ontario Council Standing Committees meetings were held with speakers: Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition; Doris Mae Oulton, Past President, CFUW for Linda Davis, Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee; Dr. Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloo, the Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group.
GENDER WAGE GAP BACKGROUNDER
- The gender wage gap is the difference between wages earned by men and wages earned by women.
- The gap can be measured in various ways, but the most common method is to look at full–time, full year wages. It is also possible to measure the gender wage gap on the basis of hourly wages.
- For 2011 – the gap was 26% for full–time, full–year workers, or the female worker earns 74 cents per $1.00
Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations – submission sent to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
HOLIDAY DREAMING FOR AN ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILD CARE SYSTEM!
Ontario is currently having Child Care Consultations both on online and in person. Online deadline is Jan.15, 2017.
Link includes the discussion paper, Building a Better Future: A Discussion Paper for Transforming Early Years and Child Care in Ontario. Read More
With thanks to Carolyn Day, our Environment policy advisor from CFUW Southport, Ontario Council submitted three consultation briefs:
Ontario Council sent a submission concerning the review of the Environmental Bill of Rights. Our major concerns, among others, are: highlighting the need to protect the environment; highlighting the importance of water resources; using the precautionary principle; recognition of Environmental Justice; asking that all ministries be covered by this bill; and incorporating the principle of Precedence as was done with the Great Lakes Protection Act.
Ontario is consulting concerning a regulation to establish a moratorium on issuing new or increasing permits to take water for the purposes of water bottling. Ontario Council sent comments.
Ontario Council strongly supports the proposed changes outlined in the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review (a review of four major land use plans including the Greenbelt) and sent these comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
As a followup up to Ontario Council’s adoption of the resolution concerning the loss of employment benefits after the age of 65, Ontario Council sent comments to the Changing Workplace Review.
Ontario Council Standing Committees meetings were held with speakers: Professor Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga; Jessica Oultran, Principal, Colborne Public School, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board; Chantell Tunney, President, Impact Matters; Sheila Lacroix, Ontario Council Legislation Chair and Teri Shaw, Ontario Council Advocacy Coordinator.
As part of their Integrated Public Transportation project, Getting There, CFUW Stratford attended the Intercommunity Bus Modernization Engagement consultations, sending a letter to cover their concerns with bus transportation, the topic of the consultation.
An email was sent to Mitzie Hunter, the minister of Education acknowledging the new regulation concerning wait lists for child care centres.
Ontario Council joined others with the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence to endorse their submission concerning the Great Lakes, water quality and aquaculture.
Brenda Robertson, President, Anne Cordon, Status of Women Chair, Sandra Thomson, incoming President had the opportunity to meet with members of the Ontario Women’s Directorate discussing the Public Funded Campaigns such as violence prevention and family law.
The resolution proposed by CFUW Ottawa, on Age Discrimination in Ontario Employee Benefit Programs was adopted.
The Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Council of CFUW was held in Hockley Valley hosted by CFUW Orangeville & District with two plenary sessions and workshops.
Letter to to Premier Wynne regarding ECEC changes
Ontario Council joins other organizations, child care centres and individuals signing a letter to Premier Wynne about proposed changes to staff in child care centres.
Ontario Council along with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories submitted a letter to Premier Wynne outlining concerns regarding the process that Ontario has established to review the Waukesha water diversion.
CFUW Ontario Council Response to Pre-Budget Consultations
Ontario Council joined with Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories to request a public consultation in Ontario on the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan.
CFUW Ontario Council Response to the consultation on the gender wage gap.
CFUW Ontario Council Response to A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework (EBR# 012-5444)
A thank you letter was sent to Minister Tracy MacCharles for the invitation to the 2015 Summit “It’s Never Okay” Sexual Violence and Harassment.
Ontario Council joined with Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories to send comment concerning the Waukesha Water Diversion application
See Archives for activities from August 2015 - May 2009.