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We must take better care of our caregivers — paid or unpaid

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

… PSWs look after the sick, disabled and elderly at a fraction of the cost of institutional care by keeping them at home, where they want to be… the work of PSWs is undervalued through poor wages, non-existent benefits and untenable working conditions that make half of them leave their line of work for greener pastures. The problem, in a nutshell, is that the work of caregivers, paid or not, is undervalued and held in low esteem.

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Ontario wants to expand midwives’ ability to prescribe medications

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Ontario wants to give midwives across the province the ability to prescribe a wider variety medications, a move those in the profession say could help improve patient care. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that consultations are underway to expand midwives’ scope of practice with the body that regulates the profession. She said the province wants to enable midwives to use their education and training more effectively.

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First Nations prepare for influx of new members amid removal of sex-based discrimination from Indian Act

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Canada’s largest First Nation is introducing a citizenship code to take control over its membership lists as the federal government prepares to enact legislation that could create tens of thousands of new status Indians while removing the last vestiges of sexism from the Indian Act… The concern of the First Nation is that many people who can trace a distant ancestor to the community will turn up after Bill S-3 takes effect to claim a portion of scarce resources…

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The genetics of genocide: I’m healing so my future daughter doesn’t have to

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Genocide? In Canada? Maybe your first instinct is to deny it. I challenge you to hear the truth in it. All of my relatives already know this to be true because of what we’ve experienced. We’re intimately aware of the reality that Canada doesn’t want us to exist… When you remove women from our communities, or disenfranchise them, the seeds of genocide are planted. Unlike a massacre, with genocide you don’t really see the bloodshed. Instead there is just loss, and it’s usually invisible to those committing it – or worse, denied.

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What happened to missing and murdered Indigenous women was horrific, but it wasn’t genocide

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

These crimes, though horrific and far too numerous, were certainly not “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part” a particular racial or ethnic group by the co-ordinated efforts of some other racial or ethnic group… 90 per cent of these murders are committed by Indigenous men who knew their victims; 72 per cent of Aboriginal women are murdered mainly in their homes; very few women involved in the sex trade, whether Indigenous or not, are murdered by their clients…

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The MMIWG report was searing and important, marred only by its inaccurate genocide charge

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

… the commissioners’ otherwise excellent report was marred by the gratuitous charge that Canada has committed, and continues to commit, genocide against its Indigenous populations. Not cultural genocide, a concept that is broadly accepted today with reference to the attempted obliteration of aboriginal culture in the Indian Residential Schools, but all-out genocide – without qualification… the National Inquiry… conflated the recent murders of women and girls with the entirety of the Indigenous experience in Canada

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Ottawa should act on report on murdered and missing women, with all its flaws

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Ensuring such basic things as safe housing, clean drinking water and affordable food for Indigenous people should be beyond debate; it’s shameful that we’re still falling so short. There are already stacks of recommendations in these areas, and the government would be well-advised to focus first and foremost on issues more closely connected with the issue at hand: the violence visited on Indigenous women and girls far out of proportion to their share in the population.

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Federal government to launch Equality Fund to entrench women’s rights and gender equality

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

… the Equality Fund… will be used to raise even more money from philanthropists and community organizations, and then divvied up among underfunded organizations that advocate for women’s rights and gender equality… The government money is the stimulus, but the longevity of the fund and its ability to act quickly and with flexibility come from the power of the non-governmental organizations, philanthropists and foundations involved in the collaboration.

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Let’s end the period taboo: Making menstrual products available is about dignity, nothing less

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Even with the products being tax exempt, they are unaffordable and inaccessible to some. Affordability and access need to be separately considered… Despite hoarding menstrual products in every nook and cranny possible, we all get caught from time to time without access to products. This is about helping women who are caught be able to finish their day without bleeding through their pants. It is about dignity.

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Ottawa can easily fix sex discrimination in the Indian Act – but we’re still waiting

Friday, May 24th, 2019

It only requires a cabinet decision to pass an order-in-council. Cabinet simply has to decide to bring into force the provisions that were included in the 2017 amendment at the insistence of the Senate. These provisions would finally entitle women and their descendants to full status on the same footing as their male counterparts, and at last remove the discrimination against the maternal line.

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