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Open Letter/Petition to Mr. Harper demanding that the
Gov't of Canada Stop Supporting Israeli Violence

July 20, 2006

I hope you will add your names to this Open Letter/Petition to Harper demanding that the Gov't of Canada stop supporting Israeli violence.

We would like to get as many signatures as possible. Please feel free to forward to all individuals that may be willing to support our cause and invite them to sign as well.

The petition can be signed online by clicking on the following link http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/me2006 (please note that email signature verification is needed).

Text of Open Letter/Petition:

Shame on You, Mr. Harper
July 19th, 2006

THE ISRAELI WAR ON LEBANON IS NOT MEASURED. The deliberate targeting by the Israeli army of civilian dwellings, cars, and food convoys, the destruction of roads and civilian infrastructure, and the consequent death of hundreds of civilians is neither justified self-defence, nor does it constitute a moderate response, Mr. Harper. “This is unequivocally a war of choice”, states Israeli columnist Gideon Levy, a choice to destroy any political force that resists its occupation of Arab lands. The idea that this is self-defence or a response to aggression is either naïve or cynical distortion.

IT IS NOT FAIR. On July 18th you claimed that violence is not the solution. Why doesn’t this apply to Israeli violence? Are you comparing the capture of two soldiers with the destruction of a whole country? After all, Israel has also captured several Lebanese, not to mention the 9000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including members of the Palestinian parliament. Would this be a reason to destroy Israel? Do you realize the depth of your bias, Mr. Harper?

IT IS NOT SELF-DEFENCE. The crisis did not begin with the capture of two Israeli soldiers. It is part of the larger Middle East conflict. It started with the expulsion of two-thirds of the Palestinian population in 1948, and it was exacerbated in the 1967 war when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. “An underlying reason that years of U.S. diplomacy have failed and violence in the Middle East persists is that some Israeli leaders continue to create facts by building settlements in occupied territory”, stated former President Jimmy Carter (Washington Post, November 26, 2000). The violence that we witness today is a result of Israel’s desire to enforce its occupation. It is not self-defence.

SUPPORTING IT IS NOT CANADIAN. We, Canadians from diverse backgrounds, including Jews and Israeli Canadians, Arab Canadians (Muslims, Christians and Jews), English and French Canadians, and immigrants are outraged at your blind support for a policy of aggression that has resulted in the death of hundreds of civilians and massive destruction. Your government’s position is not fostering peace in the region nor Canada's reputation as an honest broker.

WE DEMAND that the Government of Canada stop supporting Israeli violence, whose destructive power is far more lethal than the combined violence used by militant non-state groups. We demand that Canada adopt an objective position, based on international law as well as Canada's historical reputation as a peacemaker – fostering a Canadian tradition of independent thought and action regarding international diplomacy – as opposed to support for an unjustified war and a brutal occupation.

 

 

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Senate Committee on Autism

Funding for the Treatment of Autism referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for Study and Report

 

Dear Friends,

Please see below what took place in the Senate Thursday afternoon (at 6pm).

After all this hard work, by so many, it appears that we finally got funding for autism treatment on the agenda! It is on the radar screen.

What happens now is not within our control obviously, but we can have an impact on the final report and its recommendations to the government if we all speak up. We need to speak up now more than ever. This committee must hear what each of us wants them to know.

Please take some time to think of a submission that you would send to them. It can be just a short letter or a longer text. Please jot down some notes now with a view to writing a more elaborate document for the committee's benefit.

Please tell your friends in the community from coast to coast about this opportunity and encourage them to make their voice heard. A few lobbyists alone can't do it. We need all of you to please contribute to the delivery of very important messages.

Please also send a message of thanks to Senator Munson. He is a great ally for our cause.

Email: munsoj@sen.parl.gc.ca
Tel: (613) 947-2504
Fax: (613) 947-2506

Thank you!

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Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
1st Session, 39th Parliament,
Volume 143, Issue 27
Thursday, June 22, 2006
The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Orders of the Day

Funding for Treatment of Autism

Inquiry-Referred to Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee

On the Order:

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Munson calling the attention of the Senate to the issue of funding for the treatment of autism.
- (Honourable Senator Johnson)

Hon. Wilfred P. Moore: Honourable senators, my colleague Senator Munson could not be here today. He is at his son's graduation.

Referred to Committee

Hon. Wilfred P. Moore: In the absence of Senator Munson, I move:

That the Inquiry on the issue of funding for the treatment of autism be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for study and report; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than November 30, 2006.

The Hon. the Speaker: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

Motion agreed to.

 


 

Call to Contact MPs to Support Bill C-304 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Significant developments on Autism front in both
House of Commons and the Senate

May 18, 2006

Things are really picking up on Parliament Hill, with significant developments on the autism front in both the House of Commons and the Senate!

Take ACTION!

Call to Contact MPs to Support Bill C-304 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Find your MP's contact info at this link:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpscur.asp?Language=E

Please consider sending a message to thank MP Andy Scott (Liberal MP, Fredericton, N for his motion in the House May 15th, 2006. (Mr. Scott attended the Autism Rally held April 24th in Ottawa)

Parliamentary Address:

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 992-1067
Fax: (613) 996-9955
Email: Scott.A@parl.gc.ca

Bill C-304

First Session,
Thirty-ninth Parliament,
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA

BILL C-304

An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act

first reading, May 17, 2006
Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown)

SUMMARY

This enactment requires the Minister of Health to convene a conference of all provincial and territorial ministers of health for the purpose of working together to develop a national strategy for the treatment of autism. It also requires the Minister to table a report in both Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action to implement this strategy.

The enactment also amends the Canada Health Act to ensure that the cost of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for autistic persons is covered by the health care insurance plan of every province or territory.

BILL C-304

An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

SHORT TITLE

1. This Act may be cited as the National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

2. The Minister of Health shall, before December 31, 2006, convene a conference of all provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health for the purpose of working together to develop a national strategy for the treatment of autism. The Minister shall, before December 31, 2007, table a report in both Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action developed in collaboration with the provincial and territorial ministers for the purpose of implementing that strategy.

AMENDMENTS TO THE CANADA HEALTH ACT

3. Section 2 of the Canada Health Act is renumbered as subsection 2(1) and is amended by adding the following:
(2) For the purposes of this Act, services that are medically necessary or required under this Act include Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder.




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Shawn Murphy's email: Murphy.S@parl.gc.ca
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HANSARD * HOUSE OF COMMONS
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Routine Proceedings

National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Hon. Shawn Murphy (Charlottetown, Lib.) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-304, An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce a bill that would provide much needed support for many Canadians and their families who are affected by autism spectrum disorder. This bill would see that two forms of very effective treatments, applied behavioural analysis and intensive behavioural intervention, be covered under the Canada Health
Act.

It would also compel the federal Minister of Health to work with his provincial counterparts in developing a national strategy for the treatment of autism. The bill would require that a first ministers conference would be held this year before December 31, 2006, and that a national strategic plan be developed and tabled in the House before December 31, 2007.

I hope my colleagues in the House will join me in supporting this very important issue.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)


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Senator Ione Christensen's email is: chrisi@sen.parl.gc.ca
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Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
1st Session, 39th Parliament,
Volume 143, Issue 15
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Funding for Treatment of Autism

Inquiry-Debate Continued
On the Order:

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Munson calling the attention of the Senate to the issue of funding for the treatment of autism.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

Hon. Ione Christensen: Honourable senators, I wish to thank Senator Munson for raising the inquiry on autism. Incidence of ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder], in all its many forms, is now prevalent in one out of every 106 children. In the 1970s it was rarely diagnosed. It is now 10 times what was experienced just 20 years ago.

Certainly, the challenges are many. Be it autism, FASD [Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder], schizophrenia, MPS [Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome] or Down's syndrome, just to name a few, the children with these damaged brains and bodies are often referred to as "the angels among us." In the past, they were often not long with us, but their short lives always left a bright, shining light and they were never forgotten. Their intellect, their loving nature through adversity, their insight into what life is all about and their happiness with small things were gifts that helped others to grow. However, all of this came at a huge cost to the child, to the parent and to society.

With research and medical advances, these angels are living longer. As a result, the financial needs to help them to be productive members of society are much more than any family can realistically cope with, and the limited coverage under provincial health care programs is nowhere near enough.

In the United States, the federal funding has more than tripled in the past 10 years for autism; it is now over $100 million. However, by comparison, $500 million was spent on childhood cancer, which affects even fewer children.

There are programs that do work, but they require one-on-one therapy, which is hugely expensive and offers no ongoing medical coverage. Parents must literally mortgage their lives to provide for these needs.

With Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, or MPS, the cost of replacement enzyme treatment is $200,000 a year, and that is not covered by any of our health care systems. MPS is an enzyme deficiency that is very rare; there are only 10 cases in Canada, but I personally know of two of them - one in the Yukon and one in Ontario.

The cost of FASD to Canadians is upwards of $344 million a year. The cost for each person affected with FASD is $1 million over their lifetime. There are 4,000 new cases of FASD every year in Canada. Can we really put off taking action?

I believe that Senator Munson will be asking the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to undertake to study the financial needs and how they can best be addressed. What better than a Senate committee? However, we should be looking at all afflictions that fall outside of our health care guidelines. There is a great need.

There should be a special health care fund established to deal with these very special, difficult and extremely expensive requirements. It could be of national scope, and available for provinces and territories to draw from.

Over and above the treatment expenses, research chairs should be established to deal with the prevention - as in the case of FASD - and the causes and the cures in the cases of ASD and MPS. With modern medicine, these children are becoming adults. With care and nurturing, they, for the most part, can be functional and productive in society.

It will be very costly, but without such assistance they will become non-functional adults and will be dealt with through institutions, both criminal and otherwise, that is also very costly, I would argue even more costly than helping in the first instance.

Governments of all stripes are not good at committing to long-term programs, but this is one area where funding must be ongoing to be of any help or assistance. We must find ways to accommodate the need. The burden on a parent to help such children is enormous. The responsibility to help these angels rests with all of society and the governments that society puts in place to represent them.

Hon. Madeleine Plamondon: Would the senator accept a question?

Senator Christensen: Yes.

Senator Plamondon: What does the honourable senator mean by "being productive in society"? I have the feeling that if we are to obtain funding, we must always include the buzzwords "productive in society."

Not every Canadian will be able to be productive and they will still need care. Could the honourable senator elaborate more on what she means by "productive"?

Senator Christensen: I thank the honourable senator for the question.

Without any assistance in providing for treatment and therapy, all of those children will grow up as a burden on society. With assistance and care, some of those children will be able to function well in society. For example, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder is preventable but, once afflicted, a child will be a burden on society and will need ongoing assistance for life. If the inquiry is referred to committee for further study, the area of funding for ongoing assistance will certainly be a focus. The honourable senator is right when she says that being a productive member of society is not the be-all and end-all. However, many people need continuing assistance and that must be built into the program as well.

On motion of Senator Di Nino, debate adjourned.

The newly-tabled motion in the House of Commons

House of Commons
Private Members' Notices of Motions

M-172 - May 15, 2006

Mr. Scott (Fredericton):

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a national strategy for autism spectrum disorder that would include:

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R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's lobby efforts to disband
both Status of Women Canada & the
Standing Committee on the Status of Women

June 24, 2006

REAL Women of Canada has obtained an additional Access to Information request on feminist groups for 2004 - 2005 through Status of Women Canada.

In their latest newsletter (May-June 2006), they've posted budgets to organizations such as LEAF, NAWL, & NAC on their website as a part of their Letter Writing Campaign to MPs.

Links to the specific articles in their online Newsletter:

Ongoing Discrimination of Status of Women:
http://www.realwomenca.com/newsletter/2006_may_jun/article_7.html

Professional Feminists Face Changing Times:
http://www.realwomenca.com/newsletter/2006_may_jun/article_9.html

For anyone who don't wish to visit the REAL Women website, we have copied and pasted below, the text of the letter REAL Women wrote to MPs:

From REAL Women website:

ONGOING DISCRIMINATION BY THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Since REAL Women of Canada began in 1983, we have had to contend with the fact that anti-family, anti-life feminist groups have been generously funded by the federal government 's Women's Programme at the Status of Women. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars have flowed to these feminist groups since this programme began in 1973. The funding of feminist groups has enabled them to become agents of change to promote feminism throughout Canada. As a result, feminists are more influential in Canada than anywhere else in the world.

In contrast, except for a few small grants from the Women's Programme, REAL Women has had to support itself from our membership dues and donations received from our members and supporters. As generous as our members are, it still means we have a limited income and in no way can operate on in a level playing field with the feminists.

As outlined in recent issues of REALity, REAL women applied, under the Access to Information Act, for material relating to the funding of feminist groups by the Women's Programme at the Status of Women.

The material we received revealed an abuse of power by the former Liberal government in funding feminist-only groups. This funding policy MUST be stopped.

On April 4, 2006, REAL Women sent a letter outlining the discriminatory policies of the Women's Programme and the Standing Committee on the Status of Women to all "friendly" MPs, which included Conservative, as well as some individual, Liberal and Bloc Quebecois MPs who are supportive of the pro-life/pro-family cause

Below is a copy of our letter to the MPs, which describes this outrageous funding in support of a special interest group of feminists and also raises objections to the re-establishment of the House of Commons Committee on the Status of Women.

 

 

April 4, 2006

Dear M.P.:

RE: THE DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES OF THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Since 1973, the federal taxpayers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to feminist-only organizations by way of the Women's Program at the Status of Women Canada. The mission statement of the Status of Women is "to promote gender equality and the full participation of women in the economic, social, cultural and political life of the country". Its practical effect, however, is that only feminist objectives and feminist women in Canada are promoted by the agency. Other women's organizations, which have differing perspectives from that of feminism are denied funding and recognition.

The Status of Women refuses to fund organizations that are not feminist on the premise that it funds only "equality - seeking" women's organizations, and in its view, only feminist organizations are validly seeking equality for women. This is highly discriminatory since most women support the equality of women - but there are different ways to interpret and achieve this objective. For example, the promotion of the equality of women is one of the objectives included in the Objects of Incorporation for REAL Women, yet the Status of Women does not accept our organization as an "equality - seeking" organization.

Feminist organizations, however, do not represent Canadian women in general but rather a special interest group of women whose ideology is that of feminism. The feminist ideology does not now, and never has had the support of the vast majority of Canadian women. Thus, this funding of the special interest group of feminists by the Status of Women is highly biased and discriminatory, and provides an uneven playing field for all other women's organizations in Canada.

Because of its discriminatory policies, the Women's Program of the Status of Women has made only a few token grants to REAL Women of Canada over the years and these small grants were stopped entirely in 1996. Nor has REAL Women been invited to participate in activities supported by the Status of Women. An exception arose in December of 1999 when the Status of Women sponsored a Consultation on Gender Equality, to which REAL Women was given an invitation. However, the feminist participants at that conference, whose organizations depend solely for their existence on the Status of Women funding, insisted that REAL Women's invitation be withdrawn. When our representative refused to leave the conference, the feminist participants isolated, ignored and then booed her and refused to permit her to participate in the conference in any way. Since that conference, REAL Women has not been invited to participate in any further conferences sponsored by the Status of Women, even though our organization represents the views of over 55,000 Canadian women.

Extent of Funding to Feminist Organizations

An application was made under the Access to Information Act for information about the funding by the Status of Women in the ten-year period from 1992 - 2002. A further application was made under the Act for information about funding for the fiscal year 2004 - 2005.

According to this material, hundreds of feminist organizations receive government funding each year from the Program. For example, between 1997 - 2003 alone, the number of recipients and the total of the grants awarded to them by Status of Women were as follows:

Year - Number of Recipients - Amount
1997-1998 343 $ 8,286,059
1998-1999 262 $10,321,916
1999-2000 207 $ 8,502,412
2000-2001 227 $ 9,810,390
2001-2002 215 $10,385,851
2002-2003 222 $12,297,090


Organizations funded by the Status of Women include national, provincial and regional feminist organizations, such as the following:

* The legal arm of the feminist organization, The Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) received $900,334 over a 10-year period, 1992 - 2002, which enabled this group to intervene in court cases and to mount their own court challenges. In contrast, REAL Women of Canada was obliged to fund its own pro-family interventions before the courts.

* The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) received $1,648,318 in the same 10-year period. In the fiscal year 2004-2005, this organization received an additional grant of $474,879.

* The National Action Committee on the Status of Women, (NAC), the umbrella group for the feminist organizations of Canada, received $984,551 in the 10-year period, and In the fiscal year 2004 - 2005 received an additional $150,000.

* Child Care lobby groups, such as the Canadian Child Care Federation, and the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, received $1,362,209 between 1992 and 2002. These organizations form the pressure group for a national child care plan as recently proposed and implemented by the former Liberal government.

In the fiscal year 2004 - 2005 these child care lobby groups received a further $483,753 from the Women's Program. This large grant was given during the time that the former Liberal government was negotiating with the provinces for a national child care program.

On February 16, 2006, the tax funded Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada launched a Canada wide campaign called "Code Blue" to lobby for and work with the provincial / territorial governments and parliamentarians to prevent the present Conservative government from cancelling the federal / provincial agreements on child care made last year by the former Liberal government.

It is significant that these child care lobby groups have the most to gain from a national child care plan since such a program would provide them with financial security by placing them on the government payroll with secure income and benefits.

* In the 20-month period preceding December 4, 1998, lesbian organizations received $250,918. In the fiscal year 2004 - 2005, an additional $90,280 was awarded to a homosexual / lesbian association.

* 524 women's shelters across Canada have been funded by the Status of Women, even though such shelters fall within provincial jurisdiction. These women's centres serve as agents of change for feminists in communities across Canada. Feminists claim they provide protection from male assault, in spite of the fact that a Statistics Canada study, released in July 2003, found that more men were killed, hurt, or threatened by their partners in 2001 than in previous years. The study "Family Violence in Canada," funded by the Federal Family Violence Initiative, found that spousal violence has increased for both men and women. In 2001, there were 344 incidents per 100,000 women, and for men, there were 62 incidents for every 100,000 - the latter is up 40% from six years ago. Although there were many more incidents of assault against women, this does not mean that men should be neglected.

* The pro-abortion organization, BC Pro-Choice Action Network, initially received $60,220 in the 10-year period fro 1992 - 2002. However, in 2004 - 2005 it received $27,400. According to information on their web site, the spokesperson for this organization, Joyce Arthur, stated that opposition to abortion "comes primarily from religious justifications for oppressing women" and is due to a need to "maximize [the Catholic Church's] membership levels to maintain their worldly influence and wealth". This pro-abortion organization also accused pro-life Christians of being "religious fanatics" who do "little or nothing for children once they are born". She stated that pro-life Christians are "anti-woman and anti-child," and had views which were "uninformed, sexist, cruel". She also accused pro-life Christians of lacking the ability to empathize, which "breeds intolerance, hate crimes, and war". Ms. Arthur further stated, according to the web site, that pro-lifers' attitude towards women is like "the slaveholder's attitude to blacks, and the Nazi's attitude to Jews". That an organization that expresses such bigoted views, receives public funding is shameful and an unpardonable offense to the Canadian taxpayer.

* Organizations to promote the decriminalization of prostitution in Canada, namely the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women (CNCEW), received $325,000 to actively campaign to decriminalize solicitation for prostitution. In the fiscal year 2004 - 2005, it received an additional $322,646 from the Women's Program. This large grant was made at the time that the Liberal government had established a sub-committee of the Justice Committee to study the issue of prostitution. This Committee recommended that prostitution be decriminalized.

House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women in Canada (FEWO)

It is also a concern to us, that the House of Commons Standing Committee of the Status of Women, which was established in October, 2004, serves to promote only feminist organizations and their feminist agenda in Canada. The Committee stated that it promotes "equality - seeking" women's organizations. Of course, its narrow definition of "equality" excludes all other women's organizations. The Committee's first report, tabled in the House of Commons on February 10, 2005, recommended that funding for women's [feminist] groups be increased by 25%. In its second report, tabled in the House of Commons on April 19, 2005, the Committee recommended that a "gender analysis" be carried out on all federal government departments, their policies, and proposed legislation. In practical terms, the purpose of this proposal is to ensure that all government actions be subject to feminist overview and approval in order to ensure that the feminist ideology is spread throughout Canada.

Such extreme recommendations by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women expose it as being out of touch with the views of most Canadian women. This group's recommendations fail to comply with the democratic process in regard to a full consultation and fair treatment of all organizations.

Therefore, we request, that the discriminatory Status of Women, as well as the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO), be disbanded, since they represent only the singular views of a special interest group of feminists. In short, these two agencies serve no purpose but to promote the views of a handful of extremist feminist organizations at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer. These feminist ideologues serve only to increase intolerance and disrespect towards those who do not share their views.

In this regard, it should be pointed out that women's organizations, being special interest organizations, should be self supporting as REAL Women of Canada has been since it was federally incorporated in 1983. REAL Women has managed to exist without debt, financed solely by the donations and dues of our grassroots members with only a few minor grants from the government. Similarly, all special interest groups should be required to do the same.

Summary

Feminist groups have few, if any, members, and are, in effect, mostly phantom organizations sustained only by the funding they receive from the Status of Women. Since these organizations represent no one but the radical feminists who run them, they should not receive financial support from the Canadian taxpayer.

Yours truly,

Lorraine McNamara
National President
REAL Women of Canada


Please write to:
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Building
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

The Hon. Beverley Oda, P.C. M.P.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
Canadian Heritage
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
12th Floor, 15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5

Please raise your objections to the funding policies of the Status of W omen and the discriminatory policies of the House of Commons Committee on the Status of Women.


 

See also:

April 25, 2006

Call for Letters in support of increased funding for women's equality-seeking groups
Now is the time to ACT and stand in solidarity with women's equality-seeking groups who on a daily basis, struggle to advance women's equality with very little resources. I encourage every member of DAWN Ontario and our allies to share this far and wide. Please ask the same of women in your respective networks.

Write to the Prime Minister and send copies to the Minister Responsible for Status of Women and to the Liberal, NDP and Bloc Québecois Critics for Status of Women, in support of increased funding for women's equality-seeking groups! (see sample letter) As previously posted, the R.E.A.L. Women of Canada group has been lobbying for the last 7 years to disband Status of Women. With Harper and the Conservatives in power, the time to act is NOW!

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Ontario Legislature Gives Controversial Bill 107 Approval on Second Reading & Refers the Bill to the Standing Committee for Public Hearings

Put in your Request Now to Make a Presentation
to the Standing Committee Hearings

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

June 24, 2006

Page Contents

What's New?
What's Next?
An Important Partial Victory
What Should You Do?
Sample Request to Make a Presentation at the Standing Committee

 


WHAT'S NEW?

On D-Day, June 6, 2006, the Ontario Legislature voted on "Second Reading" of the controversial Bill 107, the proposed law to weaken the Ontario Human rights Commission. Despite substantial and increasing public concern and controversy about the bill, Liberal MPPs voted in favour of the bill. Conservative and NDP MPPs voted against it. The bill passed Second Reading on a vote of 57 to 22.

Second Reading is when the Legislature decides whether to approve the bill "in principle". Before holding this vote, the Legislature held the required minimum of three days of debates on the bill, on May 8, May 30 and June 5, 2006.


WHAT'S NEXT?

What happens next with the bill? The Legislature has referred the bill to its Standing Committee on Justice Policy. That Committee will hold public hearings on the bill. After the public hearings are finished, the three political parties can file proposals for amendments to the bill. After these are filed, the Standing Committee will then debate these proposed amendments to the bill clause-by-clause at public sessions. This is called clause-by-clause debate. The Committee votes on each proposed amendment.

After that, if the Government still wants to proceed with the bill, then the bill, as modified by any amendments that the Committee passed, comes back before the entire Legislature for one more round of debates and final vote. This is called Third Reading debate and vote.


AN IMPORTANT PARTIAL VICTORY

We and others concerned about Bill 107 have just achieved an important partial procedural victory in this complicated legislative process. We had been very concerned that the Government had intended to rush the Standing Committee's public hearings as quickly as possible, perhaps in June or July.

At our Queen's Park news conference last month, we urged the Government to not start the public hearings until the fall. Others joined in this call. We had wanted to ensure that all of you, both individuals and community organizations, got enough time to review the bill, to figure out what you wanted to say about it, and to prepare to take part in the public hearings. Rushed public hearings in the summer would make this very difficult for many.

What is our partial victory? We have just confirmed with the Standing Committee's Clerk that the Standing Committee's public hearings on Bill 107 won't start until August 8, 2006. We have been told that there will be hearings on August 8 to 10, 2006 in London, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. We don't know which day has been chosen for which city.

We have also been told that hearings in Toronto won't be held until after the Legislature resumes sitting. The Legislature is now in recess until Monday, September 25, 2006. Thus, the Toronto hearings won't take place before September 25, 2006. We don't know how many days of hearings will take place in Toronto.

While it would have been best it if all the hearings were deferred until September, this hearings schedules shows that our efforts and those of others who have echoed similar concerns have paid off.


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

It is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT that you now contact the Standing Committee's Clerk to ask that your name be put on the list to make a presentation on Bill 107 at the public hearings. Send your request by email, fax, regular mail or by phone to the Clerk. To assist, the Standing Committee's Clerk has forwarded the following contact information to us:

Anne Stokes
Clerk of the Committee
Standing Committee on Justice Policy
Room 1405, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2
Phone: 416-325-3515
Fax: 416-325-3505
email: anne_stokes@ontla.ola.org

Ms. Stokes has also sent us this helpful information:

"Also, the Committee has asked that public hearings for Bill 107 be made accessible. The Committee will be providing sign language interpreters, closed captioning and attendants for the disabled at each meeting all day.

I hope this is helpful. We expect to have ads available next week. As you did before, your advice was very helpful to ask people to indicate clearly what bill they are interested in, provide their full names and contact information and what city they are interested in."

You can ask to make a presentation whether you wish to appear on behalf of an organization, or just as an individual. Individual presentations can be just as important and just as effective as presentations by organizations.

It is extremely important that you send in your request as fast as you can. You DO NOT have to file a written brief. You can prepare one if you wish. We will send out more information later on preparing written briefs, and on making oral presentations.

You don't have to have decided exactly what you are going to say in your presentation before you make your request. See below a sample request form that you can send in. If you think you might want to make a presentation, but are not sure, you may wish to send in your request now. You can always withdraw later.

We don't know what the deadline will be for making a request to present at the hearings, so act now.

In coming days, we will send out more information on such topics as:

  • What was said by the three parties during the last days of Second Reading Debates on Bill 107.
  • What recent coverage of Bill 107 has been included in the media.
  • What amendments might be suggested to improve Bill 107.
  • How to make a presentation at the public hearings.


Sample Request to Make a Presentation at the Standing Committee

TO: Anne Stokes
Clerk of the Committee
Standing Committee on Justice Policy
Room 1405, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2
Phone: 416-325-3515
Fax: 416-325-3505
email: anne_stokes@ontla.ola.org

I request an opportunity to make an oral presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, on the topic of Bill 107, the proposed law to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code. This request is made on behalf of ___________ [insert either the name of the organization that is making the request, or say that you are asking to present as an individual]

This is a request to make the presentation during the hearings in __________ [insert whether you want to present at Toronto, London, Ottawa or Thunder Bay].

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Jun 12, 2006
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: Canada

Support Falun Gong Peaceful 24-hour Appeal Site In front of the Vancouver Chinese Consulate

Add Your Voice to the Petition

Dear Friends:

On June 8, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan ordered local Falun Gong practitioners to dismantle the appeal site they've maintained outside the Chinese Consulate 24/7, rain or shine, for the past five years. Mayor Sullivan said the group's signs and booth erected by the consulate contravene a city bylaw.

The Falun Gong practitioners say they were initially given verbal permission to hold a constant vigil at the site in order to raise awareness of the persecution against Falun Gong in China, now in its seventh year.

They say the site bears witness to the thousands of practitioners who have been tortured and killed as a result of the persecution, and believe they should be allowed to remain until the persecution comes to an end.

Please sign the online petition at www.globalrescue.net/van.htm.

It would also be very helpful and much appreciated if you would write an email or letter to Mayor Sullivan asking him to re-think his stance on the bylaw, as the site is not a safety hazard, and previous city councils were not averse to it. Letters should be sent by Friday, June 16 which is the date the site is to be dismantled.

Contact information:

Email: mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca
Mailing address: 453 West 12th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V59 1V4

 



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Epoch Times: Chinese Consulate Protest Display Must Go, Says Vancouver Mayor
http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-6-10/42569.html



Vancouver 24 Hours: Time to dismantle: Sullivan
Falun Gong protest By JOHN PIGEON, 24 HOURS
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2006/06/09/1622021-sun.html

According to Mayor Sam Sullivan, the Falun Gong protest stationed outside the Chinese consulate has to go.

"I had to be pretty clear that it was a [bylaw] violation and that there is sympathy to the issues of Falun Gong and we wish them well in their efforts to protest," he said.

The bylaw states that no structures may be built on public property.

"There's a lot of issues of public disorder that I think over time my plan is to every couple of months take on a new bylaw that needs attention," he said.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) says the mayor has overstepped his boundary.

"The city has no rights here. They have a duty and an obligation to conduct themselves according to Charter values," said BCCLA associate policy coordinator Micheal Vonn. "The position of the Falun Gong would be 'the human rights issue hasn't gone away, so why should we?'"

Send your comments: news@24hrs.ca

 

CBC.ca: Vancouver mayor orders Falun Gong to end 5-year consulate protest
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/09062006/3/canada-vancouver-mayor-orders-falun-gong-end-5-year-consulate.html


Fri Jun 09, 11:50 AM - Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan has set a deadline for Falun Gong protesters to remove their protest wall from the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Consulate.

The group has erected a wall of photographs of its members who they say have been tortured by the Chinese government.

The group has also maintained an around-the-clock vigil in a small booth built on the sidewalk as part of the protest, which has been going on for the past five years.

The mayor said the group has until June 19 to take down the structures, as they contravene city bylaws. If they're not removed, the city will move in.

"I have expressed to the Falun Gong that I respect their issues with human rights, but I have told them that I expect them to adhere to the bylaws the way any other citizens would."

That prompted a demonstration by a group of Falun Gong practitioners at Vancouver City Hall on Thursday.

Micheal Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says it's not up to the mayor to decide when a protest has gone on long enough.

"The mayor doesn't get to say when citizens have finished expressing
themselves," she said. "Certainly, the position of the Falun Gong would be the human rights issue hasn't gone away, and why should we."

The group said it's not going away, and intends to maintain the vigil
outside the consulate until the persecution in China comes to an end.

The Falun Gong spiritual movement was first introduced to the public in 1992, and now has an estimated 70 million practitioners in China.

It has been outlawed by the Chinese government, and the group says followers in China have been persecuted, with more than 2,800 people tortured to death.

Send your comments: http://www.cbc.ca/contact/index.jsp


News 1130: All new radio: Sullivan tells Falun Gong protesters to pack up

By: Claudia Kwan
http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article.jsp?content=20060608_173136_2392

June 08, 2006 - 2:31 pm - If you've driven past Granville and 16th in the past five years, you've seen them around the clock: Falun Gong practitioners protesting outside the Chinese consulate. Now, they say their right to protest is being affected by Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. The mayor has personally intervened in what he's calling a bylaw issue. An enforcement order is now up at the protest site, ordering the removal of a hut which he says has been built on public property. The Falun Gong practitioners have been given until noon next Friday to comply.

The question becomes why now, and whether this is motivated by political pressure. Sullivan insists it's all about being equal with the way bylaws are enforced. The mayor admits this is a delicate situation and says he does sympathize with the Falun Gong cause. He says they will still be allowed to picket.

Protesters say removal of the hut will seriously affect their ability to continue their protest 24 hours 7 days a week, and they say they've been ambushed by this order. They are vowing to check out all their legal options before they comply. Sullivan refused to say what would happen if the hut isn't down by the deadline.


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BYLAW CRACKDOWN COULD END UP IN COURT: Falun Gong supporters line 12th Avenue outside of city hall to protest against removal of structures at the Chinese consulate.

Vancouver Sun: Mayor orders Falun Gong hut removed: Structure and sign outside Chinese consulate 'contravene bylaw'

Byline: Jonathan Fowlie, with a file from Frances Bula

Friday, June 9, 2006 - Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan has called for removal of a five-year-old Falun Gong protest structure outside the Chinese consulate, saying it contravenes a bylaw and must be taken down as soon as possible.

"We claim to be a nation that lives by the rule of law and if we want to be serious about that we have to enforce our bylaws equally," Sullivan said at a news conference Thursday.

"Nobody is allowed to build structures on public property and this is public property."Sullivan said that on Thursday morning, city staff posted an order on the large blue billboards and hut attached to the fence outside the Chinese consulate on Granville Street near 16th Avenue, demanding the entire structure be removed by noon on June 16.

Signed by city engineering manager Tom Timm, the order says the structures "encroach upon and obstruct the free use of the street and are illegal."Practitioners of Falun Gong are at the site 24 hours a day to protest what they say is China's persecution of followers. On Thursday, a sign at the site said members have been holding constant vigil for 1,754 days.Reacting to news of the order on Thursday, Falun Gong practitioners and other supporters gathered outside city hall to voice their opposition.

"The signs are not just signs. They are the voice of people and the image of people being persecuted," said Mansour Sedighi, who helped found the display in July 2001."This is how we can tell people what's going on -- the only thing we have," he added.

Micheal Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said she believes Sullivan's decision was politically motivated and called on him to change his mind.

"It is a grand day for democracy when the mayor of Vancouver invokes the rule of law to shut down a peaceful protest against genocide," she said.

"This has been a five-year-long peaceful protest that the mayor is now saying is illegal because he won't issue a permit to allow it to continue."

Sullivan said the protest display has always contravened a city bylaw and he is moving on the issue now because it is finally within his power to do so.

"I'm the mayor now. I was sympathetic to them [when it went up] and I still am, but now that I'm the mayor I believe it's my role to ensure that our bylaws actually have meaning and that they are equally maintained by all groups," he said.

Former mayor Larry Campbell said on Thursday he agrees the Falun Gong installation violates the bylaw but he doesn't see a need to take it down.

"If Sam takes that down, they will be back every single day," Campbell said from Ottawa, where he is a senator.

"I agree that it is an infraction of the bylaw, but is this the best use of our police resources? There's bylaws being broken in this city every day."

Campbell said he was approached by the Chinese consulate on the issue during his time in office, but he never saw a reason to act. He said he doesn't necessarily agree with the protest.

At his news conference, Sullivan said he would have no problem with further protests at the site as long as the signs and hut came down. He also made it clear that his decision had no basis in politics, and that he was in no way influenced by the Chinese government or consul.

The mayor added this will not be an isolated case, and that he intends to personally tackle other bylaw infractions in future. "My plan is to every couple of months take on a new bylaw that I think needs attention," he said.

In an interview Thursday, Falun Gong lawyer Clive Ansley said he thinks Sullivan's decision goes beyond dutiful adherence to bylaw enforcement and is likely politically motivated."If you believe [Sullivan's explanation] you probably believe in the tooth fairy as well. I think he is being a bit economical with the truth," he said.

Ansley said he believes the city is acting in "bad faith" and that it should issue a permit to allow the structure to remain. He said he would like to negotiate a solution with Sullivan, but is willing to go to court. If it comes to that, he said, he believes Falun Gong will win.

"If [Sullivan] wants to make it a legal issue, then I think the law is quite clear that when it comes to permits, you can't exercise discretion in bad faith."

jfowlie@png.canwest.com


BANNED IN CHINA
A look at a practice that is banned in China.

What: Also known as Falun Dafa, Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline that combines exercises, meditation and a moral philosophy based on truth, compassion and tolerance.

Origins: The Falun Gong has roots in ancient Chinese culture and was first introduced to the public in China in 1992.
About the protest: Practitioners of Falun Gong have been outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver seven days a week, 24 hours a day for about five years. They are attempting to publicize the persecution of Falun Gong members in China. They say that as of March 2006, more than 2,800 practitioners have died as a result of torture. Members are protesting in other Canadian cities as well, including Toronto where they continue to stand in front of two large wooden signs erected in front of the Chinese consulate.


The Province: Falun Gong told to move along
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=02aec55a-e353-4462-9fec-9ceac4550c69

John Bermingham, The Province
Published: Friday, June 09, 2006

After five years, Falun Gong protesters on Vancouver's Granville Street have been told by Mayor Sam Sullivan to pack up.
The city has ordered the group to remove its protest hut and sign from outside the Chinese Consulate by next Friday, saying the protesters are breaching the streets-andtraffic bylaw.

But the meditation group says it will stay there. It has been staging a round-the-clock protest at Granville and 16th Avenue since 2000 to protest persecution by the Chinese government.

"After five years, it's time they adhere to the bylaw," Sullivan said yesterday. "The point has been made."

Sullivan said the Chinese government and the federal government have previously requested that the city take action, but he's doing this on his own.

He met the protesters May 25 and told them the structures must come down.

They will see this is clearly against the law, and they, I think, will voluntarily take the signs down," added Sullivan.

Falun Gong spokeswoman Sophia Bronwen said Sullivan is caving into pressure from
senior governments.

"I think it has to do with the trade with our sister city of Guangzhou," said Bronwen.

"It's the economic factor that is at play, because everyone is trying to make a buck in China."

In a letter to the city, the group's lawyer said the "exhibit" was erected with permission and added that the issue is headed for the courts.

"When we started there, we said we were not going to leave until the persecution stopped," said Bronwen. "And it hasn't stopped yet."

Micheal Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said the Charter of Rights carries more weight than a city traffic bylaw.

"Clearly, this is a freedom-of-expression issue," said Vonn.

"It's obviously a very grim day for Canadian democracy when the mayor of Vancouver tries to involve the rule of law as an excuse to shut down a protest about human-rights violations."

Chinese radio talk-show host Ronald Leung said his callers oppose the Falun Gong protest.

"They are quite annoyed by having this permanent protest demonstration-camp in our streets," he said.

Vancouver police spokesman Const. Tim Fanning said: "We haven't had any problems with the Falun Gong people."

jbermingham@png.canwest.com



Victoria Times Colonist: Vancouver mayor demands end of Falun Gong protest

DATE: 2006.06.09; VANCOUVER -- Mayor Sam Sullivan has called for the removal of a five-year-old Falun Gong protest structure outside the Chinese Consulate, saying it contravenes a city bylaw and must be taken down as soon as possible.

"We claim to be a nation that lives by the rule of law and if we want to be serious about that we have to enforce our bylaws equally," Sullivan said at a news conference Thursday.

"Nobody is allowed to build structures on public property and this is public property."

Sullivan said that on Thursday morning, city staff posted an order on the large blue billboards and hut attached to the fence outside the Chinese Consulate on Granville Street near 16th Avenue demanding the entire structure be removed by noon on Friday, June 16. Signed by city engineering manager Tom Timm, the order says the structures "encroach upon and obstruct the free use of the street and are illegal."

Practitioners of Falun Gong sit at the site 24 hours a day to protest what they say is persecution in China.

 

Metro: Falun gong Rally puts focus on consulate hut
by Jeff Hodson

Vancouver: 09 June 2006 - Falun Gong practitioners rallied outside city hall yesterday, protesting the city's demands to dismantle a protest hut that has stood outside the Chinese Consulate for the past five years.

While sympathetic to the Falun Gong 's protest, Mayor Sam Sullivan personally intervened to have the hut removed. because it violates a bylaw prohibiting structure from being built on city lands.

Sue Zhang, a Falun Gong practitoner since 1998, accused the Mayor of bowing to political pressure from the Chinese government.

While the Chinese government had appealed to past administrations to have the protesters removed, the mayor was adamant that there was no such pressure.

"I have met with the Chinese consul General and it never came up in conversation...It has nothing to do with the Chinese government, the Chinese consul "Sullivan said.

The group has protested alleged human rights abuses outside the consulate 24 hours a day for the past five years.

The group is still free to protest outside the consulate, Sullivan said.
Additional reports from Talent TV News and Global TV

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Jun 2, 2006
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Monica's Story

Monica Lansing’s entire life was centered around her three children. She worked very hard to support them and provide them with a safe and loving home. Monica and her ex-husband, had a joint custody agreement, in regards to their children, but Monica had primary guardianship of all three children and they lived with her full time.

4 years ago, she fled from her husband , who continued to harass her even though she had moved to another province He employed members of his family, specifically a brother-in-law, to watch her house and enter into her home when she was at work. His brother-in-law is a former police officer and paramedic and is now the subject of a complaint filed with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

For three years Monica was granted day-to-day care and was the primary guardian of the children until she became sick. When Monica was diagnosed with Leukemia he took her children away from her and cut off his support payments. Contrary to what he told the courts and the newspapers, he uprooted the children from their schools and friends and relocated them to British Columbia without notification or her consent.

When Monica was hospitalized the harassment escalated to a point where a restraining order was granted against her ex-husband, to protect her while she undergoing cancer treatments. In retaliation, Monica did not see her children for a total of over 16 weeks.

When Monica’s cancer treatments failed she was moved back to the hospital in Lethbridge. She wanted to be near her family and be in the new house she had bought for her children just two weeks before being stricken with cancer.

It is the family's contention that when she was in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital her ex-husband’s sister, who is a registered nurse, accessed her private medical records and continually harassed her. While Monica was on life support her ex-husband's sister delayed bringing the children to her beside for over an hour and only did so after the urging of the children’s counselor. She is currently the subject of an investigation by CARNA. You can read the complaint letter here.

The harassment did not end with Monica’s death. The Lethbridge City Police, acting on her ex-husbands behalf, subjected her family to several more visits. At one point, while the family was planning their sister’s funeral, her ex-husband arrived with the police and subjected them to a 4-½ hour call. They had come once again to remove articles and "items" from her house. Her family was asked to turn over their sister’s wedding rings. This was all documented on video tape.

The family is currently filing a complaint with the Police department regarding their actions in this matter.

The time line provided here will provide the facts and details about this campaign of terror


To view the video about Monica Lansing, a terminally ill mother who had her children taken away from her on the night she died, please visit www.leukikia.ca

Source

 

Recent Media Coverage - This article in the Lethbridge Herald was a disservice to Monica Lansing's struggles and we are saddened by the lack of "balanced" coverage.


Worse than dying?
by Sherri Gallant, Lethbridge Herald
Jun 17, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/ryr46

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Bill C-252 An Act to Amend the Divorce Act
to allow terminally ill patients the right to
see their children before dying

Contact your MP to Support Bill C-252


Mothers, Women all:

Please take 7 minutes out of your lives and watch the last agonizing hours of my sister's (Monica) life. You'll never be the same after this video. We aren't.

http://www.leukikia.ca

http://www.putfile.com/leukikia
or
http://www.zoocosm.com/leukikia/
or
http://www.eboycomputers.com/leukiki
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Lend your support to Bill C-252 An Act to Amend the Divorce Act to allow terminally ill patients the right to see their children before dying, which will going for its second reading on June 5th, 2006.

Andrea Glover


Sample letter/email:

You can find contact info for your MP at this pinpoint URL:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpscur.asp?Language=E

Dear [Name of your MP]

I urge you to give your support to Bill C-252 An Act to Amend the Divorce Act to allow terminally ill patients the right to see their children before dying, which will receive second reading on June 5th, 2006.

I would also urge you to have your colleagues -- across the political spectrum -- support this bill.

Thank you
[Your Name}
[Include your home address if you want a response]

cc: -- please consider copying to:
Rick Casson, MP Casson.R@parl.gc.ca
DAWN Ontario, dawnontario@sympatico.ca

Call for Letters/Emails to MPs to support Bill C-252

Dear friends,

I am forwarding a recent post from Andrea Glover that includes a link to a video which includes her sister Monica's 3 children being removed from her house at night by a police officer on the same day she was released from hospital. She died hours later without her children by her side.

Although I didn't know Monica her experience touched my soul in a way that nothing has recently. No one, no man or woman, should ever have to experience what Monica, her children and the rest of her family have.

It's useless to focus any time or energy on discussion of what a monster her ex-husband was for refusing her access to her children in her final hours.

It's more productive to redirect whatever emotions this video draws in you to support legislation that would allow terminally ill patients access to see their children before dying.

Monica could have been my sister, my friend, my neighbour. She could have been me and she could have been you. So I stopped crying long enough to email Andrea Glover to volunteer to programme the website she provided a link to where the only active link so far, is to this compelling video.

Let's WALK THE TALK women! Take action to prevent anyone else from experiencing what Monica, her children and the rest of their family were made to endure.

Please contact your MP today to support Bill-C-252 . The Bill is scheduled for second reading on June 5th, 2006. (First reading was May 4, 2006)

You can find contact info for your MP at this pinpoint URL:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpscur.asp?Language=E

Barbara Anello
Acting Chair
DAWN Ontario
http://dawn.thot.net

Links


Bill C-252 An Act to Amend the Divorce Act
Source: Hansard (TOC)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/39/1/parlbus/chambus/house/debates/016_2006-05-04/han016_1005-e.htm

Divorce Act

Mr. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-252, An Act to amend the Divorce Act (access for spouse who is terminally ill or in critical condition).

He said: Mr. Speaker, it is an honour today to table this bill to amend the Divorce Act. It would allow terminally ill or critically ill parents the right to see their children one last time. It adds a section to the Divorce Act.

I hope, when this comes back to the House for debate, that I can get all party support on this issue.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)


Bill C-252 An Act to Amend the Divorce Act

First Reading May 4, 2006
http://www.parl.gc.ca/39/1/parlbus/chambus/house/bills/private/C-252/C-252_1/C-252_cover-E.html

MP contact info:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpscur.asp?Language=E

MP Rick Casson's contact page
http://www.rickcasson.com/casson/contact.php


Monica's video
http://www.putfile.com/leukikia
or
http://www.zoocosm.com/leukikia/
or
http://www.eboycomputers.com/leukiki
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Jun 2, 2006
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Write E-Mail
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Soliciting Endorsements from Individuals & Organizations.
 
Please Sign on to the Open Letter to Premier McGuinty
re: Bill 107, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006
 
 
There is a link on the Open Letter at the above website where you can click on a link to send your endorsement.

It's as simple as reading the letter, clicking on the link, writing your name and pressing SEND!
 
We are seeking endorsements from individuals and from organizations.
 
Please feel free to share with others.
 
Thank you
 
Barbara Anello
Acting Chair
DAWN Ontario
email: dawnontario@sympatico.ca
URL:  http://dawn.thot.net


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May 23, 2006
Focus: Women
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is holding its 35th session at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City from May 15th to June 2nd, 2006..

Interestingly, this meeting to discuss the fair and equitable treatment of women is being held in the only country that signed the convention and never ratified it. Yes, we’re talking about the United States of America.


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U.S. Won't Commit to Women's Equality
by Michele Larsen, May 23, 2006

CEDAW is an effort by the United Nations to set comprehensive international legal standards for women. By accepting the Convention, countries commit to implementing a series of measures to end discrimination against women, including:
  • to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;

  • to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and

  • to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

To read the full CEDAW text, follow this link: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/text/econvention.htm


Background

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1979 by votes of 130 to none. At the special ceremony that took place at the Copenhagen Conference on July 17th in 1980, 64 countries signed the Convention, including the United States, and two submitted their instruments of ratification. On September 3rd in 1981, one month after 20 member countries ratified it, the Convention entered into force faster than any previous human rights convention.


Status

As of March 2, 2006, 182 countries - over 90% of the members of the United Nations - are party to the Convention. The U.S. has signed, but not ratified, the treaty – allowing it to be free from putting the provisions of the Convention into practice. The U.S. remains the only industrialized nation that has not ratified CEDAW.


What You Can Do


Write a letter to President Bush telling him that women’s rights are not only important, but also essential to a vital society.

President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Phone: (202) 456-1111

Fax: (202) 456-2461

E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

You can also write your Senators and ask them to push for the ratification of CEDAW. The US Senate has a list of Senators and their contact information at this pinpoint URL: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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May 20, 2006
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Location: Canada

 

Call to Contact MPs to Support Bill C-304
National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Significant developments on Autism front in both
House of Commons and the Senate

May 18, 2006

page index

Bill C-304 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act - 1st Reading May17/06

Hansard * House of Commons - May17/06 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Debates of the Senate (Hansard) - May17/06 - Funding for Treatment of Autism

Autism Motion Tabled - May15/06 - House of Commons

Take Action: contact MPs to support Bill C-304

 

 

 

Things are really picking up on Parliament Hill, with significant developments on the autism front in both the House of Commons and the Senate!

Take ACTION!

Call to Contact MPs to Support Bill C-304 - National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Find your MP's contact info at this link:
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/mpscur.asp?Language=E

Please consider sending a message to thank MP Andy Scott (Liberal MP, Fredericton, N for his motion in the House May 15th, 2006. (Mr. Scott attended the Autism Rally held April 24th in Ottawa)

Parliamentary Address:

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 992-1067
Fax: (613) 996-9955
Email: Scott.A@parl.gc.ca

 

Bill C-304

First Session,
Thirty-ninth Parliament,
55 Elizabeth II, 2006
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA

BILL C-304

An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act

first reading, May 17, 2006
Mr. Murphy (Charlottetown)

SUMMARY

This enactment requires the Minister of Health to convene a conference of all provincial and territorial ministers of health for the purpose of working together to develop a national strategy for the treatment of autism. It also requires the Minister to table a report in both Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action to implement this strategy.

The enactment also amends the Canada Health Act to ensure that the cost of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for autistic persons is covered by the health care insurance plan of every province or territory.

BILL C-304

An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

SHORT TITLE

1. This Act may be cited as the National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

2. The Minister of Health shall, before December 31, 2006, convene a conference of all provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health for the purpose of working together to develop a national strategy for the treatment of autism. The Minister shall, before December 31, 2007, table a report in both Houses of Parliament specifying a plan of action developed in collaboration with the provincial and territorial ministers for the purpose of implementing that strategy.

AMENDMENTS TO THE CANADA HEALTH ACT

3. Section 2 of the Canada Health Act is renumbered as subsection 2(1) and is amended by adding the following:
(2) For the purposes of this Act, services that are medically necessary or required under this Act include Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) for persons suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 




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Shawn Murphy's email: Murphy.S@parl.gc.ca
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HANSARD * HOUSE OF COMMONS
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Routine Proceedings

National Strategy for the Treatment of Autism Act

Hon. Shawn Murphy (Charlottetown, Lib.) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-304, An Act to provide for the development of a national strategy for the treatment of autism and to amend the Canada Health Act.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce a bill that would provide much needed support for many Canadians and their families who are affected by autism spectrum disorder. This bill would see that two forms of very effective treatments, applied behavioural analysis and intensive behavioural intervention, be covered under the Canada Health
Act.

It would also compel the federal Minister of Health to work with his provincial counterparts in developing a national strategy for the treatment of autism. The bill would require that a first ministers conference would be held this year before December 31, 2006, and that a national strategic plan be developed and tabled in the House before December 31, 2007.

I hope my colleagues in the House will join me in supporting this very important issue.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

 


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Senator Ione Christensen's email is: chrisi@sen.parl.gc.ca
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Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
1st Session, 39th Parliament,
Volume 143, Issue 15
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Funding for Treatment of Autism

Inquiry-Debate Continued
On the Order:

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Munson calling the attention of the Senate to the issue of funding for the treatment of autism.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

Hon. Ione Christensen: Honourable senators, I wish to thank Senator Munson for raising the inquiry on autism. Incidence of ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder], in all its many forms, is now prevalent in one out of every 106 children. In the 1970s it was rarely diagnosed. It is now 10 times what was experienced just 20 years ago.

Certainly, the challenges are many. Be it autism, FASD [Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder], schizophrenia, MPS [Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome] or Down's syndrome, just to name a few, the children with these damaged brains and bodies are often referred to as "the angels among us." In the past, they were often not long with us, but their short lives always left a bright, shining light and they were never forgotten. Their intellect, their loving nature through adversity, their insight into what life is all about and their happiness with small things were gifts that helped others to grow. However, all of this came at a huge cost to the child, to the parent and to society.

With research and medical advances, these angels are living longer. As a result, the financial needs to help them to be productive members of society are much more than any family can realistically cope with, and the limited coverage under provincial health care programs is nowhere near enough.

In the United States, the federal funding has more than tripled in the past 10 years for autism; it is now over $100 million. However, by comparison, $500 million was spent on childhood cancer, which affects even fewer children.

There are programs that do work, but they require one-on-one therapy, which is hugely expensive and offers no ongoing medical coverage. Parents must literally mortgage their lives to provide for these needs.

With Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, or MPS, the cost of replacement enzyme treatment is $200,000 a year, and that is not covered by any of our health care systems. MPS is an enzyme deficiency that is very rare; there are only 10 cases in Canada, but I personally know of two of them - one in the Yukon and one in Ontario.

The cost of FASD to Canadians is upwards of $344 million a year. The cost for each person affected with FASD is $1 million over their lifetime. There are 4,000 new cases of FASD every year in Canada. Can we really put off taking action?

I believe that Senator Munson will be asking the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to undertake to study the financial needs and how they can best be addressed. What better than a Senate committee? However, we should be looking at all afflictions that fall outside of our health care guidelines. There is a great need.

There should be a special health care fund established to deal with these very special, difficult and extremely expensive requirements. It could be of national scope, and available for provinces and territories to draw from.

Over and above the treatment expenses, research chairs should be established to deal with the prevention - as in the case of FASD - and the causes and the cures in the cases of ASD and MPS. With modern medicine, these children are becoming adults. With care and nurturing, they, for the most part, can be functional and productive in society.

It will be very costly, but without such assistance they will become non-functional adults and will be dealt with through institutions, both criminal and otherwise, that is also very costly, I would argue even more costly than helping in the first instance.

Governments of all stripes are not good at committing to long-term programs, but this is one area where funding must be ongoing to be of any help or assistance. We must find ways to accommodate the need. The burden on a parent to help such children is enormous. The responsibility to help these angels rests with all of society and the governments that society puts in place to represent them.

Hon. Madeleine Plamondon: Would the senator accept a question?

Senator Christensen: Yes.

Senator Plamondon: What does the honourable senator mean by "being productive in society"? I have the feeling that if we are to obtain funding, we must always include the buzzwords "productive in society."

Not every Canadian will be able to be productive and they will still need care. Could the honourable senator elaborate more on what she means by "productive"?

Senator Christensen: I thank the honourable senator for the question.

Without any assistance in providing for treatment and therapy, all of those children will grow up as a burden on society. With assistance and care, some of those children will be able to function well in society. For example, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder is preventable but, once afflicted, a child will be a burden on society and will need ongoing assistance for life. If the inquiry is referred to committee for further study, the area of funding for ongoing assistance will certainly be a focus. The honourable senator is right when she says that being a productive member of society is not the be-all and end-all. However, many people need continuing assistance and that must be built into the program as well.

On motion of Senator Di Nino, debate adjourned.

 

The newly-tabled motion in the House of Commons

House of Commons
Private Members' Notices of Motions

M-172 - May 15, 2006

Mr. Scott (Fredericton):

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should create a national strategy for autism spectrum disorder that would include:

(a) the establishment, in cooperation with provincial governments, of national standards for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and the delivery of related services;

(b) the study,in cooperation with provincial governments, of the funding arrangements for the care of those with autism spectrum disorder, including the possibility of transferring federal funds to assist provincial governments to provide no-cost treatment, education, professional training and other required supports for Canadians with autism spectrum disorder without unreasonable wait times;

(c) the creation of a national surveillance program for autism spectrum disorder to be managed by the Public Health Agency of Canada; and

(d) the provision of funding for health research into treatments for autism spectrum disorder."

 

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Bill 107 Action Kit

Human Rights Code Amendment Act

Fix The Flawed Bill 107 Action Kit
May 18, 2006

 

1. INTRODUCTION

On April 26, 2006, the McGuinty Government introduced the seriously-flawed Bill 107, its proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act, into the Legislature for First Reading. Bill 107 sets back human rights protection. It seriously weakens the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the public agency responsible to enforce your right not to suffer illegal discrimination. We appreciate both the opposition Conservative and New Democratic Parties voicing our concerns with Bill 107 in the Legislature.

We urge everyone to act now to help with our campaign to fix Bill 107 so it makes things better, not worse. This Kit:

  • Suggests three easy ways you can help our campaign
  • Summarizes what Bill 107 does
  • Explains what's wrong with Bill 107, and
  • Explains the three changes to Bill 107 we seek.


2. THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  1. Email every single Liberal MPP now. Tell them you oppose Bill 107's weakening the Human Rights Commission. You can cut and paste from this Action Kit. It is better if you put your message in your own words. Get others to write to them too.

    In a nutshell, we oppose Bill 107 because it takes away rights from us, because it doesn't do what the Government says it does, and because it betrays the McGuinty Government's understanding with the disability community regarding enforcement of the new Disability Act. We want the bill amended to eliminate these problems. Urge all MPPs to support our three proposed changes to Bill 107, listed below.

    For names, addresses, email, and phone numbers of all Ontario MPPs, visit:
    http://olaap.ontla.on.ca/mpp/daCurMbr.do?locale=en


  2. Email a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star and any other newspapers. Tell them what you think of McGuinty's plan to weaken the Human Rights Commission. Email the Toronto Star at: lettertoed@thestar.ca

    Other media addresses are at:
    http://dawn.thot.net/media.html


  3. The Government promises a Standing Committee of the Legislature will hold province-wide public hearings on Bill 107. We don't know when these will occur. Ask to make a presentation at the Standing Committee. Tell the Standing Committee what you think of Bill 107, and propose amendments. We'll give more tips on this as soon as we can. Whether you will present as an individual or on behalf of a community organization, send your request to make a presentation to these addresses:

    Government House Leader, Jim Bradley: jbradley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
    PC House Leader, Bob Runciman: bob.runciman@pc.ola.org
    NDP House Leader, Peter Kormos: pkormos-qp@ndp.on.ca


3. WHAT BILL 107 DOES

The Ontario Human Rights Code makes it illegal for anyone to discriminate against you because of your disability, sex, religion, race, or certain other grounds. It bans discrimination in access to things like employment and the enjoyment of goods, services and facilities. If you believe someone discriminated against you because of your disability or other protected ground, you can file a human rights complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). The OHRC must investigate your complaint and try to mediate a voluntary settlement. It can send a lawyer to prosecute your case before the Human Rights Tribunal if the evidence warrants it, and if your case hasn't voluntarily settled. You pay no user fees.

Bill 107 takes away the OHRC's public investigation powers. It removes the OHRC as public prosecutor in most human rights cases. It cuts back on the OHRC's power to launch its own human rights complaints.

Under Bill 107, if you've been discriminated against, you'll have to file your human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal. You must investigate your own case. The Commission loses its investigation powers. You'll have to get a lawyer to present your case, or represent yourself. The Government says it will give every complainant legal representation. Bill 107 doesn't guarantee this. Bill 107 lets the Tribunal charge you user fees.

To read Bill 107 visit: http://www.aodaalliance.org/bill107.asp

To read the current Human rights Code, visit: http://www.aodaalliance.org/ohrc.asp

 


4. BILL 107'S SERIOUS PROBLEMS

  1. Bill 107 takes away important rights the Human Rights Code has guaranteed for decades, like the right to public investigation of human rights cases, the right to public prosecution where evidence warrants, the right to fair procedures at the Human Rights Tribunal, the right to appeal to court from the Tribunal, and freedom from Tribunal user fees.

  2. Bill 107 doesn't do what the Government says it does. Contrary to Government claims, it doesn't guarantee a public hearing and publicly-funded lawyer to all discrimination victims. It doesn't create the promised new Human Rights Legal Support Clinic to serve all 11 million Ontarians. It gives the Government absolute power to fund public legal assistance as little as it wants, or to refuse to fund it.

  3. By this bill, the McGuinty Government betrays an important understanding with Ontario's disability community. Dalton McGuinty promised effective enforcement in his new Disability Act, the AODA. The Government said last year that we don't need a new enforcement agency in the AODA, since the Human Rights Commission investigates and prosecutes disability discrimination complaints. Now, the Government unfairly turns around and plans to rip out most of the Human Rights Commission's teeth. Bill 107 merely re-invents an old Disability Secretariat within the commission, but gives it no investigation powers.


5. OUR PROPOSALS TO FIX BILL 107

We'd prefer that the Government start from scratch and hold a proper public consultation, before introducing a human rights reform bill. However, the Government seems intent on pressing forward with Bill 107. Thus we call for these changes to the bill:

  1. Amend Bill 107 to ensure that it doesn't take away any rights the Human Rights Code now gives us. For example, Bill 107 should be amended to give discrimination victims the choice of either taking their case right to the Human Rights Tribunal, or opting for the Human Rights Commission to investigate their case, and to prosecute it if evidence warrants it.

  2. Amend Bill 107 to ensure it does what the Government says it does, e.g. to guarantee all human rights complainants' right to publicly-funded legal representation at all Tribunal proceedings.

  3. Amend Bill 107 to ensure that the OHRC retains all its current powers and duties to enforce disability rights, or to create a new strong, effective independent enforcement agency to receive, investigate, mediate and prosecute disability complaints.

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