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Status of Women Canada now has a mentoring program for women

Status of Women Canada (your federal government) just created a new mentorship program. Although a good idea, I am never sure how this government office decides which programs to introduce….or whether they researched other mentoring programs and their success rate. As many women know, unless a mentor cares deeply about you and your success, the process is often …

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The ever-shrinking funding for women’s equality in Canada

This is a very good article describing how the Canadian Federal government gives money to specific groups of women (who question its long-term effectiveness) but meanwhile ignores the deeper causes of gender inequality. http://womensenews.org/story/crime-policylegislation/130916/canadas-honor-crime-funding-decried-biased Here is an except of the article by Sadiya Ansari: “Political advocacy was cut from the listed activities eligible for funding by Status of Women by …

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New law misses the opportunity to deal with RCMP harassment

Have you heard of window dressing? As you may know the RCMP are being sued by about 100 female officers for systemic discrimination. So what did the federal governmentt just do? It introduced a new law that gives senior RCMP managers even MORE power to discipline officers. Increase the power at the top. As an expert in bullying, …

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When four ex-ministers and scientists slam the goverment I listen

Four former federal fisheries ministers from BC as well as several scientists have asked our Canadian government to stop weakening the fisheries laws that protect fish and reduce pollution. Although I know very little about fish I do know that rarely do such highly respected experts join together in such a manner. Their voices are critical …

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Sad to see the $50 bill erase famous five women

This month the federal government removed women from the Canadain $50 bill. It replaced an important image and words on the bill and in doing so set woman back, again. The image was of the “famous five” women who in 1929 fought to have women declared “persons” under the law. This legal case set a new course for all of human rights. The words …

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Prisons do not work

You know this. And I know this. Yet our Canadian government wants to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for minor marijuana offenses. Imagine, more kids who try marijuana will end up in our newly built prisons. Recently a handful of American law enforcers were so disturbed by this that they actually  wrote a letter to our …

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