Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 17, 2014

New listings this week:

1) This Saturday – Family Earth Expo
2) Town Hall Forum
3) Bonshaw Ceilidh
4) Cross-Canada Speakers’ Tour on Genetically Engineered Foods and Your Health Arrives in Stratford, PEI on 29 April 2014
5) PEIBWA Upcoming Events

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 10, 2014

New listings this week:

1) Bold Visions Getting Bolder
2) Solidarity Sing-Alongs
3) Musicians Gather to Support Local Family Battling Cancer
4) C-BIG Workshops
5) Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
6) PEI Food Security Network Annual General Meeting
7) This Town is Small Upcoming Workshop
8) Benefit for the Welsh Family
9) 2014 LEAF Mother’s Day Tribute Campaign
10) Lost Voices
11) Health Care Workshops – for people with disabilities, and for healthcare providers
12) PEIBWA Upcoming Events
13) ASI Connection – April 2014

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Response to the Closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, NB

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CHARLOTTETOWN, April 10, 2014 – “The news that the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton is closing this summer creates a serious challenge for Prince Edward Island women who require a safe, timely abortion,” says Jane Ledwell, Executive Director of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “It also is a challenge to Prince Edward Island legislators, Health PEI, and health-care providers who have failed to provide local access to surgical abortion services for Island women.”

Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada with no local access to simple, safe, and legal surgical abortion procedures. Women requiring help and support have had two choices. At the Termination of Pregnancy Unit at the QEII Hospital in Halifax, the costs of the procedure (but none of the costs of travel or accommodations) are paid by the Province. At the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, all costs are privately paid by the woman, although the Clinic has always committed to provide services regardless of a woman’s ability to pay, and many Island women have accessed their subsidies. Over the years, roughly half of PEI women seeking abortions have used the services of the private clinic in Fredericton. The clinic was the only private option in the Maritime provinces.

“Approximately 10% of abortions provided at the clinic were for PEI women,” says Diane Kays, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Representatives of the Fredericton clinic assert the closure is a direct result of the New Brunswick – and, we would add, Prince Edward Island — governments’ refusal to fund abortions in private clinics.”

After the closure of the Fredericton private clinic, only one option will remain for Prince Edward Island women seeking a surgical abortion: to travel to the QEII in Halifax. The process of getting a termination of pregnancy in Halifax still requires a referral from a doctor on Prince Edward Island, preparatory ultrasounds on Prince Edward Island, and, as mentioned, the Province pays for the procedure itself.

Ledwell comments, “It remains to be seen how long it will be financially tenable for the Prince Edward Island government and health-care system to block access to this medically simple and straightforward procedure.

“Blocking local access is bad policy from a moral, medical, and financial perspective, and all the more so with the closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton,” she concludes “We’ve challenged PEI’s MLAs to ask questions in the Legislature about PEI’s planned response to this news and look forward to thoughtful questions and clear responses.”

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 3, 2014

New listings this week:

1) Family Violence Presentation to MLAs
2) Citizen Advocacy Fundraiser Bingo This Tuesday
3) A Bold Vision Announcement
4) PEIBWA Latest E-News
5) WorldHost® Workshops for PEI’s Service Industry
6) Upcoming Workshop
7) Free Soup and Gardening Workshop

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Presentation on Family Violence Prevention

Prince Edward Island Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Presentation on Family Violence Prevention
to the Standing Committee on Health, Social Services and Seniors

Presented by Jane Ledwell, Executive Director
and Michelle Jay, Program Coordinator
March 12, 2014

Excerpt from presentation, page 1:

Every year for over twenty years, Island women organize and host a Montreal Massacre Memorial Service on December 6th. We honour the memory of murdered women with roses and candles and Silent Witnesses. We remember the 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989, but also the 9 Prince Edward Island women who have been murdered since 1989 at the hands of men who knew them.

Some of these women’s deaths fell into the category of “family violence,” committed by dating partners, common-law or marital partners, or exes. But some of these deaths were not “family violence.” Some were murdered by acquaintances or neighbours. The women murdered in the Montreal Massacre were murdered by a stranger, but they were selected, singled out, and murdered because they were women.

This is part of the reason that the Advisory Council on the Status of Women talks about “violence against women and children” as well as “family violence.” As a province, we need to work on both. Both violence against women and family violence are about power and control. And, we argue strongly, the root causes of both are found in gender inequality which distributes power and control unequally in families and in society.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, March 27, 2014

New listings this week:

1) Just like Anne of Green Gables – Win the Avery Scholarship ($1,000)
2) Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)
3) East Coast Music Week – ECMA
4) “The Time of our Lives”- Seniors College Group Art Show
5) PEI Status of Women Council Vacancy
6) CFUW Charlottetown Meeting

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Soumettez votre candidature! Apply now!

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À la mi-juin, une place au sein du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard va se libérer, et le gouvernement sera donc à la recherche d’une femme forte pour qui la lutte pour l’égalité des sexes est importante. J’espère que vous allez envisager de vous porter candidates.

Les membres du Conseil consultatif sont nommées par le Conseil exécutif du gouvernement et sont sélectionnées parmi les personnes ayant soumis leur candidature par l’entremise d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. La date limite pour soumettre sa candidature pour la place qui va se libérer est le 13 avril 2014.

D’autres renseignements sur Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. sont offerts au http://www.gov.pe.ca/eco/auserviceipe.
Le formulaire de mise en candidature peut être téléchargé au
http://www.gov.pe.ca/forms/pdf/1530.pdf.
N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez besoin d’aide pour remplir le formulaire :
info@peistatusofwomen.ca

Nous voulons que le gouvernement ait la chance de choisir la nouvelle membre parmi plusieurs bonnes candidates. Si vous voulez en savoir plus au sujet du Conseil, si vous connaissez une personne qui serait une excellente candidate ou si vous avez besoin d’aide pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez communiquer avec nous; nous vous aiderons avec plaisir.

Note importante : Pour des raisons de protection de la confidentialité, les mises en candidature ne passent que par Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. Le Conseil consultatif ne voit pas les formulaires de mise en candidature et ne participe pas au processus de sélection des membres. Nous ne pouvons donc pas savoir qui a soumis sa candidature et tout suivi que peut recevoir une personne s’étant porté candidate provient directement d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É.

Note additionnelle : Si d’autres organismes, conseils ou commissions dont les membres sont nommés par le gouvernement vous intéressent, nous vous recommandons fortement de les nommer sur votre formulaire de mise en candidature. Le gouvernement fait des efforts pour atteindre une parité hommes-femmes au sein des nominations aux conseils, et nous savons que vous pourriez apporter une importante contribution aux autres conseils également.

Une fiche d’information bilingue d’une page au sujet du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme est annexée : WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Bonne chance dans votre mise en candidature par l’entremise d’Au service Î.-P.-É.!


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In mid-June, there will be one vacancy on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and government will be looking to appoint strong women with a commitment to women’s equality. We hope you will consider applying.

The Advisory Council is appointed by the Executive Council of government from among people who apply to Participate PEI, so people have to nominate themselves. The deadline to apply for the upcoming vacancy is April 13, 2014.

More information about Participate PEI is available here:

http://www.gov.pe.ca/eco/participatepei

and the application forms are downloadable here:

http://www.gov.pe.ca/forms/pdf/1516.pdf

We’re happy to help anyone with their application form :

info@peistatusofwomen.ca.

We want government to have great names to choose from when they select a Council member to join our Council. If you are interested in finding out more about the Council, if you know someone who would be an amazing Council member, or if you or one of your friends would like help to apply, please let us know. We would be happy to help.

One important note: To protect your confidentiality, applications go only to Participate PEI. We do not see them at the Advisory Council office at any time. We will not know you applied, and we are not involved in deciding on who gets appointed. Any follow-up you receive will come from Participate PEI directly.

One additional note: If there are other government-appointed agencies, boards, and commissions that interest you in addition to the Advisory Council, we strongly urge you to list them on your application. Government is working towards gender parity in appointments to councils across the board, and we know you would have much to contribute to other councils in addition to ours.

A bilingual one-page brochure about the Advisory Council on the Status of Women is attached, for your information. WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Good luck with your application to Participate PEI!

 

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