Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 24, 2014

New listings this week:

1) This Saturday! Family Farm & Micro-Processing Trade Show
2) Free Family Law Course
3) “Marley in May” Open Mic
4) Call for Presentations/Appel de présentations
5) Nominate Someone / Proposez une candidature
6) PEIBWA Upcoming Events

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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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