Current Issues and Actions Committee
The Current Issues and Actions Committee meets monthly and members discuss local, national and international issues. The Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) advocacy is an important aspect of Committee work. Committee recommendations may be made to the UWC Board for action on various issues. The Committee members also maintain links with affiliates/community groups and attend their events.
Please refer to the past reports for specifics of what has been discussed and action taken.
The Current Issues and Actions Committee held their final meeting of the term on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Following up on Shelagh Marchenski’s previous Child Advocate presentation including information on a recently released report, the Committee discussed governmental and non-governmental responses to this report. Following up on Rita Chahal’s previous presentation, the Committee noted that $3.1 Million from revenue generated from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program was distributed to 17 newcomer services including the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council. The Committee reviewed an announcement concerning changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act embedded in the federal governments tabled omnibus budget bill.
As there will be a change in the leadership of the Committee for the next term, the Committee members agreed to continue meetings and share Committee responsibilities amongst the Committee members.
The next Current Issues and Actions Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper for $12.00 is available for this meeting. If members wish a reservation for this supper please contact Maggi in the club office.
The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee met on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. In lieu of the regular Committee format there was a presentation by Rita Chahal, Executive Director of Welcome Place-Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC) regarding the role of MIIC in meeting the re-settlement needs of immigrant\refugee families in Manitoba. MIIC has a history of 75 years of supporting newcomer families and is the largest settlement agency in Manitoba. MIIC receives federal government assistance and donations to provide a range of newcomer services. In 2016, there was a surge in the numbers of asylum seekers—hundreds of people including children were walking across the border sometimes in the middle of winter, seeking refugee status. MIIC was called upon to assist and they sent staff and volunteer drivers to transport families providing them with blankets, clothing and food. MIIC also provided housing and legal assistance and continues this service into the present.
The next CIA meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
There will be an Express supper provided at a cost of $12.00.
Please contact Joan Stone or the UWC office at email@example.com to reserve for this meal.
All are welcome.
We met on March 13, 2019. Committee member Shelagh Marchenski gave a presentation on Mani-toba’s Children’s and Youth Advocate, the legislated mandate, programs and reports produced. The Com-mittee members discussed the most recent report from the Children’s and Youth Advocate and the five recommendations to improve services for children and youth.
The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express supper is available for $12.00 and if you wish a supper reserved please contact either Maggi in the office or Joan. Rita Chahal, Executive Director, Welcome Place/Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council will attend the April 10th meeting to discuss her experience of assisting immigrants/refugees in re-settlement in Manitoba.
The Current Issues and Actions Committee (CIA) met on February 13. In lieu of the regular Com-mittee agenda, a special speaker, Nuala Nazarko, Regional Manager for Development for the Match International Women’s Fund, attended to provide the CIA members with information on the current Match projects internationally. Match was formed over 40 years ago but with substantial support from a donor, the organization has recently been able to expand the number of projects they fund to help “on the ground” women’s groups. Match has been able to provide one million dollars in grants to 30 partners in developing countries.
*On Friday, March 8th the club will host an International Women’s Day luncheon with guest speaker Dr Nancy Kang, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research and Chair in Transnational Feminisms and Gender-Based Violence. The Canadian Federation of University Women’s fundraising project for the 2019 Interna-tional Women’s Day is an InterPares project in Colombia. (see pages 3 and 6)
The next CIA Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. An Express supper is available for $12. If you wish to have supper reserved for you, please advise Joan Stone or Maggi in the club office.
Nuala Nazarko, Regional Manager for Development of the Match International Women’s Fund will attend the next CIA meeting to provide information \ a presentation on how Match used monies provided by CFUW fundraising to assist international women’s projects. The next CIA Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm---any club member is invited to attend. An Express supper for $12.00 is available for this meeting presentation – it can be reserved for you by con-tacting either Maggi in the club office or Joan Stone.
The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee met on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. We discussed a recent CFUW notification that as no ‘Intents to submit Resolutions’ for the next CFUW Annual General Meeting had been received, CFUW National is instead preparing for club discussions concerning potential 2019 Election issues. Pursuant to this, a list of suggested issues (for which there is CFUW policy) have been sent to clubs for discussion and input. The Committee members reviewed the list and provided their sug-gestions. Further feedback from all club members will be requested. Note: following submissions from all CFUW clubs, CFUW National will choose the top topics and develop updated backgrounders and talking points for each issue-members may be able to use this information when they meet candidates.
The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The Committee members reviewed the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and their recommendations to limit warming..... Information was shared on the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence- November 25, 2018 to December 10, 2018. The theme of the 2018 campaign is under the banner Orange the World:#HearMeToo.
The Committee will not be meeting in December. Merry Christmas to all. The next Committee meeting will be held on January 9, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Any club mem-ber is welcome to attend. An Express supper is available for $12.00 and a reservation can be made with either Joan Stone or Maggi in the office.
The Current Issues and Actions Committee met on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Committee members celebrated October as Women’s History month particularly noting the historical significance of October 18, 1929 now celebrated every year as Persons Day. The Committee also discussed CFUW information on Senior Women’s Housing Affordability as well as the federal government announcement that recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.
The date of the next Committee meeting is Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Express Supper for $12.00 is available for the meeting and if members wish to make a supper reservation they are to contact either Maggi in the club office or Joan Stone. Any club member is welcome to attend the meeting. It is noted that the 16 days of activism against gender based violence commences November 25, 2018 through to December 10, 2018.
The Current Issues and Actions Committee held their first meeting of the term on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Many issues were discussed. It was noted that in the context of a Canada wide consultation on human trafficking, CFUW submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. CFUW had worked for several months with the UWC of Vancouver Status of Women and Human Rights Committee in drafting the brief. Also noted was the recent federal government announcement of a federal statutory holiday to mark the legacy of the residential school system fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action Number 80.
The next Current and Issues Actions Committee will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm. October is Women’s History Month with special dates such as: October 4th-Sisters in Spirit Vigils for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, October 11th-International Day of the Girl and October 18th-Persons Day.
An Express supper for $12 is available for the Committee meetings. If you wish a supper reservation contact Joan Stone or Maggi in the club office. All club members welcome.
The Current Issues and Actions (CIA) Committee will meet on Wed., Sept. 12, 2018 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Local, national and international issues are discussed during our meetings. The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) advocacy is an important aspect of the CIA Committee work. CIA committee recommendations may be made to the UWC Board for action on various topics.
For the CIA meetings there is usually an Express Supper ($12.00) available ( see menu on page 5). Kindly reserve ahead of time if you wish this optional meal with either Joan Stone or Maggi at the UWC office. Any club member who wishes to attend this meeting is very welcome.