September 23, 2017

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street

Morning Plenaary


Afternoon Sessions

  • Education Committee: TBA
  • Legislation: TBA
  • Status of Women: TBA

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2017 / 2018 Meeting Dates
September 23, 2017 - January 20, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Education | Legislation | Status of Women & Human Rights

Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet three times a year - in September, January, and March in downtown Toronto - for a day with speakers, workshops and discussion. All Club members are invited and are encouraged to bring friends, whether or not they are members, to enjoy these days of discussion and learning.


September 23, 2017



March 25, 2017

MORNING PLENARY: Early Learning and Childcare

Speaker: Shannon Fuller, acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division, Ministry of Education

20170325_101930 cropped.jpgShannon Fuller, the acting Assistant Deputy Minister in the Early Years Division at the Ministry of Education presented Renewing and Expanding Ontario's Early Years System in her plenary address at the March Ontario Council Standing Committee meeting. Shannon began with an overview of the Ontario's Early Years system within a historical perspective. In 2009, Dr. Charles Pascal released With Our Best Future in Mind, with recommendations for a more integrated early learning and child care system, including full day kindergarten. In 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into force, replacing 70 year old legislation. CCEYA strengthened compliance with programming through play based learning, and regulated health and safety in early years settings.


January 21, 2017

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

Speaker: Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition and  Doris Mae Oulton, Past President, CFUW for Linda Davis, Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee

Closing the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) was selected as the theme to kick start our journey of learning and advocacy for 2017. The gap remains high, at approximately 30 %. Equal Pay Day this year is April 19, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned last year. What drives this gap? What can be done?

Setting the Stage

This write-up will only include highlights selected to inform and guide our work. Our speakers offered helpful information and advice. It is recommended that you check the CFUW Ontario Council website to consult the resources provided on this topic, including speaker presentations plus the handout Gender Wage Gap in Ontario Backgrounder that lists the recommendations of both the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) Strategy Steering Committee and the Equal Pay Coalition (EPC). See:


September 24, 2016

Current status of women’s safety from gender-based violence and harassment on post-secondary campuses & society with suggestions for future action

Speaker: Professor Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga

Violence and harassment towards women continues despite huge attempts in the 20th & 21st century to rid our society of these behaviours and attitudes. We continue to live in a patriarchal society where women are seen as the “others”.  Professor Simalchik quoted Gloria Steinem who said when asked whether she has seen any changes in actions and attitudes that the term domestic violence is new, previously gender-based harassment and violence were called “life”. READ MORE 

March 12, 2016

Refugee Crises: The Challenging Road to Resettlement

The theme for the March 12th sessions hosted by the Legislation Committee was Syrian refugee resettlement. In the morning, our two guests took us from the streets and settlements of Turkey for a glimpse into the lives of transient Syrians, to the strategies and services in Canada to support the arrivals.

The morning plenary began with Dr. Secil Ertorerís presentation: A Struggle to Survive: Syrian Refugees in a Hostile Zone. Dr. Ertorer, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, spent time in Turkey last summer visiting refugee settlements and documenting both the serious challenges faced by these displaced peoples and the Turkish governmentís policies that create barriers. Dr. Ertorer began with a short but powerful video, Syriaís War: A (5) Minute History available on YouTube.

January 23, 2016

Supporting Student Learning-Ontario's Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Myra Stephen, Education Officer in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Education, provided an overview of the day. She asked our members to share their questions about the new curriculum and to identify key issues facing young people today. Myra began the presentation with a historical framework of physical and health education in Ontario, based initially in military exercises. A summary of the curriculum review process, beginning with research and incorporating many layers of fact checking and consultation, demonstrate the depth and complexity of writing a new curriculum document. READ MORE

September 26, 2015

Topic: Bridges Out of Poverty

Speaker: Elaine Weir, Public Health Nurse, Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Facilitator and Circles GW Coordinator/Coach

With passion and humility, Elaine explained what it means to live in poverty and how people living a middle class or wealthy existence can't possible understand how much our lives, goals, motivation, and relationships differ. She spent both the morning and afternoon providing insight and inspiration of what individuals and communities can do to break the cycle of poverty for individuals and groups.

Elaine Weir is a Public Health Nurse with Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health. She brings more than 30 years of experience and expertise to the Bridges initiative. Elaine has worked in a variety of organizations including hospitals, communities and educational settings. Elaine's work as a public health nurse on the front lines has given her firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals living in poverty.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a program developed in the United States by Ruby Payne to educate the community about poverty and people who live in poverty. The intention is that through education, professionals and other people in all sectors of the community will open their minds to the culture of poverty and build relationships to create a sustainable community. READ MORE

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