NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA

LIST OF POLICY:

Policy

2014.01             ACCESS TO MIFEPRISTONE (RU486): FOR USE IN MEDICAL ABORTIONS 

2014.02             EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORM REGARDING TIPS

2014.03             IMPACT ON LOCAL POPULATIONS OF GLOBAL RUSH TO AQUIRE FARMLAND

2014.04             MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES ON FARM CROPS

Policy Update 

2014.01PU        Curriculum of Medical Faculties Pertaining to Elective Early Termination of Pregnancy

 

2014.01 ACCESS TO MIFEPRISTONE (RU486): FOR USE IN MEDICAL ABORTIONS 

Whereas 1        in 2009, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada released a policy statement in support of “the approval and availability of Mifepristone and other anti-progestins…for appropriate research and clinical use in Canada”; and

Whereas 2        the medical abortion pill Methotrexate, which is available in Canada, can be used only within the first seven weeks of pregnancy, while Mifepristone can be used up to the ninth week of pregnancy, and has demonstrated greater efficacy compared to methotrexate; and

Whereas 3        Mifepristone was introduced in France in 1988, in Britain in 1991, in the  US in 2000 and is available in 57 countries and has not been made available for use in Canada; therefore be it

Resolved 1       that the National Council of Women of Canada adopt as policy availability of, and access to, the use of Mifepristone (RU486) by women requiring a medical abortion of early-term pregnancy; and be it further 

Resolved 2       that the National Council of Women of Canada encourage Health Canada to approve Mifepristone (RU486) if an application for a New Drug Submission is received; and be it further 

Resolved 3       upon federal approval of Mifepristone, that the National Council of Women of Canada urge Provincial Councils of Women to advocate that their governments include Mifepristone (RU486) in the formulary for provincial health care.

 

2014.02 EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORM REGARDING TIPS

Whereas 1        Canadian workers in the hospitality industry receive lower Employment Insurance (EI) benefits than most employees because of an inconsistency between the federal Income Tax Act and Regulations and the EI Regulations; and

Whereas 2        the Government of Canada includes only controlled tips, that is, controlled by the employer, as insurable earnings in the calculation of EI premiums but not direct tips from the client; and

Whereas 3        the Government of Quebec requires that all tips be declared to the employer as income for the purposes of calculating EI premiums; and

Whereas 4        this inconsistency particularly affects employees in the hospitality industry who already work for less than minimum wage, and who are primarily women and more likely to need adequate and fair maternity benefits; therefore be it

Resolved 1       that the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) adopt as policy the reform of the Employment Insurance (EI) Act and regulations to eliminate the discrimination against workers who receive a portion of their income as direct tips; and be it further 

Resolved 2       that the NCWC urge the Government of Canada to modify the EI Act and regulations to include all declared tips as insurable earnings for the purposes of calculating EI premiums.

 

2014.03 IMPACT ON LOCAL POPULATIONS OF GLOBAL RUSH TO AQUIRE FARMLAND 

Whereas 1        since 2008 there has been an unprecedented rush to buy up farmland in Africa, South America and Asia with countries wanting to feed their populations and produce bio-fuels; and

Whereas 2        few of these land investments benefit local people with small local farmers, who produce most of the developing countries’ food, being relocated and the land either being left idle or growing crops for export; and

Whereas 3        Oxfam claims that since 2008, 21 formal complaints have been brought by communities affected by World Bank investments in which they claim that their land rights have been violated; and

Whereas 4        sales of land in developing countries have been led by farm conglomerates but are backed by western hedge and pension funds, and speculators; therefore be it

Resolved 1       that the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) adopt as policy that any land takeover by a foreign investor not be detrimental to the indigenous farmer, rural communities or the local food supply; and be it further 

Resolved 2       that NCWC urge the Government of Canada to:

  1. urge the World Bank to design polices for its investments in large scale land acquisitions to ensure a more equitable benefit to local farmers and/or rural communities;
  2. promote land investments that are collaborative such as joint venture or outgrower schemes;
  3. insist that Canadian investors conduct impact assessments on their activities to avoid adverse effects on local farmers and/or rural communities; and be it further 

Resolved 3       that NCWC urge the International Council of Women to urge its national members to:

  1. urge the World Bank to design its investments in large scale land acquisitions to ensure a more equitable benefit to local farmers and/or rural communities;
  2. promote land investments that are collaborative such as joint venture or outgrower schemes;
  3. insist that their investors conduct impact assessments on their activities to avoid adverse effects on local farmers and/ or rural communities;
  4. where applicable urge their governments to enact laws to protect local farmers and/or rural communities from being relocated.

 

2014.04 MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES ON FARM CROPS 

Whereas 1        a third of our food supply relies on pollinators, particularly bees; and

Whereas 2        numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have concluded that neonicotinoid pesticides pose a significant threat to bees and other wildlife and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (CPMRA) has documented that extensive losses in 2012 of honey bees and other pollinators can be attributed to their use on farm crops; and

Whereas 3        neonicotinoid pesticides leach into soils, groundwater and  waterways, can accumulate on clay soils and can persist for years, killing bees, and other pollinators such as aquatic insects and birds; and

Whereas 4        while farmers believe neonicotinoids bolster crop yields, there are no studies to prove that this is true over the long term and some scientific studies have proven otherwise; therefore be it

Resolved 1       that the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) adopt as policy that neonicotinoid pesticides not be used on farm crops; and be it further 

Resolved 2       that NCWC urge the Government of Canada to place a moratorium on the use of neonicitonoid pesticides for use on farm crops.

 

Policy Update

2014.01PU        Curriculum of Medical Faculties Pertaining to Elective Early Termination of Pregnancy 

Whereas 1        National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) policy, first stated in1971.7 and reiterated in 1975.18 EM, holds that abortion is a medical and not a legal matter and supports a woman’s right to choice; and

Whereas 2        the most recent data available indicate that there are between 95,000 and 100,000 abortions performed each year in Canada and that nearly one third of Canadian women will have an abortion during their lifetime; and

Whereas 3        currently the approach of Canadian medical schools in preparing students to deal with the elective early termination of pregnancy is inconsistent across Canada, with some schools providing little or no preclinical or clinical training on this subject and little or no preparation for dealing with other aspects such as consultation, referral, and possible later health complications; and

Whereas 4        many young physicians and surgeons entering the profession therefore have limited training or even none in how to deal with elective termination of pregnancy, and their lack of knowledge may have serious negative consequences for some of their patients, especially young female patients; therefore be it

Resolved 1       that NCWC adopt as policy that the pre-clinical curriculum of all Canadian medical schools include courses concerning the elective early termination of pregnancy; and 

Resolved 2       that NCWC urge the Government of Canada to work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons to ensure that the pre-clinical curriculum of all Canadian medical schools includes courses concerning procedures and practices relating to the elective early termination of pregnancy.

 

 

 

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