February 20, 2017

As President of the National Council of Canada…responding to your October 6, 2016 letter which discounted our grave concerns with the risks posed by the unprecedented transport of extremely dangerous liquid nuclear waste containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) close to 2,000 kilometres from Chalk River Ontario to Savannah River, South Carolina.  See Dangerous Liquid Nuclear Waste Containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)

Form letter to PM Justin Trudeau Opposing the Transportation of Nuclear Waste

January 6, 2017

The Call for Nominatio‎ns form and information from the ByLaws on positions for the Board of Directors and Standing Study Committee for 2017 are now available on the NCWC website to be downloaded and printed.  See the Nominations page which is under the sections called Communications and then Members on the menu above.

 

December 12, 2016

“…The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), whose long-held policies support strong precautionary Environmental Assessments (EAs), respectfully requests that you intervene in a most serious matter involving public safety, health, and environmental protection…”  Read our letter to the Prime Minister of Canada:  Letter 20161212 to Prime Minister on Environmental Assessments

“…The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) welcomes the opportunity to comment to this Expert Panel as it reviews the environmental assessment processes associated with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). NCWC…”  Read our letter to the Review Panel of the Environmental Assessment Agency:  Letter 20161212 Expert Panel on Environmental Assessment Agency

“… In 2011 the National Council of Women of Canada adopted as policy that Canada’s penal system…NCWC strongly urges the Government of Canada to cease using solitary confinement as a disciplinary method in federal penitentiaries and ensure sufficient, independent, secure facilities for persons with mental health issues.”  Read our letter to the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice and Attorney-General:  Letter 20161212 To the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice and Attorney-General on Solitary Confinement in Prisons

“…NCWC reiterates our request that the federal government remove CNSC as the “responsible authority” for environmental assessments of nuclear proposals. As an immediate example of your government’s concern for public health and safety, and environmental protection of our communities, prime farm lands and waterways, we would also urge you to intervene to halt the HEU shipments until there has been an open public hearing to ensure all alternatives are considered, most crucially the promised down-blending and storage on-site as planned in 2011.”  Read our letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Letter 20161212 Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau Nuclear Non-Proliferation

See article by CBC News/Health, Weapons-grade nuclear waste shipments to US prompt outcry”, September 05, 2016,  with comments by NCWC’s Gracia Janes, Niagara-on-the-Lake resident, activist and President of NCWC Education Fund.

Letter 20161104 Congratulations to New Women Appointees to the Canadian Senate

 

November 4, 2016

The National Council of Women of Canada extends our congratulations to the following women who will become our new Senators, particularly Kim Pate and Marilou McPhedran of The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and the Institute for International Women’s Rights respectively, both affiliate members of NCWC.  Read our letter:  Letter 20161104 Congratulations to New Women Appointees to the Canadian Senate

 

April 19, 2016

The NCWC endorses Bill C-243 improving and giving needed flexibility to maternity leave Letter 20160413 NCWC Endorses Bill C-243 Earlier Maternity Leave for Women.

 

February 9, 2016

The NCWC commentds the federal government in the decision to stop the granting of conditional registrations of pesticides as of June 1, 2016.  Letter 20160209 Stopping the Conditional Registrations of Pesticides

 

February 2, 2016

The NCWC urges the federal government to stop the importation and use of asbestos Letter 20160202 Continued Use of Asbestos in Federal Buildings.

 

January 18, 2016

The Annual Brief to the Government of Canada – Winter 2016 has been issued.  See the section of our website called “Briefs“, under Communications/Members/Briefs, to find a PDF version of the 2016 Brief and a list of all other Briefs sent annually to the Federal Government. 

 

August 27, 2015

Recently, one of the federal leaders announced that his party, if elected, would give a tax credit for membership fees in service organizations.  This gesture would be much more financially meaningful if volunteers were given a tax credit for the expenses they incur while providing voluntary service.

Therefore, the National Council of Women of Canada would ask all candidates for office of the Prime Minister to pledge their party’s support to:

1)         Allow substantial out-of-pocket expenses (re day care/child care, transportation, meals) for taxpayer or dependents involved in providing voluntary service to voluntary organizations to be an allowable tax credit as a charitable contribution for tax purposes and the criteria for registration for income tax purposes be broadened; and

2)         Initiate a policy which would permit volunteers to earn credits for the Canada Pension Plan and RRSP contributions.

The participation of the volunteer sector is essential to a healthy, pluralistic society, in initiating new ideas, planning and providing services, fund raising, and decision making.  Volunteer participation develops and utilizes knowledge and skills which otherwise might be lost to the Canadian economy.  At the same time, volunteer participation often involves personal expenditures which could limit participation; some volunteers do not have access to private or Canada Pension Plan Benefits nor excess earned income to contribute to an RRSP.

 

August 17, 2015

The Board of Directors of  the National Council of Women of Canada made the decision to join the Campaign for National Drug Coverage.  You can see our endorsement which has been posted to the supporters page.  Please check out the Facebook page as well.

We are asking you to share the campaign petition through your own networks.  The campaign is also hoping to build Twitter buzz by asking @pmharper @ThomasMulcair @JustinTrudeau @ElizabethMay to make #pharmacare and #nationaldrugcoverage #elxn42 issues in October.

The National Council of Women of Canada has long advocated for a National Prescription Drug Plan – with policies from 1998 and an update in 2012.  This is an important initiative which we are pleased to be part of.

 

Karen Monnon Dempsey, President
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA

pres@ncwcanada.com

The National Council of Women of Canada is a federation composed of Local and Provincial Councils, as well as Nationally  Organized Societies.  Founded in 1893, it was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914 and has been designated by the Government of Canada as being of National Historic Significance for its role in Canadian women’s history.

 

 

 

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