Greetings from the President
INTRODUCING THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA, 2019-2021
Greetings to Members and Friends of the NCWC,
In June 2019, I was honored to be nominated at the NCWC Annual General Meeting as the President of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) for two years (2019-2021). I am very pleased to welcome you to our website where you will find information about our organization which was founded 126 years ago. Our website includes the following: announcements, a calendar of events, our history, copies of our newsletters, over 50 years of Policy approved by our membership at our Annual General Meetings, how to make donations to fund our projects via our Charitable organizations (i.e. NCWC Education Fund and NCWC Development Organization) and how to join NCWC as a member and contribute to our activities in advocating for women and families across Canada.
In addition, I will post messages in this section, as well as copies of letters which we send to the Federal Government and other organizations to address the concerns that NCWC has regarding women’s issues in Canada and worldwide. You will also find letters posted by Sandra Cohen-Rose, our Past President, during her term from 2017 to 2019.
Have you considered becoming an individual member or federate member of the NCWC? See all the benefits. These include a vote at our AGM. This includes a voice in the ratification of our resolutions so they can become NCWC Policy. Policy is presented annually in a brief to the Prime Minister.
As a member of a Local Council, NCWC or a Federate you are eligible to become a Board Member or Convenor. We are always looking for new members with new ideas.
Visit our Facebook and add your comments which are much appreciated.
If you have any questions be sure to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!
President, National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC)/Conseil national des femmes du Canada (CNFC); email@example.com; 1-613-712-4419
NCWC COMMUNICATIONS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Letter20210709 Letter to Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald Assembly of First Nations, Congratulation on election as first female National Chief of Assembly of First Nations in 42nd annual general assembly
Letter20210531 Letter to Natural Resources Canada, Nuclear Power, Canada’s Radio Active Waste Policy Review
Letter 202101 to Hon Bill Blair-Min Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness-Gov of Canada-CSC Assessment Tool (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-Federally Sentenced Women-NCWC)
Letter202012 to Hon Filomena Tassi-Min Employment/Social Development-Gov of Canada-Impact of Precarious Employment (Gig Economy) on Workers (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-NCWC)
Letter 20201230 from Commissioner Brenda Lucki-RCMP-Toxic Culture-Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in RCMP (Broken Dreams Broken Lives)
Letter20201209 to Commissioner Brenda Lucki-RCMP-Toxic Culture in the RCMP (prepared by Monica cullum-Convenor-NCWC)
Letter202012 to Hon. Chrystia Freeland-Min. Finance-Gov of Canada-National Child Care Program (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-NCWC)
October 7, 2020
Email20201007 from Julie Gauthier-Manager-Women and Gender Equality Canada on response to letter from Hon. Minister Maryam Monsef Minister on the Nova Scotia Shooting – see below Hon. Maryam Monsef letter to NCWC
October 2, 2020
September 12, 2020
Letter 20200912 to Hon. Min. Chrystia Freeland-Deputy Prime Minister of Canada-Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee (prepared by Karen Monnon Dempsey-Economic Convenor-NCWC)
September 25, 2020
September 14, 2020
September 8, 2020
August 11, 2020
August 7, 2020
July 30, 2020
June 24, 2020
June 23, 2020
June 1, 2020
Letter20200601 to Rumina Velshi, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-Scope of Environmental Assessment of Global First Power’s proposed Micro-Modular nuclear reactor Chalk River (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)
May 28, 2020
May 26, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 3, 2020
Links to English and French Letter signed by President of NCWC to Minister O’Regan: “Canada Needs a Radioactive Waste Policy and Canadians must be consulted” – English http://www.ccnr.org/Letter_to_Minister_radwaste_policy_e.pdf and French http://www.ccnr.org/Letter_to_Minister_radwaste_policy_f.pdf
April 12, 2020
April 15, 2020
March 14, 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCWC 127th Conference and AGM 2020 – POSTPONED – Rescheduled. It will be held from October 15th to 18th 2020
The NCWC Board has seriously considered all the available information regarding the potential for the transmission of COVID-19. It has now been declared a pandemic, and we do not wish to endanger anyone’s health. Therefore, we have decided to POSTPONE the 2020 NCWC Conference and AGM from May 28th – 31st to October 15th – 18th. We are very pleased the Novotel Ottawa has agreed to this change of dates without a penalty. Further information will be forthcoming in the near future. Thank you for your understanding; stay safe, stay healthy; see you in Ottawa in October!
Place: Novotel Ottawa City Centre Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario – Details to follow
Resolutions: Change of Dates
Due to the postponement of the 2020 NCWC Conference and AGM to October, please note the Resolutions Committee will accept amendments and resolutions on emerging issues until August 15th, 2020. For further clarification, please contact Jane Cowell, Resolutions Convenor: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 19, 2020
January 31, 2020
Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau – Teck Resources Limited Frontier Oil Sands Mine project-January 31 2020 (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)
January 27, 2020
Letter to Prime Minister of Canada, Parliament and the Federal Government-Signatory on Statement on handling of Canada’s federally-owned radioactive waste by a private sector consortium-Hill Times–NCWC listed among organizations (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)
December 20, 2019
Letter from NCWC to the Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety, on Gun violence and violence against women and remembering 14 murdered women at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)
December 19, 2019
December 16, 2019
November 19, 2019
Pharmacare NOW – Letter to NCWC from Health Coalition – November 19 2019; Statement: Calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public Pharmacare – Website: http://www.healthcoalition.ca/pharmacare-now/
October 5, 2019
NCWC signs the Statement of Support by The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Women and the UN Global Compact providing seven steps on how to empower women in workplace, marketplace and community
Empowerment Award – On October 5, 2019, the NCWC received the CCEW’s Empowerment Award for signing the UN CEO Women’s Empower Principles (WEPs) and supporting the CCEW
September 4, 2019
Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-Request for Comment on Radiation Protection Regulation-September 2019 (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP Environment, NCWC)
Letter to Minister Petitpas-Taylor-Support for Access to Abortion Services-September 2019 (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)
August 26, 2019
Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-NCWC application to amend licence for Slowpoke-2 reactor on University of Saskatchewan Campus-August 2019 (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)
August 13, 2019
August 6, 2019
July 18, 2019
Letter to College of Family Physicians re Mifegymiso-July 2019 (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)
June 13-16, 2019
June 12, 2019
June 5, 2019
June 4, 2019
May 28, 2019
May 9, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 2, 2019
May 1, 2019
April 29, 2o19
April 16, 2019
April 12, 2019
April 5, 2019
February 21-22, 2019
February 13, 2019
February 4, 2019
January 31, 2019
January 14, 2019
December 7, 2018
November 21, 2018
November 14, 2018
Letter20181114 to Hon. William Blair, P.C., C.O.M., M.P., Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, from NCWC on Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault Weapons – Engagement Paper
November 5, 2018
November 2, 2018
Article in Artifact-News and Features section – by Haeley DiRisio, Education, Gender and Trump – article Twelve-year-old girl reports distasteful homecoming sign to police – see interview statement by Sandra Cohen-Rose, President, NCWC
November 1, 2018
October 25, 2018
October 21, 2018
Letter20181021 to Genevieve de Breyne-Gagnon Endorsing NCWC’s Support of Promoting Gender Equality through Quality Public Education Systems and Services and The Statement made by Canadian Federation of University Women
October 17, 2018
October 1, 2018
August 28, 2018
August 13, 2018
May 8, 2018
May 3, 2018
March 26, 2018
March 19, 2018
February 23, 2018
February 6, 2018
January 26, 2018
Thank you letter from Mayor Valerie Plante, La Mairesse de Montreal to the National Council of Women of Canada
January 25, 2018
December 20, 2017
“Sandra Cohen-Rose, president of the National Council of Women of Canada, said stamping out sexual harassment and assault will mean tackling economic imbalances and other mechanisms that leave women vulnerable to abuses of power. “Everybody’s looking for a magic bullet that works and there just isn’t (one),” she said.” quoted in “#MeToo: Conversation on sexual harassment named 2017’s top news story“, by
December 19, 2017
Letter to Government of Canada that practice of Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in Canada. See Letter-Hon Ahmed D. Hussen-Citizenship-Immigration-Female Genital Mutilation Illegal in Canada-19December2019
November 30, 2017
NCWC President’s Message for December 2018. See New Years Message from the NCWC President-December 2017
November 17 2017
Request to support initiatives to establish a Museum of History of Women in Kingston. See Letter-Hon. Melanie Joly, Min. Canadian Heritage-Museum of History of Women and Response from the Office of the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Response from President Sandra Cohen-Rose to Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage on Museum of History of Women
November 9, 2017
Congratulations to Mayor Valerie Plante on being elected the first woman mayor of Montreal. See Letter-Congratulations Mayor Plante
Request to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette to become the Honorary President of the National Council of Women of Canada. See Letter-Governor General Julie Payette
The NCWC’s new and updated policies in a Brief to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada. See National Council of Women of Canada Annual Brief to the Government of Canada Fall 2017 and Letter of Confirmation from PM Office
November 8, 2017
October 19, 2017
Article in Canadian Jewish News on NCWC President Sandra Cohen-Rose
October 16, 2017
July 17, 2017
“…NCWC asked the Government for a “Ban on all Offshore Drilling in the Arctic,” in order to protect this very fragile marine environment. Similarly, our eastern coast marine habitat in the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area is very sensitive and your recent decision to allow drilling for fossil fuels there is not conducive to the protection of its special marine habitat.” See Oil Drilling in the Laurentian Channel, a Marine Protected Area
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)
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.
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
July 5, 2016
“… the dangers posed by all facets of the nuclear cycle have been the subject of NCWC policies and actions dating back to 1955, and continue today…Ms. Janes also noted two recent nuclear transport events, i.e., a dry spill in Saskatchewan where staff from Chalk River had to deal with the clean-up, and a very serious incident where the bottom fell out of a container similar to the one planned for the transport of high-level liquid nuclear waste.” Read our letter: Letter 20160705 to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, PC, MP, Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Thanks for attending 123rd AGM in Saskatoon 2016
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.
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