Category: Election 2015

13 Oct

Why You Need To Vote On October 19th

Advocacy, Election 2015, Girls by YWCA Toronto

I turned 12 earlier this year. Not long before my birthday, my confidence in being a girl plummeted. This wasn’t just an age related blip. It was more of a deep frustration about being a female in a society that fails to recognize us as equals. I felt as though my future was limited by […]

09 Oct

Make Precarious Employment History

Advocacy, Election 2015, Poverty by YWCA Toronto

Piles of overdue bills. No cash for your child’s field trips at school.  No benefits plan to cover dental or medical expenses. No retirement savings. No quality child care. Precariously employed women are stuck in neutral while an affluent country prospers and advances around them. Since the 1980s, we have a seen a rise in […]

07 Oct

Income Equality Matters to All of Us

Advocacy, Election 2015, Poverty by YWCA Toronto

More and more reports tell us that income inequality in Canada is growing. The gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider while the number of quality jobs and public services is shrinking. Today it is estimated that over 4.5 million Canadians are living in poverty: 36% are aboriginal women, 35% are visible […]

06 Oct

Demand Reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples

Seven years ago, the Prime Minister apologized to former students of residential schools, their families and communities. He officially acknowledged that Canada’s 150-year policy of seizing Aboriginal children and placing them in government-supported, church-run residential schools was wrong and misguided.  He remembered the thousands of children who never made it home, and the children who […]

01 Oct

Why Canada Needs A Plan To End Violence Now

I survived a vicious assault that was life threatening on May 2, 2014. As I struggled to recover, care for my two children and re-build my life, I learned that there were very few resources available to help. There was limited trauma informed counselling support, I could not access affordable housing and the social assistance […]

30 Sep

Indigenous Women’s Voices

I hear them too. All of them. The voices of hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. They hang in the air of our collective conscience, refusing to be silenced or forgotten. Stories of women waging an endless war against our inertia and indifference, stubbornly reminding us we share a land where justice […]

28 Sep

Your Vote Matters

Advocacy, Election 2015 by YWCA Toronto

I come from a place in the world where votes don’t count. During one of the so called “referendums”, the autocratic incumbent ran unopposed and allegedly received the vote of every individual eligible to vote in the country. This mockery of a democratic election left my friends, family and neighbours with a deep sense of […]

21 Sep

Time to Make Child Care a Priority

As soon as I announced that I was pregnant, the warnings began: Get on the child care subsidy list. Put your name down on as many child care waiting lists as possible. Do it now. Little did we know that there were 16,802 children ahead of us and that a subsidy was well out of […]

18 Sep

Five Key Questions to Ask Federal Party Leaders

Kofi Annan once said, “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” In Canada, the struggle to realize equal rights for women and girls is far from over. Our gender pay gap is twice the global average; almost 1,200 Indigenous women are reported as missing or murdered; one in three […]

15 Sep

When There Is No Place To Call Home

Dorothy said it best, “there is no place like home.”  Home is our refugee, our castle…home sweet home.  But what if you did not know how long you would have a place to stay, perhaps a day, a week or a few months?  What if you were not sure what address to put on your […]