January 2010


The 3Ds of the Canadian Women's Movement: Delegitimization, Dismantling and Disappearance

Janine Brodie, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

The struggle for gender equality in Canada is multidimensional and ongoing, despite the increasingly widespread assumption that gender equality has been achieved (SWC 2005) and the assertion that “we are all equal now.”  The Canadian women’s movement (CWM), similar to its counterparts elsewhere, was and continues to be an amalgam of many different streams of political thinking, organization and activism. Although in the 1970s and 1980s the mainstream of the CMW achieved unprecedented access to Canadian governments...

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Global feminist conference calls for community participation

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

2011 will be an exciting year for the Ottawa region. The city will play host to a triennial global feminist conference - Women’s Worlds. This distinguished international and interdisciplinary event will bring together hundreds of academics, advocates, researchers, policy-makers, workers, activists and artists of all ages from around the world. In 2011, the conference celebrates its 30th anniversary and is poised to be the largest women’s conference in Canadian history.

The goal of Women’s World is to tackle a wide range of issues including violence against women, health, education, security, sexualities, poverty and the economy and to create an environment where participants from diverse...

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First Nations Higher Education Aspirations in Canada

Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering Committee, BC
Guest Contributor

2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This anniversary affords us all an important opportunity to think about the rights of our children in Canada – all of our children, including First Nations children.

In particular, the UN Convention reminds us that all children are entitled to receive an education that will promote their general culture and enable them to develop their abilities, their sense of moral and social...

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Haiti Earthquake: What we can do

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12. Photo Marco Dormino/ The United Nations Development Programme on Flickr

One week later, the world has a better understanding of the scope of the earthquake in Haiti and has mobilized to provide much needed help to the local population.  Canadians from all walks of life and from every region are deeply affected by the suffering of the people of Haiti and are donating to support the work of humanitarian organizations.

One of the earthquake’s direct results is the human loss of...

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Top Five Reasons to Register for Congress 2010

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

Most of you reading this blog do not need convincing to attend Congress 2010 held at Concordia University in Montreal this spring (May 28th – June 4th).  Just ask one of the 8,600 people who gathered in Ottawa last year at Carleton University.

With the theme of Connected Understanding/ le savoir branché as a jumping-off point, there are many reasons why scholars - at all stages in their careers, community members and policy-makers will choose to attend. Here are five:

1)      Stimulate the Mind – In recent years, Congress has been declared a “meeting of the minds” and the “intellectual Olympics...

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Leadership for Equity in Education: Deficit mentality is a major challenge

John P. Portelli, OISE, University of Toronto
Guest Contributor

Deficit thinking hinders leadership for equity. It privileges mainstream or conventional thinking and marginalizes any deviation from it. Yet, if one believes in a robust conception of democracy, one that fully respects social justice, diversity and equity, then leadership for equity should be a natural extension of democracy so conceived. However, even a softer form of democracy, for example, a liberal democracy such as ours in Canada, should be sympathetic to leadership for equity since such a conception and practice...

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Un nouveau directeur général nommé à la Fédération

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Il nous fait plaisir d’accueillir Jean-Marc Mangin à la Fédération. Au moment d'accepter sa nomination, M. Mangin remarquait : «Depuis plus de 20 ans, j'ai été le témoin de situations parmi les plus difficiles à imaginer telles que les génocides, les guerres civiles, le changement climatique et la pauvreté extrême. Dans plusieurs cas, nous avons fait appel aux chercheurs en sciences humaines pour comprendre, trouver des solutions et innover au plan des politiques sociales. À titre de directeur général de la Fédération, mon objectif est d'aider à faire le lien entre l'incroyable richesse en connaissances qui existe partout au pays et des partenaires au...

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Equity and Collective Bargaining in Canadian Universities

Linda Briskin, York University
Guest Contributor
Interventions to promote employment and pay equity often focus on legislation. However, collective bargaining is a significant although often invisible instrument for promoting workplace equity. Unions, which seek to promote both social transformation and the institutional mainstreaming of equality, can empower women to act collectively in their own interests, especially in the current global context.

‘Bargaining equity’ may well depend on what I have called ‘equity bargaining’. The former refers to the equity issues themselves while the latter to the process of bargaining, bargaining strategy...

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"Haitians...you are not alone"

Malinda S. Smith, vice-president Equity Issues

This photo shows Haiti's Presidential Palace, which collapsed during the earthquake of Jan. 12. Photo courtesy M Eriksson on Flickr.

There is a saying in Haiti, Tonia Dyer tells us, “When the nose is hit, the eyes cry. You have to look at the ripple effect of something like this.” On Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the Republic of Haiti experienced a devastating 7.0 earthquake, which was followed by some 34 aftershocks. The quake has been categorized as a “...

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Equity (Still) Matters

Malinda S. Smith, University of Alberta
Vice President,

Equity Issues Equity matters. It matters in our homes, in parliament, on corporate boards and in the halls of academe. Equity matters to individuals as an expression of our desire to be treated fairly and to be fair, even or perhaps especially, when it is not popular or easy to do so. It matters in law as a body of rules based on principles of fairness and justice. Equity matters in politics as an expression of democratic equality and human rights. And it matters in policy as an expressed commitment to ameliorating systemic discrimination and pervasive unfairness in social outcomes. Equity, in...

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Après la valse, l’attente…

Pierre Normand,  Directeur des communications

Courtesy of abdallahh on Flickr

Janvier, à Ottawa, est un mois où tout semble suspendu et s’installe une sorte de veille surréaliste dans l’attente du budget fédéral.  Alors que les Canadiens se livrent aux joies de l’hiver, le personnel du ministère des Finances et des agences centrales est à calculer, à préparer les tableaux comptables et à rédiger le texte du budget. C’est le calme après  la grande valse des consultations pré-budgétaires qui se tient chaque année de septembre à décembre. Pendant cette période, les groupes d’intérêts et les lobbyistes rencontrent les élus, le personnel politique et les décideurs du gouvernement pour partager leurs idées sur ce que devrait être le prochain budget.

La Fédération a...

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Yaffle your way to collaborative research?

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations Ever had a tough problem that you wished you could run past an eminent expert in the field? Do you have a big question that might benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration? Sometimes the first problem is locating the right expert. Memorial University is working to make sure that you won’t have that problem with their researchers, and at the same time, testing an example of how universities might be able to encourage links between researchers and the community using online technology. Researchers at Memorial have created an online search tool for research taking place at the University called “...

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