Advocacy Actions

Study and submission of a resolution on Universal Pharmacare urging the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada to work collaboratively to implement universal Pharmacare, a publicly funded drug plan that would cover medically necessary prescription drugs for all Canadians, regardless of their ability to pay.

Participated in the CFUW Women in Universities study – coordinated the York University response.

Responded to the CFUW Advocacy’s survey, “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls: Sexual Assault Policies in Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada” – for York University and Seneca College.

On Tuesday April 11th, 5 of our members joined about 15 other CFUW members at the Equal Pay Day Rally at Queen’s Park. The rally was organized by the Pay Equity Coalition to mark Equal Pay Day. Following the rally, a number of our members went to the legislature visitor’s gallery to hear all 3 parties speak about the need for concrete action to close the gender pay gap

Letter writing to MPs in the 22 ridings covering North York and members who live within the GTA on Bill C 242. Wrote MPs to support this bill. This Act would amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence for a private individual to inflict torture. This was a private member bill which had 1st reading Feb 26, 2016 and second reading on April 21st. On Nov 29th the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recommended not proceeding with this bill. The Standing Committee’s unanimous decision is that non-State torture can be considered aggravated assault and sentencing could be addressed with the Criminal Code. To be continued.

We mobilized the Toronto Clubs to fight Toronto City Hall’s proposed cuts to childcare. The Power of Women Working Together was rewarded as Mayor John Tory agreed to give the subsidized spaces in child care centres, as well as schools, a one-year reprieve from a cut that would have meant a fee hike for thousands of families.