Political Parity and the Charter of Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Notes prepared for the “Stages of Citizenship ” Conference, University of Ottawa, November 2-3, 2000 Women’s underrepresentation in politics is a well-known fact. It is a historical phenomenon, which remains characteristic of all modern democratic systems. Currently, only 21% of Canadian MP’s are women. This disparity has many…

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Student Internship at NAWL

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. I came to NAWL rather fortuitously. I had just finished a ten month stint on Parliament Hill as a full time parliamentary intern and was eager to get involved in the community. I also needed some summer work. After meeting NAWL’s Executive Director Bonnie Diamond at a local…

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Students’ Work with NAWL: Trans. What?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. There have been a number of important test cases recently decided in Canada at the tribunal level concerning transgender human rights, including Ferris v. Office and Technical Employees Union, Local 15, [1999] B.C.H.R.T.D. No. 55; Mamela v. Vancouver Lesbian Connection, [1999] B.C.H.R.T.D. No. 51 (B.C.H.R.T.); Sheridan v. Sanctuary…

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The Year 2000 Women’s March – the TFFCPO was there!

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Thirty thousand women marched on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill on October 15, 2000, demanding immediate action from the feds to end poverty and violence against women. Among them was a contingent of 240 French-Ontarian women marching behind the banner of the Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l’Ontario…

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Women’s Election Website

Women’s Election Website During the recent federal election NAWL helped operate a women’s bilingual website,”Women’s Election – 2000 reasons to vote”. This site was produced by a coalition of equality seeking women and women’s organizations in partnership with Womenspace and the National Association of Women and the Law. The initiative was born out of a…

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The Not-So-Mini-Budget

The Not-So-Mini-Budget In the midst of the worst-kept secret in Canada, that an early election call was pending, and in what can only be seen as reaction to regressive proposals for tax cuts proposed by the Canadian Alliance Party, Paul Martin introduced Canada’s economic statement and budget update on October 18, 2001. In its particular…

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NAWL Brief on the Importance of Respecting the Substantive Equality Rights of Lesbians to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Mémoire de l’ANFD sur l’importance de respecter le droit des lesbiennes à l’égalité matérielle soumis au Comité permanent sur la justice et les droits de la personne Ce mémoire est disponible seulement en anglais. Notes for NAWL’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 15 March 2000 The National Association of Women…

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NAWL Shares Communications Skills with Women in China

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), in partnership with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta is working on the Canada/China Women’s Law Project. This project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to promote women’s rights in China through improved awareness and implementation…

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News from the Nova Scotia Caucus: The Frances Fish Award for Women Lawyers

The Nova Scotia caucus of NAWL (“NSAWL”) held its second Frances Fish Women Lawyers’ Achievement Awards dinner on October 21, 1999. The awards dinner honoured Dawn Russell, Dean of Dalhousie Law School, and Anne Derrick, a partner at the law firm Beaton, Derrick & Ring in Halifax, who has been a legal activist for equality…

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Budget 2000: Entering a New Millennium ?

In the fall of 1999 one might have thought that fixing the focus of the 2000 budget would be a battle between advocates pushing for increased investment in Canada’s social programs on one side, and business lobbyists and high?income earners pushing for tax cuts on the other side. But the terrain had dramatically narrowed by…

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Protecting Women’s Equality Rights: Refugee Determination

Pursuant to the United Nations 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, Canada provides international protection to refugees only if the persecution is “on account of” race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion…This definition of refugee has been incorporated into Canada’s Immigration Act with only…

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25th Anniversary Profile: Carole Curtis

Carole Curtis decided to become a lawyer in the early seventies during her undergraduate studies when she saw the boozy jocks she hung around with get into law school so easily. So, why not? The why not turned itself into a career in family law and, rather than joining the jocks, she’s dedicated herself to…

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Donating Stocks to the NAWL Trust

The scope of charitable giving can be much broader than simply giving a sum of money to the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education. One opportunity to give is through donating property rather than cash. Such a gift is called a gift in kind and is for tax purposes normally valued at its fair…

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The Importance of Respecting the Substantive Equality Rights of Lesbians NAWL’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Bill C-23 L’importance de respecter les droits des lesbiennes à l’égalité matérielle

Présentation de l’ANFD au Comité permanent de la justice et des droits de la personne. Les lesbiennes sont des femmes qui éprouvent parfois un lourd fardeau de préjugés, d’irrespect et de violence du fait que nous aimons et cohabitons avec d’autres femmes. Révéler son identité Lesbians are women who, simply by the fact that we…

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Silver and Still Surging: 25 Years of NAWL

With 25 years and thousands of women behind National Association of Women and the Law’s establishment and continued efforts, it is the perfect time to collectively reflect on NAWL’s work. Those of us who presently work with NAWL want to honour the women who came before us. Some of us have retired, while others are…

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