The Québec Appeal Court decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance Benefits

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The…

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How a Wee Campaign Nudged a Law of Science

The principle of erosion holds that over time, forces of nature will erode even the most calloused of surfaces. Soft layers erode faster than hard layers. But the world and its atmosphere are unpredictable, the barriers to women’s equality can hardly be deemed soft, and social justice does not adhere to any precise law of…

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Pay Attention to Pay Inequity

Despite over twenty-five years legislation, women living in Canada still earn less than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. On average, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man earns. This wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, immigrant women and women of colour. Over the next few months,…

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Women’s Groups Say Feds Must Act Now on Pay Equity

OTTAWA – “The Federal government must act now and adopt legislation to guarantee pay equity for all women, as was recommended by the Pay Equity Task Force in the excellent report that it tabled today. Current pay equity provisions are just not working. A new legislative framework is necessary” says Andrée Côté, for the National…

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Pay Equity Task Force Final Report 2004

The federal government appointed a Pay Equity Task Force that issued its Report in the May 2004. The Report recommends adopting a new, stand-alone pay equity law that will cover women, as well as workers of colour, Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities. Although the Task Force recommendations are good news for women, they have…

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Commentary on Canada (Attorney General) v. Lesiuk

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Before becoming known by a section 15 Charter case bearing her name, Kelly Lesiuk was a registered nurse, and worked part-time in Brandon, Manitoba. She and her husband had a small child, and she was the primary caregiver. In 1997, her husband obtained employment in Winnipeg. Although they…

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Pay Equity: Required Changes In Federal Jurisdictions

NAWL’s Working Group on Pay Equity (members include Louise Aucoin, Claude Bernier, Andrée Côté and Sheila Gibb) recently submitted a brief to the federal Pay Equity Task Force. The Honourable Anne McLellan (then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) and the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour) established the Task Force on June…

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The Struggle for Pay Equity in New Brunswick

A Summary of a Presentation at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference No one can deny that the pay inequities which women experience on the labour market pose great social challenges. Equal pay remains a dream for many women. In New Brunswick as elsewhere in Canada, we are currently seeing important gaps between the wages paid to…

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Custody, Visitation and Child Support

Available only in French. Ottawa, le 22 février 2002 L’Honorable Martin Cauchon Ministre de la Justice 284, rue Wellington Ottawa (Ont.) K1A 0H8 Objet: Garde, droit de visite et pension alimentaire des enfants Monsieur le Ministre, L’Association nationale de la femme et du droit s’adresse à vous dans un dossier de la plus haute importance…

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Women of all ages experience gender inequality within and outside the home. Women are denied access to basic healthcare, housing, education, and work. Even when they are employed, women’s wages in industrialized countries are only 60-75% of wages of men. In today’s global economy, gender inequality is increasing,…

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NAWL Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel

On April 8th, 1999, the Minister of Justice announced the creation of a Panel to review the Canadian Human Rights Act. At that time, the Minister stated that she wanted to increase the protection afforded by federal human rights enforcement mechanisms. Today, ordinary women question the efficiency of the Act in protecting their rights, the…

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Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel

This brief was the basis of a NAWL presentation to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel in October 1999 in Vancouver. The brief addresses issues of procedures, such as speedier complaint processing and guaranteed access to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, as well as substantive changes to the Act. Drawing on a series of…

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