Resolutions by Decade

1940s

Alcohol

  • 1949 requested Department of Education to appoint a director of Alcohol Education

Sex and Crime Comics

  • 1949 urged action to be taken to initiate strict censorship before circulation of sex and crime comics and to press for prohibition of imported sex and crime comics (adopted from NCWC)

1950s

Aboriginal Issues

  • 1954 recommended that some action be taken in regard to Metis rehabilitation; John Legasse appointed to study problems of native communities

Alcohol

  • 1951 urged Provincial Government to give careful consideration to granting Indian People the right to enter beer parlours
  • 1951-1955 requested that first a grant be made to the AFM School of narcotic education and then that the amount of the grant be increased
  • 1955/56 requested better visual aids for alcohol education; requested the Department of Education to give credits to teachers for attendance to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) School; recommended that the Department of Education give a credit of three units of successful completion of a course taken at the AFM School in order to make this course as attractive as other summer school options

Appointment of Women

  • 1952 requested the appointment of women to the Liquor Control Board
  • 1955 suggested appointment of a woman to fill the Manitoba vacancy in the Senate

Dower Act

  • 1956 recommended the amendment of the Dower Act in respect of consents, acknowledgements, releases, and powers of attorney to execute any sick consents and releases to be made before a Judge of any court in Manitoba, Barrister at Law, or Attorney at Law, or any public notary appointed by the province (reiterated from 1954 and 1955)

Education

  • 1950 recommended that a School of Nursing Education be made permanent in the province
  • 1951 suggested that a higher standard of music education be taught in rural Manitoba schools and that funding be made available for Manitoba School Orchestras
  • 1952 recommended that school buses be a distinct colour; requested appointment of a supervisor for inexperienced teachers in rural schools; recommended that rural teaching experience during teacher training be taken under consideration for credit; urged Government to give leadership in setting up an inter-provincial committee to secure the co-ordination of core curricular and text books throughout Canada
  • 1955 requested Department of Education to prepare a booklet on Civics and Citizenship for the school curriculum

Elderly People

  • 1958 recognized need for provision for the assistance of older citizens; recommended the establishment of institutions for the care of older citizens suffering from senile dementia

Elizabeth Fry Society

  • 1956 presented a project concerning rehabilitation for women through the Elizabeth Fry Society

Hazardous Products

  • 1959 requested that controls be implemented for radioactive waste

Legal Issues

  • 1951 urged the Government to allow women to serve on juries
  • 1953 recommended women should be on a Minimum Wage Board
  • 1959 recommended free legal counsel for indigent (financially poor) offenders

Libraries and Librarians

    • 1952 requested increased grants for rural school libraries
    • 1953 requested financial aid from Provincial Government to establish at least one Regional Library in Manitoba; requested Provincial Government increase grants to libraries
    • 1955 recognized need for library survey in province (reiterated from 1953)
    • 1956 asked Provincial Government to provide the necessary funding to establish at least one regional library, which would serve as a demonstration area for the development of regional libraries in other parts of the province

1958 urged the Provincial Government to make it possible to procure and retain a sufficient number of qualified librarians to meet the needs of the province; urged Department of Education to inform high school students of librarianship as a career by providing scholarships, guidance from a professional consultant, and workshops for persons wishing to do part-time library work

  • 1959 recommended the use of training courses for librarians and not necessarily university degrees

Pay Equity

  • 1955 supported principle of equal pay for work of equal value; be it further that part-time workers be protected by the same employment standards legislation as full-time workers

Penal Reform

  • 1959 supported extension of Unemployment Insurance Act to prisoners sentenced to penal institutions (adopted from NCWC, 1959)

Pensions

  • 1955 urged the Provincial Government to provide a supplementary grant to Old Age Pensions

Recreation

  • 1955 urged legislation by Manitoba Government to cover recreation and physical education needs in Manitoba
  • 1956 recommended that the Provincial Government undertake a survey of the recreational needs in the province and to provide accordingly
  • 1958 commended Government on undertaking survey of province’s recreational needs

Sex and Crime Comics

  • 1951 expressed concern over circulation of obscene pocket books

Social Security Programs

  • 1958 recognized need for revision of the Social Assistance Act

Taxation

  • 1951 supported removal of tax from household appliances

Trading Stamps

  • 1958 recommended prohibition of trading stamps in Manitoba

Traffic

  • 1957 urged the Department of Public Works to place suitable “Welcome” signs at points where highways enter the province

Worker’s Compensation Act

  • 1952 supported amendment to act affecting widows compensation, that is, supported the motive behind raising the amount of compensation but felt that the increase provided was not nearly enough to meet rising costs of living.

1960s

Aboriginal Issues

  • 1960 urged that greater emphasis be put on preparing communities nation-wide for receiving people of Indian descent and that strong support be given to all existing organizations working for the Canadian ideal of a multicultural democracy
  • 1963 urged the Provincial Government to extend the services of the Child Welfare Act to children of registered Indians both on and off reserves

Alcohol

  • 1961 commended Government on progress of alcohol education in schools and encouraged the continued expansion of such programmes; recommended that stiffer inspection of those seeking occasional liquor permits be implemented to eliminate abuse of system (reiterated from 1951)

Appointment of Women

  • 1963 requested the Manitoba Department of Labour appoint at least one woman with the necessary qualifications to the Minimum Wage Board

Children – Handicapped

  • 1961 requested Government of Manitoba re-establish within the province a fully equipped and adequate school for all deaf children in Manitoba. Recommended establishment of training centre for handicapped pre-school children
  • 1964 study on handicapped children presented to the Director of The Study of Handicapped Children

Children – Mental Health

  • 1966 requested the establishment of education facilities for training and the development of mental health programs in Western Manitoba with children as the main target group
  • 1969 urged the Provincial Government to provide financial assistance for residential treatment of emotionally disturbed children

Consumer Affairs

  • 1968 commended the Government on the establishment of a new Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs

Education

  • 1961 suggested that the Government of Manitoba through the Department of Education undertake the establishment of an adequate training program for teachers of the new general high school course
  • 1966 requested Manitoba Government to introduce the comprehensive legislation needed to provide financial support for adult day school programs

Environment

  • 1963 presented resolution for the preservation of native flora and fauna by the establishment of nature parks and public education

Family Law

  • 1965 supported amendment to Marriage Act setting the minimum age for marriage without consent of parents at twenty-one for both sexes
  • 1966 supported amendment to Marriage Act regarding age of consent
  • 1968 supported change in age of eligibility of children under the Wives’ and Children’s Maintenance Act; requested that the Manitoba Government set up a Maintenance Award Fund into which defendants would be compelled to pay their maintenance payments and out of which defendant’s families would receive regularly the maintenance awarded by the court independently of the amounts paid into the fund by the estranged father

Health

  • 1960 recommended improved ambulance services in Manitoba

Housing

  • 1963 requested the Provincial Government undertake further study of the possibility of the reinstatement of the Interest Rate clause in the Time Sale Agreement Act

Impaired Drivers

  • 1961 requested annual reports about drunk drivers
  • 1962 supported instituting breathalyser tests as part of the investigative procedure of persons suspected of being under the influence of alcohol (reiterated from 1961)
  • 1965 reiterated 1962 resolution regarding breathalyser tests

Injuries – Compensation

  • 1967 supported protection against being sued for injury in accident (adopted from NCWC)

Intoxication

  • 1967 supported abolition of penalties for intoxication in public places and encouraged the establishment of appropriate detoxification units

Land Use and Land Use Planning

  • 1966 (Urban Renewal) recommended that the Federal and Provincial Governments enact legislation that would provide for the payment of funds to approved social agencies for the purpose of expanding their services to facilitate the development of urban renewal schemes in cooperation with federal, provincial, and local governments

Legal Issues

  • 1966 requested the Provincial Government establish a forensic clinic to – among other things – supply diagnostic services for the courts

Libraries and Librarians

  • 1965 urged the Department of Education to take action without further delay to obtain the services of a Supervisor of School Libraries in Manitoba

Minimum Wage

  • 1963 requested Manitoba Government to include in the Minimum Wage Act a clause making adequate provision for sick leave with pay for full time employees

Penal Reform

  • 1965 requested the Provincial Government make provision for the expansion of the program of the Manitoba Home for Girls to include after-care services, and to facilitate the development of this program by the addition of at least one social worker to the staff of the institution
  • 1966 expressed concern over rising number of juveniles coming into conflict with the law and propose that the City of Winnipeg set up a Special Youth Division as part of its law enforcement staff; requested the Manitoba Government provide a detention home for juveniles separate and apart from any detention home used for adults and find suitable temporary housing facilities for juveniles until such accommodation can be provided

Riding Mountain Conference Centre

  • 1968 requested funding from Provincial Government to provide for the development of the Riding Mountain Conference Centre at Clear Lake, Manitoba

Safety

  • 1960 urged that safer railway practices be implemented

Traffic

  • 1960 encouraged provincial and local participation in long range programme for elimination of hazardous level crossings and urged Councils to promote formation of committees to work with Federal authorities towards the same goal
  • 1961 supported licensing of driving schools

Universities

  • 1961 recommended that teacher training should be under the control of the university (reiterated from 1960)
  • 1963 recognized need for a university degree course in Physical Education; recognized need for degree course in Library Science

1970s

Abortion

  • 1972 supported the removal of abortion from the Criminal Code

Access to Information

  • 1972 (Information and Referral Services) suggested that the Government of Canada participate in, and give financial support to, central informational and referral services administered locally under the auspices of the municipal, provincial, and federal governments

Affirmative Action

  • 1972 recommended that the Human Rights Act be amended to extend the area of non- discrimination to be included in the sections referring to employment and marital status
  • 1979 urged the NCWC to request the Federal Government to require private companies awarded federal contracts to comply with Labour Canada guidelines providing for the hiring of women within a non-extendable period of time; recommended that non-compliance with such guidelines result in cancellation of the contract or a fine or both

Appointment of Women

  • 1976 suggested female candidate for appointment of Lieutenant Governor for the Province of Manitoba

Arts

  • 1972 supported the formation of a professional opera company in Manitoba

Child Abduction

  • 1979 urged the Federal Government to:
    • 1) make it an offence under the Criminal Code to take or entice away any child or children under the age of fourteen from the person who has been granted legal custody
    • 2) encourage inter-provincial agreements regarding violators, and providing for the return of the child or children
    • 3) encourage provinces to enact an Extra Provincial Custody Orders Enforcement Act if not already in existence
    • 4) encourage international agreements whereby the return of a kidnapped child by a parent could be obtained from a foreign country through diplomatic channels and/or extradition agreements (adopted from NCWC, 1978)

TIChildren – Mental HealthTLE

  • 1972 recommended the construction of a facility which would be a reception centre for treatment and rehabilitation rather than detention for emotionally disturbed children (reiterated yearly since 1962)

Consumer Affairs

  • 1972/73 recommended that the new Consumer’s Bureau opened in January 1970 be made to run as efficiently as possible

Daycare

  • 1978 supported expansion of Provincial Day Care Programme and Provincial Licensing Standards for child care facilities in consultation with child care professionals providing child care services in Manitoba (reiterated from 1971, 1973, and 1977)
  • 1979 urged the Provincial Government to enact a Day Care Act outlining standards, criteria for Licensing

Divorce

  • 1972 presented a resolution directed at providing a fair division of the marital property at the time of separation and when the divorce is granted; recommended the establishment of Family Arbitration Centres to help in the process of obtaining a divorce

Drugs

  • 1970 requested Government of Manitoba to introduce in the schools a program of education regarding the serious consequences of possessing or selling drugs such as marijuana; suggested that the Government embark immediately on an intensive campaign of public education regarding hallucinogenic drugs and their consequences

Education

  • 1977 reiterated 1952 resolution regarding an inter-provincial curricula to be implemented throughout Canada
  • 1979 urged the Provincial Government and Federal Government to implement policies supporting the following recommendations from the Report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women where applicable:
    • 1) provinces and territories should adopt textbooks that portray women as well as men in diversified roles and occupations
    • 2) they should set up committees to review all government publications concerned with the choice of occupations and careers in order to select and use only publications that encourage women to consider all occupations
    • 3) they should provide co-educational guidance programmes in elementary and secondary schools and direct the attention of guidance counsellors to the importance of encouraging both girls and boys to continue their education according to their individual aptitudes and to consider all occupational fields
    • 4) they should review their policies and practices to ensure that school programmes provide girls with equal opportunities with boys to participate in athletic activities and to establish policies and practices that will motivate and encourage girls to engage in these activities

Environment

  • 1970 urged the Manitoba Government to enforce existing legislation concerning pollution; urged the Manitoba Government to continue research into the effect of pollution on the health and well-being of the community as a whole; urged the Provincial Government to shape present and future policy in dealing with pollution effectively
  • 1979 urged the Canadian Government to enact legislation instituting mandatory assessment procedures prior to the construction of installations potentially damaging to the environment for all projects carried out by, or on behalf of, or funded by, the Federal Government (adopted from NCWC, 1978)

Estate Tax

  • 1972 urged the Provincial Government to incorporate the feature of non-taxation of estates passing between husband and wife in any new estates tax legislation it may enact

Family Law

  • 1976 brief on family law presented to both The Premier of Manitoba, The Honourable Ed Schreyer and to the Standing Committee of the Manitoba Legislature on Statutory Regulations and Orders; urged the Provincial Government to support the concept of an integrated Family Court System
  • 1978 recommended the establishment of an integrated Family Court
  • 1979 urged that the following principles be reflected in the Marital Property Act and the Family Maintenance Act:
    • 1) family home and assets must be owned equally by the couple during the marriage and not just on separation
    • 2) there must be equal sharing of all assets acquired during the marriage and no provision to allow a judge through judicial discretion to give more to one spouse than the other except in rare hardship cases
    • 3) maintenance on separation must be based on need and fault must not be a consideration (reiterated from 1978 and 1976)

Health

  • 1970 requested the Department of Education make provision for compulsory hearing tests to be carried out in all Manitoba schools in grades one, three, and six with adequate follow-up
  • 1970 recommended that married women be allowed to have their own medical care registration number on request; recommended that medicare cheques where payable to a family unit be made payable to Mr. andor Mrs., or alternatively directly to the doctor
  • 1978 encouraged the Provincial Government to try to influence health care institutions and other public facilities to provide vending machines which supply natural juices, fresh fruit, and whole-grain sandwiches instead of junk food with little nutritive value
  • 1979 urged the Manitoba Government to provide Manitoba Medical Insurance Coverage to mastectomy patients for breast prosthetic devices

Human Rights

  • 1973 supported amendment to Human Rights Act regarding the extension of the area of non-discrimination to be included in the sections referring to housing, sex, and marital status, and in the sections referring to employment, marital status; maintained that the Human Rights Commission should report annually to the Legislature (reiterated from 1972)

International Covenant

  • 1972 indicated to the Federal Government that the PCWM is willing to have Canada ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Land Use and Land Use Planning

  • 1978 requested the Government of Canada through constitutional means encourage and assist all levels of government to ensure our future of agricultural lands to create rational zoning for agricultural land based on Canada Land Inventory (adopted from NCWC)

Legal Issues

  • 1972 suggested that the procedure involved in compiling jury lists must be changed as the present system deliberately excludes groups from the jury panel on account of race, sex, religion, or marital status

Maintenance Orders

  • 1970 recommended:
    • 1) raising the age of eligibility for children under the Wives’ and Childrens’ Maintenance Act
    • 2) creating a Maintenance Award Fund
    • 3) establishing a central registry of court-granted maintenance awards to keep track of deserting husbands
    • 4) introducing a system of incentive earnings into mothers’ allowances payments to enable women who are performing a very real economic function for the state to improve their standard of living by their own efforts (reiterated from 1968 and 1969)
  • 1978 urged Government of Manitoba to study present system of enforcing maintenance orders, consider all the possible alternatives for either improving the present system or setting up a new system, and implement either by legislation or by administrative changes the solution which will be most effective in enforcing maintenance orders

Medicare

  • 1970 recommended that married women be allowed to have their own medical care registration number on request; recommended that medicare cheques where payable to a family unit be made payable to Mr. andor Mrs., or alternatively directly to the doctor
  • 1979 urged the Manitoba Government to provide Manitoba Medical Insurance Coverage to mastectomy patients for breast prosthetic devices

Mental Health

  • 1978 requested Manitoba Government expand availability of psychiatric treatment for adolescents (reiterated)

Occupational Training

  • 1973 urged both levels of Government to ensure information about the federal Occupational Training For Adults Program reaches women both in and out of the labour force; recommended the Federal Government expand part-time training programs; recommended that full-time homemaking be equivalent to labour force participation for training allowance purposes; recommended that the Federal Government implement policies and practices that will encourage women in their non-traditional work training
  • 1975 Manitoba’s Women: Not Interested in Apprenticeship??? A report by M. Susan Mulvihill
  • 1976 recommended that women actively be sought to represent interest groups as possible appointees to the Apprenticeship Board and Trade Advisory Committee; recommended the promotion of females’ entrance to trades at the base level; encouraged support for women to help combat the negative pressure on them in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses; recommended reviewing literature to remove sex-stereotyping materials in schools; strongly recommended non-sexist counseling from guidance counselors in particular

Pay Equity

  • 1973 supported equality of fringe benefits in work place
  • 1978 urged the Government of Manitoba to alter as soon as possible the present equal pay laws to enshrine the principle of equal pay for work of equal value (reiterated from 1977)
  • 1979 requested the NCWC urge the Federal Government to honour its Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value legislation and to:
    • 1) maintain a closer observation and a more affirmative program which identifies and assesses the value of stereotyped positions usually held by a majority of females with the energies expended, tedium endured, responsibilities involved, continuity of work required in any work day, experience and coordination required
    • 2) implement immediately legislation providing equal pay for work of equal value in all fields of employment under federal jurisdiction
    • 3) set substantial fines for employers in the public sector who fail to adhere to this legislation

Pensions

  • 1972 proposed allowing full-time homemakers to pay into and receive benefits from the CPP/QPP

Physical Education

  • 1977 recommended that the Provincial Government ensure that instruction in all girls’ physical education classes in Manitoba schools be given by professionally qualified women teachers, with preference going to those who received their professional training at Manitoba universities

Rape

  • 1974/75 Special Report: PCWM urged changes in the process of sexual assault trials in an effort to lessen the trauma for the victim and ensure that it is the perpetrator and not the victim who stands trial
  • 1978 recommended more effective procedure and more effective design of courtroom used in rape trials (reiterated from 1977 and 1976); expressed need for funding for a small staff and support services for rape victims

Recycling

  • 1973 suggested that the Provincial Government give serious consideration to recycling newsprint in the province

Safety

  • 1970 recommended that the Provincial Government enact legislation to ensure the safe operating of motorized snow vehicles; recommended that the Provincial Government constantly review and enforce legislation and regulations pertaining to the present safety standards for ski lifts
  • 1973 urged Minister of Education to include in the curriculum a comprehensive course on traffic safety with reference to bicycles; urged the Minister of Highways to set standards of safety for construction of bicycles on the roads and highways

Social Security Programs

  • 1972 supported incentive earnings under the Canada Assistance Act (adopted from NCWC)

Student Loans

  • 1973 recommended that part-time students and married students be allowed to apply for student loans on the same basis as a single person

Taxation

  • 1972 recommended that people living on incomes below the minimum poverty line should be exempt from income taxation

Traffic

  • 1970 resolution adopted regarding elimination of junkyards near highways (reiterated from 1966)
  • 1972 urged the Federal Government to make Highway Traffic Regulations uniform across Canada with the necessary legislation to be enacted by the Provincial authorities
  • 1977 commended Government on legislation concerning highway speed limits

Women’s Organizations

  • 1972 recognized need for a Women’s Bureau in Manitoba

1980s

Abortion

  • 1983 supported the removal of abortion from the Criminal Code (adopted from NCWC, 1982)

Accessibility

  • 1987 recommended that provision for all aspects of access (physical, media, and attitudinal) of disabled women to women’s services be perceived as a priority and be included as a budget item in any/all proposals submitted by organizations whose target population is women; further be it that the appropriate process for allocations of resources by the Provincial Government to women’s groups consider accessibility in all its aspects a priority funding criteria

Adoption

  • 1981 requested that subsidies be offered to adoptive parents if Minister deems it justified according to Section 104 of the Child Welfare Act

Affirmative Action

  • 1987 recommended that greater emphasis be placed on providing disabled women with the broadest range of options possible in education, employment counseling, employment services/placement, access services, and other resources utilized by women who are or who wish to be employed recommended that the Government of Manitoba strongly encourage the implementation of affirmative action programs in the private sector

Alcohol

  • 1980 requested Provincial Government to introduce alcohol educators into the education system to inform children at an early age of the dangerous effects of alcohol consumption (adopted from NCWC, 1979)
  • 1986 supported channeling of duties and excise taxes collected from the alcohol industry into programs designed to discourage alcohol consumption and abuse (adopted from NCWC, 1984)

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

  • 1987 urged the Government of Manitoba through its Women’s Health Directorate:
    • 1) to set up an educational and preventative program for the problems of anorexia nervosa and bulimia directed to medical and helping professions and the general public; and
    • 2) to increase outpatient services for anorexia nervosa and bulimia

Apprenticeship Training

  • 1987 urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) use its resources to develop a comprehensive strategy to support and carry out special measures and other affirmative action activities directed towards women, natives, disabled persons, and visible minorities which would ensure their participation in apprenticeship programs
    • 2) promote participation in apprenticeship programs which more fairly reflect the make-up of the population,
    • 3) consult the designated groups in this development effecting their training and employment, and
    • 4) budget sufficient funds to provide workshops, advertising, and appropriate literature directed to the designated groups

Breast Feeding

  • 1983 urged Provincial Government to allocate a portion of its budget to support the promotion of the positive aspects of breast feeding among native women in Indian languages and in English; encouraged the development of community-based self-help groups to provide support to facilitate breast feeding by native women

Child Abduction

  • 1980 urged that provision be made for inter-provincial agreements regarding prosecution of a parent who unlawfully takes a child to another province in Canada, and for the return of that child to the person who has been awarded legal custody (reiterated from 1979; adopted from NCWC, 1978)

Children – Gifted

  • 1983 urged Provincial Government to allocate a portion of its budget slated for special needs children toward the planning and implementation of programs for those exceptional children who are gifted and talented
  • 1986 reiterated 1983 resolution regarding gifted children

Children – Handicapped

  • 1980 urged the Manitoba Government to provide adequate funding for the education of special needs students, especially for equipment and personnel (a low student to teacher ratio)

Daycare

  • 1980 supported establishment of standards for day care; recognized need for increased availability of day care; recommended that the cost for day care be deducted from taxable provincial income (reiterated from 1979)
  • 1981 commended Government for the additional money made available for day care; supported establishment of standards for family day care plus noon and after- school programs (reiterated from 1980 and 1979)

Domestic Violence

  • 1987 recommended that more funding be made available for counselling and support services for victims and abusers, including funds for more intensive police training in dealing with women who report abuse

Education

  • 1980 recognized need for equal opportunity in education between boys and girls (reiterated from 1979); urged the Provincial Government to establish a single credit course at the senior high school level in Lifestyle Studies and to develop, implement, and evaluate a Lifestyle Studies curriculum
  • 1981 urged the Provincial Government to make it mandatory that classes in English and French be available to both sponsored and non-sponsored immigrants and refugees to take English or French classes whenever possible; requested the NCWC urge the Federal Government to make immigrants and refugees aware of the availability of these classes in their country of origin and again at their point of entry into Canada; urged the Provincial Government to consider forming a central committee to co-ordinate standards, methods of instruction, reference material and other matters pertaining to the teaching of English or French as a second language; urged the Provincial Government and the Federal Government (through cost-sharing agreements) to provide day care services in order to make it possible for all adult members of immigrant and refugee families to attend language classes; requested the Provincial Government urge the CRTC to encourage private and public television stations to provide English or French classes directed primarily toward immigrant women in the home; urged the Manitoba Government to make provision for a teacher education course in the instruction of English as a second language in the Faculty of Education
  • 1986 urged the Provincial Government through the Department of Education to:
    • 1) update information provided to guidance counselors and students on career opportunities available to women in scientific and technological fields
    • 2) conduct a public relations campaign aimed at encouraging young girls at the secondary level and beyond to study math and sciences
    • 3) improve both teacher pre-service and in-service education in elementary science (with emphasis on the presentation and challenge of science to young girls) urged Provincial Government to open the public school system to any adult seeking admission on part-time or full-time basis at no cost to the individual and with child care services supplied by the school urged the Manitoba Government to provide leadership and funding for the development of programs of Adult Literacy for centres in Manitoba requesting assistance reiterated 1981 and 1983 resolutions regarding language instruction for immigrant women (see 1981 below)

Elderly People

  • 1983 encouraged both levels of government to enact legislation to make it mandatory for witnesses of known or suspected cases of abuse of the elderly, to report them to the Department of Social Services or other government agencies for action, and to ensure that this legislation contains provisions for penalties for non-compliance (adopted from NCWC, 1982)
  • 1987urged the Government of Manitoba to provide appropriate emergency accommodation for the elder abused; urged the Government of Manitoba to prepare educational material listing all available services throughout the Province of Manitoba i.e., resource centres, peer counselors, crisis lines, respite beds, etc. for distribution to professionals and caregivers who provide services to the elderly

Employment

  • 1987 (Part-time Employment) urged the Government of Manitoba through Labour Manitoba to pass legislation making part-time workers eligible to receive the same benefits – including pensions – as full-time workers, pro-rated to the numbers of hours worked

Environment

  • 1980 (Acid Rain) supported increased monitoring of, and research into, effects of acid rain on forest and aquatic ecosystems suggested necessary steps be taken to control sulphur content of emissions from smelters
  • 1981 (Acid Rain) supported increased monitoring of effects of acid rain on soft-water systems, forests, crops, etc, (reiterated from 1980)
  • 1981 urged the Provincial Government to:
    • 1) maintain an inventory of metals released into the environment in wastes from industrial and domestic sources, and to estimate present metal loads in environment
    • 2) conduct or support research on the chemical forms of metals in the environment and on the biological impact of the various chemical forms
    • 3) monitor total levels of each important metal or toxic chemical form (where known) in water, soil and sediments, vegetation, aquatic organisms and wildlife. The purpose of these proposed measures was to take action in minimizing the detrimental effects of heavy metals on human health and ecological systems; urged the Manitoba Government to conduct the intensive management of forest resources in Manitoba in an integrated manner for the maximization of economic and recreational yield
  • 1986 supported NCWC’s policy in urging Federal Government to hasten its programme in lowering the lead levels with a view of completely phasing out lead in gasoline and encouraging the use of unleaded gasoline by revising the tax structure on gasoline to eliminate the price differential between leaded and unleaded gasoline (adopted from NCWC, 1984)

Hazardous Products

  • 1986 supported NCWC’s policy urging the Canadian Government to enact legislation which would ensure safe storage and disposal of hazardous products by requiring that:
    • 1) all industries, institutions, or agencies using such materials keep a complete inventory which would be open to investigation by control authorities at any time
    • 2) all hazardous substances be listed on a National Code of which handlers of such substances are aware
    • 3) the generic name and elemental composition be clearly marked on the outside of all containers and warnings posted
    • 4) publicly acceptable Waste Disposal Sites be specially designed to meet requirements to all dangerous household goods
    • 5) recycling should be undertaken when feasible (adopted from NCWC, 1985)

Health

    • 1981 supported NCWC’s policy in urging the Federal Government to ensure that the universality and excellence of the Medicare system in Canada is maintained (adopted from NCWC, 1980)

1983 supported request to make nutrition counseling an insured service (reiterated from 1981, 1980, 1979, and 1978)

  • 1983 urged the Provincial government to develop new entry points into the health care system with specific concern for women, and to establish self-help services for all age groups
  • 1986 (Home Care Services) urged the Provincial Government to provide new mothers who are discharged early from hospital with appropriate home support services in the form of homemaker service and supervision by a public health nurse for a period of at least fourteen days

Heritage Conservation

  • 1983 urged the Manitoba Government to provide more funding for heritage in this province including:
    • 1) a realistic grant policy for all provincial museums based on accreditation of staff and recognized community support
    • 2) a program of tax relief for owners and business occupants of designated heritage buildings
    • 3) the allocation of more financial resources to the Historic Resources Branch of the government to help them carry out the Planning Act provision that each district in a planning area develop a heritage designation for its historic sites and buildings

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  • 1980 urged Provincial Government to develop certain standards for the licensing of homes providing care under the Social Services Administration Act, and that licensing be required of all operations

Hydro Development

  • 1981 (Garrison Diversion Project) requested the Provincial Government urge the Federal Government to:
    • 1) fully acquaint the United States Government with the concern of the Manitoban people of the expected consequences of the Garrison Diversion Unit to Canada
    • 2) continue on a high priority basis to consult with the United States
    • 3) seek clarification of goals in construction and research from U.S.
    • 4) seek assurance from the U.S. that it will respect Canada’s desire that no return flows from the Garrison Diversion Unit will enter Canadian waters (reiterated from 1980)
  • 1986 (National River Basin Management Policy) urged Federal Government to establish a national river basin management policy in co-operation with the provinces and territories to:
    • 1) plan and co-ordinate further development in – and modification of – Canada’s major river systems ensuring that compatible and ecologically sound uses are made of the water
    • 2) maintain as wide a range of future options for development as possible considering not only surface waters but also associated ground waters, the systems from head waters to estuaries, and receiving coastal waters; and the requirement for coordinating land use within watersheds with water use (adopted from NCWC, 1984)

Impaired Drivers

  • 1986 urged the Manitoba Government to include an information brochure on alcohol consumption and its effects on driving ability as an enclosure with all Manitoba driver license renewal forms and to provide information in the Manitoba Drivers’ Handbook and in the proposed information brochure describing the penalties upon conviction for impaired driving

Libraries and Librarians

  • 1983 urged the Provincial Government to maintain a continuous review of the Manitoba rural libraries funding formula and amend it as required
  • 1986 urged the Manitoba Government to increase its public library services to include:
    • 1) more audio tapes of books
    • 2) more easy-to-read books, each accompanied by an audio tape
    • 3) more publicity about available services to increase public awareness

Medicare

  • 1981 supported NCWC’s policy in urging the Federal Government to ensure that the universality and excellence of the Medicare system in Canada is maintained (adopted from NCWC, 1980)

Mental Health

  • 1981 urged the Provincial Government to establish professionally staffed group homes, providing full rehabilitative services to persons who have suffered and received treatment for mental illness; urged the Provincial Government to develop a network of activity programs for people recovering from mental illness

Midwifery

  • 1986 urged Provincial Governments to implement legislation for the recognition and education of midwives in Canada, and to license the practice of midwifery in Canada (referred to a special committee for further study by NCWC)

Occupational Training

  • 1987 urged the Provincial Government to plan and provide programs for women by designating training dollars proportionate to the participation of women in the labour force

Pay Equity

  • 1980 requested the Provincial Government to review its Equal Pay for Work of Similar Value legislation to:
    • 1) have equality apply not only to the basic wage, but also to fringe benefits
    • 2) permit employees to participate in the job classification process
    • 3) comply with the meaning of the International Labour Organization Convention No.100 in which “equal value” means doing different work that is of the same value to the employer
  • 1986 (Salary) urged Provincial Government to support the principle that increases in wages and salaries awarded to those employees of the Public Service, agencies, and institutions under their jurisdictions governed by collective agreements, are granted in dollars on a sliding scale instead of by percentage increase in order to guarantee more equitable settlements

Penal Reform

  • 1980 requested the Provincial Government review services to the female offender in Manitoba with the intention of increasing community-based resources for women involved with the criminal justice system
  • 1983 urged the Manitoba Government to establish a citizens’ task force to review and recommend improvements to remand facilities particularly for women; encouraged Canada to look carefully at any innovative plan which might serve as a means of diverting criminals from the adversary system of court and criminal prosecution, and provide a community-based positive option (reiterated from 1980)

Pensions

  • 1981 urged the Federal Government to ensure that portability and vesting provisions of the private pension plans under its jurisdiction be reviewed to take into account the work patterns of women employees and to ensure that all private pension plans contain a compulsory survivor option for married persons with provisions for opting out if both persons agree (adopted from NCWC, 1980)

Rape

  • 1983 outlined twelve recommendations for support services for rape victims

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Centres

  • 1983 requested the Provincial Government provide continuous financial support for Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Centres (adopted from NCWC, 1982)

Safety

  • 1983 (Seat Belt Legislation) requested mandatory seat belt legislation (reiterated from 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978,and 1977)
  • 1986 urged Provincial Government and City of Winnipeg to implement mandatory facial protector legislation for amateur hockey players at the senior, intermediate, adult, and junior levels

Social Allowances Program

  • 1988
    • Work Incentive Program: urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) delete the care-giver qualification “provided by a non-relative” in the Work Incentive Program with Provincial Welfare
    • 2) extend shelter costs and the social allowance health services card for six months to encourage recipients to risk taking a job and to ease the transition off welfare
    • 3) make any adjustments for employment income and expenses two months after monthly reports are submitted
    • 4) increase the earnings exemption for the children of welfare recipients (not attending school full time) to encourage employment when available and thus establish a record of work for future reference
    • Educational Assistance: urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) publish information regarding Social Welfare benefits available for school supplies in the Social Allowances Program brochure
    • 2) mail cheques for recipients qualifying for school supplies, bursaries, or other educational assistance programs in sufficient time to arrive before school begins

Thermonuclear Fusion

  • 1981 recommended that the Government of Manitoba urge the Federal Government to:
    • 1) increase greatly the funding of research in Canada directed toward developing commercial thermonuclear fusion reactors, subfields such as laser technology, or applications of fusion power such as in chemical processing, production of synthetic fuels, or transportation
    • 2) maintain and enhance international co-operation in the scientific and technological aspects of thermonuclear fusion

Universities

  • 1986 supported the NCWC’s resolution in urging the Canadian Government to resolve the climate of uncertainty concerning federal/provincial roles by reaching an agreement with provincial governments about an adequate and stable system of support for the provinces’ post-secondary institutions (adopted from NCWC, 1984)

Visual Arts

  • 1980 urged Provincial and Federal Governments to provide the opportunity for women to overcome institutionalized discrimination in the arts by ensuring that cultural institutions utilizing public money have equal opportunity programs to qualify for public funding (reiterated from 1977)

Water

  • 1986 urged Federal Government to enact a Safe Drinking Water Act, encouraging the use of improved water purification plant technologies; and to protect water sources by allocating more resources to prevent contamination of water supplied paying particular attention to the recycling and reduction of wastes (adopted from NCWC, 1984)

Women’s Organizations

  • 1980 recognized need for Provincial Advisory Council on Status of Women (reiterated from 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976)

1990s

Aboriginal Issues

  • 1991 (Columbus’ Legacy: 500 years of Aboriginal Exploitation) urged the Manitoba Government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to assist local initiatives to celebrate contributions made by Aboriginal people to Canadian society requested the National Council of Women of Canada to call on the Government of Canada to halt further funding for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus requested the National Council of Women of Canada to urge the Government of Canada to provide an equivalent amount of funding (already allocated for the 500th celebration) for the purpose of presenting a balanced historical perspective of the past 500 years

Access to Information

  • 1999-02 Freedom of Information*

Adult Protection Legislation

  • 1990 urged the Government of Manitoba to establish adult protective legislation that allows for voluntary and partial trustee relationships, specifically:
    • 1) appointment of temporary guardian for the purpose of providing protection of the person’s welfare and affairs while further investigation or arrangements could be made regarding the person’s needs
    • 2) an assessment team of appropriate people who could assess for abuse and provide temporary protection without the person having to be “labeled” as mentally incompetent

Child Care

  • 1991 (Rural Child Care) requested the Department of Child and Family Services, Government of Manitoba, adopt the innovative approaches recommended in the Rural Child Care Survey Project 1990 including:
    • 1) facilitation of central registries for child care givers during periods of peak farm labour
    • 2) provision of portable child care facilities for temporary use in areas of high need
    • 3) encouragement of before and after school drop-in programs for school children below twelve years of age
    • 4) flexibility with respect to regulations about facilities, educational level of care givers, hours of operation, programming, provided the health, safety, and security of the children is assured
  • 1993 (Tax Deductions for At Home Child Care) urged the government to:
    • 1) review all payments and tax concessions provided for parents of children
    • 2) rearrange them in order to provide the greatest possible assistance to parents wishing to stay home with preschool children and/or children with special needs
    • 3) ensure that the net benefits are greatest for those with lowest incomes regressing but not disappearing as incomes rise (reiterated from NCWC 1983 policy)
  • also urged the Government to:
    • 1) convert the present tax deduction for child care expenses to a Tax Credit to ensure that lower and middle income applicants receive more equitable tax treatment (reiterated from NCWC 1987 policy)
  • 1995-02 Support for Quality Child Care*

Children’s Rights

  • 1995-01 Children’s Rights, Poverty & Malnutrition*

Consumer Affairs

  • 1993 urged the Government of Manitoba to: maintain the effectiveness of the consumer voice in the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs resolved that the Federal Government be asked for: commitment and proof that specific programs in support of consumer issues will be emphasized and promoted within industry and Science Canada

Education

  • 1991 (Compulsory Family Studies in High School) urged the Minister of Education and Training to recognize the importance of education in the prevention of family violence and to adjust the high school curriculum to make a minimum of one full credit in the Family Studies program compulsory and to provide the flexibility that would permit more students to take consecutive Family Studies credits;
    • Requested that the Ministers of Health, Agriculture, Family Services, and Education and Training form a steering committee including a representative of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists to develop preventative programs and approaches to effectively utilize available resources and expertise to reduce family violence
  • 1992 (Consumer Education on the Cost of Food Production) resolved to bring pressure to bear on the Manitoba Government to continue to expand delivery of public education programs to inform consumers of the vast difference between farm gate price and retail price so as to ensure the continuity of food production in our province; urged its federates to undertake cooperative educational ventures to inform their membership and other consumers of the vast difference between farm gate price and retail price
  • 1998-01 Faculty of Human Ecology*

Employment

  • 1991 (Job Sharing and Unemployment) urged the Government of Manitoba to implement requests for job sharing (with pro-rated fringe benefits) within its jurisdiction
  • 1992 (Rescinding New Immigration Laws Regarding Domestic Workers) requested that the new immigration laws regarding domestic workers be rescinded and a more equitable and just arrangement be considered

Environment

  • 1993 (Protection of Canada’s Ecosystems and National Parks) urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) proceed without delay to produce targets, timetables, and maps of areas to be protected in the “12% by 2000″ campaign;
    • 2) integrate the ecological impact of development and use into all parks systems

Food Security in Manitoba

  • 1993 the PCWM urged its members and federates to:
    • 1) promote food security through lobbying to improve public policy and effect social change at the provincial and at national levels
    • 2) cooperate with advocacy groups and organizations working with low income people, such as the Manitoba Anti-Poverty Organization, to support efforts to empower low income people to help themselves in the area of food and nutrition; the PCWM urged the Provincial Government of Manitoba to:
      • 1) establish a steering committee or equivalent group to develop preventative programs and approaches to more effectively utilize available resources and expertise to ensure food security
      • 2) appoint people who have experienced food insecurity, as well as professionals with expertise in financial management, consumer economics, family studies and foods and nutrition as resource people (e.g. home economists, nutritionists, dieticians, and community development professionals) on this steering committee
      • 3) promote food security through cooperation with and support of advocacy groups and organizations working with low income people, such as the Manitoba Anti-Poverty Organization

Gender Equality in the Courts

  • 1991 urged the Government of Manitoba to appoint a provincial task force to:
    • 1) investigate the extent to which gender discrimination exists in the Manitoba legal system
    • 2) make recommendations to eliminate any gender discrimination that may be found in the system; also urged the Government of Manitoba to promote the status of Manitoba women in the legal system and the legal profession by providing education on gender equality for judges, law students, law professors, and lawyers; asked the Government of Manitoba to increase the appointment of women in proportionate numbers to provincial decision-making bodies

Gerontology

  • 1990 urged the Government of Manitoba to establish:
    • 1) a gerontological component at all levels of education for caregivers working in long term care facilities
    • 2) availability for staff development in gerontology for staff presently working in long term care facilities

Ground Water Quality

  • 1991 urged the Government of Manitoba to take strong and immediate action to:
    • 1) identify sites of contamination and institute remedial measure
    • 2) conduct a systematic survey of the Province’s groundwater resources
    • 3) inaugurate a long-term groundwater quality monitoring program
    • 4) legislate and enforce strict ground use controls

Health

  • 1992 urged the federal government to commit itself to continued and adequate budgeting support for Medicare to ensure the equality of service in health care for Canadians in all provinces and territories (reiterated from NCWC)
  • 1995-04 Health Concerns for Women in the Workplace*
  • 1996-01 Palliative Care Standardized in Manitoba*

Health Care Providers

  • 1991 urged Federal and Provincial/Territorial Health Departments to conduct research to examine the incidence and effects of the various types of abuse in the work place; urged Federal and Provincial/Territorial Health Departments to conduct research to identify effective strategies for dealing with abuse in the work place; urged Federal and Provincial/Territorial Health Departments to develop educational programs to share research findings with professional associations and consumer groups to increase awareness of abuse in the work place
  • 1992 (Self-Regulation of Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Nurses/Therapists) supported the dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental nurses/therapists in their request to the Manitoba Government for self-regulatory status, as a protection and service to the public
  • 1995-04 Health Concerns for Women in the Workplace*
  • 1996-05 Effect of Health Care Reform on Women*

Human Rights

  • 1995-01 Children’s Rights, Poverty & Malnutrition*

Hydro Development

  • 1991 urged the Manitoba Government to carry out a cumulative impact assessment on the entire suite of hydroelectric developments – including the Conawapa development -affecting the Churchill/Nelson River Basins and Hudson Bay; be it further that the impacts of the Conawapa dam be examined as incremental impacts on the natural resource base upon which the culture and traditional livelihoods of native and non-native northern Manitobans depend.

Land Use and Land Use Planning

  • 1992 (Representation for Citizens of Winnipeg in the Winnipeg Region Strategy) urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) ensure more balanced local representation for the City of Winnipeg on the Capital Region Committee
    • 2) ensure that at least one meeting of the Capital Region Committee per year is open to the public
    • 3) ensure that all information pertinent to the strategy is available before May 1993 so that Manitobans can make an informed response
  • 1993 urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • Leadership:
    • A) continue to pursue a leadership role in land use planning, environmental management and protection
    • Protection of Manitoba’s Groundwater Resources:
    • B) ensure that the following information is readily available to the public in the form of maps and associated reports:
      • 1) delineation and evaluation of the hydrological, geological, chemical, and geographical attributes of the Province’s groundwater resources; and
      • 2) identification of existing and potential threats to groundwater resources, for example, residential development, landfill sites, industrial and commercial practices
    • Standards for Sewage Treatment and Septics:
    • C) submit regulations, proposed regulations, and ministerial variances to regulations pertaining to private and communal sewage disposal systems to comprehensive review under the Manitoba Environment Act
    • Integrated Decision-making and Planning:
    • D) amend the Planning Act so that municipal or planning district decision-making is supported by;
      • 1a) timely, publicly available “statement of Provincial Interests” and “Directions” for development plans (including plan reviews, significant plan amendments, and local improvement districts which don’t conform with existing plans or the Provincial Land Use Policies, and subdivision approvals); and
      • b) the groundwater information in Resolution C above; and
      • c) data on the demand and supply of the various proposed land uses; and
      • d) full cost accounting data; and
    • 2) amend the Environment Act and the Public Health Act to ensure that environmental and health hazards or potential hazards which should be factored into future decision-making are routinely reported and mapped; and
    • 3) amend the Municipal Act so that proposed Local Improvement Districts must comply with existing development plans and the Provincial Land Use Policies; and
    • 4) encourage the use of sunset clauses in land use approvals in such a way as to promote orderly, staged development that makes the most efficient use of resources
  • Public Participation and Access to Adequate Information:
  • E) designate a minister responsible for co-ordination and/or a lead agency to ensure that the public has timely access to relevant information, including staff reports, and is encouraged to participate in a clear sequence of approvals, from the broadest concept to the specific project
  • 1997-01 Responsible Land Use Management Around Manitoba’s Existing Urban Centres*

Libraries and Librarians

  • 1993 requested that the Government of Manitoba:
    • 1) maintain the funding to Manitoba libraries and improve accessibility of library services in areas presently under served
    • 2) designate and maintain libraries as centres of electronic information to increase access to current networks of communication; be it further resolved that the Public Library Advisory Board Report be released to the public
  • 1995-04 Library Services Throughout Manitoba*

Medicare

  • 1992 urged the federal government to commit itself to continued and adequate budgeting support for Medicare to ensure the equality of service in health care for Canadians in all provinces and territories (reiterated from NCWC)

Minimum Wage

  • 1999-02 Minimum Wage*

Pornography

  • 1993 urged the Manitoba Government to work with all levels of government to commit to:
    • 1a) strict regulation of violent, degrading, dehumanizing, or objectifying pornography (in Canada and internationally)
      • b) strict enforcement and increased consequences for the violation of those regulations in the production, the distribution, the cross border, and the international arenas
      • c) strict enforcement of the new Child Pornography Law and the elimination of all messages which present children as sexually available to adults/youth/children
    • 2) begin and support education on the harms of pornography and its victimization in production, consumption, and society
    • 3) begin to recognize, establish, and assist in therapy programs for pornography addictions and support groups for spouses/partners of those addicts/users
    • 4a) enact policies to prohibit the use of pornography by sex offenders serving in any correctional institution on the grounds that it will weaken the effects of any counselling program
      • b) enact policies to prohibit the use of pornography recognizing that all inmates are more susceptible to the addiction of pornography while in confinement

Public Safety in Emergencies

  • 1993 urged the Government of Manitoba to:
    • 1) review recent disasters to discover ways and means of improving official and public responses to emergencies
    • 2) assess current emergency plans for adequacy and revise them as needed
    • 3) educate the public in matters of civil defence and disaster response
    • 4) initiate regular emergency plan practices in order that the plans become tested and refined and that the citizens become familiar with the procedures
    • 5) develop a national system for communication with citizens during an emergency
    • 6) provide multilingual emergency information and instruction
    • 7) provide multicultural training for emergency workers, and
    • 8) develop a national “Disaster Force” similar to the Swedish National Rescue Service

Recycling

  • 1993 (Over packaging) the NCWC urged the Government of Canada to require manufacturers and packagers to package their products in the smallest amount of packaging compatible with health and protection from damage, using the guidelines provided by the National Packaging Protocol:
    • 1) All packaging shall have minimal effects on the environment.
    • 2) Priority will be given to the management of packaging through source reduction, reuse, and recycling.
    • 3) A continuous campaign of information and education will be undertaken for making all Canadians aware of the function and environmental impact of packaging.
    • 4) These policies will apply to all packaging used in Canada, including imports.
    • 5) Regulations will be implemented as necessary to achieve compliance with these policies.
    • 6) All Government policies and practices affecting packaging will be consistent with these national policies. The PCWM urged the Government of Manitoba to support the above

Sexual Abuse of Children

  • 1991 pressed the Government of Manitoba to increase:
    • 1) the provision of programs and services for child victims and adult survivors of sexual abuse and their families
    • 2) the provision of compulsory treatment for perpetrators of sexual offences against children, without absolving the perpetrators of their criminal responsibility

Treatment of Domestic Violence in Courts

  • 1991 Plea Bargaining: urged the Government of Manitoba to adopt legislation and policy directives which require:
    • 1) that prosecutors, unless circumstances make it impractical to do so, solicit and weigh carefully the views of victims prior to concluding plea agreements
    • 2) that victims be told the substance of, and reasons for, plea agreements, unless disclosing those agreements would cause serious harm to another person
  • Contempt Proceedings: urged the Government of Manitoba to adopt a common policy of recognizing the factors which make women reluctant to testify and that contempt of court proceedings be used only in exceptional cases
  • Sentencing: urged the Government of Manitoba to establish uniform policies which require:
    • 1) that Prosecutors protect victims by opposing the release of men accused of crime relating to domestic violence who have violated the terms of their release
    • 2) that priority in court time be given to charges involving domestic assaults and any breach of conditions arising out of those charges
    • 3) that victim impact statements be used wherever possible to assist in sentencing submissions
    • 4) that resources be made available for the use of expert evidence to advise the court of the psychological damage done by the crimes of domestic assault and child abuse to victims

Universities

  • 1998-01 Faculty of Human Ecology*

Urban Transit

  • 1993 urged the Government of Manitoba to place a high priority on encouraging greater use of public and low polluting transportation in its initiatives aimed at reducing pollution

Water and Free Trade

  • 1992 urged the National Council of Women of Canada to request “that the Government of Canada, at its earliest opportunity, resolve the uncertainty surrounding the issue of water in the Free Trade Agreement through the execution of a separate and binding joint diplomatic agreement, ratified by both the US Congress and the Canadian Parliament, that wording notwithstanding, nothing in the Canada – US Free Trade Agreement applies to Canada’s water resource in other than bottled form”; requested that the Government of the Province of Manitoba place a moratorium on all bulk water exports including water diversions until such time as the aforementioned agreement has been obtained

Winnipeg International Airport

  • 1992 urged the Manitoba Government to enact legislation to protect the Winnipeg Airport and the status of its 24 hour operation

2000s

Adult Protection Legislation

  • 2001-01 Mental Health and Vulnerable Persons*

Hazardous Products

  • 00-01 Household Hazardous Wastes*

Health Care Providers

  • 2002 PU Self-Regulation of Manitoba Dental Hygienists*

Mental Health

  • 2001-01 Mental Health and Vulnerable Persons*

Minimum Wage

  • 2003-1 Minimum Wage Update*

2013s

PCWM 2013.1 GENDER, FOOD SECURITY AND HEALTH

  • Whereas #1: approximately 110,000 Manitobans are currently estimated to be food insecure, despite the fact that, according to Canada’s Action Plan for Food Security, every person has the right to a diet of adequate nutritional quality and quantity in a socially acceptable manner that maintains human dignity; and
  • Whereas #2: income is the most significant contributing factor for the individuals and households that experience food insecurity, alongside variables like geography, housing, education level, employment, ethnicity, and food preparation skills; and
  • Whereas #3: current income assistance levels are inadequate to meet basic needs, resulting in recipients using food allocations for rent and medications rather than for healthy food; and
  • Whereas #4: the Public Health Agency of Canada recognizes that food insecurity is an important determinant of health, given that the type of food that is affordable for people on a low income is typically high in energy density but low in nutritional value, contributing to increased incidence of chronic disease development and obesity; and
  • Whereas #5: there are documented mental health concerns related to the stress and dignity loss of individuals trying to obtain adequate and healthy food for themselves and their families through food banks and charities; and
  • Whereas #6: food insecurity disproportionately affects women due to their role as the main and often sole providers of food in families, due to their higher poverty rates, and due to women’s tendency to sacrifice their own health and/or food needs for those of their children; therefore be it
  • Resolved #1: that the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba adopt as policy that Manitoba develop and implement a comprehensive approach to food security that reflects the variety of impacts on access to sufficient, safe, appropriate and nutritious food needed for an active and healthy life; and further be it
  • Resolved #2: that PCWM urge the Government of Manitoba to expand its activities in the area of food security and health for all Manitobans by:
    1. adopting a broad definition of individual health that recognizes the complex interaction of food security, income, gender, housing, ethnicity, parental status, mental health and geography;
    2. acknowledging the primacy of women’s role in food provision, and the connection between disturbed food provision and physical, mental and spiritual health;
    3. creating an interdepartmental committee that can work with the network of community-based advocates to gather and analyze demographic data related to low-income Manitobans affected by food insecurity and poor health;
    4. systematically identifying and removing key barriers to food security and individual health, especially the seriously insufficient income from employment or social assistance in particular as it affects single mothers and their children;
    5. developing policies that support the Manitoba Food Charter and Canada’s Action Plan for Food Security and improve access to affordable, healthy food not just in Manitoba’s North but also for other groups of disadvantaged Manitobans suffering from food insecurity (single mothers, the elderly, Aboriginals living in urban centres, people who lack either official language, Income Assistance recipients);
    6. supporting the development and monitoring of educational and community-action programs that improve low-income individuals’ food knowledge and food preparation skills, and significantly improve access to community gardens and community kitchens in the most-affected areas of Manitoba;
    7. working more closely with municipal and federal partners and community food groups/agencies to develop mutually supportive policies and programs to eradicate food insecurity for all at-risk people living in Manitoba.
  • Resolved #2: that PCWM urge the Government of Manitoba to expand its activities in the area of food security and health for all Manitobans by:
    1. adopting a broad definition of individual health that recognizes the complex interaction of food security, income, gender, housing, ethnicity, parental status, mental health and geography;
    2. acknowledging the primacy of women’s role in food provision, and the connection between disturbed food provision and physical, mental and spiritual health;
    3. creating an interdepartmental committee that can work with the network of community-based advocates to gather and analyze demographic data related to low-income Manitobans affected by food insecurity and poor health;
    4. developing policies that support the Manitoba Food Charter and Canada’s Action Plan for Food Security and improve access to affordable, healthy food not just in Manitoba’s North but also for other groups of disadvantaged Manitobans suffering from food insecurity (single mothers, the elderly, Aboriginals living in urban centres, people who lack either official language, Income Assistance recipients);systematically identifying and removing key barriers to food security and individual health, especially the seriously insufficient income from employment or social assistance in particular as it affects single mothers and their children;
    5. developing and monitoring educational and community-action programs that improve low-income individuals’ food knowledge and food preparation skills, and significantly improve access to community gardens and community kitchens in the most-affected areas of Manitoba;
    6. working more closely with municipal and federal partners to develop mutually supportive policies and programs to eradicate food insecurity for all at-risk Manitobans.

PCWM 2013.2 AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE HOUSING IN MANITOBA

  • Whereas #1: there is a general lack of accessible and affordable housing in Manitoba for people with lower income, a lack which has particular impact on women, their financial security, access to employment and physical and mental health; and
  • Whereas #2: housing is affected by both supply and affordability and recent increases to the Manitoba Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA) have not kept up with increases in rent; and
  • Whereas #3: the groups of women who are most in need, i.e. single parents, women with physical and/or mental disability, women released from prison, women in rural areas, aboriginals and immigrant women, particularly those brought in by the Provincial Nominee Program, all have particular housing needs requiring specific solutions; and
  • Whereas #4: a housing strategy is required that takes into account the special needs of these groups of women determined through government consulting them directly; and
  • Whereas #5: the federal government since 1992 has withdrawn from the non-profit and cooperative housing sectors which had been providing a range of more affordable and accessible housing; therefore be it
  • Resolved #1: that the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba adopt as policy support for a strong governmental role in providing an adequate supply and range of affordable accessible housing for Manitobans; and be it further
  • Resolved #2: that the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba urge the Government of Manitoba to work with groups of women with special needs such as single parents, women with physical and/or mental disability, women released from prison, women in rural areas, Aboriginals, immigrant and refugee women, particularly those brought in by the Provincial Nominee Program, to ensure their particular housing needs are addressed in their overall housing strategy; and be it further
  • Resolved #3: that PCWM ask the Government of Manitoba to urge the Government of Canada to invest in non-profit, cooperative and social housing; and to expand the provincial housing program to increase the supply of appropriate, affordable and accessible housing; and be it further
  • Resolved #4: that PCWM ask the Government of Manitoba to increase the rental allowance under the Manitoba Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA) to 75% of median rental rates to increase access to better quality and affordable housing for low income families.

PCWM 2013.3 INSURED PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY

  • Whereas #1: When the pelvic floor (a plate of core muscles in the lower pelvis that supports the bladder, rectum, and uterus) is weakened during pregnancy and childbirth, these organs can collapse into the pelvis, resulting in urinary and faecal incontinence, flatulence, and painful intercourse, diminishing the quality of life for affected women and their families; and
  • Whereas #2: Prenatal pelvic floor therapy by strengthening the core muscles reduces the risk of prolapse, increases the suppleness of tissue and reduces the risk of tearing and the need for episiotomy and other interventions, and postpartum benefits include the rebuilding of support for the prolapsed organs and the strengthening of the core muscles whether or not prolapse has occurred; and
  • Whereas # 3: Pelvic floor muscle weakness can occur as a chronic condition, not only as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, but can also occur in children and men and is often associated with aging in both genders. In these cases too pelvic floor muscle therapy can often resolve issues of incontinence and pain, and can reduce the need for surgical intervention, thus lowering costs to the medical system in the long term; and
  • Whereas #4: Many, who are affected, feel alone and ashamed and do not know that therapy is available; and
  • Whereas #5: Pelvic floor therapy covered by Manitoba Health Insurance is very limited, forcing people who cannot afford private therapy to wait sometimes for months for help, therefore be it resolved that
  • Resolve #1: The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba adopts as policy that pelvic floor therapy is a preventive health service which can improve the quality of life and achieve long term cost savings, and should include:
    1. public funding for prenatal and postpartum pelvic floor muscle therapy and for on-going therapy for women who suffer chronic problems as a result of pelvic floor weakness, and
    2. public funding for therapy for all Manitobans suffering from urinary and faecal incontinence and pelvic pain, and
    3. education of the public about the problems associated with pelvic floor weakness and about available options for therapy, and be it further resolved that
  • Resolve #2: The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba urge the Government of Manitoba to provide:
    1. insured benefits for prenatal and postpartum pelvic floor physiotherapy and continuing therapy when a chronic problem develops, and
    2. increased access to publicly funded therapy for all Manitobans who suffer from urinary and faecal incontinence, and
    3. education of the public about the problems associated with pelvic floor weakness

PCWM EM 2013 CALL TO SAFEGUARD HOME ECONOMICS/HUMAN ECOLOGY PROGRAM TO STUDY
Proposed by Manitoba Association of Home Economists – Federate Member

  • Whereas 1: Home Economics is a professional practice legislated as such by Manitoba legislation, The Professional Home Economists Act (1990).
  • Whereas 2: Home Economics/Human Ecology is a holistic, multi-faceted education including Family Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Health, Human Nutritional Sciences, Textile and Clothing Sciences
  • Whereas 3: Home Economics/Human Ecology education includes theory and research related to knowledge translation, counseling, planning, program development, policy development and research related to the family and household using an adaptive approach rather than a pathology focus
  • Whereas 4: The university level Human Ecology/Home Economics program of study is critical to enable the continued credentialing for the practice of home economics professionals;
  • Whereas 5: The university level human ecology/home economics program of study is critical to enable continued and improved public educational programs that provide technically competent home economics teaching professionals;
  • Whereas 6: Labour market demand is strong for graduates with human ecology/home economics degrees and is nearing a critical point for qualified Home Economics teachers in the public school system;
  • Whereas 7: The Human Ecology/Home Economics program of study is at risk under the University of Manitoba’s Academic Structure initiative; therefore be it
  • Resolved 1: that the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba adopt as a policy support for Home Economics/Human Ecology education to remain as relevant program of study at the University of Manitoba that is clearly identifiable to stakeholders both internal and external to the university, and be it further
  • Resolved 2: that the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba ask the President of the University of Manitoba to ensure that within its academic structural changes, the human ecology/home economics program of study is established in all aspects of the university system as a clearly identifiable program of study meeting the needs of the holistic, multi-faceted professional practice of home economics.

NCWC EI – HEALTH CARE FOR REFUGEES
St. Catharines & District Council of Women
Presented at May 31, 2013 meeting for consideration at the NCWC AGM.

  • Rationale for Emerging Issue: Even though the changes for health care for refugees were put into effect in June 2012, the ramifications were not fully understood at the time and cases of hardship have come forward e.g. diabetics not being able to get insulin. There is now a legal challenge that the government’s actions are unconstitutional and illegal and we should support organizations taking this case to the federal court. (announced February 25, 2013).
  • Whereas #1: before June 30, 2012 the Interim Federal Health Program provided temporary basic health-care coverage for refugees, as well as coverage for supplemental health-care services; and
  • Whereas #2: on June 30, 2012 a reformed program was implemented which reduced the health care coverage for rejected refugee claimants and refugee claimants from Designated Countries, to services or products that protect public health or public safety; and
  • Whereas #3: under the new rules, coverage for supplemental benefits for all refugees has ended; and
  • Whereas #4: federal government cuts have resulted in downloading the costs of refugee health care to provinces which is predicted to increase hospital emergency room visits; and
  • Whereas #5: on February 25, 2013, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers along with three individual patients asked the Federal Courts to declare that federal government health cuts to refugee claimants as unconstitutional and illegal; therefore be it
  • Resolved #1: that the National Council of Women of Canada adopt as policy that all refugees be given basic health care coverage as well as coverage for supplemental health care services; and be it further
  • Resolved #2: that the National Council of Women of Canada urge the Government of Canada to restore basic health-care coverage for all refugees as well as coverage for supplemental health care services.

*NB: a resolution that spanned several years and more than one decade; the resolution is included in the decade in which it was first introduced