Issues and Advocacy

CFUW Brantford – Resolutions 2017

This year there were two resolutions from CFUW National. Because of tight timelines, it was decided that the resolutions would be discussed by a small group of interested individuals. At the January and February general meetings, members were given the opportunity to sign up for one of the resolutions and meetings were held on the evening of Thursday, March 9.

RESOLUTION 1 The Right to Safe, Clean, Accessible and Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation on First Nations Reserves in Canada – proposed by University Women’s Club of Winnipeg.

Resolved, that the CFUW urges the Federal, Provincial and territorial governments of Canada to move expeditiously to secure access to safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all residents of all First Nations Reserves; and

Resolved, that CFUW urges the Federal, Provincial and territorial governments to develop inclusive

national water standards as well as five and ten-year plans of action to ensure the funds allocated are adequate and utilized for sustainable solutions, including appropriate training and certification of Reserve residents to ensure regular monitoring and maintenance.

It was moved that CFUW Brantford support Resolution.

CARRIED

Rationale – It was felt by the group that this is the right thing to do. First Nations peoples are entitled to the same access to safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water as the rest of the population. This is a human right according to a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010.

 

RESOLUTION 2 – Universal Pharmacare – proposed by the University Women’s Club of North York

Resolved, that CFUW urges the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada to work

collaboratively to implement universal Pharmacare, a publicly funded drug plan what would cover medically necessary prescription drugs for all Canadians, regardless of their ability to pay.

Resolved, that CFUW urges the federal provincial and territorial governments of Canada to work

collaboratively to implement the recommendations of the Romanow Commission Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada.

Resolved, that CFUW monitor health care policies, funding and regulations as they are implemented. It was moved that CFUW Brantford support Resolution 2.

CARRIED

Rationale – It was felt by the group that universal access to medications is fair for all. Canada is the only country with a national healthcare system that has no universal pharmacare program. The intent was to add it as the next phase and since 1964 there have been numerous recommendations that it be done. We could avoid duplication in administrative costs and regional disparity. We could purchase in bulk

resulting in decreased costs. Proper medications could result in fewer hospital admissions and less trans-mission of disease. On the downside, pharmaceutical and insurance companies could see lower profits. This could impact research and stock prices. Some are concerned that taxes could go up and that there could be over-prescription and waste of medications.

 

International Women’s Day is March 8th every year.

This year, our Club approved an initiative to host a half-day workshop followed by dinner.

Carrie Sinkowski from the Sexual Assault Centre led a workshop and there were 26 participants.

We learned a bit about Taylor the Turtle – a program to increase awareness in children about consent.

We were very proud of our Club for supporting this endeavor. If we protect one child, we will have made a world of difference.

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Canadian Federation of University Women, Brantford Chapter