Abolition of the NB ACSW Illegal? Le gouvernement Alward s’est mis hors-la-loi?
Interim Liberal leader Victor Boudreau said when the Alward government cut funding to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, it broke the law… Boudreau said it all comes down to an act from 1975. “If you go look at article 9.2 it says very clearly that the minister must provide funding to this organization.” It’s a fact the minister formally responsible for the women’s council isn’t denying. Margaret Anne Blainey said the timeline for the budget and the way it unfolded didn’t leave enough time to change the act. It’s something her government still plans to do. “We are going to bring in a piece of legislation that will amend that act,” said Blainey. http://bit.ly/h5I2SZ
En mettant fin au financement du Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la femme au Nouveau-Brunswick, le gouvernement Alward s’est mis hors-la-loi. Le 17 décembre 1975, la loi créant le Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la femme a reçu la sanction royale. Cette loi a été proclamée et est entrée en vigueur le 1er décembre 1977. L’article 9(2) de la loi se lit comme suit: «Chaque année, le ministre des Finances doit prélever sur le Fonds consolidé et verser au conseil les crédits que l’Assemblée législative a affectés au fonctionnement du conseil». En décidant de couper les vivres au conseil, le gouvernement conservateur de David Alward aurait dû prévoir l’abrogation de cette loi adoptée par un autre gouvernement bleu, celui de Richard Hatfield. (L’Acadie Nouvelle,1 avril, p 6)
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An Open Letter to Canadian Journalists
Politicians should not get to decide what information is released. This information belongs to Canadians, the taxpayers who paid for its production. Its release should be based on public interest, not political expediency.
This breeds contempt and suspicion of government. How can people know the maternal-health initiative has been well thought out or that the monitoring of aboriginal bands has been done properly if all Canadians hear is: “Trust us”? Reporters have been loath to complain about this problem. But this needs to change. This is not about deteriorating working conditions for journalists. It’s about the deterioration of democracy itself. Last month, reporters gathered in Montreal at the Canadian Association of Journalists’ conference to discuss these issues. On behalf of our members, we are calling on journalists to stand together and push back by refusing to accept vague email responses to substantive questions that require an interview with a cabinet minister or a senior civil servant. We are also asking journalists to stop running hand-out photos and video clips. We are also calling on journalists to explain better to readers and viewers just how little information Ottawa has provided for a story. Every time a minister refuses to comment, a critical piece of information is withheld or an access request is delayed, Canadians deserve to know. http://www.caj.ca/?p=692
April 4th: Slutwalk in Sackville, N.B. From the Facebook event: On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s n…ot even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim. We are asking you to join us for SlutWalk, to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. Whether a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve, we just ask that you come. Any gender-identification, any age. Singles, couples, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us.
April 8th: CUPE Rally in Opposition to the NB ACSW Closure in Fredericton, N.B./8 Avril: SCFP Ralley contre l’abolition du CCCF NB a Fredericton, N.B.: From the Facebook event: Grand rallye contre l’abolition du Conseil consultatif sur la condition de la femme! Apporter vos drapeaux, des choses pour faire du bruit, vos bannières et affiches! Rally Against the Abolition of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women! Bring your flags, noise makers, banners and signs! 11:30-12:30 in front of Legislative Assembly/ devant l’Assemblée législative.
“Women aren’t messed up, they’re messed over.”