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Fallout from Greyhound departure

More difficult for abused women to flee; union, workers surprised by decision By: Maggie Macintosh and Larry Kusch | Posted: 07/10/2018 7:00 PM    Greyhound’s exit will put abused women at greater risk, advocates warn By: Maggie Macintosh Greyhound Canada’s decision to abandon service on the Prairies will make it even more difficult for northern Manitoba women and their children to escape domestic abuse and access shelters, advocates warn. “We’re putting women and children in danger with the absence of safe and reliable transit,” said Dawna Pritchard, executive director at Aurora House in The Pas, one of the only women’s shelters in the northern part of the province. Greyhound announced Monday that it is ending...
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Rowan House Society visits Ottawa conference

By Ian Gustafson | High River Times Wednesday, July 4, 2018 2:54:42 MDT PM   Rowan House Society will be looking to learn as they attended a conference put on by Women’s Shelters Canada from June 13 to 15. As stated in a Rowan House Society press release, the Rowan House Society provides support and education for anyone who is affected by domestic or family violence. Their vision is to ensure that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse. The conference was the first in Canada where staff of shelters came together to help anyone who is affected by domestic violence. Rowan House was able to attend the...
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How Men are Taking a Stance on Violence Against Women

June 28, 2018 | The Ace Class They say, “silence is golden,” but when it comes to some topics and conversations, silence is doing much more harm than good – and it is speaking volumes. With the rise of women’s activism in the form of #MeToo and Time’s Up, a global dialogue has opened on sexual misconduct in the workplace. These movements have directly led to the firing or public fallout of notable executives and influential men who have more than crossed the line (cue: Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Jacob Hoggard and sadly many more), but there is still one topic that remains relatively untouched – domestic violence. Take a...
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CUPE members participate in first-ever National Women’s Shelter Conference

Jun 20, 2018 | CUPE Website CUPE members proudly attended the first-ever National Women’s Shelter conference in Ottawa, June 13-15, 2018. The delegation included women’s shelter workers from across Canada representing decades of front-line experience who are celebrated for the difficult and important work they do to support women and children fleeing violence. Representing CUPE were Paula Gerrior, CUPE 4459; Sharon Llewellyn, CUPE 79; Nazanin Moghadami, CUPE 1936; Debbie Turner, CUPE 3762; and Karen Van Leusden, CUPE 2348-07. Our members are experts in naming and addressing the systemic barriers faced by service-users and workers alike. As one member says, “In spite of everything, we cannot break.” Workers who work against violence against women (VAW) often withstand “vicarious trauma,” the upset one can experience upon hearing...
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Insights from the National Shelters of the Future Conference

June 19, 2018 | White Ribbon Canada Blog White Ribbon was thrilled to participate in the very first Shelters of the Future Conference organized by Women’s Shelters Canada from June 13-15, 2018 in Ottawa. As an organization dedicated to redressing the root causes of gender-based violence, it is imperative we also understand the lived realities of survivors, and the challenges faced by shelters and transition homes. The need is real Over and over numerous women’s shelters and transition homes spoke about the increasing need in the community for effective, meaningful and survivor-centered VAW response.  Shelters provided staggering annual numbers of 10,000-15,000 calls to crisis lines. This equates to at least...
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Local women’s shelter goes to Ottawa

BY PEGGY REVELL ON JUNE 19, 2018 | MEDICINE HAT NEWS Leanne Biem,ÊLee Durst,ÊCarrie Campbell,ÊBev Carson,ÊCody Jensen,ÊNatasha Carvalho andÊJennifer Ottenbreit with the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society pose at the “Women are Persons!” sculpture in Ottawa, which pays tribute to the Famous Five: Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy and Henrietta Muir Edwards. MHWSS staff were in the nation’s capital last week as part of the inauguralÊWomens Shelters CanadaÊnational conference.–SUBMITTED PHOTO   The Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society shared some of its successes on the national stage last week as part of the first-ever Women’s Shelters Canada national conference in Ottawa. “The conference brought together shelters from all...
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Transitional housing

Published June 18 | High River Times Staff members with Rowan House Emergency Shelter in High River were presented the opportunity to speak in Ottawa at that city’s Shelters of the Future Conference. It’s seen as another key step forward. The event, hosted by Women’s Shelters Canada, started on June 13 and finished on June 15. With this being the first of its kind in the nation, we must applaud the fact the sessions offered shelter staff the ability to continue making a difference for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Sherrie Botten, the shelter’s executive director, said the conference was important. “It’s a great opportunity for us to network...
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Reps from Odyssey House return from National Women’s Shelters Conference

By Sheena Roszell | Everything Grande Prairie June 18, 2018 – 4:31pm (L to R) Ebony Rempel – Executive Director, Odyssey House, Chris Warkentin – MP for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, Keri Lee – Director of Human Resources, Odyssey House, Karla Lindstrom – Director of Programs, Odyssey House The Executive Director at Odyssey House in Grande Prairie says they learned of information, networked and built relationships at last week’s inaugural National Women’s Shelters Conference in Ottawa. Ebony Rempel and two other local representatives travelled to Ontario for the conference.  She says the conference was based on practices and areas where shelters have had a lot of success, something they learned a lot from and they are looking forward to putting some...
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How cyberviolence is threatening and silencing women

A cross-sectoral approach is needed to address harmful acts against women online. Cyberviolence is limiting their freedom and silencing their voices. Raine Liliefeldt | POLICY OPTIONS June 14, 2018  Women and girls in Canada experience deliberate violence because of their gender, and now that violence is impacting them online. Online threats are affecting their lives and freedoms and silencing them as they are driven off of the Internet and social platforms. It’s time we did something concrete to address cyberviolence in Canada, and the solutions will require a cross-sectoral approach. YWCA Canada uses the term “cyberviolence” to mean any harmful act carried out through networked technology. The term conveys the...
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We need men’s voices – and wallets – to help women in domestic crisis

ELIZABETH RENZETTI | THE GLOBE & MAIL PUBLISHED JUNE 13, 2018   When it comes to addressing issues of violence against women, it’s usually the same people who speak up, raise money and seek legislative change. Those people, for the most part, are women. Men’s voices – and, crucially, their wallets – have largely been absent, perhaps because the issue is uncomfortable. Perhaps they feel unwelcome in the discussion, or not as well-informed as they could be. Change is slow to come, but it is arriving, thanks to initiatives like Strengthening Ties, a project of Women’s Shelters Canada, which asks men to step up to the plate. It is a project...
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