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CFUW Kanata-CFUW Nepean-CFUW Ottawa - Tackling the Environmental Crisis: Together We Can

The organizing team from Kanata, Nepean and Ottawa organized three evening online events in April. Recordings of these presentations are now available online.

  • April 6 recording, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz to speak on reducing single-use plastics
  • April 13 recording, Diana Beresford-Kroeger in conversation with Bill Steer on the key role of trees  
  • April 20 recording, Seth Klein talking about mobilizing Canada for the climate crisis along with Sabah Ibrahim on the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign

The feedback from the series has been very positive. Individuals want to take action, and many have concrete ideas on how to do this. We plan to follow up to all registrants with links to the videos and some ideas for next steps.  For example:
The large number of registrants for all three events (over 550 different people) and growing number of requests for the YouTube videos are evidence that there is an appetite for positive, action oriented information. The organizing committee is looking at ways to build on the momentum of this series and to move forward with additional constructive events in the future.
CFUW Kincardine - Supporting Women in Afghanistan and Ukraine
In April, CFUW Kincardine donated $1000 to the Afghan Women's Fund and $1000 to Medical Mercy Canada. Read the story in the Welland Tribune. This article was also published in the Toronto Star and Kincardine Independent.
CFUW Leaside-East York - CNOY
On Feb 24, CFUW Leaside-East York participated in the Coldest Night Of the Year fundraising event in aid of Sistering, an agency on Bloor Street in Toronto for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in the city. Our terrific team leaders, Lynn Urmson and Cynthia McNabb, guided us through the whole venture. There was tremendous support from the members of the club, their families and friends. The final amount raised for Sistering was $4,620!
CFUW Perth & District
On March 21st, CFUW Perth & District hosted an outstanding presentation on opioids, followed by a panel discussion. The panelists were social service worker Amber Fritz, who was one of the speakers at the Ontario Council Speakers Series in November, David Somppi, Chair Carleton Place Municipal Drug Strategy Committee, and Chris Dobler, Detective Staff Sergeant, OPP. You can view the Youtube video here.
April 21 to 30 CFUW Welland's Earth Day Challenge
OUR GOAL To increase awareness and to decrease the use of single use plastics

Members will be sent a grid on which to record the single plastic items they removed from their use, and how they managed to use something else in its place. Through this grid, they will be able to track their successes and challenges. On May 2nd, at 7 p.m. all participants will join us on Zoom where we will have a discussion of our experience in removing single use plastics from our home. One lucky participant will have their name drawn from a hat for a prize which will help them to continue to reduce single use plastics. If you or your Club would like to join the challenge send an e-mail to CFUW Welland
May 16 @ 4 p.m. UWC Toronto - ZOOM Speakers Series
Professor Amanda Bittner is a political psychologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, whose focus of research is on elections, voting and public opinion. The Royal Society of Canada, which recently made Amanda a member , describes her as Canada’s leading expert on how voters perceive and evaluate party leaders and the impact those opinions have on elections. In her talk, Amanda will explore the dynamics of voters’ perceptions of political party leaders - both in the US, where voters get to mark their ballots for their preferred presidential candidate, and in parliamentary democracies like Canada, where voters do not have a direct vote for Prime Minister. To request the ZOOM link please e-mail UWC Toronto.
May 17th @ 7 p.m. ARROW - Diversity and Inclusion in Rural Ontario

Join us for an informative discussion with 3 panelists:

Judith Burfoot – Founder of All Welcome Here, a BIPOC-led non-profit organization focusing on anti-racism in Prince Edward County, Ontario. All Welcome Here works in the wider community in anti-racist advocacy with a focus on education, access & representation, anti-racist actions and events, policing and migrant workers’ issues.

Calvin Neufeld - A social justice advocate, trans man, writer and educator with a passion for human rights, animal rights, and the environment. Since 2011, Calvin has been a popular speaker to schools and community groups throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Rana Telfah – A PhD student working with Syrian refugee women (and families) who settle in rural Ontario. Rana has some wonderful stories of the journeys of these women and how they are adapting to life in Canada and more specifically to life in rural communities.

Send an email to Sandra Shaw and put ARROW in the subject line for registration.
CFUW St. Catharines - June 5 House & Garden Tour - SAVE THE DATE!

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