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Status of Women website

The Status of Women website provides information about a number of initiatives in support of gender equality and the development of a Federal Strategy against Gender-based Violence. There is a good section on gender-based analysis i.e. measuring gender equality. There is information about funding possibilities and links to publications. You can view at 



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Sally Armstrong and Local History

On Saturday, June 25th the Miramichi Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society welcomed author and journalist Sally Armstrong. Sally spoke mainly about her books: The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, the story of her great-great-great grandmother; and Ascent of Women, with stories of her work in Afghanistan. Charlotte Taylor was a courageous early settler in the Miramichi area. Archival research shows she made the journey on foot (snowshoes, mostly) from Miramichi to Fredericton to lay claim to her late husband’s property. The book (Vintage Press: 2007) is a fascinating story of a strong woman who survived and thrived in hard times; she lived from 1755 to 1841. Her extended family continues to hold a reunion every five years. 

Sally’s presentation was at the Friendly Neighbor Senior Citizens Centre in Nelson-Miramichi, N.B. The building used to be what we called “the little white school,” a small elementary school where many of our CND sisters taught in decades past! 

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PEI Town Hall Consultations Regarding Climate Change

Environment Minister McKenna has invited Canadians to participate in crafting the principles of Canada's Climate Action Plan. It has been suggested by Government that Members of Parliament host Town Hall meetings in their ridings. On PEI we have four MPs and I am pleased to share the good news that they will be co-hosting Town Hall consultations on Climate Change with ECOPEI. This is scheduled for August 10 at Confederation Landing, Charlottetown from 5pm to 7pm. As well, each of the MPs will be hosting their own within their constituency. To date Wayne Easter announced that his Town Hall will be held in Hunter River on July 13. For further information there will be an ad in both the July and August editions of the Buzz paper. 

Hopefully, those of us living near will make every effort to participate and to encourage others, family and friends to come out and to show support to those more involved. Presently, I don't know what the format will be, however it would be easy to get this information. 

Let us pray that there will be many Town Hall consultations across the country and that our government will move forward in the right direction. 

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