Archive for February, 2014


“The days of using ultrasound to find out a baby’s gender for entertainment or a keepsake video should end, says a joint policy statement released this month by Canada’s pregnancy specialists and radiologists.

Underlying that recommendation is that female feticide — the abortion of a female fetus because she is not male — is happening in Canada and must be stopped.”

Thank you Reannah Jade for bringing this article to the FLFs attention!

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Now that some of Canada’s prostitution laws have been struck down, what should happen next?

Should Parliament try to find a way to re-enact bawdyhouse, street solicitation and “living off the avails” laws or are the laws that remain on the books good enough? What about alternatives such as a new law that targets only johns, or no law at all? How can and should police practices change now and into the future?

The University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research hosts a panel discussion to explore the legal options in light of research on what is happening elsewhere in the world.

Who: Joy Smith, member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, Prof. Karen Busby (law), and Dr. Shawna Ferris (women’s and gender studies).
When: 2:30 p.m., Mon. Mar. 10, 2014
Where: Room 206, Robson Hall, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba

“Some of our students will go on to careers in politics or where they help governments draft laws and regulations,” said Busby, who is an expert on laws connected to sex, sexuality and violence. “This is a chance for them to wrestle with a topical issue on which everyone has an opinion but there are no easy answers.”

Ferris said sections of Canada’s prostitution law were struck down because they violated sex workers’ right to safety. “Let’s not design a new law that again increases the risk of serious harm.”

Also, check this link out! It provides a really great concise look at the prostitution laws in Canada Pre-Bedford and explains how the Bedford decision impacts them. It also allows the public to share their thoughts on what the government should do next: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cons/curr-cours/proscons-conspros/index.html#2014_02_17

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Roundtable Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to hear Judy Wasylycia-Leis and of course to Judy for taking the time to talk to us. She was very inspirational!

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Great little video. Enjoy!

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An Ottawa woman went to a walk-in clinic for birth control, but was denied. In response to her request she was given a letter, which stated the doctor’s position as this:

“Please be advised that because of reasons of my own medical judgement as well as professional ethical concerns & religious values, I only provide one form of birth control, Natural Family Planning. In addition, I do not refer for vasectomies, abortions nor provide the morning-after pill or any artificial contraception. If you are interested in the latter, please be aware that you may approach your own family doctor or request to be seen by another physician.”

Another interesting story in how religious or ethical freedom can clash with gender issues.

Read the full story here:

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This isn’t necessarily a feminist related news story, but I thought you all might find it interesting since it concerns our guest speaker for our roundtable being held this Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, noon, room 207:

“For the second time in three months, a poll of Winnipeggers’ thoughts about potential mayoral candidates has shone favourably upon Judy Wasylycia-Leis.”


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