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:
- Refuse single use plastics and join the Plastic Free July challenge (https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/what-you-can-do/ )
- Learn about the advantages of native trees and plant a tree for each of the next six years (https://dianaberesford-kroeger.com/ or https://www.canadianecology.ca/ )
- Consume less, reduce use of fossil fuels and hold authorities responsible for necessary bold action on climate change (in Ontario, this could start with asking all current elected and candidate officials to commit to the 12 point Climate Action Plan of the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign https://www.climateemergencyunit.ca/ and https://www.ontarioclimateemergency.ca/
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 Update
In the afternoon of February 24th, 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, who are homeless or precariously housed. The Leaside neighbourhood walk took place in bright sunshine and cool breezes, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Our terrific team leaders, Lynn and Cynthia, 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 – The Opioid Public Health Emergency
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.