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Policy Questions to Ontario Candidates

CAFE Distributes All-Candidate Policy Questionnaires Ahead of Ontario Election

We are excited to announce the distribution of policy questions to the party headquarters and each candidate from the Liberal, PC, NDP and Green Party who are running in the Ontario provincial election on June 7, 2018.

Here is a copy of the letter and questions that have been circulated. As responses are received, they will be posted here at https://equalitycanada.com/ontarioelection2018

 

Policy Questions from the Canadian Association for Equality to the Ontario PC Party

Greetings,

Thank you for your commitment to improve the lives of Ontarians and for your initiative in running in the current provincial election.

I’m writing to you from the Canadian Association for Equality’s Office of Public Policy on behalf of many of our members who are constituents in your riding. A copy of this letter on our organizational letterhead is attached to this email.

We have prepared a set of 6 questions which will help our members decide whom to award their vote. The responses we receive may be posted, without modification, to our website and circulated to our members.

Please send your responses by Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to policy@equalitycanada.com. Your answers will be distributed as soon as they are provided to us.

We have over 4000 members and donors across Canada with over half located in Ontario. Our website receives over 5,000 visitors each month.

The Canadian Association for Equality is a public education charitable organization committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability. Our unique focus is on integrating the issues and perspectives of boys and men into efforts to achieve gender equality.

We operate out of facilities in Toronto and Ottawa, known as the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, which serve as vibrant community health and social service hubs, providing free counselling, mentorship, legal assistance, father-involvement groups and support programs for men who have experienced abuse and trauma. You are welcome to visit www.menandfamilies.org for more information on our programs and services.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with our organization and its members. Good luck in your ongoing campaign.

Justin Trottier
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Equality

(416) 402-8856 (cell) | (647) 479-9611 (office)
152 Carlton St, Unit 201 (mail: 201-2 Homewood Ave)
Toronto, ON, M4Y 2J9


QUESTIONS

1. In 2016, Bill 170, An Act to proclaim the week immediately preceding the third Sunday in June as Men’s Health Awareness Week, was tabled in the Ontario legislature to recognize the importance of addressing men’s health issues.

Would your government re-introduce this legislation or support its passage if it were reintroduced in the House?

Source: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-41/session-1/bill-170

2. In Canada, the suicide rate for males is at least three times higher than the rate for females.

What action would your government take to address the high rate of male suicide?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm

3. All victims of domestic violence deserve support. According to Statistics Canada’s 2014 General Social Survey on Family violence,

“equal proportions of men and women reported being victims of spousal violence during the preceding 5 years (4%, respectively). This translated into about 342,000 women and 418,000 men across the provinces.”

There are over 177 shelters and residential facilities in Ontario for abused women. There are 0 shelters dedicated to male victims of domestic violence and their families.

Would your government provide funding to support opening Ontario’s first shelter for abused fathers and children?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2015001/article/14207/tbl/tbl01-eng.htm

4. Boys are dropping out of school and enrolling in post-secondary institutions at rates significantly lower than their female counterparts. Children succeed when they have mentors or role models with whom they can readily identify. In publicly funded preschool and primary school the percentage of male teachers is about 16%.

What action, if any, would your government take to recruit men into the teaching profession, in particular in preschool and elementary school?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/2010001/article/11542/tbl/tbl013-eng.htm

5. According to research from the Fatherhood Project, based out of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, father involvement is critical to advancing positive health and psychosocial outcomes in children. Children with a strong father-child relationship display higher levels of self-control, are more likely to succeed in school and are less likely to engage in substance abuse.

When a family breaks-up, a child counts on his or her father to continue to provide financial support but also and equally important, to maintain a strong, loving and active relationship.

In Ontario, the Family Responsibility Office recognizes the first need by enforcing child support payments by non-custodial parents. At this time, however, there is no agency in Ontario that enforces child access orders generated by family courts, which is critical to ensure that non-custodial parents are able to maximize involvement with their children.

Would you support expanding the mandate of the Family Responsibility Office or another provincial agency to enforce child access orders?

Source: http://www.thefatherhoodproject.org/10-facts-about-father-engagement/

6. The #MeToo movement has alerted us to a problem with coercive and harassing behaviour in the workplace. The focus now is to develop appropriate measures to effectively address this problem without generating unintended negative consequences. In particular, we must be careful to preserve the underlying moral principles of our legal system, which have been refined over centuries.

What role, if any, does the Government of Ontario have in taking steps to improve workplace culture in a manner that also protects the rights of accused individuals?

Banner Environmental Makes Charitable Donation to Address Gaps in Men’s Health in Calgary

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Banner Environmental Makes Charitable Donation to Address Gaps in Men’s Health in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA — (May 14, 2018) The Canadian Association for Equality is excited to announce a donation from Banner Environmental toward its new Calgary counselling, peer support and father involvement programs which are improving the lives of many men and their families.

Banner Environmental Engineering Consultants Ltd. is a team of engineers and scientists focusing on projects which support potable water, wastewater and stormwater treatment. The firm believes wholeheartedly in equality for all genders, races, and sexual orientations, and promoting the greater good of all.

Every year, Banner hosts a year-end Christmas party for the staff and incorporates a fundraising event to support a selected charity or organization.

“We were first introduced to Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) by Dr. Dan McKinnon early 2017 and were especially interested in CAFE’s efforts to support the equality movement and development of the Calgary Centre for Men and Families,” said Stacy Senga, Research and Regulatory Manager at Banner Environmental Engineering Consultants Ltd. “This was an easy decision for all staff to support CAFE as Banner’s 2017 recipient of our annual fundraising event.”

In total, Banner raised $8,000 which will be used to support the ongoing efforts of CAFE in Calgary, Alberta. These funds will support unique interventions for male survivors of partner abuse, fathers struggling to maintain a relationship with their children post-divorce and men seeking to respond in a healthy way to the challenges in their lives.

For further information contact:

Stacy Senga, B.Sc Toxicology, P.Biol.
Banner Environmental Engineering Consultants Ltd.
stacy.senga@banneree.com
(403) 933-4199 ext. 209

Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality
jtrottier@equalitycanada.com
416-402-8856

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New Study Confirms Stigmatization of Men in Canadian Society (March 29, 2018)

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New Study Confirms Stigmatization of Men in Canadian Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (March 29, 2018) Canadian men face stigma. That was the conclusion of a groundbreaking new study into the experiences of men from all regions of Canada except Quebec.

“Assumptions that men are ineffective care-givers and potentially dangerous to women and children might lead others to believe them unfit (or less fit) in matters of family and in professions dedicated to protecting family, and that belief is what was found,” said the report’s author, Dr. Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson.

The research was approved by Athabasca University’s ethics board.

In this study, stigma was defined as a general imputation of character rendering the stigmatized unfit for particular sorts of social interactions. The research explored the experiences of 16 Canadian heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual men. Although the concept of stigma had previously been used to examine the place of various minority populations and women in society, it had not been previously applied to men.

All participants in this research experienced instances where it was assumed that they were a threat to others or irresponsible and incapable with respect to family responsibilities. As a result, they were judged as unfit in their roles as parents or as employees in specific occupations. These judgments were made without any investigation into their actual parenting or work practices.

Seven research participants shared experiences of stigma they faced as social work clients, students, and as social worker professionals. Robertson reported that since this study did not involve an investigation of the social work profession, this result was unanticipated. He recommended further research into the extent of male stigmatization in social work.

Robertson cautioned that while the study sample was diverse, it is possible that the stigma experienced does not apply to all men but to some, as yet unidentified, subset of men. He suggested that further quantitative research into the extent of this form of stigma is needed.

“This research reinforces the experiences of the hundreds of men that have reached out to us for help in family court, in accessing mental health services and in their professional lives,” said Justin Trottier, who manages the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a men’s social service facility with operations in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. “Men face stigma, but so do men and women who perform research in this underexplored area. Dr. Robertson deserves credit for this courageous and ground-breaking work. Our charity will aim to use his findings to help us better support men and families in our community.”

The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Men’s Health. The full journal article can be found at: journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557988318763661

For further information contact:

Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson, Ph.D.
306-425-9872

Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality
jtrottier@equalitycanada.com
416-402-8856

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IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Acknowledging Sexual Harassment and Identity Harassment

The Canadian Association for Equality is very excited to share an article recently authored by our advisor Paul Nathanson in response to the #MeToo phenomenon. The article appeared in the journal New Male Studies, which we highly recommend.

IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Acknowledging Sexual Harassment and Identity Harassment

Here is the abstract:

The sexual-harassment scandals are good news for women but bad news for men–not merely for the men who actually harassed women but for all men. All men are on trial, collectively, in the court of public opinion. And that court neither requires nor allows the presumption of innocence (let alone the presentation of evidence). At issue are two things: the absence of a voice for men in the public square, specifically as men, and the inability of boys and men to create a healthy collective identity in the face of societal indifference at best and implacable hostility at worst. This essay begins by discussing significant moral and intellectual problems in the fallout from these scandals. It continues by outlining a new way of thinking about harassment, one that not only holds men accountable for the sexual harassment of women (or other men) but also makes women accountable for the identity harassment of men.

For the full article, click on the PDF link at the bottom centre of the page.

First Shelter for Male Domestic Abuse Victims Will Open in Toronto

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First Shelter for Male Domestic Abuse Victims Will Open in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (March 20, 2018) A capital campaign hosted by prominent men’s issues charity Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) has raised a quarter of a million dollars to open Toronto’s first family shelter for men and children who have experienced domestic abuse. This will make Toronto the first metropolitan city in North America with such a facility.

Thousands of Canadian men experience domestic abuse each year, only to be revictimized when they are denied access to shelters or other crisis services. Many face suspicion, shame and even the possibility of arrest should they report the incident to police.

Now Toronto will take a major step toward gender equality by opening the first family shelter for male victims of domestic abuse, accepting both single men and fathers with children.

The project received a grant from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, funded by the Toronto Real Estate Board, and was also supported by thousands of individual contributors.

“We hope the city and the province will come on board after having seen the public support that has rallied to this cause,” said CAFE Executive Director Justin Trottier. “From the beginning, we’ve been building partnerships with government and social service agencies, including advocates working to end violence against women, in order to jointly address major gaps in victim support services, which include services for men as well as for victims in same-sex relationships.”

CAFE has been operating a thriving men’s health and social service facility, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, for over three years in Toronto. The charity opened a sister office in Ottawa this past fall.

Information on the Campaign is available at http://www.menandfamilies.org/family-shelter-for-abused-men-and-children/

CONTACT
Justin Trottier
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Equality
jtrottier@equalitycanada.com
416-402-8856

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