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You’re Invited: GRAND OPENING of the NEW MEN’S CENTRE!

Canadian Centre for Men and Families Ontario West
Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00 PM
120 Wellington St., St. Thomas, Ontario
Join us for tours, special presentations, and food and beverages.

FREE Registration at https://ccmfontariowest.eventbrite.ca
Contact us to register for the car pool from Toronto jtrottier@menandfamilies.org

Toronto Radio Ads Seek to Expand MeToo to Include Male Victims

Click here to listen to “Their Day in Court”, a message from the Canadian Association for Equality


Toronto Radio Ads Seek to Expand MeToo to Include Male Victims

TORONTO, ON – (December 4, 2018) On the one year anniversary of MeToo, a new national campaign, the first of its kind, will cast a critical eye on the direction of the influential social movement, with radio ads starting today on a major Toronto radio station.

The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), a charity integrating boys and men into gender equality, is exploring the problems and the opportunities of MeToo through public service ads and various events.

“Beyond doubt the MeToo movement has catalyzed much needed awareness of the horrible experiences suffered by many women, but in several ways MeToo is missing the mark, and that’s a missed opportunity for everyone,” said Justin Trottier, CAFE Executive Director.

The central messages of CAFE’s campaign:

  1. MeToo means MenToo: Recently the woman who launched MeToo, Tarana Burke, stated explicitly that the movement must do a better job to welcome the thousands of male survivors.
  2. Vigilante justice is not justice. We must reconcile two fundamental goals: respecting alleged victims and respecting alleged perpetrators. No one should be automatically believed. Instead, all evidence must be weighed in a court of law.
  3. There is no place for engaging in the collective shaming of all men, a serious form of identity harassment.
  4. MeToo can lead to genuine sexual equality, if we hold both sexes accountable for intimidating or exploiting behaviour, honour the distinctive contributions of both sexes and promote compassion for both sexes.

Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality

The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.


Government of Canada Awards CAFE Grant to Study Male Homelessness and Domestic Abuse

Government of Canada Awards CAFE Grant to Study Male Homelessness and Domestic Abuse

First Major Federal Grant Lends Support to Our Government of Alberta Funding Application.
But Your Patronship is the Key.

CAFE has received its first major grant from the Government of Canada. And it could not be on a more timely subject.

We have been awarded $23,511, funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, to conduct research aimed at exploring the extent to which domestic violence contributes to male homelessness.

We have commissioned an independent Research Coordinator to lead this project. The project involves conducting field work at homeless shelters and other agencies which serve the homeless population. This is our organization’s first major grant from the federal government and we are honoured by their support for this important and groundbreaking research project.

The result of this research will inform our work to open Toronto’s first Family Shelter for Abused Men and Children. Click here to support that project.

The funding also opens the door to other government grants. We are gearing up to respond to a request for proposals from the Government of Alberta’s Community Initiatives Program. Alberta will match funds raised through other means, so please become a Patron today.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Are you a male identified victim of domestic violence and have experienced homelessness?

We would like to invite you to participate in this research study. You will be compensated with a $10 gift card for your participation. You will be required to fill out a survey, which will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Participation in the study is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time. If you are interested in participating in this study, please email tsidhu@menandfamilies.org

Men’s Health Fair at Warkworth Penitentiary

A report from a volunteer on our participation in the Men’s Health Fair at Warkworth Institution.

Warkworth Medium Institution : Health Fair Fall 2018

Being screened was fairly quick because staff avoided the usual swab test and line up with the dog for normal visitors. There were two guards processing us and a couple of others escorting us to the gym (One male at the Desk and the rest were females) The gym had a few guards walking about.

Once we got processed and set up, at least 200 inmates passed through. Probably more. We engaged in conversation as they walked past, talking to them about Canadian Men and Families, the resources CCMF offered and we handed them pamphlets. Few inmates refused taking material. Many appreciated what we had to say. One guy actually looked up and shouted Hallelujah after I told them something as simple and sweet as CCMF stands in the gap on men’s issues. Another man was more quiet but his face lit up and smiled after I said what CCMF stand for. Some men asked us more questions and others continued in conversation and answered some questions we had of them about prison.

We emphasized the gap we were trying to fill for men suffering from domestic violence or abuse, help to obtain access to their children, resources for legal help and so on.

I personally do not know all the statistics on men in prison compared to women but I suspect there is a real disconnect. If a woman is in prison it means she had a rotten child hood, was sexually abused and hung out with the wrong crowd. If a man is in prison, it is because he is just “Bad”

It is never perfect but what I found the most striking was the fact that there was a lot of “processing” of men going on and not enough healing. Another inmate qualified that men in the system were sexually abused and for him, the realization of this type of pain came when he turned 40. He received therapy which was very successful for him. I could tell by his face, he had recovered but with others, their countenance was more strained.

One inmate didn’t talk about his process but was rather interested in any indigenous services CCMF offered. I told him there was a presentation on healing by an indigenous man at one of the Healing Journey conferences and he said that was more his style.

I was happy to see a female P.O. gathering as much material as she could for her “clients”, including the article on Indigenous men not included in the inquiry focused more on Indigenous women. She emphasized more resources are needed. A  staff approached Justin and invited CCMF to come back but in a “Group Format”

Other conversations we had was with an internal group run by inmates and Chaplaincy which was focused on the sort of thing that is so essential for all men there: Healing

The inmate representative was very excited and eager to put in a report to the Warden asking CCMF to return to conduct a workshop. I asked what this would look like to be of greatest help to them and he simply said a circle of sharing and talking, so essentially, a healing circle. The Chaplin felt the same way but he emphasized one of the greatest immediate needs was transportation for visitors who have no transportation to visit. Men especially miss their children.

Three men at Warkworth (one staff, a Chaplin and an inmate who leads a group) invited CCMF to return with the intention of some sort of workshop and after many conversations with inmates there, I believe a healing workshop would be very beneficial.

It was a good day for the men and for us.

Charger Golf Tournament Raises Landmark $25,000 for Healthy Fathers and Families


Charger Golf Tournament Raises Landmark $25,000 for Healthy Fathers and Families

TORONTO, ON – (August 20, 2018) The first of their kind programs for healthy and involved fathers at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) have just received a huge boost thanks to a $25,000 contribution from the proceeds of the Charger Foundation 2018 Golf Tournament.

The 14th Annual Charger Foundation Charitable Golf Tournament took place on June 20, 2018 with support from title sponsors The InStore Group and Carpenters Union Local 27, and official event sponsor and major donor HS&Partners LLP.

“We are amazed by the generosity of the Charger Foundation, in particular Chairman Louis Sapi and staff Sonia Vaknin, Zarah Dehnashi and Samantha Sapi,” said CCMF Executive Director Justin Trottier. Over the course of three annual events, Charger has contributed a total of $50,000 to programs that improve men’s health, help young men become better fathers and ensure services are available for men who are experiencing domestic abuse.

“We are proud to have made this important contribution to grow programs that are often the only ones available for single or divorced fathers and their children,” said Charger Foundation Chairman Louis Sapi. “Our partnership with the CCMF has improved the lives of many families while also transforming the public acceptance of men’s services.”
Charger and the CCMF join in sharing their gratitude with all sponsors, golfers, donors and volunteers whose participation made this signature event a huge success. Our 2018 sponsors were the following amazing companies:

The InStore Group, Carpenters Union Local 27, HS&Partners LLP, Blue Line Distribution, The Consilium Group, Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre, Horodynsky Farms Inc., Vaknin Law Professional Corporation, Closeout King, Noble Estates, Golfer’s Green, Furnace King, Deer Fields, RBC Wealth Management, V71 Entertainment, Kinetic Risk Management, Hockley Miller, Kifinti Solutions Inc., P2 Realty, Charger Consulting Corporation, Goodbye Graffiti, Fitch Security Integration, The Office Mover, Armstrong, Umbra

“The Charger Foundation has shown extraordinary leadership in galvanizing community backing around this cause, and thanks to Charger’s ongoing support we are making progress toward our shared vision of a future where more children benefit from a strong relationship with their fathers and all people are free from abuse and violence,” said Trottier.

Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Association for Equality