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How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally
American women are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 paid employees, but in 2011, only 11 percent of private sector workers and 17 percent of public workers reported that they had access to paid maternity leave through their employer. And for first-time mothers, only about half can take paid leave when they give birth.
This is shameful - and Interesting given the amount of talk we hear about “family values.” 

Grad students don’t get time off, either. I was told I couldn’t teach the semester I gave birth in the event that I had a Cesarean, because it would be too hard to get people to cover for me. I went back to class the day after I gave birth.

notabittamed:

harmreduction:

How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally

American women are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 paid employees, but in 2011, only 11 percent of private sector workers and 17 percent of public workers reported that they had access to paid maternity leave through their employer. And for first-time mothers, only about half can take paid leave when they give birth.

This is shameful - and Interesting given the amount of talk we hear about “family values.”

Grad students don’t get time off, either. I was told I couldn’t teach the semester I gave birth in the event that I had a Cesarean, because it would be too hard to get people to cover for me. I went back to class the day after I gave birth.

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Tomorrow (June 4th) is BLACKOUTSPEAKOUT Canada!

On June 4th, Canada’s major environmental organizations, together with leading charities, unions, bloggers, and others will darken their websites and join thousands of Canadians like you to Speak Out in defence of nature and democracy.

For Organizations, Groups and Blogs:

If you are interested in “blacking out” your website on June 4th, visit our instruction page to learn how. 

Blacking out your site does not require you to shut it down for the day. You will have the option of inserting a splash page that will cover your homepage while maintaining the functionality of your site.

Budget Bill Top 10

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Right now, Parliament is pushing through a bill to weaken many of the country’s most important environmental protection measures and silence the voices of all Canadians who seek to defend nature. Today it’s our voice; tomorrow it could be yours.

Here are the top five reasons to Speak Out:

  1. Charities are being targeted. The government is adding $8 million in new funding for the Canada Revenue Agency to audit charities like environmental groups in spite of the fact they have simply exercised their legal right to advocate for things like laws to fight global warming. This will have a chilling effect on democratic debate. What’s more, under these new laws, citizen groups will likely be shut out of environmental reviews of big projects like oil pipelines. Key government agencies with expertise will also have less input. Well-funded backroom lobbyists and political operatives will have greater influence.
  2. Canadians’ participation in Parliament is being disrespected. Instead of following the established process for making sweeping changes, which allows for thorough public debate, these changes are being shoehorned into a massive budget law. This drastically reduces the amount of consultation on a whole variety of topics. These changes will have serious consequences for all Canadians and our voices are not being heard.
  3. Nature is being put at serious risk. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is being replaced with a totally new law. Under it, Ottawa will play a much smaller role in protecting people from harmful projects, while retaining the right to basically rubber-stamp big projects that powerful oil interests want. And the new weaker rules are being applied to review processes that are already underway–so projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway tankers and pipeline project could get an easier ride.
  4. Too much power is in the hands of too few. The National Energy Board will no longer be able to say “no” to oil pipeline projects that are not in the public interest. Politicians in Cabinet will be able to overrule the expert energy regulator if powerful oil interests don’t like its decision. Permits that allow the destruction of habitat for fish and threatened or endangered species will now be issued behind closed doors without public scrutiny, if they are required at all.
  5. Trusted advisors to government that provide high-quality analysis for balanced policy are being ignored. The 2012 budget eliminates the funding for the last remaining government advisory body – the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE). The NRTEE provides analysis and advice on how to meet our international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Many lakes, rivers and streams that provide habitat to fish will be at greater risk of destruction because of changes to the Fisheries Act contained within the budget implementation bill. Healthy fish habitat is important for fish and for the people and businesses that depend on them.

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Canadian Women - Radical Enemies of the State

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Are Canadian Women Also Radical Enemies of the State? (via Politics Respun)

Tia Everitt
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

In an orgy of axe swinging and program bludgeoning last week, the federal government set their sights on taking a clean shot at the health and well-being of Canadian women. With all of the vitriol and paternalistic reining in recently, one can’t help but wonder if the government has lumped people with two X chromosomes in with the other “radical” enemies of the state, like Dr. David Suzuki or people who like whales. The latest casualties? 6 federally funded women’s health programs, which fall under the umbrella of the Women’s Health Contribution Program.

The following programs from Halifax to Vancouver will be forced to close their doors by March 31, 2013 or accept funding elsewhere:

  • Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF)
  • The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN)
  • The Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (ACEWH)
  • The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH)
  • The Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
  • The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH)

What does this mean? Limitation, cessation or compromise of access and research in the following areas of women’s health:

  • women’s health implications of the federal government’s regulation of toxic chemicals (NNEWH);
  • hyper-sexualization of girls (RQASF);
  • inter-generational legacy of residential schools on Aboriginal women and their families (PWHCE);
  • need for trauma-informed counselling  for women with addictions (BCCEWH);
  • working guide for conducting sex and gender-based analysis in health research (ACEWH);
  • a critical analysis of funding for the HPV vaccine (CWHN).

Shame on the Feds, who have simply succeeded in creating further burden on our exhausted health care system, and once again shown that the status of women across the country is truly second class.

Well fuck. 

Filed under Canadian Politics wtf Canada the war on women

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Mr. Speaker, once again I call on the minister to apologize for the disrespect shown in the House yesterday to transgender, transsexual and gender variant Canadians, both by his snickering caucus colleagues and his own failure to recognize the importance of this question and the right to freedom to travel for all Canadians.

This has nothing to do with national security. This has to do with the right of people to travel, no matter what their gender presentation might be nor how they are judged by others.

Will the minister immediately rescind this regulation?

Randall Garrison

I voted for this guy! 

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CANADA IS PASSING A SOPA COPY IN 14 DAYS. EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT CANADIAN, REBLOG THIS SO OTHERS CAN SEE IT. BECAUSE WE HAVE A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT HERE, THIS MEANS THAT ANYTHING HARPER AND THE CONSERVATIVES DECIDE THEY WANT TO PASS, CAN BE PASSED.

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itsrainingcatsandpumps:

the letter is already written, so all you have to do is click send.

Reblogging for all you Canadians out there.

HARPER GODDAMN IT

Signed, sealed delivered. Come on Canadians, lets wash this away. Reblog, click the link, send the letter. It’s easy! We’ve been hearing so much about SOPA, PIPA and ACTA recently, and we’ve been noisy as FUCK about those, even from north of the border. Let’s not let SOPA’s canadian cousin become law quietly and right under our noses. 

BE HEARD.

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