Monthly Archives: February 2010

MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 International Women’s Day

article by Dora Robinson PWC

Celebrate in your community!

I have decided that looking for IWD Events in Region 3 is much like looking for a needle in a haystack! And for that reason, I leave it to you to discover celebrations, however modest that may honour IWD over the weekend of March 6-8, 2010 in communities near you.

As part of Region 3 falls into the Greater Toronto Area, you may find it convenient and exciting to attend the huge Toronto IWD Rally and March on Saturday March 6th. Rally starts @ 11am at OISE, march begins @ 1 pm and goes to Ryerson University for a Women’s Fair starting at 1:30 pm at the Ryerson Student Centre. for further, if limited, information. Toronto theme this year is “FIGHTING FOR US ALL! ”

Of course, nobody can march on an empty stomach, so the Toronto and York Region Labour Council is sponsoring the annual Mary Spratt Breakfast Saturday March 6th, 9:00 – 10:30 am at the United Steelworkers Hall located at 25 Cecil Street, Toronto. Tickets are $8.00** per person.

All proceeds go to Toronto women’s shelters.

Speaking of labour councils, Region 3 locals who are located in York Region, are you affiliated with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council yet? Remember that OPSEU Head Office will reimburse no less than 90% of the cost of labour council affiliation as per the Constitution. Connect with labour in your community-Region 3 locals, affiliate with your labour council!

**As your Region 3 Provincial Women’s Committee Representative, it would be my pleasure to treat you to breakfast. If you email me with your intention to attend the Mary Spratt International Women’s Day Breakfast on Saturday March 6th, I will arrange to have pre-paid breakfast tickets for you at the desk under my name. Email me at

Also, for those of you in the Aurora, Newmarket, Bradford area and familiar with Upper Canada Mall, the York Region Violence Against Women Co-ordinating Committee is hosting an event on Monday March 8th at the mall. They are using the day as a public awareness opportunity, but also will have space allocated to provide services like henna, manicures, make-up tips, massage etc…for a small service fee to promote self-care for women.

Finally, the Canadian Auto Worker’s Eastern Women’s Network is hosting their 14th Annual IWD Breakfast on Sunday March 7th in Oshawa at the CAW Local 222 Union Hall at 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue. I will have a table of 10. Email me if you are interested in attending and I will reserve a ticket for you.

International Women’s Day-to remember and encourage one another in our struggles for peace, equal rights and social justice.


No respect for the Badge

By Kim King Steward  OPSEU Local 302

The new Durham Consolidated Courthouse at 150 Bond Street  in Oshawa had its  opening day on Feb 8th.  Although it may be the new home for Justice in Durham Region, it is not a welcoming place for  Probation Officers.

At the any other Court in the Province of Ontario, Probation Officers need only show their badge and photo ID to enter the Court building.    Probation Officers  are now being told by the Durham Regional Police  security screeners that it is not good enough, and that Probation Officers must be subjected to the full search protocol even though they have  presented their badge and photo ID . In effect, as designated Peace Officers of the Province and Officers  of the Criminal Courts , Probation Officers  are being restricted by a municipal Police Force in gaining access to our own provincial government building.

What makes this story even more absurd? The employees of the on-site Tim Hortons are able to show their ID and enter the Durham Consolidated Court House without going through the security screening.  Perhaps the special relationship between Police Officers and Tim Hortons is more than just a myth.