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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
October 29, 2020

Table of Contents

PLEASE NOTE: Events listed below may get postponed or possibly cancelled. Please always check with the events directly for updated information. Thank you.

1) Tonight - Basic Income Townhall

Thursday at 7 PM – 8 PM
Public · Hosted by Sean Casey
Online Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has given momentum around the idea of a universal basic income. Join us on October 29th from 7-8 PM for a discussion on this topic.
  • MP Sean Casey
  • MP Wayne Easter
  • Marie Burge, The Cooper Institute
  • Roxanne Carter-Thompson, The Adventure Group
Register in advance for this meeting at this link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Have a question you'd like answered at the townhall? Leave it in the comments on the Facebook event page!

We want to know what you think the federal government should be doing. 

(Source Facebook event)


2) Reminder: Second Round of the Emergency Community Support Fund Closes October 30

Since October 5, 2020, the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund has been available to community organizations.

In May 2020, the Government of Canada announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations adapting frontline services to better serve vulnerable Canadians during this pandemic.

Community organizations may apply for funds through the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada or the United Way Centraide network until October 30, 2020. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type:
  • Non-profit organizations can apply to the Canadian Red Cross’ portal here.
  • Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply to Community Foundations  of Canada’s portal here or to their local United Way Centraide here 
If you would like to learn more, you can refer to one of two webinar recordings below. Thank you for your commitment to vulnerable people during this time.

La deuxième ronde du Fonds d'urgence pour l'appui communautaire ferme le 30 octobre

Les organismes ont accès à la deuxième ronde de financement du Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire depuis le 5 octobre 2020.

 En mai 2020, le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé un Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire de $350 millions pour appuyer les organismes de bienfaisance et les organismes sans but lucratif à adapter les services de première ligne afin de mieux servir les Canadiens vulnérables pendant la pandémie.

Les organismes communautaires peuvent demander des fonds par l’entremise de la Croix-Rouge canadienne, des Fondations communautaires du Canada ou du réseau Centraide jusqu’au 30 octobre 2020.  Le bon endroit pour présenter une demande dépend du type d’organisme communautaire :
  • Les organismes sans but lucratif peuvent présenter une demande sur le portail national de la Croix-Rouge canadienne ici.
  • Les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés et les autres donataires reconnus peuvent présenter une demande sur le portail de Fondations communautaires du Canada ici ou auprès de leur bureau local Centraide ici.
Les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés et les autres donataires reconnus peuvent présenter une demande sur le portail de Fondations communautaires du Canada ici ou auprès de leur bureau local Centraide ici.

Pour en apprendre davantage à ce sujet, vous pouvez vous référer à l’un des deux enregistrements de webinaires ci-dessous.

Merci de votre engagement envers les personnes vulnérables en cette période difficile.

(Source email notice)


3) Nov 1, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Nov 1, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 1, 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

More info:
Daylight Saving Time Ends in USA & Canada
Yukon to Stay Permanently on DST

(Source Time and Date website)


4) Island-wide Read-a-thon

The PEI Writers' Guild presents the Island-wide Read-a-thon—a chance to stop whatever you're doing for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon and read.

Sunday at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Public · Hosted by PEI Writers' Guild
Online Event

During the event, readers can send photos of themselves and their family reading, their reading nooks, any furry reading buddies, and their reading snacks of choice to the Guild for a chance to win prizes.

Use the hashtag #peiReadAThon to engage with us and you'll be entered to win a prize from one of our generous sponsors:

* Seaside Books (Summerside)
* The Comic Hunter (Charlottetown)
* The Bookman (Charlottetown)
* Buttercup Café & Books (Murray River)

On your mark... get set... READ!

(Source Facebook event page)


5) Helping women enter and journey through careers in skilled trades

Article by Stacy Dunn in The Employment Journey

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices marked its first anniversary on PEI in October. The office assists in improving employment outcomes for women in skilled trades by:
  • Addressing barriers limiting women’s entry, advancement, and completion of apprenticeship in Red Seal construction trades 
  • Developing and maintaining a registry database to help track and connect women to trades employment
  • Providing wrap-around supports including career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities
  • Coaching and mentoring employers and apprentices
  • Providing workshops to prepare tradeswomen to write their Red Seal exam
  • Helping women to consider trades and take steps to explore the many options
The Office to Advance Women Apprentices has offices in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and on PEI. The PEI office recently welcomed Joan Paynter as their new Project Coordinator. The Kensington native just returned from Alberta, where she spent years working as a Journeyperson.

The original Project Coordinator, Cheryl McNeill will be staying on with the office as a consultant to continue supporting an initiative that is dear to her heart!

“I am a Red Seal Parts Technician and I was a Mechanic in the Canadian Armed Forces for 11 years,” Joan says. “In my 27-year career, I worked in non-traditional trades alongside both men and women and have seen the barriers others face. I have experienced being held back and I worked through barriers myself.”

“In our first year on PEI, we were successful in connecting women to 30 employment opportunities,” says Karen Walsh, Executive Director of the office. Karen is based out of Newfoundland and Labrador, where the office was formed 11 years ago.

Before COVID-19 restrictions, Office to Advance Women Apprentices held open houses and other networking sessions at their Charlottetown office on John Yeo Drive. Now events are held online and are promoted through social media and through partnerships with other trades organizations.

“Our website has been updated to include success stories of local women in trades and companies who support the office’s vision and goals,” Karen says.

For more information, call 902-201-2922 or email Joan Paynter at or Cheryl McNeill at


Funded through the Federal Government’s Women in Construction Fund.

(Source The Employment Journey Nov 2020 issue/website)  


6) Fund for Gender Equality

Community Foundation of PEI takes part in new Fund for Gender Equality
$120,000 in funding available

The Community Foundation of PEI (CFPEI) today announced it will provide $120,000 to local organizations working to support women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice. The Fund is part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, funded through the Government of Canada. The CFPEI is one of local community foundations across Canada that are taking part.

The Fund for Gender Equality is part of a five-year initiative to advance gender equality in Canada, led by a collaboration between participating community foundations, Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada. 

From November 3 to 30, 2020 the Community Foundation of PEI will begin accepting applications for funding from organizations at the “heart” of the women’s movement, with a focus on organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to empowering women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people through their mission, activities, or partnerships. Grants (up to a maximum of $40,000) can be used for a variety of purposes, including to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs, or to support a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The initiatives themselves may touch on a wide range of areas that are affected by gender equality, including food insecurity, income inequality, racial injustice, domestic violence, and many more. In particular, the Fund will prioritize initiatives and organizations that are ‘self-led’—those that are led by the same groups that they focus on serving.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM PST on November 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed in December and it is expected that funding will be issued in January 2021.

You can find additional information about the Fund and all the materials you need to prepare an application here . If you have additional questions, you can contact us at Sincerely,
Kent Hudson, Executive Director
Community Foundation of PEI

(Source Community Foundation E-News)

7) Famous 5 Ottawa Mentorship Program call for applications 


Mentorship Program call for applications

Famous 5 Ottawa offers a mentorship program aimed at empowering young women to develop the skills needed for career development and advancement.

Through mentoring and coaching,
Famous 5 believes young women belong at the front of the room, and not just as organizers behind the scenes. The Committee organizes the Enbridge Speakers Series honouring women as nation builders. Each mentee has the opportunity to introduce the woman, or panel of women, being honoured as nation builders at an event throughout the year. Famous 5 Ottawa is planning an exciting 2021 speaker series.

We are currently seeking applications to fill three mentorship spots for 2021.

Successful candidates will receive a scholarship, presentation & public speaking coaching, and connect with members of Famous 5 Ottawa for guidance and advice.

We are interested in hearing from young women of all backgrounds under the age of 35, within the first five years of their careers, who have been involved in the National Capital Region community, and are passionate about the values and mandate of Famous 5.

To apply
Please describe your interest in this opportunity including what you would hope to gain from the mentorship (1 page maximum), and provide a CV.

The application process will involve an interview before final selections are made of the successful candidates.

The deadline for applications is November 20, 2020.
Applications should be sent to:

Famous 5 Ottawa
c/o 46 Fifth Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 2M5

(Source E-news email)


8) PEIBWA Activities/News


9) Proposed Changes to Canada's Drug Review Process and Pricing Regulations

CBCN Advocacy Guides

In our two latest CBCN Advocacy Guides, we provide information regarding proposed changes to CADTH's (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) drug reimbursement review processes as well as proposed changes to PMPRB's (Patented Medicine Prices Review Board) regulations.

These proposed changes have raised concerns within the patient community as they can negatively impact breast cancer patients' access to drugs in Canada. In both advocacy guides, we outline what these changes are, how they can impact breast cancer patients, and provide ways for you to take action.

CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing Canada’s health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of drugs and medical devices in our health care system. 

The PMPRB is an independent, quasi-judicial body which sets the maximum price that companies can charge for their medications in Canada. The PMPRB’s mandate is to protect consumers by ensuring that the manufacturers' prices of patented medicines are not excessive.

Access CBCN's Advocacy Guides:
CBCN Advocacy Guides are short booklets that take a deep dive into a specific topic as a means to provide breast cancer patients with the knowledge and tools to become a part of their breast cancer care team. 

(Source email notice)

10) Good Intention: Unintended Consequences Acknowledging Racism in Canada and in Ourselves

You are invited to the KAIROS Atlantic Regional Gathering online on November 13 and 14. Please join us and invite others in your community to do the same. Registration required.

Friday, November 13 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM AST

A panel discussion


Denise Cole, Inuit Labrador Land Protector

Husoni Raymond, Black Lives Matter Fredericton

Brittany Drummond, African Nova Scotian racial justice advocate

Panelists will speak to the history of race relations in Canada, specifically in regard to how that history continues to impact their communities and their own lives.

This session will conclude with some provocative questions to ponder and bring back to the discussion on Saturday.

Saturday, November 14 at 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM AST

An interactive learning session

Presentations and participatory activities will focus on acknowledging our own racism and learning what it means to be a good ally – how good intentions are not enough.

Suggested Addition: For KAIROS local groups or other activists who know each other, consider inviting your group or people from your community to safely gather at one location in-person or online to talk about the history and current-day realities of racism in your own place. Early afternoon might be a good time for this local connecting.

Register here to receive the Zoom link:

For more information, visit our websites: and

(Source Kairoscanada e-news)  


11) PEI Status of Women Teleworking Re: COVID-19 Response

To contribute to PEI's collective effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in light of our caregiving responsibilities, staff of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women will be tele-working as much as possible. This may affect when and how we are able to respond to requests. Thank you for your patience.

Afin de contribuer à l'effort collectif des insulaires de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard pour ralentir la propagation de COVID-19, et tenant compte de nos responsabilités pour aider les enfants et les aîné(e)s de nos familles, le personnel du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard fera du télétravail autant que possible. Cela peut affecter quand et comment nous sommes en mesure de répondre aux demandes. Merci de votre patience.
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