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PEI Advisory Council on the
Status of Women

E-News for Thursday
September 17, 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) Reminders - Tonight - Take Back the Night March and to please register if planning to attend

We march for an end to gender-based violence in all its forms. We will gather at the Coles Building on Richmond Street and march to Victoria Park for music and speeches.

Google map screenshot of route at this link:

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Coles Building
175 Richmond Street

Take Back the Night – PEI is designed to raise awareness about gender-based violence, what it is, and how to stop it. Take Back the Night (TBTN) is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, specifically violence against women. TBTN events began in Europe in the 1960’s to protest the lack of safety women experienced walking the streets alone. These events have grown into hundreds of events on University campuses, and communities of all sizes and geographical locations. Although, historically, Take Back the Night events were “women only”, but as our understanding of sex, gender, and the impacts of sexual violence have grown, so too has the inclusivity of this event.

This initiative is to revitalize the Take Back the Night Tradition in PEI is spearheaded by the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre. An advisory committee of 11 groups and organizations was formed to guide the work of this project.

Values and Guiding Principles:
1. Centering people from marginalized communities – sexual violence is at its root connected to colonialism and racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, and other structural oppressions.
2. Inclusivity – we strive to make the project inclusive of all identities impacted by gender-based violence.
3. Accessibility - The committee recognizes accessibility to the event as a priority of this project.
4. Intersectionality – This work is guided by the understanding that due to intersecting parts of our identities and experiences, sexualized violence will impact people differently.
5. Sustainability – We value environmental and social responsibility and will attempt to ensure this is woven into the creation of the event.


Registration for Take Back the Night March

COVID 19 Precautions
Everyone in attendance is asked to wear a mask and keep a physical distance of 6 feet from others outside of their household. Please register for this event by filling out this form: If you have any symptoms of COVID 19, have been out of the Atlantic Bubble in the past 14 days, or have been in contact with anyone who is supposed to by isolating, please do not attend this event. The event will be live streamed on Facebook so you can participate that way.

For more information visit
(Source Facebook events - and and PEIRSAC website)


2) Anderson House Needs List - September 2020

Thank you for checking our needs list! This list is updated each month to reflect the items we need the most. We are grateful for the tremendous generosity of Islanders as we continue to receive valuable donations to help with shelter operations and the women and children we serve. While we truly appreciate all donations, we have very limited storage and must be thoughtful about our current needs. For instructions on our new CONTACTLESS DROP-OFF please call 902-368-8658. Thank you in advance for your support!

At this time we are in need of the following items:

Food Supplies
× Healthy Cereal
× Children’s School Lunch Items
× Juice Boxes
× Cooking Sauces (Thai, Indian, Etc.)
× Pasta Sauce
× Mayonnaise (please no Miracle Whip)
× Ketchup
× Salsa
× Canned Tomatoes
× Canned Fruit

Household Supplies
× Disinfecting Wipes
× Dishwasher Pods
× Laundry Pods
× Medium and Large Freezer Bags
× Dish Soap
× Kleenex
× Paper Towel
× Toilet Paper

Special Items
× Towels (new)
× Twin Sheets & Comforters (new)

(Source PEIFVPS webpage)  


3) Job Opportunity: Workplace Essential Skills (WES) ABE Learning Coach

Workplace Essential Skills (WES) Program aims to help adults who are underemployed or seeking employment and require additional essential skills to succeed. WES training uses a blended model of group activities related to improving workplace competencies along with learning plans individualized to fit each learners’ career and educational needs. Group activities are based on the nine Essential Skills (identified by the Government of Canada as being needed in the workplace), as well as social-emotional or employability skills highly sought after by employers for today’s workforce. Thematic areas include: communications, personal management, working with others, find and use information, understand, and use numbers, digital technology, problem-solving, and career development. 

WES ABE Learning Coaches need to be flexible, adaptable, and compassionate, while at the same time coaching learners to move beyond their comfort zone (using scaffolded and strength-based approaches). Potentially, they will share program delivery and learning environment responsibilities with another instructor and WES Program Coordinator. WES Learning Coaches should have an awareness of roadblocks to life and learning that many adults face, and a willingness to nurture a deeper understanding of learners’ perspectives and realities. 

Deadline for applications: Noon, September 25, 2020. 

For more information or a complete job description, please contact: Catherine Ronahan at

(Source email notice)


4) PEIBWA Activities/News


5) Update to Inventory of Counselling Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

The Inventory of Counselling Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault has
received a 2020 Update. You can find the infographic by clicking here

(Source PAC September 2020 E-bulletin)  


6) Housing Forum

Thursday October 1 2020
Rodd Royalty Hotel and Online
Hosted by PEI Association for Community Living

FREE EVENT. Lunch for in-person registrants is included.

Register by contacting Grace at or 902-394-7555

Housing options for individuals with intellectual disabilities on PEI are very limited and wait-lists are not getting shorter. 

Join us at this forum as we learn from parents, self-advocates, and professionals about their creative solutions that enable independent living for individuals with intellectuals with disabilities. 

We encourage parents and self-advocates of all ages to attend. One is never too old nor too young to learn about housing options for themselves and/or their loved ones.

In-person space is limited, so register early to get a spot. If you wish to attend online, you must also register so we can send you the link to the event.

Rodd Royalty is adhering to all of the protocols outlined by the Chief Medical Office, including physical distancing, providing sanitation stations, contact tracing, and limiting indoor group sizes.
In the case of a second wave of COVID-19 and the need to self-isolate once again, this event will proceed via ZOOM online.

This event was originally planned for April 17, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Source Facebook post/event)


7) Re-openings - PEI Government Website Page

The majority of provincial government sites & services are now open during office hours with some restrictions & exceptions. 

Please call ahead to confirm if an appointment is needed for the service you are looking for. 

For more info on what is open:

(Source Government of PEI Twitter post)


8) Charlottetown Rally for Global Climate Action Strike Day

Friday, September 25
Province House (Grafton Street)

Friday September 25 – Global Day of Climate Action 

Friday’s for Future, the climate movement inspired by Greta Thunberg, has called for a global day of climate action on September 25th. Many groups around the world are planning events – both in person and online aimed at drawing attention to the climate emergency. 

The PEI Fridays for Future Climate Action Group is holding a rally that day from noon to 2:00 pm in front of Province House on Grafton Street. We join with others, including Fridays for Future Canada, Sierra Club,, and Amnesty International Canada to call on our governments to take immediate action to reduce global warming and to meet targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

As countries around the world prepare to spend billions to help their economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, many climate groups are emphasizing the importance of investing in human well-being and a green economy which will provide decent jobs for all.  Here in Canada the Speech from the Throne will be delivered on September 23rd outlining a pathway to recovery for this country. Fridays for Future PEI plans to review the throne speech and take an opportunity at the September 25th rally to speak on its compatibility with the principles of a green and just recovery.

Greta Thunberg recently offered a grim assessment of progress on the climate crisis since she began her Friday school strikes two years ago. She and some of her fellow activists wrote: “The climate and ecological crisis has never once been treated as a crisis. The gap between what we need to do and what’s actually being done is widening by the minute.“  She has called on adults to help with this youth lead movement:  “. . to change everything we need everyone.” September 25th is an opportunity to show support for young people around the world who are trying to secure a sustainable future.

The PEI Fridays for Future Climate Action Group works to effect immediate action on the climate emergency by advocating with the public and all levels of government for effective climate policies which are both scientifically based and equitable for all.  We hold weekly climate rallies, usually 4:00 - 5:00 pm, at Province House on Grafton Street in Charlottetown.  FB: PEI Fridays for Future, Instagram: @F4F _PEI

Contact: Marilyn McKay, 902 892-4612

(Source email notice/Facebook event)  


9) LEAF Fall 2020 Newsletter

Over the past six months, the LEAF team – like so many others around the world – has been learning to navigate the new realities of life during this pandemic.  While we continue to do most of our work from home, we are ramping up for a very busy fall. 

The pandemic has not slowed us down at LEAF.  Indeed, as we have come to understand that COVID-19’s impacts have been especially devastating for women, particularly those who experience intersecting inequalities based on race, Indigeneity, disability, class, and immigration status, it has furthered our resolve to address structural and systemic discrimination that undermines substantive equality. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we at LEAF are continuing our work to advance gender equality rights and feminist principles before the courts, the government and the public.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support; we couldn’t do any of this without you.   

In this newsletter, we: 
  • share a sneak peek at LEAF’s new branding, which we will be slowly rolling out this fall, culminating in the launch of our new website in November;  
  • celebrate an important win concerning equality and sentencing for Indigenous women at the Court of Appeal for Ontario; 
  • reflect on a more disappointing decision where the same court did not give adequate consideration to the equality rights and security interests of women and children;  
  • announce an exciting new research project on Universal Basic Income; and  
  • provide further updates on our fall plans!  
To view the entire LEAF Fall E-Newsletter, click here.

(Source email E-news)


10) Access PEI Charlottetown opening Saturday mornings until end of October 

The Access PEI office in Charlottetown will open on Saturday mornings to serve more Islanders and alleviate wait times. 

Beginning Saturday, September 12 until October 31, the Charlottetown office on Riverside Drive will be open from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to provide some specific services that are currently in high demand, including driver’s license renewals and exchanges, vehicle renewals and transfers, and Class 5 and Class 7 appointment bookings.

“We are always looking for ways to offer more flexible service to better meet the needs of Islanders, and extending Access PEI hours to include Saturday is another example of this. We want to make sure people have as many options as possible to get their services in a timely and safe way.” 

- Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers

Access PEI is adding the extra hours for a limited time period to help eliminate the back log created because of COVID-19 closures and safety measures that are in place on site.

Access PEI offices currently open to the public include O'Leary, Summerside, Wellington, Charlottetown and Souris. The Tignish office will re-open to the public on Monday, September 14. 

For more information, including locations and services, please visit: Access PEI.

(Source PEI Government news release)


11) Need Improved Internet? 

Islanders can apply for up to 100% funding through PEI Broadband, max $5,000 per household for equipment like antennas, tripods, towers, hydro poles.      

One project per household.   

Apply here:

(Source Government of PEI Twitter post)  


12) Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program / Programme de financement des projets d'infrastructure de sécurité pour les collectivités à risque


Public Safety Canada has launched a call for funding applications for the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). 

The DEADLINE to submit an application is October 31, 2020. You will find additional information on the program here:

Please direct all inquiries to Public Safety Canada.

Funding is available to private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. It helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for:
  • Places of worship such as a temple, mosque, synagogue, gurdwara or church, where a group of people can gather to perform acts of religious praise, meditation, honour or devotion;
  • Provincially/territorially recognized private educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools; and
  • Community centres, such as a community drop-in centre or aboriginal Friendship Centre, where members of a community can gather year-round for social or cultural activities.
Department of Canadian Heritage
Atlantic Region

(Source email notice)


13) 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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