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Equal Voice News Fall 2009

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EV Tracking Nomination of Female Candidates with Federal Parties

As in previous elections, Equal Voice is tracking the proportion of women nominated within each party as preparations continue for the next federal election. We released a preliminary assessment of partiesí performance on September 30th at which point the Liberal and Conservative parties had nominated over 50% of their candidates. At that time, just over 21% of Conservatives candidates were women (and 60% of their nominations completed).

For the Liberal Party nearly 32% of their candidates were women (and 55% of their nominations completed). Equal Voice is actively encouraging all parties to increase their efforts to nominate a record number of women. During the 2008 federal election, parties achieved a historic high by running the largest percentage of female candidates, 29%, since women won the franchise (387 candidates out of a total of 1300).

To read more about how all the parties are faring, click here:

Equal Voice Launches New Postcard

Main Content Inline SmallCheck out EVís New Promotional Postcard here which highlights the disparity in numbers between women and men in elected office in Canada:
To order copies of this postcard, email . We have distributed copies free of charge to chapters across the country but will also take direct orders for quantities of 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500. Cost per postcard is 40 cents unless the order is 250 or more.

Letís Give Her a Hand: EV to Host Reception for All Parliamentarians and staff - Tuesday, November 24

EV will host a reception to acknowledge and celebrate the work of existing female Elected Officials and support newly nominated or forthcoming female candidates on Tuesday, November 24th at the Metropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa.

To RSVP, email

EV to Hold its AGM on November 28th
with Virtual Participation from Chapters

Equal Voice plans to hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday , November 28h from 1 Ė 3 p.m. ET in cities across Canada. Like previous AGMs, chapters will host regional meetings where members can connect virtually by video or tele-conference. This year, EV seeks to refine its governance structure, elect/re-elect EV National board members and showcase some of the wonderful video coverage of women politicians currently being captured by EVís Experiences Program. To participate in EVís AGM, contact your provincial chapter chair email

EV's - Experiences program is thriving!

Canada Challenge 2009

Experiences continues to recruit mentors who can inspire and guide young women in Canada to to consider the impact of politics in their lives. More than 100 young women have signed up for a mentor, with more requests coming in every day. To be a mentor or a mentee, click here >

This past fall, Courtney Bragg, Experiences Regional Coordinator for the Atlantic region, was asked by the Governor Generalís office to join the GG a diplomatic mission abroad on behalf of EVís Experiences Program. From October 21 Ė November 3, Courtney accompanied Her Excellency to Slovenia, Croatia, and Greece to speak on Youth Engagement.

Provincial Legislature launches have now been held in Toronto, Victoria and Halifax, with Edmonton and Whitehorse in the works. Launches raise awareness about Experiences and recruit participants for the program.

Experiences regional coordinators have also been hosting campus meetings at colleges and universities across the country, including Mt. Allison University (Halifax), Dalhousie University (Halifax), St. Francis Xavier University, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, and Laurentian University (Sudbury).

Equal Voice: Renew Your Membership or Become a Member!

Equal Voice members are entitled to attend the AGM and vote on various motions. In order to be eligible to vote, you must be a paid member in good standing by Wednesday, November 25th at 12 p.m. ET. You can renew your membership online at: or by phone at 613-292-7941. Please be sure that your membership cheque reaches us by November 25!

Aboriginal module:
Getting to the Gate - EVís on-line campaign school

Equal Voice will be launching our Aboriginal module of Getting to the Gate, EVís on-line campaign school for women, early in the new year. Final revisions are being made to the content and we look forward to the opportunity to offer this comprehensive guide to engaging in the political process.

Media Update

Equal Voice has been regularly in the news this past summer and early fall. To see Donna Dasko, EVís National Chair (Acting) in action as captured by CPACís new program, On the Bright Side, click here > Read about EVís Executive Directorís passion for politics and what motivates her to desire for change.

New Film in the Making: Dancing with the Octopus

Main Content Inline SmallMay Street Productions, an award-winning BC based production company with a respected reputation for telling compelling stories that change perceptions, was in Ottawa recently to gather footage for its new production, Dancing with the Octopus - a feature length film on women in public life. A passionate documentary that takes a proactive, non-partisan look at the systemic exclusion of women in politics in Canada and abroad, it asks, what needs to change, and how do we change it. Producer Sandy Mayzell met with various members and supports of Equal Voice, including former politicians.

For more information on how you can support the production of this film,
email Sandy Mayzell >


Alberta North

> In September, EVAN members led by seasoned facilitator Shelley Williams revisited the mission and purpose of Equal Voice, and addressed balancing the activities of Equal Voice that educate and raise awareness, with chapter sustainability and local volunteer passion and engagement.

Former EVAN Chair Tania Kajner and Equal Voice Alberta South Chair Janice Kinch presented on September 17th to the Women in Municipal Government committee of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. The members of the Committee were keenly interested in the work of Equal Voice, and expressed an interest to explore ways in which the WIMG Committee and Equal Voice Alberta North & South can work together in future.

Read more about Alberta North activities here >

NF and Labrador

> EV welcomes Newfoundland and Labrador as a fully ratified chapter of Equal Voice. Led by Robin Whittaker (an Anthropology professor at Memorial University) and a committed team of political activists, EV NL has a strong steering committee and an ambitious agenda. In mid-September, they hosted their first event, in collaboration with the Memorial University Studentsí Union, which featured female municipal candidates for the city of St. Johnís .