|Mary Potter, President
Thelma McGillivray, PCWO VP Status of Women, and I made a presentation to an Ontario Government committee called the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment, in May this year. Thelma spoke of her experience with violence personally at home and in her work with social service agencies, and I talked about PCWO policies on the topic. I included information that this past year we sent letters to the government on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” and “Psychological Harassment in the Workplace” and we also endorsed the “Up For Debate” campaign of a “Blueprint for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls.” We commended the government for addressing this issue and for the introduction of the new sex education curriculum which will help youths to learn healthy relationships with the opposite sex.
Gracia Janes wrote a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on behalf of PCWO on the deep geologic repository of nuclear waste at the Bruce nuclear site on the shore of Lake Huron. We are dismayed that the Joint Review Panel recommended the approval of the repository ignoring expert testimony about the hazards including that of its own advisory staff scientists, and the wishes of the natives, border states and environmental groups.