Distracted musings on the backlashThu Mar 6, 2008 Miss Vicky
Miss Vicky has been a tad distracted of late. There's lots to write about - new transit plans, lots of stuff happenin' in the hood (mostly the migration of Westboro retailers to Hintonburg), and plenty more. Unfortunately the residents of the Finishing School spent 14 hours in CHEO's emergency ward on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and Miss Vicky has been looking after a wheezy WeeG ever since. Fear not, Faithful Legion, he is on the mend and is running Miss Vicky ragged here at home.
In the meantime, International Women's Day approaches.... and to celebrate, the House of Commons has just voted to send Ken Epp's dangerous bill to the next stage in the parliamentary process. The vote was close, but thanks to 27 Liberals and one New Democrat (who I hope to goodness will be disciplined by Layton) who supported this ridiculousness, it passed. Oh sure, the parties spent the day trying to out-feminist each other, brand themselves as THE party that stands up for women's equality. In fact, the Liberal Leader himself missed the vote because he was prepping for an IWD bash at Stornoway. Oh, the irony. Miss Vicky would laugh herself silly if she weren't crying tears of rage and frustration right now.
It's not just this bill that's frustrating Miss Vicky. Oh, there is so much more to be worried about. She has been spending a lot of time lately analyzing nomination results for Equal Voice and despite the fact that all the parties are nominating more women, they're not being nominated in winnable ridings, at least not in numbers that will make a difference in the upcoming election. And that just sucks.
Then she got an email from these fine folks, who, it turns out, are closing up shop because they no weren't able to find sustainable funding, thanks to changes in government policy on the funding for women's programs. They're one in a long list of important organizations that have had to scale back or shut their doors because of Harper's policies.
And in case you were holding on to any illusions that we have achieved equality for women and are not, in fact, slipping backwards, there's this tidbit of news.
Happy International Women's Day..... riiiiighhht