Resolutions Past & Present

Resolutions are statements about what the FWIC will do, wether it be a petition, lobbying, or a direct action. Resolutions are written at the branch-level and passed through the districts, areas, and provinces, before being then submitted to the FWIC board for ratification. These resolutions are snapshots of the political climate and social issues of the time in which they were written.

The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada has been submitting Resolutions to various government departments and other agencies since its inception in 1919. It is most interesting to read the hundreds that have been presented over the years. Many of the topics presented in the past dealt with some of the same issues we are dealing with today, including women’s rights, parental concerns, food safety, health, education, criminal codes. They are a story in themselves, and an important part of the history and present of FWIC. It is also interesting to note how much has (or has not) changed over the years.

Many of the earlier resolutions deal with women’s rights, for instance in 1919:

“Resolved that women receive equal pay with men for equal work.” Are we there yet?

Another one, “Resolved that women be given the right to enter the House of Commons as Members.” This one we have achieved.

I love this one, also passed in 1919, “Resolved the FWIC go on record as strongly supporting the Temperance Movement”. Try that one today!

One in early years that I find most puzzling. “Resolved that the standing Committee on Legislation take steps to lay before the Federal Government the extreme doaifability (yes that’s the word used) of having the recent Orders in Council re Anti-loafing and Registration placed on the Statute Books as enactments”. I guess you had to be there!

There’s a project here for someone to review all our Resolutions just to see how much progress has been made. Maybe a grant for a University student or a Women’s Institute member?

Resolutions continue to be an important part of the FWIC Mandate. At the recent Board meeting held in June 2014, the following motion was passed.

“The Board will consider resolutions from the provinces at any time during the Triennium”.

In the past Resolutions were only submitted and dealt with at the Triennial Conventions. With this motion the Board is now able to deal with the motion in a more timely manner.

As our 2015 Convention is only a few months away, Resolutions submitted now (unless it is an emergency resolution) will be dealt with at Convention. Resolutions need to be in to the FWIC Board at least three (3) months before the June 2015 Convention.

When submitting a Resolution, please provide sufficient background material with information that is factual and comes from reliable sources. Once the Board has accepted the Resolution, it is sent to the Provinces for discussion so that voting delegates can make an informed decision. Wording and intent should be clear.

If a Resolution is to be reaffirmed, Provinces should provide information on what has or has not been done since the original Resolution was submitted.

It is helpful if the Provinces submitting the Resolution suggest as to where/to whom it should be addressed.

Some issues are of an internal nature relating only to the province concerned. In this instance, the Resolution should be submitted by the Province to the appropriate agencies in that province. FWIC will be quite willing to provide letters supporting the Resolution.

Barbara Taylor, Chair, Citizenship & Legislation Committee

1900-1985

1919 That delegates here assembled from the Homemakers’ Clubs, the Home Economics Societies and Women’s Institutes do federate themselves into a national organization, the name to be decided upon after hearing the report of the committee on the constitution.

1919 Age of Consent (Senate had vetoed the bill passed to raise the age of consent of girls)

WHEREAS we understand that our Senate vetoed the Amendment to the Criminal Act last Session without consideration, we would earnestly protest against the vetoing of such amendment after it has passed the Lower House, and we would respectively suggest that with further consideration the Senate will place this Legislation on the Statute Books.

1919 Parental Guardianship

RESOLVED that parents shall have equal rights of ownership over their children.

1919 Divorce Clause

RESOLVED that the Federal Government be petitioned to establish divorce courts in each of the Provinces, such courts to be governed by federal enactments.

1919 Equal Pay for Women

RESOLVED that women receive equal pay with men for equal work.

1919 Wife Desertion

RESOLVED that the Legislative Committee of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada investigate and study the measure taken in various countries to deal with cases of wife desertion.

1919 Anti-loafing Act, Registration Act

RESOLVED that the Standing Committee on Legislation take steps to lay before the Federal Government the extreme doaifability of having the recent Orders in Council re Anti-loafing and Registration placed on the Statute Books as enactments.

1919 Investigation of Packing Plants

RESOLVED that it be recommended to the Committee on Household Economics that they study the report of the American Investigation of Packing Plants and that they act upon it and investigate Canadian Conditions and take action at as early a date as possible.

1919 Prohibition

RESOLVED that the present laws re Prohibition be left on the Statute Books until the time when the soldiers return and a vote may be taken on it.

1919 Women Members of the House

RESOLVED that the recommendation be made to the Committee on Legislation that they petition the Federal Government to grant the right to women to enter the House of Commons as Members.

1919 Citizenship and Loyalty

RESOLVED that greater emphasis be placed in the school upon the instilling into the children those ideals which pertain to and promote true citizenship and loyalty to the Canadian nation and to the whole British Empire.

RESOLVED that the Union Jack be placed in a prominent position in all schools in Canada; that it be saluted with the words, “For God and my Country”; and that this resolution be put before the Standing Committee on Education.

1919 “O Canada”

RESOLVED that the FWIC adopt one set of words and music, preferably that begin: “O Canada, Our Home and Native Land”; and be it further resolved that the Federation recommends and urges the Provincial Women’s Institutes to encourage the regular use of the version in the schools and at public meetings of their respective Provinces.

RESOLVED that the FWIC approach the author with a request that a verse be added to this anthem to express our thankfulness to Almighty God for the many gifts that have been bestowed on us.

1919 Canadianization of New Canadians

RESOLVED that the FWIC petition the Federal Government to take immediate action in devising some distinct and systematic plan, whereby this most essential process of Canadianization may be made effective.

1919 Protection of Birds

RESOLVED that the FWIC petition the Department of Education to have a copy of the “Migratory Bird (Protection) Conservation Act” posted in every school, and that it be made compulsory for teachers to explain the Act to their pupils, and impress on them the importance of protecting the birds.

1919 Refined Foods

RESOLVED that the FWIC demand of those in authority that the food that is manufactured be pure and wholesome, and that whole wheat be manufactured and placed on the market generally.

1919 Safeguarding while Travelling

RESOLVED that the President of the FWIC be authorized to take up with the heads of the Canadian Railway System the whole question of the safe guarding of young women and children while traveling.

1919 Health and Hygiene

RESOLVED that a Women’s Institute Health League be constituted, the membership to consist of those who have attended a prescribed course of lectures on Health subjects, and passed an examination on the same

RESOLVED that all those who have fulfilled the required conditions be granted a certificate of Membership in the League.

RESOLVED that in order to secure uniformity and to provide a course suitable to the needs of this country, the Executive of the FWIC be authorized to prepare a suitable text-book covering the necessary subjects, and to make all other arrangements in connection with the same.

1919 Lack of Adequate Inspection of Milk Supply

RESOLVED that the FWIC recommend to the Federal Board of Health that it give this matter the most urgent and serious consideration, and that steps be taken to remedy conditions now existing.

The following are resolutions presented at the convention 1921:

Relationships among English Speaking Races

RESOLVED that the FWIC recommend that every effort be encouraged to promote and continue the harmonious relationships among peoples of the English speaking races.

Laws of Enfranchisement

RESOLVED that the FWIC recommend that the Laws of Enfranchisement for Women be a subject of close study by all Members of the Federation.

Appointment of Women to Senate

RESOLVED that the FWIC request with still more urgency that women be forthwith appointed.

Improvement of Roads in Rural Areas

RESOLVED that the FWIC express appreciation of the active program for GOOD ROADS projected in the various Provinces, and respectfully recommend to these Provincial Departments that extension of this work to the Side-Lines, as adding value to the present Better Roads Policy.

Homesteading Act

RESOLVED that the FWIC request the Federal Government to amend the Homesteading Act that the same conditions of Home-Standing be made for Women as for Men.

Canadian Home Journal

RESOLVED that the FWIC ask the Canadian Home Journal for space to conduct a Department on Institute Technique and consult with the Editor concerning the insertion of material on Institute Technique –another resolution later in the list mention space devoted to objects set forth in the Constitution instead of local and provincial news, reports of Standing Committees

Temperance Movement

RESOLVED that FWIC go on record as strongly supporting the Temperance Movement.
Women’s Division in Department of Agriculture

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the formation of a Women’s Division in the Federal Department of Agriculture.

Incorporation

That FWIC take the necessary steps towards incorporation

Raising Money

RESOLVED the FWIC recommend that the expenditure of funds raised by the Institutes be confined to the Institute organization, local, provincial and Federal, and to the furtherance of aims and objects as specified in their Constitution, and that the Institutes endeavor to guard against the danger of degenerating into money-making machines.

National Council of Women

RESOLVED that the FWIC place themselves on record as opposed to affiliation with the National Council of Women.

Canadian Citizenship

RESOLVED that in view of the importance ad dignity of Canadian citizenship that FWIC again petition the Federal Department of State that such honor be conferred upon all applicants, both native and foreign-born, with appropriate ceremony on or about July 1st.

1923 Appointment of Women to Senate

RESOLVED that FWIC reaffirm their stand on this matter and respectfully urge that action be taken this session.

1923 Nursing Systems Available

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Institutes throughout Canada to inform themselves as to these policies and to make the fullest possible use of them in order that the health services may be extended and enlarged so as to provide adequate instruction, attendance and care for all maternity cases.

1923 Education
RESOLVED that the FWIC endorse the principle that the state provide equal educational opportunities for all children, whether rural or urban, rich or poor, whatever their social standing or mental endowment.

RESOLVED that the FWIC place on record their belief that the physical, mental, social and

spiritual are equally important in education and should be equally stressed, and that they believe in the school as the place to inculcate the spirit of universal goodwill necessary to world citizenship and world peace.

1923 One Teacher Schools No Longer Adequate

RESOLVED that the FWIC strongly endorse the establishment of consolidated schools and request the provincial institutes to do their utmost to further consolidation in their respective provinces.

1923 Women on School Boards

RESOLVED that the FWIC place on record their belief that a larger representation of women on the school boards of our country would be a distinct gain to the cause of education.

1925 League of Nations

RESOLVED that the FWIC strongly endorse the idea of further representation by women on the League of Nations.

1925 Amendment to Criminal Code to Allow Games of Chance at Agricultural Fairs

RESOLVED that the FWIC strongly condemn such amendment and recommend that the present law in this connection be maintained.

1927 International Difference

RESOLVED that in the opinion of the FWIC, Canada as a member of the League of Nations should accept the principle of settling all international differences not diplomatically adjusted, by reference to the permanent Court of International Justice of by arbitration.

1927 Unemployment

RESOLVED that FWIC express our willingness to co-operate in any scheme intended to bring about a satisfactory adjustment.

1927 Girl Guides

RESOLVED that the FWIC affirm our readiness to co-operate with the Girl Guides Association and all other agencies which will further the objects of our organization and we hope that each Provincial Women’s Institute will co-operate with the Provincial Girl Guide Association to their mutual benefit.

1927 Floral Emblem for each Province

Upon the suggestion of Alberta, FWIC RECOMMEND that the Women’s Institutes of each province support the selection of a provincial flower, seeking the co-operation of the school children in making such selection.

(Note –the Women’s Institute was involved in the selection of only three: BC –Pacific Dogwood;

Alberta –Wild Rose (schoolchildren voted for their choice); New Brunswick –Purple Violet).

1927 Prohibition of Salacious Literature

RESOLVED that the FWIC commend the attitude and resolution of the Honorable Post Master General and to pledge him their hearty co-operation and support in this matter.

1929 Smuggling of Liquor to the United States

RESOLVED that the FWIC ask our Federal Government for a much closer check-up of ships sailing from Canadian ports, and of other facilities for crossing the border, feeling that while not legally responsible for this carrying of contraband goods into another territory, morally we are responsible, and we urge close co-operation with United States in enforcing their law, thus upholding the honor of Canada’s name and expressing our public opinion in this matter.

1929 County Health Units

RESOLVED that the Government of the Dominion of Canada be requested to provide financial assistance in the provinces of the Dominion for the establishment of County Health Units in all of the provinces as requested recently by the Dominion Health Council.

1929 Nationality of Women

RESOLVED that the FWIC affirm their belief in the right of a British woman to retain her British Nationality on marriage with a foreigner… and urge our Dominion Government to appoint one of our Institute women to represent the view point of Canadian rural women at the Codification of International Law Committee of the League of Nations.

1929 Canadian National Exhibition

RESOLVED that the FWIC place on record our regret at the action of the Board of the CNE by which the space allotted to the Exhibition of the FWIC has been withdrawn; and we would ask that, in view of the national importance of the work on this organization, the Board of Directors of the CNE grant to it necessary permanent space in which to demonstrate from year to year its varied and far-reaching activities.

1929 World Peace

FWIC urge the Women’s Institutes, during the coming year to study the causes of war and the peace-promoting organizations, that members may be prepared to support Canada’s efforts to further peaceful relationships throughout the world.

1929 PEI Sanatorium

FWIC approves the action taken by the Women’s Institutes of PEI, in respect of the proposed new Sanatorium and puts itself on record in support of the claim presented by the Provincial Government against the Federal Government in regard to this matter.

1931 Health Units

RESOLVED that FWIC express hearty approval of the decision of the Federal Government to consider the advisability of granting financial assistance to full time Health Units; also of the announcement of the Honourable Minister of Pensions and National Health that a conference shall be held to which will be invited the health officers of the different Provinces and we respectfully urge that the said conference be held at the earliest possible date.

1931 Films

RESOLVED that the FWIC request that films both silent and talkies be properly censored and that educational films and wholesome pictures be presented; also that a greater use be made of Canadian produced and British films.

1931 Local Needs

RESOLVED that since the leadership, contributions and service of the Women’s Institutes are vital to the development of community life we hereby express the view that the leaders in each branch should consider very carefully the local needs and possibilities before contributing funds to organizations and interests operating outside the community.

1931 Pension for the Blind

RESOLVED that the resolution of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind asking for an adequate pension for the blind be endorsed by the FWIC.

1931 Unemployment

RESOLVED that the FWIC express their sympathy with those unavoidably out of work and destitute and would most urgently request that wherever possible more workers should be employed even for shorter hours in order that some work may be provided for the maximum number of people; and further that FWIC would urge their own members to do their part in providing employment wherever possible.

1933 Appointment of Women to Public Bodies

RESOLVED that FWIC approach the Federal and Provincial Governments with a request that the claims of outstanding women be considered in the appointment of special committees, commissions and civil servants.

1933 Reduced Expenditure on Armaments

RESOLVED that the FWIC wishes to register the appreciation of the work done by His Majesty’s Government in the direction of the reduction of armaments, and whole heartedly supports any further efforts on its part to induce the nations of the world to reduce expenditures on armaments by mutual agreement.

1933 Armaments for Private Profit

RESOLVED that the FWIC condemn the sale of armaments for private profit.

1933 Pictures for Children

RESOLVED that the FWIC co-operate with the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire in their endeavour to have pictures produced that are suitable for children.

1933 Moving Picture Censorship

RESOLVED that the FWIC recommends that it would be more economical and desirable to have, instead of eight Provincial Boards, one Dominion Board with one representative from each Province; and FURTHER that if such Board be appointed, women would have representation thereon.

1935 Adelaide Hoodless in Archives

RESOLVED that the FWIC approach the chief archivist of Canada re the placing of a photograph of the late Adelaide Hoodless in the Canadian Archives at Ottawa with a short history of the founding of the Women’s Institutes.

1935 Home Nursing and First Aid Information

RESOLVED that the FWIC petition the Canadian Welfare Council to provide this knowledge in the form of a Book, similar to the Blue Books or Canadian Mothers’ Book.

1935 Control Manufacture of Munitions

RESOLVED that the FWIC take all proper steps to induce the Canadian Government to enact legislation giving the state control of the manufacture of all munitions and of all native materials used in such manufacture, in order that private profit in such may be eliminated.

1935 War-like toys (endorsement of resolution received from Hamilton Section of the National Council of Jewish Women

RESOLVED that the Hamilton Section of National Council of Jewish Women record its desire and urge that there be prohibited the importation, manufacture and sale into and in the Dominion of Canada of any such articles which may develop in the minds of children a desire for war rather than an abhorrence of it and that the Honourable Premier of Canada and Government of Canada be petitioned to have enacted such legislation as may be necessary to prohibit such importation, manufacture and sale.

1935 Railway Stop Signals

RESOLVED that the Dominion Railway Board be requested to have a uniform system of “stop” signals placed at all railway crossings in the Dominion.

1937 No resolutions passed

1939 “Resolutions were not a feature of the biennial meeting. Beyond a request for investigation into profiteering, which was already being done, the only immediate communications to the federal government concerned offers of war service. These were made both to the Prime Minister, W L Mackenzie King and in more detail to Hon. James Gardiner, federal Minister of Agriculture.”

1941 National Exchange of Food Grown and Produced in Canada

RESOLVED that WI women request attention to this question by the Government at Ottawa in co-operation with Provincial Governments with a view to more equitable exchange off products inter-provincially, adjusting freight rates and regulating the exchange of products.

1941 Central Office

That a resolution from PEI WI’s asking that a central office for the conduct of the FWIC business be requested of the Department of Agriculture, Ottawa. (Carried with a rider attached, to the effect that this request be not pressed during the war).

1941 Public Health Education (endorsement of Resolution from the Health League of Canada)

FWIC urges that the Dominion Government with the co-operation of Provincial Governments, organized medicine and such agencies as are interested in public health measures, embark on a nation-wide programme of public education on these matters (lack of public awareness of possibilities and benefits of the prevention of illness) which so vitally affect our present war defense programme and our future post-war strength as a great people.

AND FUTHER RESOLVED that FWIC fully subscribe to the sentiments expressed in this resolution and respectfully request that the Prime Minister have steps taken which will make possible a more intensive and wide-spread programme of health education.

1943 Interest in affairs of Government

RESOLVED that FWIC urge each Institute and every member to consider the matter of intelligent and interested citizenship to be of prime importance. That we urge our Provincial and Dominion Boards to promote a nation-wide campaign so that all our members will vote and take an active interest in Municipal and Educational affairs.

1943 Improving Health Services

RESOLVED that FWIC urge that these reports Dr Heagerty and Dr Marsh) be given a more thorough and careful study before they are implemented with a view to correcting this (costs and services are not equitable so far as the rural population is concerned).

1943 Increase Amount of Sugar (Since rural women use sugar for canning)

FWIC urge that every effort should be made to provide additional sugar for rural women through the Local Rationing Board if the sugar could be made available.

1943 Appointment to Consumers Branch

THAT FWIC ask the Wartime Prices and Trade Board to appoint to the Consumers Branch a woman cognizant of rural problems and acceptable to the rural women; and that the FWIC be permitted to submit names for consideration.

1945 Citizenship

RESOLVED that an applicant for naturalization shall be required to have at least an elementary knowledge of the history of Canada and of the British Commonwealth of Nations in order that he may have an appreciation of British traditions and of his responsibilities in maintaining these traditions; and that his citizenship should be definitely known as Canadian.

1947 Standards Division

RESOLVED that FWIC commend the Dominion Government on the formation of a Standards Division within the Department of Trade and Commerce and urge that steps be taken to establish standards in household equipment, furnishings and clothing, along with a method of labelling which would provide the consumer with information as to the content, quality, care and additional information on textiles regarding fastness, finishes and shrinkage.

1947 Immigration Policy

RESOLVED that FWIC stress the importance of an immediate Immigration Policy with proper regard to selective immigration, allowing only those people to enter Canada whose love of freedom and desire for Democracy fit them for our way of life in Canada.

1947 Provision of Food

RESOLVED that FWIC lend every effort to insure a steady supply of food to the countries still in want.

1947 Education

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Federal Government for immediate legislation to provide:

Compulsory learning of the English and/or the French language by immigrants immediately following their arrival in this country.
Citizenship training for all our youth from age 17 to 21 years.
Citizenship training for every adult in Canada.

1947 Canadian Flag

RESOLVED that the Union Jack be a component part in the new flag.

1947 Dominion Day

RESOLVED that the name Dominion Day, for July the first, be retained, rather than Canada Day, not only for the

euphonious sound of the former, but more so because of the manner in which it was chosen after the reading of

Psalm 72, verse 8, by Sir Leonard Tilley.

1947 Memorial Day

FWIC humbly petition the Government to establish a National Memorial Day.

1947 Daylight Saving

RESOLVED that Daylight Saving should be Dominion wide or not at all.

1947 Archambauldt Report

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Department of Justice that the recommendation made in the Archambauldt report be

implemented forthwith.

1947 Tribute to Fallen Heroes

RESOLVED that FWIC go on record as being opposed to the proposed memorial to be erected in Ottawa and that

instead we suggest a scholarship fund for the youth of Canada, as a more fitting tribute to our fallen heroes.

1947 Lavatories in Trains, Train Stations and Bus Stops

RESOLVED that the attention of the Minister of Transport be called to the inadequate number and deplorable conditions of the lavatories in most railway stations, coach trains and bus stops, and that he be asked to make it necessary for the railway and bus companies to provide better facilities.

1947 Detain Criminals

RESOLVED that FWIC ask that provision be made that all such criminals (sex) may be detained until competent medical authorities are satisfied that they are no longer dangerous to be at large in the community.

1949 Standardization of Bottle Tops

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Department of Agriculture, Ottawa and the Canadian Manufacturers Association to work together to establish standards for at least three sizes of jars and tops used in commercial packing of food products.

1949 Old Age Pensions

RESOLVED that the age of eligibility in the case of women be reduced to 65 years.

AND FURTHER RESOLVED that the Old Age Pensions Act be amended to abolish the Means Test.

1949 Radio

RESOLVED that the FWIC urge the Board of Governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to introduce a strict censorship of radio programmes to eliminate the undesirable types of drama which includes murder, hold-ups, etc.

1949 Comics

RESOLVED that FWIC in the best interests of our Canadian children ask the Government of the Dominion of Canada to provide for adequate censorship on all comic books or strips published or issued for sale in Canada.

1949 Standardization and Labelling of Clothing (endorsement of recommendation)

RESOLVED that FWIC endorse the recommendations on the standardization and labelling of clothing which have been forwarded by the Canadian Home Economics Association to the Director of the Standards Division of the Department of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa.

1949 ACWW

RESOLVED that FWIC ask ACWW to amend their constitution re membership (specifics available).

1951 Pensions

RESOLVED that the Government be asked to increase these pensions (disabled veterans and war widows) commeasurate with the increased cost of living.

1951 Financial Security for Handicapped People

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Federal Government to consider legislation which would grant to handicapped persons of all ages economic and social security.

1951 Labelling Fabrics as to Preshrinkage

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Standards Division, Department of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa, to work towards labelling of fabrics as to preshrinkage and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that FWIC go on record as asking their members to enquire when purchasing, whether or not fabrics are labelled preshrunk.

1951 National Appeals (endorsement of Resolution by Health League of Canada)

THAT in order to assist all reliable organizations collecting funds in the health and welfare field, the Government of Canada be requested to set up a five member commission of prominent citizens to consider:

the validity and necessity of all national appeals by such organizations.
the amount of each financial objective.
whether any national appeal for funds should be endorsed unless or until such organization is incorporated under the laws of the Dominion of Canada.
ALSO that the commission be empowered to issue endorsement of all such appeals dealing with the necessity of the appeal and its objective with the object of informing and guiding the public as well as provincial and local authorities which might be asked to subscribe.

1951 Fruit Juices for School Children

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the manufacturers of citrus, tomato and apple juice to pack these products in attractive four ounce containers which would be made readily available to our school children and thereby improve the health standard of our young people.

1951 National Standard of Education

RESOLVED that FWIC go on record as favoring a uniform system of education with the same basic or core subjects, texts and standards for all provinces.

1951 Faith and Morale

RESOLVED that FWIC reaffirm their faith in the future of our country and in the value of demographic government, and FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that we ask our members to live according to their faith in Divine Providence and to express this belief to others.

1951 Tax and Duty on Books

RESOLVED that the Government of Canada be asked to remove the 80% Sales Tax and the Duty on books.

1953 Women in Senate

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Federal Government to honour women of outstanding ability, irrespective of their political affiliations, by appointing a woman to the Senate to represent each Province as a vacancy occurs.

1953 Voting in Advance Poll

RESOLVED that FWIC request that the Election Act be amended to include all Delegates attending national or international conventions, on the list of those permitted an advance Poll.

1955 Crime Comics

RESOLVED, firstly that the definition of “crime comic” according to Canada’s Criminal Code be amended so that this term will be understood to mean, “any magazine, periodical or book which exclusively or substantially comprises matter depicting pictorially actions or conversations leading up to or pertaining to the commission of crimes, real or fictitious.”

RESOLVED, secondly that the law as stipulated in Canada’s Crime Code be strictly enforced and that the publishers of crime comics receive the maximum penalty of two years imprisonment provided under the law.

1955 Family Allowance –Immigrant Children

RESOLVED that the one-year residence requirement for payment of family allowances for immigrant children born outside Canada be rescinded and that the principle of eligibility for family allowances for such children be recognized as commencing from the date of landed entry.

1955 Vote

RESOLVED that all members of the Women’s Institutes be encouraged to vote as they like, but always vote, and encourage other women to vote also.

1957 Air-guns and Air-pistols

RESOLVED that FWIC recommend to the Federal Parliament that: Article 88 of the Criminal Code be amended to:

prohibit the import, manufacture or sale of air-guns or air-pistols or ammunition therefore; and
prohibit the import, manufacture or sale of toy-guns unless these are painted in bright colours such as red, yellow or green.

1957 Installment Payment of Fines

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Federal Government of Canada that the Criminal Code of Canada be amended as recommended by the Fateaux Committee so that:

Fines can not be imposed at the same time as sentences of imprisonment in default of payment of fine; and in every case at least 7 days be allowed for payment of fine or if its first installment;
Due inquiry must be made, in the presence of the offender as to his ability to pay the full amount of the fine or any installment before any committal may take place on default of payment of fine; the Court must consider the economic position of the offender and his family;
Where the offender if under 21 years of age he must be placed under supervision until the fine is paid;
The above provisions to apply in indictment cases as well as in summary conviction cases.

1959 International Peace Garden

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the National Film Board to provide a documentary film, in colour, on the International Peace Garden, to be used for educational purposes by schools and other organizations.

1959 Advance Poll

RESOLVED that FWIC request the government at Federal Elections whereby the voting citizen may, by making proper application which provides satisfactory evidence of reason for absence, be allowed the privilege of an Advanced Poll.

1959 Women’s Institutes North West Territories

RESOLVED that FWIC recommend to the Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources that consideration and arrangements be made to organize Women’s Institutes in that area, a programme which is geared to the needs of the region.

1961 Canadian National Library

Asking for its immediate construction

1961 Canadian Broadcasting League

Endorsing their stand on broadcasting in Canada

1961 World Refuge Year

Recommending Gaza Strip become an International Peace Garden.

1961 Family Allowance

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Department of National Health and Welfare to take steps to continue the payment of

Family Allowance to students beyond the age of sixteen attending High School.

1961 Immigration

RESOLVED that FWIC urge an immediate revision of the Immigration Act , to provide a selective immigration

policy which would ensure that the immigrant be a desirable future citizen of Canada, with skills necessary to fill

certain economic needs and opportunities; and

Further RESOLVED that the Immigration Act be revised to ensure fair deportation practices and the

elimination of racial discrimination.

1961 Price of Drugs

FWIC take action in support of a Federal Investigation into the price of drugs.

1964 Mail Order Catalogues

RESOLVED that FWIC explore the possibilities of encouraging companies using this method of merchandizing to

indicate those articles manufactured in Canada in their catalogues.

1964 Divorce Laws

RESOLVED that the grounds for which divorce can be granted in Canada be extended to include cruelty, incurable

insanity (5 years) and desertion.

1964 Souvenirs

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Government to investigate steps to discourage the practice of selling articles

marked as “Souvenirs of Canada” which are frequently made in countries outside of Canada.

1964 Water Pollution

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Water Resources Commission and the Department of National Health and

Welfare, to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale of mineral based detergents and prevent this menace from further contaminating the water supplies of Canada, and endangering the health of our citizens.

1964 Agricultural Training

RESOLVED that FWIC endorse the recommendation of the Agricultural Committee of the National Technical and Vocational Training and Advisory Council, that an additional and separate program be added to the technical and

vocational training agreements to provide solely for training in agriculture; and

Further RESOLVED that FWIC bring to the attention of members the need for the highest possible education standards for farm people and for an adequate guidance program for rural youth; and

that the provincial organizations within FWIC be urged to co-operate with Departments of Education, Agriculture and Labour in support of a well co-ordinated vocational training program especially designed for farm people.

1964 Retraining in Agriculture

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Departments of Education and Agriculture in each province to give serious consideration to investigating needs educationally of those engaged in agriculture, with a view to providing a progressive program in re-training.

1964 Special Project 4-H Clubs

RESOLVED that FWIC recommend to the Directors of Extension in the Department of Agriculture in each of the provinces, that all phases of business management, including record keeping. budgeting, cost analysis and related subjects be incorporated in all 4-H Club programs as a special project.

1967 Education-Provincial Co-ordination

RESOLVED that FWIC request that the Federal Government give consideration to the establishment of a co-ordinating office to work through the Departments of Education in each of the Provinces, with the objective of establishing better communication and understanding between those who develop the curriculum for each Province.

1967 Criminal Code of Canada Re Abortion

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice , the Minister of Health that the Criminal Code of Canada be amended to legalize abortion on grounds that would include criminal assaults and the health, both physical and mental of the mother, and when carried out by a recognized Medical Practitioner, under the authority of a Medical Committee duly constituted and when carried out in a duly accredited place.

1967 Diversion of Water Resources

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Federal Government to refrain from making any agreements that will bind our country to changing the courses of rivers in Canada, and to building a system of canals for the purpose of diverting Canadian waters to the detriment of Canada.

1967 Maintenance in Case of Desertion

RESOLVED that FWIC make an appeal to the Government:

to examine fully the plight of the deserted wife and family and the role of the Family Courts in relation to them, with a view to strengthening the courts through a larger budget and staff, so that they can cope adequately with this and other problems;
to institute effective measures to enforce maintenance by husbands of their deserted wives and children.
to establish co-operation with other provincial governments to provide quick and effective means of enforcement in cases where the husbands move to different provinces from that in which they deserted their families.

1967 Citizenship and Education

RESOLVED that victims of criminal violence and/or their dependents be compensated for their losses from a fund set up by the Federal Government under the Criminal Code, and that judges be empowered to make payments from this fund to the said victims and/or their dependents.

1967 Health and Social Welfare

RESOLVED that each Provincial and Territorial Unit where legislation to implement this is not in force, be urged to have its government pass legislation to make the obtaining of pre-marital health certificates compulsory, and that FWIC make representation to the Federal Government to have similar legislation, effective Dominion-wide passed.

1967 Amendment Criminal Code Re Contraceptives

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Federal Government to have the Criminal Code, Chapter 51, Section 150, amended to make the advertisement, sale and use of contraceptives legal.

1967 Family Planning Centres

RESOLVED that each Province petition its Department of Health and that FWIC petition the Federal Government to the effect that both Governments co-operate in setting up such Family Centres across Canada.

1967 Educational Television

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to give serious consideration to ensuring that the programs will be available to communities, which while not isolated, are far enough from broadcasting centres that reception is limited to one channel, since these areas are desirous of this service and their need for it is great, if not greater, than those living in metropolitan or more generally populated areas.

1967 Personal Tax Exemption

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Minister of Finance to give consideration to replacing the present $1,000 exemption with an exemption of $2,000 for the individual tax payer.

1968 Women on Commissions

FWIC request that more women be appointed to the new Canadian Radio-Television Commission.

1968 Curtailment of Medical Health Services to Native People

FWIC are opposed to any curtailment of Health Services to Indians and Eskimos and urgently request that if the Federal Government must introduce austerity measures in the Canadian economy that it not be done at the expense of the health of our native peoples.

1970 Postal Service

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government to enact legislation to ensure that the postal service cannot be crippled due to strikes.

1970 Capital Gains Tax

RESOLVED that FWIC endorse the submission on tax reforms, presented by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and urge that the three principles for levying capital gains tax on farms, as outlined by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture be established.

1970 Pollution

RESOLVED

That the Federal and Provincial Governments hasten their efforts for further research on pollution of the environment, and in their efforts in air and water pollution abatement and control in both the industrial and domestic area of involvement;
That FWIC confirm their support of efforts of governments at all levels in combating pollution; and
That FWIC express their willingness to co-operate in any program requiring citizen participation in research and pollution control.

1973 Government Grants

RESOLVED that more responsibility be shown in the decision to award the grants, and that if the funds are being misused, the grant or portion thereof be withdrawn.

1973 Canada Pension Plan Survivor’s Benefits

RESOLVED that survivor’s benefits under the Canada Pension Plan apply equally to both male and female.

1973 Contribution to Canada Pension Plan

RESOLVED that all individuals who do not have any stated income on which to be eligible to make Canada Pension

Plan contributions, be allowed to make a lump sum payment on the basic minimum wage rate to the Canada Pension Plan during March each year, thus qualifying them for Canada Pension Plan when they reach the pensionable age.

1973 Abortion

RESOLVED that FWIC go on record as endorsing the Federal Government’s present policy on abortion.

1973 Venereal Disease

RESOLVED that FWIC ask the Federal Government Department of health and Social Services to allot more funds for venereal disease research and treatment.

1973 Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

RESOLVED that FWIC request that the Criminal Code of Canada (Maltreatment of a Child), should be amended by inserting immediately after section 200 thereof, the following section:

Every person who has reasonable and probable cause to believe that a child has been abandoned, deserted or physically ill-treated, or is in need of protection shall report the cause of such belief to the Director or any supervisor of the Department of Health and Social Development or Children’s Aid Society, or a municipal welfare director or a solicitor acting on behalf of the Department of the Attorney General.

This applies notwithstanding that the information is confidential or privileged, and no action lies against the informant unless the giving of the information is done maliciously or without reasonable and probable causes.

Any person who fails to comply, in addition to any civil liability, is guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine of $1000 or to imprisonment for three months, or both.

1975 Queen on Postage Stamp

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the Federal Government to ensure that a true likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II be depicted on future issues of our Canadian low value definitive postage stamp.

1975 Garrison Diversion Project

RESOLVED that the Manitoba WI and FWIC ask the respective Governments involved in this project to halt all

further work on the project until such time as these questions are answered to the satisfaction of the Canadian public.

1975 Income for Wives

RESOLVED that payments to wives for demonstrably useful labor, by owners and operators of unincorporated farms and small businessmen, be considered as income to the wives to be taxable under the Income Tax Act, and to provide a basis for contributions to the Canada Pension Plan, such payments to be accepted as a legitimate deductible expense under the Income Tax Act.

1975 Pricing on Items with the Introduction of Universal Product Coding

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to legislate that all merchandise sold must have the price clearly marked on all items.

1976 Sexual Assault

RESOLVED that FWIC:

support the establishment of rape centres to aid the victims of sexual assault
appeal to the Government of Canada to pass legislation providing for:
Conducting of physical examinations of victims of sexual assault privately in hospitals or a recognized medical centre, with full consideration, by a doctor of their choice
Conducting all phases of the investigation and trial with as much privacy as is compatible with justice to the accused, eliminating when possible, investigation of the past sexual life of the victim and the humiliating scrutiny of details of the rape
Holding the trial elsewhere than in the home community of those concerned and withholding the names of the victim from publicity
Conducting psychiatric examination of all those convicted of sexual attacks to screen out sexual psychopaths, and providing treatment centres for the latter without release until their cure is considered assured.

1976 Education

RESOLVED that the school curriculum throughout Canada contain common core of basic skills.

1976 TV Violence

RESOLVED that the authorities of television and Canadian Government be approached to remove such films from the television networks, and that these undesirable impressions against human rights be replaced by programs of an educational, cultural and informational nature. To which every Canadian has a right.

1976 TV Violence

RESOLVED to unanimously lend our support to this proposed bill (Amendments to the Broadcasting Act) by submitting our resolution to Judy LaMarsh, to James McGrath, and to let us further resolve to individually write out concerns to each of our Federal Members of Parliament.

1976 Canada Tartan

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the Federal Government to pass legislation making the Maple Leaf Tartan the official tartan of Canada.

1976 Leg-Hold Trap

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Federal Government to encourage the use of the more humane connebear trap by providing them in exchange for the leg-hold trap on a one-for-one basis, so that no trapper needs to be impoverished as a result of this exchange.

1977 Spousal Allowance Continued on Death of Pensioner

1977 Spray cans

1977 Seal Hunt

1977 TV Violence

1977 Rape

1978 Wages to Wives

RESOLVED that farmers be allowed to deduct wages paid to wives from taxable income in the same way wages paid to children may not be deducted.

1978 Canada Pension Plan

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Federal Government to take immediate steps to include spouses under the provisions of the Canada Pension Plan by allowing them to make contribution and to receive benefits based on the combined earnings of both husband and wife.

1979 Pension Plan

RESOLVED that the Government of Canada amend the Canada Pension Plan to permit the spouse that remains at home to contribute on a voluntary basis as a self-employed worker.

1979 TV Advertising

RESOLVED that FWIC express disapprobation to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and to the manufacturers responsible for offensive commercials (feminine hygiene products).

1979 Custody of Children

RESOLVED that FWIC support the position of the National Council of Women in urging the Government of Canada to:

Make it an offense under the Criminal Code for any parent to take, or entice away, any child or children from the person who has been granted legal custody of that child or children.
Urge inter-provincial agreements re (1) prosecution of any parent, without legal custody who takes a child to another province in Canada and (2) the return of that child to the person who has been awarded legal custody.
Urge the continuance of federal, provincial discussions between the Minister of Justice and the Attorneys-General of the Provinces, to the end that any provincial government which has not to date enacted an ‘Extra Provincial Custody Orders Enforcement Act’ enact such legislation forthwith.’
Urge, through the Department of External Affairs, International agreements whereby the return of such a kidnapped child could be obtained from a foreign country through diplomatic channels and/or extradition agreements.

1979 Ban on Advertising of Highly Sweetened Products Directed at Children

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to support a complete ban on advertising of highly sweetened products to children of seven years of age and less to avoid the detrimental effect of sugary foods on children.

1979 Spouse’s Pensions

RESOLVED that the spouse’s allowance be continued until said spouse reaches the age of 65 years.

1979 Hazardous Waste Disposal

RESOLVED that FWIC strongly urge the federal government, to establish together with the provinces and municipalities, an overall policy of effective hazardous waste disposal for all of Canada, with full provisions for safe, temporary storage, and adequate means for final destruction or deactivation of all such substances.

1980 Capital Gains Tax

RESOLVED to request the Federal Government of Canada to remove the stipulation re being the active business of farming, and allow a capital gains tax free transfer of the family farm to eligible relatives after a death of the taxpayer –capital gains tax to be paid only at the time of actual sale.

1980 Decriminalization of Marijuana

RESOLVED to petition the Government of Canada in opposition to the promised amendment of the Criminal Code re: the decriminalization and/or legalization of marijuana.

1980 Child Pornography

RESOLVED that the United Nations be requested to consider the question of pornography where children are involved in a breach of human rights and of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child; (this passed at ACWW and forwarded to Government of Canada asking them to prevent child pornography through legislation)

1980 Preservation of Plant Material

RESOLVED that member societies of ACWW press their governments to monitor carefully the multi-national reduction of genetic material particularly as if affects the crops on which they depend.

1980 Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to ratify this Convention (UNESCO) when it is presented for ratification.

1981 Divorce Act

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Federal Government to retain the Divorce Act under its jurisdiction; and

FURTHER RESOLVED that this jurisdiction be extended to include all maintenance and custody orders and that garnishment of wages or other acceptable means of enforcing maintenance orders be used.

1981 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

RESOLVED that Manitoba WI and FWIC request the Federal and Provincial Governments to provide this information (about the syndrome) to the public through the media and all other means available.

1981 Currency for Visually Impaired

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the Federal Government to investigate and encourage the production of paper currency that can be easily identified by blind or visually impaired persons.

1981 Strikes

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to devise a system whereby workers’ rights are protected while at the same time users can be sure of uninterrupted service.

1982 Nuclear Weapons

RESOLVED that FWIC request the Provincial Governments and the Federal Government to do everything in their power to bring about arms control and a reduction in nuclear weapons, and seriously engage in a programme of disarmament education and research.

1982 Acid Raid

RESOLVED that FWIC commend the efforts of the Federal and Provincial Governments in their attempts to reduce acid-causing emissions in Canada; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that FWIC urge them to continue research efforts and control strategies and to make every effort to press for stricter controls in the United Stated and Canada.

1982 Garrison Diversion Project

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Federal Government to continue to support the Manitoba Government in its efforts to reject the Garrison Project as it affects Canada.

1982 Capital Gains

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to change the Capital Gains Tax Act as it now exists, to re-adjust the valuation of farm lands through indexing corresponding to the rate of inflation; this to be applied retroactively, so that the valuation of farm lands is more representative of existing values.

1982 Pornography

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments within their respective jurisdictions to take the necessary steps to:

make pornographic material inaccessible to minors (remove it from sight);
ban pornographic publications and posters from public display; accessible to minors, and prohibit the sale of these publications to minors;
require a license for operation of sex shops and impose severe penalties for admission of minors to such shops;
prohibit the dissemination of posted signs or other forms of advertising of a pornographic nature;
legislate to prohibit access to minors of all places where public entertainment of a pornographic nature is presented, with a severe punishment for violation by offenders and operators of such establishments;
to further legislate strictly to control access of minors to films classified “18 years and over”;
to establish an advisory committee (to include members from the public) to:
define clearly and definitely the word “pornography”,
receive complaints and ensure appropriate follow-up,
report to appropriate authorities all offences against the statues,
to inform the public,
to report to the ministries concerned;
this resolution to be sent to the Minister of Justice for inclusion in Bill C-53.

1982 Spraying Against Equine Encephalitis

RESOLVED that FWIC support the Manitoba WI request that Municipal and Provincial authorities be required to provide more specific information and advance warning of large scale spraying programmes;

FURTHER RESOLVED that annual inoculation of horses be encouraged and that any cases of the disease be reported;

RESOLVED that FWIC support the Manitoba WI request that the Federal Government continue to make public funds available for research to produce a vaccine for humans against equine encephalitis.

1983 Pornography

FWIC strongly opposes the showing, day or night, of any pornographic material on Canadian television.

1983 Sodium Content Labelling

RESOLVED that FWIC request that all processed, frozen and canned food governed by the regulations of the Food and Drug Act be labeled as to sodium content with the exception of those products in which the total content is less than 35 mg

1983 Spousal Violence

FWIC recommend that the Federal Government make funds available for public information programs about spousal violence, its cause and effects, such programs to be available to all provinces for use in high schools, medical clinics, hospitals, emergency centers, public libraries, volunteer groups. Police departments etc., and

FURTHER we recommend that the Department of Health and Welfare make basic information folders that accompany family allowance cheques.

1983 Paper Currency

FWIC urge the Government of Canada to investigate and encourage the production of paper currency that can be

easily identified by blind or visually impaired persons.

1984 Acid Rain

FWIC commend federal government officials for their expressed intention of reducing by half the Canadian pollution emissions that lead to acid rain, and urge the continuance of pressure on the United States to instigate similar reforms.

1984 Opposition to Nuclear Arms Race

RESOLVED that FWIC make known our opposition to the arms race and we urge the Government of Canada to act in a leadership role in developing innovative and courageous programs directed toward creating and sustaining universal peace and global justice.

1984 Home Video Laws

FWIC recommend that that provincial units press their jurisdictions to institute a classification system that would be beneficial to both video stores and clients.

1984 Readability of Labelling of Potentially Harmful Products

RESOLVED that FWIC recommend that the Federal Government require that instructions for thr usage of such products be readable by use of larger print, contrasting colour, etc.

1984 Readability of Labelling on Food Items

RESOLVED that FWIC recommend the Federal Government ensure that the list of nutrients on the labels be readable.

1985 Beer Advertising

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the government of Canada, through its regulatory broadcasting agencies, to ban or greatly reduce the advertising of beer on prime sports time.

1985 Family Law

RESOLVED that FWIC request that the federal jurisdiction with respect to divorce should not only be retained but expanded to include monitoring the enforcement of all custody and maintenance orders whether issued pursuant to Federal or Provincial legislation.

1985 Nuclear Arms Limitation

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the federal government to negotiate no further treaties for the testing of nuclear arms on Canadian soil and to take an active part in promoting nuclear arms limitation, and

FURTHER RESOLVED that FWIC request the federal government to conduct a referendum on nuclear arms, thus giving all citizens of legal voting age the opportunity to vote on the banning of nuclear arms on Canadian territory.

1985 Insurance Against Cost of Search and Rescue

RESOLVED that FWIC request the federal government to require persons flying non-commercial planes to carry insurance sufficient to cover at least some of the cost of search and rescue, should such action be necessary.

1985 Sentencing of Sex Offenders

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to review the Criminal Code as it pertains to the sentencing of sexual offenders, and the early release of these offenders back into society, and

FURTHER urge that when these acts are committed against children that the offender not be entitled to parole.

1985 Restriction of Pornographic Material

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada, and through our membership the provincial, and municipal units within Canada, to enact legislation to place greater restrictions on the making, distribution, sale and public display of all pornographic material, and

FURTHER resolve that the Government of Canada exercise its legal obligation to restrict the importation of all forms of obscene material into Canada.

1985 Prohibition of Pornographic Films or Programs

RESOLVED that FWIC urge the Government of Canada to establish an All Canada Standard and direct the C.R.T.C. to prohibit the showing of pornographic films or programs that do not meet this standard.

1985 Preservation of Seed Varieties

RESOLVED that FWIC endorse Agriculture Canada’s present policy of preserving seeds of selected varieties and

cultivars to serve as an agricultural gene pool for the needs of future generations of Canadians.

1985 Deindexing of O.A.S.

RESOLVED that FWIC petition the Government of Canada to reverse the Budget decision and restore full indexing of the Old Age Security.

1994-1997

BOVINE SOMATOTROPIN (BST)

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to delay the approval of Bovine Somatotropin (BST) until more extensive Canadian research on the long-term effects of this hormone has been completed.

Convention 1994

CANADIAN FISHING INDUSTRY

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Federal Government to continue and strengthen its support and efforts in dealing with the current crisis in the Canadian Fishing Industry.

FURTHERMORE, that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, as a national organization require the Federal Government to impress upon the world community and the media the impact of foreign overfishing on Canada’s economy.

FWIC Board Meeting 1992

CHILD CARE

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal government to enact legislation that will restructure current deductions for child care expenses into one child care benefit to allow families to make a choice in child care.

Convention 1994

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge all provinces and territories of Canada to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as is necessary by law, so that Canada may finally be recognized as implementing the promises made to children in 1990.

Convention 1994

CONSUMER AWARENESS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that Agriculture Canada initiate an extensive public education program to inform consumers of the vast difference between farm gate price and retail price.

FWIC Board Meeting 1992

FOOD LABELLING

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge Health and Welfare Canada, and the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to enact legislation that mandatory labelling be either prominently displayed in an area for public viewing on a wall or menu or on the food container itself at all fast food outlets, restaurants and catering services.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

GARRISON DAM PROJECT

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to continue to support the Manitoba government in its efforts to reject the Garrison project as it affects Canada.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

HAZARDOUS WASTE

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to establish, together with the provinces and municipalities, an overall policy of effective hazardous waste disposal for all of Canada, with full provision for safe, temporary storage, and adequate means for final destruction or deactivation of all such substances.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

ILLITERACY

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to take forceful action against the growing problem of illiteracy in Canada.

Convention 1994

NATIONAL LIBRARY

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada urge the Minister of Communication responsible for the National Library to seek a change to the National Library Act so as to alleviate the financial burden on the National Library.

Convention 1994

NEW REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada enact laws and create a central authority which will provide guidelines for the new reproductive techniques used in private clinics, laboratories and in hospitals, taking into consideration the values of Canadians and protecting the rights of the child, the family unit and the female.

Convention 1994

PAROLE

BE IT RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General of Canada to enact legislation that no imprisoned murderer or rapist be allowed day parole or temporary absence passes.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

PENSION BENEFITS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada insist the Government of Canada take immediate action to address the pressing need to alter the pension benefits of the members of the House of Commons to reflect similar plans of federal government employees.

Convention 1994

PORNOGRAPHY DISPLAYS – MAGAZINES

BE IT RESOLVED THAT all members of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal, provincial, and municipal governments within their respective jurisdictions to take the necessary steps to:

make pornographic material inaccessible to minors (remove it from sight);
ban pornographic publications and posters from public display accessible to minors, and prohibit the sale of these publications to minors;
require a license for operation of sex shops and impose severe penalties for admission of minors to such shops;
prohibit the dissemination of ported signs or other forms of advertising of a pornographic nature;
legislate to prohibit access to minors of all places where public entertainment of a pornographic nature is presented, with a severe punishment for violation by offenders and operators of such establishments;
further legislate strictly to control access of minors to films classified as “18 years and over”;
establish an advisory committee, to include members of the public, to:
define clearly and definitely the word “pornography”
receive complaints AND ensure appropriate follow-up
report to appropriate authorities all offenses against the statutes
inform the public
report to the ministry concerned.
Re-affirmed Convention 1994

POST OFFICES

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada strongly urge the Federal Government and Canada Post to review the policies of Canada Post with particular emphasis on the continued operation of rural post offices.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

RAILWAY CARS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that railway companies be required to put effective reflectors along the sides of all freight cars for better visibility at night.

Convention 1994

REPEAT OFFENDERS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federal Minister of Justice be advised that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada recommends that parole should not be granted to those prisoners who have been convicted of more than one serious offence or who have been convicted of the same type of criminal offence more than once.

Convention 1994

SENTENCING LAW BREAKERS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Solicitor General of Canada and the Minister of Justice to set strong guidelines to make sentences more uniform and designed for the safety of the public.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

UNPAID HOMEMAKERS AND CAREGIVERS

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada include the contribution made by unpaid homemakers and caregivers in the gross national product at the rate of one-half the average industrial wage and set up a mechanism to enable contributions to be made into the Canada Pension Plan based on the above amount.

FWIC Executive Meeting 1993

UNWAGED WORK AND VOLUNTEER WORK

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to include questions in the 1996 Census measuring unwaged work and volunteer work.

Convention 1994

WATER AND FREE TRADE

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada support and endorse a resolution, passed at the Agricultural Institute of Canada’s 1989 Annual Meeting, which requested “that the Government of Canada, at its earliest opportunity, resolve the uncertainty surrounding this issue through the execution of a separate and binding joint diplomatic agreement, ratified by both the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament, that wording notwithstanding, nothing in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement applies to Canada’s water resource in other than bottled form”; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada place a moratorium on all bulk water exports until such time as the aforementioned agreement has been obtained.

FWIC Board Meeting 1992

WOMEN AND FAMILY

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to study the implications of the present practices and research of artificial reproductive techniques and to introduce legislation to protect society from potentially serious legal, social and medical consequences.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada recommend to the Department of Justice of Canada that provisions be made in the revised act for accountability of either the offenders or their parents.

Re-affirmed Convention 1994

CURRENT RESOLUTIONS FOR PRESENTATION AT CONVENTION

ADDRESSED AD MAIL RATES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge Canada Post Corporation to review the minimum requirements for Addressed Ad Mail rates, and allow non-profit and charitable organizations to utilize this type of mailing for any number of items.

(Submitted by FWIO)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Ad Mail is the only type of mail eligible for lower postage rates, but there needs to be a minimum of 200 pieces addressed to the first three letters of a postal code, or the whole postal code. This means that many non-profit and charitable organizations cannot avail themselves of these cheaper rates, and it makes communicating with their members more costly.

SAFETY STANDARDS OF COOKING POTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to set safety standards for Canadian-made or imported cooking pots.

(Submitted by BCWI)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

British Columbia Women’s Institutes were approached by an incident victim. A cooking pot which she had been using had had the welds which hold the bottom of the pot, melt, thus allowing melted metal pellets to spray about the kitchen. Further investigation showed this was not an isolated incident.

PRINT SIZE ON MEDICINAL CONTAINERS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to set a minimum standard of print size on medicinal containers for both human and veterinarian purposes, regarding dosage, use and contraindication.

(Submitted by BCWI)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The printing on medication containers for human and veterinarian use is often very small and almost impossible to read, making it difficult for people with vision problems to read directions clearly.

IMPORTED LIQUID-FILLED PRODUCTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to ensure that a complete list of ingredients is included on the labels of all imported liquid-filled products, such as paperweights, and

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Health Protection Branch have available on file further information on potentially dangerous substances, including trace elements, contained on these imported items.

(Submitted by BCWI)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A woman was accidentally exposed to unknown chemicals when she cleaned up a broken liquid-filled paperweight bought at a “San Francisco” chain store. The item was imported from China. She had drastic adverse reactions, and very little information was available to the medical profession to aid in treating her. This type of product is apparently not regulated under the Hazardous Products Act.

RESOLUTIONS ACTED ON DURING THE TRIENNIUM

VIOLENCE ON TELEVISION

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the CBC and Cable Companies to eliminate gratuitous violence on television.

Submitted by PEIWI

FWIC Board Meeting 1995

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

It is believed that children model their behaviour after viewing acts of violence on television and that, overall, television violence contributes to violence on the street and in the home.

RECOMBINANT BOVINE SOMATOTROPIN (rBST) and
RECOMBINANT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (rBGH)

a) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada insist that Health Canada ensure more independent research be conducted in both the areas of animal welfare and human health before any consideration of the approval for use of rBST in dairy cattle.
b) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that Health Canada require any imported dairy products produced from rBST injected cows be labelled as such.
c) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Minister of Health Canada to ban the use of rBST on dairy cattle in Canada.
d) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge Health Canada to reject approval of rBGH for use in cattle.

Submitted by FWIO

FWIC Board Meeting 1996

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Although rBST and rBGH is used in the United States to increase the amount of milk dairy cattle produce and as an injectable growth hormone (rBGH), there are serious concerns about the safety of this drug by groups such as the Council of Canadians, the National Farmers’ Union, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and others. There are also many unresolved questions about dairy animal health, long-term public health implications and the eventual cost of using this drug.

The benefits and serious side effects of rBST are still being debated by scientists in different parts of the world. Over the years products and chemicals have been brought on the market and declared safe, later to be declared harmful or dangerous to human health and possibly detrimental to the health of animals.

MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Minister of Health Canada to enact legislation requiring that the name Monosodium Glutamate or MSG be used to indicate when free glutamic acid, in any form and all concentrations, is used in a processed food sold in Canada.

Submitted by FWIO

FWIC Board Meeting 1996

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

MSG is universally added to many of our processed foods as a flavour enhancer and as an ingredient in some meat tenderizers. Manufacturers are legally able to add ingredients which contain high quantities of glutamic acid without declaring its presence (hydrolysed vegetable protein [HVP], autolysed yeast and hydrolysed plant protein [HPP]). There has been an ever-increasing incidence of intolerance shown by people who are sensitive to glutamic acid and consumers are not aware and have not been educated that ingredients such as HVP, HPP and autolysed yeast contain high levels of glutamic acid.

YOUNG OFFENDERS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal Minister of Justice to release the names of young offenders only after they have been found guilty and sentenced.

Submitted by FWIO

FWIC Board Meeting 1996

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Violence in schools and communities is perceived to be on the increase and the present law protects the offender, while the victim’s name is revealed. This resolution is not for condemnation, but to remove suspicion of innocent people.

YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

a) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to make revision to the Young Offenders Act to ensure that all cases involving crimes of serious personal injury, murders and sexual offenses be tried in adult court.
b) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to revise the Young Offenders Act to empower the sentencing court to direct service of all, or part of, the sentence in a youth correctional facility.
c) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to revise the Young Offenders Act to empower the courts to direct mandatory psychiatric treatment with or without the consent of the offender and/or guardian as a condition of release.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Violent crimes committed by young offenders are on a significant uprise and the Young Offenders Act does not differentiate between a misdemeanor and a serious crime. Many individuals and groups including psychologists, lawyers, police, teachers and other service providers, and especially victims, recognize the shortcomings of the present Act. The interest of society includes protection from violent offenders, regardless of the offender’s age, and the rights of victims must have consideration equal to that of the young offenders in court hearings.

1997-2012

ADDRESSED AD MAIL RATES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge Canada Post Corporation to review the minimum requirements for Addressed Ad Mail rates, and allow non-profit and charitable organizations to utilize this type of mailing for any number of items.

Presented at Convention 1997

Reaffirmed at Convention 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

APPROPRIATE AND CONSISTENT SENTENCES TO FIT THE SEVERITY OF THE CRIME

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Department of Justice Canada and Corrections Canada impose more appropriate and consistent sentences that reflect the severity of the crime.

Presented at Convention 2009 (Originator: BCWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2012

BANK CHARGES IMPACT ON NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request all Charter Banks and Credit Unions to review and immediately revoke fees for all non-for profit organizations.

Presented at Convention 2012 (Originator: QWI)

BEEF EXPORTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Government expend all efforts to reopen beef export markets, inclusive of all trading partners, that have been closed due to the incidence of BSE.

Presented at Convention 2003 (Originator: MWI)

BOVINE SOMATOTROPIN (BST)

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to delay the approval of Bovine Somatotropin (BST) until more extensive Canadian research on the long-term effects of this hormone has been completed.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

CANADIAN FISHING INDUSTRY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Federal Government to continue and strengthen its support and efforts in dealing with the current crisis in the Canadian Fishing Industry.

FURTHERMORE, that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, as a national organization require the Federal Government to impress upon the world community and the media the impact of foreign over fishing on Canada’s economy.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1992

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

CANADIAN WATER RESOURCES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Government of Canada recognize and pursue a policy that will maintain the unquestioned retention of Canadian sovereignty over our domestic water resources, which is fundamental and critical to the sustainable development of Canada’s agricultural sector, and

FURTHER REOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada remind the Government of Canada that, wording notwithstanding, nothing in the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement applies to Canada’s water resources in other than bottled form.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: MWI)

CELL PHONES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to enact legislation that would make it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: NLWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2009

CHANGES TO THE CANADA PENSION PLAN

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada petition the federal government for changes to the Canada Pension Plan which will recognize the economic value of the work women do in the home by making provision for women to contribute to and benefit from CPP on the basis of the value of work done in the home.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: MWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2003 & 2006

CHILD CARE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal government to enact legislation that will restructure current deductions for child care expenses into one child care benefit to allow families to make a choice in child care.

Presented at Convention 1994 (Originator: FWIO)

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

CHILD CARE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Human Resources and Social Development Minister of Canada to develop a national child care policy that meets the needs of rural families and ensures that child care experience promotes the development and safety of children.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator: FWIC)

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to take immediate action to preserve the law that makes the possession of child pornography illegal by evoking the not-with-standing clause.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: AWI)

CHILD POVERTY IN CANADA

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Government of Canada to eliminate child poverty in Canada.

Presented at Convention 2003 (Originator: WINS)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2006

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge all provinces and territories of Canada to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as is necessary by law, so that Canada may finally be recognized as implementing the promises made to children in 1990.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: NBWI)

CLEAN WATER –SHALE GAS EXPLORATION

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Ministers of Industry Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources to formulate and enforce laws that create a moratorium on natural (shale) gas exploration and exploitation.

Presented at Convention 2012 (Originator: QWI)

CONSUMER AWARENESS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that Agriculture Canada initiate an extensive public education program to inform consumers of the vast difference between farm gate price and retail price.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1992

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ON FOOD LABELS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food pass legislation that would make mandatory that the country of origin be displayed on food labels.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator PEIWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2009 & 2012

CRTC AND 911

RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institute of Canada urge the Canadian Radio-Television and Communications (CRTC) Commission to establish a regulation such that 9-1-1 services are required to have national connections between all provinces.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator: MWI)

CRTC AND UNSUITABLE LANGUAGE

RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institute of Canada urge the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications (CRTC) to take an active and aggressive approach in ensuring that television and radio programming does not include unsuitable language and advertisements for children by requiring TV and radio writers to monitor and eliminate unsuitable language from scripts and CRTC to refrain from accepting advertising which includes swearing or vulgar language.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator: MWI)

DEEP SEA OFF SHORE OIL OR GAS DRILLING

RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Ministers of Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Industry Canada and Natural Resources that under no circumstances will deep sea oil or gas drilling be permitted to take place off the Pacific coast, in the Arctic Ocean or be further expanded in the Atlantic Ocean.

Presented at Convention 2012 (Originator: BCWI)

DEPORT ANYONE FOUND IN CANADA DEEMED INADMISSIBLE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Canada Border Services Agency in conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada deport immediately anyone found in Canada who has been deemed inadmissible to our country.

Presented at Convention 2009 (Originator: BCWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2012

DISABILITY PENSIONS OR SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Federal and Provincial Governments reassess the need of those who have to live on Disability Pensions or Social Assistance.

Presented at Convention 2009 (Originator: BCWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2012

FOOD LABELLING

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge Health and Welfare Canada, and the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs to enact legislation that mandatory labelling be either prominently displayed in an area for public viewing on a wall or menu or on the food container itself at all fast food outlets, restaurants and catering services.

Presented at Convention 1991

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994 & 1997

GARRISON DAM PROJECT

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to continue to support the Manitoba government in its efforts to reject the Garrison project as it affects Canada.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1982

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994,1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

GENETICALLY ALTERED COMPONENTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal Ministry of Health to enact legislation that requires any food products containing genetically altered components be clearly labelled as such, in order that consumers can make an informed choice.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

HAZARDOUS WASTE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to establish, together with the provinces and municipalities, an overall policy of effective hazardous waste disposal for all of Canada, with full provision for safe, temporary storage, and adequate means for final destruction or deactivation of all such substances.

Presented at Convention 1979

Reaffirmed Conventions 1994, 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

ILLITERACY

RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to take forceful action against the growing problem of illiteracy in Canada.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

IMPORTED LIQUID-FILLED PRODUCTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to ensure that a complete list of ingredients is included on the labels of all imported liquid-filled products, such as paperweights, and

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Health Protection Branch have available on file further information on potentially dangerous substances, including trace elements, contained on these imported items.

Presented at Convention 1997 (Originator: BCWI)

INPUT FROM PRODUCERS ON AGRICULTURAL POLICIES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to accommodate primary producers at the policy table when discussions are made concerning the agriculture industry.

FURTHER RESOLVED that appropriate and sufficient time be given to allow producers’ participation in the decision-making process.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: AWI)

JOINT MANAGEMENT OF FISHING RESOURCES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Government commit to joint management of the fishing resources with all concerned provinces.

Presented at FWIC Convention 2003 (Originator: NLWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2006, 2009

LABELLING OF MEAT AND MEAT BY-PRODUCTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to pass legislation to require all meat and meat by-products sold in Canada to be labelled to indicate: the country of origin and the country in which the meat or meat by-product was packaged.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator: QWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2009 & 2012

LEAD AND HEAVY METAL TOXICITY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Canadian Medical Association to recognize hair elemental analysis as an acceptable marker for concern in lead and heavy metal toxicity.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

LEAD AND HEAVY METAL TOXICITY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Canadian Medical Association to render chelation therapy accessible for those children showing developmental delays and/or intellectual impairment and/or behavioural impairment (most notably Attention Deficit Disorder) due to lead and heavy metal toxicity in conjunction with elevated hair elemental analysis levels and/or elevated urine elemental analysis following chelation challenge.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

LEAD POISONING

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, recognizing that the three major sources of lead in the Canadian environment are old leaded paint and leaded plumbing in pre-1976 houses and in contaminated soil, strongly urge the Federal Government to provide sufficient funding for both public awareness programmes and targeted lead screening of at risk populations, especially children.

Presented at Convention 2003 (Originator: FWIO)

LEAD TOXICITY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal Minister of Health to adopt the position of eradicating pediatric lead toxicity, by enacting a nation-wide campaign to increase public awareness of chronic lead toxicity, its sources, and its effects on behaviour and learning, with the eventual goal of nation-wide screening of children at school entry level (ages 3, 4 or 5), using hair elemental analysis as first choice to screen for lead and other heavy metals such as cadmium, nickels, tin, aluminium, arsenic and mercury.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

LEGISLATION AFFECTING AGRICULTURE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada strongly recommend to the federal government and all provincial governments that all sectors of the government recognize and support the importance and value of primary food producers and their food production by making all legislation fair and realistic when affecting agriculture.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: AWI)

NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM

RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institute of Canada urge the Federal Ministers of Transport, Finance and Health to make a firm commitment, in co-operation with the provinces and territories, to develop a long term national roadway plan and provide sustainable funding for the construction and maintenance of Canada’s National Highway system for the safety of all Canadians.

Presented at Convention 2006 (Originator: MWI)

NATIONAL LIBRARY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institute of Canada urge the Minister of Communication responsible for the National Library to seek a change to the National Library Act so as to alleviate the financial burden on the National Library.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

NEW REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada enact laws and create a central authority which will provide guidelines for the new reproductive techniques used in private clinics, laboratories and in hospitals, taking into consideration the values of Canadians and protecting the rights of the child, the family unit and the female.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

PAROLE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the Federal Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General of Canada to enact legislation that no imprisoned murderer or rapist be allowed day parole or temporary absence passes.

Presented at FWIC Executive Meeting 1989

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994, 1997 & 2000 (Originator: FWIO)

PENSION BENEFITS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada insist the Government of Canada take immediate action to address the pressing need to alter the pension benefits of the members of the House of Commons to reflect similar plans of federal government employees.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

PORNOGRAPHY DISPLAYS – MAGAZINES

RESOLVED that all members of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal, provincial, and municipal governments within their respective jurisdictions to take the necessary steps to:

make pornographic material inaccessible to minors (remove it from sight);
ban pornographic publications and posters from public display accessible to minors, and prohibit the sale of these publications to minors;
require a license for operation of sex shops and impose severe penalties for admission of minors to such shops;
prohibit the dissemination of ported signs or other forms of advertising of a pornographic nature;
legislate to prohibit access to minors of all places where public entertainment of a pornographic nature is presented, with a severe punishment for violation by offenders and operators of such establishments;
further legislate strictly to control access of minors to films classified as “18 years and over”;
establish an advisory committee, to include members of the public, to:
define clearly and definitely the word “pornography”
receive complaints AND ensure appropriate follow-up
report to appropriate authorities all offences against the statutes
inform the public
report to the ministry concerned.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1983

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994 & 1997

POST OFFICES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada strongly urge the Federal Government and Canada Post to review the policies of Canada Post with particular emphasis on the continued operation of rural post offices.

Presented at Convention 1991

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994 & 1997

PRINT SIZE ON MEDICINAL CONTAINERS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to set a minimum standard of print size on medicinal containers for both human and veterinarian purposes, regarding dosage, use and contraindication.

Presented at Convention 1997 (Originator: BCWI)

PROSTRATE CANCER RESEARCH FUND

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to increase funding for prostrate cancer research to a level which reflects the incidence of the disease and the urgent need for improved methods of prevention and treatment.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: MWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2003 & 2006

PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE ORGANIZATION, CANGRANDS

RESOLVED that based on further consultation with CANGRANDS, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada affirm their intention to help protect the needs and rights of Canadian children who will benefit from kin care rather than foster child arrangements in the home of strangers; and

Presented at FWIC Convention 2009 (Originator: FWIO)

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada commits to providing advocacy support to the organization, CANGRANDS, through provincial Women’s Institutes, to help CANGRANDS seek fair and responsive government efforts to assist children to stay with their grandparents when appropriate and when their own parents are unable to care for them.

Presented at FWIC Convention 2009 (Originator: FWIO)

RAILWAY CARS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that railway companies be required to put effective reflectors along the sides of all freight cars for better visibility at night.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

RECOGNIZING STAY-AT-HOME PARENTING

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada strongly urge changes be made by the federal government to tax laws to recognize the economic and social value of the stay-at-home parent.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: MWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2003, 2006, 2009 & 2012

REPEAT OFFENDERS

RESOLVED that the federal Minister of Justice be advised that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada recommends that parole should not be granted to those prisoners who have been convicted of more than one serious offence or who have been convicted of the same type of criminal offence more than once.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

SAFER ANTI-FREEZE

Resolved that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal government to require anti-freeze manufacturers to replace the toxic ethylene glycol with the safer propylene glycol coolant or the addition of denatonium benzoate, a product imparting a bitter taste, commonly used in Europe. Propylene glycol does not change the effectiveness of the anti-freeze, but is a safer product in case of accidental ingestion by children or animals.

Presented at Convention 2003 (Originator: BCWI)

SAFETY STANDARDS OF COOKING POTS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Product Safety Program, Health Protection Branch, Health Canada, to set safety standards for Canadian-made or imported cooking pots.

Presented at Convention 1997 (Originator: BCWI)

SENTENCING LAW BREAKERS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Solicitor General of Canada and the Minister of Justice to set strong guidelines to make sentences more uniform and designed for the safety of the public.

Presented at Convention 1991

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994 & 1997

SIZE OF CONTAINERS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal government to provide guidelines that regulate the size of containers used in packaging be adjusted to correspond to the contents contained in them.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: NLWI)

STANDARDIZATION OF SEATBELT BUCKLES

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Transport to make it mandatory that all seatbelt buckles be standardized for safety reasons.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: MWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2003 & 2006

STANDARDIZATION OF SEATBELT DESIGN

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Transport to ensure that seatbelt design takes into account the comfort and safety of people of all sizes and ages.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: MWI)

Reaffirmed at Conventions 2003 & 2006

TRANS-FATTY ACIDS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the federal Ministry of Health to:

Make it mandatory that manufacturers of processed foods declare their trans-fatty acid contents, with appropriate warning statements if levels are high; and
Impose maximum tolerances for trans-fatty acids in foods, below which level they would be an insignificant health risk.

Presented at Convention 2000 (Originator: MWI)

UNDERGROUND TESTING OF NUCLEAR ATOMIC WEAPONS

RES”OLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada deplore the underground testing of nuclear atomic weapons by the Government of India and request the Canadian Government to take immediate action to pressure the United Nations and other power countries to demand that India stops this testing immediately.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1999 (Originator: QWI)

Reaffirmed at Convention 2003

UNPAID HOMEMAKERS AND CAREGIVERS

RESOLVED THAT Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada include the contribution made by unpaid homemakers and caregivers in the gross national product at the rate of one-half the average industrial wage and set up a mechanism to enable contributions to be made into the Canada Pension Plan based on the above amount.

Presented at FWIC Executive Meeting 1993

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000

UNWAGED WORK AND VOLUNTEER WORK

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the Government of Canada to include questions in the 1996 Census measuring unwaged work and volunteer work.

Presented at Convention 1994

Reaffirmed at Convention 1997

VIOLENCE ON TELEVISION

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request the CBC and Cable Companies to eliminate gratuitous violence on television.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1995

Reaffirmed at Convention 2000 (Originator: PEIWI)

WATER AND FREE TRADE

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada support and endorse a resolution, passed at the Agricultural Institute of Canada’s 1989 Annual Meeting, which requested “that the Government of Canada, at its earliest opportunity, resolve the uncertainty surrounding this issue through the execution of a separate and binding joint diplomatic agreement, ratified by both the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament, that wording notwithstanding, nothing in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement applies to Canada’s water resource in other than bottled form“; and

FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Government of Canada place a moratorium on all bulk water exports until such time as the aforementioned agreement has been obtained.

Presented at FWIC Board Meeting 1992

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

WOMEN AND FAMILY

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal government to study the implications of the present practices and research of artificial reproductive techniques and to introduce legislation to protect society from potentially serious legal, social and medical consequences.

Presented at FWIC Executive Meeting 1989

Reaffirmed at Conventions 1994, 1997 & 2000 (Originator: MWI)

YOUNG GIRLS BEING USED AS MODELS AND SEX SYMBOLS

RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada request that the Standards council of Canada and the Retail Council of Canada bring pressure to bear on the fashion and modelling industries to discontinue the use of young girls as models and sex symbols, is it is sending a very destructive message to the world’s young women and girls.

Presented at FWIC Executive Meeting 1997 (Originator: MWI)

YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

RESOLVED that Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada recommend to the Department of Justice of Canada that provisions be made in the revised act for accountability of either the offenders or their parents.

Presented at Convention 1991

Reaffirmed at Convention 1994

YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT

a) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to make revision to the Young Offenders Act to ensure that all cases involving crimes of serious personal injury, murders and sexual offences be tried in adult court.
b) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to revise the Young Offenders Act to empower the sentencing court to direct service of all, or part of, the sentence in a youth correctional facility.
c) RESOLVED that the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada urge the federal Minister of Justice to revise the Young Offenders Act to empower the courts to direct mandatory psychiatric treatment with or without the consent of the offender and/or guardian as a condition of release.