SASKATCHEWAN continues to meet monthly (2nd Thursday). Carol Ariano has been hosting the meetings at Campion College, University of Regina. We give her top marks for her planning and organizing. We meet formally for two hours, sharing information, planning activities then informally over the noon hour.
We have met with Lynn Pearson, Saskatchewan Director of CEIC, regarding funding for our proposed research on the impact of the National Training Act on Women. We found that in Saskatchewan the NTA is just starting to be implemented and while we will continue to pursue funding none have been forthcoming. We were left with the impression that our project was premature until plans are more defined in relation to implementing the NTA, it will be difficult to measure its impact.
Post secondary education and training in Saskatchewan has undergone extensive reorganization One result was that the Women's Division in Saskatchewan was dismantled. Representative CCLOW and other women's groups have met with the Premier and Ministers of Education and to voice dismay and concern at this decision by the government. We raised the following question
If you would like to write in support of these concerns, please write Premier Grant Devine Legislative Buildings, Regina, Saskatchewan.
ONTARIO CCLOW members have been very busy this spring. The National Training Act has a series of initiatives that have the potential to open doors to job-related skill trail For women who are prepared to enter non-traditional occupations in trades and technology, the federal program is prepared to give them assistance. However, for men who lack academic prerequisites, or the inclination to enter these male-dominated fields, there is a widening in education and training opportunities. This was the subject of discussion at a session held in Toronto with the Hon. Lloyd Axworthy in April. CCLOW members (national and provincial representatives) joined with representatives of other women's groups at this meeting sponsored by the YWCA Toronto to inform Mr. Axworthy of the extent of this gap in learning opportunities for women. Audrey Swail, Ontario Director worked with a committee as a follow-up to the meeting in the preparation of a brief to Mr. Axworthy suggesting options to address this issue. The provisions of the NTA are still being decided so it is important to make the federal politicians aware of the shortcomings of the act as it pertains to women. CCLOW members will have an opportunity to discuss their concerns at a workshop prior to the Annual Meeting in June.
The Kitchener/Waterloo CCLOW network is currently working with the local Board of Education assist with their new adult education initiatives. Efforts are directed toward establishing new opportunities for women to gain access to basic academic upgrading. With the Federal BTSD programs being drastically reduced and redirected towards nationally designated skills in trades and technology there is greater need to seek provincially sponsored initiatives to fill the gap. This will include the use of municipal employment supports and boards of education adult programs.
NOTE: The government of Ontario in its May Budget, allocated four million dollars for women: the provincially sponsored skill training initiatives program. This is part of the training program that develops pilot projects for women that enables them to gain familiarity with non-traditional occupations. Through this program the province encourages Colleges to develop innovative training programs that will introduce women to advanced technology and non-tradition (trades in demand. Terms of reference for the disposal of these funds are still being determined however now is the time to develop some new ideas around pre-training programs for women.
MANITOBA members of CCLOW cooperated in a highly successful conference EFFECTIVE WOMEN AND THE CHANGING TECHNOLOGY, sponsored by Continuing Education and Community Service University of Winnipeg, May 6-7. Keynote speakers included Heather Menzies and Margaret Benston. Martha Colquhoun's session EVE GETS A BITE OF THE APPLE, focused on ways in which women can ensure they are participants and not victims of the technological revolution. Chris Lane served' action facilitator for the conference. A decision made at the conference was for members CCLOW to become more active in promoting training opportunities for women and to encourage women to become part of the decision-making process to ensure that decisions about technology are grounded on feminist principles. On June 13, 6:00 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 6th floor, 167 Lombard, CCLOW members and potential members will meet to develop an action plan.