Black History Month – Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond Occupations: Businesswoman Beautician Viola Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965) was a Nova Scotian business woman who challenged racial discrimination at a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946. She had trained as a teacher but soon joined her husband, Jack Desmond, in a combined barbershop and hairdressing salon. While expanding her busines...
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Black History Month – Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison Occupations: NASA Astronaut Physician Professor Dr. Mae Jemison (born in 1956) is the first African-American female astronaut. Jemison graduated from Chicago's Morgan Park High School in 1973 and entered Stanford University at age 16.  She graduated from Stanford in 1977, receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering and fulfilling the requirements for a B.A. i...
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New Website Launched for the Ontario’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

New Website Launched for the Ontario’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Ontario's Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, available at: www.ovc.gov.on.ca. This website incorporates feedback and input we have received from victims and other stakeholders, and includes information on: The OVC and its Board Members; ...
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Respecting Trans Inmates

The province of Ontario is instituting new admission and placement policies for trans inmates in provincial correctional facilities. This is to ensure that their rights are recognized and protected. This policy is believed to be one of the most progressive policies in North America that addresses the treatment of trans people in the care and custody of provincial correctio...
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Consent in Ontario Sex-Education Curriculum

The new curriculum for Ontario's health and physical education curriculum will include healthy relationships and consent. Premier Kathleen Wynne has requested the inclusion of these topics, and the curriculum is due to be released in two months! While the curriculum itself will show how this will be implemented, it is heartening to see the necessary steps being taken for ...
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Peaceful Protest on January 9th

Comedian Bill Cosby is coming to Hamilton Place on Friday, January 9/15. Many women have shared their allegations of being drugged and raped by Cosby. A group of community members want to send a message to the world that Hamilton, and indeed Canada, supports not just these women but all survivors of sexual violence. This issue is part of a much larger problem in which surviv...
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New Year’s Day

The SAVIS office will be closed on Thursday, January 1st (New Year's Day). We will open again on Friday, January 2nd at 9:00am. Our crisis and support line operates 24/7, even when our office is closed. If you are in need of crisis support, call 905-875-1555. We want to wish everyone in our community a peaceful and united 2015.
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Bill Cosby and Victim-Blaming

The New York post recently published an article where they detailed how Bill Cosby has hired a team of private investigators to find out personal information about his accusers. The method of attempting to discredit survivors through their personal history is not a new one. Historically, this kind of information has been used against female survivors in particular. In the...
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Edmonton Shootings & Domestic Violence

The story of the recent shootings in Edmonton was trending on Twitter this morning. Six adults and two children were killed by the gunman. In this CBC article, Edmonton's police chief, Rod Knecht, stated that: "It appears to be an extreme case of domestic violence gone awry," and confirmed that the killings were planned and deliberate. The shooter was known to the police,...
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Program Coordinator Position Available

SAVIS of Halton is hiring for a (28 hours/week) program coordinator.  We are looking for a dynamic, skilled woman or woman-identified person with a commitment to the design, management and implementation of a variety of programs. Related experience and post-secondary education in social work, education, child and youth development or a related field Excellent organization...
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