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News Archives 2007

Upcoming in 2007
  • Celebrating Women's History Month in BC
    The Women's History Network of B.C. is holding its annual conference in Vancouver on October 12th and 13th. The Theme this year is Women, Health & Healing: Historical Perspectives on BC Women & Healthcare. The conference will begin on Friday evening with a reception at the historic Roedde House in downtown Vancouver. For complete details check out the Women's History Network website at www.members.shaw.ca/whnbc.

    In Victoria, The Old Cemetery Society will be holding two Women's History Tours at Ross Bay Cemetery. The Emily Carr Tour will be offered on Sunday, October 7th at 2 p.m. Yvonne Van Ruskenveld's annual tour focusing on famous & forgotten women of yesteryear will take place on Sunday, October 15th, also at 2 p.m. Forfurther info: 598-8870 or oldcem@pacificcoast.net and www.oldcem.bc.ca.

  • Conference: Women and Work in Public History
    If you're interested in the study of women and public history you won't want to miss the upcoming conference offered by the Canadian Association for Women's Public History. The meeting will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on October 26 & 27th, 2007. The organizers welcome presentations such as formal papers and online works, as well as film/video, plays and research commentaries. For more information contact rhonda.hinther@civilization.ca or call 819-776-7028.

  • Emily Carr Commemorative Tour
    Every wondered what it would be like to meet Emily Carr? Actress Molly Raher Newman of Victoria plans to give you that opportunity.

    Molly Newman
    Actress Molly Raher Newman as Emily Carr (Copyright M. Forster)
    Milly Raher Newman will be touring Canada this year with her one-act play about Emily Carr: Artist, Author, Singer, Sister. Molly portrays the famous artist Emily Carr in this production, and the noted historian Dr. Sylvia Van Kirk makes a special appearance as Emily's sister "Lizzie" Carr. The play is directed by Dan Costain, and includes some visuals as well as music.

    The production has already been playing in Victoria (with another performance on March 21), and will begin a national tour in the fall of 2007. Dubbed "Emily Carr's Cross Canada 1927 Commemorative Tour", the tour will take the play from Victoria, BC to St. John's, NFLD during a 33-day period from September 12 to October 15.

    You will be able to see this innovative play in 12 cities in 10 provinces. Anyone is invited to get involved by sponsoring an event, providing materials for children's projects in schools, etc.. If you would like to see the play or participate in some way in the commemorative tour, just contact Molly/Emily at the Emily Carr Project in Victoria: 250-384-9046.

  • Another Award for Joni Mitchell
    On January 28, 2007 Canadian folk music star Joni Mitchell will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Mitchell is apparently working on a new album.

    Songwriter Sylvia Tyson will also be inducted into the hall in January.

  • Anthology on Atlantic Canadian Women
    Editors Janet Guildford and Suzanne Morton have issued a call for papers for an upcoming anthology: Atlantic Women and the State in the Twentieth Century. Themes can include art, culture, civil rights, human rights, the economy, the environment, labour, military, politics and policy, the welfare state, health and education. Expressions of interest and article proposals should be sent to Jane Guilford (Janet.Guildford@msvu.ca) or Suzanne Morton (Suzanne.Morton@mcgill.ca) before Juine 1, 2007.

Latest News in 2007
  • Lois Maxwell Dies
    Canadian actress Lois (Hooker) Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in 14 of the James Bond films, died in Australia on September 29, 2007. She was born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927. At the age of 15 she moved to Britain to work for the Entertainment Corps of the Canadian army.

    Maxwell appeared in movies and television shows, and was also a columnist for the Toronto Sun. For more info read about Lois Maxwell in CBC.ca Arts.

  • New Stamps Honour Recording Artists
    On June 29, 2007 Canada Post released a set of four new postage stamps to commemorate Canadian recording artists. The new stamps celebrate Joni Mitchell and Anne Murray (along with Paul Anka and Gordon Lightfoot). The limited edition stamps were developed to celebrate the achievements of stars of the Canadian music scene.

  • Website re New Brunswick Women
    Thanks to a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Lianne McTavish and a team from the University of New Brunswick have created an interesting new website about the history of women in the New Brunswick Museum. The site is called "Progress and Permanence: Women and the New Brunswick Museum: 1880-1980". Visit the site: Progress and Permanence

  • Portrait Artist Myfanwy Pavelic Dies
    Canada lost one of its most famous portrait artists on May 8, 2007 with the death of Myfanwy Pavelic. Born in Victoria as Myfanwy Spencer, the internationally know painter did portraits of Katharine Hepburn, Pierre Trudeau and Yehudi Menuhin. More at:
    CBC Arts
    Maltwood Gallery

  • Activist June Callwood Dies
    Canadian activist and journalist June Callwood passed away in Toronto on April 14, 2007 after fighting cancer for about three and a half years. The legendary June was 82.

    June Callwood.Callwood considered herself a journalist above all else. After working with the Brantford Expositor she got a job as a reporter for the Globe and Mail. Callwood also wrote for Macleans, authored more than 30 books, and hosted some television programs. A tireless advocate of the causes she believed in, Callwood was involved in the creation of about fifty organizations.

    Check out the CBC Archives feature on June Callwood. Features telvision and radio clips:
    June Callwood: Canada's Conscience

  • New Website about Women's Movement
    Franca Smith contacted us about an exciting new website developed by The Newfoundland Teachers Association and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The site was created to teach teenage girls in grades 7-8 about the women's movement in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a great teaching tool.

  • Looking for WW II Veterans
    Heroines.ca is trying to help out Chris LaBossiere, who sent us the following message in April 2007. If you can assist him, please contact Chris directly.

    "I read through your website after doing some research of little know Canadian WW II Veteran groups. I was intrigued by the stories of the Wrens and the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. I have started a project at www.OurVeterans.ca which will highlight video interviews, stories and advice from the WW II generation. I was wondering if you know of any woman WW II veterans who might submit a video? I think the addition and highlighting of our brave Canadian Women might make for a great contrast to the mostly men I expect to post.

    If there is one conveniently located to me, I would be very happy to produce the video, otherwise it could be shot, and then sent to me for editing and posting on the site."

    Contact Chris LaBossiere: Chris@ProTraining.com

  • Metis Filmmaker Premiers Film About Missing Women
    Filmmaker Christine Welsh premiered her new film in Victoria on March 21, 2007. A faculty member at the University of Victoria in the women's studies department, she created the documentary Finding Dawn for the National Film Board. The film won the Gold Audience Award athe Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver this year, and was shown in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

    Welsh spent the last three years putting together this moving film about some of aboriginal women who have been murdered in Canada, many of them in serial killings in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in recent years. Welsh reveals that in the past 30 years about 500 First Nations women have been reported missing or have been murdered in Canada. The film looks at the missing women while focusing on a woman called Dawn Crey. The film encourages viewers to take action, to try and stop the violence.

    Learn more about the film at:
    National Film Board of Canada

  • Official Unveiling of Carr Maquette
    Barbara Paterson
    Artist Barbara Paterson with maquette (Copyright M. Forster)
    A special Heritage Day celebration in Victoria, BC enabled residents of this coastal city to attend the official unveiling of the Emily Carr maquette. In a special ceremony at Emily Carr House on February 19, 2007, dignitaries, members of the heritage community and local residents gathered in the rain to catch a glimpse of the impressive maquette.

    Artist Barbara Paterson, who created the maquette and will be developing a statue of Canadian artist Emily Carr, was on hand for the special event. The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria has launched a fund-raising campaign to put together the necessary $200,000 to complete the 'Our Emily' statue project.

    Learn more about 'Our Emily' and how you can ensure that the remarkable Canadian heroine Emily Carr is commemorated with a statue.

  • CBC Archives Launches New Feature on Joni Mitchell
    Both Sides Now
    Cover of "Both Sides Now"
    The CBC Digital Archives recently created a great new section about the legendary Canadian musician Joni Mitchell. The new content is a celebration of Joni's career, and includes a topic timeline as well as an interesting collection of radio and television clips. Be sure to check it out!
    Joni Mitchell: All Sides Now

  • 2007 Hilda Neatby Prize
    Have you published a notable article on women's history in the past year? If so, Adele Perry would like to hear from you. She is the Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History Chair, Canadian Committee Canadian Committee on Women's History. The CCWH is now accepting submissions for the 2007 Hilda Neatby Prize for academic articles published during 2006 in Canada on the topic of women's history. The following information has been distributed by the CCWH.

    "The purpose of the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's History, awarded since 1983 by the Canadian Committee on Women's History at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, is to encourage the publication of scholarly articles in women's history and gender history as it relates to women, in Canadian journals and books. Two prizes are awarded, one for best article in English and the other one for best article in French. Any academic article published in Canada during 2006 and deemed to make an original and scholarly contribution to the field of women's history is eligible for nomination for the 2007 Neatby Prize.

    Send nominations, and 3 copies of the nominated article, before February 1, 2007 to the Canadian Historical Association, c/o the Hilda Neatby Prize Committee, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N4."

    Questions can be addressed to:
    Adele Perry
    204-474-8107 (phone) 204-474-7619 (fax)
    email: Adele_Perry@Umanitoba.ca

  • Joni's Ballet
    Canadian icon Joni Mitchell is in the spotlight again. On January 28, 2007 she was recognized by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as an exceptional songwriter. Five of her songs were honoured in the event, with special renditions by the likes of singers James Tyalor, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan and Measha Brueggergosman.

    Joni Mitchell has also been in the news because of her latest creation: a ballet she has created with the Alberta Ballet Company. The production The Fiddle and The Drum is a ballet featuring Joni's art and music, and will be performed in Calgary and Edmonton. The 48-minute ballet will include nine of her songs. The theme of the production is the environment and violence in the world.

  • Wickenheiser wins Bobbie Rosenfeld Award

    Haley Wickenheiser
    Hayley Wickenheiser and Gillian Apps at Torino, 2006 (Photo courtesy COC)
    Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser was named the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award on December 27, 2007. The Canadian Press selected Wickenheiser as Canada's female athlete of the year. A native of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, she has scored more goals than any other person on the women's world hockey team for Canada. Now 29, Wickenheiser played a key role in helping her team win the world championship.

  • Persons Case Awards 2007
    Wendy Robbins
    Dr. Wendy Robbins (University of New Brunswick)
    On October 17, 2007 the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were awarded in Ottawa at Rideau Hall.

    Six amazing women were selected for the outstanding contributions they have made to improve the status of women in Canada. Professor Wendy Robbins of Frederiction is a social activist and notable academic who co-founded the Women's Studies Program at the University of New Brunswick. She was one of the women who won a legal battle with the Canada Research Chairs Program over its discriminatory policies against women and minorities.

    Dr. Mildred L. Burns from McGill University has been a strong leader in encouraging greater involvement of women in senior educational positions. Shari Graydon from Kingston is a longtime teacher and activist who has been promoting greater appreciation of sexism in the media. Manitoban Muriel Smith, first woman to become a Deputy Premier in Canada, has played an important role in assisting women facing domestic violence. The sixth recipient of the award was Élaine Hémond, from Quebec City, who is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in government.

    Press Release from Status of Women Canada


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