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									               Montreal Lakeshore University Women's Club
                                    Newsletter, March, 2010
                                                        Volume 52, Issue 7

           General Meeting                               President’s message
  Educating Canada’s First Nations:           Thank you to all who contributed to our Care
                                              Canada Hat for Haiti Relief; $235.65 was
     Why can’t we get it right?
                                              collected. This amount, with contributions from
    Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté is a         other University Women’s Clubs, will be sent to
member of the Tuscarora First Nation of       Care Canada by CFUW. Care Canada is dedicated
                  Ontario.                    to defending dignity and fighting poverty by
 Professor Jetté was awarded the Order        empowering women and girls.
of Canada in 1992, the country's highest
                                              Book lovers may be interested in another
 civilian honour, for her efforts in public
                                              initiative of CFUW and Care Canada: an online
   education on human rights and First
                                              book club focusing on the struggles and
  Nations issues. She has also received
                                              successes of women in the developing world.
numerous other awards for her work in
                                              Each book will be accompanied by the unique
 education and access to education for
                                              perspective of CARE staff who work in the field.
           First Nations peoples
                                              Readers can post their comments online and
Prof Jetté promises to let us know where      interact with other members. This activity got
  we went wrong in educating our First        under way in January and the first book chosen
Nations brethren and what we should be        was Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in
  doing to make things right. Professor       Darfur, by Halima Bashir. For more information
 Mount Pleasant-Jetté will enlighten us       and to sign up you can send an e-mail to
  regarding areas of need for the First
   Nations to respond to the interest
 shown at the Quebec Council AGM last         A reminder that the nominations process is
 April by members of the Quebec Clubs.        ongoing. In addition to executive positions there
   This is sure to be a talk that is both     are other opportunities to become more
      informative and controversial           involved in our club, such as serving on
                                              committees like Membership, Fundraising or
Since March 8 is International Women’s
                                              Programme. Do contact any member of the
Day, we have also invited Wendy Davies
                                              executive if you are interested.
  from Dix Milles Villages to come and
 speak to us briefly about how women          Hope to see you all on March 8. To add some
  have bettered themselves and their          international perspective to our International
 villages by becoming entrepreneurial         Women’s Day celebration we have invited a
      through this cottage industry.          representative from Dix Mille Villages to give a
Do come and listen to what promises to        short presentation before our main speaker,
     be a most intriguing meeting.            Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté.

                                              Heather Hamiilton
             FUW Liaison:
                        :                 Resolutions
                It is that time of the year again when we consider the resolutions forwarded for our
               consideration by members from across the country. This year we have 5 resolutions,
                    three of which have been accepted for study by interest groups and one by an
 individual. We also have to consider whether or not to support the four United Nations Security
  Council Resolutions. If you would like to provide input regarding any of these resolutions please
  contact the following persons: Resolution # 1: Celine Dupuis; Resolution # 2: Marjorie Hamilton
Harding; Resolution # 4: Connie Ellis; Resolution # 5: Sita Tadros; UN Security Council resolutions:
any member of the MLUWC executive. If you would like further information about the resolutions
process please contact me at At our meeting in April you will all be
   asked to give us your opinion by voting for or against approval of the resolution at the AGM in
Winnipeg. The resolved clauses of the resolutions will be distributed in electronic format along with
the newsletter. Once again, we will also provide an additional venue to discuss the resolutions just
 prior to the April meeting. Information re. the Issues to be voted on is to be found after the
                                         March Calendar

       he Quebec Provincial Council meeting will be hosted this year by AFDU Quebec in
        Quebec City on April 24, 2009. More information regarding registration information and
        the agenda will also be distributed along with the newsletter. This provides a wonderful
opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie, to discuss issues together and to share experiences with
members from other Clubs in the Quebec region. Information on the programme, registration and
directions follows information on the resolutions. Chitra Chopra

                 embership Many thanks for those members who have notified me re corrections
                 or updates for the directory. Your input is of utmost importance in keeping our
                 records accurate.

                Note the following correction: Gail O`Reilly e-mail :
                Unclaimed directories will be available at the March meeting.
  Marie-Belle Cunningham 514-426-4454

                        ! Mark your calendars !
                        May 10, Annual General Meeting and Dinner
                           Beaconsfield Golf Club, Pointe Claire
                             $32.00 (incl. taxes and gratuities).
                          September 14, Convivium and Dinner
                                  Beaconsfield Golf Club.

                                  Margaret Vost (514) 697-205
              ∼An invitation from the Uni versity Women of Québec ∼
                                        June 4th and June 7th
                The AFDU Québec invites us to join their trip to Bar Harbour, Maine.

Day 1: The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville; dinner at the famous Jordan Pond restaurant facing
Jordan Pond in the Acadia National Park; followed by a sunset trip to the summit of Mount Cadillac.
Day 2: A morning’s guided tour of Bar Harbour and Acadia Park; an afternoon’s visit to the Asticou
Garden, where the azaleas and rhododendrons will be at their peak.
Day 3: A morning’s visit to the Thuya Gardens followed by a guided tour of the historic town of
Castine, one of the oldest European settlements in North America; an afternoon’s visit to the Kedge
Mansion, the Abbe Museum, the St Saviour Episcopal Church with its Tiffany stained glass windows
and Marguerite Yourcenar's House.
Day 4: A guided tour of historic Fort Knox in Prospect, with a ride to the top of the Penobscot
Narrows Bridge Observatory.

This interesting trip is open to members and friends. For further information, please contact
                        Louise Dagenais 514-694-765

                     ♥♥    ♥ Street Kids                        ♥♥♥
        Thank you SO much for your donations. I asked for small kitchen appliances like toasters
        kettles, coffee pots and all of those were received but beyond that, you donated a small TV,
        dishes, glasses, cups, pots and pans, a George Foreman grill, towels, oven mitts, etc. I'm
         sure I've missed a few things but many of you have been very generous. These items will
         be given next week to the clinic for Street Kids at the CLSC Faubourg and Dans la Rue
        where they will be used to help set up some kids in apartments. Doesn't it feel good
         know that these items you no longer use will be put to such good use? THANK YOU.
                                        Judy Paquin , 514-428-0541

  Did You Know ?
Canada's unique character can be traced back to its first inhabitants, the First Nations people. It is
not by accident that Canada has evolved into a nation of peacekeepers. A discussion of Canada’s
roots, development and the continuing challenge to be its own unique peaceful country is put forth
in John Ralston Saul’s book, A Fair Country. In this startlingly original vision of Canada, renowned
thinker John Ralston Saul argues that Canada is a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by
Aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for
negotiation over violence, all Aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. An obstacle to our progress,
Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business
elite that doesn't believe in Canada. It is critical that we recognize these aspects of the country in
order to rethink its future (Chapter’s Website Book Review)
The Issues and Resolutions Group will be reading this book to discuss at our May meeting.
If you are interested in reading the book, MLUWC members may purchase it in paperback at Clio
Book Store in Plaza Pointe-Claire ( 20 and St. John’s). Books must be ordered in advance by phoning
Clio owner Judith at 514-695-5557. Price $20; discount of 15% for MLUWC members.


There are many problems with the Lakes including the quantity and quality of the water on which
over 42 million people depend. Problems include invasive species; pollution; pharmaceuticals;
human, industrial and agricultural waste; fluctuating water levels; destruction of wetlands. The list
is endless.

In 1972 the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was signed by President Nixon and Prime
Minister Trudeau. It was revised in l978 and 1987. Between 2006–2009 consultations were held
between the Canadian and US governments on further revisions to the agreement

      On JANUARY 14, 2010 The Agreement Review Committee, made up of US and Canadian
government officials, announced on a web site called a Webinar, that the public had until February
14 to comment on revisions to the agreement. Thirty-four organizations deemed this arrangement
  to be unwieldy and difficult for the public to find out what the revisions are before there is any
  possibility to comment. So they have written to the committee members asking that the public
  consultation process be made more accessible. Writers of the letter include CFUW, COUNCIL OF
   The public is well represented and hopefully in future public consultation will be taken seriously.
     However, letters from individuals to our MPs, Prime Minister or Canada's negotiator Jim
 Vollmershausen ( ) would not go amiss and, who knows, just might
    be the one that makes the difference. M.Hamilton Harding Issues and Resolutions Group
                                    ∼Wellness Tips ∼
Dry Eye Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), or simply dry eyes, is an eye
disease in which tear film evaporation is high or tear production is low and poor. Healthy eyes are
continuously covered by fluid all the time, known as a tear film, which is designed to remain stable
between each blink. A stable tear film prevents the eyes from becoming dry and allows the eyes to
maintain clear, comfortable vision. Decreased production of fluids from your tear glands can
destabilize the tear film, allowing it to break down rapidly and create dry spots on the surface of your

Dry eyes are a common source of discomfort. Although this syndrome rarely causes blindness, it can
affect the quality or sharpness of your vision. Approximately 17 to 30% of people have dry eyes at
some point in their life. Left untreated, dry eye syndrome can make it difficult to read or drive and
significantly affect your quality of life.

What causes dry eyes? In brief, here is the explanation:

Tears are not just simply water but are made up of a mixture of three layers—water, fatty oils and
mucus. If any of these three layers is not right, the patient may develop dry eye symptoms. As we
age our bodies produce less oil, especially females. At age 65, for instance, we make 60% less oil
than we did at age 18. Without oil to seal the watery layer of the eye, the tear film evaporates more
quickly, leaving dry spots on the cornea. The thickest layer of tear is the water, which consists of
water and some salt. This layer is produced by the tear glands. They cleanse the eyes and wash away
particles and irritants. If the water layer is too thin the oil and mucus layers may touch each other,
resulting in a stringy discharge which is the sign of dry eyes. The mucus layer makes it possible for
the tears to spread evenly over the surfaces of the eyes. If the mucus layer is not right, dry patches
may develop on the cornea.

Reduced tear production is also linked to some diseases: diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic
lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, shingles, eczema, rosacea, Vitamin A deficiency and HIV
disease; wearing contact lenses, radiation therapy, refractive eye surgeries such as LASIK (laser-
assisted in-situ keratomileusis) procedures that can correct near- and far-sightedness and astigmatism.
This surgery can sever the nerves that stimulate tear production. But in such surgeries, the symptoms
are usually temporary. Some environmental factors, such as sunny, dry or windy weather, high
altitudes, heather, smoke and other pollutants, hair dryers, air conditioners, logging a lot of T.V,
computer, driving and reading time may also contribute. Some medications also interfere with the
secretions of the eye glands.

The treatment for dry eye syndrome depends on many factors. The underlying cause must be
determined by an ophthalmologist. Whatever the diagnosis, the eyes must be kept clean and well
lubricated. Dr. Sevinc Agbaba 514 694-1380
 ∼ Interest Groups ∼ Interest Groups ∼ Interest Groups ∼

    ssues and Resolutions The group will meet at Anna Wilkin's home at 9.30 am, on Tuesday,
    February 23, then carpool out to Hudson to visit a 'green house' (more environmentally
    friendly). Marjorie Hamilton Harding (514) 695-0125

        ravel Our travel group is fortunate again this year to have Margaret Eastwood do a
        presentation, this time on her trip to CHILE and PATAGONIA. Margaret doesn't move
        around in her country of choice the easy way, by car, train or bus. She usually treks through
        rugged terrain, scaling mountains, sleeping in tents in howling wind and rain, freezing in
unexpected blizzards and eating unrecognizable substances. Her photography is excellent, her
descriptions vivid and her courage amazing! Come see and listen to Margaret and if you are like me,
you will be fascinated but also glad that she has done this trip so you don't have to!
    Monday, March 1 at 7 pm; Place: Sunrise, 505 Elm Ave., Beaconsfield (top of Woodland)
                     Judy Paquin , 514-428-0541; Janet Ankcorn, 514-426-0729

G         erman Group Kaffeeklatsch The next meeting of the Kaffeeklatsch will be held on
          Tuesday, March 9, at 2 pm, at the home of Joan Dyer, 221 Lakeshore, Pointe Claire. We
          will discuss the life of the Irish St. Bonifacio, who became the patron saint of Germany

         ook discussion Group l Our March Book Club selection is the 2008 Man Booker prize
         winner, The White Tiger written by Aravind Adiga. We will meet on March 10 at 1pm at the
         home of Nancy Lorimer, 128 Percival Ave, Montreal West Please phone Nancy at 514-482-
3205 if you are unable to join us. See you all in March.

            usic History The group will meet on March 11 at 1 pm to listen to and discuss music
            composed just after the turn of the century, 1902, just after Queen Victoria's death, and
            before the turmoil of WW1. We will listen to some piano music from the great
Impressionist Debussy, Les Estampes, followed by Vaughan Williams' song cycle, Songs of Travel.
After the break we will discuss the life of the late Romantic composer Mahler, illustrated by one of
his best known works, the Symphony #5. Please phone or e-mail if you cannot attend.
Refreshments: Gilda Martinello Joanne Brais 514-695-2392

         OOK CLUB II, The next meeting will take place on March 18 at 1:30 pm at Carole
         Newberry's home, 263 Connemara Cres., Beaconsfield. Joanne Brais will review La's
         Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. If you cannot attend, please inform
Carole at 514-697-3380. Book Club II leader Louise Dagenais, 514-694-7651;
         onversation en français Le prochain rendez-vous du groupe aura lieu chez Renata Bagga,
         le 19 mars, à 09:30 h. RSVP 514-694-9137. Son adresse: 129 Harwood Gate, Beaconsfield.
         Dianne Robinson, co-ordinatrice, 514-426-3963

        omplementary Approaches to Wellness The group will meet on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
        at 7:30 pm at the home of B.J. Bell, 165 Vanguard Avenue, Pointe Claire. Our speaker will
        be Vivianne LaRiviere, Spiritual Arts Practitioner. She will facilitate a mini workshop of self-
discovery to help us look at ways to answer questions such as What do I value? What are my
challenges? What do I wish to become? Art, music (peace drums), spiritual conversation and
dialogue are used in her practice to assist with this process of self- discovery. You can visit Vivianne’s
website at Please contact Heather Roberton re. your attendance: 514-697-
8015 or         Guests are welcome for a small fee.

            usic Appreciation We will meet on Wednesday, March 24, 10 am at the home of Mary
            Hersey, 1 Lancaster Ave., Pointe Claire.

            Composers and selections by Mendelssohn, Hetu, Smetana, Beethoven, Mathieu and
Shore will be presented by members in preparation for the MSO concerts to be held 10:30 am on
April 7 and 28. For details, please contact Maria Cranker, 514-694-3963

        rt Appreciation is off to a good start. In January, we visited the Waterhouse exhibit at the
        MMFA, while in February we saw the critically acclaimed movie " Van Gogh" at Imax and
        had lunch at L'auberge St-Gabriel, the oldest inn in North America.
The upcoming schedule will be just as exciting.

March 26: 10 am at the McCord Museum; Jewish Painters of Montreal-Witnesses of Their Time,
1930-1948Guided visit. This was an excellent suggestion by Louise Dagenais. Thank you Louise.

April 23: Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal; Etienne Zack
Guided visit. (Etienne Zack is a young Montrealer who studied at Concordia and then in BC with
Emily Carr.)

May 14: Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec Permanent Collection- from the origins of our
society to 1900 Guided visit. During this visit we will have the pleasure to look at some of the
earliest artworks produced in America including Joseph Legare, Ozias Leduc, Francois Baillarge etc
*please note that this visit will be in Quebec city. It will preferably be an overnight trip where we will
also visit some historic sites that will better situate the artwork and complement the visit.

June 15: National Gallery of Canada Pop life: Art in a Material World
Guided visit. This is the major exhibition of the National Gallery for the summer of 2010. It will
feature amongst others: Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Damien Hirst. Organized by Tate
Modern, London this exhibition will explore the complex relationship between the art market, mass
media and contemporary art. This will be a day trip. Please note that most outings will happen on
Fridays beginning at 10:00 am. with the exception of the visit to the National Gallery of Ottawa. All
visits will be preceded by a meeting where we will discuss the subject of the exhibit before we go
visit. For moreinformation, please contact Celine at
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                                                   Editor. Johannah Lloyd.
                                                   Proofreader. Joan Dyer.
                                                   Deadline for April Newsletter: March 12 Please
       Please note: The Issues and Resolutions Group met on Tues. Feb. 23rd at 9:30 am

The following draft resolutions have been proposed for consideration at the CFUW 2010 AGM in
Ottawa this summer. Further details about the background of the resolutions can be found on the
CFUW website

#1       Chrysotile Asbestos and Canada’s Responsibility in the International Trade of
         Hazardous Substances

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of
Canada, and the Provinces and Territories of Canada, to implement a ban on the mining, use, and
trade of all forms of asbestos.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of
Canada to support the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention on
the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in
International Trade.

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of
Canada to protect human health and the environment by working with other nations to promote
shared responsibility and cooperation in the international trade of hazardous substances.

#2       The Funding of Aboriginal Education

RESOLVED, That Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of
Canada, and the provincial and territorial governments, to make available the resources and
support necessary to provide the Aboriginal population with the same quality, same level of access
and funding for education as that provided through the public education system.

#3       Mobilizing The Will to Intervene – W2I

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) adopt as policy
support for the Will to Intervene - W2I – Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities
demonstrated by the setting of clear policy priorities at the highest levels of government that
preventing abuse and slaughter of innocent victims is one of its most important duties and
further be it

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the
Government of Canada to make the Prevention of Mass Atrocities a national priority by:

     •   promoting a broadly designed public discussion on Canada’s role in preventing
         mass atrocities
     •   convert the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other
         Crimes Against Humanity into a Standing Joint Committee
     •   establish an interdepartmental Coordinating Officer for the Prevention of Mass
     •   create standard operating procedures for disseminating intelligence concerning the
         risk of mass atrocities throughout the whole of government
     •   consult with civil Society and NGOs to explore the broad question of how preventing
         mass atrocities is in Canada’s interest and further be it

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge parliamentarians
and senators to exercise their individual initiatives and use their existing powers and privileges to
advocate for the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect - R2P, as an international norm
and a vital part of Canada’s foreign policy

#4       Prostitution of Women and Children

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) consider
prostitution to be a form of violence against women and children that sexually exploits
women and children and prevents the achievement of women’s equality in Canada and
around the world;

RESOLVED, That CFUW urges the Government of Canada

1.       To enact legislation that prohibits the purchasing of sexual services wherever it
         occurs, including the internet, and which imposes criminal sanctions on the
         purchasers of sexual services.

2.       To repeal those sections of the Criminal Code which impose sanctions on prostituted
         persons for soliciting or selling their sexual services.

#5       Protecting Canadians from health hazards associated with exposure to Electro-
         magnetic fields from high voltage overhead power lines

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of
Canada and provincial, territorial and municipal governments to protect the health of Canadians
from harm created by exposure to electro-magnetic fields from high voltage overhead power lines

         1.     Requiring that the Precautionary Principle be enforced and policy and regulations
                developed to protect Canadians from harm from high voltage overhead power lines;

         2.     Requiring that new overhead power lines be placed underground or at distances
                from homes, schools, or places of work or study determined to be safe by European
                Union member states and other countries implementing the precautionary principle;
         3.     Establishing an independent monitoring body that includes citizen involvement and
                makes regular public reports on emerging research and on existing and proposed
                installations of new high voltage overhead power lines;

         4.     Promoting public awareness and education, and support the development and use
                of safe alternatives to overhead power lines.


#1       United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1882, 1888 and 1889 on Peace and

RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) support United Nations
Security Council Resolutions:

     •   UNSCR 1820 (2008) Women and peace and security
     •   UNSCR 1882 (2009) Children and armed conflict
     •   UNSCR 1888 (2009) Women and peace and security, and

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