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 Vancouver Status of  73-S36T"  Serials Division  Main Library-  University Of B.C.  Vancouver, 8, B.C.  4th Ave.  SEPTEI  VOLUME V        Nd.59 «nt«uurm,  JSSN03J7-9995  LAINIE IS GONE PAGE 3  Five year old Lainie was taken from her day care  centre and her mother is trying deperately to  get her backo  WOMEN OUSTED . ...a 0000 PAGE 4  The space the Women's Office at UBC was taking  up has been termed "untenably excessive."  WOMEN'S STUDIES PAGE 6  Take a Women's Studies course this Fall.  VANCOUVER WOMEN OF OUR TIMES  PAGE 7  A new group for women between 40 and 65.  A SHORT STORY PAGE 8  A short short story by Connie Smith.  FUNDING FOR WOMEN'S CENTRES  PAGE 10  & 11  An attempt to keep women informed about how  other groups are doing — who got what & from  where.  YOU & THE LAW ." PAGE 12  Vancouver People's Law School explains Family  Court Orders.  BOOK REVIEWS ....PAGE 13  i RESOURCES  PAGE 17  The latest additions to the VSW Reference Library  — available for your use.  MEDIA ACTION  PAGE 18  Protest a sexist ad! IMPORTANT!  THE VANCOUVER STATUS OF WOMEN HAS SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE OFFICE OF  THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY, THE HONOURABLE GRACE MCCARTHY.  August 5, 1976  Provincial Secretary  Legislative Buildings  Victoria, B.C.  Dear Ms. McCarthy:  Re: Funding of Vancouver Status  of Women  We understand that Vancouver Status  of Women received funding from Provincial Secretary because we qualify  as a "provincial body" according to  your granting criteria. However,  we hope that those numerous women's  groups who have been denied funding  through your department have not  been left with the impression that  VSW was funded by you as a provincial representative of the entire  B.C. women's movement.  We are a provincial body in that we  provide legal services, skill-sharing,  information and resources to women  and women's groups all over the province, as evidenced by our monthly  reports to you.  But we wish to make  it very clear that we are not a provincial umbrella group for all  feminist organizations. That is the  function of the B.C. Federation Of  Women.  While we speak to issues of common  concern to women throughout the province, we speak on behalf of VSW  only, and not for other women's  groups or centres as we have no mandate to do so.  In the women's movement, we work towards common goals  while remaining independent of one  another, as sister groups.  VSW does  not tell other groups what to do or  think. We act only in an advisory  capacity when requested.  Moreover, we wish to emphasize that  we support the concept of core funding for women's centres throughout  the province because they provide  vital services to women in the local  community which are not available  elsewhere, therefore, we are deeply  distressed that a number of important  women's centres are closing for lack  of funding. We want to make sure  that the government does not believe  that by funding VSW it is meeting the  needs of B.C. women adequately.  We thank you for your consideration  in this matter.  Lorri Rudland, Ombudswoman  Karen Richardson, Information Officer  VANCOUVER STATUS OF WOMEN  FILM   SERIES  The Vancouver Status of Women and  IDERA (International Development  Education Resource Centre) will be  presenting a film series beginning  Wednesday, September 8th. Resource  people knowledgeable in the subject  of each film will be on hand to lead  the discussion. The series will be  held at IDERA, 2524 Cypress St, Vancouver on Wednesdays from 8:00 to  18:00 p.m.  Registration is $10 for 6 sessions  and there is a limit of 20 people so  register early. For more information  contact Betty-Ann Buss, 732-1496 or  Nadine Allen, 736-3746.  The series will consist of:  WAYS OF SEEING, Wed. Sept. 8. Part of  a series for the BBC by John Berger,  author, art critic. An examination of  advertising. How are we persuaded that  purchase of certain items will make  us glamorous and enviable? What impact  do publicity images have on our person  al lives and the way we percieve our  community? Uses publicity images and  news photos.  Resource person: Isis, Women in Media.  BOTTLE BABIES, Wed. Sept. 22. The  Nestle Corporation, through a slick  advertising campaign and hiring of  native public health nurses, has convinced African women to bottle feed  their babies rather tha*n breast feed  them. This film documents the devastat  ing results. Resource persons: Marie  Orph-Pallivicini,until recently doing  community work in Kenya, and Dr. Sandi  Witherspoon.  UP AGAINST THE SYSTEM, Wed. October 6.  "To be poor—no one can understand  unless they've been there themselves."  People on welfare are rarely heard. _  What do they go through? How do they  feel? How do concerned social and welfare workers see the system? What is  welfare supposed to do? In this NFB  film welfare recipients, social and  case workers talk about the problems.  Resource pers.qn: .L,ee .Makers, .pmbuds-  woman for Vancouver Status of Women.  WHO PAYS PROFITS, Wed. Oct.20. Who  is responsible for the high price of  food in Canada? This slide-tape show  looks at pioneer days communal cooperation, rising competition among  farmers, and the difficulties of workers in food related industries. The  complaints of consumers are looked at  in the light of the emerging mariet  power of corporate food empires.  CULTIVATING FAMINE, Wed. Oct. 20. A  look at the historical and structural  causes of the .world,food crisis and  their most commonly advocated solutions. The show demonstrates the relation between hunger and Third World  underdevelopment by focusing on colonialism, inequitable terms of trade,  and control by trans-national corporations in food and agriculture. Resource persons: Ann and Tom Hinkle,  former co-ordinators of the Marginal  Market food co-op.  8 OR 9 IN THE MORNING, Wed. Nov. 10.  Part of a film series on Chinese  society by British author and fimmaker  Felix Greene. This film on the youth  of China covers the reorganization of  China's educational system since the  cultural revolution*— from kindergarten to university. The next generation will not be a new intellectual  elite but those who wholeheartedly  'serve the people'. Resource person:  Betty-Ann Buss, part of a group touring China in July 1976.  BUENOS DIAS CAMPANERAS, Wed. Nov. 24.  This film, made by a team of Canadian  women, takes an intimate look at the  lives of 4 Cuban women: a construction  forewoman; a farm worker; a housewife;  a singer. It shows how the Revolution  of 1959 has affected the structure of  Cuban society, its aims and attitudes,  its view of work and study. Throughout the film sliines 'the undeniable  spirit of the women of Cuba. Resource  person: Marguerite Reed has visited  Cuba twice. She will also speak on  the new Family Code in Cuba.  VSW  A-V  Library  VSW AUDIO-VISUAL LIBRARY  Video tapes (% hour, % inch) of the  Vancouver Status of Women television  show WOMAN ALIVE may be borrowed from  the VSW Audio-Visual Library. Cost is  $1 per tape to cover postage. The  following titles are available. Send  for the new up-dated detailed A-V  list.(2029 West 4th Ave. Vancouver).  Downtown Eastside Women's Centre  Policewoman  IWY Van  Women and Christian Feminism  Men's Liberation  Verbal Self Defense  Our Hidden Heritage, Part I & II  History of Women in the Work Force  in Canada  High School Women  Abortion  Dr. Henry Morgentaler  Evolution: Women & Art  Media Images of Women  Children in Groups  B.C. Human Rights Code  Matrimonial Property  Rape  Women's Studies  Male Nurses  Day Care  Sex Discrimination in Public Education  Labour Legislation  Women in the Clerical & Sales Fields  Feminist Counselling  Feminist Newspapers  Immigrant Women in the Labour Force  B.C.T.F. Status of Women  Women and Community Groups  Men in the Women's Movement  March 8, 1976 International Women's  Day Rally  March 22 Rally in Victoria  Women's Rally for Action  Women in Government  Women and Poverty  A Look at the Power Structure (1 hour)  Women Look At Psychiatry  The Labour Movement and Women LAINIE   IS GONE  Why is there no Lainie to kiss me  awake in the morning?  Monday August 9th, 1976 I dropped  my five year old daughter off at  St. Alban's Day Care Centre in  Burnaby. There was no Lainie to  pick up Monday night. Monday  night Lainie was in Winnipeg. I  was at work that day so I am able  to only relate what happened as it  was told to me.  The husband who I have been separated from for almost three years,  arrived at St. Alban's in the morning. He presented identification  and a court order which was certified in Manitoba to the assistant  supervisor of the day care.  She  called the supervisor to ask what  to do, and was told to wait...the  supervisor would come. At some  point in time the chairperson of  the day care centre board was  called.  I was told later that  the "waiting" done that day was  on her instruction.  The court order was read by the  day care centre over the phone to  the police. They said it was  legal and the appropriate action  to take was to release the child.  Lainie left the day care centre at  about 11:30 a.m. with her father.  At 2:30 p.m. I was called at work  and informed of what had happened.  Three hours had passed from the  time Lainie left until I was  called.  I left Manitoba in March with  legal custody of my child, leaving  no forwarding address.  My reason  for leaving was to^establish a new  life for Lainie and myself. I had  spoken with the day care centre  supervisor in June telling her  that there was the possibility of  Lainie's father finding her and  attempting to take her.  Our discussion concluded with her assurance that should this happen, I  would be called immediately. Given  the opportunity, I may have been  able to prevent Lainie's going, as  there is some question about the  validity of a Manitoba court order  in British Columbia.  Why didn't St. Alban's call me before  releasing Lainie in her father's custody? Why did they wait three hours  after she was gone to call me? What  about the effect this will have on  Lainie? Why is she in Winnipeg with  no clothes...none of her prized  possessions?  Is our legal system  truly making the welfare of my child  a priority?  I have no answers.  I miss my Lainie.  She's my daughter.  She's my friend. We grocery shop,  cook meals, clean house; together.  We walk in parks, talk about her day  at school, my day at work, our future;  together. We work, play, and love;  together. And we used to live together.  Why is there no Lainie to kiss me  awake in the morning?  - Erin Williams  U.S. WOMEN  WHY DON'T WE HAVE GROUPS LIKE THIS  IN CANADA COLUMN?  The COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE  WORKING WOMAN, makes suggestions and  recommendations to the federal government about the impact of federal  income taxes on women.  In recent  years, it has lobbied against tax  discrimination affecting married  women with jobs who are more heavily taxed than single women. The  Committee has proposed that married  women should be able to pay taxes  at the single rate and is also working to increase tax deductions available on childcare expenses.  Contact  them through the New York Women's  Bar Association, Mary Wenig, St.  Johns University Law School, Fromkes  Hall, Jamaica, New York.  FIRST WOMAN'S BANK, has a full range  of services offered by other commercial banks, including checking,  savings and lending, and bonds courses  and workshops designed to help customers control their own financial  affairs. Among these are money management, investment, income taxes and  wills, as well as a recent seminar to  help women starting their own businesses.  Contact them at 111 East  57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022.  PENSION RIGHTS CENTRE, functions as a  clearinghouse on pension information,  advising" women on actions to take if  they feel their pension rights have  been denied, and referring them to  lawyers. The Centre is developing a  women's pension coalition of all  persons involved with women and pensions.  Contact them at 1346 Connecticut Avenue NW, #1019, Washington,  D.C., U.S.A. 20036.  TASK FORCE ON WOMEN AND CREDIT aim to  help women regain financial independence through their right to borrow  money on the same basis as men. The  task force lobbies for state laws  .that protect a woman's right to equal  access to consumer credit and educates  women about their rights under federal  law and about the necessity of establishing and keeping a credit record in  their own names.  Contact them at NOW,  5 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. 60603.  WOMEN UNITED FOR ACTION, a national  group of working and welfare women  aiming to combat high food prices,  utility rates and other economic inequities to create a mass consumer  movement.  Contact them at 58 West  25th Street, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.  10010.  *     K.R.  NEWS  A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME...O  In Ontario, an amendment to the Vital  Statistics Act has made it legal for  a couple to give their child a hyphenated name, combining both the father  and .mother's surnames, providing the  father's name comes first. This  applies also to children born out of  wedlock. Under the old law, children  had to take the father's name, even  in cases where the mother was using  her maiden name and wanted to pass  it onto her children. Previously,  children born out of wedlock would  take the mother's name unless the  father swore paternity, in which case  case the child's last name would be  the father's surname.       (KR)  MS. GENERAL!  France has named its first woman  army general.  General Valerie  Andre, recently promoted to the rank  of general, is a physician and helicopter pilot. She has made 21 parachute jumps and piloted 496 medical  missions under combat conditions.  WOMAN FIGHTER-PILOT  Margaret Littlewood of Edmonton has  been awarded the Amelia Earhart  medallion. Ms. Littlewood was Canada's  only woman fighter-pilot trainer during the Second World War. WOMEN   OUSTED  From THE WOMEN'S OFFICE, U.B.C.  Old Address:  Box 85, SUB  U.B.C, Vancouver, B.C.  New Address:  WOMEN IN FOCUS  #4 - 45 Kingsway  Vancouver, B.C.  (Phone: 872-2250)  As of July 16, 1976 the Women's Office  has been evicted from the Student Union  Building, Room 230, U.B.C.  The reason that was given for this  eviction by the Student Administration  Committee was that the space occupied  by the Women's Office was, "untenably  excessive (sic) for a non-subsidiary  of the Alma Mater Society".  The issue  of space allocation was not discussed  at the meeting which was attended by  representatives of the Women's Office  wherein the motion of eviction was  passed.  Over the past six years, the Women's  Office has been frequently hassled and  undermined by some members of the A.M.S  student executive.  There is a basic  conflict between running a 'Women's  Centre', remaining sensitive to what  is in the best interests of women, and  continuing to attempt to conform and  work within a bureaucratic structure  that is made by and organized with  the interests of those in power (i.e.  a patriarchal society).  About this  particular topic, I hope to write more  in the near future.  In spite of the severe problems of  being constantly harrassed by male  student executives, sporadic and insufficient funding, and working within a university that has never acknowledged or supported the very  important work achieved by the many  women who have mostly donated their  ideas and labour to The Women's Office  of U.B.C, we have managed to operate  in what we consider to be the interests  of women.  Some of the many achievements by members of the Women's Office Collective  include the following:  A. A non-credit Women's Studies Course  offered yearly over the past five  years.  This program consisted of many  topics and mainly took the form of  discussion and lecture groups.  This  non-credit Women's Studies Course led  to the instigation of the Women's  Studies credit course now available at U.B.C.  B. The 'Women's Action Group', which  combined with 'The Women's Grievance  Committee', did much work on campus  fighting the most overt signs of  discrimination against women. W.A.G.  also researched and published the  widely used and well-reputed, "A  Report on the Status of Women at the  University of British Columbia".  This report has led to the formation  of the U.B.C. Committee for wage  parity. This committee allows the  women who teach at U.B.C recourse  to correct wage disparity that may  exist between themselves and their  male peers.  C. 'The Women's Research Collective'  researched and published the student's  experience of discrimination in "The  Voices of Women Students".  This  booklet has been requested by hundreds  of colleges, universities, and libraries across Canada.  D. The Resource Library.  Over the  past six years, we have collected a  large amount of books, publications,  newsletters, magazines, research  papers, newspaper clippings, etc.  which are all cari- catalogued and  available for the use of interested  persons.  In fact, an impressive  literary resource on many topics  ranging through the political, social,  economic, and "cultural".  E. A 'Women's Music Library' consisting of 30 cassette tapes of music  composed and performed by women.  The  range of styles includes jazz, blues  and classical.  F. An 'Audio Tape Library' made up of  many guest speakers. The list is too  long to include here, approximately  35 tapes. Anybody1 that is interested  please write to us for a brochure (see  new address).  G. Our last achievement is the 'Women  in Focus' audio-visual library that  we have established over the last, two  years.  It consists of 36 audio-visual  tapes, most of which are in colour,  are half an hour long and are available for inexpensive rental and resale.  These tapes were produced by an  all-female team who were trained by  'Women in Focus'. They are on and  about women.  Through the production  of these tapes, women have learned  the technical skills of audio-visual  production and have been able to present primary research on women in a  form that can readily be seen and  heard by all women.  For further details, please send for a brochure at  our new address.  These are the major areas that we have  worked in, and so that these various  resources can continue to be used by  women, we have moved them into the  community.  Our new address is: #4 -  45 KINGSWAY, VANCOUVER, B.C.  (PHONE  NUMBER: 872-2250).  "Come up and see  us sometime". We are fortunate to be  able to share an office with 'The  Women's Research Centre of the B.C.  Women's Studies Association'.  Through the 'Women in Focus' audiovisual tape library, we hope to make  ourselves economically viable in order  to continue making this series. During  the last year, 'The Women's Office'  was not funded at all. We have approached many agencies for funding,  any kind of funding, but like so many  women's groups we have found that  there is. a little money for 'innovative' projects, but very little to  sustain a long-term program.  Grace  McCarthy's office of the Provincial  Secretary has not as yet acknowledged  our funding proposal sent to her in  February 1976. This kind of treatment makes it very clear to women what  they can expect from this government. '  We hope that you can help us maintain  our office. We need your emotional  and economic support.  Please feel  free to make use of the resources  listed above, and let us have any new  ideas that you may have for future  programs for our television series.  We would also be happy to talk to  people on the problems and joys of  working in the media.  Thank you for your support in the past  and we hope that you will continue to  support us in the future.  Marion Barling   Nicola Sumner  Co-coordinators of The Women's Office  apprenticeship  training  The British Columbia Department of  Labour, Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Branch, has issued the  following announcement:  WOMEN'S EXPLORATORY APPRENTICESHIP  TRAINING  An exploratory course in apprenticeship training for women has been established by the Women's Employment  Bureau of the B.C. Dept. of Labour.  These courses are open to women interested in entering the non-traditional  skilled trades as apprentices.  Course Description  The 8-12 week course enables women to  explore various trade areas, and to  develop primary skills. Training includes: safety procedures; use of  hand and power tools; reading and  making simple drawings; selection  and use of appropriate materials for  various projects; preparatory experience in selected trade where applicable.  Admission Requirements  Grade 12 preferred — school transcript. Women who do not possess the  educational requirements, but have  relevant experience will be considered.  Fees and Allowances  Applicants selected for training will  have their tuition/fees paid. A training allowance will also be provided;  a travel allowance, where applicable.  Commencement  Staggered intake. Starting September  7th, 1976.  Haney Educational Centre.  Information and Application Forms  Director, Women's Employment Bureau,  4211 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C.  OR  OR  Apprenticeship •&  Industrial Training  Counsellors, B.C. Dept. of Labour  Offices in Cranbrook, Dawson Creek,  Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Nelson,  Prince George, Terrace and Victoria.  OR  Haney Educational Centre, P.O. Box  3000, Maple Ridge, B.C. WOMEN   UNIONIZE  bank  The Service Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) applied  to the Canada Labour Relations Board  for Union certification for the Victory  Square Branch of the Canadian Imperial  Bank of Commerce in Vancouver. The  application is the first in the history  of the Bank of Commerce.  There are twenty employees at the  Victory Square Branch. Eighteen are  women. The starting salary is about  $600 per month. An employee at the  Branch tells why they decided to  unionize: Though we work for one of  the largest and most profitable employers in the country, we make some  of the worst wages in the work force.  We can barely live on the salaries  that we are making. Inflation takes  its worst toll on the unorganized  worker. The Bank is now using the  excuse of the Anti-Inflation Board to  keep any wage increase at an absolute  minimum. Today more than ever we need  the protection of a Union contract."  The Service Office and Retail Workers  Union of Canada (SORWUC) was formed  in 1972 by women workers in Vancouver  who are committed to eradicating the  unfair difference between male and  female wages. The Banks are well-  known for discrimination against their  female employees. In the last several  years there has been some improvement  in promotion opportunities for women,  but the vast majority of women in the  Bank are concentrated in the lowest  paid categories. 72% of all Bank employees are women. Yet in 1975, of  the 67,000 women who were working in  the eight largest chartered banks,  48,600 made $585 per month or less.  (See Employment in Chartered Banks,  Marianne Bossen, published by Advisory  Council Status of Women and Canadian  Banking Association).  SORWUC sees the application by the  Victory Square Branch employees as  a major breakthrough in what has so  far been a totally unorganized industry. One of the women employees  comments: "It is a common myth that  banks ca^n't unionize. But after a  little investigating we have found  the opposite. As employees in banks  we fall under the federal Canada  Labour Code. This law guarantees us  the right to unionize into the union  of our choice. It only takes 35% of  the employees in your Branch (excluding management) to sign union cards  — then you can"apply for union  certification. If a majority of the  employees have joined the union, you  will be certified automatically. If  you have less than a majority, the  Labour Relations Board can order a  secret ballot vote'.'  "As bank employees in SORWUC we will  have our own union Local, we will  elect our own Executive and negotiating team, and we Will decide ourselves  what we need or don't need in our  Union contract.  SORWUC is continuing its leaflet campaign at banks and hopes to apply for  several more branches in the coming  months. They are anxious to talk to  other bank employees about unionizing  — the problems and the possibilities.  All replies in strictest confidence.  Contact: SORWUC, #1003 - 207 West  Hastings Street, Vancouver. 684-2834.  chouse staff -  The Service Office and Retail Workers  Union of Canada (SORWUC), Local No. 1  has signed its third collective  agreement with the Vancouver Resource?  Board covering employees at Vancouver  Transition House.  The union's primary demands were for  recognition of "on call" workers.  These are relief staff who replace  permanent staffers for sick leave,  designated holidays and other compensating time off and for vacations.  In lieu of fringe benefits, they will  be receiving an additional $.2,00 per  shift, double time for working on  statutory holidays and 6% of their  gross earnings for vacation pay  (equivalent to three weeks annual  vacation).  Also included in the collective  agreement are clauses providing for  International Women's Day (March 8)  as a designated holiday, a 4% shift  differential since Transition House  is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation,  and, for employees who do not own a  vehicle, a taxi allowance of up to  $8.00 for staff transportation between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and  7:00 a.m.  The new Agreement provides for wages  of $6.99 per hour, including the  shift differential.  MORE INFORMATION  For more information and how, why and  when S.O.R.W.U.C was formed see the  April 1976 issue of KINESIS or MAKARA  magazine, August/September 1976 issue.  Or contact■'S.iQ.R.W.U.C. at #1003 -  207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver,  B.C. Phone: 684-2834.  RAPE VICTIMS PROSECUTED  Off Our Backs, a Washington D.C  women's news journal, reports that  in Australia, two women have been  charged with 'false complaint' after  reporting rapes. The charge, under  the "Vagrancy, Gaming and Offenses  Act", is a rarely used one and has  never before been applied to a rape  case.  One of the women, victim of a gang  rape by nine men, was acquitted after  outcry by Australian feminists.  She  had withdrawn her rape complaint when  the tremendous strain of an 8-hour-  long police interrogation immediately  following the rape became too much  for her; she was charged shortly  after.  The second woman, however, was convicted, given a year's probation,  and ordered to pay court costs. The  police charged her with false complaint after taking the words of the  rapist and his witnesses, BEFORE any  court proceedings had even taken  place, that no rape had occurred.  A group called "Australian Women  Against Rape" will help to fight the  conviction when an appeal comes up  shortly. As Rosalind Innes, a member  of the group, says, "...Not only is  it outrageous as an individual instance of the way rape laws operate,  but it is setting a very dangerous  precedent to stop women even more  from reporting rape." She is asking  for the support of the Women's Movement internationally.  To protest the use of false complaint  charges in rape cases, send letters  or telegrams to: 1) District Court  Judges, District Court Bldg, North  Quay, Brisbane 400; 2) Minister for  Justice, c/o Justice Dept, Old Treasury Bldg, Queen St, Brisbane (Mr.Knox);  3) Minister for Police, c/o Minister's  Office, 161 Ann St, Brisbane 04000  (Mr. Max Hodges). i '  - Janet Beebe  ACSW  ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF  WOMEN  The following recent publications of  The Advisory Council on the Status of  Women are available from Box 1541,  Station B, Ottawa KIP 5R5.  A Definition of the Meaning of Equity  in Marriage (May 1976)  A Position Paper on the One-Parent  Family, S. June Menzies (April 1976)  Indian Women and the Indian Act  (April 1976)  A Background Study on Women and the  Personal Income Tax System, Louise  Dulude (April 1976)  Study Paper on Divorce, Marcia H.  Rionx (April 1976)  Maternity Leave & Benefits (a study  of federal laws), Elsie Robindaine  Saumure (February, 1976)  The report of the study "Employment  in Chartered Banks, 1969-75" prepared  by Marianne Bossen, under the joint  sponsorship of the Advisory Council  on the Status of Women and the Canadian Bankers' Association was released  in May and is also available. 6  Vancouver    ^p^^ge  sfu  city college  This September, 1976 Vancouver Community College will commence its  fourth year of offering a Women's  Studies course which provides academic  transfer credit to the other academic  institutions in the province and as  well serves as a general interest  course for those who wish to audit it  only.  Perspectives on Women: an interdisciplinary team-taught course providing  introduction to the study of the  status of women, past and present,  from the perspectives of history,  literature, psychology, politics and  sociology/anthropology.  Perspectives on Women (Women's Studies  116) is offered at 2 locations:  VCC/Langara Campus, 100 West 49th,  Vancouver. Classes start Sept. 7.  Mon.&Tues. 2:30-3:30, Fri. 2:30-4:30.  Register at VCC, Sept 1,2,3.  YWCA, 580 Burrard, Vancouver. Classes  start September 8. Mon.&Wed. 5:30-7 pm.  Register at YWCA, 5 pm. Wed. Sept 8.  Fee  $29  The second half of the course, Women's  Studies 216, will be given in the Jan.-  April 1977 semester.  For more information call: Cynthia  Flood at 255-7820 or Pat Buckley at  266-0981.  VANCOUVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY  EDUCATION SERVICES  Langara, 100 West 49th Ave, Vancouver.  324-5323.  Combating Stereotypes in Children's  Literature: this course will present  parents, teachers, and anyone else  involved with children with current  materials that offer a different perspective from the prevailing sexism,  racism, and classism that exist in  so much that children encounter.  10 Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, Sept.21.  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Instructor: Bonnie Long.  Fee: $20.00.  kit  WOMEN'S  KIT  Vancouver Status of Women has two  WOMEN"S KITS available on loan. Each  kit consists of a large box filled  with about 20 pounds of goodies —  pamphlets, posters, records, postcards, newspaper pages, biographies,  short stories, poems, drawings, plays,  photographs;, historical documents,  collages, etc — all directly or indirectly about women and their socialization. There is also a booklet with  ideas on using the Kit. The Kit was  basically designed for high school  and community college level of study  but is suitable ,for use with any  group of people, teenagers through  adults, and in many situations besides  the classroom.  If you. would like to borrow a Kit  contact the VSW office, 2029 West 4h  Ave, Vancouver. 736-3746.  CAPILANO COLLEGE  For credit or audit, Capilano College,  2055 -Purcell Way, North Vancouver,  offers:  Women's Studies 104, Contemporary  English, Canadian Women Writers:  emphasis on West Coast literature and  class visits by West Coast women  writers.  Starts Monday, Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m.  Women's Studies 192, Women and Theatre:  skill training in voice, mime, movement and improvisation.  Starts Thursday, Sept. 9,- 6:45 p.m.  For more information and to register  call Marsha Trew, Women's Studies  Co-ordinator, 986-1911.  WOMENS  STUDIES  SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY  Women's Studies Courses offered at  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby,  in Fall 1976:  W.S. 100-3. Introduction to Women's  Studies: this course will put women  as individuals in a social context  and give an overview of society that  includes contributions made by women.  No pre-requisite.  CRIM 311-3. Criminality of Particular  Groups: Female Criminality.  Pre-requisite W.S. 100-3.  W.S. 200-3. Women's Roles: A Comparative Study. Follows W.S. 100-3.  W,S. 203-3. Female Roles in Contemporary Society. Interdisciplinary study.  Pre-requisite W.S. 100 which may be  taken concurrently.  For course outlines and complete information about program call General  Office 613-800, or Co-ordinator of  Women's Studies Program 291-3593.  high schools  WOMEN'S STUDIES FOR HIGH SCHOOLS  The following information comes from  the Department of Education, Victoria:  "The Department of Education is planning to print and make available for  distribution a Resource Guide For  Women's Studies For High School Students early in the new school year.  On the basis of present time productions we anticipate this material  being available by* September 30th.  "In addition there will be a Resource  Bibliography for Women's Studies  prepared and distributed by the  Women's Resources Centre, Centre  for Continuing Education, University  of British Columbia. Final arrangements for this Bibliography have not  been completed but I anticipate that  it will be ready sometime in the  early part of the new school year.  "I appreciate your concern and hope  that the above information will be  of assistance.  I would suggest  that specific requests for the  Resource Guide For Women's Studies-  For High School Students be directed  to the Publication Services Branch,  Department of Education, Parliament  Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4."  -douglas college  Douglas College is a two-year institution offering career programs, as well  as general academic university transfer courses, for both full-time and  part time students. Campuses are  located in Surrey (588-4411), New  Westminster(521-4851), Richmond (273-  5461) and Coquitlam (521-1911).  For information call the Student Services Centre (Counselling) at one of  the above numbers or the Convenor of  Women's Studies at 521-4851.  CREDIT COURSES IN WOMEN'S STUDIES  Women in Canadian History (HIS 160),  Social Issues: Psychology of Women  (PSY 110), Role of Women in Society  (SOC 240), Images of Women in Literature (ENG 102), Philosophy, Religion  and Women (PHI 160).  Courses commence September 13, 1976.  NON-CREDIT 'COURSES  You're Only Middle Aged Once: looks  at concerns of middle aged women.  6 Weds. September 29 - November 3.  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Auditorium, New Westminster Public  Library.  Instructor: Sophie Drache.  $15.  On Being Single Again: for divorced,  separated or widowed women.  6 Mondays. September 27 - November 8.  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Douglas College, Richmond Campus.  Instructor: Lynne Kokke. Fee: $20.  Coming in October: Women at Home —  4 Tuesday evenings + a one-day workshop.  Assertiveness Training for Women:  introduces women to a range of skills  for coping with intimidating situations.  Two one-day workshops in October and  Novemeber and the following six-week  course in September:  September 28 - November 2. 6 Tuesdays.  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Semiahmoo Senior Secondary School,  White Rock.  Instructor: Helga Weber, Counselling  Psychologist.  Fee:$20. WOMEN OF OUR TIMES  VANCOUVER WOMEN OF OUR TIMES  At this time, when the art of communication has reached a peak never before achieved in human memory, whole  nations have been unable to communicate  with each other. This shouldn't surprise us because very often two people  living in the same house are not able  to communicate.  Vancouver Women of Our Times expresses  a desperate need to achieve the art  of communication — between nations  — between people in the same country  — the same city — the same home.  Vancouver Women of Our Times proposes  to learn by each other's need and  experience how to achieve wisdom and  beauty for the benefit of ourselves  and the people with whom we come in  contact.  Vancouver Women of Our Times proposes  to have a very minimal exchange of  money, .if at all. There will be no  raffles, bazaars, etc. There will be  no refreshments so that no one will  have the responsibility of preparing  them.  Vancouver Women of Our Times will  learn to communicate with one another  — perhaps in so doing they will learn  to what depths they have that need —  to what depths the people around them  have that need — and with practice  perhaps they will somehow learn to  fill the void.  The first chapter of Women of Our  Times will be written in Vancouver  and aimed at the age group between  forty and sixty-five because it is  the group which is most neglected  and is suffering greatly, not only  because it is beset by personal problems but also because these women  feel the lack of communication most  obviously.  Later, when we have learned more, we  will perhaps enlarge our scope.  For more information about Vancouver  Women of Our Times call: Molly at  731-0890 between 9 a.m. & Noon (except  Tues. & Thurs.) and between 6 p.m.  & Midnight any night, OR  Grace at 874-0053.  nuiw  breast     cancer  A report for the Registered Nurses  Association of.B.C. on breast cancer  has been published to help fulfill  recommendation 277 of the Foulkes  Report — "That the government promote increased research into the  clinical aspects of breast cancer  and its treatment."  This report unearthed some startling  statistics. They found that breast  cancer is the leading cause of death  of all cancers in women, and one out  of 15 women will contract it. Twenty-  one per cent of cancer deaths and 4%^  of all deaths are due to breast can- -  cer. Women between 35 and 54 are the  most suseptible. Here, this disease  is responsible for 32% of deaths from  cancer and 13% of all deaths, making  it the biggest woman killer for that  age group.  The report committee agreed that something had to be done. They felt that  public education is essential since  a breast self-exam and a visit to the  doctor is the most important step  towards early detection. But there  is a problem. Publicity seems to  bring out those women who are relatively aware in the first place. The  self-exam is important to all women,  though. How is it possible to penetrate through the barrier to isolated,  unaware women?  Mammography was also considered to  be another early detection tool. We  must get our definitions straight at  this point, since mammography is often confused with thermography, Xeromammography, and mammory duct contrast  radiology. Mammograpny xs a sate  tissue type of x-ray of the breast  using a low kilovoltage. There is no  discomfort and the dose is considered  acceptable. This instrument may be  used as a diagnosis in symptomatic  women or as a general screening of  the population. However, it does not  substitute for a biopsy or a 'palpable  lesion'. (Feeling a lumpc) If the  mammography does not show an abnormality when other symptoms are appar  ent, it does not ent;irely^ rule out  cancer. The value of the alternate  methods above has not yet been ascertained .  The report came to several conclusions: 1)Expanding B.C.'s screening  program ,is uncertain due to a shortage of funds.  2)To decide how often and at  what ages a woman should be screened,  B.C. needs a pilot program,,  3)The role and contribution of'  different occupations in the health  field regarding early detection of  breast cancer requires further examination.  4)Alternate methods of screening need further study.  5)Public education is only  reaching part of the population, and  further study is required to ensure  that the information is disseminated  more widely.  6)Screening programs should be  operated so that quality is not overlooked for quantity.  A copy of this report may be obtained  from the Registered Nurses Association  of B.C., 2130 West 12th Ave. Vancouver.  (Reprinted from Kelowna Status of  Women Newsletter, July 1976)  the pill  BREAST CANCER AND THE PILL  An article in July 76 Ms. reports that the Journal of the  National Cancer Institute says  that patients who took oral  contraceptives for two to four  years have a significantly increased risk of breast cancer—  2% times that of women who did  not take the pill. Women with  a prior history of benign breast  lumps increase the risk 11 times  by prolonged use of the pill.  The statistics were derived from  a 3 year case-controlled study  at the California State Department of Health.  (KR)  pregnancy  TEENAGE PREGNANCY EPIDEMIC  Good Housekeeping magazine, June  1976 reports that in the USA teenage  pregnancy is the nations' number one  health problem among adolescent  girls.  In 1974, an estimated  610,000 unmarried girls became  pregnant, an average of one or two  for every high school classroom.  What alternatives did they seek?  About 110,000 married hastily.  Half of those will probably be  divorced in 5 years.  275,000  sought abortions.  Currently one  out of three legal abortions in  the US is performed on an unwed  mother.  About 200,000 chose to  be unwed mothers.  The illegitimacy rate increase only in this  group. Among unwed mothers at  school, half dropped out. National Planned Parenthood estimated  that one in every five young women 15 to 19 will become pregnant  before 20. According to a Johns  Hopkins study, three out of ten  who have premarital intercourse,  became pregnant.  (K.R.)  long life  aOMEN LIVE LONGER  Latest U.S. government figures show  women living almost 8 years longer  than men (75.3 years for women vs.  67.6 for men), up from between 2 to  3 years at the turn of the century.  Genetic and hormonal differences are  often common explanations for this .  gap. Some scientists thought men had  more stress than women which shortened  their lives, but among equally cloistered monks and nuns, the nuns live  longer. As one scientist said, "Women  seem to be built for the longer haul."  (New York Post,1/12/76. Reprinted  from Health Right, Women's Health  Forum, New York). 8  A 6HOET'STOGY  I was experiencing my usual spaciness  upon hitting a new town. It had been  several hours since I had had conversation with anyone, other than "coffee  please" and as I sat in the streetside  cafe with progressive jazz notes dancing on my coffee steam, I pulled out  some nude snap shots taken in a Wool-  worths booth in L.A. and thought of  better days.  My heels were uncomfortable from breaking in ray earth boots, and my.fingernails were full of tobacco collected  from each dive into my phony suede  coat's pockets looking for change; and  against my better image, loneliness  was seeping in through the second hole  in my pierced ear. I would have enjoyed  anyone's company just then. When I  felt I could no longer guiltlessly  have another re-fill, I collected myself and my pictures and began strolling aimlessly down the sidewalk. My  head was inside the Bla Bla Cafe on  Ventura Blvd. when I first heard his  voice. It was coming to me by way of  Tedda's blues voice who I had heard  several weeks previously. When the  two meshed, he repeated:  "So you're a tourist,too."  "Yes," I said looking into the eyes  of a middle aged businessman in his  double knit best. "How did you know?"  "By the way you were walking. You seem  to be at a slower pace than most of  the people here. Sort of looking  around."  Upon his comment, my mind shifted to  a scene in a southern California  amusement park where a sailor had  mistaken me for a hustler because I  was "walking slow and sort of looking  around". He was so sure of it, that  he and his friends pooled their money  in front of the double ferris wheel  while waiting for me to slink by.  "And you're a tourist, also?" I hear-  my conversation starved voice saying.  "Yes, I'm in town for a business meeting. Would you like some coffee?"  I thought of the four cups that I had  just had and agreed that coffee and  conversation would be nice. And so  began another incident.  We walked for several blocks before  I realized that we had passed several  coffee shops and had that not been our  agreement? I once again recalled a  situation —in San Francisco this  time— whereupon being approached by  two young sub-normal looking men, I  consented to coffee and a free ride  to the airport. Who would have thought  that such dorkey lads would have had  a small room "on the way to the airport" furnished with girlie photos,  bar-bells and whips. My college track  training saved my body and my soul  that day.  "I don't know, sometimes I just prefer  petting..."  What? What had he been saying to me  while I time-travelled?  "I think you misunderstood me. I  really thought we were going for  coffee." Reality closed in.  "Oh, I know. But my car is just down  here. Tell me how do you like men  going down..."  "I don't like men doing anything."  I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and turned to face his shocked  gaze. "You asked me if I wanted coffee,  and that was all. I had been sitting  in that cafe for hours. I wanted conversation. That's the only reason I  agreed to come along. I don't relate  to men sexually."  "Oh! You're bi-sexual. How exciting.  Where did you say you were from? Los  Angeles?"  His entire face lit up, resembling  that of a jack-o-lantern.  "I didn't say J was tbi-sexuall" I was  angry at him for being titilated by  my sexuality and angry at me for falling into another trap.  "Oh, I see. So you're not interested  at all. I have money. Here, let's sit  down and talk about it." He motioned  to the bus bench. "I knew two lesbians  once," he continued, "let me tell you  what they liked. No, better still,  what do you like..."  No more. I turned and started walking  away and in doing so heard a nauseous  voice shouting, "I like it because  it's warm and tender and EQUAL! Get  it buddy? EQUAL!" I turned immediately  into a near-by bookstore and ignoring  the questioning eyes of the sales  clerk found my way to the travel section. (Knowing he really expected me  to go to the homosexual shelf so he'd  know for sure.) Why me? Was it really  the way I walked? It couldn't be my  clothing. Jeans on women were no longer  considered a novelty. And he couldn't  see my breasts under my jacket. Would  travelling alone always make me this  vunerable to such otherwise obvious  situations?  I thought the person next to me was  eyeing me suspiciously, (by now everyone was a lesbian spy) so I grabbed  a book off the shelf and stared deep  into the black on white, which soon  became white on black and then blurred. I finally decided that it really  wasn't my problem and that indeed I  was just a victim of circumstance,  (circumstances being that I was functioning alone as a woman in a non-  supportive environment by walking  slowly down the street).  I gave the travel section a legitimate  check and upon replacing the book I  had been holding, chose a new one. The  sales clerk smiled as I made my purchase.  The evening fog was coating Santa Cruz  as I stepped out the door. The streets  were fairly populated. The jazz musicians had just stopped performing. The  night looked good. I thought perhaps  I'd stop in at Mona's Lounge for a  dance or two, later on. I had just  begun thumbing through my book while  walking down the street when somewhere between "Things to do and see"  and "Accomodations in your favorite  city" I heard:  "Hey you with the book. Wanna have a  drink?"  I didn't look up. I didn't smile. I  just went to Mona's an hour earlier.  - Connie Smith  celebrate  LABOUR DAY THIRD WORLD WOMEN OUTREACH  COUNTRY CELEBRATION  A group of women and children living  in a wilderness area of Northern California are holding a Third World &  Working Class Women Celebration over  the Labour Day weekend. Women are welcome to stay longer to explore the  land and the possibility of living  there.  The celebration is specifically for  third world and working class women,  and children. Bring sleeping gear,  good shoes, food (if you can), musical  instruments, cameras, etc.  For information call Lilia, 826-4583  evenings. For info on transportation,  child care in city, call Elena, 282-  6613 (San Francisco).  quote:  "The mind likes a strange idea as  little as the body likes a strange  protein and resists it with similar  energy. If we watch ourselves honestly, we shall often find that we have  begun to argue against a new idea  even before it has been completely  stated."  - Arthur Koestler, The Act of  Creation    ?  NEWS  NEW APPOINTMENTS AT VANCOUVER ART  GALLERY  As of August 1, the position of Information Officer at the Vancouver Art  Gallery will be held by Dorothy Metcalfe. Ms. Metcalfe has been Special  Events Co-ordinator and in recognition  of the quality of this programme,she  has been appointed to the B.C.- Yukon  jury of the Canada Council Explorations Programme, for a two-year term.  Norah Kembar, who has been VAG Information Officer since 1973, will beeome  Publications Editor with the responsibility of producing the Gallery's  monthly tabloid newspaper, Vanguard. action  EDUCATION ACTION GROUP  It's time for action! Join the  EDUCATION ACTION GROUP — the first  meeting will be held September 15th  at 7:30 p.m. in the VSW office, 2029  West 4th Ave, Vancouver.  The first meeting will be informational — people will be present to  provide background and data on a  variety of issues. In future meetings we will be action orientated —  and there are a lot of places where  action is needed! ... women's studies  in high schools ... municiple elections this fall ....  Plan to attend!  IS THERE  9  YOU  SBSft  NGONAT  r&M.  needed  VSW needs one or more filing cabinets.  We have only two filing cabinets in  the office despite the immense paperwork we do.  Both are communal cabinets o  It would be nice to have a few  more for individual staff. Does anyone have an old one they don't want?  We'd love a donation. Just call Judy  at 736-3746 weekdays from 9am to 5pm.  Thanks.  JOHANNA  Johanna den Hertog is leaving the  Vancouver Status of Women Ombuds  Staff after a year's service. Before  joining the VSW Ombuds Staff, Johanna  worked with Vancouver Rape Relief and  Vancouver Women's Health Collective  and brought with her a wealth of experience and organizing ability.  Johanna lists the Women's Rally for  Action as one of the highlights of  her year: "To be involved in one of  the biggest political actions ever  undertaken by women in British Columbia  was for me a tremendous gain in  political consciousness and organizational experience."  Johanna feels that she has learned  "an incredible amount about the  Specifics of discrimination against  women, and the laws and institutions  of B.C., through Ombuds work." But  she also mentions the frustration  of never having enough time to "sink  my teeth into any one issue... of  always feeling fragmented."  It    2         CD O  3   F>» 3  MOO.  Si    H-C ff  S3   O   H It  CD           3    H  n. <-d      n i-t  H-  CD    H-  fD H-  »  3  3  nin  Wrf O  fu   O rt C  3   H o* n  n   H- fD CO  For many years Johanna has wanted to  take the issues that she has learned  about and the experience that she has  gained and use them to write articles  that will bring the information to  more women, to research issues in an  in-depth way, and perhaps "even work  on some ideas I have for a book."  By developing and using her skills  in research and writing Johanna intends  to continue to work within the women's  movement — but independently rather  than within a salaried structure.  We wish Johanna Love and Luck — but  we will certainly miss her clear perception and calm reasonableness and  her ability in helping people work  together.  music  FEMINIST MUSIC LOVERS   Buy a Holly Near record! The Chilean  Women's Association is selling two  Holly Near albums with part of the  proceeds going to the Chilean Resistance Movement. The two albums are  Alive Album and You Can Know All I  Am. The Alive Album contains the song  "It Could Have Been Me" which was  sung (very movingly) by Connie Smith  at the Annual General Meeting of VSW  in June. Get your Holly Near record  at the VSW office, 2029 West 4th Ave.  ■Vancouver, B.C. $6.00.  send for  FEMINIST RESOURCE MATERIALS: a booklet  telling you where you can get written  information on almost anything.  Like a shopping guide for building  a reference library in your centre or  if you just want a few things for  yourself. $1.00 from the VSW Office.  GUIDE TO THE B.C. WOMEN'S MOVEMENT:  an updated guide to the women's groups  and services in the province. 50c  from the VSW Office.  INDEX TO BACK ISSUES OF KINESIS: Maybe  there is a back issue of KINESIS that  you would like to have. Send for the  Index to 1975 (and up to June of 1976)  and see what you missed.  HELP  Last month (August issue) we mentioned  some of the jobs around the VSW office  that we would appreciate having help  with. We are very pleased that a member has contacted us and- volunteered  to attend Human Rights hearings. This  will mean that VSW will always be  aware of what is going on at these  hearings even when a staff member  doesn't have time to attend.  We have also been extremely fortunate  during the past few weeks in having  the volunteer help of Hiroshima  Chakravarti! Hiro has organized the  filing system on MPs, MLAs, and Alder-  people and is busy gathering information for each of the files; she answers  phones; gives out information; proofreads KINESIS; exerts a calming influence .... and we don't know how we  would have managed without her in  the last few frantic days!  VIP worker Molly Dexall is up-dating  the clipping file and she and Violet  Johnson are re-organizing the whole  file to make it easier to work with.  Remember anyone out there who is doing research — this file is very  useful and is available for anyone  to use.  VIP worker Andi Wescott has been  getting all our publications in order.  (Send for a VSW Publications list.)  We were low in stock or had completely  run out of some of the materials and  Andi has been producing more. She  looks quite 'fetching' (not to mention  'winsom') in her canvas printer's  apron.  The Office has been extremely busy  and it doesn't look like it is going  to let up. We get a million ... well  an awful lot ... of phone calls everyday and it is a tremendous help to  the staff if someone volunteers to  do a few hours of answering. So  anyone out there ....  Book Reviews — VSW gets books from  publishers for our library if we  write and print a book review. Drop  by the Office and pick up a book to  review. 10  WHAT IS A WOMEN'S CENTRE?  B.C. has possibly the most prolific "  "grass roots" women's movement in  Canada. The source of its strength  lies in the many feminist groups and  centres located throughout the province. Each status of women group is  unique, developing in response to  the needs of community women in each  locality. In general there are four  types of women's centres:  a) action groups lobbying for specific  women's rights legislation, services,  etc.  b) drop-in centres with ombudservices,  members' activities, public education.  c) transition houses giving temporary  crisis accomodation and counselling  to women.  d) special interest groups in government and professional women's agencies.  Each women's group is at a different  level of development,, feminist consciousness and political commitment.  Many start as informal consciousness-  raising groups, growing through the  stages of information and referral,  media work, and political action.  Status Of women groups are founded.on  the principle that as long as women  are treated unequally in our society,  compensatory services such as those  offered by feminist women's centres  will be required. Feminist groups are  engaged in a plethora of activities  aimed at eliminating sex discrimination  against women, both individually and  en masse, in all aspects of our society.  (Reprinted from the Introduction to  Guide to the B.C. Women's Movement)  Money is tight this year — sound  familiar? — and it is more important  than ever that women's groups maintain contact. KINESIS is received by  many women's centres in B.C. or is  received by women who are members of  their local groups and subscribers to  KINESIS. Women all over the province  are urged to make use of KINESIS as  both a source of information and a  contact line. Let KINESIS know what  and how you are doing so the information can be shared with other women.  Following is the information that  we have received about the funding  situation of groups in B.C. If there  is more information to be added PLEASE  let us know.  CAMPBELL RIVER WOMEN'S PLACE: applied  to Provincial Secretary for funds &  were refused. Trying to stay alive  in one small room on donations.  CHILLIWACK WOMEN'S GROUP: a member  of Fraser Valley Women's Coalition  & will receive operating expenses as  needed from Coalition's Sec. of State  grant.  COMOX VALLEY WOMEN'S GROUP: did not  apply for funds. They will continue  to function as a group & use space  at the Crisis Centre for meetings.  CRANBROOK WOMEN'S GROUP:is intending  to apply to Sec. of State in the fall.  DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE WOMEN'S CENTRE: a  .  drop-in centre for women in Vancouver's  East Hastings area. Volunteer at Centre  states they have applied to "about 50  different places in the last 6 months  — private organizations, government  departments, etc." At present the  Centre has an interim grant from Sec.  of State to cover rent and utilities.  This is expected to run out bv the  end of November. Volunteers are staffing the Centre. A L.I.P. application  is planned in the fall. A request to  the Provincial Secretary for an outline  of the Office's criteria was never  answered.  FRONYA ( MISSION WOMEN'S CENTRE): is  a member of the Fraser Valley Women's  Coalition and will receiving operating  expenses as needed from the Coalition's  Sec. of State Grant. Fronya received  a Seco of State IWY Grant and has  managed to eke it out in order to  exist until now.  FRASER LAKE WOMEN'S COUNCIL: application to the Provincial Secretary was  turned down. They have received some  money from Sec. of State.  FRASER VALLEY WOMEN'S COALITION: a  coalition of five women's groups in  the Fraser Valley — Fronya (Mission),  Maple Ridge Women's Centre, Ishtar  Resource Centre, Port Coquitlam Area  Somen's Centre, and Chilliwack Women's  Centre — applied to Secretary of  State for a grant. The Coalition  has received approximately $12,000  to cover operating expenses for the  Coalition. A 3-person committee will  administer funds to the member groups  as needed. The grant also provides  for a half-time salary for a worker  who will maintain a library, do public  relations, publish a newsletter with  contributions from the member groups,  co-ordinate activities, organize workshops, etc. The grant is until the  end of the fiscal year. The Coalition  also applied to the Provincial Secretary for $6000 and was turned down.  HOT FLASHES WOMEN'S 'THEATRE: LIP  funding ran out.  ISHTAR TRANSITION HOUSE: the Transition  House was forced to close last Spring  because of lack of funds. Later money  was received from Dept. of Human Re-,  sources to start up another House —  the original house had been rented  after Ishtar was forced to move out.  Ishtar is having difficulty finding  a suitable house — since they will  receive money on a per diem rate it  is not feasible to operate the House  with less than ten beds.  ISHTAR WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTRE: is a  member of the Fraser Valley Women's  Coalition and will receive operating  expenses from the Coalition's Sec.  of State Grant. Staff is voluntary  and they have had a summer student  working on a Sec. of State Summer  Student Project which ends at the  end of August. They are considering  an application to LIP in the fall.  ISIS, WOMEN Aim  MEDIA: funding application to Provincial Secretary turned  down (see KINESIS, August issue,-page  15 for details). Appeal rejected.  Provincial Secretary suggested Isis  apply to Dept. of Education. Dept.  of Education rejected this suggestion.  They are desperately trying to find  a source of funds. In the meantime  booking requests for their services  and materials continue to pour in  from all over the province. Watch  KINESIS for announcement of how they  can be contacted after September.  KAMLOOPS WOMEN'S CENTRE: has had Federal, Provincial and Municipal money  for the past 4 years. Has no money nowc  KASLO WOMEN'S GROUP: has applied to  Sec. of State for funds to open a  centre.  NORTH SHORE WOMEN'S CENTRE: applied  for Manpower Outreach grant but turned  down. Has received $4284 from the Sec.  of State Summer Student Employment  Program for 2 students to do a survey  of part-time and job sharing employment  opportunities for women on the North  Shore.  * ¥ T TWT f\ ¥, l^T aT^      /       if.   B  #«UNDM*6-V  Jl—JL^  JsEfe&id  Ji—L  .>V>  KELOWNA WOMEN'S CENTRE: has been forced •  to close due to lack of funds. (See  KINESIS, August issue, page 17, for  details).  MAPLE RIDGE WOMEN'S CENTRE: is a member of the Fraser Valley Women's  Coalition and will receive operating  expenses from the Coalition's Secretary of State grant. Maple Ridge also  has had a Secretary of State Summer  Student Grant for 2 students this  summer.  NANAIMO WOMEN'S PLACE: may apply to  Sec. of State in the fall.  NELSON WOMEN'S CENTRE: has a student  working as a volunteer co-ordinator  on a Sec. of State Summer Student  Employment grant which will run out  at the end of August.  KEREMEOS WOMEN'S INTEREST GROUP: has  no funding. Holds keep-fit classes  which pay the rent.  KITIMAT: has received a grant of  $4852 from the Sec. of State Student  Summer Employment Program to survey  the needs and opportunities for  employment for women in the Kitimat  area and to make recommendations to  Manpower.  PENTICTON WOMEN'S CENTRE: has some  money from Sec. of State to pay office  rent.  POCO (PORT COQUITLAM AREA WOMEN'S  CENTRE): Poco had a grant from the  Provincial Status of Women Coordinator's Office (this Office was  eliminated by the Provincial Secretary in Jan/76) which will end in  Dec/76. As a member of the Fraser  Valley Women's Coalition they will  receive operating expenses from the  grant the Coalition received from  Secretary of State. This does not  cover salary and Poco is intending  to apply to the Provincial Government  for a salary for one woman for three  hours a day. ■'.  PORT ALBERNI WOMEN'S CENTRE: did not  apply for funds. At present they are  using space at the Friendship Centre  which has funds from Secretary of  State, DHR & Dept. of Indian Affairs.  POWELL RIVER WOMEN'S CENTRE: had a  Lip grant to set up the Centre. This  has run out and they are hoping to  get another LIP grant and may also  apply to Sec. of State.  PRINCE GEORGE WOMEN'S CENTRE: have  managed to still have a bit of money  left from a grant" in IWY from the  now defunct Provincial Status of  Women Co-ordinator's Office. May apply  to LIP in the fall.  PRINCE RUPERT OPTIONS FOR WOMEN: has  a grant from the Sec. of State Summer  Student Employment Program for 2  students to survey women and work in  the area. Did not apply elsewhere.  PRINCETON WOMEN'S GROUP: received  $300 from Adult Education for workshops. Did not apply elsewhere.  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS: the Queen  Charlotte Islands Society for Continuing SeJ.f Development received a IWY  grant of $3000 from the Provincial  Government. They have now received  more funding from the Dept. of Human  Resources for community resources  development.  QUESNEL WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP: gets a  small amount of money from Adult Education for a course they give an  women's roles in society. Hope to  get some funding from Sec. of State  and may also apply for a LIP grant.  RAPE RELIEF: Rape Relief Vancouver  joined with Rape Relief Victoria &  Rape Relief Kamloops to form the B.C.  Coalition of Rape Relief Centres. The  Coalition applied* to the Provincial  Dept. of Health for $166,000. It received $75,000. Their appeal seems  to be bogged down. The Coalition is  now trying to work out a contract  with Dept. of Human Resources whereby  any funds they can raise (donations,  private foundations, etc) will be  matched by DHR. They are also considering an application to LIP in  the fall. In the meantime, a spokesperson at the Vancouver Centre says  they have had to let 2 staff go,  they are frantically searching for  funds, they have,had 50 rape cases  come to them in the last 2%nonths,  they are trying to organize a training program in the Police Academy &  they are very very tired!  SALMON ARM: has a little money left  from an IWY grant from the now defunct  Provincial Status of Women Coordinator's Office and from an old  Sec. of State grant. Office is open  one day a week.  SECHELT/ROBERTS CREEK WOMEN'S CENTRE:  LIP grant ran out in June. No other  funds.  STATUS OF WOMEN ACTION GROUP (SWAG)  VICTORIA: had a grant from the now  defunct Provincial Status of Women  Co-ordinator's Office to set up their  office. This money ran out in June.  Volunteers have been staffing the  Office and a summer student has been  working on a project on a Sec. of  State Summer Student Employment Grant  which will end at the end of August.  SWAG applied to the Provincial Secretary for funds and was turned down.  They appealed and were told the Provincial Secretary had no time to meet  with them. They have applied for  Sec. of State funding for a conference  to be held in October and will also  apply for LIP funding an the fallo  Unless money turns up they will have  to close their Office in October.  11  TERRACE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION: received  money from Sec. of State for a Northern Women's Conference held in May.  Have a Summer Student Employment Program grant from Sec. of State for 3  students for the summer,  VANCOUVER STATUS OF WOMEN: received  interim funding from Provincial Secretary on month to month basis for  the period April 1, 1976 (when previous Provincial Secretary grant  ended) to July 30, 1976. On June 24  recieved word funding granted from  July, 1976 to end of fiscal year in  March, 1977. $75,000, based on previous  year's budget, not the budget for the  current year. VSW was refused funds  by Canada Council, Sec. of State Summer  Student Employment Program, Vancouver  Foundation, United Way,. Dept. of  Justice, and has an application in  to Vancouver City Council,that has not  been decided on yet. VSW is being  forced to cut back staff at a time  when demands on the organization's  services are increasing enormously.  VANCOUVER WOMEN'S HEALTH COLLECTIVE:  applied to the Provincial Dept. of  Health and received $60,000 for the  period of August to March, 1977. The  Provincial Dept. of health arranged  to have the funding cost shared with  the Federal Government. The Vancouver  Women's Health Collective is hoping  -to re-new their funding for the next  fiscal year on the same basis.  VERNON WOMEN'S CENTRE: received $2000  from Sec. of State, $500 from the  Dept. of Health.  VICTORIA WOMEN'S CENTRE: have managed  to make a grant they received from  the now defunct Provincial Status of  Women Co-ordinator's Office last by  paying rent but no salaries at their  office. They also put some of the  money into a Storefront collective  to sell women's crafts but that is  having problems getting off the ground.  The Centre has apllied for funds to  the Provincial Secretary, the  Municipality, and Sec. of State, but  have been turned down. They are having  to re-organize and re-vamp in order  to survive.  WEST KOOTENAY WOMEN'S COUNCIL (Castle-  gar): has applied to Sec. of State  for funds for their newsletter Images.  WESTERN CANADIAN WOMEN'S NEWS SERVICE:  did not apply for funding this year in  view of the funding situation.  WILLIAMS LAKE WOMEN'S GROUP: had money  from Sec. of State last year, will  apply again in the fall.  GRAPHIC is from the cover of Building  the Women's Movement: From One Centre  to Another, published by the Kitchener-  Waterloo Women's Place. Copies are  $1.25 from K-W Women's Place, 25  Dupont St, Waterloo, Ontario. 12  YOU & THE LAW  Family Court Orders  The first and second column explained  Family Court support orders and orders relating to custody of and access  (visiting rights) to children. This  column will discuss legal separations,  restraining orders, possession orders  and family assaults.  The Court can make an order that the  couple live separate and apart. The  husband and wife cannot force the  other to live together. The Court  can also make an order as to possession of the family home.  A spouse  can be granted the right to live in  the family home, irrespective of who  owns the home.  For example, where  the wife has custody of the children, she may be given possession of  the home. This order is effective  until the family property disputes  are legally settled, in a superior  court.  If one party has been harassing the  other, the Family Court can also  issue a restraining order requiring  that person to stay away from the  family.  Even if the family home  belongs to the offending spouse,  the Court can require that spouse  stay away from the family.  A  restraining order is valuable in  that it gives the police the authority to remove the offending  spouse if he breaks the terms of  the order; if you have no order the  police have no authority to act.  Family Court also deals with criminal assault cases which involve  family matters. During the hours  that the Court is open, family assault complaints should be filed  at the Family Court.  In the evenings  and on weekends, the complaint can  be filed at the regular police station. The Court staff are often  unwilling to take family assault  complaints as they are sometimes  dropped after the heat of the  moment has passed.  Be insistent.  If your complaint is proven in  Court, the Judge can order the spouse  to post a bond (a sum of money) that  he will keep the peace in the future.  If he breaks the terms of the order,  i.e. threatens you or assaults you  again, he forfeits the money to the  Court. Also, if you are not living  together, he can be ordered to stay  away from your family.  The Court  order is useful if future incidents  are likely to occur because the  police then have legal grounds to  keep the spouse away.  For more information about Family  Court call the Vancouver People's  Law School and order the Family Court  Procedure booklet.  Or contact your  Family Court:  Vancouver 255-5131  Burnaby   , 535-6461  Richmond 273-1044  North Vancouver 980-1044  West Vancouver 926-7521  Surrey 584-8111  vDelta 946-7694  people's  law school  Learn about your laws through the  Vancouver People's Law School's series  of FREE law classes. All courses and  materials are free. To pre-register  call: 681-7532. Note: each course  takes a full three evenings.  VANCOUVER PEOPLE'S LAW SCHOOL  Industrial Health and Safety Standards:  Compensation  Sept. 13, 14 & 15.  Instructor: Connie Sun  Location: Vancouver Public Library,  750 Burrard St, Vancouver.  Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Industrial Health and Safety Standards:  Prevention  Sept. 20, 21 & 22.  Instructor: Craig Patterson.  Location: Vancouver Public Library.  Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Wills and Estates  Sept. 27, 28 & 30.  Instructor: Paul Beckman.  Location: Vancouver Public Library.  Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Canadian  women  network  INTERNATIONAL NETWORK  One of the recommendations that came  from the International Tribunal on  Crimes Against Women, which took place  March 4-8,1976 in Brussels, Belgium,  proposed this communication system:  "An International Feminsit Network  will be formed to facilitate the mobilization of women's movements on an  international scale when such mobilization could be of help to sisters in  need of such support in different  countries. Such international mobli-  zation occurred, for example, in  support of the Three Marias in Portugal. Without this kind of support  they might not have been acquitted.  Organizing support of this kind,  whether in the form of fund raising,  publicity, demonstrations, etc. will  be greatly aided by a network in which  at least two women in each country  will take on the task of mailing information sent to them by or about  sisters in need of international  support, to all the feminist/women's  groups in their countries. The Coordinator of this international feminist  network is Nicole Van de Ven, 165  Bvld. General Jacques, 1050 Brussels,  Belgium. Volunteers are now being  sought from each country. An International Feminist Newsletter will be  published every 3 months from information collected at ISIS (cas postal  301 - CH 1227 - Carouge, Geneva,  Switzerland)."  REGISTRY OF CANADIAN WOMEN  The Media Club of Canada has received  a $5,000 grant from National Health  & Welfare to compile a registry entitled Canadian Women of Note, Com-  puterized. The public is invited to  submit names of women (dead or alive)  for inclusion. Send names to CWONC,  Media Club of Canada, Box 504, Station "B", Ottawa, Ontario KIP 5P6.  WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE  Women in Public Life 1974-1975 is a  list of 2500 Canadian women who are  ambassadors, consular officials,  judges, Indian chiefs, members of  boards or commissions, mayors, reeves,  MPs and other elected officials.  Copies are $1.00 each from Canadian  Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 56 Sparks St. Ottawa,  Ontario.     (KR)  QUALIFIED WOMEN ROSTER  The Canadian Federation of University  Women is preparing a Roster of Qualified Women from across Canada who are  suitable candidates for appointment  to government boards and commissions.  The list now consists of 550 names  of well qualified women in every province as well as the Northwest Territories. Personal letters have been  sent to all cabinet ministers informing them of this new service. The  CFUW will be keeping a current record  of all appointments by order-in-  council and the dates when vacancies  are about to be filled on federal  boards and commissions. If you would  like to be listed or know of someone  who should be listed write to: Anne  Cleghorn, CFUW, 209A, 151 Slater St.  Ottawa, Ontario.   (KR)  quote:  Raising children is important work  but it is not respected work. If it  were, men would want to do it as well  as women."  - Radcliffe commencement  speaker, 1976  housing  HOUSING FOR SINGLE PARENTS  Through the Vancouver YWCA, private  and shared accomodation for mothers  and children under 4 years of age is  available. Subsidized child care can  be arranged to allow the single parent  to work or continue her education.  HOUSING REGISTRY  The YWCA has a list of inspected, low  cost housing in various parts of the  city for men, women and families. BOOK REVIEWS  Book reviews are going well. We have  now ordered and receivedl about 50  free feminist paperbacks as review  copies from publishers and now have  a backlog of reviews to publish. I  was happy to receive an offer from  Hellie Wilson of Ottawa to do reviews  of two books she read about in Kinesis.  Hello Hellie if you are reading this  month. Thanks to Angela Page and  Heather Kellerhais for this month's  reviews.  (KR)  BOOK  REVIEW  The Suffragette View  by Antonia Raeborn 1976  Reviewed by Heather Kellerhals  Essentially a picture history of the  early suffragette years, the idea for  this book began with the author's  discovery in 1964 of an album of  suffragette-photographs.  By gradual  additions to this collection and  interviews with surviving suffragettes  or their relatives, the author has  been able to piece together a fairly  complete record of the times.  The book begins with a brief sketch  of the personalities involved in the  founding and initial organization of  the Women's Social and Political Union  in 1903, notably the Pankhursts and  Pethick Lawrences.  It ends with the  beginning of the first world war and  a postcript on women's war effort.  Chapters are well organized:  the  historical background is presented  first, followed by clearly labelled  photographs.  The photographs, many of them available for the first time, dispel the  still widely held notion of the suffragettes as a bunch of wild-eyed  women.  From these pages a striking  collage emerges - women from all  walks of life being drawn together,  skillfully organized and radiating  courage, determination, and a calm  beauty from their faces.  Many of  the photographs stand as a contrast  to the often lurid newspaper descriptions and artistic renditions of  the suffragette movement.  Generally, and I think wisely, the  author reserves personal comment and  allows the photographs to speak for  themselves. On one occasion however,  she states "...it is difficult to  understand why so many of them were  willing to sacrifice their families  and their health by submitting to  imprisonment and forcible feeding.  Such stoicism and suffering seem an  excessive price to pay for the sake  of the Parliamentary vote" - a somewhat naive comment when one looks at  the history of the human race.  Altogether a fascinating book to read  or browse through, with a haunting  cover portrait of a woman that is  repeated on the last page. Pity it  was felt necessary to add Malcolm  Muggeridge's name on the front in  print as large as the author's. He  writes a two page preface!  BOOK REVIEW  13  Laura Secord  by John M. Bassett and A. Roy Petrie  in The Canadians series published  by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Don Mills  Ontario 1974.  Reviewed by Angela Page.  This series of textbooks is presumably  aimed at the Grade 4-7 age group. It  includes Emily Carr, Marion Hilliard,  Agnes McPhail and Elizabeth Simcoe -  five women to twenty-three men plus  the Group of Seven - as well as Laura  Secord.  Her story is outlined in dramatic  terms, VLth rather irritating imaginary conversations and the odd chapter  on details of domestic life or the  practice of slavery. There are  sketch maps, drawings and reproductions of documents:  an effort is  made to convey the flavour of the  time as well as its military history  and the story of Laura's heroic walk  through unsettled country bearing  news of the enemy.  She comes out of  it as more than a chocolate box heroine (is it uniquely Canadian to turn  popular female figures into brands  of candy?), and a good deal is made  of her and her husband's efforts to  gain financial recognition for the  service she had done her country.  I had not realized before that she  was born in Massachusetts and did not  come to Canada until she was eighteen,  nor that the only official acknowledgement of her bravery in her lifetime was one hundred pounds in gold  from the Prince of Wales in 1860,  nearly fifty years after her walk.  As this is a textbook as well as a  biography of a famous Canadian, I  suppose it is fair enough to put in  frequent questions between the  text and pictures to make sure the  reader is still awake, but I prefer  the simple way in which the story of  Deborah Sampson was told for children  in a recent issue of Ms., without so  much educational padding to disguise  the lack of information about the actual woman involved. This book could  be valuable in reminding children and  teachers that women as well as men  can be brave, independent and resourceful, especially in time of war,  but the point is not put across  clearly enough for me.  BOOK  Emily Carr  by Rosemary Neering  Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd. 1975  One of a continuing series 'The  Canadians'.  Reviewed by Heather Kellerhals.  Though these short books - in this  case 61 pages - are designed for  school use, they are,of interest to  the general reader and may serve as  stepping stones to a more detailed  examination of the individual's life  and work.  I read Emily Carr with  great interest, relating what was in  it to the artist's own journals  Hundreds and Thousands (published by  Clarke Irwin, 1966) or some of her  other writings such as Klee Wyck.  Rosemary Neering writes well and  organizes her material clearly so  that a vivid portrait of Emily Carr,  the artist and person emerges. The  various influences on her artistic  development are noted; early trips  up the B.C. coast, art schools, voyage to France, meeting with the Group  of Seven. The author avoids most of  the pitfalls inherent in such a short  work and does not repeat the mistakes  seen in some of this series.  For  example, most of the questions asked  of the reader are relevant, although  I did find one rather surprising  query, "Can you think of any reasons  why she (Emily Carr) might have preferred animals to people?" I was glad  to find the questions at the end of  each chapter, instead of alongside  the text which was confusing. There  is a good selection and use of detail,  with the occasional lapse here and  there. For example why is it necessary to mention not once but several  times, Emily's intense dislike of a  certain Victoria family.  All in all an interesting book, containing many photographs of Emily Carr  and reproductions of her work. Read  it for yourself and give it to your  children.  BOOK  REVIEW  Loving Women  by the Nomadic Sisters, illust. by  Victoria Hammond. Available from  P.O. Box 793, Sonora, California  $3.50 plus 25c postage, or the  Women's Bookstore, Vancouver  Reviewed by win.  A beautifully illustrated and sensitively written sex manual by Lesbian  feminists.  Topics include "masturbation, vibrators, water play, penetration, environment, foreplay, oral sex and manual  stimulation".  It includes plenty of personal notes  like, "I guess there are a lot of  people who think lesbians just climb  on top of one another and pretend  they have penises." A great myth  dispeller.  "Women have not been encouraged to  feel good about their sexuality...Our  hope is to develop a sense of pride  in ourselves and one another and feel  good about all female sexuality."  "We thought it was time to expose the  joyous, natural side of loving women  and of sexual love between women."  A book by, for and about women - a  good healthy source of information to  promote understanding.  Good follow-  up to the more general discussion of  Lesbianism in "Our Bodies, Ourselves".  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 14  the     avid     art bier  CHATELAINE, August/76. How To Chart  Your Ups and Downs, by Jo Galka.  Biorhythms will help you learn about  your own personal cycles — physical,  intellectual & emotional. You can  then pace yourself, anticipate lows,  etc.  MS., August/76. A whole section on  Battered Wives— articles, legal  remedies and court procedures, situation in various areas, books, re-,  search, conventions, list of people  and places dedicated to meeting the  specific needs of battered women.  Information is slanted to U.S.  BRANCHING OUT, July/August/76.  Feminist Philately, by Helen Fitz*  patrick. If you are a stamp collector  this is a real treat! Ms. Fitzpatrick  looks at all the Canadian stamps that  have featured or honoured women.  Portuguese Revolution, by Eloah F.  Giacomelli. Eloah is a member of VSW  and visited Portugal in October,1975  and again in March,1976. She discusses  the attitudes of women and the atti-K  tudes about women in Portuguese society today.  MAKARA, August/September/76. A couple  of articles on women and sport.  Ladies of the Court, The Edmonton  Grads 1915-1940, by Nora Delahunt  Randall. A meeting between girls and  basketball that turned into "a 25  year event in Canadian history".  Given a Sporting Chance, Renate Wilson  interviews Barb Robertson, MA student  in Kinesiology at SFU, Women's Athletic Co-ordinator at SFU, Women's basketball coach, and past member of Canadian Basketball Team.  MAKARA, published in Vancouver by  women for people, can be found on  better bookstands, or write: Pacific  Women's Graphic Arts Co-operative  Association, 1011 Commercial Drive,  Vancouver, B.C. $1.25.  LIFE MAGAZINE, SPECIAL REPORT, REMARKABLE AMERICAN WOMEN,- 1776 - 1976.  116 pages, great pictures. A 13 page  section on women "who have devoted  their lives to the struggle for women's  right." $2. If not on stands, try Time  Inc, Time and Life Building, 541  North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, 111.  VSW member Carol McQuarrie sends in  the following:  Emergency Librarian magazine has an  excellent 11-page article on Rape and  its literature in the July-August '76  issue (Vol. 3 No. 6). There's a very  complete listing of available books  and films on the subject of rape.  Author Audrey Eaglen evaluates the  materials listed. You might be able  to borrow Emergency Librarian from  your friendly public librarian and  copy the pages.  If your friendly  librarian doesn't subscribe to E.L.  then give her/him the facts. A small  Canadian bi-monthly library journal  that now has over 1000 subscribers,  E.L. gives you news, reviews, bibliographies, and covers areas missed by  the 'regular' journals. The last  couple of issues have featured multi-  sub-cultures (May-June '76) which  included a resource list on the Gay  sub-culture, and prisons (March-April  '76).  Supported in part by an Ontario  Arts Council grant, the subscription  rate is reasonable.  $7.00 a year will  bring you sixissits.  Write to B.  Clubb, 697 Wellington Cres, Winnipeg,  Manitoba R3M 0A7 for subscription information.  Note in passing: One of the women  involved in the production of E.L.  is Sherrill Cheda who, among other  things, writes the Hotline on Women  column for Chatelaine magazine.  SCI—Fl  FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION  THE WITCH AND THE CHAMELEON reviewed  by Ruth Dworin.  Do you read science fiction? Do you  find yourself frustrated by the stereo-  typically stupid roles women play in  most science fiction books written by  men, and, unfortunately, in many books  written by women? Have you been drawn  to the works of feminist writers such  .as Joanna Russ, Suzy McKee Charnas,  or Vonda Mclntyre? Are you looking  for good feminist analysis of science  fiction? Then perhaps its time you  discovered The Witch and the Chameleon,  Canada's (and perhaps the world's)  first and only feminist fanzine.  The Witch and the Chameleon, published  "irregularly" (three or four times a  year) contains fiction, poetry, graphics, book reviews, and numerous letters  to the editor. The latter often reveal  a fascinating dialogue between science  fiction writers about their politics.  The writing is consistently top-notch,  I particularly value the short storiest  Any of them can match or top the quality found in the average science fiction anthology or magazine: however,  in most of the stories the subject  matter is too radical (i.e. feminist)  for the average editor. If you are  interested in learning more about the  political motivations behind the books  /ou read, you can follow the ongoing  debate between Joanna Russ and Marion  Zimmer Bradley about their perceptions  of feminism that has spanned the last  several issues. If you want to find  Out about new science fiction books  by women writers, the review section  provides an excellent start; not only  does it include good feminist analysis  of books published, but the reviewers  themselves are often established writers. Also, the graphics and overall  layout of the magazine (especially  those in the recent double issue) are  superb.  Amanda Bankier has been quietly struggling in the wilds of Hamilton to produce this heroic effort singlehanded.  It's obvious that there is a great  need for a fanzine of this sort, as  she gets a lot of support from some  of the better-known women science  fiction writers. Articles by Joanna  Russ, Vonda Mclntyre, Kate Wilhelm,  Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Suzy McKee  Charnas, among others, appear in The  Witch and the Chameleon.  If you want to read this wonderful  magazine, you'll have to write to  Amanda, as it's not likely you'll  find it on your local newsstands.  Sample copies of back issues are 75c  (the recent double issue is $1.50 and  is highly recommended). A year's subscription is $4 (for three issues).  She also welcomes manuscripts and  graphics. Write to: Amanda Bankier,  2 Paisley Ave. S. Apt. 6, Hamilton,  Ontario.  (Reprinted from The Other Woman, July-  August) .  newspaper  WOMEN IN PRISON NEWSPAPER  Tightwire is a pub^ Nation about women  in prison written by prisoners. It  comes out of the Kingston Women's  Penitentiary. Subscriptions are available at $2 per 6 Issues from: Tightwire  Box 515, Kingston, Ontario.  magazine  ROOM OF ONE'S OWN is a Canadian  feminist journal of literature and  criticism which began publication in  1975.  Published quarterly, Room of One's  Own concentrates on the work of new  women writers and welcomes all submissions of unpublished materials —  poetry, short fiction, critical  essays.  All editorial, production and distribution is done by volunteer labour  of the Growing Room Collective. The  Collective would appreciate help in  distribution.  Subscriptions are $6 per year, $2  per copy. For more information contact: The Growing Room Collective,  1918 Waterloo Street, Vancouver, B.C.  CHILDREN  Canadian Children's Magazine  Publisher:  Evelyn Samuel  4150 Bracken Avenue  Victoria, B.C.  Price:     $5.00 per year (4 issues)  If you haven't seen Evelyn Samuel's  first issue of Canadian Children's  Magazine you should! Watch for the  coming fall issue.  The magazine is  distinctly Canadian and distinctly  good—chock full of cartoons, jokes,  illustrations and interesting facts  about our country"  Kids are invited to write in about  their hometowns, grandparents, jobs  and there are contests for them too.  There is something to interest the  whole family inside those covers, so  look for it at the bookstore or send  away for a subscription at the above  address.  Heather Kellerhals poco  Port Coquitlam Area Women's Centre,  P.O. Box 243, Port Coquitlam, B.C.  941-6311.  CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING GROUP  If you would like to join a CR Group  being co-ordinated in September contact the Centre.  WOMAN TODAY  This course, programmed by the Poco  Women's Centre, has proved very  popular in the past. Sign up!  Woman Today is designed to examine the  changing roles of women today and to  provide an opportunity for questions,  discussion and information on how the  changes affect you as an individual  or society at large.  Ten Thursdays beginning September 30.  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Registration September 30-9 a.m.  Place: Hyde Creek Centre, 1397 Laurier  Ave. Port Coquitlam.  Cost: $5.  Babysitting: available but inquire  early — Women's Centre 941-6311 or  942-0285.  The first program, September 30, will  be The Role of the Homemaker with Joy  Bradbury.  prince   george  15  Prince George Women's ^-Centre, 1306 -  7th Ave, Prince George. 562-1762.  There is a lot going on at the Prince  George Women's Centre! — and more  women are needed to help keep the  projects going. If you live in Prince  George and can spare a few hours call  the Centre.  REFERRAL SERVICES  The Babysitting Referral System has  had incredible response. If you need  a babysitter or can do babysitting  phone and be registered & if you can  give some time to help co-ordinate  the service it would be appreciated.  The Doctor Referral Service is coming  together but help is needed here too.  TELEPHONE ANSWERING SERVICE  A 24 hour answering service is needed  at the Centre to handle crisis calls,  and emergency situations. The caller  can be connected immediately to the  right person. Categories will include  rape line, abortion referral, counselling lines, doctor referrals, babysitting service, women on welfare, general  information. A great amount of commit-  ed woman power is needed. Workshops  will be held in the fall to develop  skills in handling the calls.  WOMEN IN POVERTY  The group is trying to establish an  Ombudswoman. Workshop is also planned  for the fall. Call Terry Chaney,962-  6869 or Sharon Bradshaw,562-7808.  WOMEN IN PRISON  Call Marie at the Centre for information on visits to P.C Institution and  possible workshops.  EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS  A new group. Call Margo Henry at 564-  7922 or call the Centre.  CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING  A new group starting in early Sept.  Call Emily at 563-5181.  PICTURES NEEDED  The artistic endeavours group is building a picture film. Donations of  quality pictures that could be used  to make effective posters, stationary,  etc. would be appreciated. Call Margaret Spicer at 562-4671 or the Centre  for more info.  MOM & KIDS DROP IN  Various programs in the fall. Call  Bernie at 562-5669 for info.  CARPENTRY WORKSHOP  Scheduled for September. Leave your  name at the Centre.  cap college  The Women's Resource Centre will be  opening at Cap College in September.  First floor of the Tower building,  Lynnmour Campus. Open to all North  Shore women the centre will offer  workshops and seminars of interest  to women including auto mechanics,  divorce, assertiveness. Marsha Trew,  Women's Studies Co-ordinator, 986-  1911, welcomes suggestions on how the  resource centre can best serve you.  north  shore  North Shore Women's Centre, 3255  Edgemont Bvld. North Vancouver.  987-4822.  Pub Nights start again in the Fall!  Same location — North Shore Neighbourhood House, 225 E. 2nd St., North  Vancouver. They will be held the FIRST  TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7:30 p.m. On  Tuesday, September come and hear your  North Shore MLAs. Ask questions, get  answers.  BUMPER STICKERS!  Buy a feminist bumper sticker at the  NSWC Black on white, $1.40 for strip  of 4 signs, 35c for individual sign.  PROGRAM HELP NEEDED  The NSWC would like suggestions from  the women on the North Shore about  the types of programs they feel are  needed for women. Call them.  co op  "OUR TIME IS NOW"  Copies of the poster designed by the  N.W.T. Status of Women Action Committee  for IWY are available for $1.25 from  Eya Lewyeky, Site 5, Box 20, Yellowknife, N.W.T. The poster is brown on  sepia-toned beige with the words "Our  Time is Now" under the design.  WOMEN'S INTERART CO-OP  165 West Pender St. Vancouver. 255-  1823. Established 1975 as a feminist  art studio with functions open to all  feminists including meetings, classes,  etc.  Sept.l, 7:30 p.m. Slides and Talk on  Barbara Hepworth, British Sculptor  by Maggie Shore. 738-9454.  Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. Plastic Molds.  Workshop instruction by Candy Head on  piece molds and cast molds. Held at  666 Alexander. Call 254-8805.  Sept. 12, 7:30 p.;  & Critique.  Sept. 16, 7:30 p.:  General Meeting  Women Fibre Artists  help  FURNITURE & EQUIPMENT NEEDED  WOMEN IN FOCUS have moved to #4 - 45  Kingsway, Vancouver. 872-2250. They  are in need of any kind of office  furniture and equipment — desks,  chairs, bookshelves, old typewriters,  whatever. If you have anything you  could donate please contact them.  Karen Chapnik(684-9008) will talk  about her work in coloured fibre constructions and show slides on other  women's work.  Sept. 25, 2-5 p.m. Open Poetry Reading  by women. Everyone welcome. If you are  interested in reading call Ellie 255-  1823 or Maggie 738-9454.  A life drawing workshop will be starting in September. Call Judy Lynne at  876-7831 for more information.  maple     ridge  Maple Ridge Status of Women, 22558  Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge, 467-1633.  Maple Ridge Status of"Women is sponsoring a one-day workshop "Breaking Into  Print — Problems of the Writer" on  October 16th, to be held at the Maple  Ridge Art Centre.  Registration $1.00.  For more information call Ann Wood,  463-8462, evenings. 16  radio  THE BATTERED WIFE, a CBC Radio documentary first aired in May will be  heard again on CONCERNS, September 1  at 9 p.m. on CBC. The program was  researched and composed by two VSW  members Arlene Gropper and Eve Johnson  and features discussions with women  who have been beaten, policemen and  lawyers. It's good!  I.i.p.  help  LIP GRANT APPLICATION HELP  Thinking of applying for a LIP Grant?  Need Help?  Kits House is holding workshops on  preparing applications for LIP Grants.  Wednesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday Sept.  8, at 7:30 p.m. at 2325 West 7th Ave,  Vancouver. For more information call  Mr. Chris Walmsley at Kits House, 736-  WHAT'S  GOING  ON?  karate  FEMINIST KARATE  The Feminist Karate Association offers  year round courses — Mon. Wed. & Fri.  evenings. Beginners welcome. $15 for  a 4-month semester.  Contact Marsha or Lorraine at 263-7452.  ywca  Vancouver YWCA, 580 Burrard St, Vancouver. 683-2531, local 222.  Vancouver YWCA offers a vast range  of courses, sports activities and  games, language classes, crafts,  Health Info workshops, Special Events,  and workshops on everything from  Colour Communication to 10-speed bike  repair and maintenance, to Building  Self-Worth, to The Cooking of the  Philippines. Ask for the Fall Program.  Some YWCA offerings of special interest to women are:  JOB FINDING WORKSHOP: Fee: $10.  Brief "how-to" course for women reentering the job market, looking for  the first time, or seeking a change.  Thurs. Sept. 23 & 30. 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Resource: Suzanne Bolton & Patti Lowery  MANAGING OUR TIME:  Fee: $18.  Learn how to handle procrastination  make decisions, prepare for career  & life-style changes and find the  time for self-development & leisure.  Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. starting Sept.  22 for 4 weeks.  Resource: George Wong.  LIVING IS FOR EVERYONE (L.I.F.E.)  L.I.F.E-. is a group^of widowed, separated and divorced women who have  learned from personal experience the  many problems both practical and  emotional that a woman may face when  she is left on her own.  L.I.F.E. meets every Wed. at 1 p.m.  at the Vancouver YWCA. Membership  is $5 annually. Group leader is Elsie  Palmer. For more information call :  683-2531, local 248 or 254.  WOMEN IN TRAINING  A YWCA job training program sponsored  by Canada Manpower and the Department  of Education for immigrant women.  Bilingual instructors provide training in skills, English language, and  cultural orientation. For further  information call 683-2531, local 223.  vecc  Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895  Venables St. Vancouver. 254-9578.  YOU NEVER WROTE A SONG FOR ME  An original comedy concert with Valri  Bromfield and Marek Norman. Marek  Norman plays a struggling songwriter  who is constantly disturbed and interrupted by his crazy neighbours (all  played by Valri Bromfield).  September 30 - October 2. 8:30 p.m.  Tickets: $3.50.  chile  CHILEAN SOLIDARITY  It is 3 years since the coup in Chile  and the Committee for the Defence of  Human Rights in Chile are holding a  10 day "solidarity with Chilean  people". During this time a film/  discussion will take .place at IDERA,  2524 Cypress St. Vancouver, on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. The  film, "To the People of the World"  features interviews with 2 Chilean  women — Laura Allende and Carmen  Catillo.  The Committee for the Defence of Human  Rights in Chile, formed by Chileans  and Canadians,, has opened an office  at 207 West Hastings, # 906, phone  669-5545. Anyone who would like more  information is welcome to call.  VdS  VANCOUVER ART GALLERY  September 30 - October 24.  Lynn Hughes: Rank Beginnings —  Sculpture  The first public exhibition of Vancouver born artist and recent grad-i  uate of the Vancouver School of Art  (honours ceramics).  north  shone  NORTH SHORE FAMILY SERVICES  LEARNING FOR FAMILY LIVING PROGRAMS  North Shore Family Services' new  brochure lists programs of a "preventive and educational nature aimed  at individuals and families who wish  to help and support each other to  maintain and improve satisfying relationships within their personal  and family lives. Programs include:  Couples — Preparation for Marriage,  Marriage Enrichment; Parenting —  Learning to Live With Toddlers, Parents and Preschoolers, Effective Parenting Programs, Teens (Youth) and  Their Parents, Parents in Crisis,  One Parent Families; Personal Development— Shifting Gears for the Middle  Years, Born to Win, Time To Be Me.  For more information call the coordinators at North Shore Family  Services, #204, 133 East 14th St.  North Vancouver. 988-7128.  cable tv  WOMEN IN FOCUS  WOMEN IN FOCUS is seen on Cable 10  Monday nights at 9 p.m. Members of  WOMEN IN FOCUS can be reached at Box  85, S.U.B., UBC. The programs for  September are:  September 6 — Holiday  September 13 — "The Women's Suffrage  Movement in Canada."  September 30 — First tape of New  Series  woman alive  The Vancouver Status of Women TV show  WOMAN ALIVE is seen on Vancouver Cable  10 TV Wednesday evenings at 9:30 p.m.  Video tapes (%  inch), of the shows are  in the VSW Audio-Visual Library and  can be borrowed for $1 per tape (to  cover postage). See p# 9 this issue.  Programs for September are:  September 1 — A Look At The Power  Structure (Part II)  Julia Goulden and Gary Onstead examined the power structure and decision making mechanisms in society  and why and how. women are excluded  from positions of power in Part I  (shown August 25). Part II explores  the necessity for the development  of alternate methods of decision  making.  September 8 — Evolution:Women and  Art  Cathy Stewart discusses problems women have had in gaining recognition  in the field of art, the response  they get when they draw men. Examples  are shown.  September 15 — High School Women  Host: Diana Bissell.  Theme: The frustrations of women in  High Schools. A very relaxed discussion of the position of women in High  Schools. The problems remain undefined  but the general sense of frustration  comes across strongly. The women discuss courses, dress, career counselling, and the image of 17  The following materials are, or soon  will be, on hand in the VSW library  for reference, weekdays from 9:30 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m. Donations of material  are welcome. Please let us know if  you come across something you think  we should have. A list of topic files  in the library is available free. Ask  for our publications list too.  Among many other things, the VSW reference library has a collection of  back issues of approximately 70 feminist magazines, newsletters and periodicals from all over B.C., from each  province across Canada, from the  States and England.  If you are trying  to find something you vaguely remember  reading last month, or last year, drop  in and look through the collection.  KR  Credit and YOU: Women's Access to  Credit: booklet on women's right to  equal credit based on Ontario guidelines. Advantages and disadvantages  of credit, how to obtain it, how separation, marriage, etc. affect women's  credit.  Free from Info.Services, Ministry Consumer and Commercial Relations  555 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Women and the Skilled Trades: a pamphlet profiling nine women in non-traditional jobs: machinist, woodworker,  plumber, motor repair mechanic, welder,  etc. Free from Info Services, Ministry  Colleges, Toronto, Ontario.  Why Am I So Miserable If These Are The  Best Years of My Life?: by Andrea Bor-  off, a feminist teenage advice book  for anyone who works with parents and  adolescent girls.  Covers relations  with boys, birth control, vaginal infections, legal rights of young women,  etc.  $6.95 from J.B. Lippincott.  How To Start A Rape Crisis Centre:  $3.50 in advance, from Rape Crisis  Centre, P.O. Box 21005, Washington,  D.C., U.S.A. 20009.  Affirmative Action for Women in  Employment and Academia: selected  bibliography, 5 pages, free from  Ontario Ministry of Labour, Women's  Bureau, Toronto, Ontario.  Mathematics and Sex: a 30-page pamphlet studying the stereotypes about  women's capability to understand  mathematics and factors affecting  this, including situation in elementary and secondary school, teacher  attitudes, sex differences in mathematical training in university,  women in the math profession, etc.  Free from Math Dept., University of  California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.  About Face: Towards a Positive Image  of Women in Sport: 30-page booklet  by Olympic athlete Abby Hoffman on  the need for equal opportunity in  sports and recreation, myths about  female athletes, non-sexist phys-  ed, making sport a political issue  and recommendations for change. $1.00  from Ontario Status of Women Council,  801 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Journal of Reprints of Documents  Affecting Women: quarterly journal  of up-to-date legislation, on equal  rights for women.  True copies useful in litigation, mediation, management-decision making, research.  Good for speechwriting and workshops  and essential to women's studies  courses. (American)  Send $36 to  Today Publications, National Press  Building, Washington, D.C U.S.A.  20045. (One free review copy).  Wish we had a Canadian one.  RESOURCES  High School Feminist Studies: 157-  page paperback giving textbook analysis of women in history, teaching  ancient history from feminist perspective, feminine image in literature.  $2.50 from Feminist Press,  Box 334, Old Westbury, New York, N.Y.  11568.  RMPP Publications Sample Pack on  Sexuality: aimed at young girls and  boys.  Includes selection of "So You  Don't Want to Be a Sex Object", -  "This Is*You" (feminine hygiene) -  "MCP Colouring Book" - "Perils of  Puberty" - "Vasectomy" - etc. $1.00  from RMPP, 2030 East 20th Ave.,  Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. 80205.  Women's Agenda: monthly publication  of Women's Action Alliance aimed at  sharing knowledge and skills about  lobbying for changes in the status  of women.  June 1976 issue includes:  "Inside Affirmative Action - Women  From Nine Major Institutions Tell  How It Is - And Is Not - Really Working" - "Is Your Union Behind You?  Checklist For Women" - etc.  $10 per  year. Women's Action Alliance, 370  Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. U.S.A.  10017.  Based on the U.S. National  Women's Agenda - goals for women set  during IWY.  Women and Credit: "Borrowing Basics  for Women" is a free booklet explaining to women how to: establish credit,  get a mortgage, eligibility for loans,  report credit discrimination, make  sure your credit history is fair and  accurate. While the material is  American, it will be of general use  to Canadian women.  First National  City Bank, P.A. Dept. WB, 399 Park  Ave., New York, N.>Y. 10022.  The Community Survey of the Status of  Women: is a "how-to" kit containing  guidelines for conducting an investigation of the occupational and institutional status, of women on a community basis.  It is designed for use at  the local level for pinpointing local  problems and inequities. Available  for $2.00 from the Population Institute.  Write: Organization Liaison Division,  Population Institute, 110 Maryland  Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C 20002,  U.S.A.  Family Law: Report of the Law Reform  Commission of Canada, 73-page biling-  ual paperback with the findings and  recommendations of the Commission on  unified family court, dissolution of  marriage, economic readjustment and  children.  $3.50 from Information  Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.  Women, Money and Power, by Phyllis  Chesler and Emily Jane Goodman, New  York: William Morrow and Co. Inc., is  about the psycho-economic condition  of women, why they do not control  wealth, how they feel about money and  power, what they do to survive.  The Women's Guide to Starting a  Business: by Claudia Jessup and Genie  Chipps, New York: Holt, Rinehart and  Winston, 1976, a s'tep-by"-step guide  to starting any type of business,  whether retailing, service or manufacturing, including stories of  individual women who are running  successful ventures.  Status of Women Employed by the City  Of Ottawa: 150 page report of IWY  Task Force giving specific findings  on women employed by municipal government and recommendations for  change including affirmative action  program.  Free from Equal Opportunity Program, City Hall, Ottawa,  Ontario.  Women In Future Priesthood Now: This  report on a conference by the same  name, provides background data affecting the ordination of women and  an account of the proceedings of the  conference.  Free from Deliberation,  Box 5678, Coralville, Iowa, U.S.A.  52241.  $1.00  Infiltration of the Women's Movement:  A Feminist Critique of the Young  Socialists. A pamphlet available  from Box 2827, Station A, Edmonton,  Alberta.  20c  FCC Action Kit: How to negotiate  with your local broadcast station  on employment and programming for  women is the subject of an action  kit by the National Organization  of Women.  It includes a model  agreement between a women's group  and a broadcaster, tells how to  monitor T.V., where to get station  employment records., how to challenge  license renewals and a timetable for  it all.  The kit is American but will  be applicable to Canadian women. From  N.O.W., 5 South Wabash, Suite #1615,  Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. 60603.  Isis' Women's Media 1976 Catalogue:  50 page booklet outlining videotapes,  audiotapes, slide shows, print packages produced by Isis and others,  also list of media resource centre  relevant to  women.      Free   from   them  at 2185 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.  or call 731-3324..  Therapeutic Abortions 1975 Advance  Information: 6-page pamphlet summarizing the abortion statistics for all  of Canada, published December 1975,  the latest figures available.  Free  from Carol Soukup, Info Canada, 800  Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. or  call 666-3881.  Women in Federal Politics: A  bio-bibliography compiled by  Gerwynneth Evans.  Stories of the  27 female MPs and 14 female senators  of Canada.  Price unknown.  From  the National Library of Canada,  Ottawa, Ontario.  Female Artists, Past and Present:  annotated international directory/  bibliography of women artists,  architects, art historians, critics,  etc.  1974/$7.00 plus 1975 supple-  ment/$4.00, from Women's History  Research Centre, Inc. 2325 Oak St.,  Berkeley, California, U.S.A. 94708.  Women and Health Care: Bibliography  With Selected Annotation by Sheryl  K. Ruzak, $3.00 plus 50c postage from  Program on Women, Northwestern University, 619 Emerson St., Evanston,  Illinois, U.S.A. 60201.  t-shirts  Mom's Repairs now have T-shirts available! They have a circle on the front  with "MOM'S REPAIRS, THE WOMEN'S  EDUCATIONAL GARAGE" inside it. The  T-shirts come in purple,"brown, black,  light blue and navy. Small, medium,  large. $5 donation. Phone 876-0635  or 732-7753. 18  media action  playmates?  We received a copy of the following  letter from a VSW member. It refers  to an advertisement for stereo equipment produced by S.H. Parker Co. Ms.  Matheson sent her letter to Maclean's  Magazine, where she found the ad, and  to the Advertising Standards Council.  We suggest you also send a copy to  S.H. Parker Co. Addresses are supplied  below.  Ms. Matheson"s letter is short and  to the point — you may want to add  more details about why you find the  ad offensive.  "Dear Sirs:  I refer you to page 51 of the August  1976 edition of Maclean's — an advertisement for stereo equipment. I  take strong exception to this form  of sexist advertising. Please clean up  your act!  Yours truly,  S.J. Matheson  Advertising Standards Council  1240 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario.  Maclean's Magazine  481 University Avenue, Toronto, Onta;  S.H. Parker Co.  67 Lesmill Road, Don Mills, Ontario.  LiOOKiiig for Dener piaymaiesr  TWe-chattrse! SoundMates  jrm*     !  S.H.RARKE;  Olympics  OLYMPIC COVERAGE.SEXIST  During the Olympic Games the Vancouver  Status of Women joined Ttfomen across  Canada in protesting certain aspects  of the CBC coverage of the games.  Objections were voiced concerning  the lack of female sportscasters, the  use of the term 'girl' instead of  'woman' or sportswoman', and the final  outrage — Gary Lauten's "gluteus  maximum (sic) awards" where Lautens  gave awards to the breasts of female  competitors that most appealed to him.  Protest, was immediate — phone calls  to local and telegrams to local stations and CBC Toronto, and even small  demonstration in Toronto, Ottawa,  Montreal and Saskatoon.  A public apology was issued by CBC and  VSW received a letter from CBC president Johnson assuring us that "we  issued an apology to our audience and  instructions to our production teams  that no further lapses of taste such  as this item would be tolerated."  Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner wrote  that he "very much regretted that it  proved offensive to you and to other  viewers across the country, owing to  its manifestly sexist implications."  (KR)  loytes Hay Soor;  THE COLUMBIAN BEHIND THE TIMES!  VSW member Doreen Rutka has seat us  a form from The Columbian Newspaper  in Coquitlam which unfortunately is  too faint to be reproduced here. The  form is from the Circulation Department  of the Columia and is labelled  "Columbian Carrier Salesman Application" (underlining is ours). The form  continues:"lf you are 11 years old or  older, dependable and courteous, now  is the time to get your name on the  waiting lists for routes the older  Columbian carriers may be giving up  soon. * Columbian carriers are junior  business men learning to sell services  and collect and pay bills, (underlining ours again) and sure enough there  are drawings of two of these "junior  business men" with their little Columbian paper carrier bags slung across  their boyish chests.  h   S,-  Anyone who feels so inclined can try  nudging The Columbian towards present  day reality.  failure  UPI Admits Failure to Cover Feminist  News  Mr. H.L. Stevenson, Editor-in-Chief  and Vice-President of United Press  International, a large international  news service, admitted in May 1976  that the newsmedia have been too concerned with bra-burning, 'chairperson'  and 'Ms.', and thus have missed the  bigger women's stories.  "We missed  the real significance of the civil  rights movement in its early stages,"  he noted, "Let's not do it with the  women's movement."  (KR)  contest  Women in Media Contest  Women students are invited to submit  a proposal for a course on women in  the media, comprehensive or any aspect of the topic.  Should include  course outline, description and reading list. Deadline for entries is  December 1, 1976. Prize $300.  Submit to Media Report to Women, 3306  Ross Place NW, Washington, DC, U.S.A..  20008.  (KR) subscribe!  Lettab  le  PHONE  (home)  (work)  OCCUPATION_  VSW MEMBERSHIP  (INCLUDES KINESIS SUBSCRIPTION)  KINESIS SUBSCRIPTION ONLY ($5/year)   INSTITUTIONAL SUBSCRIPTION ($10/year)  UNABLE TO CONTRIBUTE  NEW SUBSCRIPTION  VSW Membership is by donation and includes subscription to KINESIS. We  would like to remind members that it  costs approximately $5 to produce and  send 12 issues of KINESIS and any  donation above that amount to help  with VSW activities is always appreciated.  Members unable to contribute financially will receive KINESIS on a Complimentary basis.  KINESIS is published monthly be the  Vancouver Status of Women. Its objective is provide an open channel  of communication between the members  of the organization, and to provide  information for interested individuals, groups, and• members of the  government and media in order to  promote understanding a»H)ut the  changing role of women in society.  Views expressed in Kinesis are those  of the writer and unless specifically  stated do not reflect the policy of  V.S.W.  PUBLICATION DATE: The third week of  each month.  COPY DEADLINE: The 1st of the previous month (e.g/ Nov. 1 for Dec.  issue).  SUBMISSIONS: KINESIS welcomes submissions from members and will consider those from non-members. All  submissions, Including letters to  the editorial committee, must be  accompanied by the writer's name  and address. Pseudonyms will be  used where requested. Where necessary, the newsletter committee  will edit for brevity, clarity, «nd  taste.  CORRESPONDENCE:  Send to: KINESIS  Vancouver Status of Women  2029 Vest 4th Avenue  Vancouver, B.C.  Telephone: 736-374*  THIS ISSUE :-  FRONT PAGE GRAPHIC: Kathy Horrocks  CONTRIBUTORS: Erin Williams, Karen  Richardson, Marion Barling, Nicola  Sumner, Janet Beebe, Molly Dexall,  Connie Smith, Angela Page, win,  Heather Kellerhals, Jo Lazenby  WORKERS THIS ISSUE: Janet Beebe,  Hiroshima Chakravarti, Jo Lazenby  EDITOR: Jo Lazenby  KINESIS:  In August's Kinesis' excerpts from  Hansard, Rosemary Brown said, "there  are a couple of other serious things  I wonder if you're looking at, and  that's the whole business of women  in prisons." As New Zealanders say,  "Good on you Rosemary".  And now I wonder if Ms. Brown would  also look at women in mental hospitals?  I have witnessed an assault  upon a young woman of eighteen by a  rough, intimidating male orderly in  the Intensive Care Unit at Crease.  So habitual and unwitting is the  sadistic behavior of certain members  of the staff they did not cover up  their behavior in the presence of  visitors.  I was told by the consulting psychiatrist, "I demand two males to each  female nurse in this unit." At the  time of my visit there were four  attendants for three frightened  patients, one of whom had had his  teeth knocked out; the two other  patients were women.  Alas, this fear of and planning for  violence—and for male nurses to  handle it, is unbecoming in a psychiatrist, shows lack of trust in his  patients, communicates itself to  stflff. The staff, we observed, acted  as jailers and indeed evoked fear and  violence in the patients. A young  woman locked in solitary in the unit  beat on the door and screamed all  during our visit one day. We were  told by an aide she had screamed all  night.  In a back issue of Kinesis, under  Policewoman Can Handle Violence, it  was stated that "women are less likely to resort to unnecessary force in  citizen encounters and are more likely to diffuse volatile situations".  The assault I witnessed was on a  pathetically frightened young woman  who had broken out of her solitary  (which, unlike prisons, does not have  a toilet).  If the nurse does not  respond to the patients beating on  the door—as has been documented in  Crease, the patient may resort to  urinating on the floor.  I would like Ms. Brown to investigate  psychiatric abuse. When Ms. Brown  was chairperson of the Legislature's  Select Standing Committee on Health,  Human Resources and Education, she  made no mention of mental patients.  Perhaps now that she has more time  for research she might rectify this  omission and start looking into the  status of the most neglected, most  mistreated, and most pathetic members  of our society—not prisoners, but  mental patients.  Therese Spitzer  KINESIS:  An article appears on Page 11 of the  July issue of KINESIS under the HANSARD  heading dealing with rug ranking in  the Civil Service.  Your readers will be interested to  know that to all intent and purposes  rug ranking has been abolished. Under  a banner headline in the Public Service Alliance of Canada newspaper  (May 1976) an announcement was made  that a two year agreement was reached  early in April of this year.  The agreement provided "for the much  talked about re-classification of secretaries to get rid of the rug ranking prevalent in the Federal Public  Service where secretaries were classified according to the work of their  bosses and not according to their  work." The agreement was made retroactive to January a2, 1976. It has  affected over 15,000 persons, most  of whom are women.  More information is available on this  subject from P.S.A.C., 233 Gilmore  St. Ottawa K2P 0P1.  Sincerely,  I.L. Mitchell (Mrs.)  Co-ordinator, Women's Employment,  Pacific Region.  KINESIS:  We have been in Calgary for 2 years  and even after all that time away  from Vancouver, I could not do without KINESIS. And I share the "magazine" with gals here*  Olivia Wilson  Calgary, Alberta.  KINESIS:  My August issue of Kinesis arrived  today and I note that two articles  look like free advertising.  I would  like to know your policy on this; I  refer to p. 5, "Women Need Insurance"  and p. 20, "CCEC".  If Ms. Gedroff is an insurance agent,  I think this should be indicated and  also it is your duty to edit her  article. That any of your staff could  allow the publication of that old myth  "women control 70% of the nation's  wealth" is incomprehensible to me;  inasmuch as it is proven on p. 22 of  The Report of the Royal Commission on  the Status of Women in Canada" that  women actually control about 20% of  the nation's wealth.  Also I would like to know what CCEC  stands for.  I have read the article  twice and can't unravel the secret.  Is it a secret?  Patricia M. Russell, Vancouver  Ms. Gedroff is indeed an insurance  agent. She inquired if KINESIS would  be interested in an article about  the need of women to insure themselves as men dO — to protect their  futures. I felt that it would be of  benefit to KINESIS readers to draw  attention to this topic and so printed the article. Ms. Gedroff has  offered to hold a workshop for women  to explain the need for insurance  and the various options.  As for the "women control 70% ...."  — you're quite right, it did slip  by me & is probably entangled with  the other old myth about spending  most of the money. I'll try harder.  A spokesperson for CCEC gives the  following explanation; " The CU  Charter from the Provincial Govern- Letters  cont'd  20  ment is in these initials. The  initials come from the name of the  original society which was the Community Congress for Economic Change.  The Credit Union grew out of this  society and exists seperately from  it. The CU has as its main aim the  providing of low cost credit to  those traditionally discriminated  against by the conventional credit  granting institutions. Enquiries  are welcome at the office, 125 East  8th, Vancouver. Phone: 876-0910."  As women and single parents are in  the above mentioned group I felt  the article would be of interest  to KINESIS readers. Also VSW and  BCFW are members of the CCEC and  therefore members of those two organizations are eligible to apply for  credit.       _ Ed.tor  KINESIS:  Enclosed please find my cheque for  $22.08 (the amount of the Family  Allowance cheque I receive for my  daughter).  Please put it towards  another year's membership in VSW  general  meeting  VSW QUARTERLY GENERAL MEETING  The Quarterly General Meeting of the  Vancouver Status of Women will be  held September 21, 7:30 p.m. in the  Boardroom of the YWCA, 580 Burrard  St. Vancouver.  There will be a panel presentation  by members of the B.C.F.W. Sub-  Committee on Lesbian Eights. All VSW  members are urged to attend.  festival  WOMEN'S FESTIVAL  There will be a Women's Festival at  Camp Elphinstone (near Langdale) on  October 8,9 and 10. For more information contact: SFU Women's Centre at  291-3670.  and another year's subscription to  Kinesis.  I can't think of a better way to  "invest" my daughter's F0A. cheque  in a better future. Keep up the  good work.  Joyce Hamilton, Burns Lake  KINESIS:  In response to Geoffrey L. Riddebough,  the question may well be asked if the  cause of feminism is menaced by the  ignorant hysteria and lurid rhetoric  of men. I cannot answer Dr. Smith's  challenge for her, but I can comment  on the 'choice' Mr. Riddebough gives  women.  It is very curious that he perceives  only two choices open to women—to  accept men as fellow sufferers or to  regard them as "the enemy' . It seems,  somehow, a rather common patriarchal  offer. Has he never heard of separatism—a very sane and human position  whereby men are neither accepted or  fought against, but merely ignored?  Janice Summer  KINESIS  WHY CAN7T THE GOVERNMENT UNDERSTAND  HOW IMPORTANT WOMEN'S CENTRES ARE??  As a volunteer at the Richmond Crisis  Centre I am only too aware that most  of the calls are from women.  These  women have problems with family, welfare, health, loneliness, and insecurity.  The list is endless!  These  women are not nagging and complaining,  they are scared and they need a place  to go where they can feel wanted,  make friends, and gain confidence.  This kind of support and the experience gained can only come from a  women's centre.  Not from a community centre, a crisis centre, or a  family centre.  This is why women's  centres are so vitally important.  Finally, we have a women's centre in  Richmond (The Richmond Women's Resource Centre), so before we lose it,  let's enjoy it and let's use it.  Lesley Taylor  "I sew, cook, iron, clean house, nurse children -  yes, I am a working woman." »)© 'w|V  KINESIS is a little thinner this month  — 20 pages instead of the usual 24.  A combination of there not being  enough woman-hours in the day and  the flow of contributions dries up to  a trickle in the summer. But now that  we are heading into Fall (not that  we really had any Summer) I hope to  see articles, essays, humourous pieces,  personal experiences, ideas, whatever,  come pouring in.  If you would like to write something  for KINESIS, please do! It will make  the editor very happy, it will make  the readers very happy, and it will  make you happy too! Try it and see!  SEPTEMBER  CALBCAR OF EVBTO  WOMAN ALIVE TV — Wednesdays at  9:30 p.m. Cable 10, Vancouver.  See Page 16 for September programs.  ORIENTATION MEETINGS — Thursday  September 9th and Thursday September 23rd at 7:30 at the VSW  Office. Come and find out what VSW  is all about.  LESBIAN DROP-IN — Wednesdays at  8 p.m. at VSW Office.  EDUCATION ACTION GROUP MEETING —  Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.  at VSW Office. First meeting of new  group. See Page 9 for details.

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