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 MARCH 1994  IWD Calendar  lerl CoJiectic  -CW?A$2.25 Inside  Vancouver, BC V5L 2Y6  Tel: (604)255-5499  Fax:(604)255-5511  J Kinesis welcomes volunteers to work on  j     all aspects of the paper. Our next  j Writers'Meeting is Mar 1 for the April  issue and April 5 for the May issue, at  7 pm at Kinesis. All women welcome  even if you don't have experience.  Kinesis is published ten times a year by  the Vancouver Status of Women. Its  objectives are to be a non-sectarian  feminist voice for women and to work  actively for social change, specifically  combatting sexism, racism,classism,  homophobia, ableism, and imperialism.  Views expressed in Kinesis are those of  the writer and do not necessarily reflect  VSW policy. All unsigned material is the  responsibility of the Kinesis Editorial  Board.  EDITORIAL BOARD  Shannon e. Ash, Lissa Geller, Agnes  Huang, Fatima Jaffer, Anne Jew, Faith  Jones, Manisha Singh  PRODUCTION THIS ISSUE  Shannon e. Ash, Moira Keigher, Anita  Fast Fatima Jaffer, Tanya de Haan,  Lana Winston, Laiwan, Robyn Hall, Elsie  Wong, Siobhan Herron, Winnifred  Tovey, Faith Jones, Anne Jew, Erin  Sernaise, Penny Goldsmith, Wendy  Frost, Esther Shannon, Nancy, Pollak,  Colette Hogue, Marsha Arbour, Carolyn  Delheij-Joyce, Rosalinde Libbey  Advertising: Cynthia Low  Circulation:Cat L'Hirondelle, Jennifer  Johnstone, Christine Cosby  Distribution: Yee Jim  Production Co-ordinator: Agnes Huang  Typesetter: Sur Mehat  FRONT COVER  Cover graphic  designed by Laiwan  PRESS DATE  February 22,1994  SUBSCRIPTIONS  lndividual:$20 per year (+$1.40 GST)  or what you can afford  Institutions/Groups:  $45 per year (+$3.15 GST)  VSW Membership (includes 1 year  Kinesis subscription):  $30 per year (+$1.40 GST)  SUBMISSIONS  Women and girls are welcome to make  submissions. We reserve the right to  edit and submission does not guarantee  publication. If possible, submissions  should be typed, double spaced and  must be signed and include an address,  telephone number and SASE. Kinesis  does not accept poetry or fiction.  Editorial guidelines are available upon  request.  DEADLINES  All submissions must be received in the  month preceding publication. Note: Jul/  Aug and Dec/Jan are double issues.  Features and reviews: 10th  News: 15th  Letters and Bulletin Board: 18th  Display advertising  (camera ready): 18th  (design required): 16th  Kinesis is produced on a Warner  Doppler PC using Wordperfect 5.1,  PageMaker 4.0 and an NEC laser  printer. Camera work by the Peak.  Printing by Horizon Publications.  Kinesis is indexed in the Canadian  Women's Periodicals Index,  the Alternative Press Index and is a  member of the Canadian Magazine  PublishersAssociation.  L  ISSN 0317-9095  Second class mail #6426  KINESIS  1 974-1994  News  Gathering to mourn First Nations women 3  by Larrisa Lai  South Asian Women's Centre opens 4  by Fatima Jaffer  Report on policing in BC delayed 4  by shannon e. ash  Balaclava half-way house to stay open 4  by Agnes Huang  Philippine Women Centre finds new home 5  by Larissa Lai  Nanaimo transition house workers get first contract 5  by Anita Fast  Features  Chiapas: a first-hand report from Mexico 9  by Jeannette Armstrong and Joan Phillip  Kinesis: celebrating 20 years 11  by Fatima Jaffer  Planning the future in West Belfast 15  by Erin Mullen  IWD calendar of events 20  compiled by shannon e. ash  Centrespread  Common struggles: An International Women's Day poster..  by Laiwan  Demo against violence against women..  Philippine women get new centre 5  Arts  Book review: Open Letter: Grasp the Bird's Tail 17  by Anne Jew  Book review: Betty Lee Bonner Lives There 18  by Siobhan Herron  Cannery Days: a photo exhibit of Heiltsuk women 19  by Emma Tracy Taylor  sogyny,  /III VM fundamentalist!!, cornriittha  ecological>^VjXdestl:uctiort...fot the right tc  Regulars  As Kinesis Goes to Press   Inside Kinesis 2  What's News 6      Happy IWD  by Lissa Geller  Movement Matters   by Anita Susanna Fast  Bulletin Board 20  compiled by Robyn Hall  The next writers'  meetings are on  March 1 & April 5  @ 7 pm at VSW  #301-1720 Grant St It's late February as we write this... 'tis  the day of the almighty federal budget...  What we heard so far. UI benefit rates go  down from 57 to 55 percent, but goes up to  60 percent for people of "modest income"  and people supporting a dependant... Meanwhile transfer payments to provinces to support social security expenses will go up  "modest"ly... And, to encourage people to  make charitable donations, the threshold for  tax benefits goes down to $200 from $250.  Which leads us to funding for "special interest groups:" the feds plan to "review" funding (by the way, women are in the "special  interest" category) and to encourage "reliance on other sources of funding." They'll  send us letters of their intentions so we won't  be surprised by the 1995 budget which will  tell more. Also, foreign aid has been cut by 2  percent. Overall, apparently "for every dollar raised in revenues, $5 has been cut from  spending." We'll have more in the next issue.  By the way, rumour has it that funding  for BC women's centres recieving monies  from BC's Ministry of Women's Equality is  secure for another year.  Also in BC, there were protests by women's, anti-poverty, and other socio-political  organizations on February 23, the day everyone had to line up to collect their welfare  cheques so the government could put face-  to-cheque and cut down on "welfare fraud."  This came to us compliments the NDP government. More next issue.  It's winter, the weather is bad everwhere  but in southern BC (don't hate us for it. It's  wet and damp when the sun's not shining!)  so lots of women from all over the country  are in Vancouver right now. Ex-NAC-prez  Judy Rebick's one (she's moved from Toronto to Regina, Saskatchewan to teach in  the PoliSci department at the University of  Regina); Sunera Thobani, current NAC prez  is also in town; she gave a presentation on  South Africa (she was there on a pre-pre-  election trip last November); and so is  Himani Bannerjee, most recently editor of  Returning the Gaze; Essays on Racism, Feminism and Politics. Hope it doesn't snow.  Meanwhile, the first multi-racial elections are coming up in South Africa... chances  are Kinesis'Tatima Jaffer may be ona special  NAC team that's going to South africa for  the elections. We're holding our breath.  We'realsocelebrating our 20thanniver-  sary this year...we were thinking how heartening it is Kinesis has managed to survive 20  years when we heard that Healthsharing,  the 15-year-old Canadian Women's Health  Qua rterly, has had to cease publication due  mainly to lack of finances..."as you likely  "know," they wrote, "it is an uphill battle to  finance, produce and distribute an alternative publication in Canada..." We'll have  more on Healthsharing next well,  we're going to take an analytic look at what's  happening to alternative women's publications/groups in Canada and  globally.. Pandora, the Halifax-based feminist newspaper, hasn't been able to publish  in months (but are still very much alive);  Aquelarre, the Latina women's publication  out of Vancouver, hasn't published due to  no money for almost eight months (we just  heard they may able to publish their next  issue before the end of this year alter all);  DisAbled Women's Network of Canada  (DAWN) was forced to close its doors last  year as was Press Gang Printers, the only  feminist-owned press in North America. In  England, we saw the demise of the publication Spare Rib, and later, Sisterwrite the  bookstore (and its cafe, SisterBite).  It's not all bad news.. .March is here and  lots of celebration is on... the new South Asian  Women's Centre opens up this month [see  page 3], the Philippine Women's Centre gets  bigger [see page 5]...and there are lots of  things happening for International Women's Day [see IWD Calander]...  Here's a quick rundown of last-minute  notices still coming through our trusty (we're  lying) ole fax machine as Kinesis goes to  press: there's stuff, then there's the IWD  stuff...  ...a gathering for women of colour and  First Nations filmmakers sponsored by NIF  (New Initiatives in Film, a Studio D/NFB  program, has justbeen announced for March  23rd. More info can be got by calling 255-  9567... Writing Thru Race, a conference for  First Nations writers and writers of colour,  is planning a preconference ev!ent in Vancouver to discuss cultural politics, coalition  biuldingand our relationship tomainstream  institutions on March 28, at th4 Aboriginal  Friendship Centre. Call 874-161.1 for more-  plus the BC Human Rights Coalition has a  conference on Multiculturalism and Human Rights: Towards an Integrated Policy  March 18-19 at the Robson Square Media  Centre. It costs $20 and for info, the number  is 689-8474...  IWD stuff to note: Centre des Femmes  de Montreal in Montreal (of course) has a  day-long event on March 8 with everything  from videos to workshops on frontline serv-  ^Thanks  Our thanks to Vancouver Status of Women members who support us year 'round with  memberships and donations. Our appreciation to the following supporters who became  members, renewed their memberships or donated to VSW in February:  Sandra Bauer * Janet Bell * Kate Braid * Regina Brennan * Cathie Cookson * Ann  Doyle * Ardelle Dudley * Nancy Duff * Karen Egger * Pat Feindel * Mary Frey * Sharon  Goldberg * Mary Hackney * Katherine Heinrich * Gail Hourigan * Barbara Karmazyn *  Meredith Kimball * Barbara Lebrasseur * Deborah LeRose * Barbara Jo May * Sandra Moe  * Kerry Moore * Myrtle Mowatt * Patricia Murray * Lynda Osborne * Jerilynn Prior *  Rebecca Raby * Patricia Rebbeck * Ronni Richards * Jane Rule * Connie Skinner * Lynn  Sloane * Susan Stock * Sheilah Thompson * Diane Thorne * Maureen Trotter * Verna  Turner » Cathy Welch » Susan Witter  A heartfelt thank you to Colin Bryant and the BMOC for the donation of a new computer  screen - our eyes are especially appreciative!  We would also like to say a special thank you to those who planned to attend our annual  fundraising reception in February, Recommending Women V, and whose contributions are  vital to the expansion of VSW's services and programs:  Joan Anderson * Susan Anderson * Lois Arber * Susan Boyd * Yvonne Brown * Carole  Cameron * Lorraine Cameron * Danita Carriere * Elizabeth Chaplin * Lana Cherris * Gallia  Chud *Rita Chudnovsky * Dorothy Chunn * Cathie Cookson * Ardyth Cooper * Libby Davies  * Marie Delia Mattia * Johanna Den Hertog * Reva Dexter * Ann Doyle * Dyan Dunsmoor-  Farley * Jean Elder * Noga Gayle * Dianne Goldberg * Patricia Graham * Barbara Grantham  * Miriam Gropper * Cathr yn Haig * Kathy Heinrich * Eileen Hendry * Ruth Herman * Dorothy  Holme * Noma Horner * Margaret Jackson * Zarin Jaffer * Thelma Johnstone * Victoria  Johnstone * Sharon Kahn * Leslie Kemp * Bernice Kirk * Cat L'Hirondelle * Louise Leclair *  Susan Lewis * Bonnie Long * Catherine Martell * Darlene Marzari * Kat McGrath * Marilyn  Mohan * Kathleen Murphy * Miriam Olney * Judith Osborne * Marion Poggemiller * Penny  Priddy * Gomi Puri * Valerie Raoul * Catherine Robertson * Joan Robillard * Bonnie Roth *  Mary Rowles * Angela Schira * Esther Shannon * Eva Sharell * Sophia Sorenson * Marylee  Stephenson * Penny Thompson * Vasso Vahlas * Joan Wallace * Diane Wood * Claire Young  Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the sponsors and  contributors who helped to make Recommending Women V such a terrific success:  Our sponsor for the past five years: VanCity * Contributors: Marine Printers * Full  Bloom Flowers * Claire Kujundzic * Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre * and all the  volunteers and members of the Women Recommending Women Committee: Elizabeth Aird  * Margaret Birrell * Gene Errington * Miriam Gropper * Veronica Strong-Boag * Joan Wallace  * Elizabeth Whynot * Katherine Young and the Finance & Fundraising Committee at VSW:  Wendy Baker * Rebecca Holmes * Cat L'Hirondelle * Alex Maas * Karen Mahoney * Andrea  Saunderson!  ices by and for women, to music to presentations on services to immigrant women, to  workshops on looking for jobs. Call 842-  6652.  Golden, BC's Women's Resource Centre is showing the NFB film /video A Web  Not a Ladder on March 8th and holding an  International Women's Film Festival on the  16th. For info, call 344-5317.  The Port Coquitlam Area Women's  Centre Society is having an Open House  IWD celebration on March 8th, and is hosting an evening with writer Marion Crook on  March 10 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in  PcCo. Tickets are $10. For info about both  events, call 941-6311.  Terrace Women's Resource Centre says  IWD in Terrace will be celebrated with a  paper quilt made by the public, an exhibition of Womyn's Art at the Terrace Art  gallery, and a Potluck dinner with entertainment by and for women. For info, call the  centre at 638-1551.  That's it for us this month. Have a Happy  IWD!  CORRECTION  In our last issue, we erred when we  wrote that the Women's Counselling Services closed its doors~we meant to say the  Women's Employment Counselling Services closed down. We apologise for any inconvenience caused  1*  \K  i  n          e          s          i          s  After six years, Abby and Germaine are  leaving us. Since the first strip appeared in  the March, 1988 issue of Kinesis, Vancouver  cartoonist (among other things) Liz Clark  has entertained us with her characters Abby  (short for Labyris), Germaine, and their dog  Puppy. Through provincial budgets, funding cuts to women's centres, elections, and  the everyday difficulties of being feminists  in these days, Liz has kept us laughing and  a little stronger. The first strip gave us a  Puppy's-eye-view of life. Here's a panel from  thatone,aswell as the cartoon on Liz'sgood-  bye letter to us. We'll miss you, Liz, Abby,  Germaine and Puppy (even after you called  us paparazzi!)  Another good-bye is in order. Distribution co-ordinator Yee Jim is also leaving.  While she was here, Yee was enthusiastic  and tireless in searching for new distribution  outlets for Kinesis. We will miss her.  We have some new faces too. Production volunteer SiobhanHerronhas expanded  her repertoire to include writing. Emma Tracy  Taylor is also a new writer. Look for their  reviews in the arts section. Jeanette  Armstrong and Joan Phillip, who may be  known to readers through their work with  the En'owkin Centre, a First Nations writing  school inPenticton, are also first-time Kinesis  contributors.Newproductionyolunteersthis  issue areTanya de Haan, Lana Winston, Erin  Sernasie, and Rosalinde Libbey. A big welcome to them all.  Finally, we have to thank sometimes  Kinesis writer, and long-time friend and supporter Laiwan for creating the beautiful International Women's Day poster you'll find  in the centre of this issue. Happy IWD to all  our readers from us at Kinesis.  MARCH 1994 m^^^m^^m^ww^M^^'^^^■■-•:•' *&&&:&:<  News  Murders of First Nations women:  Gathering to mourn  by Larissa Lai  On Monda y, February 14, over 150 women  and a number of men gathered at the Carnegie  Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to  march in mourning for the women who have  been murdered in the neighbourhood. Most of  those present live or spend time in the area',  and some of them were women whose family  members have been murdered there. Anumber  of First Nations students from Langara College were also in attendance.  "You must  acknowledge  the past  so that the spirits  can carry on."  -Vivien Sandy  wn>iw»>i>f»ftiiinii*r  The march followed a route through Main  Street, Alexander, Gore, Princess, Powell, an  alley between Hastings and Powell behind the  Astoria Hotel, and Hastings. It ended at  Oppenheimer Park. Along the route, the death  sites of four women were visited and blessed  with a prayer and a smudge ceremony in  which sage was burnt in a traditional act of  healing. Elder Mary Uslick from the Shuswap  Nation opened the march with a prayer, and  spoke again at the close.  "Fifty women have been killed in the  Downtown Eastside in the last ten years," says  Vivian Sandy, one of the organizers. "The  majority of those murders have not been solved.  Most of the women killed were Native. The  police tick these deaths off as not important."  For the third year in a row, women of the  Downtown Eastside organized this march to  commemorate the deaths of loved ones—sisters, aunts, daughters, and friends. The march  was supported by DERA, The Downtown  Eastside Women's Centre and the Carnegie  Centre.  "The primary reason for this march," says  Sandy, "is to help the families and friends of  the women killed, to mourn and to acknowl  edge. You must acknowledge the past so that  the spirits [of the dead women] can carry on.  When we do these things, it isn't so hard on  the people." She adds that acknowledgement  is an important part of the healing process for  those who remain living.  It is also important for the mainstream to  understand that these women are not disposable. "I had wanted to march in the West  Side," says Sandy, " to get information to the  women who get into politics. But the women  of the Downtown Eastside wanted to mourn  in their own neighbourhood. " A concurrent  rally was held in front of the Vancouver Art  Gallery on Robson Street.  The sky was gray, as though it too werein  mourning, as we marched to the first death  site, a dead-end street with a chainlink fence  closing it off and large orange ice crates piled  up to one side. A woman had been killed there  the night before the march. Police had not yet  even released her name. Several women knelt  over the site to say a prayer and burn sage as  the rest of us stood at a respectful distance,  watching. Rainwater trickled through the  gravel on the spot where she had lain.  The next three death sites we visited were  a black steel garbage dumpster to the side of  an alley, a dark doorway between a Filipino  restaurant and a coin-operated laundry, and  the alley outside the back door of the Astoria  Hotel on Hastings Street.  The mood of the marchers, enhanced by  the light rain, was sombre and contemplative.  "We were not agressive or belligerent, we  were in mourning," says Sandy.  "It is important to focus on the First Nations women killed as women of the First  Nations, not as sex trade workers, alchoholics  or addicts, " Sandy says. "There are a lot of  Native women down on skid row because  they are non-status and can't go back to the  reserves. They turn to alchohol and drugs as a  way to forget the abuse they endured in the  boarding schools."  At the end of the march, we gathered  under the covered area attached to a small  building on the Powell Street side of  Oppenheimer Park. The men served the  women a lunch of hot soup, bannock and  coffee. Once everyone had something hot in  their hands, the men were acknowledged for  their support, both with the lunch and the rest  of the march. "That's how to go back to the old  tradition," Sandy tells me. "When students  and young people see we're practising, they  continue to want to learn."  Larissa Lai is a Chinese Canadian cultural  worker and writer living in Vancouver.  Pay equity. It's time. It's fair.  The Vancouver  Newspaper Guild  Local 115  301 - 828 W 8th Ave.  Vancouver, BC  V5Z1E2  Phone: 874-0550  Jan O'Brien,  Administrative Officer  Taking back the Downtown Eastside  South Asian Women's Centre:  New centre  opens  by Fatima Jaffer  After years of lobbying, countless  womanhours, and some serious  fundraising, South Asian women in British  Columbia finally have a space to call their  own.  The South Asian Women's Centre,  which opens its doors in Vancouver on  March 12, is the first centre west of Ontario  to target its resources and services specifically to South Asian women. Until now,  there were two centres for South Asian  women operating in Canada-one in Toronto, the other in Montreal.  "The South Asian community in Vancouver is one of the oldest in Canada. This  centre is a long-overdue opportunity for  us," says Manisha Singh, a founding member of the centre and of the South Asian  Women's Action Network (SAWAN).  SAW AN, a coalition of South Asian  women, has spent the last two years raising  funds and lobbying for the centre. It was  founded in 1991 by a few women working  for social change in women's and other  progressive organizations. SAW AN is particularly known in Vancouver for its chal-  lengeof sex selection services being targetted  at the South Asian community in Vancouver by a US doctor, and for its questioning  of the conduct of the Royal Commission on  New Reproductive Technologies, which  recently released its report.  Singh says SAW AN identified "a gap  in existing services provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations in BC. There has always been a real  need for a space for South Aswn women to  come together, meet, support each other,  share resources and devise strategies on  how we can affect real change."  Consequently, says Singh, members  of SAWAN took on as their primary goal  the securing of funding for a centre. In  order to qualify for provincial funding in  BC, women's centres have to meet certain  criteria, including membership in the BC  and Yukon Association of Women's Centres (BC&Y). Last year, SAWAN was o^r  of seven new members of the BC&Y to  receive $37,500 in core funding from the  Ministry of Women's Equality, subject to  annual review. SAWAN also received  $18,000 in start-up monies to purchase  furniture and equipment for the centre,  and to facilitate its opening.  The centre will provide a space where  South Asian women can phone or drop in  for support, counselling, or information  on a number of areas ranging from male  violence, employment, health, community services, and advocacy.  "It will be more than a resource and  referral centre," says Tina Bains, hired last  month as the Centre's Coordinator. "It's a  space for and by South Asian women,  dealing with needs identified by South  Asian women that are not being met elsewhere. And who best knows our issues  but ourselves."  Bains adds that, "in some ways, it's  basically going to be a haven for women  to just walk in and feel free, and find some  respite from their troubled lives."  For now, Bains is the only paid staff  member at the centre and services will  largely be provided by volunteers. A Centre Committee, made up of SAWAN members, will oversee the operation of the  centre for the first two years and a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of South  Asian women active in the three other  South Asian women's groups in Vancou-  see SOUTH ASIAN on page 10 News  Women take on BC police force:  Oppal Report delayed  by Shannon e. Ash   The release of a report examining policing in British Columbia has been delayed  until May 31. The report of the Oppal Commission, which was established in 1992, was  originally to be released on December 31;  1993. Cathy Stooshnov of the Commission  says the delay is due to the large number of  submissions received—a total of 900—which  had to be processed along with the Commission's own research. The Commission held  56 days of hearings from December 1992 to  June 1993.  Numerous women's groups made submissions to the Commission [see Kinesis,  June 1993]. Bonnie Agnew of Vancouver  Rape Relief and Women's Shelter (Rape Re-  Women and prisons:  lief) says she is "surprised and disappointed"  at the report's delay.  Agnew points out that there is a lot of  restructuring going on right now in the Attorney-General's office and police departments, so the report's recommendations  could be useful now, and may not have as  much impact when released later.  Public debate about community policing is needed as soon as possible and she  hopes money willbeallocated for this. Agnew  says the issues Rape Relief raised in its presentation to theCommission, including problems sexual assault support workers have  had in working with the police, have for the  most part continued. There has been a small  improvement in that more police officers  have been allocated to the sexual assault  Balaclava  to stay open  unit—by reassignment rather than by hiring  more officers, which Rape Relief opposed in  its brief.  Karen Spears of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) says  it's hard to know what the effects of the  delay are without knowing the contents of  the report. Two of the issues the DEWC had  brought to the Commission concerned treatment of women who are sexually assaulted  and the issue of stolen or lost welfare cheques.  Spears says that in regard to the first  issue, one change has occurred—the police  have dropped the general release form,  which a woman reporting sexual assault  had to sign if she wanted charges pursued.  The form, which was criticized by many  women's groups, allowed police access to  any information about the woman from any  person or source, with no avenue of redress  on her part. A medical release form is still  used. However, Spears says it is still difficult  for women to report sexualassault,duetoan  attitude problem on the part of the police.  She believes it is unlikely the Oppal Commission could make recommendations that  would have a major impact on police attitudes.  DEWC's other major cpncern is lost or  stolen welfare cheques. If a woman reports a  cheque lost or stolen, she is likely to have to  deal with contempt from the police, who  assume it is a scam. The situation has worsened as procedural difficulties have been  added. The Ministry of Social Services (MSS),  by Agnes Huang  The only half-way house for federally-  sentenced women west of Ontario will not  be shut down.  On January 27, the Board of the Eliza-  bethFrySociety of Greater Vancouver (EFry)  decided to keep the Balaclava Residence  open, even though it is projecting a substantial budget deficit for the 1994-1995 fiscal  year.  EFry, which has operated the Balaclava  Residence since 1976, had announced in December that continued federal funding cuts  to the half-way house were forcing them to  close Balaclava [see Kinesis Feb./94[.  The federal government has continually chipped away EFry's funding for providing services to federally sentenced women  on day and full parole. This, despite the fact  that in 1990, following recommendations by  the Task Force on Federally Sentenced  Women, the federal government announced  it would close down P4W (Prison for  Women), the federal prison for women in  Kingston, set up five regional correctional  centres and increase the number of half-way  houses for women. The government promised to spend over $50 million for the projects  over the next four years. However, EFry has  seenitsfundingfortheoperationof Balaclava  Residence drop by 42 percent over the past  two years.  Following EFry's announcement it  would close Balaclava, the BC provincial  government chipped in some more money,  cutting the deficit projection, but not eliminating it. The federal government offered  nothing, and continued with its funding  cuts. EFry has projected they will enter the  coming fiscal year with a deficit of $89,000.  "Nonetheless, the Board, staff and volunteers of [EFry] feel strongly about continuing our historical commitment to support the needs of women in conflict with the  law," says Rosemary Cryer, president of the  Board of EFry. "We believe it is essential to  continue to provide women with this choice."  Women working at Balaclava say that  staying at Balaclava is the only way for some  women to get parole. "There are certain  women who wouldn't be getting day parole  except a t the Open Living Unit a t the Burnaby  Correctional Centre for Women (BCCW) if  Balaclava were closed," says a full-time staff  member at the house.  Funding cuts to women's organizations  most often result in women workers at the  organization and volunteers having to putin  extra hours to raise the required funds, and  may also lead to a cutback in programs  offered to women, says Chris Rahim of the  Vancouver Status of Women and a member  of Joint Effort, an all- woman prisoner support group for women at BCCW. "It's not  only fundraising; it's also the programs. If  EFry has to cut its programs because of  funding cuts, its the women's service organizations that have to pick up the slack,"  says Rahim. "We just can't sit back and not  do anything. Women still need the services  whether the funding is there or not."  Maureen Gabriel, director of community and correctional programs for EFry,  says that the Society has made a commitment not to cut any of its programs or lay off  any staff in order to deal with the deficit.  Instead, the organization will increase its  fundraising efforts over the next year, and  has already set up a fundraising committee  of Board and staff members.  Corrections Services Canada (CSC) justifies cutting funding to Balaclava Residence  by saying that the house does not always  operate at full capacity (4 federally-sentenced  women at a time). CSC says it is looking to  create more "choices" for women in conflict  with the law that would allow women to  serve their parole periods in regions where  they have family and friends.  A Balaclava staff member says that creating regional options is a positive step, but  not at the expense of denying some women  the only option they may have. "[Regional  centres would be] great, but there are no  half-way houses [for federally-sentenced  women] in other regions," says the staff  member. "The federal government shouldn't  close the half-way house down until there  are other options created."  in its changes to income assistance policy  [see Kinesis, Feb/94], no longer pays replacement funds to the recipient, but pays the  landlord directly and issues a food voucher.  Police no longer give a report number to a  woman reporting a lost or stolen cheque,  unlike any other report of lost or stolen  money. There is only one police officer handling these cases, with whom welfare recipients must makeanappointment. Spears says  there is usually a delay of three to four  weeks, by which time the next cheque is out,  so some women may not go to the appointment; the police then claim it was a scam all  along.  Police have fostered the idea of welfare  fraud as a major problem, says Spears, and  the MSS is under pressure to alleviate media  attention. What has not been reported, says  Spears, is that recipients are already required  to repay the replacement money over a period of time.  As well, if a woman is assaulted when  her cheque is stolen, it is not classified as an  assaultcase,butasalost/stolen-chequecase.  This can lead to difficulties, for example  when applying for Victim Compensation.  Kinesis will report on other recommendations made by women's organizations to the  Commission and on the findings of the Commission following the release of the report.  Shannon e. Ash has been following the  Oppal Commission for Kinesis since last  spring.  HELP VLC G  ROW  Yes, I would like to help expand your programs  ■ $ 100~500_  ■ $50-i no   ■ $ 5-50   ■ monthly pledg  THE VANCOUVER LESBIAN CONNECTION SOCIETY  876 Commercial Drive. Vancouver, B.C.V5L 3W6  Tel: (604)254-8115   Fax:(604)875-9592  itable tax # 0820663-59  COYLE & CHARLES COUNSELLING SERVICES  CYNTHIA R. COYLE M.Ed.RCC  MARTINE     A.     CHARLES     msw.rsw  SUITE   2  B   C   •     V  114   WEST   BROADWAY   VANCOUVER  Y      1   P   3     •     (604)     879-9262  KINESIS News  Philippine Women Centre:  New site for  centre  by Larissa Lai  The Philippine Women Centre in Vancouver (PWC) has a new home. They have  moved to thebasementof a houseat 1011 East  59th Avenue.  The move was facilitated by the granting  of core funding from the BC Ministry of  Women's Equality. The standard core fund-  "MyGodl What did I get myself into?!"  ing provided by the ministry to some women's organizations who are members of the  B.C. and Yukon Association of Women's  Centres is $37,500 per year.  While the PWC only had a living room  before, the new premises includes off ice space  and a library.  The PWC has been in operation as a  collective for five years, doing advocacy work  around the concerns of Filipina domestic  workers in British Columbia. As well, they  provide awareness workshops and organize  social events for Filipina women.  The new funding has enabled the PWC  to hire two part-time staff, Anilu Claur and  Jane Ordinario. They act as program coordinators, taking care of the day-to-day operations of the centre. This is the first time the  organization has had paid staff and an office.  A number of organizations working on  the issues faced by domestic workers in Vancouver, who are are largely Filipina, are supportive of the PWC's role in the movement.  "I'm glad to see that the Philippine  Women Centre is being recognized for what  they're doing. It's important work," says  Cenen Bagon of the Vancouver Committee  for Domestic Workers and Caregivers'Rights.  "This is a positive step," says Crisanta  Sapang of the West Coast Domestic Workers  Centre. "All the help we can get is welcome in  our fight for the rights of domestic workers."  At their annual general meeting on January 12, the PWC collective selected focus  areas for 1994. These are: awareness and  consciousness raising, economics, social advocacy, support and solidarity, and networking-   Claur says that the acquisition of core  funding gives them the power to intensify  and streamline existing programs, particularly their self-awareness workshops. These  workshops, largely for Filipina domestic  workers, concentrate on encouraging the development of an analysis around their identities in a Canadian context—as women, as  Filipina, as women of colour, and as migrant  workers. The workshops provide historical  awareness, particularly concerning the eco-  ■£ nomically exploitative relationship between  o the Philippines and countries like Canada,  | and how this relates to the mass exodus of  ^ women from the Philippines to do jobs that  g most Canadian women do not want.  & The PWC is starting a facilitators' train-  xi   ing program scheduled to beginin April. The  >. program will train women to giveawareness  ■c   workshops in their own communities.  g They will continue with their regular  ■2   social gatherings to give Filipina women a  a. chance to meet each other. On February 12,  there was a gathering to introduce women to  the new centre.  Having regular staff in place makes it  possible for the organization to get involved  in important areas it did not have the resources for before. For instance, they will be  sending delegates to an upcoming conference organized by the Ministry of Women's  Equality under the ministry's Stopping the  Violence initiative. The conference will focus  on issues of violence against ethnic and visible minority women. The PWC is also involved with the feminist networking group  organized by the Vancouver Status of  Women. As well, they are working on a five-  part series on Women and Poverty with End  Legislated Poverty (ELP) for Vancouver's  community radio station, Co-op Radio. It  will deal with classism, organizing, consumerism, and global economic restructuring.  Two members of the Philippine Women  Centre, Cecilia Diocson and Mable Elmore,  are currently in the Philippines networking  with local women's organizations in order to  strengthen international linkages. In Manila,  they will be visiting the Centre for Women's  Researchand Gabriela, thenational umbrella  organization for women's groups in the Philippines. They will be consulting with  Samakana, an organization for the women's  urban poor movement. In Cordilleria, a  mountainous region in the north, they will  visit the Cordilleria People's Alliance, which  is an indigenous people's group. The two  women will be back by the end of February,  and hopefully will have slides to show at the  PWC's event for International Women's Day  on March 6. [See IWD events, page 20, for more  details.]  Larissa Lai is a Chinese-Canadian activist,  cultural worker and writer in Vancouver.  CLAYOQUOT PROTEST  Raging Grannies sang in support of Clayoquot Sound protestors in  Vancouver February 10th. About 150 people gathered outside the provincial courthouse at noon to rally in support of international arrestees who  were on trial. They were arrested for blocking a logging road into the old  growth forest of Clayoquot Sound, in protest of the BC government's  decision to allow clearcut logging there. The Grannies, who specialize in  setting new topical words to old tunes, have sung in support of many  causes, including anti-NAFTA protests.  Transition nous* in Nanaimo:  Haven House  by Anita Fast  Transition house workers in Nanaimo  who have been in negotiations for a first  contract since last April will not have to  strike after all. Wages have been increased  at Haven House, a Vancouver Island transition house in Nanaimo, bringing an end  to negotiations for wage parity [see Kinesis,  Dec/Jan 94.]  After joining tthe Health Sciences Association (HSA) union inFebruary last year,  the transition house workers have been in  negotiations for a first contract since April  16 last year.After the transition house's  board failed to adjust wages to meet acceptable standards, women workers voted 93  percent in favor of strike action on September 9 if the government did not live up to  their promises of wage parity and pay equity.  Fortunately, job action was not necessary. On December 24, a collective agreement was achieved. The agreement was  ratified in early January when Board members and workers voted to accept the proposed agreement. Wages have been increased to $12.50—$15 per hour for transition house workers, and $11 -$15 for child  care workers. Wages were previously $6.30-  $14 per hour.  The new wage scale will also apply  retroactively to wages from April 1, 1993.  However, while the new wage rate is currently being applied to paychecks, the retroactive wages, to be given in one lump sum,  have not yet been paid.  Maryann Abbs-Fehler, the labour relations officer responsible for Haven House,  notes that only part of the money for the  wage increases came from the "wage parity  fund," a fund set up specifically for cases  like this by the provincial government. "There  was not enough money in it (wage parity  fund) to even the wages," said Abbs-Fehler.  "Other funds were given from the Ministry  of Social Services."  The collective agreement is up on March  31, but it is unlikely that similar problems  will arise for a second contract. "The first  collective agreement is always the most difficult," says Abbs-Fehler. "I don't foresee  problems with continuing the agreement,  but it depends on how much money is procured from the government."  AlthoughHavenHouse workers fought  for a rate of pay higher than that achieved in  the first contract, "everyone seems satisfied," comments Abbs-Fehler. "No one ever  gets everything they want. For example,  there is still no pension plan, which would  be something to go for in the future."  imiiiiMiiiiMi  San gam Grant R.P.C.  REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLOR  Private Practitioner,  Vv orkshop + Cjroup Therapist  phone (604) 253-5007  whet the music changes so dees the dance..,  MARIAN COLLINS, R.M.T.  &  KATHERINE SMITHSON, R.M.T.  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Deadline is the 18th  of the month preceding publication.  by AnJta Susanne Fast  Korean Sexual  Violence Act  Twelve women's organizations which  formed an alliance a year ago to establish a  special committee for the enactment of the  Special Sexual Violence Act have presented  the draft before the National Assembly in  South Korea.  The Korean Women's Associations  United, a coalition of women's organizations, spearheaded the drafting of the Act.  KWAU published a series of booklets, organized rallies, and collected and submitted  campaign signatures for its enactment. The  draft was prepared by lawyers, scholars,  and other women activists, and demands a  change in the definition of sexual violence,  currently defined in Korean law as "violence  againstwomen's purity," to "violenceagainst  women's self-determination".  The Alliance for the Special Sexual Violence Act demands all physical and psychological sexual harassment be included in the  definition of violence, not only rape and  actual physical violence. Further, it should  specify obscene sexist language, insinuations and exposure of genitals, and incest  and child molestation.  Korean women are also demanding the  recognition of date rape, marital rape, and  stranger rape, with their distinct characteristics and appropriate punishment.  Legal Status of  Lesbians  A booklet on the Legal Status of Lesbians, by the Victoria Status of Women Action  Group, has been revised to reflect the new  protections provided by recent court decisions and changes in legislation.  The booklet explains the rights of lesbians in employment, housing, taxation, separation, custody, and wills and estates. It also  describes ways that lesbians can protect  themselves and their relationships, and provides a list of other resources to contact.  The booklet costs $2 per copy. For an  order form, please contact the Distribution  Clerk, Publishing Division, Legal Services  Society of BC, Box 3, Suite 300, 1140 West  Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4G1 or  fax at (604) 660-9578.  International Women  of Colour Exchange  International Women of Colour  Exhange, organized by a group of women of  colour living in Berlin, took place August 29  through September 13,1992.  The first International Women's Exchange between Germany and the US for  women of colour took place in Germany in  1990, when the focus was racism and anti-  semitism.PreviousExchanges involved only  white women. In 1990, it was decided that  future gatherings would be only for women  of colour.  In 1991, the Exchange took place in San  Francisco. In 1992, the Exchange in Berlin  included not only women of colour from  Germany and the US, but from London and  Amsterdam as well.  The Exchange was not a formal conference, but rather a community based meeting  of International Women of Colour in a more  personalized manner. Issues discussed included: internalized racism; racism/anti-  semitism and neo-facism in the countries we  live in; our own forms of resistence as women  of colour; the politics of coalition building;  the life and' survival of non-European cultures in spite of 500 years of colonization and  how we are able to live our different cultures  in a white-dominated world; how we are  creating a lesbian of colour culture.  For more information on this Exchange  and the next one, please contact: Sonja  Catalina Santiana Cruz, c/o Ruster, Schiller  Street 13,1000 Berlin 12, Germany.  Women and Science  Adocumentgiving information onedu-  cational programs across Canada and the  US. dealing with sciences and technologies  was released on October 22 by Women's  Equality minister Penny Priddy.  The survey aims to encourage girls and  women to broaden their career horizons by  furthering their studies in these fields.  Changing Times, Changing Views was  prepared by the Ministries of Women's  Equality, and Employment and Investment.  The 52-page document describes community, public school and post-secondary science and technical programs and provides a  contact person for each. There is also an  annotated bibligraphy of resource materials  dealing with women in sciences and" technologies.  For further information, contact:  Sharlene Smith, Director of Communications at (604) 953-4570.  Guide to Kenyan  Women's Movement  Women and Development: A Kenya Guide,  compiled by the Mazingira Institute, presents  a brief overview of the women's movement  in Kenya, lists libraries and documentation  centres and provides useful profilesof women's organizations and agencies serving Kenyan women.  For copies or information, contact:  Mazingira Institute, PO Box 14550, Nairobi,  Kenya.  Women and  Information  Women, Information, and the Future: Collecting and Sharing Resources World-Wide is  the name of an international conference on  women's libraries, archives, and information and documentation centres, to be held  June 17-21, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  For information and registration, contact: Women, Information and the Future,  Schlesinger library, Radcliff College, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA. Fax:  617 496-8340.Women, Power and Politics  Conference  On October 8-11, an International Conference to Advance the Rights of Women  and their Role in Politics will be held in  Adelaide, South Australia, to mark the centenary of votes for women in South Australia.  This international Conference is intended to serve as a catalyst for advancing  the role and the rights of women around the  world. Organizers plan to bring together  women from every continent who will—  through action and debate—challenge injustice and inequity and advocate change for  the better.  Seminars cover topics such as Women  and Government; Womenand the Economy;  Women and Learning; and Women's Rights  are Human Rights.  For more information, contact: Conference Secretariat, Festival City Conventions  Pty Ltd., PO Box 986, Kent Town SA 5071,  Australia or call 61-8-363-1307 or fax 61-8-  363-1604.  Women's Health  Issues  The Sixth International Congress on  Women's Health Issues will be held in  Gaborone, Botswana from June 28-July 1.  Abstracts are invited for possible presentation to the Congress on population issues, rural women, violence against women,  reproductive rights, and various socio-cul-  tural health issues.  Send abstracts to Sixth International  Congress on Women's Health Issues, Sheila  Dinotshe Tloe, Department of Nursing Education, PB 00452, Gaborone, Botswana.  Preparing for Beijing  Here's an update on what's happening  worldwide as (some) women prepare for  the Fourth World Conference on Women to  be held in Beijing, China, September 4-15;  1995.  The NGO Forum, which is held concurrent to the Conference, takes place August  30-September 8,1995, in Beijing, China and  is open to all non-governmental organizations. The NGO Forum is the place where  grassroots activists from around the world  gather to share strategies, discuss ideas and  politics, and network. The Conference itself  is largely attended by governmental representatives.  More than 10,000 representatives of organizations from 170 countries are expected  to participate in the conference. It is expected to be larger than the previous world  conferences on women held in Mexico City  (1975), Copenhagen (1980), and Nairobi  (1985).  An outline of the vision and strategy for  the Beijing Conference was given by Gertrude  Mongella, the Secretary General of the 1995  Fourth World Conference on Women at the  Sixth International Forum of the Association  of Women in Development in Washington,  DC last October.  According to Mongella, the first task for  conference delegates will be an evaluation of  the achievements of women in the ten years  following the 1985 World Conference to  "Review and Appraise the Achievements of  the United Nations Decade for Women in  Nairobi, Kenya."  Second on the agenda is the adoption of  a Platform for Action. This document, according to Mongella, will provide concise,  action-oriented guidelines for addressing the  four or five most fundamental obstacles to  the advancement of the majority of women.  Preparatory meetings will begin on a  national level in 1994 as each region of the  world convenes a regional meeting [see list  below.]  Mongella also stressed the need for  strong participation by non-governmental  organizations, adding that the regional and  global NGOForums provide ''another venue  for the women of the world to network."  Events leading upto the Conference  On January 10-14, a Special Session on  the Commission on the Status of Women  was held in New York.  On March 3-4, the international NGO  consultation for the 4th World Conference  on Women, called "Changing Forms in a  Changing World," takes place at the United  Nations in New York City. This consultation  is intended to update NGOs on plans for the  1995 World Conference on Women, including regional activities, and to allow NGOs to  haveopportunities to work together on strategies, programmes and action for 1995.  For information, please contact: NGO  Planning Committee-Forum '95, 777 UN  Plaza, 8th floor, New York, NY 1017, USA;  or call 212-986-0987; or fax 212-986-0821.  1995 Preview  1995 Preview is an occasional bulletin of  the International Women's Tribune Centre  (IWTC) covering plans and preparations for  the NGO Forum and the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.  Those who already receive IWTC's The  Tribune will also receive '95 Preview.   .  To obtain a copy, contact: International  Women's Tribune Centre, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 USA.  Other useful addresses  Other useful addresses in preparing for  the UN World Conference include:  The United Nations 4th World Conference of Women Secretariat Gertrude  Mongella, Secretary General, DC2-2314,  United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA  NGO Forum Planning Committee, Division on the Advancement of Women  (DAW), c/o CONGO, 777 UN Plaza, New  York, NY 10017, USA  UN Regional Commissions  •For Africa: African Training & Research Centre for Women, Economic Commission for Africa (EC A), PO Box 3001, Addis  Ababa, Ethiopia. The Regional PrepCom will  be held November in Dakar, Senegal.  •For Western Asia: Women & Development Programme, Economic & Social  Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), PO  Box 950620, Amman, Jordan. The Regional  PrepCom will be held November 6-10 in  Amman, Jordan.  •For Asia and the Pacific: Women &  Development Program, Economic & Social  Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESC AP),  United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Ave,  Bangkok 10200, Thailand. The Regional  PrepCom will be held June 7-14 in Jarkarta,  Indonesia.  •For Latin America and the Caribbean:  Women & DevelopmentProgram, Economic  Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC), Edificia Naciones Unida,  Casilla 179-D, Santiago, Chile. The Regional  PrepCom will be held September 26-30 in  Buenos Aires, Argentina.  •For Europe and North America: Focal  Points for Women, Economic Commission  for Europe (ECE), Palais des Nations, CH  1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. The Regional  PrepCom will be held October 17-21 in Vienna, Austria.  • Non-governmental organization meetings are expected to be held concurrent with  the regional meetings. For additional information, contact: NGO Forum 95,777 United  Nations Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, New  York 10017, Ph; (212) 986-0987, Fax: (212)  986-0821.   ' r. *  WAPPV  IWD  SISTERS  PSACSURHEY  tx&mm LOCAL What's News  by Lissa Geller  MISAC  A sexual assault centre in Nanaimo, BC,  has been denied continued funding following an investigation of the centre's operations  by the Ministry of the Attorney General.  The Mid-Island Sexual Assault Centre  (MISAC) was informed it would be denied  renewal of its Victim Assistance Program  (VAP) contract worth $66,600 by the Attorney General because the ministry's "emergency investigation" had raised concerns  about the services the centre provides.  Centre Coordinator, Tina Hurd, says the  government's decision threatens the existence of the centre. "The government's behaviour suggests a systematic dismantling of  grassroots organizations in an attempt to  take choice away from women," she wrote in  a recent press release to Kinesis.  The investigation was launched in July  1992 after complaints were lodged against  the centre with a local MLA by some of its  employees and volunteers. MISAC board  members say the investigation is seriously  flawed because the Ministry refused to provide any information to the Centre on the  complaints or on its investigation.  The Centre's Board of Directors then  complained to the provincial Ombudsman  about the lack of information from the Ministry, and the Ombudsman requested a formal independent inquiry into the actions of  the government and the complaints against  the centre. A staffperson at the Centre also  lodged a private complaint against the Ministry with the Ombudsman and, since that  time, the Ministry has refused to communicate with the Centre.  JUSTICE  IiNSTmjTE  0FB.G  Justice Institute of B.C.  Interdisciplinary Studies  extends greetings  to B.C. women  on the occasion of  International Women's Day  Interdisciplinary Studies offers  continuing professional  education and training programs  in the following areas:  • Child and Youth Care Issues  • Child Sexual Abuse  • Conflict Resolution/Mediation  • Counselling (Family  Issues/Trauma and Post-  Traumatic Stress)  • Management and  Administrative/Support Staff  Skills  • Residential Care  (Management Skills/Frontline  Skills)  • Training for Trainers  For a complete calendar of  courses, phone:  (604) 222-7224  The Centre's board members says the  government is refusing to cooperate with  an independent investigation and that the  review remains incomplete at this time.  In a letter to the Attorney General's  Office, MISAC chair, Leonie Keltie, says the  Ministry has also released information of  serious allegations against the centre to the  media before the centre has had a chance to  respond to the investigation.  Keltie says the Ministry's lack of cooperation is part of its larger agenda. "We  know what's happening. We are extremely  disappointed in the government's lack of  accountability in dealing with the Centre  over the last two years. We are horrified  and outraged that the Ministry of Attorney  General who is responsible for justice is  able to conduct its affairs in a manner so  high-handed, unfair and secretive."  Hurd says MISAC believes this attack  was predetermined several years ago. "The  Centre has been in existence since 1976, and  in 1987, the Centre was funded under a  Sexual Assault Centre Contract. This was  changed to a Victim's Assistance Contract  in 1988. This changing of the contract has  set the Centre up to be duplicated by other  Victim's Assistance Programs in the community." Hurd says the contract may now  be given to an organization which may not  be progressive and feminist.  Nanaimo newspapers report that the  Ministry has decided to give the contract to  another unnamed organization inNanaimo  as of March this year.  Some clients at the centre have voiced  their anger in local media at the government's random power to launch investigations and eliminate contracts without any  accountability.  "Issues of accountability regarding the  Centre's contract has been dependent on  the government's idea of what service delivery is versus the needs of the survivors  who use the service," says a member of the  Centre and an abuse-survivor.  To date, the Ministry has refused to  communicate with the Centre or cooperate  with the independent investigation. The  Centre is not sure whether it has the funds  to operate without the Ministry contract.  For more information at this time, contact Tina Hurd at (604) 753-4723. Kinesis will  carry more details in the next issue.  A constitutional first  for lesbians  South Africa is the first country to entrench lesbian and gay rights into its constitution, largely due to the efforts and input  of the African National Congress (ANC).  The constitution follows the Bill of  Rights drafted by the ANC when it was still  an illegal organization and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The current constitution is an interim  Congratulations on  International Women's  Day to Kinesis and the  Vancouver Status of  Women for their  valuable work.  M U N RO • PARFITT  LAWYE RS  401-825 granville street,  Vancouver, b.c. v6z 1k9  689-7778(ph)     689-5572 (fax)  quality legal services  woman friendly atmosphere  labour/employment, human rights,  criminal law and  public interest advocacy.  one which will be ratified following the  National Assembly elections in March.  South Africa currently has anti-sodomy  laws which the gay rights group Equality  Foundation intends to challenge as unconstitutional as soon as the new constitution is  ratified.  Woman heads  Broadcasting Corp.  Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has become the  first Black South African and the first woman  to head the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the national television station in South Africa. The corporation has  traditionally been the mouthpiece for apartheid and was controlled by white men,  mostly Afrikaners, who were members of  the right-wing Broederbond society.  Matsepe-Casaburri was most recently  the director of the Education Development  Trust and has been active in the ANC Women's League since returning from exile in  Swaziland and Namibia in 1990. She has a  doctorate degree from Rutgers University  and was instrumental in starting the Black  Women's Research Network  As the chair of the first integrated Board  of Directors for the SABC, Matsepe-  Casaburri says she hopes to 'bring a new  reality to the station. "Because the South  African media has always been controlled  by white men, it looks at things' from a white  male point of view. We must look at things  from all sides and through the eyes of all  people—women and men, young and old,  black and white, rural and urban," she said.  Feminist Radio in  Nicaragua  Nicaragua has its first and only feminist  radio station, Radio Mujer. The station  started in January as a women-centred, alternative station to provide women in Nicaragua with news and music that was specifically feminist.  Luz Monterrey, the station's director  notes that, since manyTsIicaraguan women  are illiterate, the radio is a primary source of  information. As well, "newspapers and  magazines don't reach all towns and listening to the radio is free," says Monterray,  making radio the most accessible means of  communication for women in the barrios,  markets and jails of the country and breaking down the isolation often feltby rural and  poor women.  The idea for Radio Mujer first came  aboutwhentheSandinistascameinto power.  But, says Monterrey, "like most male-dominated political parties, this group has not  always considered women's issues as an  important part of their agenda." She was  told the radio station was "not necessary for  the movement" and it was some time before  she was able to get it off the ground.  The station is planning regular features  on women's health, sex education and ecology. It also plans to make air time available  to other women's organizations to broadcast programs throughout Nicaragua.  Anti-lesbian furor in  England  Education officials in Hackney, England are attempting to discredit and harass a  head teacher in the region ftir refusing to  take students to a production of "Romeo and  Juliet."  Jane Brown, headmistress atKingsmead  School, turned down tickets to the production partly because the play was "entirely a  heterosexual love story," and because lack  of money made proper supervision of the  students impossible.  Local council officials have responded  by whipping up anti-lesbian sentiment  against her. A spokesperson for the National  Union of Teachers said that "the council is  continually issuing press statements which  reinforce the media interest and... some of  the prejudice which is now being exhibited  against Jane is because of her sexual orientation."  Despite overwhelming support from the  teachers and governors of the school and  from the organization who first offered the  play rickets to the school, Brown continues  to be vilified by local education off icials. The  National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes  this may be an attempt to discredit recent  moves by the government to place more  power in the hands of local schools and take  power away from local authorities.  "Hackney may be using the incident to  show what 'might happen' if the policy is  implemented" said a NUT spokesperson.  "If so, it demonstrates the hypocracy of an  organization whose Equal Opportunities  Policy states that it will 'create a working  environment in which...lesbians...will not  be subjected to harassment."  Japanese Women  The current economic recession in Japan has hit women jobseekers particularly  hard,saysanarticleinWomen'sNewsWatch  from Manila.  While men in Japan have a 2.22 ratio of  graduates to jobs, women have a 0.93 ratio.  This means that there are fewer jobs than  ever before for Japanese women leaving  post-secondary education.  This ratio also points to a larger problem of discrimination in the hiring policies  of Japanese companies. Despite a 1986 law  forbidding sexual discrimination inemploy-  ment, women continue to be employed only  to make up for labour shortages or to "enhance a corporation's image." The fear that  women will leave to get married or have  children has meant that women continue to  be at the bottom of the employment ladder.  The treatment of women graduates during  recession demonstrates "the true corporate  attitudes towards women" says the article.  New network of Asian  women  The Caucus of Asian Women's Network recently formed to ensure that all governmental, inter-governmental and United  Nations entities recognize and respect the  role to be played by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in shaping the agenda  and plan of action for the Fourth World  Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.  The Caucus was formed after women  gathered for the Asian and Pacific Symposium of NGOs on Women in Development  last November by the following organizations: the Asian-South Pacific Bureau of  Adult Education; Asian Women Human  Rights Council; Isis International-Manila;  Women's International League for Peace and  Freedom—Philippines; Asian Indigenous  Women's Network; Coalition Against Traffic in Women—Asia; and the Southeast Asia  Women's Information Network.  TheCaucus made someimportantgains  at the Symposium regarding the organizations' ability to work together. A proposal to  include the Caucus in the decision-making  process of the symposium was reached as  well as the decision to allow time for Caucus  meetings to discuss issues of concern.  Up to June 1994, the Caucus will outline  a number of events and proposed actions  that will highlight their activities and agenda.  An overall Plan of Action, which was developed at the Symposium, will serve as the  guideline to action leading up to the 1995  World Conference on Women.  MARCH 1994 Amazing  Grace  "l saw the union as the  only practical instrument  for helping women  overcome this barrier  of discrimination -  in pay as well as status."  Grace Hartman, 1918-1993  Grace Hartman was CUPE's  national president from 1975  to 1983 - the first woman to lead  a major national union in Canada.  Her outrage over workplace discrimination against women first  sparked her interest in unions.  That was in 1954. Grace was a  secretary on the way to being a  union activist.  Her strong stand on behalf of  women and union rights inspired  her leadership of the Ontario hospital strike in 1981. Angered by  low pay and the denial of bargaining rights to hospital workers,  mostly women, she led them out  on strike.  Her subsequent court  trial, conviction and jail term was  a price she paid to pursue her  struggle for justice and equality.  Grace Hartman's leadership  extended beyond CUPE to other  Canadian and international groups  seeking justice and peace. A  woman who never retired, she  received many awards and distinctions, including three Doctorates  of Law.  In 1992 Grace Hartman  was inducted into the Labor Hall  of Fame.  The rose and barbed wire are symbols  for the many struggles led by Grace  Hartman in the long march toward  women's equality.  More than 30,000 B.C. women  are members of the Canadian Union  of Public Employees (cupe). The  legacy of Grace Hartman lives on as  the un-organized continue to  organize and the organized continue  to press for pay and employment  equity. For more information about  how you and your co-workers can  join cupe call 291-1940.  COPE^.C  "We're the women of the union and we've just begun  to fight,  We have learned of women's issues, we have learned  of women's rights,  We're prepared to stand for freedom, we're prepared  to stand our ground,  Women make the union strong..."  Solidarity Forever  B.C.  FEDERATION  OF LABOUR  (CLC)  WORKING  FOR OUR  COMMUNITIES  We are more than 6,000 municipal, education, health and cultural workers, Most of us  are women. We provide services that keep our communities safe and liveable.  We are fighting to keep working women's issues on top of the agenda.  After all these years, pay equity remains an unfuJfiled right. We helped elect a provincial  government mat made a pledge to 8C women that they would produce legislation to  help us in our struggle for pay equity. We are still watting, and there is no sign the justice  for women is on their list of priorities.  VANCOUVER MUNICIPAL & REGIONAL  EMPLOYEES UNION  In solidARiiy  CElEbRATilNq  InternatjoinaI  Women's DAy!  B.C. Government and  Service Employees' Union Feature  Struggle in Chiapas:  Meeting in solidarity  by Jeannette Armstrong and Joan  Phillip .  On January 20, the national organization of  Indigenous Peoples of Mexico (FIPI) called for the  presence of international indigenous observersat  the talks they were convening January 21-24 to  bring resolution to the conflict in Chiapas,Mexico.  This follows the ou tbreak ofrevolu Hon in Chiapas  by indigenous andpoor people on January 1st, the  day the North American Free Trade Agreement  came into effect.  Jeannette Armstrong and Joan Phillip, both  of the Okanagan, were invited by the Indigenous  Peoples Alliance (IPA) and CONIC, the Continental Coordinating Commission of Indigenous  Peoples, North, South and Central America, to  pa rticipa te in a delega Hon of In terna tional Indigenous observers in Chiapas.  Upon their return from Chiapas, Armstrong  and Phillip wrote a report, dated January 30,  which they have submitted to Kinesis/or publication.  During our visit to Chiapas, we were  appalled at the deplorable living conditions,  the abject poverty, the absolute lack of political power that the people in Chiapas, a state  of Mexico, have had to endure over the past  500 years of colonization.  The Mexican  government gained  access to previously  communally held lands  by amending...the  Mexican Constitution.  Of the almost 90 percent of campesino  and Indian people who live in Chiapas, 70  percent are Mayan. Eighty percent of all  Mayan children suffer severe malnutrition.  The poverty level in Chiapas state is the  highest in all of Mexico. Thirty percent of the  population is totally illiterate, three times  higher than in the rest of Mexico. Forty-two  percent of the houses in Chiapas lack basic  services of electricity and water. For comparison, in the largely Mayan communities in  the conflict zone of Ocosingo, Altamirano,  and Margaritas, absolute illiteracy levels soar  to over 60 percent, while up to 80 percent of  their houses lack basic services. What is  clear is that the indigenous peoples of that  region in Chiapas have no alternative—  they are dying of starvation.  Reports of serious human rights violations are being investigated by CONPAZ,  an organized body of international nongovernmental organizations concerned with  human rights. It is interesting to note we  have seen little or no news of the fact tha t, on  January 2, Absalon Castellanos, the former  governor of Mexico, was kidnapped by 40  Zaptistas from his ranch. He was still being  The focus on land reform escala ted when  the land-holding system was changed in  1993 by the Mexican government. In Chiapas  state, there are two types of land holding  systems: the large fertile plantation/ranch  lands taken by the Spanish descendant landlords, and the poorer lands communally  held by the campesinos and Indians. The  small, communally held lands the people  manage to maintain and protect provide  their income and sustenance, where beans  and corn form the staple foods, and cash  crops such as coffee are grown. It is these  lands that have now become subject to taxa-  held along with his wife and brother when  we left on January 27th.  We witnessed what was described as  an historical event in the four-day congress  of the 280 Indian and cam pesino (land workers) organizations of Chiapas, and 120 such  organizations representing all other states  in Mexico. The four-day meeting concluded  by achieving a position of solidarity focused on land reform and an immediate  reversal and amendment of an article (27) in  the Mexican constitution, and social policy  reforms which would meet short and long  term needs to alleviate the critical conditions which gave rise to the armed uprising.  The formation of a Conserjo (council)  of Indian and campesino leaders representing these organizations will negotiate with  the government to bring about resolution.  The President and' his heads of state were  meeting with the Conserjo on January 26th  in Tuxtla Gutierrez.  Working with women to change the terms of trade  and to strengthen their participation in democratic structures.  Greetings of solidarity  to our sisters around the world  on International Women's Day!  oxfatn  zwascanada'  2524 Cypress St.  Vancouver, BC V6J 3N!  736-7678  tion, private sale, and foreign ownership.  The Mexican government gained access to  previously communally held lands by  amending Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution.  This is parallel to the Canadian government's attempt to pas_s_similar legislation in  Canada last fall, to open up communally  held reserve lands to private ownership, sale  to foreign investment, and taxation through  the First Nations Chartered Land Act. The  current Liberal government has announced  it will pursue the legislation drafted by the  Conservative government.  The end result, as we have seen in  Chiapas, is the loss of indigenous lands to  foreign interests, severe poverty conditions  for indigenous peoples, and a convenient  opening of Indigenous lands to dispossession and exploitation through the North  American Free Trade Agreement, with poverty as the driving tool.  According to the Indian Rights Committee of Chicago, Aboriginal peoples in the  United States and Canada live on traditional  lands endowed with40 percentof all known  energy resources for eachcountry. In Canada,  we have been somewhat protected. However, the Gitksan-Wet'suwet'en and  Clayoquot decisions are changing that. In  Mexico,PresidentSalinasrecently abolished  even the meagre Mexican laws protecting  ancient land rights in Article 4 of the Mexican Constitution. All point toward a land  and resource grab by large multinational  corporations, through the North American  Free Trade Agreement—a genocidal dispossession of the poor and the oppressed sanctioned in the interests of "free trade" and the  privileged who benefit.  It was recently revealed that lands held  communally by the Mayan people in Chiapas  are very rich in oil reserves. Documents  recently revealed also show that testing results carried out in secret by PEMPX, a Mexican petroleum company, have been passed  on to US petroleum companies. In fact, the  Ejercito Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) attacked a PEMEX base and  removed dynamite used for the exploration  project. It was reported in the respected  Mexican weekly Prosesco that information  This is only a  foreshadowing of the  conflict and  repercussions which  will result from the loss  of control over land and  resources by the  people.  regarding the petroleum field was extracted  from a US Government Accounting Office  report and from documents exchanged by  Allan Mendelowitz and Sam Gejdenson,  negotiators for the US in the North American Free Trade Agreement.  An aspect of the NAFTA which the  EZLN (Zapatistas) oppose is that decisionmaking would come throughan "Independent NAFTA Tribunal" to protect multi-national corporate interests and access to the  people's lands and natural resources without their input or consent. Even national  laws which stand in the way of "free trade"  can be overruled by the tribunal and have no  force or effect.  The underlying issue in Chiapas is one  which is much larger than a domestic insurrection in Mexico. This is only a foreshadowing of the conflict and repercussions which  will result from the loss of control over land  and resources by the people.  The major concern expressed by the  Mayan peoples' organization COLPUMALI  and the Consejo of Campesino Peoples and  Indigenous Peoples of Mexico was that, once  the international press and human rights  delegations began to leave, the reprisals and  human rights violations would increase,  without resolving the underlying problems.  The linkages of support for human rights  organizations from around the world in San  Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas are: The  Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolome de  las Casas, part of the Catholic EHocese headed  by Bishop Miguel Ruiz; and CONPAZ~a  coalitionof non-governmental organizations  andhumanrightsorganizations. CONPAZ's  telephone and fax number are 967-80697.  The Indigenous Peoples Alliance will  continue to lend international presence in  Chiapas as long as necessary to ensure the  human rights of our affiliate organizations  in Mexico. To contact the IP A, call the  TON ANTTERRA coordinating of f iceat (602)  254-5230. Continuous letters, faxes and calls  to the Mexican government expressing concern are vital.  Jeannette Armstrong is currently working on  a book to be published by Theytus Books in  Penticton. Joan Phillip is working with the  Pentiction band organizing a community  consultation process to establish an aboriginal  policing program.  MARCH 1994 News  from SOUTH ASIAN page 3  ver and other progressive social organizations, will help shape the direction of the  centre and assist in fundraising efforts. Centre hours of operation have yet to be decided  The centre is located at 8163 Main Street  (at SE Marine Drive), an area where a large  number of members of South Asian communities live. "In Vancouver, communities  are very neighbourhood-based and we want  to be as accessible as possible to the women  who willbe using our services," says SAWAN  member Shimsher Pannun.  According to its mission statement, the  centre is a secular organization that recognizes the historical, linguistic, geographic,  and religious diversity within theSouth Asian  community, as well as a lesbian positive,  feminist, anti-racist, anti-imperialistandanti-  caste/classist space.  Singh says that, in addition, the centre is  "a place where we can build coalitions between women from different South Asian  communities, women of colour communities and First Nations women in our common struggle against racism and sexism."  The centre welcomes all First Nations  women and women of colour to use the  space and to volunteer, and membership is  open to all women.  Cynthia Low, a member of Asian Lesbians of Vancouver, says the centre's opening  is "inspiring to other women of colourgroups  and communities" and notes that nothing  equivalent to the Centre presently exists for  Chinese women in Vancouver.  "It's important to have a place where  women can go to get resources specific to  their needs, speak to someone who knows  their issues or speaks the same language,  and who is also knowledgeable about exist  ing services available in the province. This  centre is a model for women of colour communities who also need spaces that specifically meet their needs."  Suniti Khosla, a long-time Vancouver  community activist, says shejoined SAWAN  when she heard about the plans for the  centre. Khosla says she hopes the centre  provides a forum for some "active listening  and dialogue on issues ranging from abuse  to sexual orientation."  "We'realso hoping this centre willbring  together South Asian women of different  communities and different generations.  Younger women have a lot to gain from the  knowledge of older women about our history as women of South Asian descent in  Vancouver, and they also need a space where  they can share their stories of survival and  the struggle of trying to live in two worlds."  South Asian women and women of colour are invited to attend the opening of the  SAWAN centre on March 12 from 1 -5 pm. A  benefit to celebrate the new centre with the  larger feminist community will be held once  the centre is up and running. For more information, call the centre at 321-8844.   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Is'f  |c person ?1  liel|i slbiup I  Here'spart two of our celebration of20years  offeminist publishing of Kinesis. This month, we  take a look at some of what we covered in March  issues past, from 1974 to 1994.  As wewent through thearchives, lookingat  news stories, International Women's Day coverage, photographs, and graphics, we uncovered  much more "herstory" than we are able to present  at this time. Questions remain: How did Kinesis  cover events and which events? Who worked on  the paper and why? Did Kinesis reflect the community it serves or were/are we the vanguard of  what was/is happening in the movement? Whose  movement was/is it? We'll try to answer these in  a future issue. Watch for it.  March 1974  Thefour-year old Vancouver Status ofWom-  en's newsletter becomes Kinesis, the newsletter  for VSW members. It is produced by a volunteer  editorial collective, published monthly, and is  available to VSW members at a cost of $3 per year  or 25 cents for a single issue. The first issue is 12  pages long and carries no advertisements.  • Rosemary Brown, the MLA for Vancouver  Burrard, introduces the Affirmative Action  Plan Act in the BC legislature. The act calls for  an end to sex discrimination by institutions  recieving provincial monies. [The bill is defeated CHECK.]  • The Status of Worn en Council awards seven  gold pigs to the Male Chauvinist Pigs of the  Year at its AGM. All awards are made in  absen f w, and are later mailed to the recipients,  who include "the leggy, blonde and full-  figured Trevor Lautens of The Vancouver Sun."  • The Association of University and College  Employees (AUCE) has two locals, the first at  the University of British Columbia; and a  second recently opens at Simon Fraser University. AUCE formed in 1973.  Graphic from Kinesis, March "74  March 1975  Kinesis runs its Happy International Women's Year (IWY) issue. (The United Nations  proclaimed 1975 International Women's Year.)  • Sweden passes a new Abortion law that  says a woman has the right to choose whether  her pregnancy should be interupted.  • Women Together of Richmond, BC is producing an IWY women's directory for the  Lower Mainland, a Women's Exhibition and  film series will be held in Prince Rupert, BC  during IWY; and Rembrandt Jewellery has  produced an IWY braclet at $6.50 for silver  and $57.25 for gold  KINESIS  CELEBRATING 20 YEARS  1974-1 994  March 1976  • The BC-wide Women's Rally for Action  Day takes place March 22nd in Victoria, BC  outside the Legislature. Women gather to  lobby Social Credit MLAs for action around  women's equality. Demands include: funding of transition nouses; amendments of provincial labour standards to include farm and  domestic workers; and the elimination of the  concept of illegitimacy of children.  • The Quesnel Women's Study Group forms  and Port Coquitlam Women's Centre offers  their Woman Today program for 50 cents a  session.  March 1977  Kinesis runs the first IWD issue.  • The theme for Vancouver's IWD is "Protest  Crimes Against Women." The Vancouver  IWD Committee lists 100 crimes against  women including: sexist welfare systems; job  discrimination; dangerous methods of birth  control experimentation, especially on Third  World women; Native women face double  oppression from a racist, sexist society;  women are 41 percent of the labour force,  only one woman in six is in a union; and rape  is the most committed, least reported crime.  • SORWUC (Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada) challenges a section of  the Unemployment Insurance (UIC) law that,  automatically disqualifies pregnant women,  or women who have just given birth, from  UIC benefits.  March 1978  • The theme for Vancouver'sIWDand Kinesis'  coverage is "Women and Work."  • A royal commission on the Incarceration  of Female Offenders holds hearings in Vancouver. The commission was launched in  response to allegations of mismanagement  at the women's unit of Oakalla, in BC. The  British Columbia Federation of Women's  brief to the Comission urges abolition of  prisons for v  March 1979  • March 31 st is designated International Day  of Action for Abortion Rights. Activities are  planned for that day in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, as well as  the US and Europe.  • 500 members of the Association of University and College Employees (AUCE) at Simon  Fraser University launch an all-out strike on  the university following three months of  rotating job action.  March 1980  Bulletin Board makes its first appearance (previously, this announcement section was called  "Feminist Diary.")  • Nashtar Dhanan, a 26-year-old woman  active in the Farmworkers' Legal Information Service, is murdered. Dhanan was also  treasurer of the India Mahila Association  (IMA), a Vancouver-based South Asian  women's group. With other members of the  IMA, Dhanan also wrote and translated articles about the situation of immigrant  women in Canada. She was murdered on  February 9th on her way to work. [The investigation into her murder was closed: her  killer was never found.]  • Vancouver women's groups file a complaint of sex discrimination against the Uni  versity of BC's Engineering Department with  the BC Human Rights Commission, alleging  that continuing pornographic and sexist  publications and activities of the Engineering Undergraduate Society discourage  women from joining the engineering department.  • In a strong show of solidarity, 98 percent of  over 11,000 nurses in BC vote to take strike  action to back up demands for an 18 percent  pay increase, plus inflation catch-up. Their  slogan is "1980: A Fair Deal for Nurses."  • An estimated 11,000 farmworkers, many  of them immigrant women, present a report  to the BC government demanding the protection of labour legislation covering hours  of work, payment of wages, child labour  and workers' compensation.  • A report by the Fort Nelson Women's  Centre, the Yukon Status of Women and the  Vancouver Women's Research Centre studies the impact the Alaska Highway natural  gas pipeline willhaveon the lives of women  in northern communities.  March 1981  The section "Movement Matters" makes its  first appearance.  • The theme for IWD is "Women Bear the  Burden of the High Cost of Living."  • One thousand women gather in Ottawa  February 14 and 15th to discuss and present  their demands on the constitution to the  federal government.  • Two-page special oh Soviet feminism as  covered by the Soviet Samizdat (dissident  journal) called Almanach (translated and  published in Britain under the title Women  and Russia). Almanach identifies six major  issues for women in the Soviet Union: motherhood and health care for women; women  in prison and other detention centres; lesbians; women in art and culture; the larger  dissident movement; and Marxism and  Christianity.  • TheVancouverStarusofWomenlaunches  a defence fund appeal for Florence Kemp, a  women sentenced to two years in a detention centre for "defrauding" the Ministry of  Human Resources—Kemp, a single mother  on welfare, failed to report she was supplementing her welfare cheque with just over  $100 a month she earned working as a  homemaker.  • Vancouver will host the fourth national  lesbian conference "Lesbians Take Power"  in May.  March 1982  • The theme for IWD is "Women Organizing."  • The BC Social Credit government cuts  funding to members of the BC Coalition of  Rape Centres, affecting rape crisis centres in  Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Terrace,  and announces it will fund individual centres who drop out of the Coalition and negotiate separately with the government.  • A House of Commons Committee on  Health, Welfare and Social Services holds  hearings on family violence, with a focus on  wife battering.  • In South Africa, Winnie Mandela's five  year banishment from the Johanesburg area  is extended for a further five years.  IWD poster, March '83  • The International Association of Social  Psychiatry says feminists are the product of  overprotecting, domineering and even sadistic mothers and can be "cured."  • Features on "Salvadorean women fight  double oppression," and "More and more  Nicaraguan women are organizing."  March 1983  The issue focuses on feminist culture. The  IWD Centrespread takes a (tongue-in-cheek?)  lookat "Feminist Fashions "andcarries a survey  on Feminist Culture that attempts toanswer the  question "Who is the feminist community?"  • 500 protest the Canadian government's  signing of an "umbrella agreement" with  the US that would allow thd testing of US  war weaponry in northern Alberta.  • The Service, Office and Retail Workers  Union of Canada (SORWUC) receives the  BC Labour Relations Board decision on the  Muckamuck strike. SORWUC charged the  ownerofMuckamuckrestaurantwith refusing to bargain with, and eventually firing the  women strikers. Three-and-a-half years later,  the LRB fines the employer $10,000, to be  paid to SORWUC.  • The first-ever Women and Words conference, a four-day event organized by the  WestCoast Women and WordsSociety, takes  place.  March 1984  Kinesis carries the first special international supplement in celebration of IWD. As  well, this issue features the first "Ruby Music,"  a column on women's music by Connie Smith.  • The theme for IWD is Celebration of  Strength, the struggle for our freedom, our  Graphic from Kinesis, March '82  unity, our differences, heroines of the past  and of today, First Nations women and  women's work.  • The BC government accepts tenders from  private agencies to acquire the only government-run transition house in Vancouver.  Vancouver Transition House is occupied the  next day by feminists.  A review of Voices From The Shadows:  Women with Disabilities SpeakOutby Gwyneth  Ferguson Mathews.  March 1985  • Proceeds from an IWD concert will go to  Women Against Violence Against Women  see 20TH ANNIVERSARY on page 14  MARCH 1994 ;hting poverty, militarism, imperialism, abuse, inequality, homophobia,  violence, racism, misogyny,   /Tu vk fundamentalism, communalism, ableism,  Jewish oppression, ecological\^^irvdestruction...for the right to be women.  ]p  .V*1  k.\  &  £*  S  %  ^K  flA&V%  HAPPY  IWD 94  women  world-wide  working  together  mWd  ///  ./,  V,  h  / /i  V  v>  4  V  VI  %:-m  '// .  /'  'M  ss  ,r\  <^  '%  C?  V  w  *i  «,  &&'^  W/H.  W?  <&  m:  M i \  wUu  IW  *W\A  W  Q  c  Vs  \  w  NV  c<:€^-  1974-1994  '.News About Women That's Not In The Dallies  POSTER BY LAIWAN FOR KINESIS Photo from Kinesis, March '86  20TH ANNIVERSARY from page 11  Rape Crisis Centre (WAVAW) which is celebrating its third anniversary.  • The murder of Linda Joyce Tatrai in an  East-end parking lot follows the injunction  by Vancouver City Council against prostitutes working in the West End. Three hundred people gather to mourn Linda's death  and protest the conditions that led it.  • Kinesis continues its ongoing coverage on  why Section 12.1 B of the Indian Act must be  repealed. The section specifies that a woman  of Indian status who marries a non-Indian  (either non-Aborigina 1 or non-status Indian)  loses her Indian status and her rights, among  others, to hold property on an Indian reserve, inherit or sha re in band resources, live  on a reserve, and pass on her Aboriginal  ancestry to her children.  March 1986  First appearance of a regular column on  science fiction byMelanie Conn called "Speculative Fiction" Ilater called "In Other Worlds."]  • The theme for IWD is solidarity with the  struggle against apartheid in South Africa.  • A Vancouver prostitute challenges Canada's new anti-soliciting act in court. The  Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes sets up  a Hookers Defence Fund to pay court-related costs for prostitutes.  • Canadian groups organize activities for  Sharpeville Day, March 21~on March 21,  1960,69 South Africans were killed by police  during a peaceful anti-Apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa.  • After years of opposition to the UBC Engineering department's "Lady Godiva" ride  (by a naked woman on a horse), UBC engineers announce its demise.  • A. profile of the anti-choice group REAL  Women (Realistic, Equal and Active for Life)  as part of "Kinesis' continuing effort to report on what the right's organizing priorities  are and what they believe about women's  rights, feminism and feminists."  • An Ontario woman uses a clause in her  union contract prohibiting discrimination  on the basis of sexual orientation to win the  right to have her woman lover and her lover's children covered by her employee health  insurance plan.  • "Women and Free Trade: Reaganomics  Moves in Through the Backdoor," isa lookat  how the Free Trade Agreement will affect  women in Canada and the US.  • "Biotech is good for Women" analyses  new reproductive technologies.  March 1987  • ThethemeofVancouver'sIWDis "Women  Everywhere Unite."  • The IWD supplement theme, Women at  War, looks at women in Eritrea who serve as  troops in the people's army of liberation;  women fighting apartheid in South Africa;  Chilean women battling a military dictatorship; and Nicaraguan women opposing  male-defined laws that drive women to have  back-street abortions.  • End Legislated Poverty ensures free legal  help to people cut off welfare for refusing to  take jobs found by the new job-matching  trial program announced by the BC Social  Services ministry.  KIKLLilS  CELEBRATING 20 YEARS  1974-1994  March 1988  Kinesis carries the first of Liz Clarke's six-  year oldcartoon saga of Abby and Germaine [see  page 2, this issue].  • The theme for Vancouver's IWD is  "Women of the Downtown Eastside" (of  Vancouver)."  The BC Coalition for Abortion Clinics announces it will set up an abortion clinic in  Vancouver .since Social Credit Premier  Vander Zalm refuses to allow provincial  funds for abortions unless a woman's life is  in danger.  • The National Organization of Immigrant  and Visible Minority Women criticizes a  report by the Canadian Advisory Council on  the Statusof Women called Immigrant Worn en  in Canada: A Policy Perspective. The report  claimsimmigrantwomenare better off socio-  economically than Canadian-born women.  It also statistically leaves out immigrant  women from "third world" countries and  deliberately leaves out concerns regarding  "systemic discrimination on the basis of race  and ethnicity," saying that is matter for another study.  • Guatemala - "Contraband children: snared  by profit" is an article on children being  stolen to feed a lucrative international business dealing in the trafic of children.  • Conversation with three Vancouver  women who have organized around youth  and are involved in solidarity work with  international youth.  • A Vancouver feminist writes about her  visit to the offices of Manushi, the journal  about women from India, celebrating its  tenth year of publication.  March 1990  • Canadian women's centres and publications are devastated by the Conservative  government's budget cuts to the federal  Women's Program. In BC, Quebec and Newfoundland, 100 local centres have had their  operational funding completely eliminated.  Feminist publications such as Healthsharing  and Kinesis have their budgets cut by 100  percent. Since 1989, a total of 30 percent has  been cut from centres' funding. A national  DAY*-*  Photo from Kinesis, March '83  • An analysis of how the Meech Lake accord  puts social programs at risk.  • This issue features the situation of refugees-how the Western world blocks refugees, what Canadian women can do and the  situation for women refugees ("less than 2  percent of all refugee women have an opportunity to even reachCanadian borders.")  As well, a look at "Who are the Palestinians?"  March 1989  • The BC Supreme Court changes the charges  against anti-choice protestors arrested for  their illegal protest outside Vancouver's  Everywoman's Health Clinic from civil to  criminal, which could mean stiffer penalties  for the Right-to-Lifers.  • The Women's Health Fund Society is  launched, following the death of Barbara  Hayman, a long-time Vancouver feminist  activist, of cancer. The fund is to provide  help to women in the community who become sick and have no financial assistance.  Photo from Kinesis, March  campaign is launched against the cuts.  • Vandals destroy $20,000 worth of medical  equipment at the Everywoman's Health  Clinic.  • BC Coalition Against Free Trade holds a  rally in Vancouver to protest the loss of jobs  and cuts in pay since the Free Trade Agreement came into effect a year ago.  • Glenda Simms becomes the first woman of  colour to head the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  • Transcript of speech by Angela Davis, in  Vancouver as a guest of the Congress of  Black Women.  • Interview with Makeda Silvera, activist,  historian and co-founder of Sister Vision  Press.  March 1991  • Bill C-43, the proposed abortion legislation, is defeated in the Senate, leaving the  women's movement victorious.  • Anti-war activism abounds in Vancouver  as the Gulf War rages in the Middle East.  • Forty-three members of the Lil'wat Nation  are in a BC court for refusing to surrender to  a foreign nation's (Canada) authority. The  43 declared themselves prisoners of war and  spent almost a month behind bars for refusing to give their colonized names or sign a  pledge not to reopen blockades on roads in  Lil'wat territory, erected in support of the  Mohawk blockade at Kanesatake almost a  year ago.  • Reviews of Canadian Women and Aids: Beyond the Statistics edited by Jacquie  Manthorne; and Women, Aids and Activism  by The ACT UP/New York.  March 1992  • Susan Thibaudeau takes the federal government to court for its policy of taxing child  support payments as income for the person  recieving the money (usually women), while  allowing the person who makes the pay-  ee^'L  >KS  Photo from Kinesis, March '85  ment (usually men) to claim it as a tax  deductible expense.  • The BC Supreme Court awards damages  to a survivor of child sexual abuse who  commenced legal action against her uncle  years after being abused. BC Attorney General Colin Gableman announces that BC's  Li mita tions Act will be altered following the  decision, which acknowledged that adults  should be allowed to commence legal action  at the point at which they understand the  nature of their suffering and connect it to  their abuse as children.  • The board of directors of Vancouver's  Women in Focus is forced to resign by a  membership fed up with its lack of accountability and persistentharassment of a woman  of colour organization.  • TheCanadiangovernmentintroducesnew  restrictions on foreign domestic workers that  will effectively bar women from Third World  countries. They include requiring the equivalent of a grade 12 education and six months  full-time training in the field of live-in care.  • A conversation between four women of  colour following lectures and presentations  by bell hooks in Vancouver during Black  History Month.  • Kinesis interviews Rigoberta Menchu, Indigenous leader of the Campesino Unity  Campaign (CUC) from Guatemala [now a  Nobel Peace Prize winner.]  • A closer look at the Gulf War through the  eyes of an Iranian woman living in Vancouver.  • Review of 1991's Piece of My Heart: A  Lesbian of Colour Anthology, anthologized by  Makeda Silvera.  March 1993  • Kim Campbell's amendments to the human rights act (bill C-108) include sexual  orientation as grounds for discrimination,  but adds a definition of marital status as  being married, single, separated,...with an  individual of the opposite sex;" and exempts  thelmmigration Act from some human rights  complaints.  • New Unemployment Legislation exempts  those who quit their jobs "voluntarily" or  quit without "just cause" from receiving UI  benefits and cuts UI payments from 60 percent of former wages to 57 percent.  • A19-year-old herstory of the India Mahila  Association, a South Asian women's group  inBC.  14  MARCH 1994 Feature  Fails Road Women's Centre inWest Belfast:  Planning the  future  by En., nflullan  If you worked with women in an impoverished, working class community, you  would expect to deal with domestic violence.  If your community was under military control, you would also have to deal with the  violence that comes with an occupying army.  The staff at the Falls Road Women Centre in West Belfast work on the same sorts of  problems faced by women everywhere. But  because West Belfast is under British military  occupation, women there also face the threat  of violence by the security forces and by  loyalist paramilitaries.  Una Marron, project co-ordinator at the  centre, says that much of their work involves  crisis counselling. In addition to counselling  around issues like violence in the home, rape  and sexual abuse, women also come to the  centre needing to talk about the aftermath of  army searches of their homes.  "It can range from dealing with the  trauma of having your home invaded and  your possessions smashed and destroyed, to  feeling a terrible sense of violation, like your  home is contaminated," says Marron. She  adds that the verbal and physical abuse the  women are subjected to by the British army  during the house searches is often sexual in  nature.  Women in West Belfast may also have to  cope with the arrest by the security forces of  one of their children. This is often a long and  exhausting process, as it can take two or three  years to get through the court system, during  which time the young person would be held  in custody.  Marron says the arrest of a son or daughter can be frightening and intimidating for  these women, in part because they are confronted with authorities they've never had to  deal with before. "We accompany women to  court and to solicitors' offices and the like, to  try and make the whole process as easy as  possible."  In addition to the threat from the army  and security forces, women are increasingly  the target of loyalist paramilitary violence,  Marron says. (Loyalist paramilitary groups  attack and assassinate people in nationalist  areas like West Belfast in order to try to  prevent the nationalist aspiration of a united  Ireland. They are "loyal" to Britain. InLatin  America, they would be called death  squads.)  Marron says women can receive threats  where they are told that their security files,  which contain a great deal of personal information including home addresses, are in  Women in  West Belfast  may also have to cope  with the arrest  by the security forces  of one of  their children...  the hands of loyalist paramilitaries. She  adds that one of the things the centre tries to  do is help women to build up a sense of  security, and to secure their homes from  attack.  Given the conditions they live under,  women in nationalist communities have  long worked for peace. The recent talk of  peace in the North of Ireland grabbed headlines around the world. Marron says people  in her community were very optimistic at  first when the two main nationalist leaders  in the North, Gerry Adams and John Hume,  put out a joint declaration and agreed on a  set of demands to end the British presence  in Ireland. The inflexiblity of the British  government ended the optimism.  "Britain's refusal to negotiate is seen by  people here as very bloody minded," she  says. "There has been a real upsurge in  loyalist violence, assassinations and petrol  Vancouver Lesbian and Ga^ Choir  Lois Weninger, Guest Conductor  presents ^^      HOPE    0   HARMONY  l^Z       ^^•^ A Spring Concert in Benefit of the  Mflp Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,  ■f British Columbia Chapter  111 With Special Guest, Linnea Good  R^erson United Church  2795 West 45th Avenue at Yew Street  Saturday, "March 19, 8 p.m.  Tickets $5 at the door. Foundation staff present to receive donations.  West Belfast children—theFalls Road Women's Centre hopes to set up a  community childcare centre  bombing Catholic homes in isolated areas.  The British government is unwilling to clarify  what it means by peace, and has refused to  oppose loyalist violence."  Marron says that the attitude of the  British government has moved nationalists  from "thinking a solution was close at hand  to pessimism that it will be another long  hard struggle." She adds that one of the IWD  events in Belfast is anopen forum forwomen  to put forward ideas of what they mean by  peace.  The Falls Road Women's Centre was  started in the early 1980s by a group of  women, including long-time community  activists and members of political organizations. They all agreed on the need for a  woman-only space for workingclass women  in West Belfast.  "We started in a derelict building. That  premises was destroyed in a bomb explosion," says Marron. They set up in another  building, also derelict, which had been damaged by a fire as well as a bombing. "It was  basically four walls."  After a lot of renovation work, the centre is now quite comfortable 3nd has expanded to an additional building. The crisis  counselling is located in one building and  the other houses a creche, or daycare centre,  which has two sessions with 1Q or 11 places  in each. The centre also provides training for  24 women in childcare.  Marron says the goal is to set up a  community childcare facility. She adds that  this is especially important because thereare  no state childcare places. Childcare is all  private, and very expensive.  Women can get computer training at  the centre including the first two steps of the  computer exams. Marron says they have 6  older-model computers "that we would  dearly love to update. But that's on the long  finger." Like women's groups everywhere,  the main thing obstacle for the Falls Road  Women's Centre is money.  Our biggest project is to get better funding," says Marron. If the centre was able to  get core funding, they could hire permanent  staff who could provide better continuity.  At present they are limited to hiring women  on one-year work schemes, like the UI top-  up programs in Canada.  Marron says the centre would like to  expand their counselling and develop an  independent counselling service for thewhole  city. "We'd especially like to see grief and  trauma counselling, areas which have really  been neglected for a city that has suffered so  much in the last 25 years." She adds they  would like to do grief counselling with children as well.  "We've lots of plans-we've just got to  get the money to do them."  For more information about the Falls Road  Women's Centre or the campaigns they are  involved, or to send a donation write to: 173  Falls Road, Belfast 12, N. Ireland.   Erin Mullan is second-generation Irish, and  lives, works and drinks Guinness in Vancou-  MARCH 1994 Serving Vancouver's women's community  for over 18 years  . /ill of us at r-^^S •  V  YOtvv all of us atCQ?(  C  CCEC Credit Union  HAPFY  INTERNATIONAL  WOMEN'S DAY!  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Free next-day delivery. Arts  Review: Open Letter: Grasp the Bird's Tail:  Dreamy and  meandering  by Anne Jew   OPEN LETTER: GRASP THE BIRD'S  TAIL  ^directed by Brenda Joy Lem  Racy Sexy: Intercultural Arts Festival  Chinese Cultural Centre  December 1993  Open Letter: Grasp the Bird's Tail begins  with a shot of a young woman, Sylvester, turns out the rose was  sent to her by her new lover, Leo, who lives in  Amsterdam. She writes to him of her longing  to see him, but also incorporates the research  she's been doing for her term paper on hate  violence. Intercut with this main storyline are  flashbacks of the lovers and different vignettes  about the abuse of women using the same  two actors.  She mentions the murders of Vincent  Chin, who was killed by two white  autoworkers because they thought he was  Japanese and Yusuf Hawkins, a Black man  who was murdered in an Italian neighbourhood because they mistook him for someone  else. Also referenced are the murders of the  14 white women at Ecole Polytechnique in  Montreal and of Chiatsu Liu and Charnjit  Kaur, women of colour who were killed by  their male partners in Metro Toronto. While  "...I hardly know you.  We had less than  a week together....  Are you going  to hurt me..."  relaying this information she also discusses  her fears. "Sometimes I feel like a walking  target. Like I could walk into the wrong place  at the wrong time and be in danger because  my face looks Chinese...or Japanese...or  Korean...Vietnamese."  What is really important is that she connects this violence to her own life. When  writing sentimentally of her desire and longing - "Songs remind me of you, certain smells  remind me of you, sometimes whole days  remind me of you" - she also stops to note, "I  hardly know you. We had less than a week  together" -and asks, "Are you going to hurt  me?" At the outset of this heterosexual relationship she already questions the possibility  of not only emotional damage, but physical  too.  She poses more questions. "I'm still here  in Canada where one in four women will be  sexually assaulted. For women of colour the  statistics increase threefold. What are you  supposed to do with statistics like that? Last  year a male friend tried to force me to have  sex with him. He's white, married to a Chinese woman. Did my being Chinese have  anything to do with it?"  These are crucial questions and it's not  that a 15-minute film has to answer them, but  there isn't much offered in terms of strategies. That's one of the most frustrating things  about Open Letter because it not only poses  questions without really attempting to answer them, but also seems to reinforce the  stereotypes surrounding Chinese women.  At one point, Sylvester wonders if her  being Chinese has anything to do with the  fact that a man was masturbating across  from her on the bus, and presents a questionnaire asking if he sees Chinese women  as passive and exotic. But in each sequence  of the film, the female character is presented  as passive, exoticized and sexualized. For  example, a magician and the magician's  assistant perform the knives-through-the-  box-with-the-women-inside trick. The assistant, dressed in a skimpy outfit, sits in the  box while shiny blades narrowly miss puncturing her bare skin. In another sequence,  the female character is the subject of a peep  show and is alternately naked and clothed.  The flashback scene consists of lovemaking  in bed, where both Sylvester and Leo are  nude. The last scene, in which a female and  male dancer perform with large swords,  seems to perpetuate the very stereotypical  Asianness that Lem wants to question.  The whole mood evoked in the film,  which is very dreamy and meandering,  establishes a passivity that undermines the  central theme, which is violence against  people of colour (specifically women of  colour) and white women. Everything from  the music, which is mainly a haunting female voice singing one note, to the apartment in which Sylvester writes the letter  (and later tapes a cutout flower and a butterfly on an envelope, set against a backdrop of smiling Chinese cherubs and artwork incorporating a naked Asian woman)  does nothing to counter the violence which  Lem seemingly aims to attack.  Some statements ring true. "Sometimes  I really am afraid. But I don't want to let it  get to me. I really want to see you." It's that  fear, which is very real and valid, that somehow has to be dealt with without being  overwhelmed by the statistics. It's when  simple assertions like this are put forth that  the film has resonance because it calls up  the connection between the basic fear that  every woman has and the systemic violence  that women suffer. But how we choose to  deal with each situation will always vary.  I'm not sure what the intention is of  having such sexualized female roles in a  film largely about violence against women.  Is it to claim a female sexuality in spite of  what men do to us? Is it to say sex, love,  violence and power are all interrelated? In  terms of the lovers' storyline, is it to maintain the connection between the personal  and the political?  Open Letter succeeds in presenting a  much needed look at the issue of racial  violence, especially toward women of colour, and personalizing it in a way that  makes it very accessible. Itcannotbe stressed  enough how important this is because we  are being killed every day. Because Lem  asks so many questions, perhaps I was  waiting for the answers, which is unrealistic. But then, at least for some form of  empowerment, which for me never really  came. The film ends with a woman dancer  swinging a large sword, as if in a dance of  retaliation. But even this was unsatisfying  because, it looked like she was going to  drop it.   Anne Jew is a Vancouver writer of Chinese  descent and an active filmgoer.  EX-KINESIS EDITOR WINS LITERARY HONOUR  Gayla Reid, Kinesis' longest running editor (1974-1984), recently won The  Journey Prize, a prestigious Canadian literary award, for her short story,  "Sister Doyle's Men," originally published in Prism International in 1993.  The journey prize honours the short story chosen as the most accomplished work published in a Canadian literary magazine. "Sister Doyle's  Men" is Reid's first published story, although she has been writing for a  number of years. Much of her material is set in Australia, from where she  originally hails, and she plans to use some of the award money to return  home to write. Gayla Reid will be reading with Rachel Wyatt and Margaret  Hollingsworth at Octopus Books on March 5 at 7:30 p.m.  ve  Vancouver Public Library's  CITY POETS SERIES  Presents Author Readings by:  KIRSTEN EMMOTT  Monday, March 7th - 7:30pm  GREGORY SCOFIELD  Monday, March 14 - 7:30pm  LOLATOSTEYIN  Monday, March 21 - 7:30pm  Location of Readings:  Central Library - 750 Burrard St.  Held in Room 315 (3rd Floor)  FREE ADMISSION  Call 665-3554 for information  THIS MARCH   Read! Enjoy and Celebrate  the Lives of Women  The Colour of Resistance:  Contemporary Writings by Aboriginal  Women      Anthologised by Connie Fife  Is a courageous response to five hundred  years of colonization. Featured writers are  Beth   Brant,  Chrystos,  Shirley  Bear,   Beth  Cuthand, Jeannette Armstrong, Joy Harjo,  Marilyn Dumont, Annharte.  ISBN 0-920813-62-3    $17.95  Mada an erotic novel  By Kleya Forte-Escamilla  A novel of great beauty and lyrical eroticism, Mada is the exploration of love between two women.  ISBN 0-920813-69-0    $12.95  Returning the Gaze: Essays on  Racism, Feminism and Politics  Edited by Himani Bannerji  Essays by thirteen  women  from  diverse  backgrounds  including Arun  Mukherjee,  Dionne   Brand,   Lee  Maracle,   Makeda  Silvera, Aruna Srivasta\4a.  ISBN 0-920813-55-0   $17.95  All Names Spoken  Poetry and prose by Tamai Kobayashi  and Mon a Oikawa  Provocative and uninhibited work by two  Japanese Canadian lesbian writers.  ISBN 0-920813-88-77   $11.95  The Invitation  A novel for young  adults by Cyndy Baskin  This first novel from  a Metis writer is a  moving account of addiction and recovery.  ISBN 0-920813-54-2    $12.95  Memories Have Tongue  Poetry By Afua Cooper  Exploring a Black woman's journey through  the Caribbean and African diaspora.  ISBN 0-920813-50-X    $10.95  For more information on other titles contact  Sister Vision Press p.o. box 217,  Station E, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E2  tel (416) 533-2184 fax (416) 533-2397  MARCH 1994  17 Arts  Review: Betty Lee Bonner Lives There:  Engaging life stories  by Siobhan Herron  BETTY LEE BONNER LIVES THERE  by Louise Simmie  Greystone Publishing  Vancouver/Toronto, 1993  Lois Simmie v as born in Saskatchewan  and currently lives in Saskatoon. Her previous works include children's poetry and  picture books, as well as short stories and a  novel.  Betty Lee Bonner Lives There consists of  thirteen short stories. Ten of the stories are  narrated by women, three by men.  Several common threads run through  all the stories. All of the main characters are  white and heterosexual and struggling to  create or maintain a relationship with a significant person in their lives. They are all  attempting either to define or assert themselves. The characters' efforts to accomplish  this are constantly influenced by the people  and events in their lives just as every chess  piece moves in relation or reaction to another peice. So often characters in fiction  develop and impose themselves on the landscape around them as if they grew in isolation. Simmie reflects the human reality that  each of us advances and retreats in relation  to the world around us.  Several of the women leave their partners because these men refuse to participate  in the undulating rhythm that is a relationship. The men do not interact, they impose,  and the women can only become individuals by escaping from them.  In "Sweetie Pie," we meet Noreen who  realizes that "...this time, she's really got to  figure it out, get some direction in her life,  some kind of order." However, for the moment she is careening down the highway in  a Ford Tempo with Al who, "on an asshole  scale of one to ten...rates a nine easy," and  Al's beloved cockatoo Sweetie Pie, whose  crowning glory is its ability to imitate a  flushing toilet. At a rest stop, Noreen leaves  a sleeping and tipsy Al and Sweetie Pie  behind, taking a ride with a stranger named  Darryl, headed for Vancouver, and "some  direction in her life."  Sharon's three young sons in "You Tell  Me Your Dreams," are "hell-bent on destroying the house and Sharon's nerve endings. The house may survive but she won't."  Randy, her realtor husband, wants to  rekindle their sex life by sharing their sexual  fantasies. However, after she shares her fantasy with him, Randy says "Next time, fake  it. Okay?" Sharon's resolution to her di  lemma comes in the form of "A man in a  silver suit with a blue light blinking on and  off in his chest" who stands under the apple  tree in her yard. Whenever he appears in the  yard, Sharon is imbued with "that beautiful,  soothing feeling." The night of the failed  sexual fantasies, she leaves Randy and her  home to join him.  Not all women leave. In the title story,  "Betty Lee Bonner LivesThere," Stella Bartlett  chooses to stay. Her youngest daughter,  Jeannie, the narrator of this World War II  drama, unknowingly chronicles her father's  infidelity with Lieutenant Betty Lee Bonner  the stranger with the "Betty Grable bust,"  whom her father brings home during a blizzard as there is no room at the local hotel.  There are other visits after this first chance  stay, as Betty Lee spends several of her  "leaves" with the Bartlett family. Stella's  growing displeasure with Betty Lee's presence is manifested in the hairstyles she inflicts on her family (she is a hairstylist).  During Betty's first visit, Jeannie tells us that  her mother "French-braided my hair so tight  I could hardly blink," while they watched  Mr. Bartlett and the Lieutenant gaily shovel  snow. "When she came back on leave in  March, Mom started looking kind of strained  and gave Merna (Jeannie's older sister) a  permanent, that looked as if she was wearing a big Brillo pad on her head." Stella's hair  becomes blonder than usual and Grandma  gets a henna.  %**       Art Emporium  Open Daily  10 am to 11pm  Your  Lesbian & Gay  Bookstore  BOOKS BY MAIL  CALL 1-800-567-1662  Women's Press and Little Sister's Bookstore invite you to the  Vancouver launching of  Outrage  Dykes and Bis resist homophobia  Saturday, March 19  8:00pm  Charlies Lounge  455 Abbott Street  Admission by donation  Info: 669-1753  Readings by  Chrystos  C. Alison Lee  Karen X. Tushinsky  Chea vlllanueva  Copies of the book will be on sale. Authors will  sign books and be available to meet the  audience after the readings.  122 1   ThurlowCat DovioX Vancouver. B.C.  Tel:(604)669-1753 or    Fax:(604)685-0252  During a family holiday in Vancouver  (Betty Lee's home), matters reach a critical  point. When her husband does not return  from an alleged afternoon with an old colleague, Stella assumes the worst and storms  out of their lodgings. She returns to her  distraught family the next day, looking ten  years younger and with a job at Bea's Beauty  Salon. Grandma and the two girls are to  move to Vancouver with her. Stella tells her  husband "You Know Who can move into  my house since she likes it there so much,  and she can sit and wonder what you're  doing out on the road."  This never transpires. Jeannie has  warned us earlier, "There was a terrible  restlessness in our mother; she was like a  racehorse always ready for a race that never  starts." After their return home, Stella writes  to Bea and turns down the job in Vancouver.  After that, "she hated Betty Lee Bonner not  for what she did, but for something else  altogether".  Simmie does not only examine the dynamics between men and women. "Houses"  is a taleabout May and her daughter, Tammy  Fa ye, coming into their own,' both as individuals and as a family unit.i Tammy Faye  insists onbeing called TFbecause, "She won't  have the same name as that crazy Tammy  Faye Bakker and that's that."  She is a girl with a strong will. After  having her first period at nine, she "carried  on for three days and at the end of it said 'I'm  not having it again and that's that'." She  "hasn't had another period yet and she'll be  twelve next month." Together, they plan for  the house they want to buy. It has been  suggected to May that she marry a man with  a house. "No way, May thinks. A man can  walk to the corner for cigarettes and keep on  walking. When May gets a kitchen window  with a geranium on the sill, it has to be her  kitchen, her window sill; she needs to transplant the geranium into her front yard."  Although Lois Simmie's plots vary  wildly, common themes endure. Her characters wrestle with relationships and self-  determination simultaneously.  The narrators always speak in detached  humourous tones. Simmie uses simple language which is expressive because of its  directness and honesty. By combining a detached tone with direct language, Simmie  accomplishes two things: first, she renders  her audience both affected by, yet removed  from, the plights of her characters; and, secondly, she demonstrates that, although individuals participate in and are immeasurably  shaped by their environs, we are essentially  solitary by nature.  All of the characters are engaging and  the plots original. I wanted to know what  awaited me on the next page. A good book  offers the reader a new perspective on life—  a broader view of the world we live in. Betty  Lee Bonner Lives There gave me this perspective.  Siobhan Herron has her M.A. and is a writer.  This is her first contribution to Kinesis  DpiViLQ  :.-Album  Tour  y/trn Lli  7     Div/ov  Friday - Sunday • March 11 -13, 1994 «  Vancouver East Cultural Center  1895 Venables Street at Victoria Drive.  Tickets S16/GA at Ticketmaster and Vancouver  East Cultural Center. (Surcharges may apply.)  Phone orders and info: 254-9578  pm Arts  Review: Cannery Days:  Heiltsuk women speak  by Emma Tracy Taylor  CANNERY DAYS:  A Chapter in the lives of the Heiltsuk  women: A Photo Exhibit  By Pam Brown  University of BC Museum of Anthropology  Vancouver, May 1993-January 1994.  Pam Brown says it's time for First Nations people to tell their own stories.  Brown,a member of the Heiltsuk Nation  from Bella Bella, says she's tired of reading  about the lives of First Nations people from a  non-Native perspective. "Many authors  would have readers believe the lives of First  Nations people are grey and dreary. Nothing  is farther from the truth than those stereotypical images."  If Brown has her way, Heiltsuk people  will soon receive the recognition they deserve. And she's doing her part to ensure  their stories are told.  As part of her Master's thesis requirement, Brown curated an exhibit titled, Cannery Days: A Chapter in the Lives of the Heiltsuk  at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. The  exhibit travels this month to Bella Bella, B.C.  Both the exhibit and her thesis focus on  the failure of non-Native society to understand that fish were and continue to be the  economic wealth of BC First Nations.  Another related issue is the invisibility of  First Nations women and men in the fish-  processing industry.  The exhibit focusses on central coast canneries, with particular emphasis on the experiences of Heiltsuk women in Namu cannery.  Brown chose that particular cannery because  it falls within the traditional territory of the  Heiltsuk people. The Heiltsuk people have  occupied the central coast for thousands of  years.  "Long before the arrival of Europeans,  Heiltsuk people had a well developed culture which revolved around fish. Archaeological evidence found at Namu suggests  that Heiltsuk Tribal territory has been inhabited for at least 9,000 years," says Brown.  In the past, both economic and ideological approaches to the fish-processing industry lost sight of the experiences of First Nations people. "The exhibit allowed me to  share with other people in my community. It  also allowed me to share a little of the history  of Heiltsuk people with non-Native society."  The strength of the exhibit comes from  the people speaking for themselves, Brown  said. "Their words and photos tell the story.  In the past, this approach has been neither  encouraged nor embraced by museums or by  academics."  The interviews with the 17 Heiltsuk  "i opens a window on a period of history which has not been well documented.  "To read conventional accounts of Native  involvement in the fish-processing industry,  their lives were pretty dull."  Cannery Days reveals that, for the Heiltsuk  women who lived and worked in Namu, it  was not just a place to work but rather had  many meanings and warm memories.  In Namu, Heiltsuk women were a force  to be reckoned with. Members of the Heiltsuk  local of the Native Sisterhood of BC were very  vocal and assertive. All women cannery workers, from youngsters to elders, were members  of the Sisterhood.  socio-economic condition of First Nations  people.  Yet despite her strong support of the  Brotherhood, Campbell didn't forgetabout  the aspirations of the Sisterhood. She never  did believe the Sisterhood was simply "a  ladies' auxilary" without political clout.  For many years, the Brotherhood denied women voting privileges. "That is,  until Brenda politely but firmly informed  the Brotherhood executive and members  at one of their annual conventions that the  Sisterhood would pull out of the organiza -  tion unless they were given a vote and a  seat on the executive. Needless to say the  In part, the exhibit honours the life and  the work of Heiltsuk women like Brenda  Campbell. Brown says: "For me and many  other Heiltsuk women, Brenda exemplifies  courage, moral strength and integrity."  Campbell was a founder and president  of the Native Sisterhood. In the 1940s,  Campbell and other Sisterhood members almost single-handedly kept the Native Brotherhood of BC in operation. She worked tirelessly to raise funds so the Brotherhood could  carry on its political battles to improve the  ■     ■ • ..    =  Sisterhood had a very strong voice within  the organization after the convention."  One of the Sisterhood's victories was  when the management at Namu cannery  took down the "Indian" and "White" signs  from the washrooms, Brown says.  In the past, academic literature has  left an incomplete and inaccurate picture  of the role of First Nations people in the  fish-processing industry. "Yes, it is true  First Nations people worked in canneries  for 10 cents per hour. It is also true that they  worked long hours under poor working  conditions. But the way First Nations people  have been represented ultimately belittles  the cannery experiences and lives of First  Nations." It is equally true that First Nations  people enjoyed working in canneries.  One of the women Brown interviewed  says, "sometimes we get together and the  ladies reminisce, and say, remember this,  Long before  the arrival of Europeans,  Heiltsuk people  had a well developed  culture which revolved  around fish  remember that. We'd go to work at 8 am and  get off at 2 am in the cold storage. I'd go  home and wash diapers and hang them out,  and then I'd go to bed and get up at 7 am, just  a few hours sleep. But I enjoyed work at  Namu."  The voices of the Heiltsuk women speak  eloquently both of cannery days and of the  meaning and importance of fish to our people, Brown says.  The subject of fish has never been an  academic one for me or my family, she says.  "Even as a city-dwelling Heiltsuk woman,  fish is still a big part of my life. Before I began  my research, I had gone to Bella Bella on a  regular basis to visit relatives and to get our  annual supply of fish. My family cans fish on  an annual basis. The whole process is an art  in itself. As well as providing us with a fish  supply for the coming year, it brings my  family together socially. My mother also  maintains an extensive trade network with  familyandfriendsin Bella Bella and Kitasoo."  Brown says that, as the Heiltsukhave an  oral tradition, they are most often seen  through the perceptions of non-Native researchers. "As a student of anthropology, I  was searching for new ways to present a  First Nation's perspective.  "The exhibit provides balance to earlier  writing accounts of Heiltsuk people. It transmits continuity through a series of visual  images from petroglyphs to modern seine  boats. It counterbalances the tables and statistics of conventional academic studies with  images of real people."  Emma Tracy Taylor is a Vancouver resident  and is from the Heiltsuk Nation.  press gang publishers  invites you to celebrate  the publication of  Her Head A Village  & other stories  by Makeda Silvera  Sunday, March 13, 8 pm  Reading starts at 8:30  Snacks, refreshments and cash bar  Pitt International Gallery  317 W.Hastings St.  Vancouver  For more info, contact Delia, 876-7787  QUEER C»  Mapping  Ovil  a collection  from gay  and lesbian  video artists  a benefit for the Betty If  NFINES  Territories  Tuesday, March 29th  7:00 & 9:30 pm  Pacific Cinematheque  1131 Howe Street  Tickets: $10 at the door  axter Campaign Debt TWO CALETVTDAR  Compiled by shannon e. ash  HISTORY OF IWD  Internationa! Women's Day arose out of the  protest and political activism of working  women at the beginning of the 20th century.  Among the many struggles taking place was  the 1908 strike of garment workers, 80% of  whom were women, in New York City. The  strike began at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, and grewto become a general strike of  30,000 garment workers.  In 1910, the idea of "Women's Day" was  taken up by socialists and feminists. At the  Second International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen in 1910, attended  by women from 17 different countries, a  proposal for an international 'Women's Day"  was put forward Clara Zetkin presented a  motion that women throughout the world  should focus on a particular day each year to  press for demands and to commemorate  women and their struggles. Women passed  the motion unanimously and "International  Women's Day" came into being.  The first International Women's Day was  held on March 19, 1911 in a number of  European countries. The date was later  moved to March 8. The day became more  widely celebrated with waves of the feminist  movement and following the International  Year of the Woman in 1975, which began the  UN Decade of Women (1975-85).  [material gleaned from past issues of Kinesis  and knowledgeable women]  BC—LOWER MAINLAND  IWD MARCH AND RALLY  The theme of this year's International Women's Day March and Rally is International  Solidarity. Gather at the Queen Elizabeth  Theatre Plaza on Sat, Mar 5,11:30 am. Rally  at the Vancouver Art Gallery (north side) at  12:30 pm. Speakers and music.  IWD FILM SERIES  The National Film Board and YWCA celebrate International Women's Week with  Women and Resistance, their 6th annual film  & video series. Mar 5 -10 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm,  with a 4 pm matinee on Mar 5 & 6. At the  Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. Admission by donation (suggested donation  $3). Cinematheque membership not required.  Limited childcare subsidies available: 683-  2531 YWCA Registration Program. For  screening info: 666-3838 NFB. [See adp.21  for full calendar]  IWD WOMEN'S RITUAL  IWD Women's Ritual at Josephine's, 1716  Charles, Sun, Mar 6. Come and celebrate in  a wiccan circle, remember our mothers,  grandmothers, the women in our lives. Pre-  registration requested. $2-5 donation. Bring  candles/holders, altar objects, food to share.  Door opens at 6:30 pm. Ritual starts promptly  at 7 pm. Info: Pat 253-7189.  PHILIPPINE WOMEN CENTRE  CELEBRATES IWD  The Phillipine Women's Centre is celebrating  International Women's Day on Sun, Mar 6  from 1 - 5 pm at St. Giles United Church, 305  W. 41 st Ave. Videos and refreshments. Info:  322-9852.  IWD CABARET  Women in Music and Sounds and Furies  present a cabaret at the Vancouver East  Cultural Centre on Tues, Mar 8 at 8pm. This  year's line-up includes: Random Acts; Zellia,  a Ukrainian vocal ensemble; musician Qiu  Xia He; musical duo Sue McGowan and  Sharon Costello; clogging with Inclognito;  Women's Bhangra Dance Team; and juggling clown Sand Northrup. Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $15, available at Josephines,  Little Sisters Bookstore, and Ariel Books.  Reservations: 254-9578. Info: Pat Hogan  253-3142, Ina Dennekamp 520-3395.  DOMESTIC WORKERS DANCE  The West Coast Domestic Workers Association is holding a dance atthe Mount Pleasant  Community Centre, Sat, Mar5,7 pm -12:30  am. 60's theme; twist, cha-cha and boogie  dance contests. Door prize/raffle. Music by  La Mirage. Tickets are $10, snacks will be  served. Info: 669-4482.  CACSW READING  On Mon, Mar 7, 7pm, The Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Western Region Office, presents a performance/  reading based on selections from their recent publication Sharing Our Experience, an  anthology of experiences of visible minority  Women in Canada. Vancouver-area contributors will be present. Robson Square  Media Centre, Rm.3. Free admission, refreshments. Info: 666-0664.  NORTH SHORE WOMEN'S CENTRE  The North Shore Women's Centre together  with North Shore Crisis Services will host an  Open House on Tues, Mar 8 to celebrate  International Women's Day. There will be  speakers and videos, and Penniless Theatre  will perf ormthe play: The Life of Emily Murphy.  Refreshments provided. Women can have  input on the video screening schedule by  phoning 984-6009.  CAPILANO COLLEGE  OnTues,Mar8CapilanoCollegecelebrates  IWD with free lectures, films, and exhibits.  Highlights include: a lecture by Kathleen  Shannon, former head of the NFB's Studio D,  at 12:45 pm; and the Mary Catherine Paterson  Annual Lecture, Portraits From Our Feminist  Past by Dr. Marlene LeGates at 7:30 pm.  Both talks are in Lecture Theatre C148. IWD  activities run from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm.  Acomplete schedule of events is available at  community centres, public libraries and at  the campus reception desk in "A" building.  Info: 984-4953.  RICHMOND WOMEN'S FORUM  The Richmond Women's Resource Centre is  holding its second "I am Woman" Forum on  Sat, Mar 5, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at  Kwantlen College. Panel discussion, workshops, information, and networking. Cost,  including lunch, is $15. Childcare provided.  For more info or to register call 270-6182.  SOUTH SURREY/WHITE ROCK  MARCH AND RALLY  South Surrey/White Rock Women's Place is  celebrating International Women's Day with  a March and Open House on Sun, Mar 6.  Meeting at The Whale Wall, corner of  Johnston Rd and Russell at 1 pm, walking up  Johnston Rd. (152 St), to 20th Ave then down  20th to the Women's Place offices (15318 -  20th Ave). Please join the march anywhere  along the way. Children welcome. Bring banners, colored streamers, and wear purple.  From 1 -3 pm, attend an Open House at the  Women's Place offices. Refreshments will  be served. Info: contact Lyn/Barbara 536-  9611.  BREAKFAST IN NEW WEST  Douglas College Women's Centre and the  New Westminster School District celebrate  International Women's Day with a breakfast  at Fins Restaurant, New West Quay, Mon,  Mar 7,7:45 - 8:45 am. Tickets $15. Info: 527-  5148.  BC—PORT ALBERNI  Port Alberni Women's Resources Society, 3048 Fifth Ave, will be holding an  Open House for IWD on Tues, Mar 8.  Videos and refreshments. Info: 724-711.  House, 1-4pm, at L'association franco-  Yukonnaise Hall, 302 Strickland St. Fri, Mar  11 (tentative): Potluck supper at [305 Lambert St.,] 6pm; speaker at 7:30 pm: Maria  Campbell, author of Halfbreed, Yukon Writer  in Residence; 305 Lambert St.  -COWICHANVALLEV  ALBERTA-EDMONTON  COWICHAN VALLEY ART SHOW  Cowichan Valley Arts Council, #101 -64 Station St, is presenting From Women's Hands:  Our Experiences as Women,ar\ art show in  recognition of IWD and in celebration of  Cowichan women. Show runs until Mar 30;  opening Mar 4, 4-8pm. Info: 746-1633.  COWICHAN SPIRIT OF WOMEN  Public Forums: Cowichan Spirit of Women  invites the public to discuss and tell how best  to meet the needs of women in the Cowichan  Valley. Free. Wed Mar 2, 7pm, Rm 154  Malaspina UC, and Thur Mar 10, 7-10pm,  LCSS Library. Info: 746-3501 or 746-8183.  OPEN STAGE  Women's Music Night Open Stage, Fri Mar  11 7:30 pm, including workshop on using a  P.A. system at 6:30 pm. Duncan United  Church, 246 Ingram St. Admission by donation. Info: 746-8161.  BC—KELOWNA  Kelowna Women's Resource;Centre is planning creativity workshops fqr International  Women's Week. On Sat, Mar5, there will be  a gathering at the Mission Activity Centre at  Sarson's Beach. On Tue Mar 8, an evening  celebration will be held at the Laurel Bldg,  with entertainment and food. Info: 762-2355  IWD TALK AND PARADE  IWD celebrations on Sat, Mar 5 at Chinook  Theatre. NAC President Sunera Thobani will  speak, followed by a parade. Edmonton  Women's Collective Bldg. Open House on  Tues, Mar 8. Info: 421 -0306  FILMS AND FUN  IWD films and entertainment at Global Visions Festival, Garneau Theatre, Tues, Mar  8, 7pm. $8/$7. Info: 439-8744  ALBERTA—CALGARY  IWD celebrations on Sat, Mar 5, with the  theme, "Celebrating Women's Struggle For  Health." Rally at 1pm on the SW corner of the  Harry Hayes federal bldg, 220-4 Ave SE;  March will stop atthe McDougall Centre and  back east along 8th Ave. Free perf omance of  "Laudes Matris," a celebration of God the  Mother, 2:30 pm at the Glenbow Museum,  130-9 Ave SE. Celebration 8pm-1:30am at  the Multicultural Centre, 712-5th St SE. Info:  call Carolyn at 270-3200.  BC—NELSON  Nelson and District Women's Centre presents  the following events: Sun, Mar 6, 1 -4 pm:  Pamela Harris, Toronto photographer, will  speak about her show Faces of Feminism at  the National Exhibition Centre, Castlegar. A  number of Kootenay feminists will perform.  Tues, Mar 8: Pamela Harris will facilitate an  evening workshop for women on Recording  our own history. Sliding scale fee, location in  Nelson. Call the Centre at 352-9916 for info  and to register. Fri, Mar 11: Five Feminist  Minutes Cabaret atthe Elks Hall, Nelson, 7-  11pm. To perform, call the Centre or simply  show up at the Cabaret.  BC—QUESNEL  Quesnel Women's Resource Centre will hold  its IWD event on Sun, Mar 13 at the College  of New Caledonia. Guest speaker Sheshi  Asnand of Immigrant Family Services will  speak about women's issues in the Indo-  Canadian community. Discussion , potluck  dinner. Info: 992-6160.  BC—FORT NELSON  Fort Nelson Women's Resource Centre  (located on lower level of the Medical  Clinic) will hold an Open House on Tues,  Mar 8, 10am-5pm. Lunch, refreshments,  information and activities. Info: 774-3069.  BC-F0RT ST. JOHN  Fort St. John Women's Resource Society is  asking people in Fort St. John to do a spontaneous act of kindness to women on Tues,  Mar 8, and call it in to the Women's Centre at  787-1121 or 787-0918 from 9am-3pm.  i  YUKON—WHITEHORSE  Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre Presents:  Mon-Fri, Mar 7-11: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Groups, 12-1pm. Topics include literacy, AIDS, environment. At Women's Centre, 408 Ogilvie St. Sun, Mar 6: Coffee  IWD will be celebrated on Sat, Mar 12, at the  YWCA, 10am-4pm. Information and artwork  displays, films and videos, workshops, refreshments. International lunch at noon. On-  site childcare, all events free, everyone welcome. Info: Womanspace Resource Centre,  329-8338.  -FORTMeMURRAY  For info on IWD events call the Women's  Resource Centre at 743-2121.  ALBERTA—WETASKIWIN  IWD celebration on Tues, Mar 8,7:30 pm at  the Library. Theme will be "Bread and Roses."  MANITOBA—WINNIPEG  STATUS OF WOMEN MARCH AND  RALLY  IWD March and Rally, Sun Mar 6. March will  begin atthe Legislative Bldg at 1pm, and go  to the University of Winnipeg. All welcome.  Rally at Riddell Hall at the UofW, 1:30-4pm;  Music by Heather Bishop, speaker Susan  Prentice. Wheelchairaccess, sign interpreter,  free childcare - register with Manitoba Action  Committee by Mar 2, call 946-5049.  WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS  Women's Rights Are Human Rights Conference, Mar 11-12 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg. To register call Lydia at 889-1197.  Sponsored by the UN End of the Decade for  Women Committee.  PRESERVATION OF TRADITIONS  Rhapsody in Colour: A Dialogue With Women  of Colour and the First Nations Examining  The Preservation of Their Traditions, Sat  Mar 12. Workshop/Panel discussion, 11 am-  3:15pm, Delta Hotel, $5. Films at  Cinematheque,^ 00 Arthur St, 7:30 pm. Reception after at Main Access Gallery. Info:  Joy Forde, 983-0140.  An effort was made to get listings of IWD  events east of Manitoba. See As Kinesis  Goes to Press" for IWD listings that came in  as we went to press.  20  MARCH 1994 Bulletin Board  EVENTS  EVENTS  EVENTS  EVENTS  Bulletin Board listings have a maximum of 50 words. Groups, organizations and individuals eligible for free  space in the Bulletin Board must be, or  have, non-profit objectives.  Other free notices will be items of  general public interest and will appear  at the discretion of Kinesis.  Classifieds are $8 (+$0.56 GST) for  the first 50 words or portion thereof,  $4 (+$0.28 GST) for each additional  25 words or portion thereof and must  be prepaid.  Deadline for all submissions is  the 18th of the month preceding publication. Note: Kinesis is published  ten times a year. Jul/Aug and Dec/Jan  are double issues.  All submissions should include a contact name and telephone number for  any clarification that may be required.  Listings will not be accepted over the  telephone.  Kinesis encourages readers to research the goods and services advertised in Bulletin Board. /O'nes/scannot  guarantee the accuracy of the information provided or the safety and effectiveness of the services and products listed.  Send submissions to Bulletin Board,  Kinesis, #301-1720 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L2Y6. For more information call 255-5499.  WANNA GET INVOLVED?  With Kinesis? We want to get involved with  you too. Help plan our next issue. Come to  the Writer's meeting on Tues, Mar 1 and/or  Apr5,7pm at our off ice, 301-1720 Grant St,  Vancouver. If you can't make the meeting,  call 255-5499. No experience is necessary,  all women welcome.  VSW WANTS YOU!  Want to get more involved but not sure  where to begin? Join us - become a volunteer at Vancouver Status of Women. VSW  volunteers plan events, lead groups, raise  , funds, answer the phone lines and help to  connect women with the community resources they need, organize the library and  otherexcitingtaskslCometothecommittee  meetings: Finance/Fundraising, Mon, Mar  21, 6 pm; Publicity, Wed, Mar 16, 5:30 pm.  The next volunteer potluck and orientation  will be on Wed, Mar 16, 7 pm at VSW, 301 -  1720 Grant St. For more info, call Jennifer at  255-5511.  FACILITATORS WANTED  Vancouver Status of Women's Single Mothers' Project is seeking volunteers to facilitate upcoming workshops about the resources and services available to Single  Moms in Vancouver & the Lower Mainland.  No experience necessary, VSW will train  you. Childcare available. Please respond by  March 15, 1994. Contact Miche at 255-  5511; VSW, #301 -1720 Grant St, Vancouver, B.C. V5L 2Y7. Great experience! Valuable to single mothers and their children.  SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUPPORT  GROUP  Meets every month at VSW, 301-1720 Grant  St. For more info, call Miche at 255-5511.  FEMINIST NETWORKING  Next meeting is on Mar 22, 7pm at the  Vancouver Women's Health Collective, 219-  1675 W 8th, Van. Call Miche or Chris for  more info at 255-5511 or the Health Collective at 736-4234.  ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL  Afeminist film and video celebration, Mar 11-  13, at Science Theatres, University of Calgary,  Calgary, Alta. Over 60 films and videos, live  performances, workshops, information displays, crafts and book sales, plus a special  mini "Kids Fest". For more information call  Andrew at Arusha (403)270-3200.  WOMEN'S ART RESOURCE CENTRE  Writing Grant Proposals, a workshop on arts  grant applications, by Doreen Dotto, Wed,  Mar 9,7:30 pm. Winsom, a multi-disciplinary  installation exhibition, to Mar 12. Gisele  Ouellette, painting and drawing exhibition,  Mar 17-Apr 16. All events at Women's Art  Resource Centre, 80 Spadina Ave, Toronto,  Ont.  SORROW AND STRENGTH CONFERENCE  Sorrow and Strength: A Process is an educational conference on healthcare available for  people with trauma-based -dysfunctions.  Relevant for adult survivors of childhood  sexual abuse, counsellors and healthcare  professionals. Apr 14-16, in Winnipeg, Man.  For more info, call (204) 786t'1971.  SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT  Women and Sustainable Development: Canadian Perspectives, a conference May 27-  Jun 1 forfeministacadbmica and activists to  prepare a Canadian position for discussion  at the Fourth UN Conference on Women in  Beijing in 1995. For info, call Ann Dale at  UBC, 822-9154  OUTLOUD  The Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Collective of  Douglas College is hosting Outloud '94, A  Day of Awareness and Queer Concerns on  Sat, Mar 12. Outloud includes workshops  with Betty Baxter, AIDS Vancouver, Little  Sisters and the Vancouver Lesbian Connection. Speakers include Svend Robinson and  Percy Lezard. There is also a dance at 9pm.  For more info, call Lisa or Stan at 527-5335,  voice mail box #4335.  WOMEN IN LAW  Women In law: The Practice of Feminism, a  conference that is a part of a collaborative  educational project on the Canadian women's movement will be held from Mar 4-6 at  the University of Victoria. For details and a  brochure, call 721-8481.  WOMEN IN EDUCATION  The fourth annual BC conference on history  in the schools: Women and Gender in the  History Curr'iculumw\\\ be held Mar 11 at the  UBC Grad Student Centre, 8:30-16:30.  Contact Peter Seixas, Dept. of Social &  Educational Studies: 822-5374 or Judith  Coffin, teacher-librarian at Elgin Park Secondary School in Surrey: 538-6678.  ETHICS OF (MS)REPRESENTATION  A conference, Feminist Issues: Post-Liberal  Discourse and the Ethics of  (Ms)Representation, will be held at York  University, April 22-23. For info/reg forms  contact: Lois O'Grady, York Centre for Feminist Research, York University, 4700 Keele  St, 228 York Lanes, North York, (Toronto),  Pacific Cinema  The National Film Board and YWCA  present  the 5th Annual International Women's Week  Film and Video Series  ifCil  ^^^^Mffl' - *'     :  ;-.       "  Itefi^MI  Sat. March 5  Sun. March 6  Mon. March 7  Tues. March 8  Wed. March 9  Thurs. 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GOLDEN THREADS  The 8th Annual Golden Threads Celebration  will take place on Jun 24-26 in Provincetown,  Mass. Golden Threads is a worldwide social  network of Lesbian women over 50, and  women who are interested in older women-  no one is excluded. Attendance is limited so  write for reservation info: Christine Burton,  Golden Threads, PO Box 60475, Northampton, MA 01060-0475.  GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT  Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of  Women-Brandon presents a conference,  Gender and Development (GAD); Questioning the Answers, on Mar 4 & 5. Joanna Kerr  from the North-South Institute will be discussing GAD theory and applications; $40/  30. For info phone (204)725-2955, childcare  available, wheelchair accessible.  BENEFIT FOR MUSIC THERAPY  The CapilanoCollegeMusicTherapy Graduates Benefit is at Josephine's on Sun Mar 13.  Enjoy music and friends and support. Starts  7 p.m. Call 253-3142 for info.  READING  Ruthann Robson, "a leading authority on  lesbians and the law," and award-winning  author of two critically acclaimed fiction collections will read from her forthcoming novel  about a lesbian lawyer who represents lesbian mothers, including one accused of murder. At Women In Print, 3566 W. 4th Ave.  Sun Mar 20 at 7 p.m. For more info call 732-  4128.  BENEFIT FOR CHIAPAS  Tzeltal Tojolabal Tzotsil Qi'ij is a benefit for  the people of Chiapas to be held Fri Mar 25  at7:30p.m.,doorsopenat7p.m.attheWise  Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. Organized by the  Mayan Indian Support Groups of Vancouver.  Entertainment includes Marimba Players,  Urban Native Drummers, Taiko Drumming  Duet, Mayan Children's Dance, Irish Dance  Troupe, the Jimmy Sidler band, plus an  auction. Tickets: $10 adults, $6 seniors, underemployed and children 12-17 yrs. Free  for those under 12 yrs. For more info call 736-  2208.  CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN VIDEO  Video In presents a program, The New African Media Tour, that brings together innovative and contemporary video by African directors who challenge mainstream representation. Wed, Mar 9, 8pm. Filmakers  Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling (Tanzania), Jean  Marie Teno (Cameroon) and Godwin Mawru  (Zimbabwe) will be present. Atthe Video In,  1965 Main Street. For more info call 872-  8337. Co-sponsored by the Black History  Month Committee, Full Frame and The Video  In.  WOMEN'S RIGHTS  Women's Rights are Human Rights, the UN  End of Decade for Womenconference will be  held at the Delta Inn, Wpg., Mar 11 & 12.  Phone (204)889-1197.  FINDING COMMON GROUND  Palestinian and Jewish Women for Peace  present Finding Common Ground: An Arab  and Jewish Women's Dialogue, Workshop  and Tea on Sun, Mar 6, from 2-5 pm, at the  Peretz School, 6184 Ash St. Tickets are $3/  $5. For more info, call Hiyam Deeby at 325-  0614, Rhea Lazar at 736-5975, or Ekeen  Ghattas at 432-7034.  WOMEN AND MEDICINE  The Society for Canadian Women in Science  and Technology is presenting Dr. Penny  Ballem, the Medical Director of the Women's  Health Centre at University Hospital, on Mar  3. She will discuss How Women are Viewed  by Medicine. The lecture will be held at the  22  Auditorium, BC Hydro, 333 Dunsmiur St.  Reception begins at 6:30, presentation at  7:30 and admission is free. For more info  contact the SCWIST Resource Centre, 140-  515 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6B  5K3, tel: 291 -5163, fax: 291 -5112.  JANE HUNTER  The Middle East Peace Action Coalition  presents a public lecture on US Foreign  Policy and the Manufactured 'Islamic Threat  on Mar 16. The speaker, Jane Hunter, is an  investigative journalist and public lecturer on  Middle East politics. To be held at the  Vancouver Planetarium Auditorium, 1100  Chesnut St. at 7:30 pm. For info contact Pat  Katagiri: w 582-3200, h 534-8275, fax 530-  6860.  CUSTODY AND ACCESS  The People's Law School is also offering a  free law class on custody and access. The  types of custody, the forms access can take,  the rights of grandparents and other third  .parties and other issues will be discussed.  To be held Mar 30, 7:30-9:30, at Marpole-  Oakridge Community Centre, 990 W. 59th  Ave. Please pre-register by calling 327-8371  (wheelchair accessible).  LEGAL RESOURCES  Find out how you qualify for free legal advice  and learn of other sources of information at  a free law class on legal resources. Legal  Help-Where To Go, aclass sponsored by the  People's Law School, will be held on Mar 15  from 7-9 at the Renfrew Community Centre,  2929 E 22nd Ave. Please pre-register by  calling 434-6688 (wheelchair accessible).  OUTREACH TEACHING  Outreach Teaching: Serving Socially-Disad-  vantaged Clients in the Childbearing Period,  a one-day workshop for childbirth educators  and other health professionals, will be held  on Apr 23. The workshop will focus on how  to identify, teach and support people dealing  with poverty, social isolation, illiteracy, substance misuse, sexual abuse and otherf orms  of family violence. Course is $90 and will be  held at Vancouver Community College, City  Centre Campus, 250 West Pender St, Van.  For info/reg call 874-9923.  PNINA GRANIRER  Pnina Granirer will talk about her work and  the new book The Trials of Eve, at a lecture  sponsored by the Centre for Research for  Women's Studies and Gender Relations at  UBC. The film version of The Trials of Eve,  by film maker Gretchen Jordon-Baston will  also be screened. To be held Mar 1, 12:30,  at Woodward Instructional Centre #1. For  info call UBC 822-9175 or Pnina Granirer  224-6795.  KINLALAT BENEFIT  A benefit dance featuring Kinlalat and Spinal  Chord and sponsored by Vancouver-Nicara  gua Partners in Rehabilitation will be held  Sat, Mar 5,8pm. Proceeds goto help people  with disabilities in Nicaragua. To be held at  the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph  St., tickets at the door or call 264-7774 or  325-4188.  LESBIAN MUSICIANS  Here and Now! a concert event in conjunction with Unity '94 Gay Games IV and Cultural Festival is calling for musicians. The  Lesbian and Gay Bands of America is hosting the event to be held in Madison Square  Gardens during the Gay Games in New York  City from Jun 20-26. A limited number of  concert spaces available but more can join  the band in the Stonewall 25 Pride Parade.  Deadline: Mar 15. For info/reg write to  Connie Moore, PO Box 300788, Houston,  Texas, 77230-0788, USA or call 713-741-  3107.  BLACK AIDS PAINTINGS  Recent Acquisitions: Black AIDS Paintings-  An Installation by General Idea, the Toronto-  based artists' collective will be extended  through Mar 13 atthe Vancouver Art Gallery.  The installation consists of paintings and  specially designed wallpaper that addresses  the social impact of AIDS. The VAG is at 750  Hornby St.  FACES OF FEMINISM  Images of women active across Canada  accompanied by their words! Researched  and photographed by PamelaiHarris, Faces  of Feminism will be showing! at the West  Kootney Exhibition Centre until Mar 20. Bones  and Bone Country, watercolour explorations  by Kathleen Senay, is also with the show. For  info call (604)365-3337.  MAKEDA SILVERA BOOK LAUNCH  Makeda Silvera will begin her cross-Canada  tour in Vancouver, Sun Mar 13 at 8 p.m. at  the Pitt Gallery, 317 W. Hastings St. The  launch, hosted by Press Gang Publishers,  coincides with the release of her new collection of short stories, Her Head A Village.  There will be snacks, refreshments and a  cash bar. For more info call Delia at 876-  7787.  MAKEDA SILVERA  The Kootenay School of Writing presents  Makeda Silvera, author of Her Head a Vil-  /age, forfree on Wed Mar 16,8pmat112 W.  Hastings, 4th Fl. For info call 688-6001.  FRICTIONS II  BC authors Margaret Hollingsworth, Gayla  Reid & Rachel Wyatt will read from new  writingtocelebratethe publication of the new  anthology, Frictions ll-Stories by Women,  from Second Story Press. To be field Sat,  Mar 5, 7:30, at Octopus Books, 1146 Commercial Dr, Van, 253-0913.  OCTOPUS BOOKS  1146 Commercial Dr.  Vancouver, B.C.  253-0913  An alternative bookstore in the  east end for new and used  books by local and international women authors as well as a  large selection of cards and  feminist magazines.  LAND(E)SCAPES  Tamahnous Theatre presents the "world premiere" of Land(e)scapes by Leslie Hamson.  The play is a story of hope that chronicles the  rich but difficult journey of the friendship  between two women, one white, the other  First Nations. There will be an evening with  the playwright on Mar 5; the play runs from  Mar 2-19 8p.m. at the Station Street Arts  Center with Sat and Sun matinees at 2 p.m.,  930 Station St. Box office-688-3312/Ticket  Master-280-4444.  AEOLIAN WINDS  The Aeolian Winds, one of Canada's leading  wind quintets, will perform in Vancouver for  the first time on Mar 9,8pm at the Vancouver  East Cultural Centre. Performing with the  quintet will be Vancouver pianist Ellen  Silverman. For info call 254-9578.  DRUM HEAT  Drum Heat, Vancouver's percussion showcase returns Mar 17-19,8pm to the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. It presents a wide  variety of world music combined with contemporary experimental works and modern  compositions. Lee Pui-Ming the dramatic  pianist will be performing in this years show.  VECC, 1895 Venables St., 254-9578.  THREE SISTERS  Actors Anonymous Theatre Company  presents Three Sisters, the play by Anton  Chekhov that explores the human spirit  through the lives of three women. Mar 8-12  & Mar 15-19, 8pm at the Kitsilano House  Hall, 7th and Vine. For res/infocall 736-7283.  0OOKS  Brook's Books  & Tunes  on Saltspring Island, Ganges, BC  Also dealing in used tapes & CDs  Will pay cash for gay/lesbian,  feminist, gardening, nautical, art,  & literature  Monday-Saturday 10:30-4:30   .537-9874  1  ^                        STITCHED  Slma Elizabeth Shefrin   P4) 734-9395  JJaJj  A Book About Menopause  |3  50 pages of complete and factual information on  menopause, including body changes, health  issues, sexuality in women's middle years. Deals  clearly with hormone therapy, pros and cons.  *  All for only M00  *  Published by The Montreal Health Press, a  women's collective producing quality boob on  health and sexuality for 20 years! Send $4°° to The  Montreal Health Press, C.P. 1000, Station Place  du Pare, Montreal, QC, Canada H2W 2N1, or  call 514-282-1171 for bulk rates.  El   10% DISCOUNT WITH COPY OF THIS AD   |3  INA DENNEKAMP  Pimm Service              ^mmmm  • harm anil Harpwhnnl                  ^^M  liming             ^^|  S=!  • Repairs and                          ^H|  "£~  Kccondilionmt!               .^^H          ^^B  ^—  * Appraisals      _^^^^|  —  ^^r  III    IJrWWMWMUWJI  ^-  B'^  (604) 520-3395       j  41  k.                                    J  -*■  —  —  1988 W 4th & Maple  Vancouver, B.C.  V6J 1M5  733-3511  Thank you  for your support  over the years Bulletin Board  GROUPS  VANCOUVER LESBIAN CONNECTION  Groups currently running are Youth Group  Suns 7-9 pm; Ki Connections Mons 7-9 pm;  ACOA Weds 7-9 pm; Over 30's Social Group  1st and 3rd Fridays 7:30-9:30 pm; Writers  Group 1st and 3rd Sats 6-9 pm.  EAST-SIDE LESBIAN YOUTH  There is an East-Side Youth Drop-iafor lesbian, gay and bisexual youth andtheirfriends  at Britannia Community Centre. This is a  safe, confidential, non-threatening environment to discuss issues, build support and  meet people. If you are between 15 and 25,  want to get involved or get more info, call  Jason at Britannia Mondays or Wednesdays, or leave a message at 253-4391 or call  Trish at 623-8376 pager.  DAWN BC  The Disabled Women's Network of Vancouver is holding monthly meetings for all disabled women interested in meeting other disabled women for support and information sharing. Meetings are held on the second Sunday  of the month. Next meeting is Sun, Mar 13,  from 2-4 at the Vancouver Housing Registry,  501 E Broadway. For info call 253-6620.  WELCOME LESBIANS  If you are starting orcontinuingthe coming out  process and want to meet other mature lesbians for friendship and support call Geri 278-  8497 (evenings) or Louise 732-4128 (days).  SUBMISSIONS  RITUAL ABUSE FORUM  BRAVE (Breaking Ritual Abuse and Ending  Violence) is a group of women survivors, their  friends and partners, activists, counsellors  and therapists who have come together to  fight ritual abuse. A two-day women only  public education forum will be held in Toronto  on May 28 and 29. The planning committee  is calling for art, poetry, writing, music, film  etc. for exhibition at the forum. Artwork submissions due April 15. Contact BRAVE, PO  Box 606, Stn. P, Toronto, On, M5S 2Y4.  WRITING THRU RACE  A call for papers for Writing Thru Race, a  national conference for First Nations Writers  and writers of colour. From Jun 30-Jul 3 in  Vancouver. Panel topics include: The Politics  of Editting; Storytelling: Writing For Children;  Positioning as a Writer of "Mixed Race";  Working with Family History; Mother Tongue  and English; Publishers and (Self JPublishing;  Race and Sexuality; Coalition Building for  Writers; Race and Class; Visual Art and Text;  Pedagogy and Theory. If you are interested in  giving a talk on one of these panels, submit an  abstract with a title for your proposed talk and  indicate which panel topic ortopics are appro-  priateforyou. Deadline for abstracts: Mar31.  Deadline to enroll in the conference: April 15.  For info on the conference and the panel  topics write to Writing Thru Race, The Writers  Union of Canada, Pacific Office, 3102 Main  St, 3rd Fl, Van, BC, V5T 3G7.  WOMEN OF COLOUR  Sister Vision Press is still waiting for your  Erotic short stories, fantasy pieces or poetry.  Please send hard copy or work on IBM disk  with SASE to Sister Vision Press, PO Box  217, Station E, Toronto, Ont, M6H 4E2. Deadline is Mar 31.  CHILD CUSTODY  An independent documentary filmmaker making a film on women and child custody in  Canada is lookingfor individual women, groups  or organizations who would meet with her to  discuss stories, experiences and knowledge  on this issue. She will be in Vancouver from  Mar 3-21. Leave a message at 251 -2119 or  write Kris Anderson, 104 Sherburn St, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 2K4, (204)786-2433.  SUBMISSIONS  LESBIAN MOTHERHOOD  A call for papers for a book on lesbian  motherhood/parenthood to be published by  Gynergy Books in the spring of 1995. Articles by Native lesbians and two-spirited  women, lesbians of colour and disabled  lesbians are especially encouraged. The  articles should be no longer than 20 pages,  shorter articles welcome, and can be on a  variety of topics (law, getting pregnant, the  "lesbian family", fathers, rural lesbians etc.)  Please send proposals to Professor  Katherine Arnup, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By  Dr, Ottawa, Ont, K1S 5B6.  CLASSIFIEDS  Beautiful spacious LF owned guesthouse  on long secloded beach in the Domonican  Republic. Tropical gardens, pool, large  private guestrooms, sumptuous meals massages. Room rates: $330 single; $440  double per week. Call our Toronto friend,  Susan, at (416) 463-6138 between 9am &  10pm.  WOMAN TO WOMAN  A feminist counselling service for all women  who are wanting to make positive changes  in their lives. For relationships, coming out,  substance abuse, sexual abuse and other  forms of violence, I offer a safe supportive  professional environment in which to explore your options. Frances Friesen BSc,  BA, MA (candidate), 5-6975 Kingsway,  Burnaby, 540-0634. Sliding scale, free initial consultation.  A WOMEN'S PLACE  Emotional Fitness Centre Counselling, education and consulting services of the North  Shore. Offers feminist and lesbian affirmative counselling, workshops, support groups.  Areas of specialization: low self-esteem,  depression, anxiety, communication, relationship difficulties, emotional, physical,  sexual abuse recovery, coming out. Call  Lou Moreau at 924-2424 RCC.  SEXUAL ABUSE COUNSELLING  I work with sexual abuse, incest and the  effects of abuse: depression, anger, rage,  anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, confusion, dissociation, multiple personality dis-  orderand repressed memories. I use guided  visualization, hypnosis, journal writing, breath  work and inner child connection. Call Alice  Fraser, B.A., Feminist, Survivor, 253-2205,  sliding scale, free consultation.  GLORIA ORENSTEIN  Gloria Orenstein, author of Reweaving the  World and Reflowering of the Goddess  speaks about Ecofeminism, Spirituality, and  the Arts at Emily Carr College of Art and  Design (1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)  on Tues Mar 29 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are  $7.00. WORKSHOP: Sat Apr 2, 9:30 -  11:30 am at Josephine's (1716 Charles)  $25.00 (253-3142) Tickets/Information -  875-9465/844-3809.  WOMYN FOLK II  Presenting singer/songwriter Andrea Kohl,  whose rich voice will enchant you. A cappella  quartet AYA sings with humour, harmony,  and heart. Contemporary acoustic guitarist  extraordinaire, Doreen MacLean. Singer/  song writer Sue McGowan (accompanied  by violinist Sharon Costello and percussionist Carol Weaver) combines politics, lust,  and lipstick. Sat, Apr 2 at the Vancouver  East Cultural Centre. Advance tickets available at Josephine's, the Bookmantel, and  the Women's Bookstore. Sliding scale $15 -  $20.  GENERAL PRACTITIONER  Joan Robillard, MD, General Practitionerfor  all kinds of families is located at 308-2902 W  Broadway, Vancouver, V6K 2G8, phone  736-3582.  OUTRAGE LAUNCH  Dionne Falconer, Mona Oikawa, Ann Decter, and Rosamund Elwin are the  editors of Out Rage: Dykes and Bis Resist Homophobia, published by  Women's Press. The Vancouver launch of Out Rage will be on Sat, Mar 19  at Charlie's Lounge, 455 Abbott Street, and will feature readings by several  of the writers from the book, including Vancouver women C. Allyson Leeand  Karen X, Chea Villanueva and Chrystos. Admission by donation, cash bar,  doors open at 8 p.m.  CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS  WOMEN'S MONUMENT  Come and help create change. The Women's Monument Project is ndw looking for  women volunteers to help fundraise for the  Women's Monument, rxperierice is welcome  but not necessary. This will be an opportunity  to network with other women. Fundraising  training and information will be provided.  Please contact Cate Jones, 986-1911 local  2063 for more information.  FOR RENT  Darkroom with 4X5 enlarger and workspace,  $150.00 a month includes phone and hydro.  Leave message 254-5824.  FIONA MORGAN^  Fiona Morgan, author of Wild Witches Don't  Get the Blues, creatrix of Daughter of the  Moon Tarot Deck is offering workshops on  Tarot, Astrology and Healing with Magic on  Sat/Sun Mar26and 27. Full Moon Ritual Fri,  Mar 25. $5-10. Registration/brochures call  Pat 253-7189.  MENOPAUSE CHOICES  Starting Mar 14,4 session Evening Group or  Saturday Seminars 10-4 pm. Let's explore  physical and emotional changes at menopause, alternate therapies vs. hormones and  ways to make this transition. Both sliding  scale: $30-$50. Norma Roberts B.A., B.S.W.,  Health Educator 874-9590.  SUBLET AVAILABLE  Spacious one bedroom apartmentf or sublet,  mid-Apr to end of June (or portion). Porch,  garden, east side, near Trout Lake. Comes  with optional adorable and famous pussycat  (this would be convenient). Non-smoking.  Women/children only. $445/month plus  phone. Please call 251-3765.  ROOMATE(S) NEEDED  Woman roomate(s) needed to share 3 bedroom house with view. Nanaimo and First  area. $350/month inclusive. Available Mar 1  and April 1 (or any time in between).Kid  friendly and pet friendly. Please call 254-  3765.  INCOME TAX PREPARATION  For individuals, self employed, email businesses, partnerships. Electronic Filing available. Evenings and weekends ok. Sliding  scale. Call Yvonne at 879-9167.  FUNDRAISER FOR HERSPECTIVES  Come on up to Squamish Mar 19 or 20 and  haveyourTarot Cards read by ElaynaZamaef  or Magi Frost. They both read regularly at  Harrison Hot Springs, and are doing this as  a fundraising effort for Herspectives. They  will donate half the proceeds to help pay off  some bills. The last time they came for one  day and gave us over $250, so this time  should be even better. For info or an appointment, calf 892-5723.  HERSPECTIVES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION  Apr 15, 16, 17, 1994. Come and help us  celebrate this great accomplishment of Sisterhood at the North Vancouver Outdoor  School Conference Centre, out in the country, 10 miles north of Squamish. You do not  have to be a subscriber to attend. Two  nights/5 meals, coffee times - $135. Registration: (SI. Scale) $25 - $60. Bring sleeping  bag, pillow and towel. Billeting may be poss.  f orthose whocouldn't come otherwise. Workshops; readings; authors; artists; drumming;  singing; dancing; hiking; spiral dance; mystery; womentalk; possible tour of native  longhouse. For more inf oor registration write  to Mary Billy, Box 2047, Squamish, BC VON  3G0 or phone (604) 892-5723. A deposit will  be required to hold a place.  HOUSEMATE WANTED  Room available Apr 1, in a beautiful queer  old housetoshare with three others in Kitsilano  for a responsible independent person, $292/  month plus utilities. You don't have to be  queer, women of colour encouraged to apply. Please call 738-5821 for an interview.  THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE  Counselling and therapy using an integrative  and eclectic approach in orderto explore the  individual's conflict and distress within the  social context in which this occurs, such as  adoption and fostering; racism and anti-  semitism; heterosexism, etc. For an appointment, please call Sangam Grant at 253-  5007.  fjfjjjjj  MARCH 1994 LIB1Z8 4/94  LIBRARY PROCESSING CTR - SERIALS  2286 EAST WALL, U.B.C.  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