By Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari
I would like to thank everyone who came out to Carleton’s International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Danby’s Restaurant in Richmond March 8.
International Women’s Day began in 1911 and was first recognized in Denmark, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
It wasn’t until 1975 that International Women’s Day was marked by the United Nations.
Today, the world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. There are more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. Events like our breakfast may be small, but when there are countless breakfasts like ours held around the country and around the globe, the world takes notice.
Talking to people at local events is one of my favourite parts of being an elected official. I was able to spend time with teachers who came in for breakfast before the school day, professionals on their way to work, and retired women who are relentless volunteers in the community with organizations like the Richmond Lions Club, the Manotick Legion, Osgoode Youth Association and many other local organizations.
I would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to Danby’s Roadhouse on Perth Street for providing exceptional food and service while in the midst of renovations.
It was truly a great day for the women of Carleton, and it gave us a chance to raise awareness for the rights and accomplishments of women local, nationally and internationally.
Personally, the breakfast made me reflect on my own journey and how humbled, fortunate and honoured I am to be a woman elected to serve all people at Queen’s Park.
Ontario Helping More People Find Good Jobs
Ontario is expanding the province’s new employment services to five more regions to help more people who can and are able to work find better jobs and earn bigger paycheques for themselves and their families. The improved system will help thousands of unemployed people in London, Windsor-Sarnia, Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie, Durham, and Ottawa find rewarding jobs close to home.
These new employment services are already in place in Peel, Hamilton–Niagara, Muskoka–Kawartha, Halton, York, Stratford–Bruce Peninsula and Kingston–Pembroke. By the end of 2023, expansion will be underway in Toronto and Northern Ontario.
Early results from the regions that launched first with these new employment services shows they are helping those who need it the most:
- Of the 63,233 people on the path to a job, over 23,000 are social assistance recipients
- More than 2 in 5 are people with disabilities
- Nearly 1 in 5 are disadvantaged young people, often with prior involvement in the criminal justice system
These changes build on the government’s ongoing mission to build a stronger Ontario for the next generation.
- The system managers for the new regions are: City of London in London; City of Windsor with Workforce Development Board Windsor Essex in Windsor–Sarnia; Serco with Deloitte Inc. and Thrive Career Wellness Inc. in Kitchener–Waterloo—Barrie; The Regional Municipality of Durham with Durham Workforce Authority and Durham College in Durham; International APM Group/WCG in Ottawa.
- As of the third quarter of 2022, 364,045 jobs were going unfilled in Ontario. In the Windsor-Sarnia area, there were 13,060 vacant jobs.
- Employment Ontario is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
My office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. My staff and I will be happy to assist. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office.
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