I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Real Women of Canada: FEMINISTS HAVE ACQUIRED ANOTHER ACCESS TO TAXPAYER’S MONEY

Is the underfunding of male issues rampant discrimination or is it just a matter of men not thinking it is required or not knowing it exists?  Based on some of the titles shown my guess is the audience for reading these documents is minuscule and the trustees of the grant money are not very particular to whom they give funding.  Clement needs to start looking at his budget as we are going to enter into an era of austerity in the not-too-distant future.MJM


FEMINISTS HAVE ACQUIRED ANOTHER ACCESS TO TAXPAYER’S MONEY

Feminists howled with rage in September 2006, when the Conservative government cut their advocacy and research funding, doled out to them for over 30 years by the Women’s Program at status of Women Canada. However, REAL Women has discovered that feminist research is still thriving in Canada on the taxpayer’s dollar. Barrels full of money are being handed to feminists by Industry Canada, under its Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) formed in 1977 to fund “levels of research excellence in Canada”. SSHRC website states it “encourages the deepest levels of inquiry”. It funds many fields such as anthropology, literature, religion, history, early childhood education, human rights, family planning, family law, language, women’s studies, and gender studies. The SSHRC has an annual budget of $659 million (up from $93 million in 1995). It is administered by federal government bureaucrats together with representatives from several universities across Canada. SSHRC has given grants for many, many feminist research and gender studies, over the years. For example, since 1998 SSHRC has funded 1,494 research projects in the area of gender issues and 1,792 on women’s issues.

As an example, the feminist organization Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) which had been funded by the Status of Women for 24 straight years was given a $1 million grant in January 2010 from SSHRC for a “Fem North Net research project”. Despite this huge grant, CRIAW craftily appeared before the House of Commons Status of Women Committee on May 26, 2010 moaning its loss of funding from the Status of Women. Sunera Thobani (former president of the feminist umbrella group, The National Action Committee on the Status of Women) received $57,035.00 between 2003 and 2006 from SSHRC to study “television representations of women in the war on terrorism”.

Feminist professor Angela Campbell of McGill University received $70,000 from SSHRC between 2006–2009 to interview the “wives” of polygamous Winston Blackmore at Bountiful B.C. She testified at the polygamy challenge now being heard before the B.C. Supreme Court, that these women led happy, healthy lives, and that polygamy should be decriminalized. In cross-examination, however, Professor Campbell admitted that she had done little fact-checking on the women’s stories, nor inquired whether they had been instructed by their “husband” Blackmore to do the interviews. Some research.

Centre for Feminist Research at York University, Toronto, received $145,742 to study “Women’s Human Rights, Macroeconomics, and Policy Choices”. This centre also received a grant of $401,537 for a project called “Women, equality, and fiscal equality: gender analysis of taxes, benefits, and budgets”. Recipient of this grant, Kathleen Lahey, professor at Queen’s University, spoke before the House of Commons Budget Finance Committee last fall basing her arguments on this research paper. REAL Women also appeared before the same finance committee but with a brief that was written without financial aid by the government.

The thousands of other grants include: Implementing the feminist vision: case studies of four feminist organizations; Queer conceptions: re-shaping cultural meanings and experiences of reproduction and sexuality in Canada; Lesbian families challenging the public school system; Queer women on the net; Motivations and emotions of women in pole-dancing classes; An intergenerational study of Montreal queer and feminist performance artists; Transmasculine parenting experiences; Multi-scalar forms of feminist organizing; The politics of body hair... gender and religious identities in Middle Eastern salons; and an analysis of Vancouver’s strip-tease industry 1945-1975.

A serious in-depth review of funding for “women’s” and “gender” issues at SSHRC is long overdue.


Please write to Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and your MP, to request SSHRC stop funding these absurd feminist studies.

Their addresses are as follows:


Your M.P.House of Commons, Ottawa ON,  K1A 0A6

  • Hon Tony Clement                            Rt Hon Stephen Harper
    Minister of Industry
                             Prime Minister
    235 Queen Street                            80 Wellington Street
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H5                         Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
    Fax 613-992-0302                           
    Fax 613-941-6900
Since 1998 SSHRC has funded 1,494 research projects in the area of gender issues and 1,792 on women’s issues.

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