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Senator Elaine McCoy blogs about closures

March 17, 2008

On March 13, the progressive conservative senator from Alberta wrote:

The Canadian Health Network (CHN) is the latest in a series of services to be shut down by the Harper government. As of April 1, 2008, the CHN’s superb website will be killed. A new site, Healthy Canadians, has been launched instead. If you’re looking for unbiased information on, say, abortion, don't go there. The first of 1,670 responses to a search on that word lists a document issued by the Canadian Forest Service (Shoot-tip Abortion and Pseudoterminal Buds)!

The number of funding casualties continues to grow. We did a quick survey the other day, and here are the results:


  • Canadian Health Network (April 1 '08)
  • Women's Future Fund (March 7 '08)
  • WISE - Wellbeing through Inclusion Socially and Economically (December '07)
  • NAWL - National Association of Women and the Law (September '07)
  • DES Action Canada
  • Court Challenges Progam (September '06)

    Funding Crises:

  • NB Coalition of Transition Houses
  • National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
  • Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action

These shut-downs and cut backs are all having adverse impacts on information and resources for Canadian women. No doubt there are other organizations facing similar challenges. When will Canadians say enough is enough?



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