I am sure that given events of the past week it will not be a surprise to hear that I have decided to reschedule the planned Annual General Meeting for April 21, as well as the upcoming events on April 1 at the Alta Vista Library, as well as the Resolutions Meeting on March 21 at the Sunnyside Library location. For the safety and wellbeing of all our members, and to support the local and provincial actions to limit the spread of COVID19 I feel this is the right thing to do at this time.

I am currently trying to find out if the Resolutions process will be extended this year, and will plan accordingly. If not, I will look to scheduling a teleconference in place of a face to face meeting. Please stay tuned.

When we have a better sense of how this will all unfold, and of when it is safe to hold large gatherings again I will be in touch with information about new dates.

In the meantime I also recognize that many of our members would consider themselves and perhaps some family members at a higher risk for COVID19. I also recognize that this is likely causing some of you anxiety and worry. As someone who works in healthcare, I would advise you to please follow the advice of public health professionals and avoid public gatherings, stay a good distance away from ANYONE who is sick right now, wash your hands frequently, and keep as healthy as possible by eating nutritious foods and staying hydrated.

Just remember, this won’t be forever. It is a temporary measure that will soon pass. Please know you will all be in my thoughts in the coming days and weeks.

With heartfelt sincerity,
Catherine Butler
President, Ottawa Council of Women

Canadian Doctors for Medicare promoting Pharmacare

From speaking to legislators on Parliament Hill (see 19:09) to Canada’s op-ed pages and helping to lead a sea-change in organized medicine, Canadian Doctors for Medicare Board Members have been busy pushing for universal drug coverage.

There’s a new opportunity for you to have your say too.

Canada is the only high-income country in

the world with a universal health care system that does not include a universal drug plan.

The World Health Organization has recognized that access to medication is a human right, yet 1 in 10 in Canada cannot afford to take their medications because of cost. Workers who depend on shrinking private drugs plans often pay for their drug coverage in the form of lower wages. And when people lose their jobs, change jobs or retire, they often lose their drug coverage.

We need a national Pharmacare program to ensure everyone in Canada can access the medications they need. This program must be public, universal, comprehensive, accessible and portable. Pharmacare will save money and save lives.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare is requesting our members and donors to share your experiences of rising costs of medication or lack of access to medicines you need at:

These powerful stories will be used to support our work when advocating for universal, single-payer Pharmacare to policy-makers and the public.

You can also click here to notify the federal government of your priorities for health care as part of the 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations:

This work would not be possible without your support. Your donations and membership power what we do.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

How Ottawa’s Women’s Rights Organizations Can Support the National Inquiry Into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Ottawa Council of Women
General Meeting Event – Open to the Public

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00a.m -12:00 p.m.
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre
250 Somerset St E, Ottawa (parking available onsite)


How Ottawa’s Women’s Rights Organizations Can Support the National Inquiry Into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Final Report Calls for Justice

With Guest Speaker:
Qajaq Robinson – Former Commissioner,
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Resolutions Meeting



TIME: 10:30 A.M. TO 2 P.M.


Ottawa Mayoral Candidates Debate, Tue Oct 2/18, 7pm, Carleton U

Ottawa Mayoral Candidates Debate
October 2, 2018 7PM – 9PM
Carleton University,
Minto Theatre (Library Road), Ottawa

Join Now What?! & Ottawa Council of Women as we listen to Ottawa mayoral candidates discuss their perspectives on gender-based issues relevant to the municipality.
Topics include housing, taxation, transit, policing, Indigenous relations, child care, Sanctuary Cities and the need for an Ottawa Women’s Bureau. 9 out of 12 mayoral candidates have confirmed their participation – we are awaiting the confirmation of the remaining 3.

Now What?! held a similar debate for the recent provincial election. The sold out event demonstrated Ottawa citizens’ keen interest in what candidates had to say on issues of gender-based violence and poverty. We expect greater attendance at this debate given the importance of the topics, and the fact that women & people of diversity are traditionally a small minority of elected council members. Ensuring the (soon to be) elected Mayor of Ottawa is committed to a gender balanced lens on ALL decisions made by the city is crucial. It is the only way we will create a truly diverse, inclusive and equitable city for everyone.

Tickets are free and available at: at the door for those with no access to the internet)

Transportation Info:
OC Transpo bus routes 10, 7, 111, 104 come directly to Carleton as well as the O-Train.
For information on parking, please see:
Please note that parking lot P2A is under construction and parking is not available there any longer.

This event takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

The venue is fully accessible. For further accessibility questions please visit:

Any questions or inquiries can be emailed to:

Click here for flyer

2018 OCW AGM & Dinner, Tue Apr 24/18

2018 Ottawa Council of Women Annual General Meeting & Dinner – Tuesday, April 24, 2018
At Governor’s Walk Retirement Residence
150 Stanley Avenue, New Edinburgh

Click here for map

5:30 p.m Registration
6:00 p.m. AGM Meeting
7:15 p.m. Dinner

Dinner Tickets: $ 30.00 per person (register before April 18) Cash Bar As many members of an organization or agency (Federates) as want to attend are warmly invited.

The presidents or designated representatives of member organizations (Federates), are kindly requested to share highlights and challenges of their organization’s 2017 work with a short oral report (not to exceed 2 minutes) – For inclusion in the OCW Annual report, please e-mail an electronic version of your report to Sheila Perry at

ACORN Members fighting for affordable child care, Thu Apr 12/18

ACORN Members across Ontario are fighting for affordable child care! The average cost of childcare in our province is $1200/ month. These are the highest fees in the entire country. Meanwhile, there are thousands of low income families on the waiting list for subsidy. Help us bring the fight for affordable child care to Ottawa!

Join ACORN members and allies at our next campaign planning meeting!

When: Thursday, April 12th @6 pm

Where: Heron Road Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd).

Learn more about the campaign here:

Please RSVP by e-mailing or calling 613-746-5999 ext.2

Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon – Sun May 27/18

 Save the date:

Tulipathon 2018 (like Spring) is just around the corner! Please note that this year the event date (Sun., May 27) is later than usual.

Click the following links to download:

This year we will be unveiling our new integrated online donation system for Tulipathon. We will update you in the coming weeks about how you can fundraise online!