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WOMEN-CHALLENGES TO INJUSTICE-PROJECTS

The Women – Challenges to Injustice - Projects subseries contains 10 files discussing cases of legal injustice contributed to by the Human Rights Institute. Files are arranged by project and include some general information about refugees. This subseries contains a variety of document types including correspondence, newspaper clippings, memorandum, CVs and resumes, papers, reports, medical reports, articles, transcripts, applications and work histories for refugee status, affidavit, policies, speeches, statistics, and United Nations treaties. The specific topics this subseries covers are refugee status, refugees admitted into Canada, adaptation of immigrants to life in Canada, Marguerite Ritchie and the Human Rights Institute of Canada’s involvement in the cases of refugee status claimants, Marguerite Ritchie and the Human Rights Institute of Canada’s involvement in getting medical treatment of veterans, and Marguerite Ritchie and the Human Rights Institute of Canada’s involvement with specific cases of discrimination, including religious discrimination against a scientologist.

NATIONAL DEFENCE-MEDICAL COMPLAINT-SIRKKA, KALLIO

Correspondence, papers, rebuttals, reports, service histories, notes, consultant's (docto'rs) reports, x-ray requisitions, and course reports regarding Sirkka Colleen Kallio, a veteran disabled by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, her improper corrective surgery, and her treatment by the Canadian Armed Forces. Also includes information on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).

REFUGEES-IRAQ-SALIM, NAOFAL

Copies of newspaper clippings, messages, memorandum, notes, correspondence, meeting notes, draft press releases, copies of passports, and general information papers regarding Naofal Salim, an Iraqi citizen, and his claim of landed immigrant status as a refugee in Canada, and M.E. Ritchie's involvement in the case through the Human Rights Institute of Canada.

REFUGEES

Correspondence, statistics, speeches, reports, copies of newspaper clippings, and United Nations treaties regarding refugee status and the economic and social adaptation of immigrants.

WOMEN-CHALLENGES TO INJUSTICE-ABORTION

The Women – Challenges to Injustice - Abortion subseries contains 15 files discussing abortion law and the Henry Morgentaller case. Files are arranged by material type. This subseries contains a variety of document types including correspondence, memorandum, newspaper clippings, interview transcripts, House of Commons debates, court documents, press releases, briefs, Senate debates, newsletters, magazines, studies, booklets, posters, law reviews, historical research, and documents for the Morgentaller case. The specific topics this subseries covers are specific cases charging people with performing abortions, reports on abortion laws worldwide, historical research on abortion laws and practices in the 19th and 20th century, legislation restricting performances of abortion to medical doctors, a presentation from the Human Rights Institute of Canada to a legislative committee studying a bill on abortion, public opinion surveys on Canadians’ opinion on abortion, landmark Supreme Court case that held that the father could not stop a woman from having an abortion, and working papers with arguments against abortion.

ARTICLES RE: DR. HENRY MORGENTALER

Newspaper clippings, newsletters, magazines, and correspondence regarding Dr. Henry Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada and his Supreme Court case that overturned the criminalisation of abortion in Canada, as well as copies of newspaper clippings regarding the ongoing debate on abortion in Canadian politics. Also includes booklets "Unwanted Pregnancy: Abortion and the Medical Profession" by Henry Morgentaler and "Summary of Vital Statistics" by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, health and Welfare Division, regarding abortion.

CTI - WOMEN - ABORTION - ARTICLES

Copies of articles, library catalogue records, indexes, current issue reviews, News-Nouvelles: Journal of Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada (volume 4, number 1, 1983), briefing papers, UNICEF news (United Nations Children's Fund) issues 78 and 79, quotations from reports, and copies of appeals regarding world abortion trends, Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, and the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC).

WOMEN-CHALLENGES TO INJUSTICE

The Women – Challenges to Injustice subseries contains 54 files discussing issues of inequality that affect women. Files are arranged by topic. This subseries contains a variety of document types including correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings, transcripts, memorandum, historical research, reports, legislation, court documents, submissions to parliamentary committees, Senate debates, resolutions, House of Commons debates, speeches, CVs and resumes, press releases, magazines, newsletters, legal research, chronologies of events, directories, glossary of terms, information sheet, surveys, and papers. The specific topics this subseries covers are women’s studies programs at universities, anti-discrimination bills and discrimination against women, child sexual abuse, women and religion, women’s suffrage, women’s education and employment, women’s roles, women in government and politics, the equal rights amendment, equal pay, personhood of women, status of women around the world, United Nations conventions and celebration years for women and human rights, violence against women, the Montreal Massacre, Persons Case II, equality for visible minorities, divorce and financial issues, the merit principle, spousal support, provincial health insurance, human trafficking, Sharia Law, polygamy, rape law, abortion laws, child support, taxes and pensions, legal double standards, citizenship of married persons, gendered language, race relations, property law, female circumcision, women’s health, jury duty for women, and termination based on discrimination.

BACKWARDIA

Correspondence, copies of newspaper clippings, memorandum, and notes regarding women in religion, women's rights, gendered language, women's rights historically, and divorce.

CTI - WOMEN - DIVORCE

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, final judgements, memorandum, questions, outlines, resumes, notes, recommendations, votes and proceedings of the House of Commons and Senate, and reports regarding Bill C-187 (An Act respecting Divorce), property rights, family law, and divorce law. Also includes a copy of a report for the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Commons on Divorce and of the book Listen to their Tears: How Canadian Divorce Law Abuses our Children (1982, 156 p.) by Donald Peacock.

CTI - WOMEN - EXCISION

Notes, papers, newsletters, reviews, copies of newspaper clippings and journal articles, memorandum, correspondence, news releases, statements, lecture outlines, reports, and resumes regarding apartheid, the Women's International Network, the Excision Project, and female circumcision.

CTI - WOMEN - EXCISION - PUBLICATIONS/NEWSLETTERS

Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children newsletters (number 1-3, 7, 12), reports, and World Health Organization bibliographies regarding female circumcision. Also includes the book Woman, why do you weep?: Circumcision and its consequences (ca. 130 p.) by Asma El Dareer, published by Zed Press.

CTI - WOMEN - SAMPLES OF WOMEN'S EXCLUSION

Quotes, copies of newspaper clippings and articles, notes, extracts from papers, reports, memorandum, proceedings, legislations, transcripts of broadcasts and addresses, "new dictionaries of thoughts," proceedings, copies of Bank and Income Tax Acts, extracts from Supreme Court reports, copies of the International Association of Women Police Annual Conference reports, and supporting materials regarding labour equality, property law, family law, and the status of women.

RESEARCH-WOMEN IN CRISIS

Copies of newspaper clippings, Human Rights Institute of Canada research, extracts from books, memorandum, schedules, delegation reports, corrspondence, copies of job postings, copies of revised Statutes, biographies, grievances, notes, discussion papers, and draft programs regarding International Women's Year (1975), equal pay, and discrimination against women's employment.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

Copies of newspaper clippings, profiles, memorandum, and Human Rights Institute of Canada research regarding child sexual abuse and women and the Catholic Church. Also contains a booklet called "The Truth about Catholics" published in Toronto by Protestant Action.

RESEARCHING THE PUZZLES

Research on the original Persons Case. Correspondence, memorandum, notes, background research, copies of articles, and narrative histories of the Persons Case regarding the Famous Five, misrepresentation of the Persons Case, and the appointment of Senators. Also includes the Supreme Court of Canada Act.

PERSONS CASE II-SENATOR-HON. JOYCE FAIRBAIRN

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, press releases, draft speech, and copies of newspaper clippings regarding Senator Jayce Fairbairn's support for Persons Case II, Senate reform, and a commemorative statue to the Famous Five being erected at Parliamt. Some references to the rights of aboriginal women.

PERSONS CASE II-SENATORS L-Z

Correspondence with various Senators, memorandum, notes, newspaper clippings, and background materials inquiring about speeches made in the Senate that specifically addressed women's issues and requesting support for Persons Case II. Also includes copies of various texts written by Senator Jean Le Moyne on women in Quebec.

PERSONS CASE II-SEARCH FOR FUNDING-FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Correspondence, memorandum, grant applications, and background materials regarding funding applications to the federal government to support Persons Case II. Funding applications were not successful. Also includes a proposal for two additional positions at the Human Rights Institute of Canada: a Librarian/Office Mnanager and a Researcher.

PERSONS CASE II-SEARCH FOR FUNDING-CYNTHIA MACFARLANE COURT CHALLENGE PROGRAM

Funding request from the Charter Challenges Program. Correspondence with board member Cynthia MacFarlane, meeting minutes of the Human Rights Institute of Canada, and an application to the Charter Challenges Program. Also includes a copy of the Human Rights Treaty convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

PERSONS CASE II-LAWYERS INVOLVED-SHIRISH CHOTALIA-PUNDIT AND CHOTALIA

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, press releases, affidavits, and supporting documentation regarding a proposed lawsuit brought against the Attorney General of Canada in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta by the Human Rights Institute of Canada, Shirish Chotalia of Pundit and Chotalia law firm preparing litigation materials under the Court Challenges Program for Persons Case II and subsequent attorney-client issues. Also includes a copy of the second application to the Court Challenges Program after the withdrawl of the first.

PERSONS CASE II-REFORM PARTY

Correspondence, memorandum, copies of newspaper clippings, court documents, press releases, and supporting documentation regarding Senate reform, the injunction sought by the Reform Party in favour of an elected Alberta Senator, and requesting support from the Reform Party of Canada and Reform Party Leader Preston Manning for Persons Case II.

PERSONS CASE II-GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

Correspondence, memorandum, transcripts of telephone conversations, copies of newspaper clippings, notes, press releases, and supporting documentation regarding Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), research and support for Persons Case II.

FAMOUS 5 FOUNDATION-HISTORY OF ERRORS

Correspondence, memorandum, copies of newspaper clippings, and supporting documentation regarding a misrepresentation of the Famous Five and the Persons Case, specifically in regards to Frances Wright of the Famous Five Foundation misrepresenting the Persons Case.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, open letter to parliament, copies of newspaper clippings, background information, and notes regarding the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female. Some mentions of the status rights of aboriginal women.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, resolutions, short biographies, and background information regarding the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, copies of newspaper clippings, speech for news conference, transcripts of telephone calls, and background information regarding the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, copies of newspaper clippings, press releases, and background information regarding the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, notes, copies of newspaper clippings, press releases, and background information regarding the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female. Some mentions of the status rights of aboriginal women.

A PARTIAL CHRONOLOGICAL RECORD

Correspondence, memorandum, background research, and notes regarding the Famous Five, the appointment of Senators, Senate reform, the lack of women senators being appointed, and the call for equal appointment through the proposed Persons Case II to require senate appointment to be equally male and female. Some mentions of amendment to the Criminal Code to increase penalties for stalking.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, Provincial and federal legislation, copies newspaper clippings, and copies of the United Church Observer regarding Japanese immigrants and discrimination, civil rights, and Church positions of conflicts in South Africa, israel, and the middle east. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

International reviews, House of Commons and Senate debates, and federal and provincial legislation regarding equal rights, qualifications for government positions, bilingualism, and women's rights in China. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Notes, correspondence, magazine articles, provincial and federal legislation, House of Commons and Senate debates, and legal articles regarding research on judicial legislation and juries. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court of Canada proceedings and the Privy Council regarding land disputes, territory boundaries, and territory disputes in the commonwealth and North America. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on marriage, adoption, divorce, pensions, and taxes. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on aboriginal rights, the Indian Act, the status of women, segregation, and civil rights. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on divorce, alimony, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on laws pertaining to lawyers, divorce, professional ethics of doctors, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on laws pertaining to lawyers, divorce, desertion, maintenance, criminal law, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

WOMEN-RESEARCH-IMPORTANT BOOKS

A copy of The German Woman and her Master by Henry de Halsalle and C. Sheridan Jones, published by T. Werner Laurie Ltd.; a copy of Caroline Norton by Alice Acland, annotated with notes from M.E. Ritchie and others, published by Constable and Company Ltd.

CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Books Canadian Charter Equality Rights for Women: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? published by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1989, and The Equality Game: Women in the Federal Public Service (1908-1987) published by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1988 regarding the anaylsis of the first three years of equality legislation under Canada's new Constitution and women's employment in the federal public service.

WOMEN'S BUREAU-DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR

Booklets "If I Go to University," Vocational and Technical Training for girls in Canada at high school, post high school and trade school levels," Women at Work in Canada," "The Law Relating to Working Women," and "Legislation Concerning the Employment of Women: Provincial laws (Ontario)" published by the Women's Bureau and/or the Department of Labour Canada/ Labour Canada regarding women's education, employment, law and legislation relating to the employment of women. Also includes Women's Bureau '72, the fourth annual publication of the Women's Bureau.

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