Midwives call on Ford government to stop fighting pay equity in court and invest in closing gender wage gap instead
Date: November 8, 2021
Media Release TORONTO: Midwives defend their right to pay equity on Nov. 10 as the Ford government appeals a decision made in favour of midwives, this time in the Ontario Court of Appeal. The government already lost an appeal in 2020 at Divisional Court. Through the appeal, government refuses to accept midwives are underpaid because their work is associated with women. This refusal jeopardizes the rights of midwives to be paid fairly.
Date: September 15, 2021
Media Release TORONTO, Sep. 15, 2021: AOM President calls on the Ford government to stop violating the Human Rights Code and withdraw their appeal. Ontario midwives have been listed in a CBC report cataloguing the many courtroom losses of the Ford government as public groups bring cases forward to uphold their rights. Many of the cases listed have been appealed by government.
Ontario midwives call for immediate reunification of Afghan ‘forgotten families’ with their refugee parents in Canada
Date: August 19, 2021
Media Release TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2021: A group of 105 Afghan refugees who are currently living in Canada fear for the safety of their family members who have been left behind in Afghanistan. Many of these refugees were leaders working for Canadian government projects and Canadian development agencies towards the improvement of sexual and reproductive health for women and girls in Afghanistan. They were forced to flee Afghanistan in response to threats of violence and death from the Taliban because of their work. Collectively, they left behind their 105 spouses and 270 children, many of whom have been living in hiding from the Taliban for the two to five years since their departure.
Ontario midwives call for reunification of Afghan families with midwife refugees currently in Canada
Date: August 16, 2021
Media Release TORONTO: Just prior to the pandemic, three former leaders of the Afghan Midwives Association entered Toronto as refugees. They had received death threats from the Taliban because of their work to support the sexual and reproductive health of women. While the three women cannot release their names publicly for fear of violent retribution against their families, Bridget Lynch, a Toronto midwife, former President of the International Confederation of Midwives, and a friend and supporter of the Afghan refugee claimant midwives, describes the current situation as "dire". She says, "Both midwives spoke to their families today. They fear violence against their families, including eight children. Canada must evacuate the families of these three women immediately."
Date: March 25, 2021
Media Release TORONTO: The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) is honoured to embark in a partnership with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) through the signing of an historic relationship accord. A ceremony was held over Zoom. The Accord will work to return Indigenous midwifery with…
Giinwi (before colonization) Gaazhi (what we used to do) Maamwiziying (together) Ndaadzikeying* (to assist in giving life): Improving access to Indigenous midwifery
Date: March 4, 2020
Media release THUNDER BAY: The Association of Ontario Midwives, with support from Chiefs of Ontario and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, will convene a gathering of Indigenous communities March 6–7, 2020 to envision concrete pathways to increase and improve access to Indigenous midwifery and new and…
Ontario midwives call on Ford government to comply with tribunal orders to end gender discrimination with hand-delivered messages
Date: February 28, 2020
Media Release TORONTO: Last week, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered the Ford government to take concrete actions to close the gender pay gap. On Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (EST), midwives across the province hand-delivered letters to their local Conservative MPPs asking t…
Date: February 24, 2020
Media Release TORONTO: In a landmark legal decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered the Ford government to take concrete actions to end the gender pay gap midwives experience as a result of the Ministry of Health’s discriminatory actions. “Government needs to immediately imp…
Date: February 21, 2020
Media Advisory Midwives Elizabeth Brandeis and Liz Fraser, alongside human rights lawyer Mary Cornish, will present and respond to new orders from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to the Ford government. In Ontario, the Human Rights Code protects against discriminatory compensation pract…
Date: July 8, 2019
St Jacobs, ON – Today, Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced that the Ontario government will invest in improving access to midwifery care. The announcement includes additional funding to invest in the growth of midwifery. With this funding, midwives will be able to provide care for …