OUTniagara – Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

Transgender Day of Visibility 2022 by participating in the call for community informed trans health care in Niagara! 

Join OUTniagara and Senior Pride Network Niagara to discuss the following questions about community informed trans health care in our region:

  1. What does supporting Trans Health Care mean to you?
  2. What does an ongoing commitment to Trans Health care in Niagara look like?
  3. What do you want doctors in Niagara to know about trans health care?
For this day we are asking individuals and organizations to join us in three different ways:
  1. Join us at our drop-in event on March 31st between 5pm-6:30pm to contribute to a community jam board on these questions! This event will be facilitated in English, and on-screen subtitles will be available.
  2. Fill in our individual or team colouring sheet handouts (see attached), take a picture, and send it to us at kerry@outniagara.ca or post it on social media & tag us!
  3. Set up a meeting with your team to fill in our individual or team colouring sheet handouts or post them on our office bulletin board to be filled in throughout the day. Share a photo with us of your meeting and the content your team gathers on these handouts by emailing them to us or posting them on social media + tag us! 
** Use the handouts to share your thoughts and practice self-care by colouring in the border and the flowers! We built the handouts to be usable all year round and into the years ahead, so also feel free to continue to use them with your team and clients in reflecting on your personal and/or organizational commitments and relationships to improving trans health care in Niagara.

** The handouts are currently in English, but we will accept responses in any language. If you would like the handout translated to another language, please email kerry@outniagara.ca

** If you or your organization can’t do this on Thursday, but still want to participate in filling in, colouring, and sending us your hadouts (via email or posting+tagging), we encourage you to do so! The information gathered through this event will be used to prepare for future work by various community groups on capacity building around improving trans health care in Niagara as part of the ! As such we are asking that if you are going to submit a picture of your handouts to us, please  do so no later than Monday, April 18th at 1pm to have it included in the report and online materials being built from submissions under our Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+ project!

For Transgender Day of Visibility, please also check out these Niagara based events:

The team at OUTniagara
Beyond the Rainbow Resource Syllabus: www.outniagara.org/resources/beyondtherainbow
Email: kerry@outniagara.ca
Facebook Page: @outniagara
Instagram: @out_niagara
Twitter: @outniagara

The work of OUTniagara  primarily takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Chonnonton people and home to many Indigenous people from First Nations from across Turtle Island, Metis, and Inuit people. A key treaty governing this territory is the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. This treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee binds them to share the territory and protect the land. To learn more about the treaties in your area, we recommend checking out www.native-land.ca.

Graduate Student Spaces

Message from GSA –


Join us at The Pond Inlet (with reduced capacities – due to COVID-19 restrictions), each week for graduate student-only study space on the following days and times:

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. – Noon
  • Tuesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.

Did you also know that there are a graduate-student only spaces located on the 6th floor of the Library? This zoned quiet space offers:

  • Graduate Study Room –22 study carrels and two workstations; no pre-booking required
  • Graduate Meeting Room – a meeting space for up to five people that includes an LCD panel for laptop connection. Reserve online through the Library homepage
  • Graduate Student Lockers – 38 lockers are available for individual graduate student use on a first come-first served basis.

Contact the GSA office (gsaoffice@brocku.ca) to receive the access code to enter both the Graduate Study Room and the Graduate Meeting Room.

Equal Pay Day April 12

Equal Pay Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap.

It symbolizes how far into the year the average woman must work in order to have earned what the average man had earned the entire previous year. In Canada, Equal Pay Day is April 12, 2022. Ontario voters want to hear from the four main party leaders how their parties will take action to advance issues they care about.

That’s why the Equal Pay Coalition is inviting Ontario’s party leaders to participate in a province-wide All-Party Leaders Debate on Women’s Economic Justice to mark Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. This is not just a Social Services issue and staff are asked to distribute this memo widely to all Locals and Bargaining Units. Please click on the first attached link to sign a petition to the leaders requesting that they participate in this debate.

Please click the second link for graphics that you can use on social media to highlight Equal Pay Day.

Thank you.
Andrew Hunter
CUPE Social Services Coordinator-Ontario

Justice for Workers Niagara

Get involved with Justice for Workers Niagara!
We are having an open meeting for new members on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 at 6pm!
What we are currently working on:
– May Day planning
– Campaign for 14 paid sick days for all workers at Brock
– Get involved with labour activism across Niagara
Email fairwagesniagara@gmail.com for the meeting link or DM @fairwagesniagara on Instagram (www.instagram.com/fairwagesniagara)

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/795786574729346/

March, 2022 GMM – Agenda

March, 2022 GMM – Agenda

Date:           March 17, 2022
Time:           5:00 pm
Location:     Virtual Meeting Online (via Zoom)
Register in advance for this meeting:

Guest Speaker Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls

1. Call the Meeting to Order
2. Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territory
3. Reading of the Equality Statement
4. Roll Call of Officers
5. Moment of Silence
6. Approval of the Agenda
7. Voting on New Members and Initiation
8. Acceptance of the Minutes – February 17, 2022 GMM Minutes
9. Matters arising from the Minutes
10. Treasurer’s Report
11. Communications
12. Executive Committee Reports
13. Reports of Committees and Delegates
14. Continued Affiliation with the Hamilton and District Labour Council
15. Elections
a. Bargaining Mobilization Committee
b. President
c. Vice President Unit 1
d. Vice President Unit 2
e. Vice President Unit 3
f. Vice President Graduate Students
g. Treasurer
h. Chief Steward
i. Recording Secretary
j. Equity Officer
k. Membership Outreach Officer
l. Health & Safety Officer
m. Unit 2 Steward
n. Unit 3 Steward
o. Humanities Steward
p. Social Sciences Steward
q. Math and Science Steward
r. Applied Health Sciences Steward
s. Education Steward
t. Business Steward
u. Business Steward
v. International Student Steward
w. Instructor Steward
x. Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Member for Brock University Main Campus
y. Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Member for Marilyn I. Walker Campus
z. Trustee (May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2025 term)
zi. Delegates to the Niagara Regional Labour Council
zii. Delegates to the Hamilton and District Labour Council
ziii. Delegates to the Niagara District CUPE Council
ziv.. Delegates to the CUPE Ontario Convention, April 27 – 29, 2022, Virtual

16. Old Business
a. Unit 2 Bargaining Update
b. Unit 1 Bargaining Update
c. Event for International Grad Students
17. New Business
a. Request from CUPE Ontario
b. Request from the Hamilton and District Labour Council
c. May 1st Day of Action
d. Organizing for Power
e. Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Relief to Ukraine

18. Good of the Union
– Giveaway
19. Adjournment

Why this Niagara paramedic says ‘we’re a target’

Leila Paugh is a paramedic with Niagara EMS & serves as equality officer with CUPE 911. Leila is on the Indigenous Council of CUPE Ontario & the CUPE Ontario Women’s Committee.

The community doesn’t really understand why they’re waiting longer for ambulances. They expect an immediate response when they call 911. And when they’re told that an ambulance will be three, four, five hours, that increases their worry, their frustration, their devastation for the circumstances in which they find themselves. And it adds to everybody’s frustration and upset.

We’re a target that has shiny, bright lights when we come up to their homes. We’re the first ones they see and the first ones that get an earful. I can’t say that I blame them. I would be equally frustrated if I were worried about my loved one, and I had to wait five or six hours for help. But it’s just a matter of defusing and educating and trying to get people to understand what we’re facing.

Niagara Unite Against Racism

Niagara Unite Against Racism
Start: Sunday, March 20, 2022 2:00 PM
NOTL Town Hall
1593 Four Mile Creek Road
Virgil, ON L0S 1T0

Migrant farm workers invite you and your family to join us as we share our stories and march for equal rights, fairness, and family unity – and that means permanent resident status for all!

Whether it’s hate speech mixed in with the “Freedom Convoy”, Black and Brown refugees and migrants facing abuse while fleeing Ukraine, migrant farm workers being blamed for spreading the virus, or pushing pipelines through Indigenous nations at the barrel of a gun – racism is rising.

We know that racism is a strategy to divide us to push an agenda that hurts public services, our climate, and our communities in the interests of the richest few. The 1.6 million mostly racialized working class migrants, who have been at the frontlines of COVID-19, need full and permanent immigration status so that we have the power to protect ourselves against being scapegoated and exploited.

Join us to unite against racism, and to call for full and permanent immigration status for all. United we are stronger!

We only win when we are together. Tell three of your friends right now to join you by sharing this link with them: https://migrantrights.ca/march20/