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[Friday January 24] After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?

Poster_PrintI’m* going to moderate this panel, which takes on some very difficult issues in the wake of an important Supreme Court decision.

After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?
Come and hear an array of panelists discuss the new legal landscape and the challenges that now face us after the Supreme Court struck down many – but not all – of Canada’s criminal laws about sex work.
What happens when legal doctrine tries to address street realities? Six experts offer different visions of the road ahead.

  • Cheryl Auger Board Member, Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Worker Action Project
  • Christa Big Canoe Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
  • Jamie Cameron Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Brenda Cossman Professor & Director, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
  • Katrina Pacey Legal Director, Pivot Legal Society
  • Kim Pate Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Friday, January 24, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
University College, Room 179
15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto


Generously supported by the Scotiabank University of Toronto Faculty of Law Lecture and Conference Fund and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,
and co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

PDF poster here with map.


* sonia lawrence, ifls director

Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? Judy Fudge in feminists@law

Former Osgoode professor, now Landsdowne Chair in Law at UVic Law and presently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Kent Law, Judy Fudge recently gave an open lecture as part of her visit.  Feminists@law has the text in their most recent (open access!) issue, here.  Judy has an important body of work mainly in the area of employment and labour law.  See her faculty bio here.

The article delivers an interesting and important message about changing times and goals, arguing that equality as “equality between the genders” is inadequate in the context of an increasingly fragmented labour market.  Etc!  Enjoy:

Women’s claims to equality in employment have become more nuanced and complex as the contours of the gender order have been redrawn to reflect the growing diversity between women and a deterioration in what has been the normative or standard employment relationship for men. Using Canada and the United Kingdom to illustrate the changes in the labour market and gender order, the lecture calls into question the potential of equality norms, however expansive, to solve the problems women workers face in the wake of global austerity.

via Women Workers: Is Equality Enough? | Fudge | feminists@law.

Something to read and something to listen to: "Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother" & Ursula Franklin

I’m told that the March 8 (international women’s day) edition of the CBC Radio program The Current has something for those of you in need of an Ursula Franklin fix.  Now 89, Franklin (public intellectual, scientist, Quaker, pacifist, and feminist) was on the show with two other women (including Erin Cardone, a BC reporter who thinks that Feminism has Gone Too Far).  Apparently Franklin’s thoughts are (as usual) standouts for her ability to marry clarity and complexity.  Here’s her wikipedia page, and here’s the link to the radio programme, on the theme “Women’s Work and the State of Feminism”.  And here is a review of The Ursula Franklin Reader: Pacifism as a Map by my colleague Mary Jane Mossman, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2007.

For lawyers and others, Franklin’s essays offer much needed inspiration, as well as concrete suggestions on how to use her maps of pacifism and feminism to help achieve justice, “step by bloody small step.”

The same edition of the Current, March 8, has an powerful story on the non fiction book by Xinran, Message from An Unknown Chinese MotherHere is a review from the Financial Times of London.

Abortion is illegal in China. So is infanticide, but girls don’t qualify for the regular grain ration allotted to other family members, nor for the official grant of land reserved for their brothers. Their weddings cost money and, once married, a woman works for her parents-in-law – not her own parents. “I was ridding the family of a calamity,” said a former midwife, describing how she disposed of unwanted girls.

None of the women who told her their stories was heartless. Their lives were corroded, in many cases ruined, by suppressed feelings that poured out to Xinran, who founded and ran for seven years in the 1990s the first Chinese radio programme for women to call in and talk about their problems. Stringent economic and social sanctions governed their lives and eliminated choice. [source]

My colleague who pointed me to this story has two daughters.  So do I.  And, of course, can’t help but think it, so does Amy Chua.  Ok, lots of people have two girls (Michelle Obama!), I know it. But perhaps it gave this story a special sting for me.

I thought I knew China, that I knew Chinese women — because I’m a Chinese woman. My mother is a Chinese woman. I was very shocked when I went to China’s countryside for the first time, when I witnessed these kinds of killings.” [source]

Coming Up! Feminist Friday, January 28 at 2pm

Next in our feminist fridays series, open to all.

28 January 2011

2 – 3:30  Ross N940 Senate Chamber

Feminist Friday:

Women and Work

Visiting Professor Ana Gomes

Regulatory Challenges in Domestic Work: The Case of Brazil

Visiting Professor Elizabeth Shilton,

Gender and Pension Reform

Commentary from Professor Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto Law/Women’s Studies