FEWO Committee Meeting
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Minutes of Proceedings
On motion of Jag Sahota, it was agreed, — That the committee commence a study of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, for a total of six hours to begin an examination of: a) how the COVID-19 pandemic has uniquely impacted women; (b) what supports women need in preparation for a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic; and, (c) to consider the specific challenges that women in Canada are facing, namely: (i) women’s physical safety and security as it relates to evident increases in domestic violence, human trafficking, and overarching health-related concerns for vulnerable demographics, such as seniors; (ii) women’s economic stability as it relates to the closure of workplaces across the country, reduced family income, and the inability for many women-owned and operated small businesses to conduct business as usual; and (iii) social pressures or obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including caregiving for children, elderly parents; or other family members; and that as a part of the study, the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, as well as other witnesses appear before the committee on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 to discuss the government’s response to COVID-19 and how it relates to women.
At 12:07 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 12:07 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.
It was agreed, — That the committee prepare a letter, as soon as possible, to inform the government and appropriate ministers of the testimony and recommendations received by the committee on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 and Wednesday, July 8, 2020 as part of its study of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women; that the letter be approved through consultations by the Chair and Vice-Chairs; and that the committee continue this study as necessary.
It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $2,300, for the study of the impacts of COVID-19 on women, be adopted.
At 12:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 12:37 p.m., the sitting resumed in a public and televised session.
Megan Walker and Marci Hawranik, by videoconference, made statements and answered questions.
At 1:27 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 2:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Ann Decter, Morna Ballantyne and Hélène Cornellier, by videoconference, made statements and answered questions.
At 2:59 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 3:10 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Vicki Saunders, Kaitlin Geiger-Bardswich and Sara Wolfe, by videoconference, made statements and answered questions.
At 4:09 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 4:21 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Lorraine Whitman, Jill Earthy and Linda Gavsie, by videoconference, made statements and answered questions.
At 5:12 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 5:23 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Anita Khanna, Rhonda Barnet and Armine Yalnizyan, by videoconference, made statements and answered questions.
At 6:19 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.