S & R* NEWS* Vol. 1, No.12 November 21st, 2010



S & R* News flash* #1: ” Homeless women in Canada”

Homelessness in Canada has grown in size and complexity in recent years.[1] While historically known as a crisis only of urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, the increasing incidence of homelessness in the suburbs is necessitating new services and resources.[2]

The demographic profile of Canada’s homeless population is also changing. While in the past men used to comprise the vast majority of homeless persons, now women and children represent the fastest growing subgroup of the homeless population, followed by youth.[3] In recent years homelessness has become a major political issue in Canada.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


This is IMPORTANT to you because you are a person intent on doing good and being a part of a society that is civilized, looking to those less fortunate than ourselves, much more vulnerable; and a major segment at present comprises WOMEN and CHILDREN. This is increasing in North America: Canada and the United States.

You are not a mere bystander watching the parade going by. You don’t depend on others to shoulder the load.  You need to know; and once advised, I am sure that you will do something good and right. If you ask, “How?” or “What?”, I have an answer… please standby.

S & R* News flash* #1.1:  “Homeless women in the United States”

“The fastest-growing group of homeless people in the United States is composed of single women with two or three children. Before the 1980s the homeless population was mostly composed of men.

Within the last two decades, US society has begun to acknowledge the growing numbers of homeless women and children. Homeless women are rarely seen because they often find shelter with relatives, friends, or other homeless women. The majority of homeless women are on the streets because of divorce or escaping domestic abuse. Abandonment is also a key contributor to homelessness in women.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeless_women_in_the_United_States

This is IMPORTANT to you because – kindly see the comment above.

In response to your questions, I say: “For me, I am giving $5 plus 5*  minutes to YWCA CANADA.  (For more information, see below.) Won’t you help?

S & R* News flash*#3: Montreal Massacre (mostly women) – 21st anniversary

“The École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, occurred on December 6, 1989 at the École Polytechniquein MontrealQuebec, Canada. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before killing himself. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism“, he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. Overall, he killed fourteen women and injured ten other women and four men in just under twenty minutes before turning the gun on himself.[1][2] Lépine was the child of a French-Canadian mother and an Algerian father, and had been physically abused by his father. His suicide note claimed political motives and blamed feminists for ruining his life. The note included a list of nineteen Quebec women whom Lépine considered to be feminists and apparently wished to kill.[3]

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


This is IMPORTANT to you because it calls attention to discrimination against women as a group in the professions, business and the general society plus the violence suffered upon them due to gender. Such bias still exists and assaults do happen. In the name of the fallen, it is up to us who follow to honor them by doing something to eradicate this prejudice and harm.

If you ask, “How?” or “What?”, I have a ready answer. For me, I am giving $5 plus 5* minutes to YWCA CANADA.  (For more information, see below.) Won’t you help?


November 21st

1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1835 – Birth – Hetty Green, American businesswoman (d. 1916)
1937 – Birth – Marlo Thomas, American actress
1941 – Birth – Juliet Mills, British actress
1916 – Death – Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (b. 1830)
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_21

Nostalgia is fun*: TV
1. Who was the actor that played Beaver’s older brother in the show, “Leave it to Beaver”?
2. Who was the male lead star of “My mother the Car”?
3.Puzzle:  (What does YWCA stand for? )
(N.B. The answers can be found just before the credits.)
Dear Readers,
Greetings from Cyberspace.

I have something to say and I need your help. Can I count on you?

“GIVE ME $5 PLUS 5*”

I am on a mission. I want to make the world a better place. I had a simple idea. My producers at VALENTE took it and developped it into the donation program adopted by  my publisher, PRACTITIONERS’ PRESS INC. Hence, I am gratified to announce the establishment of the “Give me 5 plus 5*” program ($5 plus 5 minutes), where I am encouraging my readers to donate $5 DIRECTLY to a worthy good works orgnanization plus give 5 minutes of their time for the furtherance of this group.

In addition, I am pleased to announce the “Give me 5 plus 5*”campaign now to benefit YWCA. The current edition will end January 31, 2011. To date, it is limited to YWCA CANADA. (Please speak to your local association and have them contact me so that we can add their chapter to our effort.) If you ask Why YWCA CANADA?, I have a good answer.


Who they are:

“YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest largest women’s multi-service organization. With 33 Member Associations operating in more than 400 districts and communities across the country, our Turning Point Programs for Women™ – which address personal safety, economic security and well-being – reach out to 1 million women and girls in nine provinces and one territory. YWCA is the largest national provider of shelter to women, serving 25,000 women, children and teen girls including 6,000 fleeing domestic violence each year. We are the largest provider of literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs in the country, and the second largest provider of childcare services. YWCA Canada is a member association of theWorld YWCA which unites 25 million women and girls worldwide and spans 125 countries.”

(Source: YWCA NATIONAL) http://ywcacanada.ca/en/pages/national/who


Its mission is as follows: “Advance gender equity through research, advocacy and sustainable Member Associations. We focus on:
1. Ending violence against women and girls
2. Securing universal childcare
3. Achieving women’s economic security
4. Advancing the leadership of women and girls.”
(Source: YWCA CANADA) http://ywcacanada.ca/en/pages/national/mission

Rose Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Here’s some more info on the campaign.

“Send a Rose to your MP for a National Housing Strategy Our Rose Campaign message this year is that to be safe from violence, every woman in Canada needs a roof over her head. Every year, violence and abuse drive over 100,000 women and children out of their homes and into emergency shelters. And many more – often young women and women struggling with mental health and addictions – never make it to shelter at all. They live on the streets of our cities, in poverty and at high risk of more violence, including rape. As the nation slowly acknowledges the loss of nearly 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women, we need to recognize that our failure to ensure no woman has to live on the street has left women vulnerable to murder. The time for action is now. Parliament needs to immediately adopt a National Housing Strategy with a women’s component.” To send your MP a message go to rosecampaign.ca/send

(For more, visit: www.rosecampaign.ca )

National Action Day on VAW – December 3, 2010

“Join National Action Day on VAW on December 3, 2010  – mark your calendar and contact your MP! National Action Day, when we talk to MPs in their constituency offices about violence against women, is now an annual part of the Rose Campaign, on the last Friday before December 6. This year that’s Friday, December 3. YWCAs and White Ribbon Campaign groups across the country will visit their local MPs and press for change. We welcome your participation – the greater the numbers the bigger the impact. The lobby kit draws links between violence and women’s homelessness and explains the need for gender equality to end violence against women. To find out more or to sign up and receive a lobby kit, contact Ann Decter, YWCA Canada Director
of Advocacy and Public Policy at adecter@ywcacanada.ca or 416-962-8881 ext 224″


“Commemorate December 6 and Raise Awareness Rose buttons commemorating December 6, 1989 are available at $1 each  (minimum order of 50). Rose buttons and a variety of other awareness and action materials – postcards, posters, magnets, brochures,  bookmarks and copies of our advocacy video by survivors of violence, Living Beyond Shelter: Videos for Change – can be ordered at http://store.ywcacanada.ca. You can also “scatter petals” online by downloading our embedded Rose logo to your Facebook, Twitter, blog or email signature from www.rosecampaign.ca


My book of the week is “Your Best Body Now: Look and Feel Fabulous at Any Age the Eat-Clean Way” by Tosca Reno. Hence my topic is health and fitness.


I am so excited about my recipe of the week. It is “Ricotta Cheesecake di ciliegie””. It is a family favorite originating with my Mom. In her day, she was a great cook. I will upload it at the end of the week. It’s delicious!

Last, please keep reader communications coming.1 I work better with feedback. Thanks.
That’s all for now.
Have a great week.
Yours truly,
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1. Tony Dow

2. Gerry Van Dyke

3. Young Women’s Christian Association

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