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CKUT 90.3 FM Montreal Interviews the Montreal Council of Women

On Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 6:00-7:00 pm  CKUT 90.3 FM's  Rose Marie Whalley, who hosts the CKUT's program "OWL - Older Women Live", interviewed Bonnie Stamos Destounis, MCW's President, and Vivianne Silver, MCW's Education Convener.  They discussed the history of Montreal Council of Women, our structure, the issues we are concerned with and how we address them, our members,  our leadership and our programs.


Click on this link to listen to the archived podcast of this show:   "OWL - Older Women Live" interview by Rose Marie Whalley  Then click on Wednesday January 12, 2011  64 kbps or 128 kbps

Rose Marie Whalley is a grassroots social activist who has lived in Montreal since 1971. About 20 years ago, driven by the Montreal cold, she sought refuge in the warm studio of a local community radio station. Interested in developing radio from a feminist perspective, Rose Marie is a founding member of CKUT's Older Women Live (OWL) collective. She is also a long-time member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and a retired teacher.


MCW Meets with the Senate of Canada


On November 29, 2010 members of the MCW were invited for an hour long interview with a special Committee to discuss the difficulties that Anglophones face in Quebec:  "Meeting No. 26 Senate Committee on Official Languages".  Mair Verthuy, Bonnie Stamos Destounis and Beverley Colquhoun met with approximately a dozen Senators, ladies and gentlemen, all bilingual, originating in various parts of the country. They were of the opinion that while, a great deal of attention had justifiably been accorded to francophone minorities from coast to coast, little attention had been paid to English speakers in QuĂ©bec. This committee had then undertaken this specific task.


We had submitted a written presentation in two parts: one offering a brief overview of the changes that had taken place in Montreal over the last one hundred and fifty years; the second containing a condensed outline of the specific difficulties facing Anglophones, women in particular, in the current situation. The historical section was much appreciated, “un petit bijou,â€