Tabling at MCC 2016!

The annual Manning Centre Conference was once dubbed “Woodstock for conservatives” by CTV News.
Based in Calgary, the Manning Centre was founded in 2005 to support conservative and libertarian activists and ideas in Canada. Named after its founder, Preston Manning, the Manning Centre is an independent organization that believes in a limited role for government. They operate on three pillars: research, training, and networking.

Every year, the Manning Centre holds the largest annual gathering of conservative and classical liberal politicians, activists, think tanks, advocacy groups, and academics in Canada.

This year’s conference, which took place from February 25-27 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, centered around the them of Recharging the Right. The idea behind this theme is to recharge and focus conservative leadership across all levels of government, including a reflection on policy ideas and strategies.

Equal Voice uOttawa had the pleasure of representing the National Chapter of Equal Voice at the 2016 Manning Centre Conference. Co-Presidents  Danika Leminski and Jessica Saviotti had the opportunity to meet various leaders of the Conservative Party to discuss the role and importance of women in politics.


Full house!


Left to right: Daryna Kutsyna (EV University of Toronto); Jessica Saviotti (EV uOttawa); Patrick Brown, MPP (current leader of PC Party of Ontario and federal Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2006-2015, representing the riding of Barrie); Lisa MacLeod, MPP (for Nepean-Carleton); Danika Leminski (EV uOttawa)
A selfie with the Selfie King himself, Tony Clement, MP
EVuO Co-Presidents with Lisa Raitt, MP


— Danika Leminski, President & VP Communications of Equal Voice uOttawa


Manitoba Women First Granted Suffrage a Century Ago


Nellie McClung, a prominent suffragette.

Almost a century ago, women in Manitoba were granted the right to vote. This unprecedented action sparked change on the federal level when women were given the right to vote nationwide in 1919. Women of colour did not get the right to vote until the late 1940s and Indigenous women did not get the right to vote until 1960.

The suffragette movement at the time was fragmented and full of conflicting opinions. Some women rallied for temperance because they believe that alcohol destroyed families and led men to withhold money from their families and beat their wives. Some unions and farmer’s groups supported women’s suffrage as well.

Notable members of the Political Equality League included Nellie McClung, Cora Hind and Lillian Beynon Thomas as well as many other activists.

The women created a stir when they performed a provocative play at the Walker Theatre in Winnipeg. They parodied Manitoba Premier Rodmond Roblin, and acted out a parallel world where women had all the power. Roblin’s government was voted out the following year and the Liberal government granted Manitoba women the right to vote.

Equal Voice’s #NONDOM Holiday Party


Natalie Hanna reading her poems at #NONDOM.

On December 6th 2015, Equal Voice uOttawa in collaboration with UESA came together to bring the #NONDOM Holiday party to Cafe Alternatif!

It was an enjoyable event with Equal Voice, UESA members, and friends coming out to enjoy the free food and poems.

Our co-president, Danika Leminski with Natalie Hanna.

We were treated to a touching reading of poems from Natalie Hanna. Natalie Hanna is an Ottawa lawyer who works with low income populations, an alumni of Carleton and uOttawa, and the author of seven chapbooks. To commemorate the Polytechnique massacre that occurred on December 6th 1989, she shared poems that addressed violence against women.

The prizes for attendees.

The Samurai Santa kit was given to Natalie Hanna as a thank you for coming out!

Congrats to Jessica Saviotti who won the Gingerbread Cookie mix for her Christmas sweater!

Thank you to our sponsors: Aladdin’s Bakery, Starbucks, David’s Tea, and Michael’s Bakery for supplying the food for this event!

Donations of scarves, hats, and mitts were donated and given to the Cornerstone Women’s Shelter.

—-Danika Leminski, President of Equal Voice uOttawa Chapter

Evolving Roles: Women in Government and National Defence!

We had the opportunity of joining our fellow political club,  the University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives, at the Canadian Cold War Museum.. aka The Diefenbunker! We learned so much about national defence during the Cold War and more importantly the evolving role of women in national security and in government. From traditional roles such as nurses and secretaries to The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell  as Minister of National Defence and as the first woman to be appointed to this position, women have definitely come a long way!


Dief2The UOCC and EVUO reenacting former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s Posse of Cabinet Ministers and VIP’s at the Bunker’s War Room.

Posted by: Kris Rondolo, Director of Communications EVuO

Cry for due rights from the bottom of heart——the sleeping right

Cry for due rights from the bottom of heart——the sleeping right

  People, especially men, who are still obviously gaining the upper hand in world affairs, always take delight in talking about women.  However, “women” in their talks are often discussed for pleasure in a joking manner lacking respect. As Charlotte Whitton, the former Mayor of Ottawa said, whatever women do, they have to do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is a strong point of view from a woman who once was able to hold a critical and top position in the political field. It strengthens the reality that women are not thought and seen equally. An additional reflection of this phenomenon is the Islamic law which, in my mind, is the enemy to Islamic women powerful enough to kill them and devil sprite evil enough to surround them by nightmares. Nonetheless, there is courage and power deep inside women just like men. They are brave enough to stand out and do what they want to do and demonstrate the spirit of women. This is what the Iranian women did lately.

  Over a week ago, the tale that some Iranian women posted their photos in which they took off the headscarves landed on a number of front pages of newspaper online. Back to thirty-five years ago since the Islamic revolution, it has been illegal for women to leave the house without wearing the headscarf. Since then Islamic women have not exposed their faces in the sunlight. This brought an image of milk-chocolate bar in my head. Milk is wrapped up by chocolate and is not able to be seen until the second it is consumed. Similarly, as long as the Islamic women shed the headscarves, they are at the risk of being punished. But for what the Iranian women did recently just demonstrated the strong desire for freedom deep inside their heart is much more powerful than the law. The number of those brave females who uploaded their photos without the headscarves represented their longing for being a free woman and their courage to challenge the authority. Moreover, this is not limited to the Iranian women only but many others, both men and women. This is shown by the over 130,000 likes in just a week’s time since the dedicated Facebook page was set up. It is strong support for justice, for freedom, and to the greatest sense, support for women.

  Oscar Wilde said that a man’s face is his autobiography while a woman’s face is her work of fiction. Men are simple but in no way can women be explained and understood thoroughly. You could read joy or sadness, mystic or indifference, or everything. But you never know whether you are right and end up with endless imagination and surmise. Taking another perspective, you’d find this is an interesting and beautiful part of life. As the headscarves are taken off, the Islamic women’s faces are revealed. It is just like a mystic story being unveiled. The moment the shinning sunlight projects on their faces, it is lighting up justice, hope, and freedom as well.

  This is not solely a story of bravery for fighting against authority and resolution for seeking after freedom. The deed of these courageous women claims our respect and support.

  This is a victory, for feminism, for justice, and for themselves.

  For what the Iranian women did was breathtaking and deserved praises. Their desire for freedom is singing in the air, waking up the sleeping right.

  Congratulations to the respectable women on shedding the hijab that keeps them from fresh air and warm sunlight and demonstrating the long-hidden smiles.

  Hope this rewarding fight for better women’s rights continues and there’d be good news.


                                                                                                                                                                    —Becky Shen