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Marilou McPhedran fonds
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Marilou McPhedran fonds

  • CA ON00370 F0514
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2006 ; 1985-2003 predominant

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran through her activities as a lawyer, legal reformer, and activist. These records illustrate the breadth and variety of McPhedran's work in the areas of constitutional reform, women's international and national rights, women's health, and violence against women and children. Included in the fonds are administrative records of a number of non-profit organizations and committees of which she was a founder, including the Women's Legal Education Action Fund, the Gerstein Centre, the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children, and the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution. Other records in this fonds, including subject files, correspondence and conference materials, document McPhedran's academic, research and writing work and her contracted work for women's health organizations. Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution files Asian Development Bank project files Canadian Firearms Program Advisory Committee files Canadian Women's Foundation files Charter of Rights Education Fund files Day planners Gerstein Centre files Healthy City files Homewood Health Care files International Women's Rights Project files Liberty Health files Mary Jane Mossman and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies files Master of Laws files Metropolitan Committee on Violence against Women and Children (METRAC) files National Network on Environments and Women's Health files Posters and certificates Sexual abuse prevention guide files Speeches and speaking engagement files Subject files Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients files T-shirts and buttons University of Waterloo and Pragma Council files Women's College Hospital files Women's Legal Education and Action Fund files Ontario Medical Association v. Marilou McPhedran

McPhedran, Marilou

Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran pertaining to the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee of Canadian Women on the Constitution, a national non-profit organization of Canadian women's groups and individuals formed in January 1981 to ensure equality rights for women were included in the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Records in this series document McPhedran's involvement as co-founder, organizer and participant with the committee and its activities, including the National Workshop on the Charter in 1981; Conference of Canadian Women and the Constitution in 1982; Critical Perspectives on the Constitution in 1983; and the National Symposium on Equality Rights in 1985. Also documented in this series is the committee's re-emergence in the late 1980s and early 1990s to challenge constitutional amendments proposed in the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ad Hoc Committee in 2006, commemorated with a conference, the Canadian Forum on Women's Activism. Files include reports, journal articles, newspaper clippings, notes, pamphlets, government publications, legal documents, transcripts, affidavits, grant applications, photographs, financial statements, memoranda, correspondence, day planners, and assorted ephemera.

McPhedran, Marilou

Canadian Firearms Program Advisory Committee files

Series consists of records accumulated by Marilou McPhedran pertaining to the work of the Program Advisory Committee of the Canadian Firearms Program, formed in February 2003, on which McPhedran served as a member until its disbandment in 2005. The records in this series document the general activities of the committee, particularly its quarterly meetings held in Ottawa, Ontario. Also included in this series are records pertaining to the Coalition for Gun Control, with which McPhedran was associated prior to and during her time on the Program Advisory Committee. These records include correspondence, reports, government documents, agendas, notes, news releases, fact sheets, briefs, newspaper clippings, and presentation slides (paper version).

Ontario Medical Association v. Marilou McPhedran

Series consists of records pertaining to a libel lawsuit brought against Marilou McPhedran by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) regarding a 2001 article titled "First, do no harm", written by McPhedran for the "Globe and Mail" newspaper. These records document the court appeal of Dr. Anil Mussani, who was found guilty of the sexual abuse of a patient by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the OMA's role as intervenor, the nature of McPhedran's response to the lawsuit, and negotiations for the settlement of the case. Included in the series are research materials pertaining to McPhedran's work as chair of the Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients, which she headed in 1991 and 2000. The records in this series include legal documents, magazine and newspaper articles, correspondence and memoranda.

T-shirts and buttons

Series consists of t-shirts and buttons accumulated by Marilou McPhedran and pertaining to her activities, associations and interests, particularly women's rights. Included in this series are t-shirts produced by the Women's Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF), Healthy City Toronto, and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. The buttons in this series are personal, made using family photographs, and protest/organizational buttons.

Speeches and speaking engagement files

Series consists of records pertaining to speeches given by Marilou McPhedran at conferences and other events in Canada from 1984 to 1992 and in 2005. These records reflect the scope of McPhedran's areas of interest and knowledge, including topics involving constitutional issues, women's health and legal rights, and sexual abuse and harassment. Files in this series include correspondence, transcripts of speeches, pamphlets, conference materials, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, notes, memoranda, brochures, a photograph and an audio cassette.

International Women's Rights Project files

Series consists of records pertaining to Marilou McPhedran's involvement with the International Women's Rights Project (IWRP), founded in 1998 and initially based at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. The records in this series document McPhedran's work as founding director to fulfill the project's mandate, which was to strengthen the capacity of women's non-government organizations through research and activism to influence the implementation of international human rights standards. These records reflect IWRP's initial primary focus on the Conventional on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Impact Study and Report, but also document projects that emerged from the CEDAW project, including initiatives regarding women's rights in Afghanistan and a project with the Kharvik Centre for Women's Studies in the Ukraine. Records in this series span the period of McPhedran's involvement with IWRP as founder, director and co-director, both at York University and at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, from 1998 to 2005. Records in this series include reports, correspondence, papers, newsletters, notes, memoranda, journal articles, photographs, fact sheets, grant proposals, notebooks, budgets, electronic records, audio cassettes, and grant proposals.

Asian Development Bank project files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran while employed as an international consultant for Cowater International, hired to conduct a study and prepare a final report about the work of the Asian Development Bank's RETA 6008: Gender and Governance Issues in Local Government project. The records in this series document McPhedran's contract negotiations with Cowater; her preliminary research; her travel to the Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh; but primarily her work with Asian Development Bank staff to prepare the final report. The files in this series include correspondence, reports, drafts, contracts, notes, notebooks, programmes, presentation slides (paper copy), financial documents, and outlines.

Master of Laws files

Series consists of records created by Marilou McPhedran during her completion of a part-time LL.M degree in Comparative Constitutional Law through the Professional Development Program at Osgoode Hall Law School, which she began in 2002 and completed in 2004. The records in this series document McPhedran's participation in and written work for a number of courses, including: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution (GS LAW 6727); Constitutional Law and the Charter (GS LAW 6640); Federalism and Institutions of Government (GS LAW 6721); and Freedom of Expression and the Press (GS LAW 6722). Also documented in this series is a trip taken by McPhedran to South Africa to attend a conference on constitutional law. Records in this series include correspondence, conference materials, papers, notes, course outlines, essays, drafts, presentation notes, pamphlets and brochures, and newspaper articles.

National Network on Environments and Women's Health files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran while executive coordinator of York University's National Network on Environments and Women's Health (NNEWH) from 2001 to 2003. The records in this series document McPhedran's participation in a number of NNEWH's initiatives, particularly the preparation of a report titled "Rural and remote women's health : research and policy directions" and the organization of conferences, focus groups and research pertaining to that project. Also included in this series are records pertaining to McPhedran's administrative work for NNEWH and her management of work plans, budgets, and personnel. Some of these records relate to McPhedran's departure from NNEWH in 2003. Files in this series include reports, pamphlets, journal articles, correspondence, financial statements, memoranda, minutes, work plans, agendas, newspaper clippings, conference materials, and presentation slides (paper version).

Sexual abuse prevention guide files

Series consists of records created and used by Marilou McPhedran in the preparation of her 2004 book, "Preventing sexual abuse of patients : a legal guide for health professionals," co-authored with Wendy Sutton. These records document the research and writing undertaken for the completion of the book, as well as details of their publishing agreement with Butterworths, the book's publication and speaking events at which McPhedran and Sutton spoke on topics pertaining to the book. Files in this series include drafts, manuscripts, correspondence, journal articles, newspaper clippings, computer disks, video cassettes, and photographs.

Posters and certificates

Series consists of posters and certificates accumulated by Marilou McPhedran from the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s. These items pertain to events in which she participated or events held by organizations with which she was involved, including LEAF, the International Women's Rights Project, and the Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients, as well as items related to McPhedran's interests, such as international women's rights. Also included in this series are McPhedran's 1985 Order of Canada certificate and her 2004 Master of Laws diploma.

Subject files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran over a 30-year period. These records reflect the scope of McPhedran's political, professional and research interests and activities. Subjects covered in this series include constitutional reform, women's health (national and international), feminism, family violence, sexual abuse, and workplace discrimination/harassment. Also documented in this series is McPhedran's participation in conferences, political campaigns and committee work. Records pertaining to some of McPhedran's contractual employment, speeches delivered and articles written are also part of this series. Files in this series include notes, conference materials, brochures and pamphlets, journal articles, correspondence, newspaper clippings, memoranda, reports, electronic documents, and photographs.

Day planners

Series consists of day planners maintained by Marilou McPhedran, spanning a 30-year period from 1973 to 2003. These records document McPhedran's scholastic, professional and personal activities, as they record course schedules, examinations, appointments and telephone numbers. Some day planners include photographs of McPhedran and her children taped in the covers, notes, and other loose items. Day planners for the years 1974, 1981, 1982 and 1984 are missing from this series. A note by McPhedran at the end of the 2003 day planner states that it will be her last because of a switch to an electronic Blackberry organizer.

University of Waterloo and Pragma Council files

Records in this series pertain to Marilou McPhedran's association with the University of Waterloo and her two terms, in 1994 and 2000, as Planner-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo's School of Planning. These records predominantly document McPhedran's work at the University of Waterloo during the fall of 2000, when she taught a seminar course titled "Building healthy communities : local to global human rights." Also included in this series are records pertaining to conferences of the Pragma Council, with which McPhedran became involved through her association with the University of Waterloo. File in this series include notes, course materials, correspondence, conference materials, memoranda, newspaper clippings, journal articles, and a CD-ROM.

Metropolitan Committee on Violence against Women and Children (METRAC) files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran relating to METRAC, its mandate and its activities. Records in this series document a number of METRAC's projects in the 1990s, including its involvement with the May-Iles inquest and other legal cases, public safety audits for the Royal Bank and the Toronto Transit Commission, an Ontario Women's Justice Network project, and the production of METRAC publications on stalking and domestic violence. Also included in this series are McPhedran's subject files regarding violence against women and children, METRAC administrative files, and files pertaining to meetings of METRAC's board of directors, on which McPhedran served as a member and/or chair during this period. Files in this series consist of correspondence, minutes, budgets, reports, agendas, financial statements, legal documents, memoranda, newspaper and magazine articles, journal articles, handbooks and pamphlets, notes, mission statements, and work plans.

Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients files

Series consists of records created and used by Marilou McPhedran while serving as chairperson of two task forces on the subject of sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The first of these independent task forces was commissioned by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1990 and included members Harvey Armstrong, Rachel Edney, Pat Marshall, Roz Roach and coordinators Briar Long and Bonnie Homeniuk. The records in this series pertain to task force hearings and meetings and document the process of preparing the task force's preliminary and final reports. These records include McPhedran's resource materials and first-person testimonies submitted to the task force. Also included in this series are records created when the task force was reconvened in 2000 to review the impact of the Regulated Health Professions Act. Files in this series consist of reports, correspondence, memoranda, legal documents, notes, newspaper clippings, financial statements, academic papers, photographs, electronic documents, and video cassettes.

Homewood Health Care files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran in her capacity as a consultant to Homewood Health Care, a company providing behavioural, addiction and psychiatric services. The records in this series pertain to McPhedran's contract with Homewood, her participation in company meetings and a roundtable for Homewood employees based on a paper titled "Quest for empathy: human health in the post-deficit society." Files in this series include research notes, correspondence, memoranda, briefing notes, draft documents, reports, pamphlets, presentation slides (paper format), annual reports, invoices, conference materials, and journal articles.

Liberty Health files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran as a consultant to Liberty Health, a supplementary health care provider, from 1996 to 1997. The records in this series document Liberty Health's plans to transition from a not-for-profit corporation to a marketing and sales-driven organization and pertain to McPhedran's work to design and coordinate internal and external working groups to facilitate this process. Also documented in this series is McPhedran's involvement with the Liberty Health-sponsored 1996 Health Matters Expo. The files in this series consist of agendas, memoranda, correspondence, speaking notes, transcripts, draft documents, briefing notes, presentation slides (paper version), press releases, magazine articles, receipts and invoices, executive summaries, and newsletters.

Gerstein Centre files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran, pertaining to the operations and functions of the Gerstein Centre, a City of Toronto resource centre for individuals with mental health problems for which McPhedran served as a founding director and board member. The records in this series document a variety of administrative issues, including the formation of the centre, meetings of its board of directors, and the 1990 re-opening of the centre at 100 Charles St. E. The files in this series consist of correspondence, draft documents, minutes, memoranda, budgets, bylaws, reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, and notebooks.

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