This is also LEAF’s expression of support for the renewal of the Rainbow Cinemas where “Still Mine” will be shown on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. For 20 years, LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, celebrated Person’s Day in Sudbury with a breakfast.
Four years ago, we replaced the breakfast with the LEAF Movie Night — no more early mornings — something else to celebrate.
Person’s Day is the anniversary of that October day in 1929 when the Privy Council of Great Britain declared that Canadian women must be deemed “Persons” and therefore allowed to vote.
The Women’s Legal and Educational Fund — LEAF to it’s many friends — celebrates the day in every major city in Canada. Our event offers financial and moral support of LEAF’s work to ensure Canadian Charter Rights for women and minorities by participating in key cases where human rights have been under threat in Canada.
As well, we give books for local students and the public on Charter Rights issues.
“Still Mine” is a an insightful exploration of the dilemmas older people face from a bureaucracy that has lost sight of basic humane common sense. Filmed on location in St Martin’s Bay, N.B., and North Bay, “Still Mine” is based on fact.
When an elderly man, Craig Morrison (played by actor James Cromwell) decides to build a small house on his property to accommodate his wife’s (Genevieve Bujold) increasing needs, he becomes entangled in red tape.
Following the film, there will be a Q & A with Sudbury geriatrician, Dr Jo-Anne Clarke.
We are hoping that many businesses and professionals, especially those offering services for seniors, will support the event and LEAF by adding their names to the list of sponsors whose names and logos will scroll on screen before the film.
LEAF, a national non-profit organization, promotes equality for women and girls through legal action and public education. LEAF has challenged discrimination against women by intervening at court cases on workplace and work issues, family issues and on behalf of disadvantaged women.
It has supported Francophone rights, intervened in the “Rape Shield” Law and the Privacy of Personal Records. LEAF reinforced that “No Means No” in 1999.
It has helped ensure that in Canada we have a clear definition of “consent” in criminal law and that therapists’ record are not relevant evidence in sexual assault cases. Many of the decisions LEAF has “won” are being challenged again and the loss of the Court Challenges Program, on which LEAF depended, makes fundraising events like this even more crucial.
Tickets are $30 each and can be picked up at Black Cat, Paris Natural Foods, the Apollo Restaurant on the Kingsway, Laurentian University and Cambrian College bookstores, and Art-on-Main in North Bay. Ticket price includes popcorn and a soft drink, and the gala reception after the film.
To order four or more tickets (at $100), or to become a sponsor at $150, call Tannys at 523 4673.
Dr. Chris Nash is a psychologist and LEAF supporter.