Media Advisory - Determining the Future of Equality in Canada - Dr. Ursula
Franklin to Address Canada's Youth

OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHAT:  On April 15, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is
           launching a national Youth Commission to celebrate 25 years of the
           equality section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    WHO:   Dr. Ursula Franklin will speak at the launch. Dr. Franklin is
           University Professor Emerita in the University of Toronto's
           Department of Materials Science Engineering and a member of the
           Order of Ontario. She has campaigned for social justice, peace and
           women's rights and is the figurehead of the group that ushered in
           Section 15. The United Nations Association of Canada awarded Dr.
           Franklin with the Pearson Peace Medal in recognition of her
           humanitarian work.

           Speakers include Saron Gebresellassie, a Youth Commissioner and
           York University doctoral candidate. Saron received the YWCA Woman
           of Distinction Award and was named in Chatelaine Magazine's "Top
           80 Women to Watch" feature.

           During the event, students from Ursula Franklin Academy will
           debate what social justice means to their generation and how they
           envision equality in Canada's future.

    WHY:   Today's youth are the first generation to grow up under Section 15
           of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Youth Commission is
           taking the pulse of Canada's youth to discover how social justice
           and equality issues impact their lives.

           LEAF will publish a video of youth responses, use the feedback to
           improve their youth programming and develop a report to support
           further research on equality issues in Canada.

    WHEN:  Thursday, April 15, 2010, 10:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

    WHERE: Ursula Franklin Academy, 146 Glendonwynne Road, Toronto, ON.

    HOW:   To arrange pre- or post-event interviews, contact Niki Popper,
           Education Program Coordinator at 416-595-7170 ext. 229 or


For further information: For further information: Niki Popper, Education Program Coordinator at (416) 595-7170 ext. 229 or

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