Almost 7 years ago, while going through some personal issues, I made a terrible mistake and ended up being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. It was a dark period in my life, but I have moved on and learned my lesson. This spring, however, my intoxicated driving conviction […]
We are excited to announce the official Canadian launch of the instanews Android app and instanews iOS app. The instanews mobile app enables anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to share breaking local news with nearby people more effectively than on existing platforms. Quickly and easily publish your own local news stories, and discover […]
Hello fellow Canadian bloggers, I want to take a moment to introduce you to my new mobile app launching next month on iOS and Android. It’s called instanews, and it empowers everyone to be a reporter and makes it extremely easy to share photos, videos, and information with nearby people. You could essentially think of […]
Dear Readers……., and friends! It has been an interesting time, as well as a time that saw major changes in my personal and working life, but now it is time to let others take on the responsibility of populating these pages with interesting and informative news and gossip. There is a new owner of BlogsCanada.ca, […]
Dear Readers: There is a lot of confusion about whether Monty Python is really funny …………., or not! What I mean is that some sketches like “The dead Parrot” are among the funniest things I have ever seen, and some other stuff is just plain stupid. BUT. I have to admit that when they ARE funny, […]
Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]
Dear Readers: The Washington Post hit the nail right on the head (Or did they just kick the cat?) when they published this article today! By Michelle Singletary How much is your cat’s life worth? Or your dog’s? Would you take out a credit card specifically to pay for veterinarian care for your cat? Would […]
2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the international climate movement, and Earth Day Canada wants to show the world that Canadians are supportive of meaningful climate action. As such, Earth Day Canada is creating a 2015 Earth Flag on which we will collect signatures from people across the country who are […]
Dear Readers: Aficionado’s of online medieval manuscripts—whoever you are—may be intrigued to know about a 14th-century image of Yoda, wide-spread ears and all, NPR reports. (That’s right kids, Yoda lived for over 900 years, so this was a drawing of him when he was middle-aged!) But is it really him? “I’d love to say that it really […]
Firefighters desperately trying to locate voices crying “Help” and “Fire” trapped in an inferno found the desperate pleas came from two parrots. Crews in Boise, Idaho were called to the blaze on Friday night. After arriving on the scene they heard cries of “Help” and “Fire” from inside leading them to believe several people were […]
The woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been […]
Dear Readers: Lots of things confusing me today bunky, including a bit of confusion about how ya can get a free meal just for being old! There are many perks of growing old — seeing your kids have kids, wearing shirts that say “World’s Best Grandma,” calling rowdy youngsters “whippersnappers” and more — and getting discounts […]
Dear Readers: Today we have a couple of stories from opposite ends of the spectrum that show just how crazy things are getting in this world! The Meitiv family, who is once again battling CPS in Maryland over allowing their children to go to the playground unsupervised. (Photo: Facebook) The Maryland parents investigated by Child […]
Dear Readers: You usually forgiving reporter is slowly getting fed-up with individuals and special interest groups who hold society to ransom with whatever stupid bullshit they go on about! The latest case is about a certain Alain Simoneau of Saguenay Quebec who went to a local council meeting seven years ago and decided he didn’t like them saying […]
Dear Readers: Your ever faithful servant and reporter tries to keep up with all the latest news so that we can supply you with the latest poop on what’s going on in your world ………., and this one takes the cake! “Hey, wanna go see the body?” may seem like an odd thing to hear at […]
Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]
O.K. folks, read the following article, and then remember ……., ya heard it here first! A survey by dating social network site Skout, cheese heads get more action. Skout surveyed a total of 4,600 people. Grilled cheese yields more sex, better people! Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese lovers reported having sex at least six times […]
The Ontario government tried to introduce a new sex education course to public school kids a few month ago and it included such things as discussions about masturbation, trans-gender issues, same sex couples and much more. Now I’m bringing this up for a couple of reasons kids. First of all, we’re not sure if some […]
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Seems I don’t know who to believe anymore kids! The CBC is on a campaign to flog what they call the missing and/or murdered native women across Canada and it makes the news every night. You would think there is a vat network of guys like Robert Pickton who are abducting and killing girls left right […]
Today, as we consider the interim findings of the independent Joint Investigation Team [JIT] on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, we are reminded of the unspeakable suffering caused by this tragic attack.
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There was a great stir a couple of years back when atmospheric CO2 levels first spiked through the 400 ppm mark, a harbinger for ever more global warming to come. It was an on/off thing affected by seasonal change. It was – back then.
It’s no longer an on/off thing. We’ve passed 400 ppm and we’re going to stay past it for the rest of your natural life and then a bit more.
In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm).
That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.
It’s the sleaziest, most despicable and effective political weapon to be had. It’s fear or, more specifically, fearmongering. It’s gotten Donald Trump to the point where he’s a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton for the presidency. It’s worked magic for ambitious thugs in Europe and elsewhere.
If you take a look around the world right now, it’s hard to escape the feeling that
Donald Trump is the candidate who’s in sync with the zeitgeist. It’s a deeply depressing thought. But Clinton ignores it at her peril.
Much of the world currently finds itself in the grip of dark emotions. The democracies of the West seem to be suffering from a collective nervous breakdown. Anxiety about sluggish economic growth is fusing with fears about terrorism and migration to devastating effect. There’s a widespread sense that remote political elites are completely out of touch with the anxieties of ordinary voters.
In the United Kingdom, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson deftly exploited these fears in their campaign to persuade Britons to leave the EU; Johnson has now become the U.K.’s foreign minister. France’s Marine Le Pen, who has made a career out of channeling resentment against immigrants, has a real shot at becoming her country’s next president. Hungary’s Viktor Orban has vowed to end liberal democracy in his country. Meanwhile, Germans have been voting in droves for a party called the Alternative for Germany, a nativist movement that’s been causing big headaches for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Certainly some of reasons for the current populist revolt have to do with economics — the sense that an age of turbocharged technological change and free trade agreements has left too many behind. But purely economic explanations only go so far. What we’re seeing now around the world can’t always be reduced to rational thinking about economic self-interest.
Take that pesky fact that the illiberal surge has coincided in some countries with positive economic trends. In the U.K., one of the strongest pro-Brexit votes came from Cornwall, the county that has received huge amounts of EU subsidies. For voters there, worries about immigration and the loss of sovereignty to Brussels outweighed the potential damage to their pocketbooks. Poland has posted some of its region’s highest growth rates in the past two decades — but that didn’t dissuade voters from choosing a populist right-wing government with a disturbingly authoritarian streak last year. Clearly, growth wasn’t enough. The same goes for the Philippines, where a long-running economic boom has fueled a rise in crime, corruption, and government dysfunction, thus creating the perfect opening for Duterte.
Welcome to the age of the id. More than any other generation in human history, we currently inhabit a world of constant and unrelenting change, and many people are quite naturally responding with uncertainty and fear. They’re not looking primarily for someone who’s proposing rational policy fixes — they’re looking for security, reassurance, and trust, impulses that are all too often salved by strident promises of tribalism or nationalism.
In this world, voters are all too ready to reject the calm voices of reason and experience and to opt instead for a desperate leap into the arms of the demagogue, the leader who promises protection from all the messy turbulence of a world in constant flux. Voters gravitate to strongmen — and note that most of the leaders I’ve mentioned above are democratically elected — when they feel the need for protection: from change, from instability, from “the other.”
Over at The Projection Booth.
The timing couldn’t have been much creepier. One day after the federal government announced approval of a major LNG “carbon bomb” in British Columbia, experts are gathering at the White House for the first, Arctic science ministerial meeting to focus on climate change and the far north.
America, thanks to Alaska is a genuine Arctic nation. I think Canada is too, eh? So, while we’re tossing carbon bombs, the great minds in Washington are delivering a blunt message – “we’ve run out of time.” Note that’s not future tense. It’s present tense as in, “we’ve run out.”
In anticipation of the meeting, the Columbia Climate Center hosted a workshop in July in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and other NGOs, which produced a white paper called ‘A 5 C Arctic in a 2 C World.’
“We’ve run out of time,” says Peter Schlosser, the centre’s director and lead author of the paper.
Simply implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change — which was hashed out in a major international conference in late 2015 — will not be enough, he argues.
(Photo: Pride Toronto)
Dear fellow gay white men of Canada,
Since Black Lives Matter Toronto’s sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I’ve heard several of you say that the police don’t pose a threat to LGBT people, because we’ve made “progress.”
“The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!” is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.
During the events that unfolded since Pride (and more recently, at the Pride town hall in August 2016 and following Pride Toronto’s response), gay white men (GWM) have been expressing that “they” (Black Lives Matter) ruined “our” parade. GWM even went as far as to send the group death threats.
This creates an “us versus them” hostility which is undeserved, considering BLM chapters are founded mainly by queer and trans people, and eight of their nine demands (which have since become controversial) were all about restoring and funding spaces during Pride for queer and trans youth. It should also go without saying that huge swaths of the LGBT community are also black people.
— BlackLivesMatter TO (@BLM_TO) July 4, 2016
But let’s actually set the BLMTO/Pride Toronto conflict aside for a moment, since you can’t be blamed for misunderstanding it if there aren’t some fundamental truths we get out of the way first. Let’s take a closer look at the false assertion that in 2016, everything’s all good between the police and the LGBT community in Canada.
Those of you who have fought for our rights for decades have worked hard. But that freedom is yet to be available to all of our friends in the rainbow. It seems that when LGBT people of colour try to fight to secure these same, deserved enjoyments, some of you feel inconvenienced. Understand that these are not an attack on your past accomplishments or your own freedom — others in our community are struggling and their protest finally means they refuse to be silenced. It is another monumental moment in our history.
Those of us who have only ever had positive (or at least fair) interactions with police in recent times have difficulty understanding just how difficult and dangerous police interactions are for LGBT people of colour. “Just because it doesn’t make Channel 9 News doesn’t mean it’s not going on,” says Max Mohenu, a nonbinary trans person. Mohenu writes about culture, sexuality and race for VICE Canada.
Francis Loïc Kiromera is a young professional who works in policy. He also hosted the Blockorama stage at Toronto Pride this year. Kiromera believes a lot of white gay men have racial blind spots when it comes to police brutality. “If you only are interacting with a certain type of person or if you’re not interacting with people who have had these types of experiences with cops, you’re not gonna be as critical,” he says. “I’ve been carded in Toronto and I’m not even on the fringes of society by any means. Still, I’ve had that experience just because of the colour of my skin.”
Random police stops based on suspicion (carding) still disproportionately affect black people in Toronto, where 8.4 per cent of the city’s population is black but the number of carded young black men between 2008 and 2011 was 3.4 times higher than that.
Black issues and women’s issues are issues faced by the LGBT community.
Howard Sapers, correctional investigator for the federal government tabled a report in 2015 in the House of Commons where he found the black inmate population grew 69 per cent between 2005 and 2015.
Police interactions with people of colour are sometimes needlessly fatal in Canada as well. Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby are two high-profile examples of black people killed during police interactions in recent years and Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian man, was beaten to death while being arrested in Ottawa last month.
Keira Grant (Photo: Kanchan Maharaj)
Women are also excluded from our narrow view of police violence. A less widely known bathhouse raid took place at Pussy Palace, a women-only bathhouse event, in September 2000. Keira Grant, a Toronto health researcher and a queer black woman, was there. “It was very, very clear from the demeanor of the officers that they were not concerned about any real meaningful crime or safety issues,” she says. “They had simply heard that this was going to be an opportunity to ogle scantily clad women.”
Grant said the Pussy Palace raids “had a lasting effect on a lot of women in the community feeling like the police were not really somewhere that we can turn if we need help with regards to sexual violence or any other issues that might affect us as queer women.”
“The cops perpetrated a lot of sexual violence by being there,” she added.
You don’t get to use the acronym “LGBT” without truly taking on the issues of every letter and colour.
A poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid for Global News, found 71 per cent of all Canadian women surveyed said reporting a sexual assault to police was a negative experience. Thirty-nine per cent said the reporting process left them “devastated.”
The same study found rampant victim blaming and attempts to coerce victims out of reporting sexual assaults by Canadian police. Between 2005 and 2015, Global News found only 2.9 per cent of Vancouver sexual assault reports resulted in a conviction.
So what does any of this have to do with you? It’s simple. The LGBT community includes black people and women, so black issues and women’s issues are issues faced by the LGBT community. You don’t get to use the acronym “LGBT” without truly taking on the issues of every letter and colour. A conversation about LGBT issues devoid of anti-racist and anti-sexist values is impossible. Put bluntly, the LGBT community is not just white, gay men.
And what about our trans community?
Mohenu says police make them nervous. “The more that I see people of colour being gunned down for no reason, it doesn’t instill any sort of confidence in me,” they say. Mohenu’s feelings are not unique. The relationship between police and trans people (trans people of colour especially) is undeniably terrible.
“Trans women of colour are often profiled as sex-workers, drug addicts or just plain criminals,” Princess Harmony Rodriguez wrote in a piece on Blackgirldangerous.com called “Whose Lives Matter?: Trans Women of Color and Police Violence.
“Discrimination against transgender people in the workplace causes us to be unemployed or underemployed, so we have to turn to sex work,” she says. When trans people are victims, “we’re often the ones who end up getting arrested, injured or emotionally traumatized even in the process of asking for help,” she adds.
This is only a fraction of the serious issues that our community faces. Next time you’re about to say that everything is fine between the LGBT community and police, think about each letter of our acronym and the compounded racial realities many people in our community face. Think about the acts of civil disobedience that led to your unburdening from police oppression.
Ray Charles sang that “None of us are free when one of us are chained.” If you use the term LGBT to sound inclusive but aren’t actually speaking with the entire community in mind, you might as well be honest about the fact that you’re only concerned with problems that affect you personally.
People LOVE to throw around the word “community” — how about actually taking everyone into account?
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I am delighted to be here today for the launch of the video relay service.
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“The community of Benicia, [California,] in the crosshairs of history, made one of those decisions that will make a difference for the country. They stood up and said the safety of our communities matters.”
That was Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor talking to The Sacramento Bee about the vote by the Benicia City Council to deny a new oil-by-rail facility that oil company Valero was seeking.
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