Hello Canada. My name is Ben and Allan has kindly passed me the reins of BlogsCanada.ca – I have big plans for the website so please stay tuned. I’m still getting used to the back-end of the website so please bear with me for the next few weeks as I slowly figure everything out. Over […]
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. Ben Clarke is the new owner of […]
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 […]
A man turns to his wife in bed and whispers “Did you know it’s National Orgasm Day?” “Oh, what a pity,” she smiled, “Right in the middle of National Headache Week !!” ———————————— SENIOR TRYING TO SET PASSWORD WINDOWS: Please enter your new password: USER: cabbage WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 […]
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 […]
No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda. CANADIAN COMMENT APPEARS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL. THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT. This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter. A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling […]
Well boys and girls, here is a woman who would make Alf the Alien proud! Serial husband killer and North Carolina death row inmate, Blanche Taylor Moore, requested this weekend that her last meal be a kitten — a live kitten The prison administration is required to accept all last meal demands of any kind. Thus, they will obtain […]
The Governments of Canada and Manitoba are announcing funding for 2 additional projects in communities across the western region of the province under the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.
The funeral for Bobbi Kristina has come to an end and Whitney Houston was the one to give her daughter a final goodbye. During the ceremony, members of both the Brown and Houston families spoke as well as Tyler Perry. The final song played was…
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Rachael Bedlington becomes Consul General in Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China). Marc-André Fredette becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Mali. Adrian Norfolk becomes Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
We have known this for a long time: Stephen Harper is really bad for the Canadian economy. Actually he is the worst, read the whole article here.
Here are his scores in 6 key areas.
1. Stephen Harper has steered Canada’s economy to its lowest levels of growth in 69 years
With an average annual real GDP growth rate of 1.6%, under Stephen Harper’s tenure the Canadian economy grew by nearly half the rate it did for his predecessors in the decade before he took office. It was nearly three times worse than Canada’s growth rate during the 1950s (Read more…)
When I see that the Conservative Party of Canada is fighting for top spot in the polls I feel so much stress that I need to stop and do something else for a while. This party has been so effective at concealing their actions from the public and destroying their opponents they are likely to be re elected.
They are fighting for top spot despite:
Leading us into a recession Losing $3.1 billion of taxpayer money Running defecits every year Beginning the dismantling of universal health care Cancelling the long form census G-20 scandal Muzzling scientists de-funding any organization (Read more…)
The forecast for the long weekend is for sun and hot temperatures, but B.C. communities have a long way to go to break heat temperatures for the weekend, according to Environment Canada.
Canadians looking to take the plunge in safe, clean waters this long weekend can use an app to scour beaches across the country with the best and worst water quality.
An Ontario woman convicted in the brutal beating death of her threeyear-old daughter was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday, as the judge presiding over the case called her the child’s “greatest enemy.”
Are you sick of those ‘Just Not Ready’ commercials from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives? Tired of seeing that baggy-eyed old man, that mandatory immigrant with the heavy accent, and the generic woman looking over Justin Trudeau’s ‘resume’? And are you sick of hearing “Nice hair, though”?
Well, get ready to get even sicker.
Harper is, by all accounts, ready to perform the traditional anachronism of asking the Governor-General to shut down parliament in order to hold an election. Since the date is already set (Oct. 19) that means we’re have an election campaign that goes through August, September and into October, (Read more…)
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are announcing funding for five additional projects in communities in central Manitoba today under the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $285,905 for nine projects in southwestern Saskatchewan under the Harper Government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $190,750 for 8 projects in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $599,092 for eleven projects under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Bobbi Kristina’s funeral was interrupted Saturday morning by an outburst from Leolah Brown, Bobbi’s aunt, who was swiftly removed from the church with the help of Tyler Perry. An eyewitness tells TMZ, Pat Houston was…
Will protect Canadians from its potentially harmful effects. The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced further steps to protect Canadian youth from dangerous drugs.
Asorted content for your weekend reading.
– Ezra Klein talks to Bernie Sanders about how to build a more fair economy in the U.S. and around the globe. And Lynn Parramore interviews Tony Atkinson about the options available to rein in economic inequality – and why we should be working on putting them in place: LP: Some of the possible prescriptions you discuss, such as a basic income for all citizens, may sound radical, but you point out that they are actually already implemented as policy in many countries in various ways. Are ideas like basic income getting more (Read more…)
The Governments of Canada and Manitoba are announcing funding for 5 flood protection projects under the Community Dikes Initiative through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund.
Residents of five Manitoba communities were assured today that they can look forward to improved flood protection for their families and properties thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment from the Community Dikes Initiative through the Provinci…
Starting August 8 and throughout the month, approximately 4800 Canadian soldiers, mostly Army Reserve Force members, are taking part in several exercises across the country.
Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $208,642 for five projects in British Columbia, under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced she has directed Health Canada to take a more proactive approach to monitoring illegal advertising of marijuana by non-regulated parties.
An antidote to all the hyperbole and foolishness recently emanating from American fetus-fetish brigade. So, my anti-choice friends, stop wallowing in your gullibility and for *once* try to face the facts of the situation.
Originally posted on Pro Abortion – Pro Life:
Why would anyone want to collect fetal tissue, you may be asking… (By the way, this is not something only Planned Parenthood does as you’ll see below. It is perfectly normal and legal, not to mention beneficial to the field of medicine and science. Planned Parenthood has been attacked with false videos, so let’s (Read more…)
Kim Jong-un Is Set to Receive a ‘Global Statesman’ Award—and Not in North Korea
VANCOUVER — A passenger bus carrying dozens of people has been involved in a crash on Highway 1 south of Chase, in B.C.’s Shuswap region. A spokeswoman with the B.C. Ambulance service says there are 60 patients, one person is in critical condition.
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter hashtag has famous authors venting and bonding on #Twitter. http://t.co/bfLwC31hoQ — OBSERVER (@observer) July 28, 2015 Should Body-Cam Footage Always Go Public? It’s Complicated, wired.com The Scientifically Proven Way to Have the Best Vacation Ever, fastcompany.com Americans cutting calorie intake but junk food proves a hard habit to kick,theguardian.com Walter Palmer, dentist and lion […]
We’re off to a wedding, a birthday party, my in-laws, and then to visit my grammy (Adriana gets to meet her Great-Grammy!) over the long weekend. This means we’re going to clock a ton of hours on the road, so I am coming prepared! Even though a lot of our meals will be made for […]
‘When I saw myself in the mirror, looking like a woman, it was like seeing myself for the first time.’
MP John Barlow, on behalf of Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced the Harper Government will invest an estimated $113.65 million to improve infrastructure in the Prairie Region including the Chie…
A Venice Beach lifeguard found himself under attack on Thursday when some unruly beach-goers allegedly threw a lit cigarette into his stand. Check out the video … the lifeguard can certainly fend for himself and other patrons became involved&…
Photo via Flickr user Stephen Melkisethian
Check out more VICE coverage of the police:
In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and Ralkina Jones, the conversation surrounding police violence in the US has become more immediate than ever before. Brown, Martin, and Garner’s deaths at the hands of police officers have forced many to confront the persistent reality of racism in the United States. The effects of this racism extend beyond direct physical violence; these cases can also have dire implications for the mental health of marginalized communities as well.
Psychological and psychiatric organizations like the APA already recognize that sustained racism and discrimination can be emotionally taxing on minority communities. In recent years, mental health institutions have paid increasing attention to the ways in which the black community internalizes its everyday experiences with racism. Studies have revealed that these experiences actively produce stress and cause trauma for those exposed, which begs the question: Can simply growing up black in America cause permanent psychological harm for an individual? Can the reality of being a person of color cause something as extreme as PTSD?
To get some answers, VICE spoke with Dr. Shawn O. Utsey, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, about the unseen, psychological consequences of being black in America.
VICE: You’ve written a few papers on race-related and racism-related stress and trauma. Can you tell us a bit about your work?
Dr. Shawn O. Utsey: My work examines the psychological and physiological effects of race-related stress, and that typically includes racism. But there can be race-related stress without racism. There are some things that you might hear people commonly refer to as the “Black tax.” It’s the cost of being black that may not be the consequence of racism. For example, you move to a community and you have difficulties finding a place to do your hair. That’s not necessarily racism, but it could be stressful.
But more often than not, race-related stress involves the impact of racism. Most people tend to think that you have an experience of racism and it upsets you, and as a consequence of you being upset, you experience stress, and that’s what makes you sick over the course of your life, that chronic exposure to stress. But my work now is looking at it from a different perspective: prolonged activation. It’s not necessarily the fact that you’ve experienced racism. It’s that you’ve experienced racism and it stays with you.
The other phenomenon that I’m studying now is anticipatory race-related stress. You haven’t even had an experience, but you anticipate it happening, and you are stressed just by anticipation. So, I’m about to go shopping at the mall across town, a predominantly white-mall. I anticipate that they’re probably going to follow me around. They may even treat me with disdain. So I begin to prepare in anticipation of racism I might or might not encounter. As a consequence, I’m stressed, even in the absence of racism.
So the race-related stress is connected to the overall marginalization of black people in the US, not just individual racist events?
Yes. In fact, I did a study that examines not only the effects of racial trauma but the intergenerational transmission of that trauma. I went to Oklahoma and I interviewed the survivors of the race riots of 1921, and interviewed their descendants. I wanted to see the degree to which people who’ve encountered racial trauma, not only carry that trauma, but how they pass that trauma on to their descendants across generations. Now there’s a lot of empirical work with the descendants of Holocaust survivors and there is some foundation for that thinking. But I think that the argument has been that the trauma has to stop. For black folks, you can’t really argue that the trauma has stopped. It’s more about the chronic exposure to racism than it is traumatic experiences.
What are the kinds of stress and trauma exhibited by communities that experience instances of police violence?
Typically, you’d think that a sense of helplessness in response to state violence would be more egregious because the actors are immune from prosecution. But in the case of white Americans, who have committed egregious acts of violence against black Americans, we have seen similar outcomes, i.e. no prosecution, or a prosecution that results in no contest, as in the case of George Zimmerman. It’s not much of a leap from the helplessness that many black Americans feel about the acts of violence by citizens versus the acts of violence by the police.
It’s not simply when the police are violent or the legal system doesn’t protect blacks. It’s also heavy-handed when black folks are seen as the transgressors. The relationship between the law enforcement and the black community goes back to slavery and the slave patrols. The slave patrols were in place to protect the white community from enslaved black people. In South Africa, during the apartheid, the police and the army were there simply to protect the white community from the black masses of Africans. That’s the role of the police in many societies, to protect whites from blacks. This is why the violence is part of our police culture. Slave patrols were one of the first forms of law enforcement in this country.
What kind of psychological symptoms do black people experience as a result of that inherited history and the experience of living in a racist society?
There’s this concept of “post-traumatic growth,” and that suggests that the response of many people to trauma is growth, not necessarily pathology. Now, in the early history of psychology, the argument was that black people would go insane under the burden of freedom. This is not some racist skinhead—these are the most prominent psychologists of the day, like Carl Jung, saying that black people would go crazy under the burden of freedom. You have people like William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs who wrote about “black rage.” In fact, Cobbs and Grier, who were two black psychologists, talked about this rage that was right below the surface of all black people, ready to explode, as a consequence of the chronic exposure to racism.
Now, those people who do experience some psychological pathology as a conduit for racism are probably already at risk for other kinds of stresses. So racism becomes a form of stress. But if you experience stress based on your racial group membership, even when that stressor is over, it’s not done for you, because the possibility of future stressors remains. Your skin is still black. I think that you might be at increased risk as a black person, but it doesn’t mean that you experience official pathology as a consequence of being black.
There was a study that was released recently from the University of Bradford that talked about how people who are following news events on social media, the study suggested that they were exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Is it possible that there could be a similar phenomenon within the black community, who are following news about the killings of unarmed black men?
That makes sense, but it’s not PTSD. PTSD means something happened, a month ago, a week ago, and you are still exhibiting symptoms. Here’s my political opinion: This is the nature of the black experience. There is some degree of healthy behavior that I see exhibited when these events happen. Obviously, you hate to see them happen so frequently. But I’m much happier seeing black folks up in arms about something, trying to get change. Just a few years ago, we were talking about how young people didn’t see race, that they thought race was a thing of the past. But now I’m seeing young people becoming activists, leading movements. This is healthy behavior.
Would you say that activism or organizing can be a form of healing for the black community?
Absolutely. For everyone.
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Swimming Canada receives Government of Canada funding for the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council announced three-year partnership arrangements with two Aboriginal organizations to deli…
by TSM What a wild week for Toronto Sports fans!! So, you all like to have your say so here you go: You play the radio program director! We will make it easy – assume that there is only 1 all sports radio in town […]
Yes, Paul McLeod’s report that Stephen Harper will go through a three-month election period without meeting a single person who hasn’t been previously vetted by partisan operatives is pretty much the logical extension of the Harper Cons’ attitude toward the public. But it’s worth offering a reminder how that relates to the flood of propaganda going in the other direction.
Any place in Stephen Harper’s campaign – or any consideration by his government – is by invitation only.
The few people who receive personal invitations due to their perceived political value – the Carsons and Duffys, Porters and Del Mastros (Read more…)
The former head of Elections Canada, Jean Pierre Kingsley, says that Stephen Harper is “gaming the system.” And Kory Teneyche, the former head of Sun News, says that,when Mr. Harper has a campaign event, attendance will be by “invitation only.”
Ten years ago, no one would have thought that a prime minister could treat the voting public with such brazen contempt. But this is Stephen Harper. Contempt is in his DNA. Elizabeth Thompson reports:
While all parties keep an eye on who is showing up for events, largely for security reasons, most parties (Read more…)