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Susan on the Soapbox: The Calgary Police Service: Allegations of Harassment and Intimidation

If you’ve ever wondered why women are reluctant to bring forward allegations of sexual harassment, look no further than the furor unleashed when 15 female police officers contacted city councillor and police commissioner Diane Colley-Urquhart to discuss sexual harassment and the culture of intimidation and retaliation they’d experienced at the Calgary Police Service.

Ms Colley-Urquhart . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Calgary Police Service: Allegations of Harassment and Intimidation

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Monstrous War on Children

With every day that passes Donald Trump looks more like a loser, and less like the next American president.As he now spends most of his time blaming the media for his sagging polls. As only a loser could.But tragically even when he does go down in fla… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Monstrous War on Children

Montreal Simon: The Miserable Mound of Bigotry Comes After Me Again

The other day I wrote a post criticizing Stephen Harper for negotiating a deal to sell armoured cars to Saudi Arabia, that includes a multi-billion dollar cancellation penalty. And I thought it was clear enough.Only to have the miserable Mound of Sou… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Miserable Mound of Bigotry Comes After Me Again

Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

It had to be one of the most bizarre posts I've ever read. One of the most notorious Trudeau haters in the blogosphere, claiming that he doesn't hate Justin Trudeau. There are some who say that I hate Justin Trudeau. One even claimed that I h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s Education System in Crisis: Proactive Change Needed in Youth and Education Services

As a parent with a non-verbal autistic kid, one of my worst nightmares is to have to deal with a teacher that isn’t qualified to ensure the care of my child. We’ve been pretty lucky. The teachers and staff taking care of my son in the school system are extremely caring, professional and have been […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s Education System in Crisis: Proactive Change Needed in Youth and Education Services

Montreal Simon: The Attacks on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Grow More Ugly and Violent

Yesterday I wrote about how disgusted I was by the way the Cons had gone after Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.And how the smear campaign against her on social media was becoming meaner and uglier.Well now it's out of control, and getting even more viol… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Attacks on Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Grow More Ugly and Violent

Montreal Simon: Why the RCMP Commissioner Still Doesn’t Get It

It seems only appropriate that on the very day Mike Duffy returned to the Senate, the RCMP Commissioner should appear before a Senate committee and show once again why he still doesn't get it.And that a time when the RCMP is being rocked by allega… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the RCMP Commissioner Still Doesn’t Get It

Mind Bending Politics: Parent’s Plea To Stop The Bullying In Her Child’s School Goes Viral

(York Region District School Board Still Plagued With Accountability and Bullying Issues Seven Years After High Profile Rally)   Back in 2009, over 400 students walked out of their classrooms denouncing staff at Keswick High School’s decision to wrongfully suspend an Asian student who was the subject of bullying. This incident in 2009 took the […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Parent’s Plea To Stop The Bullying In Her Child’s School Goes Viral

Montreal Simon: The Day Ezra Levant Claimed That He Was Being Bullied

It could only happen in a country still recovering from the depraved rule of Stephen Harper.Where members of Ezra Levant's hate mongering site The Rebel were thrown out of two Alberta government news conferences for posing as journalists.Only to… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Ezra Levant Claimed That He Was Being Bullied

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: why we need to listen to children’s perceptions of bullying

“Sometimes,” my child said to me, “it is easier to think of the other person as a jerk.” He had been excited about a summer day camp that promised kayaking and archery, but after a day and a half the toll of dealing with bullies was too much. His head was hurting all the time . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos » politics: why we need to listen to children’s perceptions of bullying

Dead Wild Roses: Bullying and the enforcement of normal

Via Shakesville, I stumbled across this powerful and insightful article about bullying among school kids. As somebody who grew up bookish, queerish, funny-looking, and with poor mastery of social skills and “appropriate” gender performance, this totally resonated with me.

The furthest I have come is to accept that I have both been bullied and . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Bullying and the enforcement of normal

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page

The father of one of the four boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons edited her Wikipedia suicide page, wrote that her vicious attack was “consensual sex.”

The post Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: One More Reason the CBC’s Managers Must Be Fired

Last night I wrote about the CBC and said that if it was in trouble people should blame the Harper regime and its managers, not its workers.

For it was its useless managers who created the celebrity culture that allowed "stars" like Jian Ghomeshi to bully those who worked for him.

Or allowed people . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: One More Reason the CBC’s Managers Must Be Fired

The Canadian Progressive: Man Implicated Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault Spared Jail

A judge in Nova Scotia has decided that there will be no jail term for one of the four boys implicated in the fatal gang-rape and online shaming of Rehtaeh Parsons.

The post Man Implicated Rehtaeh Parsons Sexual Assault Spared Jail appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s attack on gay-straight alliances rests on the same logical fallacy as Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law – coincidence, or what?

Russian police arrest citizens protesting against the country’s anti-gay laws, which rely on the same logical fallacy as the Prentice Government’s moves to suppress a bill that would have supported gay-straight alliances in schools. Below: Alberta Liberal MLA and GSA advocate Laurie Blakeman, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.

Give . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta’s attack on gay-straight alliances rests on the same logical fallacy as Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law – coincidence, or what?

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Doubly Disastrous Day of Reckoning

I'm sorry I wasn't able to check out Ezra Levant's reaction to the latest court judgement against him.

Because I'm sure it must have been priceless. Sun News Network host Ezra Levant has been ordered to pay $80,000 in damages for libeling a Saskatchewan lawyer in a series of “reckless” blog posts, according to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Doubly Disastrous Day of Reckoning

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford: The Beast, the Bully, and the Bigot

Well I think this much can safely be said about Rob Ford. You can send him off to a luxury rehab in Muskoka, where other millionaires like him live.You can shoot him full of horse tranquilizer, so you can try to put him on a healthy diet, or load him onto a treadmill.You can . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob Ford: The Beast, the Bully, and the Bigot

Montreal Simon: The Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Con Bigots

It's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. A day to remember the millions of LGBT people in the world who are being oppressed, hurt, and even murdered for the "crime" of being who they are.A day to remember that even in Canada, the hatred that kills is still a problem.For how can I forget . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and the Con Bigots

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Rejection of Gay-Straight Alliances motion shows some Alberta MLAs need a reality check

TweetBe it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to introduce legislation, like Manitoba’s and Ontario’s, requiring all school boards to develop policies to support students who want to lead and establish gay-straight alliance activities and organizations, using any name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive, . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Rejection of Gay-Straight Alliances motion shows some Alberta MLAs need a reality check

Things Are Good: A New Zealand School Abandons Rules, Ends Bullying

Having zero tolerance policies in schools is a truly horrible way to treat children. It can blunt curiosity and punish severely for minor infractions, combine such oppressive control with bizarre rules (like no playing schoolyard games) and you’ll bored, agitated and disengaged kids. When children aren’t able to express themselves in more traditional ways (like . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A New Zealand School Abandons Rules, Ends Bullying

Montreal Simon: Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino, and the Con Bullies

The other night I wrote about how disgusted I was to see Chris Alexander, the Con Immigration Minister, go after Deb Matthews, the Health Minister of Ontario, like a schoolyard bully.For the "crime" of standing up for the right of refugee claimants to receive health care. And I quoted this paragraph from a . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino, and the Con Bullies

Montreal Simon: The Wonderfully Amazing Victory of the Gay-Straight Alliance

They had to fight so hard for the right to set up Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in their schools. They had to battle ignorance and religious bigotry.They were called Nazis, forbidden by their school boards and their principals to use the word gay, or even draw the rainbow colours. But they never gave up, They . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Wonderfully Amazing Victory of the Gay-Straight Alliance

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Bullying and Thuggish Behaviour In Canada’s Politics

As a human being, I see Rob Ford as a tragic character.  The man is so obviously in over his head it’s not even funny.  His closest advisors and family have enabled his proclivities for substance abuse, and I would go so far as to suggest that he may well be little more than . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Bullying and Thuggish Behaviour In Canada’s Politics

Montreal Simon: Watch Rob Ford Go Wild at City Council !!!!

Well I told you it would be a fascist circus, and that's exactly what it turned out to be. With the bully mayor on a rampage. Chaos broke out during an extraordinary city council debate on reducing embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to essentially a figurehead.At one point, the mayor bolted across the room . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Watch Rob Ford Go Wild at City Council !!!!

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Burning Hypocrisy of the Cons

It must have been a frightening apparition in New York City today. Like a scary blimp in the Macy's parade eh? Stephen Harper as Great Mother Leader, posing as a friend of women and children, while floating on a cloud of toxic hypocrisy. Read more »

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