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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Planting the Toxic Seed

Religion doesn’t just happen in the 21st century in the West. Religion must be instilled into children, magic and fable must be taught to be revered and most darkly, the fear of eternal punishment must be enshrined in young minds.

Hell for children is a very real fear – it torments their thoughts and causes a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. My question to the religious is simply this:

Why make your children fearful?

Isn’t there enough to worry about life with regards to food, shelter, and security to add another imaginary layer of anxiety to the (Read more…)

centre of the universe: Post-graduate paper

This morning, #TheTeen and I got into a bit of a tiff. Mornings are chaotic, and as much as I have really enjoyed #TheTeen’s company this summer, when school starts up again and we’re under pressure, something eventually has to give. Here’s some background, although actually, the deets aren’t all that important. In fact, the deets don’t really matter so … Continue reading →

centre of the universe: It’s been nine long years

Not really. Not really long years. Nine ridiculously short years. Nine years that feels like days. Nine years that passed in the blink of an eye. Your brother was in his stroller. I clutched my go-mug of coffee with one white-knuckled hand and the stroller with the other. We took pictures of you out in front of the garage with … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian support for Palestine: Mothers and Families for Gaza occupy MP Don Davies’ office

On Tuesday, a group of twenty mothers and families occupied NDP MP Don Davies’ office in Vancouver in support of Palestine.

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Cowichan Conversations: Canadian PM Harper’s Government Complicit in Israeli War Crimes

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Canada, once the peacekeeping nation of merit and respect has been downgraded in the eyes of international observers since being led by right wing ideologue, Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

His unbalanced view and posture is nowhere more obvious that his absolute support for the extreme right-wing Israeli’s attack on Gaza.

Canada’s reputation as a peace-loving nation and as an ‘honest-broker’ in the Middle East (part of its national mythology) has been dealt a serious blow by the ruling Conservative Party’s adamant support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the midst of international condemnation (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s “racist” changes to health care for refugees has threatened lives

by: Adrienne Silnicki | First published by The Council of Canadians on June 12, 2014

Another June 16th, is almost upon and we’re once again offering our support and solidarity to incredible organizations like Canadian Doctors for Refugees who are organizing yet another day of rallies and protest against the racist and discriminatory cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (aka health care for refugees).

This June 16th, the Council of Canadians will once again join health care professionals, lawyers, students,labour brothers and sisters, and civil society to yell “shame!” at a government that feels no shame in (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Bullet-Proof Blankets for kids? Not the solution.

My reaction to bullet proof blankets for children: When I was a kid we had fire and earthquake drills. When I became a teacher I had to verse the children […]

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

A Norwegian children’s charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him. * The advert is part of a new fund-raising campaign SOS Barnebyer is launching to provide blankets and shelter to displaced children in Syria. The organization said the […]

Melissa Fong: The Pity Party, that is -Dave Foley-

I used to love Dave Foley. Kids in the Hall was one of the most epic variety shows, and Canadian to boot. Then there was News Radio that had awesome […]

Dead Wild Roses: Do you listen to Children?

Are we getting children the help they need? There is a nefarious double bind that we put children in that makes it very hard for them to be heard.

“Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.

The most common response is ‘well (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: A Thought on Spanking your Child…

“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Zero-tolerance No-Touching Rule… for Kindergarteners?

I’ll never forget the first day I got called in to teach a Kindergarten class. It was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life to see 30 […]

Melissa Fong: Children, health and the medical fools who focus on BMI

Who are these fools that believe it’s okay to measure a child’s BMI (Body Mass Index), label them as overweight and decide to call it a day because they think they taught someone about health? “[A] paper published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that weighing and measuring the height of schoolchildren and sending letters …

LeDaro: Syria, War and Children

It is sad that how war-torn areas impact children and what kind of life they live. To start with there are two million refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries and many of them are children. Syria’s total population is 22 1/2 million and nearly 35% are 0-14 years old – children. What kind of life view will they have the ones who survive? It is all very tragic. Below is a picture of a child who is playing with a mortar launcher as if it is a toy.

PLAYING SOLDIER: Issa, 10 years old, fixed a mortar launcher at a (Read more…)

LeDaro: Syrian civil war and the plight of children

THREE’S COMPANY: Girls looked from behind a curtain at their family’s home at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Thursday. (Ashraf Amra/APA Images/Zuma Press)WSJ.

It is very sad to see these children. What kind of life is awaiting them? However, bombing Syria is not the answer. U.S and other countries should find a diplomatic solution to this problem.

Bill Longstaff: Will India defeat malnutrition?

India has a lot of a lot of things, including hungry people. It has the world’s second largest population and the world’s second highest percentage of malnourished children.

It also has the world’s largest food distribution system. Unfortunately the system has been largely ineffective, riddled as it is with incompetence and corruption. Now the ruling Congress Party has passed the Food Security

LeDaro: Poverty in America – especially children

The U.S is one of the richest countries in the world but poverty is aplenty. I was in New York, Manhattan area, and I could not walk a street without being accosted by beggars. These beggars don’t ask for money, they demand it. If you don’t give them a quarter or 50 cents some may spit on you.

George W. Bush spent $2 trillion, trillion with ‘t’, imagine how many people could have been fed with that money and provided shelter.

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Before you were conceived I wanted you Before you were born I loved you Before you were here an hour I would die for you This is the miracle of life. ~Maureen Hawkins Happy Birthday Emma!

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives failing BC’s First Nations children: PBO report

Reported by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

First Nations demand a better deal from the Canadian Government during a massive December 2012 protest on Parliament Hill. (Photo: Obert Madondo)

A report released by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Thursday says the Harper Conservatives are failing BC’s First Nation children and on-reserve schools.

The report, titled First Nations School Infrastructure Funding Requirements: British Columbia, shows that the schools are severely underfunded. And, they’re much older than B.C. public schools.

“Baseline federal funding for First Nations school infrastructure in British Columbia is $26 million. The PBO estimates that sustaining (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian children are born pre-polluted with toxic chemicals: Report

by: Environmental Defence | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 26, 2013 – A new report with first of its kind data which demonstrates Canadian children are born pre-polluted was released today.

The new report Pre-Polluted: A Report on Toxic Substances in the Umbilical Cord Blood of Canadian Newborns found that Canadian babies are being exposed to a slew of chemicals while in the womb because they are so pervasive in the environment and in the products we use. Some of the chemicals tested for are linked to serious health issues such as cancer and developmental and reproductive problems.

“This is evidence (Read more…)

centre of the universe: Everybody get down, make love

I am about a week late for this, I guess, but I’m not one to jump on bandwagons and talk about things because it’s the official week of talking about things, so…there you are. And really, it’s always a good time to talk about love. And it’s almost always a good time to talk about [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Half of First Nations children in Canada live in poverty, study finds

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA – Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, according to a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Save the Children Canada.

The study disaggregates child poverty statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada based on data from the 2006 census, which is the most recent data available on Indigenous child poverty:

The first tier has a poverty rate of 12% and excludes Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: ‘Our kids deserve the right to their culture’: Anishinabek Nation

By: Anishinabek Nation | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 17, 2013 – Anishinabek Nation leaders have told provincial government officials that their children in care deserve the right to their culture.

“We need to leave here today with long and short term goals in place,” said Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare, part of a delegation who met with Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “We need to see a nation-to-nation approach where leaders from both sides work together on solutions in the interest of our children. The Anishinabek Nation has requested that the Minister respect our culture and (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Before you were conceived, I wanted you Before you were born, I loved you Before you were here an hour, I would die for you This is the miracle of life ~Maureen Hawkins Happy Birthday Kate! You are magnificent.

centre of the universe: Call me Ducky

The Nipper has the Best Ideas Ever Invented. He said, last night on the way to rehearsal, “you know what would be cool, would be if they made a Call of Duty ™ game that’s age-appropriate for kids and they called it Call of Ducky. And you’d play this duck having adventures all over in [...]