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Montreal Simon: Why Peter MacKay Should Not Lead Any Canadian Party

When I saw Peter MacKay heading off into the sunset, and paying for his own flight for a change.After jumping over the side of the sinking Con ship…

I was hopeful that we'd seen the last of him.But sadly it's pretty clear now, even if he won't admit it, that he is planning to run to replace Stephen Harper…Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Lauren Bialystok: Empty Schools Campaign denies children essential education

Opponents of Ontario’s sex education curriculum are broadcasting misrepresentations and bigotry “under the guise of parental rights”, argues Lauren Bialystok, an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

The post Lauren Bialystok: Empty Schools Campaign denies children essential education appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: bernie sanders, the pope, and the politics of amnesia

I see a lot of excitement online, in places like Common Dreams and The Nation, and in my Facebook feed, about Bernie Sanders, supposedly remaking US politics, and Pope Francis, supposedly remaking the Roman Catholic Church.

About Sanders, I shake my head and wonder why long-time Democrat voters do not see him and his candidacy for what it is. About the Pope, I wonder why progressive people allow themselves to care.

Sanders is the new Dean

Bernie Sanders has been praised as a maverick, an independent, and a socialist. All of which may have been true at various points (Read more…)

wmtc: 35 survivors of cosby assaults speak out in new york magazine

In a powerful show of courage, strength, and feminist solidarity, 35 women (of the 46 total) who have officially accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them share their stories in New York magazine.

Read, watch, listen.

wmtc: action bronson, hate speech, and protest: rape culture vs. freedom of speech

As part of the NXNE concert series in Toronto, rapper Action Bronson was slated to perform a free concert in Dundas Square. Bronson is apparently known for lyrics and videos that degrade women and glorify rape. He has also bragged about assaulting a trans woman. Many people felt that this performer was inappropriate for a headliner act and a free event in the heart of Toronto.

A petition was circulated calling for NXNE to cancel the Dundas Square show. Eventually they did. Their statement says they will try re-book Action Bronson as a ticketed event in a different venue.

That (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada

Today, the Harper Conservatives voted down M-444, an NDP-sponsored motion seeking to end violence against women in Canada.

The post Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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.

The Canadian Progressive: Leah Parsons’ Message To The Man Who Assaulted Her Daughter Rehtaeh

In a victim impact statement, Leah Parsons said the voice of her late daughter, Rehtaeh, “was not heard while she struggled to be heard, but it sure is now.”

The post Leah Parsons’ Message To The Man Who Assaulted Her Daughter Rehtaeh appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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.

wmtc: solidarity forever

Poor neglected wmtc. In addition to having absolutely zero time and mental space to write, I have some kind of head-cold-thing. So instead of trying to string words together in an order that conveys meaning, I will use this blog as a Tumblr, something formerly known as a photo blog.

I’ve been seeing such beautiful, creative displays of solidarity lately. These actions can be so inspiring – reminding us that we can demonstrate not only against bigotry and hatred, but for love and compassion, and for justice.

After anti-Muslim rhetoric was scrawled into an Uppsala mosque wall yesterday hundreds of (Read more…)

Left Over: The New (Old) Victim Shame Game…

Whistler rape posters pulled after making bar patrons uncomfortable Howe Sound Women’s Centre has agreed to change its campaign after complaints from bar owners

By Jesara Sinclair, CBC News Posted: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 10:59 AM PT

The article itself was a bit of a nonentity, but reading the comments was extremely revealing..

The CBC media online has more than its share of nickle a comment trolls, but this truly surpassed expectations for sheer defensiveness, not to mention offensiveness..equal to or greater than anything that poster could have engendered..

Below is my reply to (Read more…)

wmtc: when sexual assault goes public: #beenrapedneverreported and the presumption of innocence

The revelations about Jian Ghomeshi hit my Facebook feed in waves.

First many friends were shocked by CBC’s announcement that they were “severing their relationship” with the longtime and very popular radio host. I don’t listen to radio and I’m always surprised at how many people do.

Then came Ghomeshi’s own statement, which one friend very perceptively recognized as likely Ghomeshi’s attempt to get ahead of a story in which he would be accused of assault.

Then came his victims – now 14 people – who have courageously come forward to tell their stories.

Despite the corroboration of multiple victims, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.

The post In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

The post PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations

The plot is thickening around Jian Ghomeshi’s departure from the CBC as the radio star announces a $50-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.

The post Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: Take the Keys and Lock ‘Em Up…..

Lock up chronic runaways to keep them safe: Winnipeg police officer The longer they are on the street, the worse it becomes for them, says Supt. Danny Smyth

CBC News Posted: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT

At what point do the police have the ability to lock up anyone for any reason, to save themselves some aggravation? How about dealing with the reasons for chronic runaways at the source, instead of this obviously useless style of warehousing them?? There are many reasons for children to be runaways, and yes, I am (Read more…)

wmtc: paris day three encore, in which I admit ptsd is forever

So it turns out it’s not just my snoring that’s keeping Connie up at night. It’s noises “that sound like you’re upset,” says my mother. Allan recently told me that I cry or startle or semi-scream in my sleep on a regular basis. The incidents I think of as rare are not, in fact, rare. What’s rare is my memory of them.

I feel I must apologize for ever telling a fellow PTSD sufferer that it eventually goes away. I was 21 years old when I was raped. If it hasn’t gone away by now, it obviously never will. Thank (Read more…)

wmtc: josh lueke is a rapist and why we should continue to say so

Stacey May Fowles has written a incisive, biting, and definitive piece about shaming men who rape. I can scarcely quote from it (although I will), because every word is not only necessary but perfect. Please join me in reading this stellar essay, and in cheering for Fowles and every survivor of sexual assault, and in calling out every Josh Lueke we can find.

May I add, too, that this essay explains exactly why I will never stop saying animal torturer and dog murderer every time I hear or read the name Michael Vick. A blog reader recently told me I (Read more…)

wmtc: cherry-picked data and undisclosed bias: the failure of freakonomics

Allan came home from one of his used-book sale sprees with copies of both Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics. I had read so many excerpts from, and reviews of, these books over the years, and their appearance was a reminder to actually read them myself.

You’re probably familiar with the general premise of Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt is an economics professor at the University of Chicago, and Stephen J. Dubner is a well-known writer and editor. The two teamed up to write an unusual mix of story, statistics, and surprises for a popular audience, using research and statistics to draw unusual (Read more…)

wmtc: child sexual abuse in context: soraya chemaly asks, "are children supposed to document their abuse?"

Soraya Chemaly places Dylan Farrow’s claim in the context of rampant child sexual abuse, and the persistent myth of false rape claims. Dylan Farrow is in a situation that thousands deal with every day. In general, people want to look away, muttering some variant of “he said/she said.” But, that phrase implies an equivalence where we have a gross imbalance, because “he” is more trusted, virtually always, in every capacity, than “she.”

There is a substantial body of research documenting our preference for thinking of men as more competent and moral. Researchers who studied gendered speech patterns found (Read more…)

wmtc: dylan farrow and woody allen: a feminist, a rape survivor, and a woody allen fan weighs in

Wmtc friend and reader Dharma Seeker writes: Some of my discussion groups have been blowing up since Dylan Farrow’s open letter to actors in Woody Allen films. My brain is muddled trying to sort out the various issues. I’d love your thoughts and hoped you might blog about it, although if you’ve not read it yet Dylan’s open letter should come with a trigger warning.

If the allegations are true, does that mean that actors have a moral obligation to boycott his films?

Do movie lovers have a moral obligation to boycott his films?

Where do we draw the line (Read more…)

wmtc: thoughts on "the central park five": new york city, the central park jogger, and me

We’ve just seen “The Central Park Five,” the Ken Burns film about five young men of colour who were wrongfully arrested, indicted, and convicted of rape and attempted murder, and who served seven, and in one case, thirteen years, in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

There was virtually no evidence linking the five teenagers to the crime, and enormous amounts of evidence showing they could not possibly have committed it. They were convicted on the strength of illegally obtained, coerced, false confessions.

In one sense, this story is one of the oldest in the United States. As former (Read more…)

wmtc: brief open letter to richard dawkins: you have no right to speak for anyone but yourself

Dear Richard Dawkins,

If the sexual abuse you experienced as a child did not leave you with lasting scars, that’s very fortunate for you. However, you have no right to speak for anyone but yourself. Your insensitive remarks may cause survivors of sexual abuse great pain and they may confirm perpetrators’ rationalizations of their own abuse.

So do us all a favour and shut the fuck up.


A survivor in solidarity with all survivors everywhere

Left Over: Molehill Revisited….

Manitoba deputy premier sorry for ‘white people’ remark Premier used phrase ‘do-good white people’ to describe women’s shelter in Winnipeg CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:21 PM CT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013 5:23 PM CT



Well it does suck that a scantily-clothed group/person would be raising money for a women’s shelter..oh, wait… This harkens back to the bad old days where it was thought, even believed, that rape and violence against women was motivated by sex, you know, the short skirt syndrome? Violence is violence, and who better to raise funds for the shelter tan (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: One in five Canadians think women encourage sexual assault when drunk

by: Canadian Women’s Foundation | Press Release:

National Omnibus reveals that Canadians still blame women for being sexually assaulted

TORONTO, July 9, 2013 – With summer in full swing, Canadians have packed away their sweaters and are enjoying drinks on the patio. However, according to a new survey* conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, many Canadians believe that women need to be careful about what they wear and how much alcohol they consume – 19 per cent of the respondents believe that women may provoke or encourage sexual assault when they are drunk. Of these, nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) (Read more…)