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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: Roger Ailes the Head of Fox News Is Forced To Resign

For twenty years as the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes helped shaped the current form of the Republican Party.And turn politics in that country into a sewer.But today it was his turn to be flushed into that same sewer.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Roger Ailes the Head of Fox News Is Forced To Resign

Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Apology and the Shame of the CBC

And so it ends, for him. Jian Ghomeshi has apologized, and avoided another trial for sexual assault.Jian Ghomeshi stood before an open court today and apologized for his "sexually inappropriate" behaviour against a former CBC employee who had… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Apology and the Shame of the CBC

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

centre of the universe: Addendum

Okay, so following the breaking news yesterday that one of the fellows who thought it was a laugh riot to shout “Fuck her in the pussy” at a television camera pointed at a female reporter (a friend mentioned that this has happened to male reporters too; I am now aware of one instance of that . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Addendum

Montreal Simon: The Dirty Sexist Game and the Woman Who Fought Back

It's a dirty game, a bestial assault on women, and one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on TV.One that began just over a year ago with this video in Cincinnati, as a female reporter covered a train derailment.

The video got more than five million views, more than . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Dirty Sexist Game and the Woman Who Fought Back

centre of the universe: Waitaminute, do what to whom? In the where?

TL:DR – (sexual) harassment isn’t funny. It’s illegal.

The Canadian Progressive: Jian Ghomeshi’s abusive behaviour condoned by CBC: Report

An independent report on the Jian Ghomeshi scandal accuses the management of the CBC of condoning the former Q host’s abusive workplace behaviour.

The post Jian Ghomeshi’s abusive behaviour condoned by CBC: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: International Women’s Day 2015: Ontario’s bold anti-sexual violence plan

This powerful anti-sexual violence ad, released just in time for the 2015 International Woman’s Day, is part of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s ambitious $41-million plan to combat sexual violence.

The post International Women’s Day 2015: Ontario’s bold anti-sexual violence plan appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Violence Against Women: Why We All Need to Look in the Mirror

I'm ashamed to admit that when the stories about the ghastly harassment of women in this country began to emerge, first at the CBC and then on Parliament Hill, I was shocked and horrified.But because I'm a gay guy, and I've never harassed anyone let alone a woman, and sex for me means love . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Violence Against Women: Why We All Need to Look in the Mirror

Montreal Simon: The Scandal on the Hill and the Old Boy’s Club

As if Stephen Harper hadn't degraded the image of our Parliament enough. Reduced it to a fascist circus where the Big Lie rules, and shame goes to die.Mocked it, muzzled it, or just crapped on it like a monstrous alien monkey from outer space. Now we find out it's also a place where power . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Scandal on the Hill and the Old Boy’s Club

Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

I know we don’t agree often. We have a love/hate relationship dependent on my mood and whether or not it’s cold and rainy outside. To be fair, you are consistently late and often leave me standing out in the rain.

You have just been voted 3rd best public transit in Canada, which is not . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

by: Obert Madondo

A student member of the University of Ottawa’s board of governors says the university’s response to recent report sexual violence against women is not enough.

Anaïs Elboujdaini, a political science student who spearheads the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture, proposes eight measures against rape culture on campus and in society.

The measures . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

Melissa Fong: Harassment on Translink

One of the ways that many countries offer against harassment are female only cars on transit. While this option has proven to make women feel safer, there are a few barriers such as transgendered people’s access to these cars and the fact that not all harassment on transit is male directed to females (although a . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Harassment on Translink

Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, testifying before a Senate committee investigating sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP, has dismissed allegations of harassment and bullying.

“I can’t be continually defending against outlandish claims that have not been tested or established, but yet are being put forward as though they are gospel and representative of the . . . → Read More: Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

Cowichan Conversations: RCMP Sexual Harassment Investigations Long Overdue

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canadians have been hearing about wrongdoing within the ranks if the RCMP for far too long. Now, finally a class action lawsuit commences on behalf of women who have had their careers ruined and lives and well being denied.

It is disconcerting that our national police force whose reputation was . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: RCMP Sexual Harassment Investigations Long Overdue

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP (VIDEO)

A Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP, hosted by the party’s Women’s Caucus. The Canadian Progressive recommends: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim We recommend:High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuitHundreds […]

The post Liberal roundtable . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP (VIDEO)

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Australia’s Female PM Assails “Misogynist’ Opposition Leader & Sexism

A political master-stroke of epic proportions. That’s my take on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s take-down of opposition leader Tony Abbott in this 15-minute speech on sexism in Parliament. OK, let’s put aside the fact that Gillard’s passionate and personal take-down followed Abbott’s attack on the embattled Speaker of the house, Peter Slipper, who resigned . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Australia’s Female PM Assails “Misogynist’ Opposition Leader & Sexism

Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Earlier this week, I blogged that hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada had launched a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. Yesterday, Valerie MacLean, a well-known British Columbian and former head of the Better Business Bureau, joined the lawsuit, according to the CBC News.

MacLaren’s story echoes . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

That was part of Ottawa Senator Colin Kenny‘s take on the ongoing harassment and reputational issues bedeviling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In an opinion piece published by the Ottawa Citizen today, the Senator posited that: “When it comes to harassment at the RCMP, sex is only the tip of the iceberg.”

Canada’s national . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

In March, Janet Merlo, a 19-year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), filed a lawsuit against Canada’s national police force. In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with the RCMP. Now hundreds of current and former female Mounties from . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Gillford Sexual Harassment Claim

In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with our national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Predictably, the responses from the four accused Mounties is denial. But, in this country famous for compassion, how are we supposed to understand . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Gillford Sexual Harassment Claim

Boot to the groin earns 7-year-old sexual harassment charge

I’m sorry but a pre-sexual 7-year-old male charged with ‘sexual harassment’ for kicking another same-age boy in the groin is beyond ridiculous. Kicking another in the nuts is punishable for sure but it is not a sexual act. It is a boot to the groin.

It is also sometimes a woman’s last, best defence against . . . → Read More: Boot to the groin earns 7-year-old sexual harassment charge

LeDaro: Rush Limbaugh’s take on Sharon Bialek

As you know Sharon Bialek is the latest accuser of Herman Cain for sexual harassment or even sexual assault. Limbaugh pronounces her name as Buy-a lick and makes fun of her. This guy is a big crazy himself.As my previous posts show, I am no fan of Cain… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Rush Limbaugh’s take on Sharon Bialek

Herman Cain – serial sexual harasser? That’s nothing. Try being a female Mountie.

Your life will be a living hell. Welcome to the famous RCMP, home to sexual harassment and thuggery. "Everything that came out of his [a supervisor’s] mouth was sexual," Galliford said. "If I had a dime for every time one of my bosses asked me to sit on his knee, I’d be on a yacht in the Bahamas right now." And we wonder why our police forces feel free to abuse citizens when the top enforcers . . . → Read More: Herman Cain – serial sexual harasser? That’s nothing. Try being a female Mountie.