THE PUSH FOR CHANGE MISSION

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A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. ~ Alan Turing

20141015042550136Joe Roberts, former homeless youth turned successful entrepreneur is paying it forward by pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km’s across Canada to prevent youth homelesness. This national awareness trek, dubbed The Push for Change, will see over 400 community and school engagements.

Our Community Champions are superior at organizing people and events! They bring together vibrant energetic people to engage and empower their communities! Supporting the development of young people is what we are truly passionate about.

THE FACT OF THE MATTER

4620055667539968THE PROBLEM: It is estimated that there are approximately 65,000 young people across Canada who are homeless or living at homeless shelters and thousands more who are at-risk each year.

Youth homelessness isn’t always visible. You may not see it in your community because youth may have found temporary shelter at a friends’ house, or they have migrated to a larger city. They typically come from homes characterized by family conflict of some kind, disruptions to school and family life, neglect and poverty. Many  are in the throws of adolescent 54016a1c520d0fcb623d099136bb5a083dec91dd_tdevelopment, and lack life experience and the skills and supports to live independently, including the ability to secure employment and housing.

Homeless youth are also more vulnerable to exploitation. Virtually every young person who becomes homeless was in school at one point and was in contact with an adult (teacher, guidance counselor, coach) who knew something was wrong. It makes sense for prevention to start in our schools!

GOALS OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

Untitled-1AWARENESSto draw as many people from the community as possible so they may hear Joe’s personal story of his life as a homeless youth.

All will be inspired as he shares his story of transformation from adversity to success, his possibility mindset that “there is more inside each and every one of us than we can see”, and his vision to help prevent youth from living a life like he did. Youth will be empowered and challenged to stay engaged in their families, their schools and their communities.

a11a90e13a964a0b41b8202cd321d715Adults will be educated and inspired to think differently about youth homelessness and the power of keeping youth engaged.

FUNDRAISEIf every Canadian donated .50¢ during the Push for Change trek, $17,000,000 will be raised to support The Upstream Project, and other eligible organizations enabling the start of a school-prevention model in Canada that aims to prevent youth homelessness.

All funds raised during the trek will be allocated to The Upstream Project, and, where an organization who works with youth-at-risk has teamed with the Community Champion to plan and be a part of the community event, (or are the Community Champion themselves) 50% of funds raised will be donated to that eligible organization.

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Criteria for eligible organizations:

  • must support youth at risk (ages 13-24) of becoming homeless
  • Emergency shelters,
  • Youth drop-in centres
  • Outreach services provider and/or Transitional housing initiative organizations
  • must be a not-for-profit organization with a Canada Revenue Agency charitable tax number
  • must have a Chimp account for direct deposit.

To be added to our event calendar, please email Marie Roberts, Campaign Director and include your Organization/Company Name and Host City or Town for event. Marie will contact you and confirm availability.

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The Origins of Alan Turing ~ A Short Biography

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We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. ~ Alan Turing

small-heartAlan Mathison Turing was born on 23 June 1912, the second and last child (after his brother John) of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing. The unusual name of Turing placed him in a distinctive family tree of English gentry, far from rich but determinedly upper-middle-class in the peculiar sense of the English class system.

alanAlan Mathison Turing OBE FRS was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. His boyhood scientific interests were a trial to his mother whose perpetual terror was that he would not be acceptable to the English Public School. At twelve he expressed his conscious fascination with using ‘the thing that is commonest in nature and with the least waste of energy,’ presentiment of a life seeking freshly minted answers to fundamental questions. Despite this, he was successfully entered for Sherborne School. The headmaster soon reported: “If he is to be solely a Scientific Specialist, he is wasting his time at a Public School.” The assessment of his establishment was almost correct.

His work introduced a concept of immense practical significance: the idea of the Universal Turing Machine. The concept of ‘the Turing machine‘ is like that of ‘the formula‘ or ‘the equation‘; there is an infinity of possible Turing machines, each corresponding to a different ‘definite method’ or algorithm.

small-heartIt is hard now not to think of a Turing machine as a computer program, and the mechanical task of interpreting and obeying the program as what the computer itself does. Thus, the Universal Turing Machine embodies the essential principle of the computer: a single machine which can be turned to any well-defined task by being supplied with the appropriate program. ideas provided the principle, the practical means, and the motivation for the modern computer, a single machine capable of handling any programmed task.

The Alan Turing’s Crisis

Alan Turing was arrested and came to trial on 31 March 1952, after the police learned of his sexual relationship with a young Manchester man. He made no serious denial or defence, Policeinstead telling everyone that he saw no wrong with his actions. He was particularly concerned to be open about his sexuality even in the hard and unsympathetic atmosphere of Manchester engineering.

small-heartRather than go to prison he accepted, for the period of a year, injections of oestrogen intended to neutralise his libido.

His work on the morphogenetic theory continued. He developed his theory of pattern formation out of instability into the realm of spherical objects, such as the Radiolaria, and also on the cylinder, as a model of plant stems. He set as a particular goal the explanation for the appearance of the Fibonacci numbers in the leaf patterns of plants — most noticeable in the close-packed spirals of sunflower heads and fir cones.

Besides this he refreshed his youthful interest in quantum physics, studying the problem of wave-function reduction in quantum mechanics, with a hint that he was considering a non-linear mechanism for it.

small-heartHe took a new interest in the representation of elementary particles by spinors, and in relativity theory.

A factor in his life unknown to most around him was that he had also continued to work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park, on the basis of a personal connection with Alexander, now its director. But since 1948, the conditions of the Cold War, and the alliance with the United States, meant that known homosexuals had become ineligible for security skateboarding-smiley-emoticonclearance. Turing, now therefore excluded, spoke bitterly of this to his one time wartime colleague, now MI6 engineer Donald Bayley, but to no other personal friends. State security also seems the likely cause of what he described as another intense crisis in March 1953, involving police searching for a visiting Norwegian who had come to see him. Concern over the foreign contacts of one acquainted with state secrets was understandable, and his holiday in Greece in 1953 could not have been calculated to calm the nerves of security officers.

Although unable to tell his friends about questions of official secrecy, in other ways he actively sought much greater intimacy of expression with them and with a Jungian therapist. e861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72Eccentric, solitary, gloomy, vivacious, resigned, angry, eager, dissatisfied — these had always been his ever-varying characteristics, and despite the strength that he showed the world in coping with outrageous fortune, no-one could safely have predicted his future course.

small-heartHe was found by his cleaner when she came in on 8 June 1954. He had died the day before of cyanide poisoning, a half-eaten apple beside his bed. His mother believed he had accidentally ingested cyanide from his fingers after an amateur chemistry experiment, but it is more credible that he had successfully contrived his death to allow her alone to believe this. The coroner’s verdict was suicide.

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New online guide aims to end LGBTQ youth homelessness

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The National LGBTQ Task Force, in collaboration with the True Colors Fund, has launched a new resource for advocates working to support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. The online resource “At the Intersections: A Collaborative Guide on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness,” written by 47 contributors, is a comprehensive guide for advocates, policy makers, service providers, and funders working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. The first-of-its-kind online publication highlights innovative approaches to supporting youth experiencing homelessness, provides case studies of replicable and successful models, as well as concrete solutions to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness.

SM2 (1)According to the William Institute, up to 40 percent of young people experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, although they represent less than 10 percent of the general youth population. There are many factors that contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, including family rejection, abuse, aging out of foster care, economic hardship, bullying and school harassment. LGBTQ youth also…

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Cyndi Lauper: We Need to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

It’s #40toNoneDay are you with us?

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“A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” ~ Pride

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The music and Broadway icon talks about#40toNoneDayand what it means for the cause she’s long championed.

cyndi2It’s an election year and there’s a lot of talk about what our nation’s priorities need to be for the next four to eight years. What we have to make sure is not forgotten is the clapperepidemic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, yet fewer than 7 percent of kids nationwide are LGBT. That discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s something we can’t ignore. That’s why, on April 27, 2016, we will raise our voices for#40toNoneDay: a national day organized by the True Colors Fund to…

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Nowhere fast: The journey in and out of unsupported temporary accommodation

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“Hidden Homelessness”

This report shines a light on the predicament facing single homeless adults, who often struggle to access mainstream housing options and so end up cycling in and out of low-quality band-aidtemporary accommodation, which has impacts on their health and creates future costs for local serviceshub2This is the second phase of a three-year project on the lives of homeless people living in what we describe as unsupported temporary accommodation. These tenants will typically have neither a permanent tenancy status nor any structured support plan to move them into settled accommodation. Homeless households with limited access to local authority support, living in private shortstay accommodation such as private hostels, guest houses, B&Bs and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Government data reports that there were 5,910 households placed in B&B accommodation by local authorities in Q3 2015 (DCLG 2015c).

heartThere is, however, reason to believe that the number living in these circumstances is far higher. A report published in 1997 by Shelter estimated that there were 72,550 private tenants (self-referred or referred by another agency/authority) living in B&B accommodation, which is nearly 10 times the government’s count of local authority placements, which stood at 7,660 (Carter 1997).

thekeySimilarly, in 2008, New Philanthropy Capital published a report stating that approximately 260,000 people in England were living on the streets or in temporary accommodation, far above official estimates (Blake et al 2008).

Very little research has been done on the lives of these ‘hidden homeless’ and their paths into and out of these types of accommodation. The first stage of our research culminated in an IPPR report on life in unsupported temporary accommodation, Not home (Rose and Davies 2014). This report set out the context for the project, provided detail about the people who are participating in our research and about the complexities of the system, and set out why it is so vital to address the problems and impacts of unsupported temporary accommodation.

The Not home report highlighted a number of important findings:

• Unsupported temporary accommodation is housing a significant and unaccounted-for proportion of the national homeless population. Many tenants were found to be extremely vulnerable and living in conditions deemed unfit for anyone else.

These tenants are receiving only the weakest protection – or no protection at all – from the existing homelessness ‘safety net’. They are frequently offered no statutory temporary or other accommodation, and no further support from statutory homeless services. There is no plan to support these people during their move into unsupported temporary accommodation, during their stay, or when they come to move out.nurse3

• Monitoring of where these tenants end up living, with whom and for how long is often very limited. This important data is fragmented, with the few statistics that currently aid in identifying the scale of the problem dispersed across a range of government and non-governmental databases.

• Tenants’ health, wellbeing, relationships and finances are seen to significantly deteriorate during their stay in unsupported temporary accommodation, frequently because of dire living conditions, stresses related to unsecure tenure, and chaotic social environments.

Building on this first phase, research in our second year has sought to identify what can be done in practical terms to improve the situation for these households at the local level. In fork-it2this report, therefore, we provide an illustration of the typical experience of those who have participated in our research, and provide examples of how shifts to local authority policy, and local agency and service action, might help to increase the number and effectiveness of interventions into the lives of unsupported temporary accommodation residents

Continue reading this report »»»»»»

It is structured around a tenant’s typical journey – or cycle – through unsupported temporary accommodation.

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5 Tools That Helped Me Survive A Workplace Bully

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“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

girlWhen I watched the powerful 2012 documentary called Bullied, I cried in recognition, grief, anger and sheer sense of helplessness to stop it.

At the end, there were memorials for children who had taken their lives because of bullying. I wanted to reach through my TV and shake those school principals and parents. I understood the victims and their sense of isolation and despair.

The main difference between children’s bullying and adults’ bullying is that the more “mature” bully leaves no physical scars. After all, there are laws for that!

Having worked in mental health, I’ve seen the other kinds of scars. Unfortunately, I’ve also been victim to them myself.

Years ago, I worked at a children’s charity. The executive director (ED) verbally abused staff. The first time I heard her scream, I thought she was injured and ran into her office. I was shocked when I realized screaming was her way of asking for a file. I was expected to intuitively predict her needs 900x900px-LL-cfaf9244_2fcc5fd1_talkhand-talk-to-the-hand-talk-hand-smiley-emoticon-000673-largeor incur her wrath. Charming.

She looked like somebody’s grandma complete with stuffed toys in her office and cross-stitched frames with statements of kindness and love. Actually, if you are familiar with Harry Potter, she was like Dolores Umbridge with her kitten plates. Except her eyes bulged more.

This ED was revered in the community and at her church as a do-gooder. When people would come to the office to discuss making a donation, she would tearfully gush about how wonderful they were to support the children. After they left, she would call them the most ungodly names saying they were (bad word) cheap.

Why do they bully?

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, bullies are more likely to intimidate and discredit the stronger, more competent people and not the ones who are weaker. Their targets also have different values from their own: including ethics, integrity, fairness and collaboration.

The payback for bullying is that, by discrediting their colleague/subordinate, the bully’s career usually thrives. This was most certainly my ED’s case.

I didn’t leave right away.  I stayed because I loved the cause, got along great with my colleagues and was fearful of being unemployed again. If you’re in that very difficult situation, here’s your toolbox:

Tool# 1: Learn how to speak up.

number1First I asked her to please tell me what she wanted or needed, “one thing at a time.”  Her response was to look at me with disgust and question my intelligence. I repeated that I needed her to be clearer and to remain respectful so that I could help her. The other thing I did was to firmly say “please, do not shout.”

She was shocked that someone would tell her “not to shout.” When she couldn’t deny what had just happened, she would dramatically grab her chest and say that she is a breast cancer survivor from 15 years ago. Then she would whimper that this was “affecting her today.”

When I spoke up, there were times that she would stop for awhile, but she had more experience and endurance at bullying than I did at stopping her. Still, my small successes gave me a temporary sense of control.

Tool #2: Find out the history of the company and who might help

number 2During my interview, I questioned the high turnover of that position. They explained that non-profits can’t pay well enough to keep people. That was a red herring.

It quickly became apparent that she had a long history of bullying. Long-time bullies ALWAYS have people protecting them and making excuses.

One of the board members, who originally interviewed me, told me that it is the fault of the employees for tolerating the behaviours and for staying. I pointed out to her that “nobody stays.”

Out of curiosity, I asked this board member what was great about this ED. It turns out that she had helped them get rid of a “bad” director who was destroying their reputation and ability to raise money. They felt “forever in her debt.”

It was clear no one was going to help the staff. Basically, the ED knew where the body was buried.

When they start blaming the victim, as this board member did with me: GET OUT! The cost of staying is too high.

Tool #3: Learn your legal rights.

number 3It’s hard to take action when you fear retaliation. Because of that same inaction, victims of bullying may have rights they are unaware of.

In my case, I believed that if I quit, I would not be eligible for employment benefits and I needed an income while looking for another job. Clearly, this woman would not give a fair work reference so I felt fearful and stuck.

When my father unexpectedly died, her abuse escalated. I quit and reported her to my provincial Labour Standards with documented events. It turned out there was already a file on her from past victims and I received benefits right away. So check out free legal clinics and get informed.

Two years later, a successor called me saying she had found the detailed letter of resignation I had written to the board. She wanted to thank me for validating her experience.

Until she read my letter to her husband, he thought she was making stuff up. I mean come on: that sweet grandma, devoting her life to a children’s charity — a bully? No way!

She quit after we spoke and, following my recommendations, she also received all her benefits. I also told her:

Tool #4: After leaving a serious bullying situation, take some time to heal!

number 4THIS IS IMPORTANT! Recovery from bullying takes time. Just switching jobs without getting emotionally grounded could be a recipe for disaster. Having worked as a crisis counsellor, I can tell you that there is nothing brave about ignoring your mental health.Don’t play with fire — put some emotional distance, catch your breath and heal. Do not wait for a diagnosis of a burnout, depression or anxiety disorder. You’ll transition better into a new job and increase your future successes.

Tool #5:  Helping others can empower you.

number 5The last time I was bullied at a job, I was very capable of protecting my well-being and helping other targets. Although I am no longer there, I know that I made a difference for my colleagues by supporting and guiding them. I was able to stay calm while properly alerting her superiors to her specific behaviours.

I eventually left for greener pastures, but even after I left she couldn’t burp without the hierarchy taking notice. Eventually she left and my old colleagues remain beyond thrilled.

Article by Monique Caissie ~ Educational Speaker, Consultant and Executive Coach ~ April 13, 2016


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This Cork duo’s anti-bullying song will touch your heart

Bantry singer and special needs assistant Claire Hayden is determined to raise awareness of the effect bullying has on children. So, Claire composed a song and recorded it along with 15-year-old student Becky Phillips.

The result is an online hit with 7,000 views on Youtube and counting in just over two weeks and 20,000 on other media. The lyrics portray a young girl tormented by bullying and a mother desperate to help, with Claire and Becky’s voices intertwining beautifully. The pair hope the song will be picked up by a charity and raise some cash for good causes.

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Love is All You Need?

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scach“Teen bulling and teen suicide based on someone’s sexual preference is ridiculous – and this film turns the tables on modern society. What IF the shoe was on the other foot?. ” –K.Rocco Shields (Creator/Director)

Love is All You Need?, small-heart based on the sensational viral short of the same name, tackles the topics of tolerance and bullying with a twist: in rainbowthis movie, gay is straight, straight is gay, and heterophobia is prevalent.

 We’re honored to announce that in its first festival, Love is All You Need? small-heart won the Cinequest New Vision Award, which “pays homage to the director whose film best reflects the future.” Lexi DiBenedetto brings a best actress performance at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

sk8er-smiley-emoticonThis film delivers life of those who are ridiculed, teased and bullied for being themselves. Feel the sting by writers who lived life being bullied for choosing to be themselves. No gimmicky cliches, just raw emotion of living the live of a heterosexual in a gay world. How Would You Live If You Couldn’t Love?

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Recent Developments in Ontario in Employment and Human Rights Law

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There were two interesting developments in Ontario this month in employment and human rights law, another step forward for Human Rights in Canada.

 Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

smilie-trueBill 132 received Royal Assent. Important to our employer clients in Ontario are
the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Bill 132
now expands the definition of “workplace harassment” in the OHSA to include:

  • Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker
    in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be
    unwelcome; or
  •  Workplace sexual harassment

Bill 132 clarifies that reasonable action taken by an employer in managing or directing the workplace and workers is not workplace harassment.

Bill 132 also specifically defines “workplace sexual harassment” as:

  • Engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace because of sex, sexual orientation, general identify or gender expressed, where the course of comment or conduct is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome; or
  • Making a sexual solicitation or advance where the person making the solicitation or advance is in a position to confer, grant or deny a benefit or advancement to the worker and the person knows or ought reasonably to know that the solicitation or advance is unwelcome.

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Bill 132 requires employers to develop written programs, which must be reviewed annually, to respond to issues of harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace. Further, employers must provide training to their employees on their workplace harassment policy and program.

The changes to the OHSA will come into force on September 8, 2016.

Article by Ritu Mahi ~ published April 14, 2016

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Encounter of A Different Kind!

A Personal Summary of my 15 months of Employment with Easyhome

{Oct 23, 2014 to January 16, 2016}

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6560263732461568Oct 23 2014, the day I began employment at “RTO Asset Management {easyhome}” as a part-time delivery specialist, even though only part time, it was a very good day for me. After a difficult two years unsuccessfully searching for employment, now willing to take what ever employment I could get and that included even pizza delivery, which also seemed totally out of reach, with my only income Social Assistance, but I never gave up, unaware of exactly what was about to transpire.

5419092595965952Through out my first three months that followed, now already under pressure at work, because of the extreme it had now become, which was obvious they were trying to cause injury or at times, I believed death, so much so, I debated long and hard many times weather to just walk away again, remembering my past decisions in the same situation which were less extreme and threatening, walking away never did get me anywhere, as all these years later I am still faced with the same ultimatum, so again as with SunGard, I decided to try and stick it out, to stay and try to resolve the situation.

doctor3So I continued to do my job to the best of my abilities and block out the negative energy that was being directed towards and around me. I often sat and wondered after analysing the events of the day, how is it possible, people I have never met, complete strangers, to have already formed a negative opinion of me but never had the time to actually get to know me, but rather some choose just to dislike me, also making me aware of it, while others, their actions and intentions were more cruel, so I decided maybe after I reached the end of my probation period I could get a transfer to another store out of the city.

As time pasted by and now having to rise one hour early to mentally prepare myself every morning to block out the negative energy, I continued going to work everyday and being kind and respectful to everyone no matter what, hoping they would eventually come around while every month or so apply for the transfer, also applying for available positions on-line on the company website which were also all in vain as now the harassment was increasing with time.

5169731412164608In April 2015 I did get moved down the street from store #524 to store #556 here in Ottawa, which intensified the situation as the issue was not limited to one store, as all three stores worked closely with one another doing business in the city of Ottawa. The regional manager was never kind or respectful to me either which troubled me but also is when I realized there was something more to what was happening which was hiding in plain site.

The influence of past employers

sungard-harassmentA past employer whom after seven years of service, where I was also a victim of the same ill treatment, in Sept 2009 would decline to renew my contract any longer. Under contract as a small business owner to SunGard, their corporate offices in Wayne PA, USA, I was responsible for all general maintenance and shipping/receiving of their four office complexes in Mississauga, On Canada, one of which houses the corporate offices for my current employer “RTO Asset Management {easyhome}” whom I believe to be partially responsible for the ill treatment with my current employer as retaliation on their part and finally a third employer Richcraft Group of Company’s where I also received exactly the same ill treatment for a six month period from Jan 16 2012 to July 16, 2012 the date they dismissed me also. On November 29, 2012 I filed a claim of discrimination with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, they settled the claim out of court on September 29, 2014, less than a month before I began my current employment at easyhome, it’s like I’m caught in a time-loop.

The Increase in hours

april24-easyhome2On Nov 23, 2015 I was hired as a full-time delivery specialist at the same store with an increase from 20 to 40 hours per week but remained a driver’s helper, with no increase in salary, I did apply for available full time Delivery Specialist positions in other parts of Canada with out a response, so I contacted HR and left messages and sent emails which were mostly ignored but when I did get a response, the individuals weren’t very pleasant to say the least.

Also in November 2015 one employee was transferred out of the store I was working and a new manager started training and finally on the week I got injured at work another new employee was hired at the same store.

The injure and result

workplace-accidentOn Jan 16, 2016 after being injured at work and off on sick leave for two weeks, this was the eye opener, now experiencing a high level of fear and anxiety due to having to return to work. Leading up to the injury Jan 16, 2016, after three days off with the flu I forced myself to go to work Jan 15, 2016, upon arriving at 9:30 am, I went to speak to the manager about light duties while rebuilding my energy level for a couple of days, but rather I was given duties that considering my request was exactly the opposite, I was given an assignment that I felt uncomfortable with being able to complete, so I voiced my concerns about it to the manager, he showed no concern or empathy for my illness, and sent me on the two bedroom apartment furniture move and relocation, so I just tried to complete the task that was assigned to me resulting in the injury.

While on sick leave for the injury from Jan 18 to Feb 1, the official date my doctor returned me to work, during this time off, now realizing that they did not even care about my safety and it wasn’t a concern. As I have done many times through out my 15 months of employment, I decided to again bring my concerns about the ill treatment I was receiving while at work, at which time I also told human resources that I now feared for my health and safety if I were to return to the same store, this time I was taken a little more seriously then the others times. The next day I received in writing a letter from HR informing me I was not to return to work on Feb 1, 2016, to remain off work with pay until they investigate my allegations. The fact that the injure occurred because my health concerns were ignored, I now truly feared for my health and safety while at work, at which time I requested the transfer again.

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What seemed like a simple request, to as quietly as possible remove myself and stop a situation from developing any further, a difficult and escalating situation that was all to familiar. According to the little knowledge I had about company policy at the time, and assuming after my three month probation period, which was Jan 23, 2015, I could possibly get a transfer, than everybody is happy, problem solved, life goes on. Shortly after my probation period ended, early February 2015 I sent a letter to Human Resources to officially request that transfer, but to my surprise that request would be continuously ignored or denied leaving me astonished and over whelmed by these revelations that has transpired to date because of that request which defies my understanding and comprehension of my current situation!

On March 14, 2016 the company stopped paying me so I requested my record of employment {R.O.E} but didn’t receive it until April 10, 2016. My copy which showed the reason for leaving as “Leave of Absence” but the copy received by Service Canada {Employment insurance} shows reason for leaving as “Quit”, I believe it is illegal to issue a false R.O.E, is it not?. My last day worked was Jan 16, 2016, my last day paid was March 14, 2016. During the two months I was on leave, I was continuously harassed via email by many employee’s from corporate office.

Until such time as the claim goes before an Adjudicator at the Tribunal,  the hearing to deal with these matters which has yet to be scheduled by the HRTO, I’m sure I will have to continue to tolerate intimidation and harassment a little while longer, but I will have legal council for the hearing.

In closing:

 To believe it is a choice and I choose not to return, is a false assumption, it goes way beyond that now as my reasons for not returning is not by choice, it’s my fear for my health and safety, but most of all, even just the thought and or knowledge of returning to that workplace causes a extreme level of anxiety that is difficult at times to cope with.

How ironic or is it? or is it the acknowledgement and accomplishment of the goal they first set out to archive! regardless because the fact is, I will never be able to return to any of those stores, none of them due to fear of a panic attack, which I suffered from and received treatment which were brought under control until these recent occurrences, so a totally different work environment is the only solution. I don’t hate or blame anyone, nor do I have any animosity towards anyone. But as a result, the now obvious reality is, as with many other places in my past, due to the associated anxiety, I will never be able to enter or set foot again for any reason! The truth is they can say I’m dismissed and they can say I quit but that resolution can only be determined by an Adjudicator now.

Sincerely 

Melvin Kinden

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International Day of Pink

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These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence.

What is the Day of Pink?

pink_smiley_face_The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity, it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other, anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

dop_buttons_1024x1024April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive pillowwearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullyingEach year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand.

The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!

How can I get involved in the International Day of Pink?

  • Wear pink on April 13, 2016!
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  • Learn about the causes of discrimination and what you can do to solve this problem.
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Who are Day of Pink Ambassadors?

Day of Pink Ambassadors are politicians and community leaders from all over Canada who are rainbowwilling to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Check out our blog for posts of some of the DayofPink Ambassadors telling us what wearing pink to them means and why it matters to them. If you know a politician, Member of Parliament, Mayor, Town or City Councillor who is interested in becoming a DayofPink Ambassador encourage them to check this website out. Email us at Info@DayofPink.org

Why should you participate?

Have you ever seen a friend hurt because of discrimination? Have you been hurt yourself?

rainbowDiscrimination comes in many forms, including the following: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, colonialism, and antisemitism. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination.

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AN OPEN STATEMENT TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA “MR JUSTIN TRUDEAU”

“A Life Survey ~ A Recognition of Truth”

“The confirmation of the termination of my employment by my employer today, brings a mild since of grief, as I am over whelmed with the feeling of finally being free from persecution which takes presidency right now”

Mr Trudeau

canadianflagI was recently made aware that you were an Advocate, knowing that, I would like at this time to share my thoughts with you on “Workplace Bullying, Harassment,  Discrimination and Violence!

Also when you were running for the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, I voted for you and had the up-most respect and confidence in your leadership abilities, on Feb 5, 2014 I wrote an article, “Canada” where I expressed and gave the reasons why I believed in your leadership abilities.

Well I guess it’s official, the corruption of the entity in question this time “easyhome” making this, give or take one or two because I lost track, the 40th job I have been dismissed from due to no fault of my own, well I guess it is my fault because I choose to be me, not what was suggested I be, for this I have paid a hefty price.

This is an example of the hatred that is now embedded in our society, that needs to be seriously recolonized and acknowledged, Canadaa destructive brand of evil that has been silently endorsed by society and our governments, it has been given the supreme authority to thrive, leading to it’s acceptance and approval and it’s continued existence of an ever growing form of hatred, prejudice and violence in our workplaces and schools.

canadian-flag-heartSince I filed my first Human Rights complaint in 1998, again in 2012 with the latest being March 4, 2016. Timeless appearances in front of a judge pleading my case for survival and all request for closure or remedies has been time and time again ignored or denied.

For those of us looking for some sort of closure or results to stop the torture, it’s now obvious were not going to get it, not in Canada that’s for sure, our concerns has been and it’s safe to assume, considering! will always be in vain unless things change.

Again this time, “ONLY” out of concerns for my health and safety at work, to bring the undeniable facts of workplace violence to society’s attention which I have experienced for more than 20 years, I made my employer aware of the situation, but rather then help or try to resolve the matter, or honour my request for transfer to another store, I was not asking for a monetary remedy, canada (1)I was asking for and still am, a transfer out of a poison and violent environment to a safe one, this was my only request and concern, “Safety” the reasons and my motive, but having to file another complain with a Human Rights Body to ask for the transfer from a poison and violent workplace only to protect myself, being continuously denied a transfer by the employer, this only confirms just how much hatred the employer actually has for me.

In closing, what I have learnt from a life time of experiences, awareness and acknowledgement of, not to have reliance on the justice system because it is non-existent, you are wasting your time and your life, speaking out has no result, I have time and time again over the course of the last 4 years asked, yes even you, our Prime Minister for assistance many times, whom at the time was not even a political leader, is this the result Canadian-flag-background-for-Canada-map (2)the lower class can expect?, I also begged the United Nations for assistance, time and time again but got no response to date, which in all honesty, only made life worst, and had no effect on for the end result at all.

We need to realize it now, there is no one who cares but most of all, there is no justice system you can rely on to assist or save you!

In seven days I will be 56 years old, I would be full of concern and fear knowing what I know now, if I were 20 years old today, probably the realization, a depressive one, a false since of relief, this I know, so I accept reality for what it is.

I leave you with this thought A Victim of Bullying-Revenge (Ottawa Massacre OC Transpo1999), is taking up arms the answer to put workplace flag-of-canadaviolence in check? as in what one Ottawa citizen had to do to resolve his issue of workplace bullying, violence and harassment in 1999 at OCTranspo?

I relocated to Gatineau on May 10, 2011, since then I have complied a list of 30 employers in the Ottawa region where through temporary work assignments from an employment agency in Ottawa, (Handyman Personnel) I experienced Bullying, Harassment, discrimination and workplace violence, I will be sharing that list!

We all have dreams, all different ones, my only dream has been for a peaceful and enjoyable life, to live free from persecution, free of a poisoned community!

To be put in a position of destruction, why not use my knowledge for your benefit?

Thank you

Melvin Kinden
42 rue Corbeil
Gatineau, QC
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Cyndi Lauper: We Need to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

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“A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” ~ Pride

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The music and Broadway icon talks about #40toNoneDay and what it means for the cause she’s long championed.

cyndi2It’s an election year and there’s a lot of talk about what our nation’s priorities need to be for the next four to eight years. What we have to make sure is not forgotten is the clapperepidemic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, yet fewer than 7 percent of kids nationwide are LGBT. That discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s something we can’t ignore. That’s why, on April 27, 2016, we will raise our voices for #40toNoneDay: a national day organized by the True Colors Fund to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness.

While family rejection is the most commonly cited reason for LGBT youth homelessness, it’s just one piece of the puzzle — a very big puzzle. We need to make sure we’re seeing the whole picture.

2d686d1cb28980968faaff983481b228People often think that because they don’t work at a homeless shelter, they don’t have a role to play. The reality is: everyone can make a difference! Think of it this way: Kids experiencing homelessness come into contact with more than just the good folks working at shelters. They also go to coffee shops and libraries. They ride the bus. They’re on the Internet. You may interact with them on a regular basis without even realizing it. We all need to put our heads together to make sure these young people can get support wherever they go — and be themselves when they get there.

sk8er-smiley-emoticonRight now people all across America are making a difference. A 24-hour diner owner in North Carolina is giving kids a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go. A library in Indiana is letting kids without a permanent address use computers to access lifesaving resources. In Minnesota police officers are using an app developed by the community to help kids find shelters with available beds. There are many more possibilities that have yet to be explored. That’s why we need to keep the conversation going.

Youth are our future, but they’re also our present. We need to make these kids our priority now. If we don’t, where will they be in five, 10, 20 years? Where will our country be? Even if shyly-smileywe all agree that ending LGBT youth homelessness needs to be a priority, how can we rise above the noise and make our message heard? Our voices are stronger when we say something together. Last year, #40toNoneDay reached more than 17 million people. How many more can we reach this year?

CYNDI LAUPER is a Tony-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning writer, actor, and musician. She is also the cofounder of the True Colors Fund, which combats LGBT youth homelessness.

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Sir Ian McKellen calls on Forest Gate pupils to tackle homophobic bullying

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Actor Sir Ian McKellen has spoken to Newham school children about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

sir ianThe Lord of the Rings-normal and X-Men actor described to 300 pupils at Forest Gate Community School about his experience of coming out as gay during a visit organised by campaigning charity Stonewall.

The 76-year-old Hollywood star urged pupils to tackle homophobic bullying and chatted to the student council about discrimination and equality.

cheering-clapping-smiley-emoticonHe said: “I told them how important it is that in this school no one is allowed to discriminate on the grounds of someone’s sexuality or race or religion or anything. It is against the law

“Outside of the school is something they can’t control but in the school and classrooms they say what is acceptable and what is not.

wloveer-xmen“Because it starts here, with young people. If they understand that these things are not right and that you must be kind to one another that it starts to change things.”

Pupil Taye Trotman, 14, from Forest Gate, said the visit had been a “life-changing experience” for him and other students.

He said: “It was a really good visit for the student council because he gave us some new ideas about helping to support LGBT people in the school.

“It was really interesting to meet him. He changed our thoughts about tackling these issues.”

Sir Ian, who is best known for his roles as Magneto and Gandalf, came out when he was 49 and has long been an activist for LGBT rights.

Headteacher Simon Elliott said: “It is a great privilege to have someone of Sir Ian Mckellen’s statue visit the school.

193rainbow“As a Stonewall Champion school we are proud to promote tolerance, acceptance and diversity for all groups at this outstanding school.

“We want children to be able to express their identity in positive ways and we support children from all backgrounds to achieve.”

Article by Kat Hopps for the Newham Reporter ~ March 2016

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It’s Always Good To Make Others Laugh

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“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~ Pema Chodron

I want to take you back to Jan 10, 1977, it was a simple time, I was still in High School half way through the 10 Grade. I remember to this day, one incident that occurred that left me totally confused and hurt but a chuckle for sure.

I’m not really sure what day of the week it was but what happened as the end result of what I thought was a good deed totally shocked me, It goes like this.

670px-Revive-Dry-Play-Doh-Step-1.jpgThere were 29 students in my class, a even mixture of boys and girls, the day in question , I came into the procession of some play-doh, green to be exact. I’m sure we all remember play-doh, the magical things you could create with it was endless.

We were going through a transition with a substitute Teacher Mr Drover, whom we nick named Mr Grover, as a fill in, what we were doing was not logo_phpBBreally related to the suggested learning schedule and I was sort of bored,  anyway I took a small piece of the play-doh and rolled it into a little ball, small enough to fit up my nose while no one was noticing.

I started by pulling it out of my nose in a long string and putting the other end, in my mouth, when a couple of classmates noticed and started laughing, I quickly hid the play-doh as the teacher was reading and looked up at us, after just giving us a look, he continued to read.

sleeping-in-classI did it a few more times, trying different things with the play-doh with the end result, laughter, until the teacher looked up and caught me. He told me to bring my desk to the front of the class and turn it around facing the class, what he assumed to be punishment, I thought to be an audience, I’m in my glory.

Well needless to say I had the whole room in laughter, until he turned again and caught me and said in a firm voice, go stand out side the classroom door until the bell rings, I obeyed. After the period ended he took me to the office to see the principle, Mr Penny I believe at the time, anyway because it wasn’t my first visit to his office, he simply told me to leave, I was now suspend indefinitely, in other words don’t come back.

a.baa-wivf-wiv-wpeoiv-wpvn-wpeiuvbNow I’m walking home fearing what my parents would say and think of me, trying to sneak in but as soon as I got in the door I encountered my mother, she was full of questions, asking what are you doing home and why are you crying, what happened?

I asked her why she lied to me, she asked, how did I lie to you? I said, you told me “it’s always Good to make others laugh” she said that’s not a lie, more people will like you. I said, then I don’t understand, I made everybody laugh but I got kicked out of school, never to go back, and that’s why I’m crying (because I liked school).

17yearsold2My parents did resolve the matter, and I returned to school that September in the fall to complete my grade 10 all over again, but not without my parents begging for my reinstatement to the School Board.

In the end, after realizing my mistake, she said, it is good to make others laugh and never stop doing that, just be more aware of where you are and your surrounding.

I was disciplined many times during my years in high school by the staff, and every time was because I made others smile and laugh! I still believe laughter is the best medicine, how ironic that laughter was a bad thing and didn’t catch on in the schools over the years but it’s opposite did “BULLYING” a very bad thing, and nobody cared to resolve that!

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Breaking: Nigerian Army Rescues 800+ Boko Haram Hostages

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After fourteen girls and women were captured by Boko Haram, a massive raid in multiple villages resulted in over 800 hostages being rescued.

10303795_10152009152936890_1118008390810093458_nPositive news! The terrorist group known as Boko Haram may be ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group – according to the Global Terrorism Index (2015), but it recently lost a huge smileys-cz-7battle when over 800 hostages were freed.

The Guardian reports that last week, Nigerian troops liberated more than 800 people being held by the Islamist fighters in multiple villages in the country’s north-east territory. The army relayed that all the hostages were rescued in Borno state, with 520 recovered in Kusumma village after a confrontation with Boko Haram fighters took place. An additional 309 were rescued from 11 other villages under the militants’ control.

Said army spokesman Sani Usman in a statement:

“The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge general area.”
boko-haram-abductionsHe added that 22 “terrorists” were killed. 

Reportedly, the raid took place the same day that Boko Haram abducted 16 women, including two girls, in a neighboring state.

smileys-cz-15“We received report of the kidnap of 14 women and two girls by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram insurgents near Sabon Garin Madagali village,” said Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar.

The females were seized in the bush while fetching firewood and fishing in a nearby river. They were under the escort of two civilian vigilantes assisting the military against the terrorist group but were abandoned when the escorts saw the Islamist insurgents and fled.waving-soldier

Such cowardice resulted in many of the women’s’ capture, but it spurred an assault that resulted in 800+ being freed. Because two ladies jumped into the river and pretended to drown, they were later able to return to their village and raise the alarm.

81969144Since Boko Haram launched an insurgency in 2009, thousands of women and young girls, including more than 200 schoolgirls, have been abducted. In addition, the group has killed over 20,000 people and is responsible for displacing more than 2.6 million people from their homes.

With regional forces (involving troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Benin) to soon deploy and fight the extremists, hopefully, more hostages will be soon liberated.

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It’s up to society now to put a stop to LGBTI bullying

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“Love does not discriminate, Neither should our laws” ~ Sir Ivan

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

socerAs a gay person, the feel-good halo effect of the positive outcome in the marriage referendum is wonderful and empowering. The knowledge that most of the electorate was on the side of LGBT equality became simultaneously a weight off our shoulders, and a comfort blanket.irish LGBT people speak of increased visibility around the country, of seeing more gay couples holding hands, of benefiting from the open conversations that were had at kitchen tables, of feeling bolstered by the solidarity straight people offered to their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, team-mates, and people they didn’t even know.

be-happyThe march of social change can very often be staccato, two steps forward and one step back. This week, with the release of the LGBTIreland Report, a national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, the halo effect was dimmed with the findings of how LGBTI youth suffer in our country. LGBTI young people have twice the level of self-harm, three times the level of attempted suicide, and four times the level of severe or extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression of a comparative group of young people.

There have been other reports over the years on the mental health of LGBT adults and young people, and they all make for tough reading, but in the context of such a huge step towards a more tolerant and accepting society, this one felt even more urgent.

We need reminding that opening the institution of marriage to same sex couples is just one aspect of creating a better society for LGBT people, that we’re still in the process of undoing centuries of discrimination.

What’s also important to remember is that LGBTI young people are not a homogeneous group. The experiences of young people across a spectrum of gender and sexuality can be very different. The services offered by one of the commissioners of the report, BeLonGTo, cover an equally complex group of people. Whereas many youth services can often be drawing from a fairly homogeneous demographic, be that geographical or socio-economic, an organisation such as BeLonGTo deals with a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, and a complex intersectionality that colours the lives of LGBTI young people.

bewellThe report found that 20 per cent of LGBTI students felt they belonged completely in their school. Half of LGBTI students personally experienced anti-LGBTI bullying. Some 67 per cent witnessed bullying of other LGBTI students in their school, something that reinforces an atmosphere of discrimination even if it isn’t directly experienced by a young person. One in four missed or skipped school to avoid negative treatment due to being LGBTI. One in four considered leaving school early, and approximately one in 20 quit school. The report also showed that there has not been a significant reduction in day-to-day victimisation and harassment of LGBTI people since the Supporting LGBT Lives study in 2009.

Three quarters of those surveyed have been verbally abused due to being LGBTI, 30% in the last year.

While the outcome of the marriage referendum was a good one, the homophobia and anti-gay equality sentiment that LGBT people had to deal with during this period – across media, social media, referendum literature, and on the doorsteps while canvassing – was extraordinarily testing.

We owe a great debt to LGBT people for having the collective resilience to pull through that period, but as much as the positive reinforcement LGBT people received during 2015 will live on, so will the negative impacts.

It is incredibly difficult for young people to have peers or family members collaborate in homophobia that is still part of slang, a default code of bullying, or a general intolerant social atmosphere.

boy-hatThe Department of Education’s anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools stated in 2013: “The inclusion of LGBT posters on notice boards, discussions with parents about specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school, community, teaching the Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) resource, Growing Up LGBT and participating in LGBT awareness events are just some of the ways in which a school can address homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

Schools need to be strict on bullying across the board, as well as teaching resilience to young people, arming them with the tools they need and will need to combat discrimination now and later in life.

Groups that specifically work with LGBTI young people, such as BelongTo, need to be supported and funded appropriately to continue the great work they are doing. It’s work that doesn’t just help young people, or offer sanctuary, but it’s also work that saves lives.

ok2The LGBTIreland report is informative and insightful, but it sounds an alarm as well. If parents, families, schools, peer groups and communities don’t tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying, young LGBT people will continue to suffer, they will continue to self-harm, they will continue to contemplate or act on suicide, they will continue to have difficult childhoods and experience misery and exclusion.

It is our duty as a society that aspires to care for and protect all children, to stop young people being harassed for who they are.

Article by Una Mullally  ~ posted Thu, Mar 24, 2016

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The Italian pupils fighting bullies with music

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On the heels ofMabasta‘, there is now another anti-bullying campaign that has been organised by Italian school pupils. It’s called

‘SBAM! – Stop Bullying Adopt Music‘.

abamThe project aims to use a very powerful weapon against bullying, one that has great influence over people: music. mexican smileyThe idea is also from the Galilei-Costa school in Lecce, but this time it’s the third-year students that are responsible.

With guidance from their English teacher, they decided to tackle the problem from a different angle. Two objectives were identified by the young creators behind SBAM, whose slogan is:

“Hit bullying with the sound of music”.

emoticon gif animated smile images 117The first is to identify all songs that deal with topics or situations that may count as bullying actions or attitudes, or any sort of abuse between young people. And, since the majority of the songs are in English, the pupils have to translate them into Italian to understand them.

The second, far more ambitious, aim is to encourage and invite all musicians, especially those with young fan bases, to compose more songs with lyrics geared to stop the phenomenon, telling victims to speak out, telling bullies to stop and saying that ‘spectators’ should intervene.

All texts that the pupils translate, along with songs by Italian artists, will be published in a special section of the official ‘Mabasta’ website.

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Scotland is training a small army of LGBT-friendly police

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“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” ~ Mother Teresa

CRIMES against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are under-reported and police hope the move makes it easier for them to come forward.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebookABOUT 60 police officers are being given special training to help crack down on hate crime against members of the LGBTI community .

The Equality Network charity has teamed up with Police Scotland to deliver a training programme for officers around the country.

policeIt is hoped they will go on to form a new network of liaison officers who can be contacted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people who believe they have been a victim of a crime.

Experts hope the programme will increase public confidence in the police and encourage people to speak up about a form of crime which has typically been under-reported.

Scott Cuthbertson, of the Equality Network, said: “We know too many LGBTI people are the victims of hate crime , but we also know that many, for whatever reason, still do not report hate crimes. We want to change that.

587245,1310684605,1“That’s why we are pleased to be working so closely with Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and other criminal justice agencies to provide training on LGBTI issues and to work together to remove the barriers to reporting a hate crime.”

The officers will also be expected to advise their colleagues across the force on LGBTI issues.

Meanwhile, the Equality Network will also provide training for staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service , and LGBT Youth Scotland will roll out an anti-bullying programme in schools.

The number of charges for sexual orientation aggravated crime has risen since hate crime legislation came into effect in Scotland in March 2010, to stand at 841 in 2014-15, the Equality Network said.

Police officers will be trained and will pass their knowledge on to other staff

While reporting of transphobic hate crime remains low at 21 charges that year, there is said to be evidence of significant under-reporting.

A recent report by the charity found almost half of LGBT respondents had experienced or witnessed an incident of prejudice or discrimination in the past month, rising to 79% within the past year and 97% within their lifetimes.

Superintendent Jim Baird said tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland.

MCj04298110000[1]He said: “If anyone feels they have been the victim of, or witness to, a crime which is motivated by malice or ill will because of sexual orientation or gender identity they should report it to us directly, online or through a third party reporting site.”

Fergus McMillan, chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, added: “We are currently working with a range of partners, including Equality Network, to increase the reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted.”

The initiatives are part of the national LGBT hate crime partnership, which brings together 35 organisations from across the UK.

Article posted ~ 14 Mar 2016 ~ b Hilary Duncanson for The Daily Record

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‘End the bigotry’: SNP backs ‘Time for Inclusive Education’ campaign for LGBT teaching

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“Never neglect an opportunity for improvement”. –Sir William Jones

Conference supports greater action on inclusive sexuality teaching in schools

HOMOPHOBIC BIGOTRY must be challenged in schools to ensure an inclusive education system, according to delegates at the SNP conference today [Sunday 13 March] in Glasgow.

tieA motion supporting the ‘Time for Inclusive Education’ (Tie) campaign, which supports increasing young people’s awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual identities, received the overwhelming support of SNP party members.

The vote was described as a “historic day” by Tie campaign co-founder Jordan Daly, who has pushed for the government and schools to take action against horrific cases of LGBT suicides and self-harm related to bullying and exclusion in Scotland’s schools.

5e228c8242943fe5c33d212d17d885d0Rhiannon Spear, national convenor of SNP Youth, who led the motion at conference, said that without more inclusive education “we are creating a vacuum that will be filled with misinformation”.

“It worries me that young people leave school without understanding consent. We need to empower young people,” she added.

Fellow youth convenor Angus Miller was one of several speakers to quote statistics from the Stonewall schools report, which identifies high levels of bullying, self-harm and suicide among LGBT students.

“More than a quarter of LGBT young people have attempted suicide due to bullying in schools,” Miller said.

white“We need to make sure that Scotland’s young people grow up in an environment that is equal, accepting and safe.”

On the first day of conference delegates heard emotional stories from the Tie campaign of isolated LGBT pupils, and the struggles to have their sexual identity respected by their families, peers and teachers.

“It’s not until you see the laceration marks,” Daly told a Humanist Society Scotland fringe event. Audience members cried during Daly’s account of ongoing homophobia.

The Tie campaign has led a national tour of schools and launched a crowdfunder to provide training courses for teachers on LGBT inclusion.

A petition proposing that the Tie campaign’s aims were made a statutory part of the curriculum was thrown out by the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee, leading to concerns that not enough was being done due to sensitivities over sex and religion.

Article courtesy of  Michael Gray   ~ published 13th March 2016

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Use the power of ‘I Am’

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“I am neither a Moslem nor a Hindu, I am not Christian, Zoroastrian, nor Jew ~ My place is the no-place My image is without face Neither of body nor the soul I am of the Divine Whole.” ~ Rumi, the great Sufi poet

Manifesting a blessed life is in your control, I assure you

i-amI found a very powerful article I am sharing with you. It’s by Marilyn Gordon from the Hypnotherapy Center

marlynMarilyn Gordon assists people to create extraordinary transformation in emoticon1their lives. She is a board certified hypnotherapist, teacher, healer, school director, author, and internet messenger with over thirty years of experience. Her latest book is The Wise Mind: The Brilliant Key to Life Transformation and Healing. She works in the area of profound mental-emotional-spiritual transformation.

“The I AM power is the healing power of the universe. It’s the force from which the universe is made, and it is also the basic substance of which we are made. The I AM power can be experienced as a light or as a profound feeling in the heart or as great wisdom.

There is no limit to small-heart the power of the I AM to heal and transform every aspect of life. The word “OM” is a form of “I AM” as well.

We can say, “I AM the power of healing, and I AM healing myself now.” Or, “I AM the Life- Transforming Power, radiating in every cell of my body, every part of my mind, and every situation in my life.” Using these words is a call to the universe, to the healing power, to God, asking that the doors be opened to release pure and radiant energy into our life. small-heart

 The Judeo-Christian as well as Eastern paths are all infused with the I AM power. Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world.” 

 Transforming Negativities

Facebook-Blushing-Smiley-EmoticonWhen we put negativities after I AM, as in “I am sick,” or “I am a failure,” it creates great limitation. Instead you can affirm that you are the I AM power, and you are filled with enormous capacities for transformation.

Meditating with the I AM

images (4)If you’d like, you can sit down in a quiet place and pay attention to your breathing. You can then say to yourself “I” on the in breath and “AM” on the out breath. You can keep your focus as long as possible, continuing to bring yourself back to the “I AM” whenever you can. 

All Paths are Built Upon I AM ~ All mystical revelations, all paths, are based upon the I AM.

God is often known as the I AM.

Article by Marilyn Gordon of the Hypnotherapy Center ~ courtesy of  Anna Pereira on The Wellness Universe and CirclesOfInspiration

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Anti-Bullying Speech Moves Foothills Composite Students

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“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”  ~ Henry Ford

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Tad Milmine and FHS counselor Kilbreath with Grade 10 students

Grade 10 students at Foothills Composite High School were boy-hatbrought to tears Tuesday after an emotional speech from the campaign Bullying Ends Here“.

The presentation focused on a teenager named Jamie Hubley that sadly, ended his life five years ago due to bullying, as well as founder Tad Milmine’s story of his life.

Milmine says his goal is to get students to reflect on their actions, and how they affect people.

“My goal is that everyone as an individual is going to look in the mirror

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and recognize that they have room for improvement and then challenge themselves that tomorrow they’re going to be better,” he says.

“As long as we keep waiting for other people to change, well that change isn’t going to happen as it starts with ourselves.”

Many of the students approached Milmine after his presentation to thank him for his powerful words, as well as share their stories.

“Just from standing here after this presentation in particular I helped more than one person,” he says. “Or at least I inspired and gave them a different perspective, or I gave them some positive outlook. I let them know and proved to them that no matter how dark your times may be today, you can still get through it and make all your dreams come true.”

at-school-smiley-emoticonStudents can also email Milmine after his presentation if they feel they need help, or for some encouraging words.

“For me that’s a test. They’re checking to see ‘Do I really respond? Am I really going to be there?’ And I am. So the emails just keep on coming. If I’m by them just one more day, you never know it could be the day that the light is there at the end of the tunnel for them.”

Click here for more information on Bullying Ends Here.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at news@okotoksonline.com

Article by Laura Bates ~ Published Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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PRINCE WILLIAM, PRINCESS KATE START FIGHT AGAINST MALE SUICIDE

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I believe that the Royal Family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly. ~ Margaret Thatcher

royalsIn a three-pronged approach, Prince William, Princess Catherine and Prince Harry have all took it among themselves to raise king-smileyawareness on and to tackle mental illness. According to People Magazine, the Duchess of Cambridge is focusing on children, Prince Harry on service members, and Prince William on young men and adults.

The Duke of Cambridge’shappy-smiley-crown-design-information-related-to-manifestation-emotions-37906718 focus on mental illness, specifically in the cases of young men and adults, is said to be inspired by his witnessing the different consequences of these, from his work as an air ambulance pilot. During his first3711.jpg months working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Prince Wiliam’s crew dealt with some cases on young men’s suicide. Some of the Prince’s missions involved him having to transport medical crews who would in turn aid men whose situations led them to queen.jpgtake their own lives.

It was also earlier reported by People Magazine that Prince William’s eyes were opened to depression and other problems that young people deal with through his work with Centerpoint, a charity focused on homelessness. Prince William was also alarmed at the number of young gay men who have committed suicide.

Prince William, following The Duchess’ public appearance to tackle the said issue, is to make his first public steps soon as well. The two ill hear numerous stories in person on March 10th  one of them of Jonny Benjamin, whose life was saved in 2008 by a stranger as Benjamin clipart-king-smiley-emoticon-512x512-7be5was contemplating suicide.

After hearing the stories first hand, the royal couple will return to the Kensington Palace to watch part of a documentary surrounded on Benjamin’s experience. They will be joined by 20 children from a school in South London. Shortly after, Prince William and Princess Kate will engage in a discussion with a small group that has been affected in various ways by suicide.

Article by Ana Maria Pieraz  ~  MAR 7, 2016

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Workplace bullying focus of court case

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Mitchell addressed the issue of costs with criticism directed at lawyers and what he said has become a disturbing trend in the profession that leaves the courts accessible only to people who can AFFORD IT!  “This is a concern not just for the profession but for society as well,” he wrote.

(currently leads to corruption, didn’t I hear the above statement somewhere before) 

5459a4424897349b8adab05da9a1d428A family’s claim that workplace bullying led to Eric Donovan‘s fatal heart attack will proceed through the courts after a successful appeal of the case’s dismissal.

Donovan worked at Queen’s County Residential Services, which is an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities.

In 2013 he suffered a work-related back injury and about a month later he had a heart attack, Donovan died fewer than two weeks later.

peiHis widow and two children allege workplace bullying caused Donovan stress, anxiety and fear, which led to his fatal heart attack.

Those allegations include that hostile and demeaning statements were made about his work performance, he was forced to work extra hours and he was forced to do unsafe workunif

Queens County Residential Services and Donovan’s supervisor, Nadine Hendriken, are named in the lawsuit that claims damages for losses the family suffered after Donovan‘s death.

The P.E.I. Court of Appeal heard the case after a lower court dismissed the claim saying it didn’t have jurisdiction over the matter.

In a unanimous decision, Justice John Mitchell disagreed judge-smiley-emoticonwith the lower court and overturned the dismissal along with an order for costs against the Donovan family.

Mitchell said lawyers should zero in on the issues on which a case will turn and not over prepare.

“One does not need to build a battleship to do the job of a dingy,” he wrote.

Mitchell also targeted the provincial government, saying it was making the problem worse by taxing legal services, adding fees for court services and increasing old fees.

12549judge_001The tax on legal services is not a tax on lawyers, Mitchell said, and noted $11,731 was paid in HST by one side in this case.

“Access to justice should be the right of every citizen and not turned into a profit centre by the government.”

Mitchell awarded more than $5,000 in costs. SMILEY20DELIVERY

Article by Ryan Ross ~ Published on February 02, 2016

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Man imprisoned for being gay to get posthumous pardon from Trudeau

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‘It’s great that the young Trudeau is finishing the work that his father started,’ lawyer says.

images (31)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to posthumously pardon Everett George Klippert who, because he admitted to police in the 1960s that he was gay, was deemed a dangerous sexual offender and sent to prison.

“The prime minister intends to recommend that a pardon under the authority of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy be granted posthumously to Mr. Klippert,” Trudeau’s office said in a media release.

The move was cheered Sunday by gay-rights advocates.

“It’s fantastic that he’ll get a posthumous pardon,” lawyer Doug Elliott told CBC News.

As well, the statement said the Liberal schalesgovernment will also look to see whether pardons are “warranted” after reviewing the cases of other individuals who in the past were convicted on charges such as gross indecency and buggery.

“As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike, and this includes gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” the weekend statement said.

Trudeau’s office credited Klippert’s case for being “instrumental” in Canada’s decision to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults.

images (9)Gay-rights activist applauds government commitment to review other cases of men convicted when homosexuality was a crime, you can also check out the video from CBC News here.

Indefinite prison sentence

6i3zxbkmKlippert was questioned by the RCMP in 1965 during an arson investigation in Pine Point, N.W.T. He wasn’t involved in the fire, but voluntarily said he’d had sexual relations with four men. He was charged with four counts of gross indecency, all for consensual, private, non-violent acts.

In 1966, Klippert was visited in prison by a Crown-appointed psychiatrist who concluded that Klippert’s homosexuality was “incurable,” and that he therefore met the criteria regarding dangerous sexual offenders.

A judge agreed and sentenced Klippert to preventive detention, meaning an indefinite term in prison.

The sentence was backed up by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1967, although Chief Justice John Cartwright suggested the laws regarding homosexuality be clarified, and that incarceration of harmless homosexuals was not their intention.

judge-smiley-emoticon-1The Klippert case stoked considerable media and political interest. Just six weeks later, Pierre Trudeau, the Liberal government’s justice minister (who would later become prime minister) introduced a bill that, among other things, called for the decriminalization of private, consensual homosexual acts between people over the age of 21.

“It’s great that the young Trudeau is finishing the work that his father started,” Elliott said.

Before homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, people were routinely charged with gross indecency — a charge almost always applied to homosexuals — but rarely for private, consensual acts.

Klippert was released from prison on July 21, 1971. He was 69 when he died in in 1996.

images (4)“I never understood: Why didn’t Pierre Trudeau let him out in 1969 when they decriminalized gay sex?” Elliott said. “They kept the poor guy who was responsible for shining a light on this issue in jail for another couple of years.”

Last week, the prime minister confirmed he will march in Toronto’s Pride parade on July 3, a move that would make history with Trudeau being the first sitting PM in Canada to take part in the event.

Article for CBC News  ~ Posted: Feb 28, 2016


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Booklet, “Born Free and Equal”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”- Nelson Mandela

booklet f&e2images (4)“Born Free and Equalsets out the source and scope of some of the core legal obligations that States have to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 60-page booklet is designed as a tool for States, to help them better understand the nature of their obligations and the steps required to meet them, as well as for civil society activists, human rights defenders and others.

You can grab your copy free at this link or select your language:

English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese (PDF)
Unofficial translations: Farsi | Khmer | Portuguese | Tetum | Turkish | Vietnamese

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