🇺🇳 World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought

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“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein 

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A wise investment in land supports you and your future. Your choices determine future scenarios for sustainable growth. The 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2018WDCD) urges you to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land under the slogan, “Land has true value – invest in it.”

We often use land as if it were a limitless resource, ignoring its role in our everyday lives. This negligence threatens food and water supply, biodiversity and even human security itself. Short-sighted economic gains such as land grabbing, unplanned urban sprawl, 2018WDCD_posterunsustainable agriculture and over-consumption lead to unsustainable land use, which eventually causes degradation and loss of critical ecosystem services. As a result, consumption of the Earth´s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet´s land already severely degraded.

By turning land degradation into land restoration, we can realize the land´s full potential. Healthy and productive land can bring not only environmental, but also significant economic gains. For example, case studies from the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (2015) indicate that:

The annual loss of 75 billon tons of soil from arable land leads a missing opportunity for economic benefits of USD 400 billion per year globally
Taking action against soil erosion over 105 million hectares would save up to USD 62.4 billion in net present value over the next 15 years
Enhancing carbon stocks through agricultural soils alone can create potential value on the carbon market from USD 96-480 billion annually
Sustainable land management (SLM) is a wise investment for economic growth that does not compromise resilient livelihoods. It is key to safeguarding and managing the quality of the land by balancing its biological and economic potential. Moreover, land can play a vital role in linking multiple Sustainable Development Goals by harnessing synergies while minimizing potential conflicts and trade-offs. SLM can give tremendous momentum to positive change. By safeguarding life on land, we deliver for all life on Earth.

This is the true value of land.

Every one of us has a role to play. Farmers can invest in smart agriculture that leads to higher yields despite a reduction in inputs like pesticides. Policy makers and land managers can support bio-economy by investing in new SLM technologies and processes. Consumers can spend their money on organic and fairly traded products to avoid land degradation. There are many more ways to invest in land wisely.

We can all contribute to and benefit from investing in SLM – whether we act as consumers, producers, corporations, or governments. Changes in behavior and adoption of more efficient planning and practices can guarantee that sufficient land resources are available long-term to meet our ambitions for and to provide sustainable livelihoods.

The choice is ours. Know the true value of land and invest in it. Read more Here

Article Posted June 16, 2018 by Terry.K

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

women15 cworkingThe New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.

Article posted June 16, 2018 by Terry.K

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🇨🇦 Honourable Dwight Ball

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”Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —Bill Clinton

Dwight Ball is the 13th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From a young age, Dwight Ball was taught the value of hard work and community, and that if you can contribute, you should. He has consistently demonstrated these values in his professional life and in public service, having been recognized with a number of awards for his community leadership and involvement.

Having spent decades as a healthcare professional and an entrepreneur in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball understands the needs and challenges of communities in the province – and he has dedicated himself to public service in order to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dwight defines his leadership philosophy in the following terms:
“We are forming government not because of what I or my party has done, but because of what we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have done together – and what we will do. Every day I will consider the input of the more than 500,000 advisors across our province. Every day I’ll work tirelessly to put their advice into action that will result in a stronger tomorrow and a brighter future for us all.”

Dwight Ball, leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been involved in provincial politics since 2007, when he was first elected to represent the district of Humber Valley. Dwight was re-elected in 2011 and began serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in January 2012 until November 30, 2015 when his party won government.

31958848_1632665876829591_6794133586434850816_nBefore entering politics, Dwight Ball had a successful career in business and as a community leader. He attended the School of Pharmacy in St. John’s at the age of 17 and moved back to Deer Lake upon completion. Beginning with the franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy, Dwight’s business operations expanded to include personal care homes, real estate development, and venture capital investments. He has also been recognized as an entrepreneur and an employer of several hundred people across his businesses.

Dwight Ball has also been heavily involved in community and professional organizations. He’s a past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a past president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, a board member of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2006 Humber Valley Winter Games, a board member for the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank, and the west coast director for Senior Hockey in NL.

Dwight was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, the highest honour for a community pharmacist. He was given the Pride of the Town Award from the Town of Deer Lake in recognition of his commitment to community service. He was awarded Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.

Dwight and his wife Sharon reside in Deer Lake. He has one daughter, Jade. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.

Article by The Council of Atlantic Premiers posted June 12, 2018

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🇨🇦 The Smiling Land Foundation

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The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back. 

~ Bryant H. McGill

Smiling Land Foundation is a national registered charity and consists of ordinary people with extraordinary plans and the hearts to match. The Board of  Directors are proud Newfoundland and Labradorians who have come together to spread joy to the province they love, most of whom reside in other parts of Canada. 

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The Foundation strives to spread Canada’s warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit through the Rockin’ Big Give fundraiser, held in Toronto and St. John’s, in support of charities in Newfoundland and Labrador. This one-of-a-kind party caters to an adult audience looking for a uniquely east coast cultural celebration while contributing to a worthwhile cause.

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Since its inception in 2008, the Smiling Land Foundation has contributed funds to charities “back home” in Newfoundland and Labrador. To date, the foundation has donated in excess of $1.4 million supporting Daffodil Place, Ronald McDonald House, Vera Perlin Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, Young Parents Association, Rainbow Riders, Special Olympics, Health Care Foundation, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, the Home from the Sea Sealers Memorial in Elliston, LSPU Hall, the Nunatsiavut Government’s Torngat Mountains Basecamp Youth Leadership Program and the Froude Avenue Community Centre.

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🇨🇦 Part 2 “Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada” (IC.GC.CA}

from: Small, Matthew (IC) <matthew.small@canada.ca>
to: “terr.kinnn2@gmail.com” <terr.kinnn2@gmail.com>
date: Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:40 PM
subject: Complaint Ref. # 749596

Mr. Kinden, Further to our phone call yesterday, I am writing you to request new information or documentation in support of your allegations against Pascal Gagnon of Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates Inc.

To summarize our call yesterday, I advised that, based on the information I had available to me at the time, it did not appear that I would be able to “reopen” your prior complaint.  Our conversation ended abruptly shortly after that without me being able to explain what I meant, and without us having discussed your concerns in more detail.  What I was unable to explain at the time, is that we require new information/evidence concerning a trustee’s conduct/administration in order to “reopen” a complaint to which the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) has previously responded.

Please take into consideration that the OSB can only operate within the scope of its regulatory mandate, which is to say that we do not advocate for any party in a bankruptcy proceeding.   Please also note that Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates Inc. do have a right to refuse reappointment to the administration of a bankruptcy estate once an application for bankruptcy discharge has been heard by the Court.  If you are looking for someone to advocate on your behalf you may want to seek independent legal advice or alternatively legal aid.

What I understand of your concerns/allegations so far is that (1) Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates Inc. refuses to work with you, (2) no other trustees is willing to work with you, (3) you cannot afford a lawyer, and (4) the Court in Gatineau is unable to help you.  Please confirm if this is accurate and please provide any additional information and evidence in support of your complaint against Ginsberg, Gingras & Associates Inc.  As noted previously, as the regulator we cannot advocate for you and we have no authority to facilitate your application for discharge from bankruptcy.

If you are unable to provide a response to my request with the requested information by April 26, 2018 I will close your complaint based on the information provided.

Thank you, Matthew Small

Senior Bankruptcy Analyst, Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada
matthew.small@canada.ca / Tel: 416-270-2028 / TTY: 1-866-694-8389

🇨🇦 “Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada” (IC.GC.CA}

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“There are few experiences in life as painful and brutal as the failure of a small business. For a small business conceived and nurtured by its owner is like a living, breathing child. Its loss is no less traumatic than losing a loved one.” 
― William Manchee

“To whom it may concern”

On Feb 11, 2011 I retained the services of Pascal Gagnon,Ginsberg Gingras regarding a matter of personal Bankruptcy, after filing I was totally ignored by Mr Gagnon, every phone call, email and voice message and even mail I sent, he or his office in Hull did’t respond.

When the matter went before the courts he did not advise me of the out come and again did not answer to my concerns.
I have had attempts on my life, harassed by Police and put on the street not being able to obtain employment, all other local trustee’s I contacted in the Ottawa/Gatineau region refused to assist, I filed a complaint with the Superintendent of Bankruptcy regarding his lack of ethical professionalism with respect to his dislike for myself which was also ignored.

I sent numerous emails, made phone calls and message after message, after 5 years he finally answered a partial of that email and his exact words is included below.
I relocated back to my home province (Newfoundland) on April 8, 2018 due fear for my safety & health after the local Police in Gatineau forcibly removed me from my home and put me in a holding cell for a charge that did not occur on Feb 20, 2018 losing more than half of my belonging never to return there again. A friend bailed me out.
After returning home I contacted a trustee here in St John’s Newfoundland who gave me the information that he should have given me, “the file was adjourned”.

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The last time I contacted him regarding the Bankruptcy was Oct 5, 2016, there was no attachments with his response which follows:

Mr Gagnon’s words taken as is from his last email (10/5/16)

“Hello Mr Kinden,
First, let me tell you that both your tone and your threath are not acceptable.
Second, please note that this will be the last email that I will adress to you. I will not answer to any further email or correspondance from you. You will find attached a copy of the OSB answer to your complaint. As stated in that letter you are free to contact another trustee’s office or your legal councel in order to apply to court for your discharge. Regards, Pascal Gagnon”

I will not deny my tone after 5 years of being ignored, during this time (year 1) I was enrolled in A Trucking program in Montreal

The dollar amount or loss I’ve endured is to far reaching than I could ever estimate, I cannot find a Bankruptcy Trustee that will take on the case to finish or clear up his mess, as I am on social assistance and financially cannot pay the required fees and kindness cannot be found with in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency process.

I would like assistance with the issues of such serious nature of the grief Mr Gagnon has created in my life now living in fear for more than 7 years.

I am finally going to share a short version of my story from 2001 to 2018. The short version is 1 1/2 hours long which is the shortest I could make it, talking kinda fast which didn’t help shorten it so as to be understood. I apologize now all the hums and awes, as I did it once without editing, in da raw. Why? because it’s time, so if you can stand to listen to me for an hour and a half then click play

Article posted April 20, 2018 by Terry Kinden

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🇨🇦 Have You Been A Victim of Identity Theft?

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First #IWD2018 #FemmyAwards Winner Announced! Annonce du premier lauréat #PrixFemmy de la #JIF2018!

Stay tuned for the announcement of our other #Femmy winners!

International Women's Day Ottawa 2018

#IWDOttawa community – we are SO excited to announce our first 2018 #FemmyAwards winner..Drum roll please:

Lisa Pigeau, Manager of Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Métis Nation of Ontario. Category: Advocacy

#LisaPigeau started working as a frontline worker (community support worker) with Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) in 1999, where she helped families in need access appointments and relevant care. Lisa is now the MNO manager of Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, and oversees the Victim Service program and the Ending Violence strategy for the whole province, and soon to be added Indigenous-led Anti-Human Trafficking department. She is the staff person responsible for the work of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Women’s Council (MNOWC) and the administrator of the MNOWC’s Women’s Leadership project. She is also a nominee of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award, and sits on a number of committees for…

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Join us on March 8 at 6PM for the 10th IWD Ottawa Anniversary Event: “Hashtags and Beyond: 10 Yrs of Honouring Local Feminists”

International Women's Day Ottawa 2018

Final EN IWD poster 2018We look forward to seeing you at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne (1525 Princess Patricia Way) on Thursday March 8th, 2018 from 6:00pm for Ottawa’s annual largest International Women’s Day bash. Come celebrate with friends, honour the recipients of the 2018 Femmy Awards, enjoy our Activist Fair, and engage with the ideas and issues raised on stage.

Free Admission. Free Childcare. Free Snacks. Cash Bar

To sign to this event, please RSVP to our Facebook event page:

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🇨🇦 The Making of TerkinByDesign

 

“Yes it will be a grace if I die. To exist is pain. Life is no desire of mine anymore.”  ― Sophocles, Electra

To start off and jump right in, it’s been awhile since I have done a post here, especially in my own words, but this story has been called upon to be known.

High School Grade 10
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I have been asked many times why I do what I do, and why it matters to me, you don’t have any kids to worry about their future I’ve been told. Some even demanded I stop what I am doing, it’s none of my business very firmly.

I am sure that once you finish reading you will have a better understanding of why the fight for equality and equal rights for LGBTQI2SI people, these issues I hold close to my heart because I’ve been there and take the hatred sorta personal now.

I now consider the LGBTQI2SI community as a distinct society,  why? well to answer that I will have to take you back to 1979, when I was at the ripe age of 19.

A time when I’m not liking myself or the life ahead me very much, especially after witnessing what the local town folk referred to as the town queer being beaten by youth many times and how they enjoyed it, but myself no better to stand there and watch while the reality of what I would have to face was far to clear. I would pray as often as I could asking God to change me because I was terrified of what I was and life in general.

Towards the end of the year, late September I scored an Employment opportunity in Labrador City working as a payroll clerk in the mines for The Iron Ore Company of Canada (I.O.C) which temperately occupied my thoughts. I did not understand why I was not attracted to girls, not because I couldn’t get them, not to boast but I had lots to choose from but avoided all of them.

I was determined not to live a gay life and just decided I would forget all about it and started dating one of the my girls friends. But the attraction to boys does not go away, I found myself always looking at the boys and this made me hate myself even more because for the most part it was how I felt after a gay encounter, at which time swearing it would never happen again, so I can relate totally and understand completely why we are so ridiculed and rejected by society.

After a encounter with a first timer, also a friend, he himself had the same reaction which was not a good scene and lead to a pretty nasty fight. The next night at a party with some friends and having way to many beers I left the party alone and went to my sisters, well to my surprise the friend had paid my sister a visit and blamed me for forcing him to have sex, long story short he would end up my secret lover for many years to come until he contracted the HIV virus. Now living in the gay village in Toronto watching all my friends dying around me was the most trying time, I again wanted and was waiting to die. I decided to go back in the closet and left the village and moved to North York a Toronto suburb.

Anyway back to my sister’s place and that dreadful night, she was very upset and said she was going to call and tell our Mother, at that point I was sick to my stomach, I did not want anyone to know especially not my mother. I decided at that instance that I wanted to die and grabbed a knife that was just in front of me on the Kitchen counter top with a 8 inch blade and viciously rammed it into my abdomen (laymen terms Stomach).

Waking up three days later in hospital, wrapped from head to groin unable to move in a room with two other guys. It would be a week before I was back on my feet and another week before I was released. During the week I was bed ridden I got a visit from my brother in law, he said your sister is in this hospital too, a couple rooms down, I asked why, he replied, the trauma from you stabbing yourself in front of her, she had a miscarriage and turned around and left.

I believed that my punishment for failing was now beginning and now wished I was dead. The day before being released I had to see a psychiatrist, the first question he asked was, “Why did you try to kill yourself?” of course I lied, I would not dare tell him the truth. He responded by saying you are very lucky, I did not ever think it was possible, It is amazing how you managed to drive a 8 inch blade all the way into your abdomen and miss every organ causing no serious injury, your free to leave when ever you choose, I was ready and left for home from his office.

Upon arriving home, still living in Labrador City I called my mother whom was in Stephenville, told me to just come home. I returned home, found a girlfriend and was Married six months later, never to ever talk to anyone about what happened to date, and I woke up still not dead again today. 😀

So the moral of this story, it’s twice as hard for us to accept who we are then you, when you are hated for who you are, live means little, but with everything inside us we know 13521856_10153520444411890_1311783879739607533_nwe cannot change, left with only a few choices, live life to the fullest in the closet and marry, sneak around for a bit hoping not to be discovered , those of us that do not consider the closet an option will live an authentic life as who we are and fight to the dead, and the worst is sadly two many of us convinced or brainwashed hate who we are so much rejecting life turn to suicide. So the next time you meet or see someone from my community, try showing a little kindness and or respect , I don’t think that is really a lot to ask, with sincere Thanks for your understanding.

“I attempted Suicide, it failed – I got married, it failed – Then I started Fightin” – Terry.K

Article by Terry.K posted February 15, 2018

footnote:  TerKinByDesign in reality has nothing to do with designing, only that of who I am

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🇨🇦 St. John’s Pride “Together”

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We are excited to announce today that Pride week 2018 will be July 16th-July 22nd, 2018. It is also today that we are announcing that the theme of this year’s Pride is “Together.”

08-17-2015-prideThe 2018 board of St. John’s Pride Inc. is working hard to bring you a pride that is bigger and better than ever. Hitting the ground running, we hope that we can keep this commitment to you.

Pride is a time to celebrate, memorialize, and rejuvenate as a community to continue the fight on our journey to equality for all LGBTQ2SI+ people here in Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and throughout our global world.

This year it is time for the LGBTQ2SI+ community in St. John’s – and of course, this invitation extends to all those Newfoundlanders and Labradorians across the province, and wherever they might find themselves, as well as all of their merry friends – to simply come together.

Together, this year, as a community, we have achieved great successes:

Moral success in the form of an apology from the Government of Canada for the historical failings of successive Canadian governments and systemic persecution of LGBTQ2SI+ Canadians, as well as the largest settlement awarded for state wrongs towards the LGBT community in the world;

Legislative success with legislation being passed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to allow individuals to change their designation on a birth certificate to Homophobia-Now-That's-a-Choice-Rainbow-Pride-Barfemale, male or non-binary;

And electoral success when Virginia, former journalist Danica Roem, a Democrat, knocked off 13-term Republican state Del. Bob Marshall, Virginia’s self-proclaimed “chief homophobe,” and sponsor of the first notorious bathroom bill; Danica becoming the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature in the United States.

All of these things were achieved when communities came together, through the hard work of individuals who brought us these historic victories for LGBTQ2SI+ people everywhere. These are shining beacons of success, proof of what can happen when an engaged and supportive community comes together.

 

B Girl ValentinesThere are disagreements in our community, and differences in how we think that we should continue down our path to equality.

And while those differences are important to acknowledge, and discuss, and while pride is and always will be inherently political, our hand is extended in our work; in the organizing of St. John’s Pride week 2018, in coming together during this week, and, always, in supporting each other as a community, in our togetherness.

Whatever togetherness might mean to you, know that there is always room at our table, in our circle, and in our community for your Pride. Together we are stronger; together, as the LGBTQ2SI+ community, we are not simply better, but we are at our best.

We struggle together. We rise together. We are proud together.

Simply, Together.

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