Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, will join award-winning foundation Bullying Ends Here on May 23 for an intimate night of comedy in support of children facing bullying across Canada.
The event, which takes place at the Webber Academy, also features Calgary Police Service Constable and Bullying Ends Here founder Tad Milmine.
Milmine started Bullying Ends Here in 2012 in response to the bullying-related suicide of Ontario teenager Jamie Hubley, and Mercer’s viral rant in reaction to the tragedy. With both Mercer and Hubley’s parents in attendance, the comedy event marks a full circle for the foundation.
“It’s an honor to have Rick Mercer, who was such an inspiration to me in starting Bullying Ends Here, participating in a fundraiser that will help us support youth across Canada,” said Milmine. “Bullying has reached epidemic levels in our country, but with (the public’s) help, we can address the problem.”
In the past year alone, Milmine has shared Jamie’s story with more than 120,000 youth around the world to demonstrate the real life effects of bullying. Funds raised at the event will help the foundation reach thousands more youth across Canada.
Two years later, Cyber Safety Act, written after the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, is criticized for being too broad and praised for being effective
HALIFAX—An overwhelming majority of complaints filed under Nova Scotia’s anti-cyber-bullying law have been resolved out of court, proof that the law is working, supporters of the legislation say.
Two years after it was passed in April 2013, the bill still faces criticism from legal experts who say it threatens freedom of expression.
The legislation is the first of its kind in Canada.
Two challenges aimed at striking down the controversial law are before the courts, and, in a separate case, an order under the Cyber Safety Act was overturned by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on grounds it violated charter rights.
But a member of Nova Scotia’s CyberScan unit, established under the act to crack down on cyber-bullying, said there is a side of the law the public doesn’t hear about as much.
Of the 559 complaints of cyber-bullying filed with CyberScan, only two have proceeded to court, with the rest resolved through informal negotiations, said Dana Bowden, one of the five investigators with the unit.
“We’ve had a great deal of success,” Bowden said. Bowden said the unit’s goal is to educate and resolve rather than be punitive.
“I think once you’re able to speak with individuals and they have an understanding of the fact that there is a law in Nova Scotia around cyber-bullying, and how that law works . . . people seem to be getting that message.”
Under the act, people who say they have been victims of cyber-bullying can also bypass the CyberScan unit and apply to a justice of the peace for a protection order. Fewer than 10 protection orders have been issued since the law’s creation in 2013.
One of those was revoked in March, in the case of Debert businessman Jonathan Baha’i, who was accused of posting defamatory information online about his former landlord Anton Self. A judge originally issued a one-year protection order, which included a ban on Baha’i communicating with or about Self, in November 2014.
Lawyer and privacy expert David Fraser, an outspoken critic of the act, said such orders violate the right to free speech.
“Anything that limits what you can or do say on its face infringes section 2B of the charter,” said Fraser, who represents the complainants in the two current court challenges.
Fraser said the legislation, written less than three weeks after the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, was done so in haste.
“My concern with the legislation is that it’s so grotesquely over-broad. It captures a whole lot of stuff that you or I would not even consider to be cyber-bullying.”
Judge Gerald Moir made similar comments when he revoked the protection order on Baha’i in the Supreme Court.
“A neighbour who calls to warn that smoke is coming from your upstairs windows causes fear. A lawyer who sends a demand letter by fax or e-mail causes intimidation,” Moir said in his ruling.
“Each is a cyber-bully according to the literal meaning of the definitions (of the law), no matter the good intentions of the neighbour, (or) the just demand of the lawyer.”
Fraser said it irks him that the judge had to go to such lengths to interpret the legislation.
“The fact that a judge has to essentially rewrite a key part of the law in order to make it make sense, in the context of what it’s intended to do — that tells me that the legislature did not do a good enough job in being clear about what it was trying to do,” he said.
But Wayne MacKay, a professor in human rights law at Dalhousie University, doesn’t see the judge’s comments as condemnations of the act.
“Some would certainly argue that the definition of cyber-bullying itself may be too broad,” said MacKay, who chaired the cyber-bullying task force ordered by the government after Parsons died.
“But another way — and that’s what happened in this case — is to say, ‘Well, we’ll take it on a case-by-case basis.’ ”
There are a couple of things MacKay said he would change about the act: having different standards for adults, as opposed to youth, and giving accused cyber-bullies the chance to defend themselves before a case reaches court.
But overall, MacKay thinks the legislation is doing its job.
“I think the act is a necessary and positive addition to giving victims some remedies they didn’t have before.”
Article posted Fri May 01 2015 Posted by Leah Collins Lipsett The Canadian Press — Follow @leahgcl on Twitter
Section Two of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the section of the Constitution of Canada that lists what the Charter calls “fundamental freedoms” theoretically applying to everyone in Canada, regardless of whether they are a Canadian citizen, or an individual or corporation. These freedoms can be held against actions of all levels of government and are enforceable by the courts. The fundamental freedoms are freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association.
Section 1 of the Charter permits Parliament or the provincial legislatures to enact laws that place certain kinds of limited restrictions on the freedoms listed under section 2. Additionally, these freedoms can be temporarily invalidated by the notwithstanding clause of the Charter.
As a part of the Charter and of the larger Constitution Act, 1982, section 2 took legal effect on April 17, 1982. Many of its rights, however, have roots in Canada in the 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights (although this law was of limited effectiveness), and in traditions under a theorized Implied Bill of Rights. Many of the freedoms, such as freedom of expression, have also been at the centre of federalism disputes.
In a cruel prank caught on camera, pupils wrapped Sergei Casper in cling film so he couldn’t move, causing him to fall over and suffocate
A teenager has died after a prank by school bullies went wrong – in full view of the pupils’ teacher.
Sergei Casper, 17, was the subject of a stunt that involved wrapping him in cling film so he couldn’t move his arms and legs, and putting him feet-first into a toilet.
His classmates then took him back to his classroom in the Russian capital Moscow where his teacher was sitting.
But, still unable to move, Sergei lost his balance and fell towards the teacher’s desk, hitting his throat on the table.
Having hit and crushed his oesophagus, he then lay on the floor suffocating as his classmates laughed in the background.
By the time they realised he was seriously injured, he was already in a critical condition and despite an ambulance being called, he later died.
Police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, amid claims that Sergei had been a happy and popular student until he joined Polytechnic College Number 8.
It has been claimed classmates started bullying him because of his love of the arts.
One of his friends, named Alexander, told local media: “He was a good guy, he never did anything bad to anyone and he was my friend. But the others just picked on him all the time.”
Speaking about the prank, he added: “They seemed to think it was hilarious, and then they decided to take their prize back to the classroom where although the teacher was sitting at her desk, she did absolutely nothing to help him.”
The school has denied they were aware of a bullying problem, but also added that those involved in the bullying had been expelled.
One student who took part in the stunt said it was simply a joke that had gone tragically wrong.
But Sergei’s parents have demanded to know why the teacher who was in the classroom did nothing, and quote school friends who say that the bullying had gone on for months with nobody taking action.
Charity bosses say the plans are a “vital step forward for victims of domestic abuse”.
UK, Wednesday 20 August 2014
People in a relationship who consistently emotionally and psychologically bully their partner could face jail under Government plans.
The legislation is aimed at protecting victims whose partners threaten them with violence, cut them off from friends or refuse them access to money.
Home Secretary Theresa May is looking at creating a new offence which would give emotional abuse the same status under law as physical abuse.
Currently non-violent coercive and controlling behaviour is covered by legislation that concentrates on stalking and harassment. This does not explicitly apply to intimate relationships.
Polly Neate, Women’s Aid chief executive, said: “This is a vital step forward for victims of domestic violence.
“Two women a week are killed by domestic violence, and in our experience of working with survivors, coercive controlling behaviour is at the heart of the most dangerous abuse.”
The Home Secretary said: “The Government is clear that abuse is not just physical. Victims who are subjected to a living hell by their partners must have the confidence to come forward.
“Meanwhile, I want perpetrators to be in no doubt that their cruel and controlling behaviour is criminal.”
The Government has also introduced the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare’s Law after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009, which enables the police to disclose information about previous violent offending by a partner.
And the introduction earlier this year of Domestic Violence Protection Orders means perpetrators of domestic abuse can be prevented from returning to the home for up to 28 days.
As we now leave the political arena behind…On Wednesday 2nd July 2014, I was lucky to attend an Anti-Bullying Showcase at Facebook London Offices.
During this event, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from 6 secondary schools across England demonstrated the hard work they were doing to combat bullying online and offline within their schools and communities through visual films of their work – they were joined by a host of special guests and celebrities.
The Showcase began with an introduction from both Simon Milner (Policy Director, UK, Middle East and Africa, Facebook) and Alex Holmes (Anti-Bullying Programme Manager, Diana Award).
This was followed by speeches from special guests, and videos from each of the secondary schools.
Special guests included Jodie Marsh, Bars and Melody, Diversity, Adam Deacon, Will Poulter, Paul Potts, Lucy Kay and Luke Newberry.
The speeches made by these special guests were truly inspiring and reassuring to those being bullied and the Anti-Bullying ambassadors. (Britain’s Got Talent finalists Bars and Melody and Lucy Kay both gave phenomenal performances!)I found out that many schools across the country are taking a stand against bullying.
I was amazed at the innovative and effective ideas that the young people had created. These included mapping the areas of school which the pupils felt safe in, creating an anonymous bullying report website and releasing balloons which each had a tag with the schools’ details so whoever received the balloon could contact them if they were being bullied. Amazingly, they received replies from many different areas including Manchester and Wales.
YoungMinds Vs is giving young people a voice to speak out and demands change on the 5 top issues that worry them the most – bullying, school stress, sexual pressures, unemployment and not being able to get help can stress us out.
More than three-quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness (Princes Trust, 2014).
YoungMinds Vs is fighting the pressure and has created a mass movement of children and young people campaigning for better mental health and wellbeing.
A teenager has been jailed for 21 months for a homophobic attack on a gay man in Hertford.
The Hertfordshire Mercury reports Daniel Keem, 18, attacked his victim after targeting him with a series of homophobic slurs.
Giving evidence at St Albans Crown Court, the victim said he recognised Keem among a group of several youths as he walked into a Co-op store in Fleming Crescent, Hertford.
The victim said: “He shouted [abuse] I just ignored it and walked into the shop. I don’t normally respond to it. It encourages homophobia.”
Inside the shop the victim said the assistant, a neighbour called Lucy, had heard the abuse and asked if he wanted to leave by an alternative exit.
He decided to leave by the front door and heard Keem use another homophobic insult, but continued walking.
The man said Keem has verbally abused him in previous occasions.
As the victim made his way down a road he was approached by two men who pushed him into a bush.
He was then punched and kicked, leaving him with injuries including swelling to the right eye, a cut above the eyebrow and a swollen nose.
On Wednesday, Keem, of Hertford, admitted causing actual bodily harm on 10 October last year.
Recorder David Mayall sentenced him to 21 months’ detention.
Mr Mayall rejected Keem’s claim that he had not used homophobic language during the incident.
I also want to add that I have just Graduated from Selkirk college in a Program in Web Technologies and Design, I am willing to work or do what ever is required of me to help my cause, such as I will create 5, 10 or even 15 Websites or any other projects with in my realm of experience , what ever it takes for the purpose of reaching my goal. You can view my Portfolio here http://www.ibdestudents.com/melvink/116/unit-f/final/portfolio.html
My Hope is there is one soul that will step forward or if there is a PRO-BONO Lawyer that serves justice and might want to help, anything is worth trying rather than giving up because if I appear to represent myself as I did in 2006, they will dishonor legislation and myself, even though they say you can represent yourself so I am going to try anything and everything so as not to say I did not try, because then I can get another adjournment and another adjournment until I get a lawyer, time is the one thing I do have an abundance of, until I die I will fight for justice, this is the link to my fundrazer…
In June of 2008 Melvin was sexually assaulted by a physician and just over a year later was assaulted and fired from his Job of more than six years by management in Mississauga, On.
On July 12, 2012 Melvin was yet again fired from another job also while employed for six months he was Bullied, harassed and assaulted by management mobbed by employees all due to sexual orientation.
Since being fired in July 2012 he has not been able to obtain work due to defamation of personal and financial characters.
On Oct 29, 2012 he filed a complaint with the OHRT. He was also diagnosed with an anxiety and panic disorder in 2002 and requires medical attention but now experiences high anxiety and fear of receiving treatment from medical professionals.
Due to his financial situation he cannot obtain a legal Representative to pursue the matters at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and requires your help.
Please show your support for Equality and Equal rights by helping him achieve his goal of raising $1000.00 to help pay for legal assistance.
You can read the details of the case here at Kinden v Richcraft thank you for your support.
Their rap sheet or as I like to call it Criminal Record needs no explanation.
MONTREAL — New criminal charges have been filed in connection with the RCMP investigation into several people who worked at Revenue Canada’s office in Montreal.
Two former employees of the office, Nicola Iammarrone, 53, and Adriano Furgiuele, 45, were named in a new series of indictments to emerge from the investigation. Furgiuele is alleged to have received a $150,000 bribe from Francesco Bertucci, 62, of Côte St-Luc.
At the time of the alleged offence, Bertucci was president of the investment firm Thomson Tremblay. Court documents filed in previous cases allege Bertucci paid the bribe to allow his firm to make more than $2 million in business deductions.
The new indictments allege the bribe was paid to help commit more than $450,000 in fraud against the revenue agency. Bertucci is also charged in an indictment filed in the case.
Iammarrone is charged with breach of trust and fraud while handling Bertucci’s files. Furgiuele lead a team of auditors with Revenue Canada when the alleged offences took place. He faces five charges, including breach of trust and fraud, in the case related to Bertucci.
The alleged offences occurred between 2006 and 2008. Furgiuele and Iammarrone were fired in 2009.
All three men are scheduled to appear before a judge at the Montreal courthouse in March.
This is a PSA Web Video produced through STRUTT Central‘s social awareness component in their programs for girls. This video is a serious example of the virus Cyber Bullying and it’s disease like effects. It illustrates how fast the virus spreads and infects others and can ruin the lives of it’s victims, in this case Jane Doe. The cure for the virus is found in those who stand up against it. We chose the national Anti Bullying colour PINK to be the symbolic antidote that stopped the bullying from spreading. This video was created to support PINK SHIRT DAY and spread awareness on Cyber Bullying! Please Follow Pink Shirt Day on Facebook and Twitter.
Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows.
The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse. Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults – girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
Now a trio of researchers has taken an even longer view. They examined data on roughly 18,000 people who were born in England, Scotland and Wales during a single week in 1958 and then tracked periodically up through the age of 50 as part of the U.K.’s National Child Development Study.
Back in the 1960s, when the study subjects were 7 and 11 years old, researchers interviewed their parents about bullying. Parents reported whether their children were never, sometimes or frequently bullied by other kids.
Fast-forward to the 2000s. About 78% of the study subjects are still being tracked at age 45, when they are assessed for anxiety and depression by nurses. By the time they’re 50, 61% of them remain in the study, and are asked to fill out a questionnaire that measures psychological distress.
The researchers found that people who were bullied either occasionally or frequently continued to suffer higher levels of psychological distress decades after the bullying occurred. They were more likely than study subjects who were never bullied to be depressed, to assess their general health as poor, and to have worse cognitive functioning. In addition, those who were bullied frequently had a greater risk of anxiety disorders and suicide.
The consequences of bullying were economic as well. Study subjects who had been bullied frequently had fewer years of schooling than their peers, the researchers found. Men in this group were more likely to be unemployed; if they had jobs, their earnings were typically lower.
Adults who were bullied as kids were more socially isolated too. At age 50, bullying victims were less likely to be living with a spouse or a partner; less likely to have spent time with friends recently; and less likely to have friends or family to lean on if they got sick. Overall, they felt their quality of life was worse than people who hadn’t been bullied, and those who had been frequent victims were less optimistic that their lives would get better in the future.
Overall, 28% of the people in the study were bullied occasionally as kids, and an additional 15% were bullied frequently. Boys were more likely to be victims than girls.
“The findings are compelling in showing that the independent contribution of bullying victimization survives the test of time,” the researchers concluded. “The impact of bullying victimization is pervasive, affecting many spheres of a victim’s life.” The L.A Times By Karen Kaplan April 18, 2014, 1:54 p.m.
The study was published online Friday by the American Journal of Psychiatry.
It was July 10, 2012 and I woke up as usual at 5:30 am and started preparing myself for another day at the construction site in hell. I arrived the same time as I did everyday around 7:00 am, although I wasn’t scheduled to start until 7:30 am, my first task was to unlock the front doors of all the units I was responsible for, there was two general laborers, Yannick and one other Richcraft Carpenter, between four of us we were responsible for unlocking all the unit doors so the contractors could enter to complete their assignments, after which I would Radio Yannick, if he didn’t already contact me, for my daily work assignments which was always sweeping the units and removing all scrap drywall.
I proceeded to my first unit which was pretty much central to the whole site, so I entered the unit, it was empty no contractors present. I was supplied with a push broom, kitchen angle broom and a 5 gallon plastic Garbage can, so I started picking up all scrap drywall and stacking it in a pile in the center of each and every room after which I started to sweep.
Just after lunch the painting contractors showed up which consisted of two individuals, male and female whom appeared to be a couple. After about an hour I received a call from Yannick on my two way Radio requesting I go to another site, as I was working in a unit on Cooks Mill Crescent, he requested I proceed to Riveredge Crescent which was about 9 kms away. I was paid for my mileage and visited this site a few times before, as we had three to four new houses on this street that were close to completion.
I finished the task I was working on and then collected the brooms and proceeded to my car parked in front, only to find a Dodge minivan was parked behind me, I went back in the unit and asked the painter if he could move his van so I could get out of the driveway, his lady friend grab his keys and moved the van and I proceeded to the other work-site on Riveredge Crescent.
I arrived at the unit and proceeded to the upstairs to start clean up, after picking up all scrap and throwing it out the windows which is the process for removing scrap and garbage from the units, I started sweeping hearing from outside the backhoe driver leveling the grounds.
Approximately one hour later I was startled by someone touching my shoulder, I immediately turned in defense mode and almost punched Bernie in the face, now seeing both him and Yannick standing there. I was shocked and very upset that they were able to enter the unit and make their way to the second floor without my knowledge. I let Bernie know that he almost got a punch in the face and advice him not to sneak up me like that.
That’s when himself and Yannick made their way towards me and pinned me to the wall at which time I told him I was recording everything being said. This was something I started doing a couple of weeks earlier, turning on the voice recorder while at work due to derogatory name calling, physical jesters and not to mention threats.
At this point I am starting to sweat and shake, the start of an Anxiety attack, as I have been dealing with the attacks for such a long time, I found that getting out of the situation that was causing the panic attack always worked for me, so my main concern now was to find an avenue of escape, not really listening to what Bernie was saying as he spit in my face, I started looking for an opportunity to make a dash for the exit as I began moving slowly towards the exit, at the same time as they tried blocking me, I kept slowly moving toward the exit as Bernie continued talking. It was when he said “I want you to go home now and bring me back a paper from your doctor I felt a small sense of relief, it was the quickest time I have ever exited a room, saying thank you and agreeing with everything he was saying as I made my way down the stairs and out the front door. I never returned to South Ottawa until July 16, 2012 accompanied by a friend at which time I was fired. All my efforts to obtain employment since that day has been in vain.
Bullying has always been a serious problem in American schools and neighborhoods, especially for those with special-needs. In many ways, our culture seems to be evolving into a more tolerant society, as more states are legalizing gay marriage, and schools across the country are taking pledges to eradicate bullying.
Unfortunately, we’ve not come as far as we’d hoped, as evidenced by two disturbing news stories during the past week.
A high school sophomore at South Fayette High School in McDonald. PA, who is diagnosed with delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder, was charged with illegal wiretapping after he used his I-Pad to record a vicious incident of bullying. “The audio file records a student saying, “You should pull his pants down!” Another student replies, “No man. Imagine how bad that c**t smells! No one wants to smell that t**t,” as the teacher is helping the victim with a math problem, according to benswann.com. One bully even hit him over the head with a book, despite the teacher’s previous reprimands.”
A loud sound is heard on the recording, then the teacher’s reprimand, to which the student replies, “What, I was just trying to scare him!” Laughter from a group of boys follows.
When the student reported the incident to Principal Scott Milburn, his response was to call the local police and have the student charged with illegal wiretapping.
If you only do one good deed in your life time…There is a petition at Change.org calling for Milburn to be fired, please sign and show your support for this Special needs boy and all others like him.
Another disturbing story did not occur at school, but rather at the home of an Ohio family who had a long-running feud with a neighbor. Sixty-two year-old Edmund Aviv was sentenced to stand at a street corner with a sign saying,
“I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”
This punishment is in response to a long-running feud with neighbor Sandra Prugh, who has two adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her husband suffers from dementia, and her son is paralyzed.
According to court records, Aviv is accused of calling her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spitting on her several times, regularly throwing dog feces on the windshield of her son’s car and once on a wheelchair ramp. He also hooked up kerosene to a fan, which he blew towards the victim’s house in retaliation for an “annoying” smell that he claims was coming out of her dryer vent.
The judge also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, along with anger management classes and counseling. He was also required to write a letter of apology to Prugh’s family. He said,
“I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children. I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.”
Perhaps the young men from South Fayette High should be given a similar consequence. Autism Daily Newscast – April 16, 2014 by Laurel Joss
There is something inspiring about a set of quotations on a particular topic. Someone has experienced a powerful event, survived (even thrived), transforming thoughts and feelings into aphorisms: clever, cogent, concise, and spot-on observations. Learn our Bullying Quotes! These bullying quotes touch upon topics of authenticity, peer-pressure, power, strength, individuality, resilience, respect, and hope. This is our collection of Bullying Quotes. Reading these Bullying Quotes can inspire so many people! So share them with everyone and help people you love overcome bullying.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality – Desmond Tutu
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right – Roosevelt
Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away – Donna Schoenrock
When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless – Anonymous
I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don’t respect – Sandra Cisneros
Here at B.P over the last year we have experienced Cyber-Bullying, if you are contacted and an attempt is made to defame us or derogatory statements are shared about us, record the senders user name so there IP address can be traced, you can report it here on facebook at GetCyberSafe.ca. Lotsa Luv
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong – Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) from: Ter Kin firstname.lastname@example.org
to: “HRTO-Registrar (JUS)” ,
date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM
subject: Case and Accommodation Request 2012-12852-I
In regards to the file 2012-12852-I and the evidence and Witnesses to appear to be presented at the hearing are as per all emails, Exhibits and evidence contained in the file located on Google Drive (Cloud: Exhibits A-Z) email to follow again. Also a Witness list will not be released until the day of the hearing to protect the innocent from harassment by “The provincial Government of Ontario, now known as the respondent”.
Also we are requesting “ACCOMMODATION” that the hearing be postponed due to lack of legal Representative, due to disability “Mental Health” a direct result of the Respondents actions, Mr Kinden is not willing or able to represent himself. We have made applications to “Quebec Legal Aid Services, Ontario Legal Aid Services, The Human Rights Legal Support Center (HRSLC) and numerous other legal agencies in Ontario and Quebec all Denied”.
Until such time as Mr Kinden can obtain Legal Council or Council is appointed, we are requesting accommodation to that fact.
Melvin T Kinden
A message to Mr Kris Singhal owner/President Richcraft Group of Company’s Ottawa, Ontario
April 7, 2014 at 12:53pm
Everyday at noon I drove off site to the IGA, Mac’s or MacEwen store in the local neighborhood just to get away for an hour, eat my lunch but in early Febuary I was at the MacEwen gasbar and in the washroom and the lady from the front opened the (locked) door & just closed it again, I was shocked and to make it worst she never even apologized, now the merchants even started bullying me when I went in too make a purchase, and would not let me use there “PUBLIC” washroom facilities.
A little more gas but I started at lunch time heading a few KM’S north to a mall parking lot to chill and eat my lunch in peace, I never did go back to any of the merchants (total of 4) in Riverside South area
Mr Singhal..do you think your GOD? because you seem to have a GOD complex, maybe it’s because you own half or more of OTTAWA, do you think your above the law? let me say again, you don’t scare me with all your intimidation and scare tactics. Yes you have money and power to pay people to do your dirty work, I certainly felt and seen that over the last two years. Let me tell you again, Bernie and Yanick assaulted me while at work, I don’t know where your from but here in Canada that’s against the law and I will do what ever is necessary (within the law that is) or until I stop breathing to bring Berine and Yanick to Justice, I will not rest until they are charged for their illegal acts, because I am just getting started..SIR…..
The suicide of a gay rights activist in Azerbaijan last month has prompted the city of Baku’s first ever LGBT news conference, in which activists established plans to drive for fresh legislation to protect sexual minorities, as well as “Day of Pride” to mark the late campaigner’s passing.
On Global Trends reported on Friday that Shakhmarly’s has prompted Azerbaijan’s LGBT community to take more public action. On Monday last week, over 20 activists held a news conference in Baku to announce plans to drive for new legislation to protect sexual minorities, as well as an outreach campaign and a hotline that could provide psychological support.
Activists also designated January 22nd – the date of Shakhmarly’s passing – as a “Day of Pride in Azerbaijan’s LGBT Community.”
The news conference was marked as the first of its kind in Baku, and took place without disturbance.
LGBT activists also planned around the anticipated chairmanship of Azerbaijan in the Council of Europe, set for May.
Javid Nabiyev, who was a friend of Shakhmarly, said: “We will use this opportunity to demand further reforms in this area.”
Mr Nabiyev said at the news conference: “We are not accepted by society — by parents, relatives, neighbors, classmates and so on. Some people avoid us, while others show open intolerance.
“Isa has died, but his fight for equality of all people in Azerbaijan will continue.”
Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 2001, oppression and harassment of LGBT people in the Muslim country is thought to be widespread. There are no legal provisions for same-sex unions and no laws protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination.
Friend and former colleague of the deceased, Vugar Adigozalov, said his family had found it difficult to accept him: ”The main reason for his suicide was that he had bad relations with his family.” Via PinkNewsUK
A Turkish court has found a father and two uncles guilty over the manslaughter of a 17-year-old teen A father who killed his gay son for ‘shaming the family’ is facing life in prison.
On 2 July 2012, 17-year-old Roşin Çiçek was found beaten, bloody and with a bullet wound in his head at the side of the road in a Turkish town. Two days later, he died.
After a landmark case that lasted for nearly two years, a court yesterday (10 February) found Çiçek’s father Metin and uncles Seyhmus and Mehmut guilty of manslaughter. All three were handed a sentence of life imprisonment.
The court rejected the family’s defense the death was caused by ‘accident’.
According to local activists, the attitudes of the defendants’ relatives towards the press and LGBTI activists were ‘extremely aggressive’.
The mother of the murdered teen requested the press be removed from the courtroom.
At one point, she yelled: ‘If [my son] were gay, I would have killed him with my own hands! You have shamed us!’
After repeatedly denying the manslaughter, the father finally confessed in the last hearings.
Sezgin Tanrikulu, vice president of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party, has demanded the government legislate against hate crimes and discrimination against LGBTI people. A Hêvi LGBTI Initiative spokesman said: ‘We LGBTI people will continue our struggle against the homophobic-transphobic state and culture until this mentality collapses to create a world rid of hate where people like Roşin Çiçek live, where they can breathe freely, and where families do not kill their children.’ Feb 11, 2014 Related Articles:
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Authorities Turn Blind Eye to Crimes Against LGBT People-FEBRUARY 4, 2014 This just totally totally sickens me, how we are just sitting back and letting this continue!!! as a member of humanity, I’m discussed. (Moscow) – The Russian authorities need to address a deteriorating situation of widespread and concerted abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and activists. The authorities’ failure to act and some officials’ homophobic comments expose LGBT people to further harassment and violence and embolden the attackers, Human Rights Watch research found. As the host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia should act in accordance with the principle of nondiscrimination, a core provision of the Olympic Charter. As a member of the Council of Europe, and party to multiple human rights treaties, it should meet its obligations to provide equal respect and protection for LGBT people. “The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so,” said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people.” The following video contains disturbing images of attacks on LGBT people.
LGBT people face stigma, harassment, and violence in their everyday lives in Russia, and LGBT victims of violence and groups told Human Rights Watch that these problems intensified in 2013. Victims in cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novosibirsk told Human Rights Watch they were attacked in public places, abducted, beaten, harassed, threatened, and psychologically abused. They told Human Rights Watch that they were afraid to go to the police to report violence, fearing further harassment and believing the police would not bother to pursue their attackers. When victims did lodge complaints with the police, few investigations followed. To continue reading the remainder of this article clickhere
Seems as though I have been had or they have played yet another game on me, the company “Senor’s Quality Management” sent me an Assignment request to complete, I was to spend $100 at Walmart to evaluate my experience, and the other I was to transfer funds via Western Union, the funds were provided for both assignments by means of a check which I deposited to my Bank account, due to the amount of the check the Bank applied a five day hold, but for reasons unknown the check was not honored by my Bank. This kind of Bullying and fraud has to stop, I seriously have no trust left for society and probably never will again, where is the justice in corporations committing such acts of what I classify as Bullying and fraud, I have been a member and Mystery Shopper since joining July 2013, this would have been my first assignment. Below you will find the company profile for Senor’s Quality Management, a so called division of The Hudson’s Bay Company. I am now also questioning the possibility that they are going to permit me to succeed to completion of the “Web Essentials” program that I am currently enrolled in with the “Canadian Society for Social Development”, everyday I expect a storm, I have lost all faith completely, and have never been so disappointed in the actions of adults that are supposed to be law abiding citizens. I have sent an email to Ashley Zammit my coordinator requesting an explanation because I am totally lost and have no idea why this has been going on for more than 10 years now and I need answers.
Sensors Quality Management Inc. — SQM — is a recognized worldwide leader in providing unbiased evaluations of a company’s operations relating to issues of quality, service, cleanliness and value. Founded in 1993, SQM designs flexible solutions that help companies to improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability. In today’s global economy, companies are examining all aspects of their operations. They are looking to improve their performance and profitability by focusing on their core strengths and by achieving the standards they have set for themselves.
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With a database of over 10,000 mystery shoppers, SQM is equipped to handle assignments of any size. SQM maintains high standards for our Mystery Shoppers monitoring quality and performance through 11 Total Quality Management (TQM) checkpoints summarized in continuously updated individual report cards.
When 17-year-old Carlos Vigil took his own life in July, his family says the impact was felt around the world. The gay high school student had been relentlessly bullied at school and online. Now, a state senator will introduce legislation in Vigil’s name to try to prevent bullying in New Mexico.“He was a wonderful big brother. He was a wonderful son,” mom Jacqueline Vigil said. The Vigil family spoke exclusively to KOB Eyewitness News 4 about the journey to insure their son’s death is not in vain.”It’s so bad that people didn’t realize how beautiful he was as a person,” dad Ray Vigil said. Each day without their beautiful son feels like a lifetime for Jacqueline and Ray Vigil. For years before his death, watching Carlos face a daily struggle at school, and even at home, was its own great pain. “Every day I kissed him on his forehead, and told him I loved him,” Ray said. “I couldn’t take away what was already done.” Since 3rd grade, Carlos was hurting. The bullies seemed to be everywhere. “My poor boy was just 24/7,” Ray said. “Myspace, Facebook, Twitter. It just, you can’t get away from it.” Carlos’s grandma Dolores Marquez is crusading to keep his memory alive, alongside his parents. “Carlos was a victim of society,” she said “The weapon used? Words.”Marquez says reporting the bullying to grown-ups at school didn’t help. Yet, bullied himself, Carlos still reached out to help others.”He was the one who would stand up against a bully for somebody else,” Jacqueline said. Carlos was working with lawmakers to develop anti-bullying legislation. He planned to run for mayor of Los Lunas when he turned 18 this year. When he died, his family knew they had to fight too. “People are understanding now, that this is an epidemic,” Jacqueline said.
On Tuesday at the roundhouse, the Vigil family will stand alongside Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, to introduce a bill requesting $200,000 for bullying prevention programs across the state.
“We’re still here, supporting him and making sure that what he started gets finished,” Jacqueline said.
It will be called the Carlos Vigil Memorial Fund, and for the Vigils, it’s a step toward Carlos’s own dream.
“He told me, ‘Grandma, I’m going to stop bullying.'” Marquez said. “I think, today, ‘Is that how you’re doing it, son? Because it’s getting done.’ At the risk of our shredded heart, and at the risk of not having him anymore, but it’s getting done.” Candelaria will introduce the bill Tuesday with several bipartisan co-sponsors.
The Vigil family says they hope there will be a future discussion about punishment and consequences geared specifically toward bullying-related offenses. Created: 01/27/2014 10:36 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Extremist anti-gay US pastor is accused of engineering the Uganda ‘Kill The Gays’ bill, saying LGBT people are the ‘new Nazis’ and recommending Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.For the first time, a federal US judge has ruled a persecution of LGBT people is a crime against humanity. This sets a precedent ensuring the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. It comes as a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against prominent US anti-gay extremist Scott Lively. Accused of helping to play a part in the persecution, arrest and murder of gay people in Uganda, Lively’s lawyers requested to dismiss the lawsuit. Michael Ponsor, the US District Judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, said: ‘Widespread, systematic persecution of LGBTI people constitutes a crime against humanity that unquestionably violates international norms.’ ‘The history and current existence of discrimination against LGBTI people is precisely what qualifies them as a distinct targeted group eligible for protection under international law. ‘The fact that a group continues to be vulnerable to widespread, systematic persecution in some parts of the world simply cannot shield one who commits a crime against humanity from liability.’ The lawsuit states Lively collaborated with key Ugandan government officials and religious leaders that allegedly resulted in the introduction of the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill. The founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, Lively has made a career of stirring up anti-gay feelings in the USA and across the world. He co-authored The Pink Swastika, which suggests ‘homosexuals were the truth inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities’ and the rainbow flag is a symbol of the ‘end times’. In 2007, Lively also toured 50 cities in Russia where he is accused of recommending a ban on ‘gay propaganda’. Frank Mugisha, director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said: ‘Today’s ruling is a significant victory for human rights everywhere but most especially for LGBTI Ugandans who are seeking accountability from those orchestrating our persecution.’
While the court battle is certainly not over, it will allow the Ugandan group to seek justice for what they believe Lively has done. US law allows foreign citizens to sue for violations of international law in US federal courts under the Alien Tort Statute.
C.C.R.C urges Canada to ratify new treaty CANADA, January 15, 2014 – Children whose human rights have been violated will finally be able to bring their cases to the United Nations after a new international treaty enacted on January 14, 2014.
Until this recent UN action and despite its near universal ratification the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was the only international human rights treaty that had no mechanism for victims to seek justice internationally when they could not get redress for violations of their rights nationally.
The new treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. The treaty will become active in three months’ time after Costa Rica ratified it on January 14. Albania, Bolivia, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand previously ratified.
A State is not bound by the treaty until it ratifies it. Campaigners are urging governments around the world, including Canada, to ratify the new treaty so more children can access justice at the UN. Ratify OP3 CRC, an international coalition of children’s rights NGOs, says the UN will now be better equipped to address future violations of children’s rights, and more pressure will be put on countries to ensure children’s rights are respected.
Cheryl Milne, Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children says, “This is an important step in ensuring that children’s rights are taken seriously. Canada should show its commitment to the rights of children by ratifying this protocol.”
Cases brought under this new communications procedure will be heard by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body of 18 independent experts responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 14 April 2014, victims of all new or ongoing violations in States who have ratified the treaty can start bringing cases to the Committee if no solution is found nationally. The treaty does not cover past violations.
“This new international treaty enacted by the UN is a major human rights victory and milestone for children across the world, especially those who are routinely affected and threatened by violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and discrimination,” said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada. “When Canada and more states move to ratify this protocol, more children around the world will finally have access to the means and channels they deserve to have their rights respected and to call on their governments to take action to protect them.”
About the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition. Visit http://rightsofchildren.ca for more information.
I would recommend putting this book on your gotta read list, co-written by Bruce Patton of The Harvard law school, myself ths book amazed me, the basic principal would apply, and benefit any partnership/relationship, even outside of the Law. While studying Law, as part of the curriculum, we were required to do many assignments, one of which was, we were required frequently to attend select courts and Tribunals, to sit, observe and based on an course outline, we were required to write a summary of the proceedings and what we observed, to be evaluated. Not long ago for two days, I sat in on proceeding at the Residential Landlord and Tenant Tribunal hearings, and I would like to share it with you. Landlord & Tenant Tribunal Visit by Terry Kinden on Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Landlord and Tenant board now belongs to a newly formed group, of social justice Tribunals in Ontario, ex; Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and The Social Benefits Tribunal. The Mandate of the Tribunals is to provide all Ontarians with a choice of effective dispute Resolutions to issues that may have a major impact on their everyday lives. The board was created by the R.T.A on January 31, 2007, and it’s main functions is; Try to resolve disputes that can happen between Tenants and Landlords either with Mediation or adjudication, control rent increases in Residential rental units, and provide information to landlords and Tenants about their rights and responsibilities according to the Residential Tenancies Act 2006. Their decisions stand alone and can’t be influenced by any Government Department or Agency, the Board is an independent Agency. That being said, the following is what I observed.
The Adjudicator Mr. Ron Nolan started with an opening statement, informing clients of two Board mediators that were available if anyone was open to mediation, they could proceed there now and add their name to the list, their matter would be stood down, he advised the landlords to proceed to another court room. Also if anyone required legal advice, to proceed to the duty counsel’s office and add their name to the list. He then read the list of preliminary matters that were non-payment of rent N-4, (s.59)
The first case he called and from what I could hear, the details were about; the tenant was holding back his rent, he was in arrears for more than $8000 due to maintenance issues, the adjudicator ask if they were interested in mediation and they both agreed to try mediation.
The next matter was a request for adjournment, legal counsel was unable to attend, and the adjournment was granted.
Baycrest Drive the tenant was in arrears for $894.48, but agreed to a Standard order (11 days to pay or the eviction is ordered). There were five more matters with payment arrangements and were also Standard orders.
366 Frank Street was in arrears $6566, it was stood down for mediation.
1404 Rosenthal Ave was in arrears $2328, but he was not disputing the arrears, due to job lost he fell behind and had since obtained another job, the matter was stood down for mediation.
210 Woodridge crescent the tenant had an operation and was off work, but had a full-time part time job at the Bay, the landlord stated that she fell behind three times in the past, the city bailing her out once for $4000, she still has unresolved medical issues, but she did agree to pay $ 500 today and made payment arrangements for the remainder, that was the end of day one.
Day two started the same with opening statement by Mr. Nolan, starting with preliminary matters first.
Again the first matter, counsel was not available the landlord requested adjournment, both parts gave reason for and against, the adjournment was denied, the adjudicator send both party’s to reception to reschedule the hearing.
The next matter the tenant gave a check for all rental arrears just before the proceeding began; the judge gave a standard order, if the check did not clear the order stands. The two matters that followed were also standard orders.
The next matter was an M-13 application for eviction and was the most interesting matter by far. The tenant an unemployed lawyer was living at 140 Bronson Ave in apt 6, 2nd floor, the building was owned by the City of Ottawa but managed by an outside firm. She received an eviction order under (s.83) of the Residential Tenancies Act. Her issue was kind of bizarre, she complained of a mole infestation in her unit, mainly in her bedroom on the wall a few months before to the Landlord. They did do an investigation and found there to be mole growing in one room on the wall, it was removed, plastered and painted. Sometime later the mole returned and again she contacted the Landlord to complain, at this point City Inspectors were brought in to investigate. The Property Standards inspectors determined that the unit was not fit for habitation; it was a danger to her health and advised her to move immediately, as did the Department of Health. The landlord offered her a 3 bedroom unit for the same rent as her current 1 bedroomunit, all moving expenses paid and a few other extras, she declined, because signing of the agreement the landlord had produced, she would be giving up her rights. She had good evidence for sure and prepared well, but the adjudicator told her maybe 5 times he could not award her anything, because he did not see her application in front of him and if he did he could maybe do something, she did not get the hint. The application that he had in front of him was filed by the landlord; they were evicting her for the sake of her own health, going out of their way to help, she kept going back to the breach of contract under (s.83). The adjudicator told her he was not going there again, my decision is based on the Law and what is best for your health, and the city has already told you it’s bad for your health and to move, and you are requesting an extension on the eviction order that already gives you until January 31, 2013 before moving out, that’s 2 ½ months, is this not sufficient time enough to get your matters in order? And why do you want to stay there that long? When you should move out today! The Landlord has a permit to demolish all the inside walls to eliminate the problem permanently, to do so though she had to move, the estimated time to complete the repairs is 3 months, they were willing to relocate her and pay all expenses, she wouldn’t agree so they filed for eviction. The adjudicator finish by saying heis obligated to respect the law and order the eviction but reserved decision and advised both party’s his decision would be in the mail.
The final matter was a mediation failure, an application by a tenant regarding his fridge supplied by the landlord, making excessive noise, so bad he said he had to shut it off at night at times causing the food inside to spoil. The landlord called a technician for service, his finding were, the compressor was making the noise and needed to be replaced, but it would cost more than the fridge was worth. The fridge did work, keeping items cool inside and frozen in the freezer so the landlord would not replace it. The tenant is asking for a new fridge and compensation for the wasted food, the adjudicator also reserved decision, my decision will be in the mail.
There were many decisions the adjudicator made, most were standard orders for non- payment of rent, There were a number of matter’s that the adjudicator referred to mediation, two of which failed. Then there were two cases that he reserved decision, my thoughts on the reason he reserved decision on them is further research, he did mention at a certain point “case Law” and maybe to go over the evidence a little more clearly, or he just decided to exercise his right to reserve. From what I saw in regards to the merits and weaknesses of the cases, I did notice that every tenant that was there was honest and did not dispute being in arrears, they were just looking for more time to pay, which some got and others didn’t, according to Law, they got 12 days to pay or get out..So if we stop and think for a moment, at one time or another we all hit that wall life throws at us, sooner then later we must stop, look and listen, decide to climb, go around, go over or just break through that wall, because in reality, the Tribunal is the last avenue of relief or solution for most, rather than admit defeat, knowing full well they are outside of their rights, but looking for a last escape of possibility.
Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts came out publicly for the first time today in a Facebook message that reflects on her health battles and expresses gratitude for the people who supported her, including her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign. “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” Roberts wrote. Roberts made headlines in May 2012 when she landed the interview with President Obama where he first announced his support for marriage equality. A month later, Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease, which was related to treatments that followed her 2007 breast cancer diagnosis. In today’s Facebook post, Roberts also thanks her sister, who was also her bone marrow donor. The theme of the post is gratitude.
“Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you: ‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present,’” Roberts wrote. “At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude.”
Roberts joins celebrities such as Wentworth Miller, Jason Collins, Michelle Rodriguez, Raven-Symoné and more who came out in 2013.
Learn more at http://www.hrc.org/comingout. December 29, 2013 by Carolyn Simon, Associate Director of Digital Media