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
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.”
Students 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.”
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.
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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.
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