🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s annual list of favourite books📚films🎥and music💿



Barack Obama’s annual list of favorite — books, films, and music. This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too. Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments—outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences. They’re the fabric that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit. To start, here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me. Most of them came out in 2019, but a few were older ones that were new to me this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
Normal People by Sally Rooney
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
Solitary by Albert Woodfox
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
• Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter

For the sports fans:
A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule by Jim Rooney

The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala

And here’s a reminder of books that I recommended earlier this year:
• American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
• The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
• Exhalation by Ted Chiang
• Finding My Voice by Valerie Jarrett
• Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
• How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
• Inland by Téa Obreht
• Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
• Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
• Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
• The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
• The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
• Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
• The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin
• The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
• Toni Morrison’s collected works
• Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice
• The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
• Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year. If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.

Playing Games – Summer Walker
• Not – Big Thief
• Juice* – Lizzo
• Redesigning Women – The Highwomen
• Anybody – Burna Boy
• Burning* – Maggie Rogers
• Baila Baila Baila (Remix) – Ozuna feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko and Anuel AA
• Different Kind of Love – Adia Victoria
Change – Mavis Staples
• Toast* – Koffee
• Oblivions – The National
• Binz – Solange
• Seventeen* – Sharon Van Etten
• Middle Child – J. Cole
• Jícama – Angelica Garcia
• Go* – The Black Keys
• La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Rollo Tomasi Remix) – Angélique Kidjo
• Show Me Love – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel
• Joke Ting* – GoldLink feat. Ari PenSmith
• Old Town Road (Remix)* – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
• cold/mess by Prateek Kuhad
• Suge – DaBaby
• Hello Sunshine – Bruce Springsteen
• In My Room – Frank Ocean
• Iron Man* – Rema
• The London – Young Thug feat. J. Cole and Travis Scott
• Raleighwood Hills – lesthegenius feat. Sonny Miles and Jaxson Free
• Pure Water – Mustard feat. Migos
• 3 Nights – Dominic Fike
• The Fact of Love – Joe Henry
• Con Altura* – Rosalía
• I Want You Around – Snoh Aalegra
• On Chill – Wale feat. Jeremih
• Mood 4 Eva* – Beyoncé


Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works. Here’s the full list:

• American Factory
• Amazing Grace
• Apollo 11
• Ash Is Purest White
• Atlantics
• Birds of Passage
• Booksmart
• Diane
• The Farewell
• Ford v Ferrari
• The Irishman
• Just Mercy
• The Last Black Man in San Francisco
• Little Women
• Marriage Story
• Parasite
• The Souvenir
• Transit

And a quick list of TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies:
• Fleabag: Season 2
• Unbelievable
• Watchmen

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 Part – 3 Pays Tribute to the Late Toni Morrison 📚

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If you haven’t already read some of the top-selling books of 2019 so far, no worries because former President Barack Obama has a few other recommendations for you.

“It’s August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I’ve been reading this summer, in case you’re looking for some suggestions,” he wrote. “To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved,Song of SolomonThe Bluest EyeSula, everything else—they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them. And while I’m at it, here are a few more titles you might want to explore.”

Nicholar Carr’s best selling book The Shallows made the cut; It explores the effect Internet technology is having on the human brain. In addition, the list includes Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, another best seller, about a group of boys attending a state-sponsored reform school during the Jim Crow era.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel­’s epic fictionalized look at Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power, came out in 2009, but I was a little busy back then, so I missed it. Still great today.

Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it’ll move you and confuse you and sometimes leave you with more questions than answers.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a whole lot more than just a spy thriller, wrapping together the ties of family, of love, and of country.

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr came out a few years ago, but its arguments on the internet’s impact on our brains, our lives, and our communities are still worthy of reflection, which is something we all could use a little more of in this age.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is a beautifully written memoir about the life of a woman in science, a brilliant friendship, and the profundity of trees. Terrific.

Inland by Téa Obreht just came out yesterday, so I won’t spoil anything. But those of you who’ve been waiting for Obreht’s next novel won’t be disappointed.

You’ll get a better sense of the complexity and redemption within the American immigrant story with Dinaw Mengestu’s novel, How to Read the Air.

Maid by Stephanie Land is a single mother’s personal, unflinching look at America’s class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work.

Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 Pays Tribute to the Late Toni Morrison 

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🇨🇦 Jann Arden💖Hits & Other Gems💖


q on cbc – Jann Arden on her lifelong attraction to music: “It saved me, music saved me” – Feb 5, 2020
The Social – Feb 4, 2020 – Jann stopped in at The Social this afternoon to announce her cross-Canada Tour and upcoming album!

Jann has just announced her new album, ‘Hits & Other Gems’ to be released on May 1st. The collection includes favourite Jann songs plus two previously unreleased tracks.
Pre-order now https://jannarden.lnk.to/hitsandothergems


JUST ANNOUNCED: Jann Arden is going on tour! See her LIVE in a city near you and RSVP now for one of these dates:
Jann Arden Live | St. John’s – May 7
Jann Arden Live | Halifax – May 9
Jann Arden Live | Summerside – May 10
Tickets are going on sale this Friday, Get more info here. www.evenko.ca


Jann Arden is a Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much celebrated multi-platinum award-winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album “Time For Mercy” featuring the hit single, “I Would Die For You”. A year later with “Living Under June”, she would have her career breakout hit, “Insensitive” that would solidify her position in the music world.
Arden has released 14 albums with 19 top ten singles. Her most recent recording “These Are the Days” will be released March 16th, 2018. Once again Grammy Award winning producer Bob Rock was behind the console of what could arguably be, Jann’s most personal and poignant offering to date. Last year, Arden completed a highly successful 27 date Canadian tour, previewing two of the newly recorded songs, “A Long Goodbye” and “Everybody’s Pulling On Me”.
In her career to date, Jann has received 8 Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and in 1997 and again in 2016, she hosted the Awards ceremony. Arden is also the recipient of 10 SOCAN Awards, 4 Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, 3 Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award.
Arden is the proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame; she has been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has been given the Vantage Women of Originality Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Alliance Hall of Fame.
In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Arden is, of course, an author of note. Her previous releases include “If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You” and “I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, That’s All I Know” and her bestselling self-penned memoir “Falling Backwards”. In the past, Jann has written a monthly advice column for Elle Canada – a feature that ran for a year. She is also a much in demand speaker, peppering her words of wisdom with her signature humour.
In 2010 Jann took on broadcast duties as of the host of “Being Jann”, an hour-long talk show on CBC Radio and a year later she sat in the judge’s chair for Canada Sings (Global TV). Jann has also been a guest host on the Social (CTV) over the course of the past five years. A well-known advocate for animals Arden narrated the popular program, ER Vets and she has also produced two documentaries “Free” and “Jann Takes Manhattan”, both of which were met with favourable reviews.
Never one to settle into one discipline, Arden has made appearances in television sitcoms – Ellen in 1997, Corner Gas in 2005 and several guest appearances on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report. This year Jann has been involved in “Working Moms” and “The Detour”. Not to be left out, the theatre stage also called the versatile artist when in 2000, she took part in The Vagina Monologues when it toured Canada.
Arden’s philanthropic work has included World Vision, she performed in Live 8 and the MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefit. In recent years Jann has also supported Gilda’s Club in Toronto.
Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent!

ET Canada – Published on Mar 16, 2018

Jann Arden gives Graeme O’Neil the inside track on each song on her new album “These Are The Days”.

Jann Arden – Published on Jul 2, 2018

Music video by Jann Arden performing Everybody’s Pulling On Me. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

Jann Arden – Published on Jul 2, 2018

Music video by Jann Arden performing A Long Goodbye. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

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Music video by Jann Arden performing Not Your Little Girl. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

Jann Arden – Published on Jul 2, 2018

Music video by Jann Arden performing Leave The Light On. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

Jann Arden – Published on Jul 2, 2018

Music video by Jann Arden performing Insensitive. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

Jann Arden – Published on Aug 23, 2018

Music video by Jann Arden performing Little Bird. © 2018 Universal Music Canada Inc.

Scott Helman – Published on Apr 3, 2019 

 Scott Helman x Jann Arden – The Hotel Sessions Episode 5: Lovesong (The Cure) was shot in Calgary, Canada Stream/Download

How Jann Arden Became One Of Canada’s Most Beloved Singers (INTERVIEW)

ZoomerRadio – Published on Nov 24, 2017

Jann Arden stopped by The Happy Gang on Zoomer Radio and tells Neil about her new book, “Feeding My Mother”

Jann Arden – Published on Apr 9, 2019 – Listen to “Mother Mine” by · Jann Arden · Zoie Palmer 

Scott Helman x Jann Arden – The Hotel Sessions Episode 5: Lovesong (The Cure) was shot in Calgary, Canada. Stream/Download 

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 Part – 2 📚


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ~ Barack Obama

Here are a few books that I’ve thinking about lately and read recently that I wanted to share with you. I hope you’ll consider adding them to your own reading list:

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates: When you lift up women, you lift up everybody—families, communities, entire countries. That’s not just the right approach; it’s backed up by research and countless real-world examples. In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace. I’ve called Melinda an impatient optimist and that’s what she delivers here — the urgency to tackle these problems and the unwavering belief that solving them is indeed possible.

W. S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius: One of the great poets of our time, W. S. Merwin, passed away recently. A brilliant writer and conservationist, Merwin spent the final period of his life on a former pineapple plantation in Hawaii, working to restore the surrounding rainforest. During a visit to the White House in 2010, while he was serving as U.S. poet laureate, we connected over the place we both called home and our shared responsibility to protect the planet. This collection offers a good sampling of his work. I’ve drawn inspiration from Merwin’s writing because it teaches us about ourselves, our world, and how we as humans connect to nature. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time on poetry but Merwin’s death reminded me of how a good poem can inspire and instruct. So if you’re in the mood, give one of them a try.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: This is a captivating book I read at the suggestion of a young staffer on my team — a historical novel about the Korean immigrant experience in wartime Japan. Min Jin Lee draws you in from the first line, “History has failed us, but no matter.” The book is named after a popular game in Japan that’s a bit like a pinball machine — a game of chance where the player can set the speed or direction, but once it’s in play a maze of obstacles determines the outcome. Staying true to the nature of the game, Min Jin Lee’s novel takes us through four generations and each character’s search for identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and compassion.

Article posted May 6, 2019 by Barack Obama

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2019 📚

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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List 

I’ve always loved weekends because they provide me with a little extra time to make my way through the books and articles I’d been meaning to dig into. Here are a handful articles I’ve read over the past few weeks that stuck with me.

Now, I don’t always agree with every single thing that’s in them and, in fact, occasionally they contain things that are critical of my record as president. But one of the thing I strive toward is finding smart, thoughtful writing from people who have a different political perspective than I do. These stories further my understanding about some key public policy challenges — like the economy, technology, and criminal justice. They provoke me to think about problems in a new way. And they remind me about the urgency of certain issues that deserve more attention than they often receive.

So for anybody looking to be part of a solution, I hope these articles will give you some fresh perspectives — and I’ll keep them coming in the weeks ahead.

  1. “How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing” in the New York Times by David
  2. “White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots” in the Atlantic by Adam Serwer.
  3. “Keep It Simple and Take Credit” in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas by Jack Meserve.
  4. “Alabama’s Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours” in the New York Times by Katie Benner and Shaila Dewan.
  5. “‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website” in WIRED by Arielle 

Article posted April 27, 2019 by Barack Obama

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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 Barack Obama

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🇺🇸President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist️🎵


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Yesterday, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of grillsmile1hand-picked tracks including songs from an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

So check out what President Obama is listening to this summer. Browse the full playlists below and listen to many of the tracks on our Spotify here: Daytime and Nighttime

Check out the President’s summer picks: Day


  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night


  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi

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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List



  1. “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
  2. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  3. “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald
  4. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  5. “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

See the President’s 2015 list →

Since we launched in 2015, the White House has also used Spotify to share the First Lady’s girl-power picks for National Day of the Girl and holiday playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens.

Don’t miss a beat: Be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest playlists from the White House. 



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Dozens attend protest for teen who committed suicide after bullying

........and in Halifax N.S
……..and in Halifax N.S

Rehtaeh Parsons
Rehtaeh Parsons
The mother of Rehtaeh Parsons dabbed her eyes with a tissue as dozens of people chanted in front of the Halifax district RCMP office on Sunday to demand justice for the young woman who took her own life after months of bullying. People held signs and wrote messages on a banner for the 17-year-old, who hanged herself and was taken off life-support about a week ago. Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh’s mother, attended the rally and could be seen crying and hugging people in the crowd as various speakers took to a microphone to voice their concerns. Rehtaeh Parsons has gained widespread international attention since her family blamed her death on bullying that was linked to an alleged sexual assault by four boys at a house party in 2011. The peaceful protest was organized by the online hacker group Anonymous, which claims it knows the identities of the boys accused of being involved in the sexual assault. Dave Rossetti, an event organizer, told the crowd that the group is demanding the RCMP continue the investigation and that the province’s Justice Department open an investigation into how the Mounties have handled the case. “We’re a group of concerned citizens who have recognized an injustice in the system,” said Rossetti, prompting a fury of cheers and applause from the crowd. rehteah-parsons-600“Protect the innocent. We want justice, and that is your job.” Kim Wall, 46, said she came to the protest because Parsons’ story affected her on a personal level. Wall said she was sexually assaulted several times as a teenager in the suburb of Cole Harbour, but the boys were never brought to justice by police or her school. “I learned that this is the treatment I could expect and that this was the justice I had to accept,” Wall said. “I raised my daughter to know that she could expect this because that’s the unfortunate part of being born a woman. “Let’s change this now. Don’t accept that justice.” RCMP announced on Friday that it would reopen its investigation into an alleged sexual assault of Parsons in 2011. Last Monday, her family went public with her suicide, which they said stemmed from months of bullying that was the result of the alleged assault by four boys when she was 15-years-old. At the time, the RCMP and Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service said there were insufficient grounds to lay charges. The family contends it took 10 months for investigators to interview the boys, but the RCMP have said they can’t confirm or deny that. The rally come a day after an emotional funeral service for Parsons at a church in Halifax, where an mix of people — from teenagers to politicians — came to say goodbye.

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Bullying definition includes bystanders

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia, Canada is bringing in regulatory definitions for bullying that will be first in Canada to include bystanders as having a role in bullying behavior.
The government’s definition of bullying and cyber-bullying is part of a response to a task force report on the issue which recommended a consistent definition of the terms be developed for the education system.
Bullying is defined in the rules as “ behavior, typically repeated, that is intended to cause or should be known to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property.”
The definition says bullying can be direct or indirect, and includes assisting or encouraging the behavior in any way.
The province says consistent reporting will provide better data to help determine appropriate responses and program needs.

What are the dangers of second-hand bullying?
We’ve long heard about the dangers of second-hand smoke. A U.S. researcher has now uncovered the dangers of second-hand bullying. A study from the University of New Hampshire has found that bully bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism and the silent treatment also have a negative effect on co-workers.
he research found that employees who see abuse taking place, or even hear about it, suffer from a spillover effect.

Those symptoms show up in job frustration, growing distrust of the organization and a fear that they may become subjected to bullying in the future, the authors say.
“We were curious to see if there was a spillover effect,” Paul Harvey, one of the study’s authors, told Torstar News Service.
“There are spillover effects in other facets of work life, where negative things affect other people. And we were curious to see if abuse affects more than the target of the abuse and we found it does in very similar ways, but not to the same degree of course.”
Harvey, associate professor of organizational behaviour at the university, reports that he believes this was the first ever study to investigate second-hand bullying, or what the authors call “vicarious supervisory abuse.”
The research involved a sample of 233 people who work in a wide range of occupations in the southeast U.S.
One of the “more telling consequences” of the study, Harvey said, was that those who knew of abuse happening had a dimmer view of their organization.
“Presumably, they’re assuming this is allowed to happen,” Harvey said. “This is occurring and no one is stopping it.”
Previous studies, he said, have also shown that people who see abuse happening in the workplace turn around and abuse others.
“We were a little surprised to see they were more likely to become abusive,” Harvey said.
This is not misplaced aggression because the abuse wasn’t happening to them directly.
“But we think there might be cultural element to it. They have the assumption that, OK, it’s tolerated here, so I can do it. So they’re basically saying, ‘I can be a jerk to other people.’”
Harvey called on management to seek further education to prevent and mitigate the effects of such abuse.
The researchers suggest that more study needs to be done in the area of second-hand bullying.
Harvey admits that the ratings of abuse in this study could be distorted by rumour and myth and that minor incidents could become exaggerated with each retelling.
The research appeared in the Journal of Social Psychology.
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a public research university with 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.