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

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

“To whom it may concern”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article posted April 20, 2018 by Terry Kinden

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🇨🇦 Meet Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth

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Who inspired you to get involved in public life?

I am the fourth generation of women in my family to be involved in ecumenical social action and public policy reform.

What do you think are the biggest public policy issues facing Canada today?

We have not built a shared vision of a country that builds on all of our people and not on debt, either public or private. Violence against women is deeply embedded and costly in all kinds of ways. Governments make all kinds of human rights commitments to values and tools, such as constitutional equality rights and the implementation of gender-based analysis, and then ignores them.

hon-nancy-ruth-senate-photoWhy should more Canadians care about what happens in the Senate?

c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engThe Senate has always had a unique constitutional role with respect to the protection of minorities, which in my view has expanded since the patriation of the Constitution of Canada to have a unique role in ensuring governments meet the requirements of all Charter rights, including equality rights.

What legislative or committee work are you most proud of participating in to date?

Four stand out. I played a role in ensuring that the then Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, studied the federal government’s implementation of gender-based auditing, and found it dismal. The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights’ study on “Women, Peace and Security: Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement” led to Canada’s implementation of a national action plan. I also introduced the first bill in the Senate on medical aid in dying (Bill C-225). I am a leader of the public campaign for a gender neutral English National Anthem (www.singallofus.ca) and I am the sponsor of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender) in the Senate.

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Qui vous a transmis le désir et l’intérêt de participer à la vie publique ?

Je fais partie de la quatrième génération de femmes de ma famille à jouer un rôle lié à l’action sociale œcuménique et à la réforme de la politique publique.

Selon vous, quelle est la plus importante question de politique publique au Canada à l’heure actuelle ?

10444382_10152084729661890_7990077022073516117_nNous n’avons pas encore bâti une vision commune de notre pays qui se fonde sur toute notre population et non sur notre dette, publique et privée. La violence contre les femmes est encore profondément ancrée et a d’importantes répercussions économiques. Les gouvernements prennent toute sorte d’engagements pour le respect des valeurs et le développement d’outils en matière de droits de la personne, notamment le principe constitutionnel de l’égalité et la mise en œuvre de l’analyse comparative entre les sexes, puis ils ne les respectent pas.

Pourquoi un plus grand nombre de Canadiens devrait s’intéresser aux travaux du Sénat ?

Le Sénat a toujours joué un rôle constitutionnel unique en ce qui a trait à la protection des minorités. Je crois que, depuis le rapatriement de la Constitution du Canada, ce rôle a évolué et consiste maintenant à faire en sorte que les gouvernements respectent toutes les exigences de la Charte, notamment les droits à l’égalité.

À quels efforts législatifs ou travaux de comité êtes-vous le plus fier d’avoir participé ?

Quatre travaux me viennent à l’esprit. D’abord, j’ai contribué à faire en sorte que la vérificatrice générale, Sheila Fraser, examine la mise en œuvre par le c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_enggouvernement fédéral de l’analyse comparative entre les sexes. Elle a brossé un tableau plutôt sombre de la situation (rapport déposé au printemps 2009). De plus, l’étude du Comité sénatorial permanent des droits de la personne intitulée « Les femmes, la paix et la sécurité : Le Canada agit pour renforcer la participation des femmes » a mené à la mise en œuvre d’un plan d’action national au Canada. J’ai aussi déposé au Sénat le premier projet de loi sur l’aide médicale à mourir (projet de loi C‑225). Enfin, je suis l’une des dirigeantes de la campagne publique pour un hymne national anglophone neutre (www.singallofus.ca) et je suis la marraine, au Sénat, du projet de loi C-210, Loi modifiant la Loi sur l’hymne national (genre).

What is a hidden gem in your region that more Canadians need to know about?

Use Pat Staton’s book, Toronto Women – A Walk Through History, to learn about women here; see Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and eat in local restaurants with terrific world food.

Can you name a guilty pleasure song / album that always makes you smile and why?

Anything from K. D. Lang.

What is the last book you read or movie you saw which you recommended to someone else and why?

The movie Play Fair, about women and sport in Canada – because we need to know what is working and what is not. The book It Was Their War Too: Canadian Women in World War I – because too often the official narrative gives token space to the contributions of women. Both are open access on the Internet.

What sports team (amateur/professional) do you support?

Live theatre and music are my national passions.

Pouvez-vous me nommer un trésor caché de votre région que les Canadiens gagneraient à découvrir ?

10444382_10152084729661890_7990077022073516117_nLe livre de Pat Staton, Toronto Women – A Walk Through History, pour découvrir les femmes d’ici, les différents quartiers de Toronto et les restaurants locaux où l’on y découvre des mets incroyables de partout dans le monde.

Pouvez-vous me nommer une chanson ou un album qui vous fait toujours sourire ?

Tout ce que fait K. D. Lang.

Quel est le dernier livre ou film que vous avez recommandé à quelqu’un et pourquoi ?

Le film « Play Fair », sur les femmes et le sport au Canada parce que nous devons savoir ce qui fonctionne et ce qui ne fonctionne pas. Il y a aussi le livre « It Was Their War Too: Canadian Women in World War I » parce que trop souvent les récits officiels laissent peu de place aux contributions des femmes. Les deux sont accessibles sur Internet.

Quelle équipe de sport (professionnelle ou amateure) appuyez-vous ?

Le théâtre et les concerts de musique sont mes passions nationales.

Pourquoi êtes‑vous fière d’être Canadienne ?

Nous sommes tellement chanceux de vivre dans un endroit pacifique, le monde est bienvenu ici et tous ensemble, nous pouvons jouer un rôle de premier plan pour apporter la paix et la justice aux autres.

Courtesy of Parliament of Canada – Posted Sept 16, 2016

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How do LGBT rights look in your country?  and Why are you proud to be Canadian?

We are blessed to live in a peaceful place, the world is welcome here and all together we can take leadership on achieving peace and justice for others.

Some big things have changed for women and lesbians in my lifetime in Canada. Others, like violence, have hardly changed. I do not see the world through LBGT eyes. I see it through the eyes of a woman. Being a lesbian is my second level of discrimination.

“L, B, G and T are different communities — communities in a big, diverse and complex world of communities. We deserve to be treated as such, not lumped together as “Other.”

Over the past 30-plus years in Canada, women and LBGT communities in Canada have made legal gains. Canada adopted a constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1985. It has offered a degree of substantive and formal equality for the disadvantaged. I look to the Charter to ensure that people achieve equality in their day-to-day lives, as Canada guarantees affirmative action in its Constitution.

In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages. We forgot to fix our divorce legislation so that those who had married here could divorce here! We’ve fixed that now.

When I came of age in the 1950s and 60s, there were few spaces I could go to be safe as a woman and as a lesbian. That remains the case today for many women, for many lesbians. We have been formally accommodated, both in the mainstream and in gay culture, but not fully included.

Economic, social and cultural realities, like all aspects of violence, remain gendered and racialized. We spend vast amounts on the ISIS war on terror, but not on the war on terror against women and girls, the violence in the next room, street or town. Now the buzz is that because sex and gender are a matter of personal choice, across a spectrum and fluid, we have no use for sex and gender. I do not believe this. Sex is determined at birth with a DNA pattern. Gender fluidity is a matter of personal choice.

Ultimately, through these changes, I remain committed to laws, communities and spaces that address widespread and deep discrimination against women in all of their diversity.

Courtesy of CNN – By Nancy Ruth a Canadian Senator – posted  June 27, 2013.

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🇨🇦 The Everett Klippert Story

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“Canadians know our country is made stronger because of our diversity, not in spite of it.”

Mr. Trudeau decided to recommend the pardon and order the review after The Globe and Mail raised Mr. Klippert’s case with the government this week, as part of its investigation into circumstances surrounding Mr. Klippert’s conviction. “Everett Klippert’s case was instrumental in the government’s decision to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults,” Cameron Ahmad, press secretary to the Prime Minister, said in a statement.

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klippert5bEverett George Klippert, who was born in 1926, was convicted of 18 counts of gross indecency by a Calgary court in 1960, and spent four years in prison after pleading guilty to having consensual sex short of intercourse with other men. (Intercourse, or “buggery,” was a separate offence.) After a second conviction in 1965 in Hay River, NWT, on four additional counts of gross indecency, and a sentence of a further three years, the Crown attorney in Yellowknife applied to have him designated a dangerous sexual offender.

Two psychiatrists who examined Mr. Klippert said that he was not a pedophile or in any way inclined to violence – they found him “intelligent,” “courteous” and “sensitive” – but concluded he was likely to once again seek out sex with men upon his release. For that reason, Justice John Sissons went ahead and designated Mr. Klippert a dangerous sexual offender, subject to life imprison– ment.

The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the designation in a 3-to-2 ruling in 1967, causing a furor in Parliament and the press. A month later, then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau introduced legislation that, among other provisions, decriminalized consensual homosexual acts between two adult men.

“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” he told reporters, echoing a Globe and Mail editorial of the week before.

cdfb214e-87f3-49a9-bd99-4eb1d324fcaeA similar bill became law in 1969, when Mr. Trudeau was prime minister. But for reasons that remain unclear, Mr. Klippert was not released on parole until 1971, having spent a total of 10 years in prison.

The government’s statement this week said: “As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike – and this includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. We have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, and two-spirited] community in Canada … but the fight chuckie officersmilie policeto end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work remains.

After his release from prison, Mr. Klippert moved to Edmonton, where he found work as a truck driver. He died in 1996, at the age of 69.

Laws prohibiting sexual acts between men, accompanied by very stiff penalties, predate Confederation. (The laws did not appear to contemplate the possibility of sex between women.) In the 1950s, governments in developed countries confronted two conflicting forces: the fear that homosexuals either were inclined to support communism or susceptible to blackmail by communists, and increasing pressure by voters – especially younger voters – to liberalize laws relating to sexuality.

While England and Wales decriminalized homosexual acts in 1967, in Canada the government of John Diefenbaker decided to toughen existing laws. In 1961, it changed the definition of a dangerous sexual offender to include anyone who was likely to re-offend after committing a sexual offence. Mr. Klippert was the first and only person to be held in preventive detention – in effect, a life sentence – because a judge found he was likely to continue to seek out other men for sex after he was released.

Although the Supreme Court upheld the designation, Chief Justice John Cartwright wrote a stinging dissent, saying “it means that every man in Canada who indulges in sexual misconduct … with another consenting adult male and who appears likely, if at liberty, to continue such misconduct should be sentenced to preventive detention,” which “would bring about serious overcrowding” in the nation’s prisons.

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Full Circle

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“It was so precious for me to see people really change their mindset about the problems they face. That’s what I want for my people.” ~ Sarah Rogers, Elder and Cultural Support Worker, Inuvik

Part of being human is getting hurt. Sometimes we hurt others; sometimes others hurt us. We even hurt ourselves. Holding onto this hurt and allowing it to dictate the course of our lives can have negative long-term consequences. Forgiveness can change the shape of our journeys. It can release anger, fear, judgement and resentment, and open the door to peace and a positive future.

FULL CIRCLE offers customized forgiveness programs for hurt people and communities. We excel in creating safe, experiential opportunities for people of all ages to explore what forgiveness means—and doesn’t mean—in their lives.  We also consult with non-profits, employers, community groups and schools interested in restorative solutions to repairing harm and peace building.

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foundersWe, Katy Hutchison and Shannon Moroney, have walked the difficult and complex paths to forgiveness in our own lives. Now we work together to help our clients do the same.

We are Canadian women affected by violent crime, best-selling authors, sought-after public speakers, and advocates of restorative justice. We are volunteers with Leave Out Violence (LOVE), members of the international Forgiveness Project and we share our stories around the world. We first partnered in 2009 to create the F-Word, an experiential workshop designed to give participants an opportunity to explore what Forgiveness means and its transformative potential for healing. Since then, we have brought our life-changing programs to diverse settings in communities around the world.  

SHANNON MORONEY  was a teacher and counsellor when her husband kidnapped and boy orange3sexually assaulted two women in 2005. After personally discovering the lack of help available for families of criminals, and the vast ripple-effect of violent crime, she became a restorative justice advocate who speaks internationally on the topic.

In 2011, Shannon published her memoir Through the Glass, which became an instant national bestseller and was nominated for several awards, including the Governor General’s Award. In 2015, she co-produced “In Harm’s Way” for CBC Radio’s The Current. She lives in Toronto where she is remarried and the mother of twins.

KATY HUTCHISON was widowed and left with four year old twins following the murder of her husband in 1997. In meeting with the young man responsible, she learned that the only way through the trauma was by forgiveness and education.

Her memoir, Walking After Midnight (2006), was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and inspired Lifetime Network’s movie “Bond of Silence” (2010). Katy received the Me to We Social Action Award (2005) and was nominated for the Courage to Come Back award (2003). In 2013 she delivered a TEDx talk on rethinking education. Katy lives in Victoria. She speaks internationally on social responsibility & restorative justice issues.

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (Canada)

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Learning to live

Four years of judicial proceedings… It’s a long time! Yes, but putting an “end” to 25 years 6i3zxbkmof fear, shame, disgust, mistrust, feelings of injustice and negative repercussions of all kinds in my life, is worth the effort! It has been very hard, I won’t deny it, but I’m satisfied at having done it! I’m proud that I held on till the end. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. Counsellors from the CALACS and the CAVAC were there with me to accompany me, and the investigator in charge of my file was very nice and respectful.

jody-smilieWhen I started these proceedings, four years ago, I knew it would be long and difficult. It has been even longer and more difficult than what I had expected! Not encouraging, would you say? I would answer: let’s look at the positive side of things! And positive things did happen, indeed, from the moment I walked out of the Courthouse, feeling that I had recovered my freedom, my confidence, my life!

Today, I feel free. My heart is lighter. I really feel that I have turned an important page of my life, and I am deeply relieved of it. I cannot forget, of course. But I learn to live, day after day, with what I experienced during childhood. And when, for the glimpse of a moment, I remember that right now my aggressor is behind bars, 572320-tn_041 and that he was declared guilty in the eyes of society, my relief is even greater!

Ok, he didn’t receive the sentence that I would have given him (prison for life!), but I trust God that He’ll take care of judging him, for eternity.

Today, I realise that the judicial proceedings I instituted against my aggressor have made me a stronger woman, who can walk with her head held up high and look forward… to the future. That’s it!canadian-flag-background-for-canada-map

So, four years, to enable me to blossom for the rest of my life, I say: YES! I encourage each woman victim of sexual assault to denounce and file charges against her aggressor. Don’t be a victim anymore and get your dignity back, your confidence, your life!

 

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circle2To live, Finally ~ A person’s perception of themselves can be severely impacted by childhood trauma and abuse. Read how one survivor learned the key to her healing.

One Victim’s Story ~ A video interview with Sarah, who uses her own voice to let other victims of crime know that though each victim is unique, no victim is truly alone.

A Matter of Trust ~ Douglas Macklem was a victim of personal fraud who used both the criminal and civil courts to right the wrongs committed against him. He prepared a Victim Impact Statement for the courts.

circle2Lighting a Candle ~ Carolyn Swinson’s son Rob was killed by an impaired driver. Read her story, and how volunteering for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada helped in the healing process.

In the Wilderness A.M.’s story points to the need for more services for male victims of child sexual abuse. Through poetry and written testimony, A.M. describes how he had to rebuild his life and sense of self after being victimized as a young child.

My Angel, My Hero Tracey Lynn Jones, a victim of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her father, shares how the understanding and support of a police officer helped her realize that there is hope.

circle2The Prey: An Account of Denunciation Martine Ayotte shares how she finally decided to speak out against her aggressor. She expresses gratitude to Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC) advocates who helped her manage the stress of the court proceedings.

The Journey Back Raymond shares his journey of recovery after suffering childhood abuse, hoping it will serve as a reminder that every life is precious and worth saving.

Victim Offender Mediation Program  Through the Victim Offender Mediation Program, Ellen met the offender who sexually assaulted her. Read about how her powerful encounter.

circle2Pathways As a young victim of sexual assault, a woman speaks about her lost childhood and the lasting impact. Read about how she makes quilts for those protecting her own child.

Helping hand A family’s life was shaken when they became the victims of a home invasion. Read about how Victim Service helped them move forward.

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Preventing Injuries – Avoiding Sprains and Strains in The Workplace

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Ontario Making College and University More Affordable

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Premier Wynne Meets with First Cohort to Benefit from New OSAP

wynne3Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Grade 12 students at Central Technical School in Toronto today to talk about reforms to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students in Grade 12 will be among the first to benefit from Ontario’s single largest modernisation of student financial assistance when the Ontario Student Grant launches as part of the reformed OSAP in September 2017.

Today, more Ontario students are graduating from post-secondary programs than ever before. But some youth hesitate to aspire to a college or university education because they worry about the costs or graduating with debt from student loans. The Ontario Student Grant will help OSAP empower more students to seek an advanced smilie-boy-blue-shirt2education based on their abilities and potential, not their family’s income. The new OSAP will:

  • Allow eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000 to graduate without having to pay back provincial student loans
  • Provide the Ontario Student Grant to make the average cost of college and university tuition free for thousands of low- and middle-income students
  • Ensure that no eligible student receives less aid than they are eligible for now under the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant, which the new OSAP will replace.

Ontario’s highly educated workforce is one of its greatest economic strengths67 per cent of adults in the province now have a degree or diploma, higher than any country in the OECD and up from 56 per cent in 2002. By addressing the affordability barrier that can deter students from low- and middle-income families, these OSAP reforms will help meet or exceed the target of 70 per cent post-secondary attainment.

Investing in access to post-secondary education is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. graduateThe four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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  • About 150,000 students are expected to benefit from the reformed OSAP when implemented in 2017.
  • The Ontario government will work closely with colleges and universities to ensure that reading-a-bookfamilies see clearly up-front the difference between the sticker price for tuition and what the student would need to pay.
  • The new OSAP will allow mature students to qualify for more grants so they can go back to school to upgrade their skills.
  • Since 2002–03, Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion — an 82 per cent increase.

headshot“We are levelling the playing field so all students can go on to college or university no matter how much money their parents make. Changes to OSAP will build a more fair society by expanding access to education to help all Ontarians flourish — and strengthen our economy by further equipping our highly skilled and educated workforce.”

Kathleen Wynne ~ Premier of Ontario

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Deb Matthews ~ Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

Article by Newsroom Ontario September 14, 2016

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Man imprisoned for being gay to get posthumous pardon from Trudeau

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

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

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

The move was cheered Sunday by gay-rights advocates.

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

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

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

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

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

Indefinite prison sentence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article for CBC News  ~ Posted: Feb 28, 2016


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A Constitution of Trust

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Trust is like paper, once it’s crumbled it won’t be perfect again

923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nWith another year upon us, contained within the coming year is a future of events that hasn’t happened yet, a future you can carve, but only if you decide how it will play out rather then letting others decide for you! What worked for me was setting goals and I aimed high for them, never taking my eyes off the ball. smile-e-smiley-che-salta-immagine-animata-0141Set obtainable goals that will have a positive result to your benefit but be realistic, sincere and honest, also choose to do what you would want and love to do the rest of your life when setting your goals.

b3738e59ba1e78f8e9868bc8f052d89eSometimes you will experience hurdles which may appear there is no jumping over, going under or around, a blocked pathway and yes without a doubt there will be hurdles. I felt like giving up many times but when the going got tough I always turned to what I loved doing most, helping others, doing good, something that gave me gratitude and a since of purpose & pleasure, which indirectly gave me the motivation and determination to conquer and move past my own hurdles. 

I have also been quoted a few times regarding my patriotism, canada (1)the love for my country, to that I will add this, I love Canada because it is my home and it’s one of the best countries in the world to live, we as Canadians are known red_heartas a unique people with caring hearts for all humanity but as in every barrel their are rotten apples. Yes I was disappointed in my country and it’s peoples because I was being treated in a manner that Canadians actually condone (accept and allow, behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive to continue), and nobody would listen to flag-of-canadaor believe me but I never gave up and had faith in myself and my country knowing that eventually I would live again.

scratch-head03-idea-animated-animation-smiley-emoticon-000416-designIn closing I want to ask a question, there seems to be a hurdle that defies me, regarding a characteristic that it’s said cannot be bought or purchased, it cannot be stolen or taken by force rather it has to be earned and once it has been taken away you can never get it back!  left scratching my head, over the course of the last ten to fifteen years it seems without my knowledge I lost all my “TRUST” totally and I would welcome your opinion on how, if possible to regain it?


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Dying on the Streets: Homeless deaths in British Columbia

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At least 281 homeless people died in British Columbia between 2006 and 2013. The true number is likely much higher.

helpdownloadIt’s this rarely discussed statistic that inspired ‘Dying on the Streets,’ the first report of its kind to look at homeless deaths in the province.

As municipalities across B.C. struggle with increasing homelessness and the City of Vancouver works to try and end homelessness by 2015, little attention is paid to the hundreds of lives lost in the province simply because individuals could not access proper housing.

By highlighting the significant undercounting of homeless people who die in B.C. each year, illustrating the deadliness of homelessness, smileys-cz-2and demonstrating that these deaths are largely preventable, ‘Dying on the Streets’ aims to galvanize governments to do more to end homelessness in the province.

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