🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article posted June 16, 2018 by Terry.K

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🇨🇦 St. John’s Pride “Together”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Simply, Together.

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🇨🇦 Egale Centre

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Egale unveils plans to build and operate Canada’s first emergency and transitional housing facility exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S youth.

unnamedMay 31, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) officially unveiled plans to build Egale Centre, Canada’s first and Toronto’s only facility that will combine the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach with emergency and transitional housing exclusively dedicated to serving homeless LGBTIQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning and Two Spirit) youth. When its doors open, Egale Centre promises to fundamentally transform the support services offered to Toronto’s LGBTIQ2S population.

To help mark this historic occasion, Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale, was joined by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and an exciting group of project partners, including:

  • Ed Clark, former President and CEO of TD Bank and co-chair of Egale Centre’s capital contributions campaign;

  • Glenn Pushelberg, partner at the internationally-celebrated design firm Yabu Pushelberg;

  • Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation, Canada’s preeminent builder and developer of residential and commercial communities across the GTA;

  • Paul Dowsett, principal architect at SUSTAINABLE.TO, a leading Canadian full-service sustainable architectural practice; and

  • Greg Spearn, President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing.

There is a clear and urgent need for a facility exclusively dedicated to homeless unnamed (2)LGBTIQ2S youth. Nearly one in four homeless youth in Toronto identify as LGBTIQ2S and, facing homophobia at home, they lack the traditional social supports necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood. Once on the street, these same youth report being afraid to access mainstream shelters and housing for fear of physical, psychological and sexual violence. In response to these challenges, Egale Centre will be exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S youth.

Egale Centre will further distinguish itself from other shelters by incorporating the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach, which has now been operating for over two years. In April 2014, Egale opened this crisis intervention and housing stabilization program to immediately begin addressing the needs of Toronto’s homeless LGBTIQ2S youth. The lessons learned from Egale Youth Outreach have helped shape the core of Egale Centre’s approach, design and operating plan.

At the unveiling, Mr. Clark revealed that Egale Centre has raised $8.7 million of its $10 million campaign goal. Funds have been contributed by a diverse number of people and organizations who shared the belief that Toronto’s homeless LGBTIQ2S youth require the safety, security and community that will be afforded by Egale Centre.

Egale Centre is expected to open its doors in fall 2017.

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“It is tremendously exciting to see so many distinguished voices and organizations coming together in support of Egale Centre. This is a one-of-a-kind project that will fundamentally transform and improve the support services available to LGBTQI2S youth in Toronto. On behalf of Egale, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all who have contributed toward this important project.”

—Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Human Rights Trust

Article posted May 30, 2016 by Egale Human Rights Trust

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🇺🇸 Integrity in the Workplace

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“I regret not getting a formal education, but what did I learn from that? Don’t be afraid to hire somebody smarter than yourself.” – Todd Christopher, Founder of Vogue International

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Integrity is an essential ingredient in being an ethical person. Personal integrity is an innate moral conviction to stand against things that are not virtuous or morally right. To have integrity is to do what you think is right regardless of the consequences attached with your decisions. Persons with high integrity are usually described as trustworthy, reliable, and accountable for one’s actions. In Aristotelian ethics, “There is at least one virtue recognized by tradition which cannot be specified except with reference to the wholeness of human life – the virtue of integrity or constancy.”

featuredIntegrity is one of the fundamental values employers seek in the employees that they hire. Integrity is the foundation of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles at work. Honesty is an essential part of integrity. It means to tell the truth as you know it and don’t hold back even when your words and actions my harm another.

Just imagine your boss says there has been a theft of petty cash funds and asks if you know who did it? You are aware of the act but aren’t certain of the guilty party so you answer by saying: You haven’t heard who might have stolen money from petty cash. Is this an honest response? You did not tell a lie (by commission) because you do not know the culprit’s identity. However, you haven’t been completely truthful because you did not disclose that you know of the act. This is a lie by omission.

Integrity in the workplace is a building block of ethical behavior. Employees can’t be trusted when they don’t tell the entire truth. Consider the following example. A co-worker confides in you that she made a mistake in budgeting sales revenue for the upcoming year. The mistake led to hiring ten additional employees to speed up production. She asks for your advice. Will you tell her to disclose the error right away or wait and see if the actual sales level is less than budgeted?

Let’s assume you told the co-worker to wait and see what happens; she can always admit the mistake down the line. Why cause a problem where no problem exists? It turns out the budget was wrong. Your friend is asked by her boss about it. She’s unsure what to say so confides that she went to you, a more experienced employee, for advice and was told to wait and see. Now you’re part of a cover-up. Your reputation for honesty and trustworthiness is at stake.

The following are essential elements for managers to foster integrity in the workplace:

  • Define integrity in your workplace and in relationships with stakeholders.
  • Create a culture of openness and transparency.
  • Establish a set of ethical standards that promote honesty and full disclosure.
  • Lead by example: Model integrity by “walking the talk” and demonstrating integrity at every turn.
  • Take appropriate action against workers who violate the integrity standard.
  • Reward employees who have demonstrated integrity in their decisions and behaviors.

Confidentiality is a prime example of integrity in the workplace. It is also critical from a legal perspective. Employers have an obligation to keep certain information private. Violation of privacy standards could lead to employment action. Confidentiality instills trust and encourages sincere consideration of the privacy of others.

Integrity can be summed up in the expression: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Like so many aspects of being an ethical person, it can be easier said than done.

Blog posted by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage, on December 28, 2016. Dr. Mintz is Professor

Emeritus from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also blogs at: http://www.ethicssage.com.

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🇨🇦 Have You Been A Victim of Identity Theft?

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Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else’s identity, usually as a method to gain a financial advantage or obtain credit and other benefits in the other person’s name, and perhaps to the other person’s disadvantage or loss. The person whose identity has been assumed may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are held responsible for the perpetrator’s actions.

Indicators that you may be a victim of identity theft

Identity-Theft-PreventionThe majority of identity theft victims do not realize that they are a victim until it has negatively impacted their lives. Many people do not find out that their identities have been stolen until they are contacted by financial institutions or discover suspicious activities on their bank accounts. According to an article by Herb Weisbaum, everyone should assume that their personal information has been compromised at one point. It is therefore of great importance to watch out for warning signs that your identity has been compromised.

The following are ten indicators that someone else might be using your identity.

  • Credit or debit card charges for goods or services you are not aware of, including unauthorized withdrawals from your account
  • Receiving calls from credit or debit card fraud control department warning of possible suspicious activity on your credit card account
  • Receiving credit cards that you did not apply for
  • Receiving information that a credit scoring investigation was done. They are often done when a loan or phone subscription was applied for.
  • Checks bouncing for lack of enough money in your account to cover the amount. This might be as a result of unauthorized withdrawals from your account
  • Identity theft criminals may commit crimes with your personal information. You may not realize this until you see the police on your door arresting you for crimes that you did not commit
  • Sudden changes to your credit score may indicate that someone else is using your credit cards
  • Bills for services like gas, water, electricity not arriving in time. This can be an indication that your mail was stolen or redirected
  • Being not approved for loans because your credit report indicates that you are not credit worthy
  • Receiving notification from your post office informing you that your mails are being forwarded to another unknown address
  • Your yearly tax returns indicating that you have earned more than you have actually earned. This might indicate that someone is using your Social Insurance Number e.g. SIN to report their earnings to the tax authorities.

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16410_10151248525646890_733396473_nI am reaching out in the hopes that somewhere out there is an individual or organization that may be able to assist me. There has to be someone that can assist, to take you at your word and find the truth and bring those responsible to justice, but most of all restore my dignity and return my life to me please . This type of crime is the resemblance of some sort of voodoo or witchcraft, a curse that can steal your soul, tear you down to the very core, eating away your dignity, integrity and self respect because when labelled a thief all doors don’t just close, they slam in your face. Also if you are a member of the LGBT community I have also discovered that in most cases we are presumed to be guilty and denied a due course process. All attempts of seeking assistance, no matter where, I got the same answer, “You won’t get no recourse here” before disconnecting the call, that was more than ten years ago I started, but the same answer I still get today after three Human Rights Claims and then some with;

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission, 
  • Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario,
  • Superior Court of Ontario
  • Superior Court of Quebec

and most recently (Pending) 

  • Commission Des Droits de la Personne/Human Rights Commission, Quebec
  • CNESST Committee on Workplace Standards, Equity, Health and Safety, Quebec

It can put you in the spotlight with government agencies and law enforcement and sentence you to a life of Terror & Dread if you survive, only now wishing you were dead.

In 2004 I leased  a vehicle, the engine failed after a couple of weeks, the vehicle was returned for repair to no end. After a two year court battle whereas I was a self represented Litigant, being issued a judgement against two Finance Companies and a Auto Dealership, in the Superior Court of Justice, Brampton, ON June 27, 2006.

In July 2006 Royal Bank of Canada entered derogatory information in my credit files which caused a rippling effect, after more than two years of mobbing, losing my employment of seven years and fighting just to survive to date.

The following is a short list of what I would endure in the years that followed:

Beginning in 2005 I was charged double of what others pay for or denied; all public services, everyday products, Interest rates, charges and money stolen from bank & credit card accounts, police service harassment, accounts created and or additions added to my existing accounts {ex: cable, internet, home & cellular phone etc accounts} that I did not request nor would they remove the services upon my request, harassment & discrimination from local employment agencies as recent as last week, they refused to renew my drivers licence & health card, decrease in employment income Tax deductions, the creation and or adjustment of Federal & Provincial Tax account balances, sexually assaulted at my family doctor’s office during a prostate exam, harassment & violence at every position of employment to date, harassed by every landlord to date and or they have entered my unit and removed items of value without my consent or knowledge, one year ago totally destroying my vehicle right in the driveway and most recently death threats and attempts on my life, without reason from where I’m standing.

This is not the entire list, but it gives you an idea of why I say sometimes;  “I don’t know how or why I’m still alive”. I have told many people that I can’t believe that this sort of thing is happening because of myself seeking Justice or my sexuality, but I now believe that “Identity Theft” is an act of retaliation for the obtaining of Justice and to discredit me and or anything I say!

One Human Rights Tribunal Claim that was settled out of Court!

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The one question that continued to defy me all these years is,

Why did they not deal with the matters in a court of law rather than doing everything humanly possible to try and dispose of me?

Well the answer to that question is an “Admission of Guilt“, knowing that also explains the court delays, no shows, being rejected by every legal professional for representation for 10+ yrs so I learnt how to represent myself.

What wisdom taught me about the Law

So in closing Canada is a Fabulous Country (William Shatner) but for the most part our Justice system is broken because the administration and its processes are flawed, meaning justice not taken seriously by most, the smirk when mentioned, so how can you say that it’s not flawed?

ex: when an individual is as guilty as hell, video shows the perpetrator’s face clearly while committing a major crime but instead of due process, resulting in incarceration not more than 5 years, but surprisingly the perpetrator got a break and is only fined 500$ and released Why? because his parent is an elected official that pulled some strings or the judge was a friend of a friend, there should be no favoritism in justice so therefore it is broken.

Article Posted October 25, 2017 by Terry.K

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🇨🇦 The Simple Plan Foundation

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“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION – ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Simple Plan est un groupe de rock punk pop de Montréal , le Canada qui a été fondée en 1999 comprenant: – Simple Plan is a pop punk rock band from Montreal, Canada that was founded in 1999 consisting of:

  • Prleierre Chas Bouvier, Vocals & Acoustic Guitar (born May 9 1979 in Montreal)
  • David Phillippe Desrosiers, Bass & Background Vocals (born August 29 1980 in Sept-Îles, Canada)
  • Charles André “Chuck” Comeau, Drums (born September 17 1979 in Montreal)
  • Sébestien Lefebvre, Rhythm Guitar and Background Vocals (born June 5 1981 in Montreal)
  • Jean-François “Jeff” Stinco, Lead guitar (born August 22 1978 in Montreal)

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La mission de la fondation -The mission of the foundation { English Follows }

C’est à Montréal, en décembre 2005, lors de leur premier spectacle au Centre Bell, que les membres du groupe Simple Plan ont annoncé la création de la Fondation Simple Plan.
La Fondation Simple Plan s’est donné pour objectifs de venir en aide aux jeunes en difficulté, en intervenant dans les trois domaines suivants :

Appui aux différents groupes et organismes travaillant auprès des jeunes aux prises avec des problèmes propres à l’adolescence : dépendance aux drogues, dépression, suicide, intimidation, pauvreté, difficultés scolaires, etc. 
Soutien à divers organismes médicaux et sociaux qui se consacrent au bien-être des enfants et des jeunes malades ou handicapés, ou encore, victimes des conséquences de la guerre 
Promotion de la formation musicale et de la pratique de la musique comme moyen d’aider les jeunes à trouver une passion et un but dans la vie, en leur offrant une alternative stimulante aux gangs de rue et à la criminalité, ainsi qu’au décrochage scolaire.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW t www.simpleplan.com Get the official single “Singing In The Rain” here: http://www.Smarturl.it/SITRsingle

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Les membres de Simple Plan sont d’autant plus sensibles aux problèmes des jeunes qu’ils sont en contact permanent avec leurs fans : «Nous avons créé la Fondation Simple Plan parce que nous voulions donner quelque chose en retour à notre communauté, quelque chose qui fasse la  différence, qui permette de changer les choses. Nous avons lu des milliers de lettres et de courriels de nos fans, provenant des pays les plus divers; nous les avons aussi rencontrés lors de nos spectacles. Nous savons donc très bien à quel point le passage à la vie adulte peut parfois être difficile pour ces jeunes. Cela nous brise le cœur de voir qu’autant d’entre eux doivent lutter pour leur survie, alors qu’ils se sentent déprimés, perdus ou malades. Nous voulons que notre fondation les aide à trouver leur voie, en leur rappelant qu’il y a toujours de la lumière au bout du tunnel, que les choses peuvent s’arranger. Nous croyons sincèrement que tous les enfants, partout dans le monde entier, ont droit à une enfance heureuse.», ont déclaré les membres du groupe.

Un engagement plus structuré

Pour les membres de Simple Plan, le lancement de leur propre fondation s’inscrit dans une volonté d’implication sociale mieux structurée. C’est finalement l’aboutissement d’une suite d’engagements au fil des ans : ils ont participé au mouvement d’aide en faveur des victimes du tsunami en Asie du Sud-Est, ainsi qu’à l’événement planétaire Live 8; ils se sont associés à MADD (Mothers against drinking and driving) et RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety), ainsi qu’à Éduc’alcool; ils ont souvent accepté de répondre favorablement aux demandes de divers organismes caritatifs et ont, entre autres exemples, collaboré à maintes reprises avec les fondations Rêves d’enfants et Make-a-Wish. Avec la collaboration de Sennheiser, ils ont permis à des enfants malentendants, à travers le Canada et dans certains pays d’Europe, de vivre l’expérience d’un concert : grâce à un implant cochléaire, ceux-ci ont pu entendre le son d’un spectacle de Simple Plan pour la première fois.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW at www.simpleplan.com The official music video for “Boom” from our upcoming #SPalbum5 featuring some of our friends! Filmed on Warped Tour, at the Alt Press APMAs, and in Montreal, QC at New City Gas!

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Après même la création de leur fondation et parallèlement à leurs nombreuses tournées internationales, ils ont su rester ouverts aux demandes ponctuelles qui leur étaient faites ou aux catastrophes fortuites qui ont frappé diverses régions du monde. Ils ont donc continué de s’impliquer dans diverses causes au fil des ans, de manière plus ou moins informelle, en rendant visite à des enfants ou des jeunes dans les hôpitaux ou dans des écoles spécialisées, par exemple pour handicapés, ou en faisant don d’objets promotiommels à diverses fondations, telles la Fondation Jean-Béliveau et la Fondation Kovalev et amis pour les enfants, ainsi qu’à l’occasion de tournois de golf comme celui de Bruny Surin

Dans la foulée de son engagement pour Leucan, Simple Plan a donné un grand concert en plein air au pied de la station Ski Bromont, le 14 mars 2009, dans le cadre du Défi Ski 12h Leucan, dont c’était le 30e anniversaire. Le band a aussi participé à la partie de hockey amicale Pro-am Simon Gagné, organisée par Leucan Québec. En juillet 2009, les membres de Simple Plan ont relevé le défi de participer à la «Journée Ambassadeurs» de la 14eédition du Tour CIBC au profit du Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau.

Plus récemment, le groupe a contribué aux efforts collectifs pour venir en aide aux sinistrés d’Haïti, victimes d’un tremblement de terre en janvier 2010; il a notamment participé aux téléthons Ensemble pour Haïti au Québec et Canada for Haiti et a fait un don au Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI). Également au profit d’Haïti, Pierre a pris part à l’enregistrement de la chanson «Wavin’ Flag» de l’artiste hip-hop K’naan, en compagnie de vedettes telles Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne et Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan s’est aussi impliqué dans les campagnes du «bracelet» et du «porte-monnaie» organisées au profit de War Child Canada, en collaboration avec Les chaussures Spring, pour venir en aide aux enfants victimes de la guerre, notamment en Afrique.

Peu après le tremblement de terre et le tsunami qui ont dévasté le Japon le 11 mars 2011, la Fondation Simple Plan a décidé de faire, exceptionnellement, une donation de 10 000 $ à la Croix-Rouge, alors que le band a aussi créé un t-shirt #HelpJapan mis en vente pour venir en aide aux sinistrés.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here, featuring the single “Perfectly Perfect”! watch below, Get #TeamSP NOW at http://simpleplan.com

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

En mai 2012, Simple Plan a donné un spectacle devant plus de 40 000 fans au My Dinh Stadium de Hanoi, dans le cadre du concert «live» de MTV EXIT; cet événement avait pour but de sensibiliser les jeunes à l’exploitation et au trafic d’êtres humains, un crime qui affecte 2,5 millions de personnes à travers le monde! C’était la première fois que le band se produisait au Vietnam et les membres du groupe étaient particulièrement fiers de participer à cette vaste campagne nationale de lutte contre cette forme d’esclavage des temps modernes. Le spectacle, ainsi qu’un documentaire complémentaire auquel SP a contribué, ont également été diffusés sur MTV Vietnam et sur la chaîne nationale.

Plus récemment, et plus près de chez-eux, le déraillement ferroviaire qui a dévasté le cœur de la ville de Lac Mégantic ne pouvait laisser les membres du groupe indifférents. Ils ont donc décidé, par le biais de leur fondation, de faire un don à la ville pour venir en aide aux victimes de ce terrible accident.rester indifférents à cette catastrophe

Au-delà des dons en argent et en objets promotionnels, les membres de Simple Plan donnent leur appui à plusieurs causes et consacrent temps et énergie à les promouvoir. continuer…………… la lecture »»»»»»

PRIX GRIS – FONDATION SIMPLE PLAN

22 mars 2017 – À l’occasion du lancement du concours 2017, organisé par l’organisme GRIS avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Simple Plan, nous sommes heureux de vous présenter une courte vidéo, tournée avec le concours de trois membres du band. 

Ce clip publicitaire explique en quoi consiste cette activité et invite les jeunes des écoles à y participer en proposant un projet et, ainsi, à courir la chance de gagner une bourse pour être en mesure de le réaliser. 

Et toi, c’est quoi ton plan pour stopper l’homophobie?
Jetez-y un coup d’oeil : https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

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We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”!

The first studio album by Canadian pop punk band, Simple Plan was released on March 19, 2002 through both Atlantic and Lava. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200 and at #8 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.

 Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Below is the Song list for The album “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”, click on song title to watch the video

No. Title Length
1. I’d Do Anything” (featuring Mark Hoppus) 3:17
2. The Worst Day Ever 3:27
3. You Don’t Mean Anything” (featuring Joel Madden) 2:28
4. I’m Just a Kid 3:18
5. When I’m With You 2:37
6. Meet You There 4:14
7. Addicted 3:52
8. My Alien 3:08
9. God Must Hate Me 2:44
10. I Won’t Be There 3:09
11. One Day 3:15
12. Perfect 4:37
 

It was in Montréal, in December 2005, during their first show at the Bell Center, that members of the Simple Plan group announced the creation of the Simple Plan Foundation.The Simple Plan Foundation aims to help young people in difficulty by intervening in the following three areas:

Support for various groups and organizations working with young people facing adolescent problems: dependence drugs, depression, suicide, intimidation, poverty, academic difficulties, etc. 
Support to various medical and social organizations dedicated to the well-being of sick and disabled children and young people, or victims of the consequences of war 
 Promoting music education and music as a way to help young people find a passion and purpose in life, offering them a stimulating alternative to street gangs and crime, and school dropout Simple Plan members are all the more sensitive to the problems of young people because they are in constant contact with their fans : “We created the Simple Plan Foundation because we wanted to give something back to our community, something that makes a difference, which makes it possible to change things. 

We read thousands of letters and emails from our fans coming from the most diverse countries; we also met them during our shows. So we know very well how difficult the transition to adult life can be for these young people. It breaks our hearts to see that so many of them must struggle for survival, when they feel depressed, lost or sick. We want our foundation to help them find their way, reminding them that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, that things can be arranged. We sincerely believe that all children around the world are entitled to a happy childhood, “the group said.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

A More Structured Commitment

For members of Simple Plan, the launch of their own foundation is part of a desire for more structured social involvement. It is ultimately the result of a series of commitments over the years: they participated in the aid movement for the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, as well as in the Live 8 event ; they joined forces with MADD (Mothers against Drinking and Driving) and RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety) , and Éduc’alcool; they have often agreed to respond favorably to requests from various charities and have, for example, collaborated on a number of occasions with the Children’s Wish Foundation andMake-a-Wish. Together with Sennheiser, they have allowed hearing-impaired children across Canada and in some European countries to experience a concert: with a cochlear implant, they could hear the sound of a Simple Plan show for the first time.

Even after the creation of their foundation, and in parallel with their many international tours, they were able to remain open to ad hoc requests or fortuitous disasters that hit various regions of the world. As a result, they have continued to be involved in a variety of causes over the years, in a more or less informal way, by visiting children or youth in hospitals or in special schools, for example for the disabled, or by donating promotional objects at various foundations such as the Jean-Béliveau Foundation and the Kovalev Foundation and friends for children, as well as at golf tournaments such as Bruny Surin’s 

In the wake of its commitment to LeucanSimple Plan gave a big outdoor concert at the foot of Ski Bromont, March 14, 2009, as part of the Ski Challenge Leucan 12, which was the 30 th anniversary. The band also participated in the friendly hockey game Pro-am Simon Gagné, organized by Leucan Québec. In July 2009, the members of Simple Plan took up the challenge to participate in the “Day Ambassadors” of the 14 th edition of the Tour CIBC to benefit the Cancer Center Charles-Bruneau. 

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, the group has contributed to the collective efforts to help the victims of an earthquake in Haiti, in January 2010; he participated in the Ensemble for HaititelethonsQuebec and Canada for Haiti and made a donation to the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Also in support of Haiti, Pierre took part in the recording of the song “Wavin ‘Flag” by the hip-hop artist K’naan, with stars like Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan was also involved in the campaigns of the “bracelet” and “purse” organized for the benefit of War Child Canada, in collaboration with Les Chaussures Spring, to help war-affected children, particularly in Africa .

Soon after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, the Simple Plan Foundation decided to make an exceptional donation of $ 10,000 to the Red Cross, while the band #HelpJapan t-shirt put on sale to help the victims.

In May 2012, Simple Plan gave a performance to more than 40,000 fans at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, as part of MTV EXIT’s live concert; the event aimed to educate young people about the exploitation and trafficking of human beings, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide! It was the first time that the band was performing in Vietnam and the members of the group were particularly proud to participate in this vast national campaign to combat this form of slavery in modern times. The show, as well as a complementary documentary to which SP contributed, were also broadcast on MTV Vietnam and on the national channel.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, and closer to home, the railway derailment that devastated the heart of the town of Lac Mégantic could not leave the group indifferent. They decided, through their foundation, to make a donation to the city to help the victims of this terrible accident.rester indifferent to this catastrophe

Beyond the donations in money and promotional items, the members of Simple Plan give their support to several causes and dedicate time and energy to promote them…… continue reading »»»»»»

GRAY PRIZE – FOUNDATION SIMPLE PLAN

22 March 2017 – On the occasion of the launch of the 2017 competition, organized by the GRIS organization with the financial support of the Simple Plan Foundation, we are pleased to present a short video, with the help of three band members. 

This video clip explains what this activity is all about and invites the young people of the schools to participate by proposing a project and, thus, to have the chance to win a scholarship to be able to realize it. 

And you, what’s your plan to stop homophobia?

Take a look at the video here: https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

 Learn more about The Simple Plan Foundation

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LGBT History Month 2017

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About LGBT History Month

How it Works

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

Background

sidebarIn 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

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Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. For more information, visit Equality Forum

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🇺🇳 Messengers of Humanity

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“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.” ~ Princess Diana

Our Mission 

What is a Messenger of Humanity?

20293051_1868848536700675_4253666035114575987_nMessengers of Humanity are individuals who are committed to using their voice to affect global change. Do you want to make the world a better place? Be part of the change! Join the United Nations’ Messengers of Humanity,  They are passionate activists and bold advocates who are united in their desire to make a difference for the 130 million people caught in crisis. They understand the power of social media and know awareness is a first step to mobilizing action. 

The World As It is Today – And Why We Need You Right Now

We are facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. 

130 million people around the world are acutely vulnerable — victims of natural disasters or conflicts. Although the number of conflicts worldwide has declined over the past two decades, more people than ever are being uprooted by violence, with a record 60 million people forcibly displaced. Your voice is needed now more than ever.

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How you can help:

We are asking you to become a global advocate, to take action and help make a difference in the world we live in. As part of the community you will be asked to share the latest and most important advocacy messages  with your networks. You will be encouraged to  create artwork, videos, photos and content in the name of humanity, and rally your friends and families to help spread  the word; our strength is in our numbers This community provides a platform for you to learn, to discuss issues with like-minded advocates, and to take action with other global citizens that stand up for humanity.

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Messengers of Humanity will share stunning imagery that reveals  the human face of conflict and natural disaster, unbelievable but true important facts and figures surrounding the humanitarian state of the world, messages of hope and action and important information that when shared, could really help change the world.

You will receive the latest advocacy campaign materials from humanitarian organizations and exclusive access to content to share with your feeds. It’s then up to you to amplify these urgent calls to action within your social networks. Explore this site to begin sharing and sign up below to receive the latest updates on humanitarian crises. 

Messengers of Humanity is a Nonprofit Organization, Founded on August 19, 2014 – Click here to Learn more 

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🇬🇧 William & Harry: Diana, Our Mother

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“The most beautiful people in the world are not those with attractive faces or skinny bodies but those who know how to respect the beauty of others” ~ Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry will open up about their mother together for the first time in a documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.

Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy was released today and shows both of the princes Crown_of_the_Kingdom_of_Greece.svgleafing through a family album of photographs. The documentary, which is due to air on ITV in Britain and on HBO in the US later this month, will explore the relationship between Princess Diana and her two sons. Speaking in the film, which will also air on CBC in Canada, Princess Harry said: ‘This is the first time that the two of us have ever spoken about her as a mother.’He added: ‘She was one of the naughtiest parents.

She was our mum. She still is our mum.’And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.’ Studying a photo of Diane holding him whilst pregnant with Prince Harry, Prince William says: ‘Believe it or not, you and I are both in this photograph, you’re in the tummy.

‘In April, Prince Harry revealed how William encouraged him to seek counselling after two years of ‘total chaos’ as he struggled to come to terms with his mother’s death. The 32-year-old said Prince William implored his younger sibling to get help after ‘shutting down all his emotions’ for nearly 20 years following Diana’s death in 1997. But the prince, who was 12 years old when his mother died, admits that he ignored his grief during his teenage years, only addressing it when he was ‘on the verge of punching prince william & chuckiesomeone’ in later life.

Before that point, he endured two years of ‘total chaos’ when he became ‘a problem’ to himself – a period which included the infamous Nazi fancy dress and intimate photographs from a party in Las Vegas – but ‘did not know what was wrong’. But the royal – who even turned to boxing to help ease his aggression – says he was saved by opening up about his feelings, leaving him ‘in a good place’ and wanting to do all he can to help remove the stigma around mental health. Prince Harry was only 12 years old when Princess Diana died in a car crash in on August 31, 1997.

Diana was killed when the car carrying herself and her lover Dodi Fayed smashed into a pillar inside a Parisian tunnel in the early hours. The vehicle was being driven by the pair’s drunk chauffeur Henri Paul, who attempted to outrun the pursuing paparazzi.Their deaths would send shockwaves around the world and triggered an unprecedented outpouring of grief in Britain.

ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis said: ‘This new ITV film will offer viewers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken before, to bring together a definitive portrait of a unique person who touched the lives of millions.

‘Executive producer Nick Kent added: ‘This film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best.’

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🇨🇦 Fête nationale du Québec (Fête de la Saint-Jean)

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Saint Jean Baptiste Day (Fête nationale du Québec, Quebec National Holiday, la Saint-Jean, St. John the Baptist Day) is the national holiday of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Held annually on 24 June, the Fête nationale du Québec (formerly known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) has been a statutory holiday in Québec since 1925. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day has been celebrated in North America since the early days of 5950814599512064New France. Originally a religious celebration, it took a more patriotic turn in 1834 with Ludger Duvernay. The first Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade took place in Montréal in 1843. Since 1984, the Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois (MNQ) has organized the festivities of the Fête nationale du Québec. Various francophone communities across Canada also celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

Célébrée le 24 juin de chaque année, la Fête nationale du Québec (anciennement appelée la Saint-Jean-Baptiste) est un jour férié au Québec depuis 1925. En Amérique du Nord, la Saint-Jean-Baptiste est célébrée depuis les débuts de la Nouvelle-France. À l’origine une fête de dévotion, elle prend une tangente patriotique à partir de 1834 avec Ludger Duvernay. Le premier défilé de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste a lieu à Montréal en 1843. Depuis 1984, les célébrations de la Fête nationale du Québec sont organisées par le Mouvement national des Québécois et des Québécoises (MNQ). On célèbre aussi la Saint-Jean-Baptiste dans les différentes communautés francophones du Canada.

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Saint Jean Baptiste Day, which is a public holiday in Quebec, is a day to remember John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus Christ.
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Origines de la Saint-Jean

Quebec BallonLa fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste tire ses origines des célébrations du solstice d’été, une très ancienne coutume païenne voulant que des feux soient allumés pour célébrer la lumière à l’occasion de la plus longue journée de l’année. En France, l’Église catholique récupère cette fête et y associe la figure de Jean le Baptiste, cousin de Jésus.

La tradition d’allumer le feu de la Saint-Jean pour marquer le début de l’été est transposée en Nouvelle-France dès 1646. En 1694, Mgr de Saint-Vallier en fait une fête chômée vouée à la dévotion. La Saint-Jean continue d’être célébrée après la Conquête, mais ce n’est qu’en 1834 qu’elle prend une couleur politique qu’elle conservera jusqu’à nos jours.

Origins of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day originated from celebrations of the summer solstice, an ancient pagan tradition in which fires were lit to celebrate light on the longest day of the year. In France, the Roman Catholic Church adapted this holiday and associated it with John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus.

The tradition of lighting the Saint-Jean fire to mark the beginning of summer was brought to New France in 1646. In 1694, Mgr de Saint-Vallier declared it a public holiday dedicated to devotion. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day continued to be celebrated after the Conquest, but it was not until 1834 that it took on the political tone it still has today.

What Do People Do?

c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engVarious events are organized on Saint Jean Baptiste Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children’s entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois.

Public Life

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed. Public transport services run to a reduced schedule in some places or may not run at all in other areas, such as the province’s rural regions. If June 24 falls on a Sunday, the same day is a paid day off for those who work on Sunday. June 25 becomes a paid day off for workers who do not ordinarily work on Sunday.

Background

Midsummer festivals, such as those linked with the June solstice, were held in Europe for thousands of years. When people converted to Christianity, elements of these festivals were combined with feast days for Christian saints. In France, the celebrations around the feast day of Saint John the Baptist were widely enjoyed and French colonists st-jean-baptisteintroduced these traditions to North America.

The patriotic tone of the Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations began in 1834. In that year Ludger Duvernay, an influential journalist, visited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montreal, and was inspired to create a similar event for French Canadians. In 1843, he established the Saint Jean Baptiste Society to promote the celebration of Saint Jean Baptiste Day. This organization was supported by the Catholic Church, which saw it as a way to promote social and moral progress. In 1908 St John the Baptist was designated as the patron Saint of Quebec, re-enforcing the connection between Saint Jean Baptiste Day and French-Canadian patriotism.

During and after World War I, Saint Jean Baptiste Day was barely celebrated, but in 1925 Saint Jean Baptiste Day became a provincial holiday in Quebec. After a period in the 1960s, when the structure of society in Quebec changed greatly, this holiday became very political. However, in 1977 Saint Jean Baptiste Day was recognized as the ‘national’ holiday of Quebec and the mood of the celebrations gradually moved towards that of the secular celebrations in modern times.

Quebec BallonLe 8 mars 1834, Ludger Duvernay, l’éditeur du journal La Minerve (importante publication au Bas-Canada et voix du Parti patriote) fonde la société Aide-toi et le ciel t’aidera en compagnie de George-Étienne Cartier, alors étudiant en droit, et de Louis-Victor Sicotte. Cette société, dont le nom rappelle une organisation secrète et révolutionnaire fondée en France en 1827, annonce celle des Fils de la liberté et est en quelque sorte l’ancêtre de la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste. L’organisation se donne pour objectif de doter les Canadiens français d’une fête nationale et d’en organiser les célébrations, comme le font les Irlandais de Montréal depuis 1824 avec le défilé de la Saint-Patrick.

Le 24 juin 1834, Duvernay convie certains notables de Montréal à un premier banquet de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste chez l’avocat John MacDonnell. Lors de cette soirée, qui est avant tout une fête politique réunissant une soixantaine de francophones et d’anglophones (dont le député Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, le futur avocat et premier ministre du Canada-Uni George-Étienne Cartier, le maire de Montréal Jacques Viger et le Dr Edmund O’Callaghan), les convives lèvent leur verre aux 92 résolutions, aux États-Unis, aux réformistes du Bas et du Haut-Canada et à ceux d’Irlande. Dans le compte rendu de ce banquet, plusieurs journalistes incitent la population à fêter publiquement la Saint-Jean-Baptiste l’année suivante, ce qui fut vraisemblablement le cas dans nombre de villages.

Fr: Fête nationale du Québec (Fête de la Saint-Jean) 

EN: Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day)

Symbols

The fleurs-de-lis represents the flower of an iris or a lily. The fleurs-de-lis is also associated with the Virgin Mary and her purity. It was a symbol of French speaking people and their kings after King Clovis I converted to Christianity in the year 493. It was taken from the papal seal or coat-of-arms when the king converted, to symbolize the strength and significance of the French nation in its union with the Papal state. Quebec’s flag is one-and-a half times as wide as it is high and has a blue background. The background is divided into four rectangles by a cross and each of the four rectangles contains a single white fleurs-de-lis. The flag of Quebec and the fleurs-de-lis are widespread symbols of Saint Jean Baptiste Day. Many people choose to wear blue or white clothing to the celebrations.

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