🇨🇦 The Story of Orange Shirt Day

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I support the indigenous people everywhere on the planet. ~ Edward James Olmos

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Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.

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The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, and as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of this project.  As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from 2013-09-30-09-19-18_2their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

It all started right here in the Cariboo, and as a result, School District No. 27 has been chosen by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to pilot curriculum changes for all Grade 5 and Grade 10 students reflecting the residential school experience, to be implemented province-wide.

Resolutions have been passed in support of Orange Shirt Day by local governments, school districts, and First Nations in the Cariboo and beyond.  Most recently the AFN Chiefs-in-Council passed a resolution declaring Orange Shirt Day “a first step in reconciliation”, and pledging to bring the message home as well as to the government of Canada and the churches responsible.

On this day of September 30th, we call upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it.

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🏳️‍🌈 LGBT History Month 2018

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“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–President Barack Obama

October is LGBT History Month

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. LGBT History Month content and videos can now be viewed easily on any device: phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Visit the website and be sure to return on OCTOBER 1. A new LGBT Icon is introduced each day of the month with a video, bio and downloadable resources. Embed the video player in your own website or blog and share the celebration with your visitors.

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Search the entire LGBT History Month database of over 400 Icons since 2006, by name, year, alphabetically or from a cloud of more than 150 tags, such as Academy Award, African-American, Author, Composer, Politics and Transgender.

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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

In 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.

About Equality Forum

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 www.equalityforum.com.

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🇨🇦 2018 MMVAs – Full Nominations List

Header“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

The 2018 Much Music Video Awards are just around the corner and adding to the excitement is the official release of the MMVAs nominations list. There’s a whole lotta love for some of our fave artists like Drake, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande & Johnny Orlando to name a few!

Let us know who you think will take home the trophies by tweeting us @umusic.

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Check out the full MMVAs nominations list below.

BEST ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP

Arcade Fire
Arkells
Chvrches
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Portugal. The Manshawn

BEST POP ARTIST OR GROUP

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Meghan Trainor
Shawn Mendes

BEST EDM/DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP

Calvin Harris
Kygo
Loud Luxury
Marshmello
Sofi Tukker
Zedd

BEST HIP HOP ARTIST OR GROUP

Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
The Carters

BEST DIRECTOR

Director: Arturo Perez Jr.
Title: Say Something
Artist: Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton

Director: Hiro Murai
Title: This Is America
Artist: Childish Gambino

Director: Jay Martin
Title: In My Blood
Artist: Shawn Mendes

Director: Karena Evans
Title: God’s Plan
Artist: Drake

Director: Karena Evans
Title: Nice For What
Artist: Drake

Director: Ricky Saiz
Title: Apes**t
Artist: The Carters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

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Artist: Halsey
Title: Bad At Love

 

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Artist: Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Title: I Like It

Artist: Drake
Title: Nice For What

Artist: Loud Luxury ft. brando
Title: Body

Artist: Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

BEST COLLABORATION

Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Title: All The Stars

Artist: Marshmello & Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Shawn Mendes & Khalid
Title: Youth

Artist: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
Title: Pray For Me

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

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FAN FAVE ARTIST

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

FAN FAVE DUO OR GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer
BTS
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Sofi Tukker
The Chainsmokers

FAN FAVE VIDEO

Artist: Alessia Cara
Title: Growing Pains

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

Artist: The Carters
Title: Apes**t

FAN FAVE SINGLE

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Camila Cabello
Title: Havana

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Title: Perfect

Artist: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
Title: rockstar

Artist: Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello
Title: Wolves

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

FAN FAVE NEW ARTIST

Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Hayley Kiyoko
Kris Wu
Why Don’t We

FAN FAVE MUCH CREATOR

Candace Leca
Christian Cantelon / Sneakertalk
Dan Rodo / The Danocracy
Jaclyn Forbes
Mike On Much Podcast
The Baker Twins

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🇨🇦 Johnny Orlando – Singer, Songwriter, B.P Artist of the Month

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“I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy. Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.” – Rod Stewart

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2017 was the start of some big moves for Johnny Orlando. After a few years of regional buzz, the Canadian 15-year-old made a true breakthrough, with “Missing You,”“The Most” and “Everything” turning lots of heads. The singer, who got his start at the age of eight by posting covers on YouTube and has amassed an impressive social media following, exploded into a pro with almost 3.5 Million YouTube subscribers. 2018 has marked another leap. The Ontario native is trying his hand at acting in the witchy Web series ‘Total Eclipse,’ which also features his pal Mackenzie Ziegler and sister Lauren Orlando. He’s put his spin on songs by everyone from Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, but we had him into Vevo to do a pair of tunes of his own, “Last Summer” and “What If.” The dude who fell in love with music as a child when his parents played Counting Crows nonstop sounds great in both of his performances. Be sure to share ’em with other Orlando zealots.

The Canadian teen started with covers of everyone from to Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, and now fans are loving his own music. Share our exclusive live performances of “What If” and “Last Summer” with other Johnny fans! check’em Johnny Orlando – Official Performances

“Last Summer” by Johnny Orlando available now!

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Exclusive: Johnny Orlando Spills Why ‘Last Summer’ Is His Favorite Song He’s Written

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Johnny Orlando performs What If live at the 2018 WE Day in Toronto, Canada.
What If is Johnny’s own song released earlier this year as a duet with Mackenzie Ziegler.
Here he performs a special live solo version for the Toronto WE Day audience.

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Aug 20 Amsterdam 
Aug 22 Brno 
Aug 23 Budapest 
Aug 24 Bratislava 
Aug 26 Warsaw 

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Johnny Orlando did an amazing acoustic live performance of What If backstage at the CBBC Summer Social for Saturday Mash-Up!
Canadian Johnny Orlando posted his first music video on YouTube at the age of 8, as a one-off for family and friends, but such were the views and response from a much wider audience that he continued to post and quickly started building a fan base.
Johnny has since gone on to release singles which have charted on iTunes and has performed live to thousands of fans on tour. His YouTube subscribers now, at the age of just 15, have grown to over 3 million.
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Find out more on Johnny’s website: https://www.johnnyorlandomusic.com/

Day #1 – Johnny Orlando performs live on the main stage at the CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, UK.
Johnny performs Shawn Mendes’ In My Blood and his own songs Missing You, Thinking About You, Everything, and The Most.

Click here or Watch Johnny’s live performance or watch it below

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Day #3 – Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler perform together at the CBBC Summer Social.

Johnny and Kenzie perform two duets, What If and Day & Night, in front a young crowd in Liverpool, and broadcast live across the UK on the CBBC TV channel.

Click here or Watch Johnny and Mackenzie’s live performance or watch it below

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Johnny Orlando on stage at the CBBC Summer Social.

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 Johnny Orlando Nominated at iHeart Radio Music Video Awards for:

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“Best New Canadian Artist”

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Johnny Orlando @johnnyorlando – my MMVA category is not fan voted, it is chosen by Much Music / iHeart Radio. but thank u guys for always being ready to support.

 2018 MMVAs – Full Nominations List Click Here

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Big things to come for the 15 year old

Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 2003, Johnny Orlando created his YouTube channel at the age of eight with the help of his sister where he began posting covers of pop songs. Fast Welcome Johnnyforward seven years and his channel now boasts over 3 million subscribers. His Twitter is edging in on the million mark and his Instagram is followed by over 5 million loyal fans.

While anything Johnny does is pretty much swoon-worthy in the eyes of his fans, it’s his covers that are guaranteed to convert you into one of those fans. The proof is in the numbers – some videos have seen nearly 40 million views. He’s covered many artists, such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Drake, Justin Bieber and more.

His latest cover of Shawn Mendes’ new song “In My Blood” is SO good. Check it out:

In 2017, Johnny co-headlined a sold-out tour with none other than Dance Moms alum, and one of his best friends, Mackenzie Ziegler, and the pair have since rosesannounced European dates for this summer. But it’s not all about covers, following the announcement of his signing to Umusic, Johnny released his new single “What If” with Mackenzie.

We’re going ahead and saying this just may be your song of the summer. It’s not only super catchy, but totally relatable. It’s about what it’s like to be crushing on a close friend and wondering what it would be like if the friendship became something more. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Watch “What If” now:

This is just the beginning for 15 year old Johnny Orlando and there’s so much more to come. Loving Johnny and his new song? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic.

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🇨🇦 Honorable Brian Gallant

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“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington

The Honorable Brian Gallant (Shediac Bay-Dieppe)  Premier

  • President of the Executive Council
  • Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board
  • Minister responsible for Innovation
  • Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister responsible for Women’s Equality
  • Minister responsible for Rural Affairs

Brian Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on Oct. 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the legislative assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn-in as Leader of the Official Opposition. He was re-elected in the general elections in Sept. 2014 and now represents the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.

Gallant was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs on Oct. 7, 2014.

During his early years, Gallant received his education at various schools throughout the province and graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, Shediac. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, he started and operated two small companies, through which he was able to pay for his university education. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Moncton. He also received a Master of Laws degree from McGill University.

Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.

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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.

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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.

My Thoughts

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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