The U N Refugee Agency Gift Store

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i-love-youGive a gift. Save a life.

If I were not scraping for food myself, this would be my choice because the smallest gift would be a treasure to a refugee, to those whom have very little, your Gratitude would be a gift of love and light to a kid in a displaced world……Terry.K

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Welcome to UNHCR’s gift shop—where giving gifts can save lives. When you choose an item from our catalogue, you’re ensuring that refugees have access to vital resources—including shelter, medical care, education, nutrition and clean water.

Your gift delivers the essentials of life, as well as hope for the future.

Let’s get started!

Making a gift through our online gift shop is easy. In less than 15 minutes you can complete the three steps listed below. You’re on your way to helping deliver the essentials of life to families who need your help.

How it Works

  1. Browse our catalogue: Choose from any of our six giving categories, each with their own life-saving resources.
  2. Send a personalized card: Dedicate one of our beautiful paper or e-cards and let someone know that you’ve made a gift in their honour.
  3. Deliver your life-saving gift: Your gift will be put to work immediately providing life-saving aid to refugees around the world.

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About UNHCR

Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is our story.

schoolUNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures. Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.

With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million 6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

While you shop learn more about The United Nations Refugee Agency


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Welcome to the Show ~ Adam Lambert

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Take your flaws in stride, nurture your talents, take pride in your Queerness, and share all the love you have. — Adam Lambert

After recording the song a few months ago, I felt very compelled to create a video to further communicate it’s meaning. adam-lambert-does-epic-kermit-the-frog-impersonation-socialI notice such diversity in my audiences when I’m on tour: Young, old, male, female, Trans, Gay, Straight, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and every beautiful in-between. The common bond is that they are all HUMAN BEINGS. No matter how we identify, the human heart has a universal set of emotions and needs.

Sure it’s idealistic, but couldn’t we be recognising our similarities, instead of our differences? It all comes down to Identity. We as a society are obsessed with how to classify and define each person. There are new labels invented monthly for how to describe new “types”. In some cases, these labels are needed to empower us and give us clarity, but it seems that at some point, all the categorising can become quite divisive.

Welcome To The Show is an anthem about facing exactly who you are and OWNING it. Its intended as a mantra to inspire strength and PRIDE.

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103006574I’ve seen so many people trapped by the identity they put so much effort into maintaining, or shunned by choosing not to. I have fallen into that trap myself True Individuality seems daunting in our age of social media popularity contests. Sometimes it’s terrifying to face your true, whole self, stripped of any pretence. The good, the bad, the cracks, and the scars. I am no stranger to the feeling of not liking myself.

Once I get past my own body image issues, I realise that I sometimes also neglect my own spirit. Living in a world filled with so much hatred sometimes makes cultivating self-love a adam-smilie2very difficult task. I have always struggled with this as I’m sure many of you have. My path is a kind of paradox in that I get to share my craft with the world, but also be willing to throw myself to the wolves. To dare to be different, but still wanting to be accepted. There is vast beauty to be found in life’s contradictions. This non-binary reality allows us to lead happy, expressive lives, and yet this very freedom comes with great risks. I’m not alone in this limbo.

This is the first time I’ve produced my own music video. With the help of my friend and long – time collaborator Lee Cherry, we set out to co-direct something notably honest. I spoke with Laleh (the brilliant songwriter who is featured on the song) and we agreed on the vulnerability we wanted captured on screen.

I think the more we as artists share 5bffa15e76893ea4c1a195f63963e6fc6dcdfc193992012ourselves openly, the more someone outchuckie-guitar there may feel inspired to do the same. I also felt a strong feeling of empowerment in creating this video independent of the label system. It was time to shoot this one on my own.

This video isn’t about selling a song, or product placement, or racking up viral views. This is intended simply as a creative expression. What resulted on set came from a very free and organic headspace that allowed me to connect with the camera as if it were each person who’s supported me over the last 7 years.

ithank youThis video is a thank you to all of you who have lined up to see the Original High World Tour. To everyone who has listened and shared my songs and given me the purpose to keep moving forward. It’s a thank you to all of you who choose to accept and Love who YOU are! We hold each other up! I want you to keep celebrating exactly who you are, even if you don’t fit into the worlds ideas of what they think you should be.

“Through my art, I pledge to bring empathy and courage to anyone who has been made to feel unworthy or ashamed while daring to be themselves. “

smilie_tanz_073Directed by Lee Cherry and Adam Lambert with Post Production and VFX by Studio Private. Listen and download Adam’s new single “Welcome to the Show” feat. Laleh at http://smarturl.it/adam.wtts.

Download Adam Lambert’s most recent album “The Original High” featuring “Another Lonely Night” and “Ghost Town” now at http://adamofficial.com.

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The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

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“If you want Peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies” ~ Desmond Tutu

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Mission

The mission of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is to use Desmond Tutu’s life and teachings to inspire young people to build a world of peace within themselves, peace between people, and peace among nations.

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Vision

The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation envisions a world in which everyone values human dignity and our interconnectedness. Real peace will prevail when there is a culture of peace in red-rosethe USA and around the world.  That culture originates in the hearts and minds of our youth, the future leaders and peace-makers of the world. Our programs are based on the teachings of Desmond Tutu who has dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality, and forgiveness.

The philosophy of Ubuntu guides us with its meaning of We are all connected. What affects one of us affects us all.

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The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is the only nonprofit organisation in North America incorporated by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric who became one of the central leaders of the global peace movement. An outspoken defender of human rights and sister3campaigner for the oppressed, Desmond Tutu’s eloquent advocacy and brave leadership lead to the end of South African apartheid in 1993 and the installation of Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black President. The Archbishop has dedicated his red-roselife to reshaping conversations about peace, equality and forgiveness. In 1984, Tutu earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts as a global peace maker and now devotes his time with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation to teaching youth the powerful role and voice they play in creating a more compassionate and peaceful world.

Since the demise of apartheid, Desmond Tutu has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty,racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia.

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He received the Nobel Peace Prizein 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in the-book-of-joy2Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize the-best-of-forgivingin 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

He has also authored several books including the Book of Forgiving which he co-wrote with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, and the forthcoming Book of Joy which he is co-authoring with his friend the Dalai Lama.

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They are our family – LGBT Community

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Other Video’s from the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Forgiveness

Archbishop and Friend Dalai Lama

We Are Human Only Through Relationships: UBUNTU

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Michelle Obama, Archbishop Tutu Exercise with Children -South Africa

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get-involved
smilie-peaceThere are so many ways to get involved in our Peace3 Conversations. Whether in person or online, Peace3 has been set up to include your voice!

Host a Peace3 event: If you would like to sponsor a Peace3 Conversation at your school, let us know! To find our more about hosting a Conversation on Peace, contact brian@tutufoundationusa.org.

Attend a Peace3 event:  All of our Peace3 events are open to every one of all ages. For a live event in your area, visit our LIVE EVENTS page to find out when we will be visiting a campus near you. Please note that events sometimes have limited seating so inquire about attendance as soon as possible.

Don’t see an event near you? Follow us on social media for up to date details on upcoming events and how to participate in the live discussions online.

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Peace3 Digital Conversations: Watch our video conversations with luminaries from all over the world, discussing peace, how they achieve inner peace and how they contribute to peace in the world.

Create your own Peace3 video: Share with us how you define “peace within” with your acts of 556724504_1201366the wonderful. Show us how your conversations, your activities, your friends, and your hobbies are creating your peace within and, in turn, creating peaceful relationships and communities. Illustrate practices in empathy, respect for others, forgiveness, conflict prevention, conflict resolution as tools for counteracting pressing social problems. Think of this a new opportunity to make brand new personal connections with a global community working on creating a better world.

Send your video to Peace3vids@tutufoundationusa.org. Please keep submissions to more than two and a half minutes. Be sure to include your name, age, and contact information in your email to us, learn more about the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation»»»»»»

Thanx to a friend here’s an EXTRA: Found: The First Television Interview Nelson Mandela Ever Gave

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The LOVE Foundation

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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. ~  Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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harldIt may be easy to look around our world today and see the appearance of chaos, difficulty and strife. Yet, when we come from an open heart, we can also see our opportunity to love all 40bf5e4b21b3a2f75edc33f163d2b649things into balance, joy, harmony and peace. This planet does not need more visions of desperation, separation, fear, doubt, and hate – it requires an abundance of love, especially unconditional love, to heal and restore the beauty contained in every moment. This becomes the easier path once we take the first step and begin to share our love.

When we bring unconditional love back into our personal, professional, community and family lives, we begin the journey of restoring wholeness and happiness to our planetary adventure. Of course it takes determined effort on our part as the old, outmoded and limited ways of being are quick to return in our mind. However, this effort to love is rewarded with a new perspective on everything and all life benefits as a result.

81969144Here at The Love Foundation, whether through Global Love Day each May 1st, our annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational, Love Ambassador designations, or our newer programs, Love Begins With Me film project and All Nations Love/America Loves, each of these opportunities are simply ways to keep the understanding of love fresh in our collective hearts and minds.

We started this nonprofit organization in 2000 as a way to inspire and remind people of the simple, practical power of loving unconditionally. In just these few years, we have witnessed a growing worldwide momentum embracing this opportunity to bring the awareness of unconditional love back into our daily lives. We look forward to expanding this dialogue and encourage you to walk this journey of unconditional love in your part of the world.

On behalf of our global family of volunteers – welcome!

Love, light and peace,
Harold W. Becker
Founder, The Love Foundation

Visit our Vision and Mission page to find out more about who we are and how we “inspire people to love unconditionally”

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We honour each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

Global Love Day is the universal recognition of our innate oneness through love. It is our vision to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. Join people around the world in celebrating and expanding LOVE.

We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.

When we come from this limitless love we naturally and easily embrace ourselves and our fellow humanity. Opening our heart, we allow unconditional love to be our guide and compassion to be our gift to life.

th_vn-emo-0022We invite you to celebrate with us by consciously focusing on love and what it means to you throughout this day. We hope that by practicing love in all areas of your life, you will find it easy to love unconditionally all year long. Our main theme explains it best…”Love Begins With Me

Be a part of it. Spread the word. Share your love.

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we celebrate

As we continue to connect with people and organizations around the world, we are amazed at how much is being done in efforts to positively assist humanity. There are so many wonderful people and associations that are actively working on behalf of a community, nation and even in global proportions.

smilie-love2As we often remind ourselves, what is presented by mainstream information sources is frequently a narrow and negative perspective of what is happening upon this planet right now. To the contrary, we see and know that good and right is occurring everywhere. Look for love and you will see it all around you.

This simple reminder changes the very nature of our experience. We are what we place our attention upon. When we allow love to be our focus of life, we expand this in our everyday activities. It is as simple as changing each perspective and allowing the negative and limiting views to be released and replaced by a higher, more loving understanding.

We appreciate and are grateful for the courage each of you express. In a world that has historically revered the negative and fear-based aspects, it takes strength to be and share love. It is time for love to become our common vision.

Please join us. Be a part of this global day by choosing love, compassion, peace, and unity. Share this information with your friends, relatives and coworkers. Love locally and spread it globally, continue reading more about Global Love Day»»»»»»

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TLF TV presents the Love Begins With Me film project interview series with Philip Snow interviewing Christopher Gilmore. In these videos, Philip and his guests explore the windy4nature of love and how it has been a natural part of their lives along with how unconditional love is a transformative element for positive change both individually and collectively.

Christopher Gilmore has long been at the forefront of the holistic and complementary education movements. Utilizing his skills gained as an actor, teacher and playwright and author of books and musicals, he helps students explore the multiple layers they have within themselves to nourish and uplift their spirits. He resides in the UK and can be contacted at Christopher Gilmore.com.

Philip Snow is a board member for The Love Foundation and is the producer of the Love Begins With Me film project. He hosts these inspired interviews with special guests from around the world. For more information, please visit love Begins With Me.org

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Newton Abbot College Awarded Anti-Bullying Accolade

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“Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results”. ~ Pat Summit

NEWTON Abbot College has won another award for their anti-bullying work at the school. imagesFollowing their selection as one of only three national showcase schools for their anti-bullying work, fourteen Anti-Bullying ambassador students and two members of staff travelled to London for the invitation-only Diana Award Anti-Bullying event.

The students were greeted upon arrival by some of the Diana Award staff members and VIP guests for the event, including internet vlogging sensation, Marcus Butler, former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone, and Union J member, JJ Hamblett, before participating in the main showcase event.

Untitled-2The school video of Newton Abbot College was shown for the first time and the College’s anti-bullying team was invited on stage to receive their Diana Award Anti-Bullying Champion accolade.

Year 10 anti-bullying prefect Zoe McAuliffe said: “The event was absolutely fantastic and I feel extremely proud to be part of both Newton Abbot College and its anti-bullying work, as we are the only school in the area to have been recognised in such an amazing way.

“Anti-bullying work in schools is so important and I am looking forward to becoming more involved next year and helping other students to stay safe and happy in their college environment.”

Head of House and Head of Anti-Bullying, Anne Farnham, added: “The Facebook event was an amazing opportunity for the College to celebrate the many years of anti-bullying work we have put in.

god_said_no_12The showcase accolade and subsequent Champion Award is the recognition of all the hard work, initiative and enthusiasm shown by our students over the last few years. I could not be more proud of the team, the work they do and the College as a whole.”

Article by HEDanielClark for Herald Express  Posted: July 15, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Speech Moves Foothills Composite Students

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“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”  ~ Henry Ford

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Tad Milmine and FHS counselor Kilbreath with Grade 10 students

Grade 10 students at Foothills Composite High School were boy-hatbrought to tears Tuesday after an emotional speech from the campaign Bullying Ends Here“.

The presentation focused on a teenager named Jamie Hubley that sadly, ended his life five years ago due to bullying, as well as founder Tad Milmine’s story of his life.

Milmine says his goal is to get students to reflect on their actions, and how they affect people.

“My goal is that everyone as an individual is going to look in the mirror

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and recognize that they have room for improvement and then challenge themselves that tomorrow they’re going to be better,” he says.

“As long as we keep waiting for other people to change, well that change isn’t going to happen as it starts with ourselves.”

Many of the students approached Milmine after his presentation to thank him for his powerful words, as well as share their stories.

“Just from standing here after this presentation in particular I helped more than one person,” he says. “Or at least I inspired and gave them a different perspective, or I gave them some positive outlook. I let them know and proved to them that no matter how dark your times may be today, you can still get through it and make all your dreams come true.”

at-school-smiley-emoticonStudents can also email Milmine after his presentation if they feel they need help, or for some encouraging words.

“For me that’s a test. They’re checking to see ‘Do I really respond? Am I really going to be there?’ And I am. So the emails just keep on coming. If I’m by them just one more day, you never know it could be the day that the light is there at the end of the tunnel for them.”

Click here for more information on Bullying Ends Here.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at news@okotoksonline.com

Article by Laura Bates ~ Published Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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Workplace bullying focus of court case

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Mitchell addressed the issue of costs with criticism directed at lawyers and what he said has become a disturbing trend in the profession that leaves the courts accessible only to people who can AFFORD IT!  “This is a concern not just for the profession but for society as well,” he wrote.

(currently leads to corruption, didn’t I hear the above statement somewhere before) 

5459a4424897349b8adab05da9a1d428A family’s claim that workplace bullying led to Eric Donovan‘s fatal heart attack will proceed through the courts after a successful appeal of the case’s dismissal.

Donovan worked at Queen’s County Residential Services, which is an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities.

In 2013 he suffered a work-related back injury and about a month later he had a heart attack, Donovan died fewer than two weeks later.

peiHis widow and two children allege workplace bullying caused Donovan stress, anxiety and fear, which led to his fatal heart attack.

Those allegations include that hostile and demeaning statements were made about his work performance, he was forced to work extra hours and he was forced to do unsafe workunif

Queens County Residential Services and Donovan’s supervisor, Nadine Hendriken, are named in the lawsuit that claims damages for losses the family suffered after Donovan‘s death.

The P.E.I. Court of Appeal heard the case after a lower court dismissed the claim saying it didn’t have jurisdiction over the matter.

In a unanimous decision, Justice John Mitchell disagreed judge-smiley-emoticonwith the lower court and overturned the dismissal along with an order for costs against the Donovan family.

Mitchell said lawyers should zero in on the issues on which a case will turn and not over prepare.

“One does not need to build a battleship to do the job of a dingy,” he wrote.

Mitchell also targeted the provincial government, saying it was making the problem worse by taxing legal services, adding fees for court services and increasing old fees.

12549judge_001The tax on legal services is not a tax on lawyers, Mitchell said, and noted $11,731 was paid in HST by one side in this case.

“Access to justice should be the right of every citizen and not turned into a profit centre by the government.”

Mitchell awarded more than $5,000 in costs. SMILEY20DELIVERY

Article by Ryan Ross ~ Published on February 02, 2016

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Man imprisoned for being gay to get posthumous pardon from Trudeau

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

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

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

The move was cheered Sunday by gay-rights advocates.

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

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

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

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

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

Indefinite prison sentence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article for CBC News  ~ Posted: Feb 28, 2016


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Booklet, “Born Free and Equal”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”- Nelson Mandela

booklet f&e2images (4)“Born Free and Equalsets out the source and scope of some of the core legal obligations that States have to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 60-page booklet is designed as a tool for States, to help them better understand the nature of their obligations and the steps required to meet them, as well as for civil society activists, human rights defenders and others.

You can grab your copy free at this link or select your language:

English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese (PDF)
Unofficial translations: Farsi | Khmer | Portuguese | Tetum | Turkish | Vietnamese

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Nashville Dreams Become Reality for Selkirk College Alumnus

tom2Growing up in tiny Fruitvale, Tom Samulak first picked up a guitar and not long after had dreams of playing on country music’s biggest stages. The Selkirk College alumnus realized one of those dreams last year and is poised for more great achievements as his career continues to blossom.

GuitarPlayingSmileyAniWhat path takes you from a small town in the Kootenays to performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville? For one professional musician, the first steps on that journey led through the doors of tom3Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music & Technology Program. Guitarist Tom Samulak was a student of the program from 2007 to 2009, majoring in music performance on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. In the last few years, he has quickly established himself as a gifted live performer and recording session-man in the U.S., working with some of country music’s biggest established and rising stars.

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Tom Samulak realized one of his dreams this past October when he performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

It’s all pretty heady stuff for a kid from Fruitvale, a small town outside of Trail. His first connection to Selkirk was taking after-school guitar 5727d9935fdfadfb7e5cbc15cb6bc9e0lessons from college instructors who helped him become familiar with the Nelson campus and prepare for his audition for the school. Attending the College made a lot of sense for a local youth, who was able to learn and practice close to home.

“I gained necessary expertise in my field through top-notch training and experience,” he recalls. “Meeting like-minded musicians and getting the chance to play with them in a wide variety of venues and musical situations gave me a boost.”

Lessons Delivered by Music Masters

The Selkirk College music program has been preparing students for commercial success in the industry for a quarter-century. Students study rock, jazz, classical, world music and other genres—including Samulak’s beloved country music. The small class sizes and individual attention a student gets at Selkirk made a real difference.

14361780301“Each instructor and course gave me a boost in their own ways,” he says. “That’s what meant the most to me, getting first-hand expertise from each instructor, who are all masters of their respective talents.”

Samulak was an “absolute pleasure” to have in the program says Darren Mahe, who taught him music theory and guitar.

“Besides being quite talented as a guitar player, he was a really great student, driven to succeed, a hard worker, with an open mind about everything he was learning. He always wanted to learn something new,” Mahe recalls. “He had a really great personality, positive, and always had a vision in mind and very clear goals of what he wanted to attain.”

In the subsequent years, Mahe says his former student has become a colleague and good friend. They keep in touch to this day.

After his time at Selkirk College—where he graduated with distinction—Samulak went to the University of Calgary for a year, then traveled to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Selkirk’s transfer agreement and related curriculum made the transition much easier, he says.

Samulak graduated Cum Laude from the prestigious international school in 2012 with a degree in Music Performance, and headed for Nashville to start work. But even there, he says, lessons learned at the intimate campus in Nelson stay with him and have helped advance his career.

“Besides the fundamentals of music, more rhetorically, I learned the importance of making friends of lifetime quality,” he says. “I’m still personal friends with many of my Selkirk colleagues.”

Among those friends is international recording star and fellow Selkirk College alum from 2009 Kiesza. She also attended Berklee and graduated a year before Samulak. They are still close friends, having kept in touch and even performed together on occasion.

Making it Happen in Music City

guitar-cartoon-24930539Since moving to Nashville, Samulak has found himself in ever greater demand. He’s been picked up by bands such as Derryl Perry and Haley & Michaels, performing 200 or more times a year.  He’s played before millions of people on television and live satellite radio concerts, recorded in studios across the U.S., created theme music for TV series, and won awards for his performance skills.

The highlight of his still-emerging career? Playing the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, on October 24 last year. It’s the dream gig for any aspiring country star.

Samulak’s guitar style is based on some of country music’s greats both past and present.

“You could put it on my gravestone and I’d be happy,” he says. “It was a defining moment for me and I’m very thankful.”

So how do you keep your head level when your dreams have come true so quickly? Samulak has some advice for students hoping to follow his path. 

guitarSamulak’s style might remind an old-time country music fan of Roy Clark, the guitar and banjo player who became a television and recording star in the 1970s. Samulak’s YouTube videos show a performer much like Clark—relaxed, smiling, comfortable with his performance and astonishing with his command of his instrument.

Samulak says that happy look on his face when he’s playing is no accident: he’s learned to cope with all the performing pressure with a simple concept.

“Just do it, and always have fun playing music and studying it,” he says. “It is meant to be fun, so enjoy it.”

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Pink

one-my-size2 PINK~PINK~PINK~PINK~PINK~PINK~PINK 

me-pink2pinkfacePink is any of the colours between bluish red (purple) and red, of medium to high brightness and of low to moderate saturation. Commonly used for Valentine’s Day and Easter, Pink is sometimes referred to as “the colour of love“, “the artist Pink” and now “Pink Shirt Day” in Canada falling this year on Feb 22, 2017.

A little history on the use of the word Pink

The colour “Pink” was first recorded in the late 17th century. Although Pink is roughly considered just as a tint of red, most variations of Pink lie between red, white and magenta colors. This pink-smileymeans that the Pink’s hue is somewhat between red and magenta. Lucretius used the word to describe the dawn in his epic poem “On the Nature of Things” (De rerum natura). Roseus is a Latin word meaning “rosy” or “Pink.”

My Thoughts on Pink Shirt Day

I first heard about the boys in Nova Scotia in 2009 after discovering an article on-line, since which I started to follow. After a couple years and having the opportunity to  read and learn more from past articles in the archives of Pink Shirt Day, there was one detail that seem to have got lost since the first article I read. It’s all about awareness and prevention of Bullying above all else but I noticed that one main detail from the original story over time seemed to had somehow got omitted smilie=countryfrom the original story line, which added to the soul purpose of “Pink Shirt Day”. In the first few articles the Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a Pink shirt to school was a member of the “LGBTQI Community” and Two Straight boys stood up for him, this is a fine example of good character, something that all youth should know or hear about, it needs to be spoken out loud. Once realizing this I became more interested and involved and started to follow along. I soon realized I was right and not everyone was aware of the complete history that lead up to that day in 2007, we need not forget how and why “Pink Shirt Day” was started, and make sure history remembers.

I posted my first article “Speak out! Stop bullying: Wear pink on April 10” for “DayofPink” on April 10, 2013, after realizing just how far the “Pink Campaign” has actually travelled. streghtieIt’s now known around the world as “The International Day of Pinkthe International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny, this year falling on April 13, 2016.

I would like to close by commending the two youth, in their mid 20’s now and all those of you who have dedicated your time and efforts to the “Pink Shirt Day Campaign” and the fight against Bullying because “Awesome” don’t get any better then you!

Article posted Feb 21, 2016 – last updated Feb 21, 2017 by Terry.K

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Study Finds That Homophobic People Are Actually More Likely To Be Gay

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Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.

923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nokEureka to actually hear or read it from a professional stand point as with these professionals at the University of Rochester in New York, the University of California and the University of Essex discovered through  psychological tests that individuals who identify as straight, often showed a strong attraction to the same sex, which I have many times over the years justified, (with reason, authoritarian parents ) that most of the hatred that was directed at me was not due of my sexuality at all but rather the realization that my sexuality represented the dark side of their own sexuality was what they really had issues of hatred dealing with or coming to terms with, not my sexuality, rightly so because 90% did eventually in a round about way bring it up in conversation or exited the closet. My many thanx for your hard work and research. In closing, through my own experiences and a life time of observations, I agree 100% with your findings. Terry.K 

stop-homophobia-d76466947A study has found that people who display homophobic tendencies are more likely to be gay.

Teams at the University of Rochester in New York, the University of California and the University of Essex found that individuals who identify as straight, often showed a strong attraction to the same sex in psychological tests.

Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author, said that

These individuals “may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves”.

The study analysed four separate experiments conduced in the US and Germany, which provided evidence that homophobia is in fact ‘external manifestation of repressed sexual desires’.

tumblr_n7vgfoXGtE1sp6e2vo1_r1_250Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York, said that: “People who have homophobic attitudes, who are more prejudice or discriminatory against gay people, are themselves more likely to have a discrepancy between their unconscious attractions to same-sex partners than what they are aware of.

“Those people who have such discrepancies, who have really a split between their unconscious attraction and what they consciously say about themselves, are more likely to come from authoritarian homes.”

“If you are a parent who really believes your child should be straight, and when you use whatever means you can to convince them that they’re only good and worthy if they are, that would be very controlling and it creates a lot of conflict in the child.”

Professor Ryan concludes that the way that children process and resolve this information is yes-smileyto act out in a discriminatory or hateful way towards gay and lesbian people.

It’s hoped that the findings might help to explain the dynamics behind bullying and hate crimes.


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Bullied preemies may develop mental illness as adults: Study

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The more Bullied as Children, increases the chance they may develop “Depression, Anxiety, Antisocial Behaviour or ADHD” as adults.

mcmasterHamilton, ON (Feb. 17, 2016) – Babies born at an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are miracles, but they are more likely to be bullied as children, and this can significantly increase their risk for mental health problems as adults.

Not only that, but the more they were bullied as children, the more likely doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonthey are to develop problems such as depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as adults, says a new study from McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

“Being bullied has a significant and lasting impact for those preemies, even into their 30s,” said Kimberly Day, lead author of the study and Lawson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster.

“This has Important implications for parents, teachers, and clinicians who need to be aware of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health. They need to watch out for bullying and intervene when possible.”

computer 22The study was published in the journal Pediatrics today. The study included ELBW babies who were 2.2 pounds or less at their birth between 1977 and 1982 in Ontario, who were interviewed at age 8, 22 to 26 and 29 to 36. They were compared to normal birthweight babies of 5.5 pounds or more who were born in the same time span and interviewed at the same intervals.

Bullying is common, with up to one-third of children worldwide facing peer victimization, and ELBW children are even more likely to be victims. ELBW children may be at risk for being bullied because of poor motor abilities, more anxiety and struggles at school, the study said.

doctor-smiley-emoticon“This is the first study to fully illustrate the profound and long-lasting effects of bullying on the mental health of preterm survivors,” said Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster. “Their risk for anxiety disorders is especially high, particularly among those who are exposed to bullying on a regular basis.”

And, of those ELBW children who were bullied, they were nearly twice as likely to develop a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD by the time they were in their 20s. nurses-wHowever, the risk was even higher for those who were bullied more often.

By their 30s, the ELBW adults who had been bullied as children were nearly 3 times more likely to have developed anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder. Rates were even higher for those bullied more frequently.


The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the American National Institutes of Health.

Article by Veronica McGuire ~ vmcguir@mcmaster.ca  McMaster.ca 

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Our Community: Anti-bullying effort in the pink

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40 per cent of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis and 47 per cent of Canadian parents report their children as victims of bullying

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Mayfair Shopping Centre is pitching in to end bullying in Canada with an awareness campaign, beginning Wednesday and culminating on Feb. 24, Pink Shirt Day.

The initiative is in support of Shaw Communications’ Pink Shirt Promise, a national movement to end bullyingAt 10 a.m. on glassesWednesday, the shopping centre will unveil a Post-it Pink wall in the centre court. People will be invited to write a promise to help end bullying and post their positive message on the wall.

Mayfair Shopping Centre will donate $1 to the United Way of Greater Victoria (up to $5,000) for every promise posted on the wall from Feb. 17 to 24.
On Feb. 24, Pink Shirt Day, the shopping centre invites everyone to wear a pink shirt in support and take part in a group photo in centre court at 9:30 a.m.

imagesThroughout the campaign, each promise made using the #PinkShirtPromise hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will be eligible for a chance to win an ET Canada Experience. The prize includes flights for two to Toronto, two nights hotel accommodation and a $1,500 shopping spree at a participating Ivanhoe Cambridge shopping centre, which includes Mayfair.

“By taking part in Pink Shirt Day and raising awareness through the #PinkShirtPromise campaign, Mayfair Shopping Centre is actively promoting kindness, generosity and travisacceptance,” said Laura Poland, general manager of the shopping centre. “At Mayfair, we always search for new and better ways to actively support causes that can make a difference in the community.”

Bullying, whether online, at school or at work, affects people of all age groups, backgrounds, and genders. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research….continue reading »»»»»»

k3462662Pink Shirt Day and #PinkShirtPromise were created by Shaw Communications, to support the bullying-prevention movement in Canada aligned with Pink Shirt Day. For more information, go to Shaw.ca/pinkshirtpromise or mayfairshoppingcentre.com

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BGC launches video contest to counteract bullying

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girlsCORNWALL, Ontario ~ That’s the message from the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG as the non-profit readies for ‘Pink Shirt Day’ on Wednesday (Feb. 24) girl2– a national anti-bullying campaign.

In addition to the annual fashion statement, BGC launched a new ‘Kindness Contest’, encouraging children and youth ages six to 18 to send a PSA video or vlog (video blog) about what local residents can do to make Cornwall/SDG a bully-free region.

dreamstimeEntrants have an opportunity to win one of six prizes, including an Apple iPad mini or an Xbox One console.

“This year, we decided to take a different direction with the campaign and focus on positive behaviour since the antidote of bullying is kindness,” said Jacquie Richards, the club’s executive director.

Kindness Contest submissions should be one to three minutes long.

The entry deadline is Wednesday (Feb. 17).

Hello-hello-telephone-phone-smiley-emoticon-000317-facebookArticle by Cornwall Seaway News  published on February 10, 2016 ~ The event is sponsored by TVCogeco Cornwall ~ For more details on contest rules and to request a submission form, email staff@bgccornwallsdg.com or call the BGC office at (613) 935 -9015.

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Queen’s professor receives Order of Ontario for work on bullying prevention

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“The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.” ~ Wendy Craig

News – When Wendy Craig received a phone call telling her she had been appointed to the Order of Ontario, she couldn’t believe it.

smile“I was totally surprised. I got a call on a Saturday afternoon and I was in shock,” said Craig, a professor and head of the psychology department at Queen’s University. “It was a good surprise, but still a surprise.”

wendy1For the past 25 years, Craig has been working on bullying prevention. Most notably, she is co-founder and co-scientific director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) and has consulted on bullying prevention initiatives with some of the world’s most prestigious international organizations, but she didn’t always know that working on bullying was what she wanted to do.

queen-smiley-face-869049“My work started through a chance activity while trying to decide what to do my PhD dissertation on,” she explained.  “I was working on a project where we had put remote microphones on children on a playground and one of the things that struck me was how aggressive their interactions were. I started to see that it was repeated individuals being aggressive on the playground and that spurred my interest.”

That interest eventually turned into PREVnet, a network that has brought together over 100 researchers and 65 national organizations to look at bullying and how to prevent it.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebook“We learned quickly that what was lacking was the prevention element,” she said. “One of the things that our partners told us was that they have a lot of policies about how to address bullying when it happens, but they actually, in their training, don’t talk about how to promote healthy relationships, which is the number one way to prevent bullying.”

Through her work on bullying prevention, Craig helped develop a training module that has now been taught to over 300,000 people across the country and internationally through partners like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Red Cross.

Her work has also gained Craig quite a bit of recognition, including her recent appointment to the Order of Ontario, something she finds both humbling and encouraging.

“It was incredibly humbling to listen to the other recipients and learn about the work they have done, and to be among them,” she said. “But for me it was really a call to action to keep going and really accelerate the work. I felt like getting the acknowledgement was validating the work and recognizing the importance and significance of the work and challenging me to do more.”

6042493058023424The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour and it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world. Craig’s work definitely fits these criteria, but she points out that she couldn’t have done it alone.

“It is extremely flattering, but I am constantly reminded that it takes a network,” she said. “The impact we have is because of all the graduate students and organizations we work with. It just makes you realize that it really does take a village to take on a project like this.”

So what’s next for Craig and her ‘network’?

“We are trying to structurally engage government, engage corporations and then take some of the most successful projects we have been working on and scaling them up and out across the country,” she said. “The vision and the dream is a bully free Canada and we are on our way.”


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THERE’S NO QUICK FIX TO WORKPLACE BULLYING – THAT’S WHY WE NEED COURAGE

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“The standard you walk by is the standard you accept.” ~ Australian of the Year David Morrison

Studies on workplace bullying suggest as many as 96% of people have been victims, and it leaves a permanent impression. Petrina Coventry outlines some things we can do about it.

Despite increasing measures to combat workplace harassment, bullies remain entrenched in organisations. Changes to law and regulation aimed to stamp out the practice altogether, but instead they have transformed bullying into an underground, subversive set of behaviours. Now hidden, these behaviours often remain unaddressed.

drawing-the-love-sign-smiley-emoticonIn others cases anti-bullying policies can actually work to support perpetrators. Where regulations specify what bullying is some people will cleverly use those rules as a guide to work around. Although these people are no longer bullying in the narrow sense outlined by policies or regulations, their acts of shunning, scapegoating and ostracism have the same effect. Rules that explicitly define bullying create exemptions, or even permissions, for behaviours that do not meet the formal standard.

Anti-bullying rules can help bullies to manipulate without being punished.

749e22b0b3ee4102fdaaaef442a2f74fThese insidious behaviours can remain undetected for long periods of time because they are more difficult to notice or prove. As Kipling Williams and Steve Nida argued in a 2011 research paper, “being excluded or ostracized is an invisible form of bullying that doesn’t leave bruises, and therefore we often underestimate its impact”.

“Ostracism” Consequences and Coping

thumbsOstracism means being ignored and excluded by one or more others. Despite the absence of verbal derogation and physical assault, ostracism is painful: It threatens psychological needs (belonging, self-esteem, control, and meaningful existence); and it unleashes a variety of physiological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses. Here we review the empirical literature on ostracism within the framework of the temporal need-threat model. 

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smileys-cz-7The bruises, cuts and blows are less evident but the internal bleeding is real. This new, psychological violence can have severe, long term effects. According to Williams, “Ostracism or exclusion may not leave external scars, but it can cause pain that often is deeper and lasts longer than a physical injury”. 

This is a costly issue for both individuals and organisations. No one wins. Individuals can suffer symptoms akin to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Organisations in which harassment occurs must endure lost time, absences, workers compensation claims, employee turnover, lack of productivity and the risk of costly and lengthy law suits as well as a poor reputation.

So why does it continue?

continueFirstbullies tend to be very good at office politics, working upwards and attack those they consider rivals through innuendo and social networks. Bullies are often socially savvy, even charming. Because of this, they are able to strategically abuse co-workers whilst receiving positive work evaluations from managers.

Secondly: policies aren’t the panacea they are sometimes painted as. If they exist at all they are often ignored or ineffective. Areport by corporate training company VitalSmarts showed only 7% of workers know someone who used an anti-bullying policy in their defence – for the majority, it didn’t work. Plus, we now know some bullies use policy to craft new and seemingly licit means of enacting their power.

Thirdly: cases often go unreported, undetected and unchallenged. This inaction rewards perpetrators and empowers them to continue behaving in the same way. This is confusing for the victim, who is stressed, unsure and can feel isolated in the workplace, undermining the confidence necessary to report the issue. Because of this, many opt for less confrontational path – hoping it will go away in time. It usually doesn’t.

We always need to be mindful of the possibility one of our colleagues is being subject to unacknowledged bullying.

zipWhat can you do if colleagues are being shunned and ostracised by peers or managers? The first step is not to participate. However, most people are already likely to be aware of this. More relevant for most people is the need not to become complicit by remaining silent. It’s not enough to abstain from being a bully ~ the onus is on you to take positive steps against harassment where you witness it.

Watch Australia’s Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison’s message about unacceptable behaviour, this attitude is the ONLY attitude that should be acceptable for any ethical leader in a professional role, or as General Morrison’s states, “GET OUT” and go do something else with your life!

good-luck-2By doing nothing you allow psychological attacks to continue. In this way, silent witnesses bear partial responsibility for the consequences of bullying. Moreover, unless the toxic culture that facilitates bullying is undone, logic says you could be the next victim.

However, merely standing up to harassment isn’t likely to be a cure~all solution. Tackling workplace bullying is a shared responsibility. It takes regulators, managers and individuals in co-operation with law, policy and healthy organisational culture.

It’s not enough to abstain from being a bully – the onus is on you to take positive steps against harassment where you witness it.

your-wealthOrganisational leaders in particular need to express public and ongoing support for clearly-worded policies. In doing so, policies begin to shape and inform the culture of an organisation rather than serving only as stand~alone documents. It is critical managers understand bullying’s implications for culture, employee wellbeing and their own personal liability.

When regulation fails ~ the dilemma most frequently seen today ~ we need to depend on individual moral character. Herein lays the ethical challenge. “Character” is an underappreciated ethical trait in many executive education programs, but the moral virtues that form a person’s character are the foundation of ethical leadership.

What can we do about it? Challenging workplace bulling takes vigilance, awareness and courage.

A return to character might diminish the need for articles like this. In the meantime, workplace bullying provides us all the opportunity to practice courage.

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Article by Professor Petrina Coventry ~ Feb 7, 2016 ~ As Industry Professor and Director of Development at the University of Adelaide, specialising in the area of organisational and business ethics. She is also a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.

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A Search for Kindness

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“A Search for Kindness” (Update March 14, 2016)

Hi Anna
I am in receipt of your letter dated March 14, 2016 and I will not return to work on March 17, 2016 at 9:45 am as requested but please be advised that all statements made by me regarding ALL issues are TRUE so help me “GOD” and I stand by every word I have previously stated in emails and messages and will still be moving forward with the HTRO claim at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (whom I have copied on this email) to be removed from store #556.
It disappoints me and and causes great stress which is also very degrading to my self worth and self esteem that Goeasy Ltd takes my concerns so lightly with no concern or respect for my health and well being what so ever.
If throwing me back to the wolfs gives you satisfaction, I shall not honour your request as it’s the result I was expecting. I recorded sound and video as preciously stated due to a now a lack of TRUST.
Best regards

 

Update Feb 22, 2016

Hi Anna

I am in receipt of your letter dated Feb 22, 2016, please let me reconfirm my wishes and intentions. I am going to say this only once more, my health and safety are a major concern, it is obvious that you are declining to believe anything I say about the harassment and violence I was subjected to at both stores here in Ottawa.

Yourself as a representative of Human Resources were apart of that team, you are as much responsible as everyone else involved for the relented harassment I was subjected to. I spoke with you a number of times regarding my concerns about my safety at work (the first time in January 2015). you responded by saying, and I quote “GO Home” which I refused, ending the call by saying “you will have to get back to me” but never did until I got assaulted at work.

I now want criminal charges brought forward against Mr Todd McIntosh and will settle for nothing less because I have been assaulted one hundred to many times while at work, not just easyhome I might add which is why I mentioned other incidents and forms of harassment by outside entities.

May I remind you this is my second complaint filed with the “Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario” since Nov 2012 regarding these exact same issues of harassment and discrimination only this time there was physical violence. Also the fact that I was released from my work duties and put on sick leave due to injury by my Doctor was a wake up call for me.

If I may ask you one question, which was a concern of the WSIB, rather than being sent home on sick leave, How come I was not offered light duties?

So my answer to another conference call with yourself or Mr Cooper is “NO” unless your going to honour my request for a transfer or the call is with the “CEO Mr David Imgram”.

Why? During our last call you declined to accept my concerns (accused of Lying) and grant me a transfer, so knowing that, we have nothing further to discus. I am declining to speak with you or Mr Cooper any further regarding these issues, also I will “NOT” under any circumstances return to store #524 or #556, I requested a transfer away from both these stores and Ottawa due to concerns with Health and Safety while at work.

So if I may ask you not to contact me again regarding these issues unless it’s to advise me of a transfer or a scheduled call with Mr Imgram.

Have an awesome day Madame
Thank you

A Search for Kindness “Update Feb 16, 2016”

The results are in…had my conference call with HR at 10 am which didn’t last very long, but regardless, waiting now for the finding’s of the investigation and direction’s moving forward which I requested in writing.

 Also as of yesterday I received full payment from WSIB by way of a draft closing the file.


923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nAs the end of the day draws near and my journey of Kindness which started Jan 16, 2016, the day of the workplace accident I have not received any information from the WSIB in almost three weeks since filing, only one phone call from the adjudicator which was on Jan 28, 2016 advising me the claim seemed all in order. On Jan 26, k109419182016 I decided to call the WSIB to enquire as to the status of my claim, now 10 days later I didn’t even know if there was a claim established or not, I was advised at that time I had to file a form 6, I was also given my claim number during that call. Below information is taken from the OWA website how to file a WSIB claim.

What is WSIB e-filing?

If your employer filed an Employer’s Report of Injury/Disease (Form 7) and the WSIB has assigned a claim number to your accident, the WSIB will send you a letter asking you to file a Form 6. You may complete and file an electronic Form 6 (eForm 6) on the WSIB website. You must print the electronic Form 6 before filing it as you are required to give a copy to your employer.

Your employer must provide you with a copy of the Form 7 that they sent to the WSIB.

You should receive a letter from the WSIB providing you with a claim number. A claim number does not mean that your claim has been approved. It only means that the WSIB knows about your claim and has started a file. You should refer to the claim number every time you contact the WSIB about your claim.

If you do not receive a claim number, it may mean that the WSIB does not know about your claim. You should contact the WSIB right away to check. The WSIB will tell you how to establish a claim if you do not have a claim number.

5582489700007936I called the WSIB call centre today to request a status update but the call centre agent that I was speaking with would not give me any information as to the status of my claim.

My employer was also suppose to forward me a copy of the form 7 they filed with the WSIB but have not done so to date, I was required to send my employer a copy of the form 6 which I did the same day it was filed with the WSIB.

Anna from easyhome HR contacted me today by way of email to request more information on the details of what I experienced at work since starting my employment Oct 23, 2014 which I forwarded to her via email today which I have listed below.

Mac-mac-apple-busy-smiley-emoticon-000712-facebookI believe that even though I was told verbally by the adjudicator that my WSIB claim was approved on Jan 28, 2016, after 17 days I have not received any information regarding my claim since it was filed or if one even exist.

6331376438083584My Doctor returned me to work on Feb 1, 2016 but my employer refused for me to come back to work if my health and safety was in question. I received a letter by email requesting I stay off work with pay, while they investigate my allegations, staying off work was not my wish, I SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, not sitting at home. My next scheduled pay-day is Feb 12, 2016 lets see if I actually get paid for one week!

A Sample of what I endured at Work

  1. Putting razor blades in with the screws and nuts which I used my hands to sort through and almost sliced my finger but only got a paper cut, after this incident I used a screwdriver or pen to search through them, which I also brought to the Manager’s attention.
  2. Making sofa’s, love seats and other unit’s dirty after I steam cleaned them, then degrading my work as poor.
  3. Totally defacing a Stainless steel refrigerator and stove by way of scratching it up with a sharp object after I cleaned it, then blaming me.
  4. Carts and dollies used for moving heavy furniture not available for weeks (disappeared and then reappeared).
  5. Company Tools (screwdriver’s, wrenches etc) used for assembly went missing, I had to get my own tools from my car to finish the task.slide2
  6. Being yelled at by manager’s, name calling and threats etc .
  7. Being lied to constantly regarding work duties, withholding important information to complete assigned tasks.
  8. Thief of personal items from my brief case (phone chargers and documents), drinks and other items from the staff refrigerator such as my lunches went missing, I stopped bring lunch.
  9. Being pushed when carrying heavy furniture causing me to fall.
  10. loading furniture on the truck after which we were told the customer cancelled, so we had to unload it back into the store which happened frequently.
  11. Being locked out of the store in the morning when arriving for work, other staff would look and wave and just go about their business leaving me out in the cold, so I would go back to my car and wait for them to decide to let me in.

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These incidents happened almost everyday and much more frequently, then others which occurred at least two to three times a week. There are more I can list but these are the ones that had the most impact on me due to there frequency, also I filed a complaint with the HRTO on Jan 27, 2016 and still nothing from them either.

I am going to wait until tomorrow to see if I get any results and or answers, if not I have already started a complaint to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, I will also start contacting federal MP’s.

Getting to yesTo think that all I requested was a transfer, a non- monetary request away from Ottawa stores because all staff have made it very obvious that they didn’t like me and want me there, considering it’s my job and until the company changes that, berufe_smilie_0079I will fight for my rights.

Why then in November 2015 did you transfer two employees, one from each store I had worked to other stores which only pissed everyone else off.

I can suggest a very easy way to fix this problem and my first thought would be to honour the transfer and there will be no need to continue these proceeding and everyone will be satisfied, better known in the courts as “MEDIATION” where there is no winner and no loser, everybody wins, I am still waiting for an answer to my question, an answer you are refusing to give, Why can’t I get a transfer to a safer work environment?

Article by Terry.K ~ Posted Feb 4, 2016

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Davey Wavey makes a case for respecting LGBTI elders

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 With a Trillion Tons of Gratitude to Davey Wavey

The YouTube celebrity will curse anyone unable to show respect to the older members of the LGBTI community


davey3troubled-old-man-smiley-emoticonThe title of Davey Wavey’s recent YouTube video is all you need to know: ‘show some f**king respect.’ The YouTube sensation is done with older gay men being mocked.

‘I am so sick, and so tired, of seeing young gay guys walk into a club…and they’ll be like, “Ewww, that old creepy gay guy is so disgusting. He’s so gross. He looks like Santa Claus.”‘

The reason this attitude spikes DW’s anger is because us older gay men have made a lot of things possible, from marriage equality to gay/straight student alliances in high schools.

angry-old-man-smiley-emoticonpeace-gay‘The people of his generation are literally the only reason that you can walk down the street, in your pink f**king tank top, holding your boyfriend’s hand, and not get your ass beat,’ Wavey says.

Somebody is preaching today! While Davey’s words are focused on gay men, we at GayStarNews raise our coffee cups to all our LGBTI elders.

Watch DW’s clip below. Share it. Let’s try to to be respectful of each other, no matter where we are on this crazy, beautiful, journey!


Article by James Withers for GayStarNews ~30 January 2016

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IS YOUR BANK INVESTING IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES?

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To be kind and respectful of our (the people) saving and investments, through personal experience, I would not put your trust in the Royal Bank of Canada but don’t take my word for it.

5743655227228160When you invest your money in an RRSP with your bank, (RBC) they use your money to invest in a wide range of companies which operate all over the world.

Do you know if your bank (RBC) supports human rights through its investments?

Your bank (RBC) has more than just a duty to you to be financially responsible with your investment: it has a responsibility to ensure that the projects it finances with your money do not contribute to human rights violations.

(Foot note: pay attention “YOUR Money”)

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Many of Canada’s largest banks (RBC) have human rights or social and environmental policies in place – but are their investments consistent with their policies?

(Foot note: Since when do having human rights or social and environmental policies in place mean anything to corporations?)

A-ROTFLMake sure your bank (RBC) invests in line with your values and lives up to its commitments to human rights!

(Foot note “Human Rights”)

Even if you don’t bank at a major Canadian bank, (RBC) you can still have your voice heard by writing to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). All working Canadians (outside of Quebec) over the age of 18 have a portion of their salary deducted for CPP retirement savings. Urge CPP’s Investment Board to do more to respect human rights.

bankers.web_Select your bank (RBC) to view and send Amnesty International’s message about human rights to your bank and add your own personal comment >>>>

This my friends is the politics of the future when big corporations rule! Put a stop to them now while you have the chance because remember, it’s your world now.


2016 Amnesty International Canada | 312 Laurier Ave E. Ottawa, ON. Canada | K1N 1H9 1-800-AMNESTY (1-800-266-3789)

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“The Great Kindness Challenge.”

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Smile at 25 people. Hold the door open for someone. Learn to say “Hello” in a new language.

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smile-face-heartThese are some of the acts Whiteaker Middle School students have been challenged to perform next week.

Using a 50-item checklist, the students have been challenged to do as many kind deeds as possible in one week as part of the national anti-bullying campaign,be_kind_to_me “The Great Kindness Challenge.”

One out of every four students, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, reports being bullied during the school year, most often concerning their looks, race or body shape; yet one study showed 64 percent of those bullied did not report it.

An assembly on Friday kicked off the challenge week, which will run Jan. 25 through Jan. 28.

Each day has a theme — Monday is superhero day, superhero-smileyTuesday is sports day,7_8_127 Wednesday is hippie day,sg3agMirmag3ag and Thursday is crazy hair day.chuckie

Students will have the opportunity to take part in daily activities during lunch. They can make kindness posters for their lockers, sign a poster for their feeder elementary schools and write thank-you cards for staff.

They will also be able to write their names on slips of paper, which will all be connected into a chain symbolizing all the individuals committing to ending bullying and promoting kindness. Since the feeder schools have already held their challenge weeks, the middle school students will be adding their links to about 1,000 already created.

The Great Kindness Challenge started at a school in California in 2012. It has spread to nearly 200 schools.

This is the second year Whiteaker has participated in the challenge.

“The whole idea is to have a positive attitude about kindness, instead of a focus on bullying,” said Tami Badinger, vice principal of Whiteaker. “There is already enough negativity.”

Students took a pledge in the gymnasium Friday afternoon, beginning, “I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way; I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day …”

To introduce the students to the challenge, the eighth-grade leadership class did different skits, games and activities.

They began by changing the ending to a few memorable stories.

For instance, Captain Kindness, a superhero of the challenge, went through traditional stories and spread kindness:

When the big, bad wolf was about to huff and puff and blow the three little piggies’ house down, Captain Kindness told him to stop and do something kind instead, so the wolf brought the pigs some flowers as a housewarming gift.

Captain-America-Captain-America-Captain-America-Smiley-Avengers-smiley-emoticon-001101-facebookWhen Jack fell down the hill, Jill stopped laughing when Captain Kindness pointed out she should help him instead.

And when Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, the spider decided to give her coffee to have with her curds and whey.

The leadership students also showed a couple videos that promoted kind acts.

Whiteaker has partnered with local organizations and businesses, which have donated to the school’s literacy programs for participating in the challenge.

Pat Curran, the school’s counselor, said he hopes to make this a communitywide challenge, including all Salem-Keizer schools and businesses.

“We want to treat everyone with kindness and generosity,” Badinger said. “It can make or break someone’s day.”


Article by Natalie Pat for Statesman Journal ~ January 22, 2016


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Coming Out On Facebook

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Daily Average Of New American LGBT Members Triples In Past Year

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100_percent_happy_rainbowfacebook-rainbow-filter-icon2In connection with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) anti-bullying Spirit Day on October 15, Thursday, Facebook Research announced that the number of Americans who “come out” as homosexual on the social network is higher and increasing. The social media giant’s post included details such as numbers and locations of people coming out, which included those who changed their sexual orientation status. The daily average of new LGBT community members has tripled during the past year.

22Facebook reported that 6 million of the social {5700758472228864} network’s U.S users identify themselves as LGBT, including 800,000 coming out in the past year, according to USA Today. The daily average of Facebook users newly identifying themselves as gay or lesbian is three times higher than one year ago.

rainbow007In addition, the number of status changes skyrocketed on the day that the U.S Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal nationwide, in June. The figure of “out” people surged 250 percent compared to last year’s National Coming Out Day.

The social network defines “coming out” in two ways. People can update their Facebook profile to show same-gender attraction, or choose a custom gender.

Facebook Research also reported that the number of Likes and follows for pro-LGBT pages and organizations are also increasing.

purple_crazy_eyes_smiley_face_plate-rf22d5362f2c24e0190e3ed41c9696af3_ambb0_8byvr_324The statistics of Americans coming out online differs in various regions. New York and Nevada have the highest figures, while Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest numbers, according to NBC News.

blue_purple_glitter_peace_sign_with_silver_borderEarlier this year Gallup released a nationwide poll revealing Americans believe that 23 percent of the country is gay or lesbian. However, it was a major overestimation. Just 3.8 percent of the population identifies themselves as a LGBT community member.


Article By Steve Pak | Oct 16, 2015


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Visibility club prepares for Spirit Day

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

October 15 is Spirit Day where millions wear purple to stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Photo: Kate Bunster
October 15 is Spirit Day where millions wear purple to stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Photo: Kate Bunster

The ninth period bell rings on a Thursday afternoon. Some kids headed to the bus, others straight to the Niskayuna High School media room. Em Remillard stands in front of the room and gets everyone’s attention. They quickly stop their chatter and direct their attention to the front to discuss this week’s agenda written on the board: middle school visits, utopia dance, “Freeheld,” “Rocky Horror,” Spirit Day T-shirts. “We accept all opinions,” Remillard reminded the group before they begin. This is the Visibility Club and Remillard is vice president.

Treadmill-Smiley-RonaldWilsher.com-The Niskayuna High School Visibility Club has been in existence since 1993, the first one of the Capital Region. Currently, there are at least 12 other area high schools that also have gay-straight alliance clubs.

The Niskayuna Visibility Club exists to promote acceptance and respect for LGBT students. Although it’s been around for quite some time, the club only received school funding as of last January. Co-adviser Mary-Jo Pierpont is going into her second year with the club.

autocollants_de_smiley_darc_en_ciel-rcefc1ec4064c4da2bed424ebd89fcac0_v9waf_8byvr_512“My involvement with Visibility has shown me the specific challenges, struggles and issues that LGBTQA [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Allied] youth face every day. At the same time, it is impressive to see how our LGBTQA youth become comfortable and empowered knowing that their school is creating a safe environment for everyone,” said Pierpont. “I feel very privileged to be associated with the members of this club and know that their involvement will create a more inclusive school environment.”

That particular day, Visibility had many exciting upcoming events to discuss, such as plans to go see “Freeheld,” a new movie starring Ellen Page, who came out last year, and is a love story about a same-sex couple.

smileAfter discussing the agenda, the meetings usually proceed with an exercise they do called “roses and thorns,” where they go around the room and each member shares a positive and negative experience they have had since the last meeting.

“It’s better to have a balloon in a room of balloons than a balloon in a room full of spikes,” said Linda Borges, co-adviser of Visibility.

Two weeks ago, James Shultis, from the Albany Pride Center came in as a guest speaker to talk to the students about support options available to LGBT students. Shultis also administered activities and addressed different issues with the club.

anim_tv“Visibility Club has given me a voice,” said Emily Yaroszeutski, a junior, who joined the club after viewing an anti-bullying video in her freshman health class. “It’s an accepting environment and gives me something to look forward to each week.”

This week was no exception. The Visibility club officers broke out purple shirts and art supplies to decorate for Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and stand up to bullying, on Oct. 15. Spirit Day began in 2010 as a day for individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures to wear purple, which symbolizes “spirit” on the rainbow flag. Each student created a shirt that was meaningful to them, some decorating their shirts with rainbows, some writing phrases and others just adding a splash of color.

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124629_originalBy 4 o’clock, the shirts are all decorated, ready to be worn proudly on Spirit Day. As the students are packing up, Remillard reads off LGBT facts from different time periods to the club. Some of them are sad, but they remind us all of how far we’ve come. When they get to the present day, they pause.

“And finally,” Remillard says. “In 2015, same sex marriage was seen as constitutional in the U.S.”


On October 14 Britney will wear purple for her Vegas show, while guests will be handed matching bracelets on their way inside the Planet Hollywood venue where she performs.
The hotel will also show a Spirit Day message outside the venue, to raise awareness and support for the cause, Watch Brit’s message below:

Video courtesy of GT Magazine


ARTICLE POSTED BY: Gazette Reporter KATE BUNSTER OCTOBER 13, 2015


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Here’s Why GLAAD Wants You To Go Purple Again For Spirit Day

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Are you ready to go purple for Spirit Day?

Because sometimes the smallest thing can mean the world.

visage_de_smiley_darc_en_ciel_autocollant_rond-ra7f833b0e82744f5953ad8c2b6739b75_v9waf_8byvr_512947084_10151390237876890_2002701766_nGLAAD has released a new animated video in advance of the event, held on Oct. 15, encouraging supporters to wear purple to show their support for bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth once again. Given that an estimated eight out of 10 LGBT youth reportedly say they’ve been bullied in the past year, the clip is perhaps more relevant than ever.

“Sometimes the smallest thing can mean the world,” the video’s narrator proclaims. “Take the pledge.”

Harold Moss, who is the creative director of FlickerLab, drew on his own personal experiences with bullying when he created the video for GLAAD.

rainbow“Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off,” he wrote on GLAAD’s YouTube page. “Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, and it gets pretty grim. That’s why standing up to this kind of bullying is so vital for everyone to do, every day.”

Article by Curtis M. Wong ~ Gay Voices Senior Editor ~ Posted: 09/28/2015

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holding-worldI was thrilled when GLAAD approached me to make a short animation to get the word out about Spirit Day 2015, the day when millions of people around the world will wear purple to stand up against bullying of LGBT youth. This is an issue that hits very close to home for me.

I had too many of my own experiences with bullying growing up, although they grew more out of the general odd-ballness that creates animators rather than my sexual identity. For a couple of years, I was the kid with a special seat on the bus so I wouldn’t get beat up every day.

Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off. And some kids don’t make it that far. Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, and it gets pretty grim. That’s why standing up to this kind of bullying is so vital for everyone to do, every day.

10234506-Emoticon-with-envelope-Stock-Vector-smiley-face-cartoonBut it’s also incredibly important that the folks who are getting bullied know they’re not alone in this. That sense of isolation and helplessness can, I think, be the worst part of it.

That’s why Spirit Day is such a big deal, it makes the support visible. Let’s all give a big purple shout out to everybody facing this kind of bullying and say, we got your back. We’re with you.

I can only hope this short animation we created will get that word out to a few more people, and help Spirit Day make a bit more of a difference.

Now go take the pledge, y’all! ~ Harold Moss ~ Creative Director, FlickerLab


Head here to read more about Spirit Day 2015.


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The WorkPlace and Mobbing

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923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nwork-schoolEmployed under contract from April 3, 2003 to Sept 9, 2009, we were a team of thirty (30) the staff were like family but one day that all changed, for reasons unknown as I can only speculate, they all turned on me and with extreme hate better known as Mobbing. Try to imagine going to work everyday knowing you were going to be harassed by twenty (20) or more people, I did for three (3) years, tried to do my job and no matter how much hatred they showed I always retaliated with “LOVE” until they finally broke the contract.

06b0d8e9b941e43e1dd480db2d16e45dMobbing can be understood as the stressor to beat all stressors. It is an impassioned, collective campaign by co-workers to exclude, punish, and humiliate a targeted worker. Initiated most often by a person in a position of power or influence, mobbing is a desperate urge to crush and eliminate the target. The urge travels through the workplace like a virus, infecting 1912531_10152067186641890_3897369818398031821_none person after another.The target comes to be viewed as absolutely abhorrent, with no redeeming qualities, outside the circle of acceptance and respectability, deserving only of contempt. As the campaign proceeds, a steadily larger range of hostile ploys and communications comes to be seen as legitimate. Mobbing is hardly the only source of debilitating stress at work, and it was not the only one on which Leymann did research.

miorrrbinHe interviewed bank employees who had undergone the terror of armed robbery, and subway drivers who had watched helplessly as their trains ran over persons who fell or jumped onto the tracks. Leymann documented the depression, absenteeism, sleeplessness, and other symptoms of trauma resulting from such stressful experiences.

supermanBank robberies and subway suicides were no match, however, for being mobbed by co-workers in the personal devastation that ensued. Not doctor-smiley-emoticoninfrequently, mobbing spelled the end of the target’s career, marriage, health, and livelihood. From a study of circumstances surrounding suicides in Sweden, Leymann estimated that about twelve percent of people who take their own lives have recently been mobbed at work.the-silent=killers

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