Workplace Isolation Is Silent Form of Bullying

Isolation at work can be a silent form of bullying. Credit: Man standing alone image via Shutterstock
Isolation at work can be a silent form of bullying.
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You’re better off getting picked on in the office than not getting any attention at all, new research suggests.

Being ignored at work is worse for an employee’s physical and mental well-being than harassment or bullying, according to a study set to be published in the journal Organization Science.Researchers found that while most people consider ostracism less harmful than bullying, feelings of exclusion are significantly more likely to lead to job dissatisfaction, quitting and health problems.

“We’ve been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable — if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” said Sandra Robinson, one of the study’s authors and a professor in the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. “But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they’re not worthy of any attention at all.”

Researchers based their conclusions on a series of surveys. The first one determined that people consistently rate workplace ostracism as more socially appropriate, less psychologically harmful and less likely to be prohibited than workplace harassment.

Additional surveys showed that employees who claimed to have experienced ostracism were significantly more likely to report health problems, a degraded sense of workplace belonging and commitment, and a stronger intention to quit their jobs.

The researchers also examined a previous employment survey that included feedback on feelings of workplace isolation and harassment and compared it to turnover rates three years after the survey was conducted. They found that people who reported feeling ostracized were significantly more likely to quit.

“There is a tremendous effort underway to counter bullying in workplaces and schools, which is definitely important. But abuse is not always obvious,” Robinson said. “There are many people who feel quietly victimized in their daily lives, and most of our current strategies for dealing with workplace injustice don’t give them a voice.”

The study was co-authored by University of Ottawa professor Jane O’Reilly, University of Toronto professor Jennifer Berdahl and Sharif University of Technology professor Sara Banki.

Originally published on Business News Daily
by Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Senior Writer | June 02, 2014 08:29am ET



The Pressure’s On Harper to End Online Spying — Let’s Keep it Up

n-ONLINE-SPYING-CANADA-large570It looks like the rumble against the government’s Online Spying Bill C-13 is turning into a roar.

Leading Conservative elder statesman Stockwell Day has joined the growing chorus of Canadians speaking out about how Bill C-13 would expose law-abiding Canadians to warrantless government spying. If passed, the controversial bill would grant immunity to telecom companies who hand our private information to the government without a warrant.

In hard-hitting remarks on CBC’s Power and Politics, Stockwell Day expressed sympathy with the views of Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who recently called for Bill C-13 to be split to remove its online spying proposals:

“There can be an overreaction in terms of how you correct it. So [Cavoukian is] raising a bit of an alarm here. Let’s be very careful in how we could protect someone in a situation like this, but let’s also be careful in going too far and limiting even things like free speech, [or using] invasive techniques that could be employed by policing.”

“I’m hoping they take another look at this and kind of curtail some of those powers,” Day added.

These remarks by such a prominent senior Conservative (Day is the former leader of the Canadian Alliance, the forerunner to today’s Conservative party) are sure to add to the growing pressure on Defence Minister Peter MacKay to split C-13.

Day’s comments come hot on the heels of passionate Parliamentary testimony by Carol Todd, the mother of cyberbullying victim Amanda Todd. Carol bravely told key MPs to stop using bullied children as an excuse to drive forward measures that undermine everybody’s privacy:

The message from all this is clear — the long-simmering rumble of discontent about reckless and out-of-control government spying is turning into an upsurge, as more and more Canadians speak out. Stockwell Day’s intervention yesterday is particularly significant. A key turning point in the successful battle against the government’s previous spying bill (C-30) was when conservatives started to speak out.

After all, there’s no doubt that Stockwell Day is speaking on behalf of countless grassroots conservative supporters across the country. A recent poll revealed that millions of Conservative voters are opposed to mass surveillance. We hope that pressure from Canadians will encourage Conservative MPs to start speaking out about the hugely unpopular blanket spying measures in Bill C-13. They should put both public and private pressure on Defence Minister MacKay to split the bill and remove the online spying provisions. continue reading »» Posted: 05/24/2014 11:37 pm by David Christopher Communications Manager for

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The Doctor’s Office

6435-ErinMillspkwyNow lets explore the medical profession and their criminal interference, or were they directed by an much larger entity to commit these violations! For those of you who have been following my story are aware of my issue of teeth grinding while sleeping which without a doubt has been a long time standing medical issue for me with numerous trips per month for medical treatment due to headaches, toothaches and earaches, not to mention prostate issues.
While employed at SunGard I did have a family physician Dr. So located five minutes from work at THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE Medical Clinic, 6435 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario.
On May 29, 2008 I had to pay an emergency visit to the Doctor’s Office Medical Clinic due to extreme pain of another tooth infection. At the time my Family Doctor, Dr. So was not available or in the office so I seen the Doctor currently on call, Dr. Saleem Hala. Due to the fact I was in extreme pain, I saw the Doctor without waiting. During the examination the doctor had me open my mouth as wide as possible as she used a tongue depressor to locate the tooth in question, once she located the tooth and I confirmed, with a sudden jab at the tooth caused me to spring from the table I was sitting on, now in even worst pain, while still holding the left side of my face yelling at her and immediately exiting the room and left the office as fast as possible.
On June 2, 2008 I sent a letter stating my disgrace with what I experienced on my last and final visit I would ever make to the Doctor’s Office, requesting all personal information with in my file returned to me immediately. I also filed a complaint with the Ontario Medical Association.
Now not having a family Doctor and not long after the incident at The Doctor’s Office I received a flyer in the mail for a new Walk-in Medical Clinic located not far from home on Lakeshore Blvd and Hurontario Street area. This clinic had weekend hours so as not to miss any more time from work the following Saturday I proceeded to check it out. Upon arriving and entering the front door I was greeted by an empty waiting room, an Asian individual in a white long coat whom appeared to be a Doctor and a white Caucasian lady sitting behind the counter, I was taken in immediately for an examination.
As I was there to inquire about the issue of teeth grinding and a remedy to help stop or decrease the frequency of the grinding. The doctor insisted on learning a little more about my medical history before beginning any treatment. After I briefly explained my current medical history which included the issues I was having regarding prostate infections. Knowing this he suggested he start with a prostate exam. I am sure as men we are aware of how a prostate exam is preformed, and many of us refuse this examination due to shame and the process which it is preformed, entry through the anus, which to start with is very personal and uncomfortable, but I agreed and followed his instructing, which I will omit for now. The process involves inserting a finger in the anus to check for swelling of the prostate gland. Once I was laid on my left side with my knees to my chest and my back turned to him he inserted a blunt object into the anus which caused extreme pain causing me to fall from the other side of the table to the floor. At this point as I pick myself off the floor now in servere pain, barely able to stand. Once I was on my feet, now getting back in my clothing as fast as possible, he says while sitting on a step stool, suggesting I stand in front of him. I said nothing and made my way out of the office to the front exit, the lobby now empty, I hear him saying and I quote “You have been just fucked up the ass by the Canadian Government”
I experienced bleeding for a few days and feared going to the washroom but the pain did not subside until a few weeks had passed.
The next day on Sunday, now full of anger and upset I contacted friends and told them about what happened, they we’re in disbelief and offered to pay the office a visit with me. I agreed so two days later on Monday we drove to the Walk-in clinic and I was shocked to find the unit had paper covering the inside of the windows and a for rent sign in the door, the appearance of a long time vacant unit.

This is also why I was assaulted by employees of Richcraft whom I believe was under orders to commit the assault.

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Northern Gateway Pipeline: Urge Canada to listen to First Nations

First Nations
Dear Melvin,

THANK YOU for signing Amnesty International’s petition on the CARE2 Petition Site for environmental activist Laisa Santos Sampaio.

Will you take action on a human rights concern a little closer to home?

A Canadian company, Enbridge, is proposing to build a pipeline that could have significant implications on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The majority of First Nations whose lands and waters might be affected by the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline have called on the federal government to reject the project.

Amnesty International has heard from First Nations along the pipeline route in northern BC about the continued vital

First Nations are concerned about Northern Gateway  The proposed pipeline is intended to transport a daily average of more than a half-million barrels of bitumen and oil from the Alberta oil sands to a new facility in Kitimat, B.C. where it would be loaded onto tankers for export. Approval of the project would lead to : • pipeline construction across roughly 1000 rivers and streams in the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples in Alberta and British Columbia; • the transport of bitumen, oil and industrial chemicals across these territories and through coastal waters vital to other Indigenous nations; and • an expected increase in demand for oil sands extraction on Indigenous peoples’ lands in Alberta
First Nations are concerned about Northern Gateway
The proposed pipeline is intended to transport a daily average of more than a half-million barrels of bitumen and oil from the Alberta oil sands to a new facility in Kitimat, B.C. where it would be loaded onto tankers for export.
Approval of the project would lead to :
• pipeline construction across roughly 1000 rivers and streams in the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples in Alberta and British Columbia;
• the transport of bitumen, oil and industrial chemicals across these territories and through coastal waters vital to other Indigenous nations; and
• an expected increase in demand for oil sands extraction on Indigenous peoples’ lands in Alberta
importance of salmon and other wildlife to their cultures and livelihoods. We have also heard about the lasting harm that is still being experienced as the result of a long history of government decisions imposed on their communities – and the deep rift of mistrust that this has created.

Despite a lengthy public review of the Northern Gateway proposal, fundamental issues of Indigenous peoples’ ownership of the land, and their right to make their own decisions about its use, have never been properly addressed.

What the federal government does next will be a crucial test of its willingness to uphold human rights standards vital to Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.

Amnesty International believes the government must listen to First Nations.

<< Please write to Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources, urging his government to live up to its human rights obligations by guaranteeing that the project will not proceed against the wishes of affected First Nations.

Thank you for taking action. What Canada does at home matters for human rights in Canada and abroad.

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Alex Neve
Secretary General,
Amnesty International Canada

P.S. Thank you for speaking out for Laisa Santos Sampaio. You can find her case and others like hers on Amnesty's Individuals at Risk webpage. People with the courage to stand up for their rights need to have the backing of Amnesty International supporters like you.

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I don’t claim to be politically correct but for what it’s worth my personal option on the future of Canada and whom ever leads this country towards foreign & economic stability c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engall depends on who is at the master control, leading the country to where ever that maybe. Back in my day, when I was a boy I remember my dad and his loyalty to the liberal candidate at that time was none other than Pierre Elliott Trudeau, he was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984, today we see his son Justin all gun whole to take the bull by the horns and push Canada forward. I hear a lot of negativity in that regards, everyone thinks he’s to young for such a task, and I am not sure as to why they think that way. Mr Harper only supports family values, making it clear he is not supportive of the LGBT community, and he supports the major corporations over the people’s, he is not concerned about the common man or the diverse society’s and people’s of this country, but the one and only thing we can say of him is he holdscanadian-flag-heart canadian-flag-heart Canada’s economic and foreign affairs close to heart, which is a great thing but unfortunately the people are left behind. In the age of a new generation and a more complex society he just can’t keep up with the “Jones” it’s not about me a 54 year old veteran who’s been there and done that, as is Mr Harper, it’s now time for a younger leader to step up and take control of this country’s business. Not only to be concerned about the deficit, foreign and economic affairs, don’t get me wrong these are important issues and it’s great that he can bring Canada to a new age of political and social change, as I really think that it’s possible right now for any politician to accomplish. The people (A new Generation) a younger generation is rising and they need a leader that will speak and represent them on the current issues in today’s society and that’s not Mr Harper.

The Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Canada's 15th Prime Minister.
The Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.

It’s about a country that stands behind it’s citizens, to respect them and listen to what they have to say, all it’s citizens, that’s where I think Mr Justin Trudeau would fit in the picture, a leader who is familiar with today’s issues that are of concern to Canadian’s right now, Mr Harper, is stuck and guided by old ways of thinking, what was good for Canada then may not be what’s best for Canada now and Mr Harper seems to be blind to this fact, issues that are currently of a major concern for the majority of Canadians today. I could mention several issues of grave concern right now, but I won’t, concerns of the now generation that Mr Harper and his conservatives see as purely nonessential. This is exactly the reason Canada needs young blood, like Justin Trudeau as a driving force to move Canada into the future and beyond, he maybe young and lack experience but I believe that if given the chance he is the man that will move Canada forward to a brighter and prosperous future for all Canadians. When the next Federal election rolls around in Oct 2015 lets not forget and reserve your right to vote and elect Justin Trudeau for the next Prime Minister of Canada, a Liberal Government to represent not only economic and foreign affairs but to represent all the diverse society’s and people’s right here, right now of this great country of ours as well, because as a leader you cannot lead only half the people, you must lead all the people.


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C.C.R.C urges Canada to ratify new treaty
CANADA, January 15, 2014 – Children whose human rights have been violated will finally be able to bring their cases to the United Nations after a new international treaty enacted on January 14, 2014.

Until this recent UN action and despite its near universal ratification the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was the only international human rights treaty that had no mechanism for victims to seek justice internationally when they could not get redress for violations of their rights nationally.

The new treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. The treaty will become active in three months’ time after Costa Rica ratified it on January 14. Albania, Bolivia, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand previously ratified.

A State is not bound by the treaty until it ratifies it. Campaigners are urging governments around the world, including Canada, to ratify the new treaty so more children can access justice at the UN. Ratify OP3 CRC, an international coalition of children’s rights NGOs, says the UN will now be better equipped to address future violations of children’s rights, and more pressure will be put on countries to ensure children’s rights are respected.

Cheryl Milne, Chair of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children says, “This is an important step in ensuring that children’s rights are taken seriously. Canada should show its commitment to the rights of children by ratifying this protocol.”

Cases brought under this new communications procedure will be heard by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body of 18 independent experts responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 14 April 2014, victims of all new or ongoing violations in States who have ratified the treaty can start bringing cases to the Committee if no solution is found nationally. The treaty does not cover past violations.

“This new international treaty enacted by the UN is a major human rights victory and milestone for children across the world, especially those who are routinely affected and threatened by violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and discrimination,” said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada. “When Canada and more states move to ratify this protocol, more children around the world will finally have access to the means and channels they deserve to have their rights respected and to call on their governments to take action to protect them.”

About the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition. Visit for more information.

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Vote to Make Bullying Illegal

nEW HEADERGold Star AwardHi there V.I.P Follower’s once again I kindly ask for your surpport….On May 27, 2013 I signed the petition “STOP BULLYING AROUND THE WORLD: MAKE IT AGAINST THE LAW TO BULLY PEOPLE, KIDS, ADULTS” on, It’s important. Will you sign it too? Click Here and sign the petition now and show your surpport…we currently have 56 supporters and just need 43 more, your help is greatly appreciated, also you can access the link at any time you chose, click on “Vote to Make Bullying illegal” at the top of the page. Also at the top of the page is a menus “5 reasons to speak up” there you will find my reason why I think you should sign the petition, contained with in “Will We Speak Up or Be Silent (#5)” Thanx so much…cheers and lotsa luv..Terryempower-me

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SchoolReach Announces Release Date for CyberBully Hotline® v2.0

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Award-winning bully reporting tool used in K-12 schools increases functionality, improves graphic user interface and introduces keyword flagging technology

gI_88505_CBH2_IssueSummary01SchoolReach, a division of GroupCast, LLC, today announced the release date of June 21, 2013 for the next version of the CyberBully Hotline. The release of Version 2.0 represents the next generation of anonymous tip line technology which offers schools and school districts a safe, secure and anonymous means to report bullying incidents in school environments.
“With v2.0, users will have a more robust and efficient web-based system to receive and manage bully reports – while maintaining the anonymity of the incident reporter,” said Joe Moore, chief technology officer of GroupCast. “We also know that administrators or those responsible for monitoring the hotline want to be able to prioritize incidentround here reports. This is why we built keyword flagging into this next version.”
The CyberBully Hotline also provides schools with promotional awareness materials, professional development resources and access to counseling professionals who can help support administrators when they need guidance.
President Joe Palacios added, “Too often kids won’t report bullying for fear of retaliation and so we’ve taken that extra step beyond confidentiality to ensure whoever is reporting bullying remains anonymous.” The new version is free to current CyberBully Hotline customers who are also being offered free training during the weeks of June 10th and 17th. Here are just a few of the new features:
Keywords and Flags: Version 2.0 introduces keyword flagging to help administrators prioritize and manage messages. For example, if a school administrator receives two hotline messages that say, “I don’t like the way someone looked at me on the bus today” and, “a student has a gun in their locker”, the CyberBully Hotline platform will prioritize and urgently flag the message that includes the keyword “gun.”
Auto-Resolve: A “message resolved” box has been incorporated into the message management area of CyberBully Hotline. This new function helps administrators better manage the many messages and threads that are active or inactive in the system. Using the Auto-Resolve function, administrators can either manually “resolve or close” a thread or the system will do it automatically after 30 days of no activity. Also, if a reporter submits another report, the original message thread is automatically moved from a school administrator’s “resolved” box back into their main active message area.
Collaborative Notes: School administrators who have access to the CyberBully Hotline will be able to pass private notes back and forth within the system, collaborating on situations and actions taken to resolve issues. Also, this private messaging capability enables better tracking and response timing within the communications string for documentation. For more information about the CyberBully Hotline go to, or call 1-800-420-1479.
About CyberBully Hotline
The CyberBully Hotline, named Best New Product by Tech & Learning Magazine in 2012, is an industry-leading bullying and incident reporting software program used by schools nationwide to facilitate anonymous communications which can help keep schools safer. The CyberBully Hotline is a service of SchoolReach, a national leader in K-12 school notification and communications technology solutions.
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“Thank You” Sincerely

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Snapshot_20130521_1I am in a position that I know I have to say something, and I’m just going to write as I think, but I’m not sure what to say, I guess those of you that has been an inspiration to me these last few months, to step out and friend a stranger, I will never find the words, I know I will be forever grateful and hold a special place in my heart for you, and there are a lot of you, I never met before, and still yet have to. Then there are those who are not so sympathetic and screw their face in disappointment, to you I do know what to say, I have spend most of my life living in fear, never feeling content or enjoyed the life that has passed me by now, that you take for granted, spending mine fighting for my right to a normal existence, to enjoy and celebrate life as every other Canadian Citizen. Then one day I said ForK dis, stopping dead in my tracks, the day I said Enough is Enough, kill me if you must, but I’m not going to take it no more, nor am I going out alone,Snapshot_20130521 if I go your coming with me, and it will be the greatest battle of GOOD Against EVIL you will ever see. Then I also began to pray, and for the next 12 years or more I would endure Hell on earth, determined to fight to the death. I took everything they threw at me and threw some of it back, because to conquer Evil you must lose the fear, as this is the energy that the evil feeds on. In essence I practiced what I now preach, “Stand UP” for what you believe in, what’s right and be strong and determined, never to back down. After all I did not brake a law or commit any crime, that ons falls on the other side. Yes I have received lots of messages in between the lines, you do not intimidate me nor do I fear you. What I did is what every victim of Bullying has done before me, everybody kept saying, tell your story…tell your story, well that’s exactly what I have been doing, telling my story, it’s just my story makes you feel the fear, more of a horror story, the making of a best seller I’m sure. After a life time of fear and anxiety, once I suffered major panic attacks, but have moved forward from those now.Snapshot_20130521_4 I am sure if some idiot, had stopped you every day and beat the crap out of you, and you never said anything, not a word, just put your tail between your leg’s and crawled away like a coward, knowing tomorrow it would happen all over again and again and again, but you kept his secret and suffered in silence. Do you think that after 12 or 15 years you would finally say, OK that’s enough of that, no one would be able to hold their tongue as well, but ya I’m sure you would, we all would.
Snapshot_20130521_2So where I am right now, well I stay close to home, you see when the time comes that I must go to the corner store, it’s a big chore for me because to walk out into the unknown, exiting apartment door causes extreme anxiety, I have to motivate and prepare myself, so please forgive me if I lose my footing at times, due to frustration and anxiety, maybe say things I’m sorry for later, it do happen and I am truly sorry to those of you. I have always suffered in my own way but still stuck my neck out to help the other guy, every time, I never put me first and never will. In closing the battle will continue, and I will be right there “living like a warrior” 🙂 to continue to fight, and stand up for who I am and what I believe in, you see, don’t matter to me what anyone thinks or say, I will not cease until someone listens or I stop breathing…cheers lotsa Love Terry