NELSON MANDELA'S GREATEST gift to the world is to show that it is possible for humans to end centuries of hate, to reconcile, and deliver peace.
While the national media attention over Amanda Todd's tragic suicide, shone the light, as it were, on the insidious and dangerous effects of bullying, let's hope it’s not just a 24 hour story. Sadly, Amanda's death is not a lone incident.
Evidence shows that the incidence of suicide and death caused by bullying has risen alarmingly over the last decade. Canada has now one of the highest rates of bullying, ranking 9th out of 35 countries. Evidence also shows that there are life-long mental and physical effects on those bullied and that bullies often have a history of abuse and low self-esteem. So bullying is not a "childhood rite of passage"; it is a chronic problem.
In the age of the Internet, bullying is not limited to youth. It is now a powerful tool used by...