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...
The media is abuzz this week about Jason Kenney’s bizarre email to members of the LGBTTQ community lauding the Conservative government’s work to help persecuted gays and lesbians in Iran.
Those that received this unsolicited email are asking themselves how their names got onto the list of a party that has been nothing short of hostile towards their community. And while many people are talking about the use of micro-targeting and what constitutes a violation of our privacy, I think there is a much larger issue here.
This government (who in addition to this email has been extolling its foreign policy work on this issue in speeches, for example Minister Baird’s recent speech at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations Luncheon) is now trying to sell itself as a great defender of gays and lesbians abroad. And yet in contrast, at home, the Conservatives have consistently tried to undermine the equality rights of the LGBTTQ community. From trying to roll-back same-sex marriage as one of their first orders of business when first elected in 2006, to removing (and having to be shamed into re-adding) a mention of gay rights from the...