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University of Toronto professor attacks political correctness, says he refuses to use genderless pronouns
In a YouTube lecture, Jordan Peterson objects to the Trudeau government's Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity and expression

As part of an hour-long YouTube lecture on political correctness, University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is objecting to the Trudeau government’s Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

Peterson, a white male in his mid 50s, also decries what he claims are attempts by the university to transform its human resources department into “a politically correct institution.”

The news was first reported by the University of Toronto student newspaper, The Varsity.

Gender identity is defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission as “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.” The commission defines gender expression as “how a person publicly presents their gender,” which can include behaviour and outward appearance such as dress, hair, make-up, body language and voice, as well as a person’s name and the pronouns they use.

Peterson is critical of these terms and their definitions as outlined by the commission, and compares the changes Bill C-16 would bring about to the policing of expression in “totalitarian and authoritarian political states.”

He also argues against the existence of non-binary gender identities, or those that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍, saying “I don’t think there’s any evidence for it.”

Peterson said that if a student asked him to be referred to by a non-binary pronoun, he would not recognize their request: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.”

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From Montana to Alaska Journal
Part One: Alberta

We used to spend a lot of time scouring these backroads, but it had been a while since I was here in the summer. The special part about this leg of the trip was introducing Andrea to this rugged landscape. Kananaskis country is just south of Banff National Park and as a result remains somewhat of a hidden gem, missed by the crowds passing through its more famous neighbors. We had the gravel roads skirting Spray Lakes all to ourselves. We went in search of wildlife around Buller Lake. After watching Moose grazing near the lakefront we made it back to camp in time for dinner and watched the clear skies darken.

Early the next morning we set off north towards Jasper, stopping first for a dip in Herbert Lake. The diving board on its west shore is a local secret, and a must before heading up the Icefields Parkway. As we arrived in Jasper a summer storm was giving way to a golden sunset, the light peeking through the rain and low lying clouds made for a pretty great evening. Once the sun had finally drifted behind the horizon we snuck back into the woods and camped along a secluded section of Celestine Lake road.

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Orange Shirt Day Inspired By A Girl Who Couldn't Wear Hers
"All of us little children were crying and no one cared."

Phyllis Webstad was six-years-old when the new orange shirt she excitedly chose for her first day of school was stripped off her back. She never saw it again.

It was the early ‘70s and Webstad was the third generation of her family to attend St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C. Most people knew it as The Mission.

She was a kid. She didn’t know that merely being born an indigenous child surrendered her to an education system designed to break down her identity.

“The colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing,” she said in a statement. “All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

From the 1880s until the last school shut down in 1996, Canada’s residential school system forced about 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children to attend church-run facilities that aimed to “take the Indian out of the child.”

The students faced widespread neglect and abuse in the schools, which was examined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that released a report with 94 recommendations earlier this year.

It took Webstad 40 years to find a way to re-frame her experience to fight racism and bullying under the motto “every child matters” — and by using orange.

On Sept. 30, 2013, Webstad organized the first Orange Shirt Day in Williams Lake to acknowledge the harm that Canada’s residential school system has left in generations of indigenous families and their communities.

And every year on Sept. 30, Canadians are asked to wear orange as a sign of support.

“When I was in school, I didn’t know my own history,” Webstad explained in a video.

She said she is now “overjoyed” by the growing number of people participating in the event each year, from schools to reserves to businesses.

In 2012, a train engineer in British Columbia was riding the rails when he caught sight of a man lying in the middle of the tracks. The engineer slammed on the brakes, but by the time the train managed to stop, 26 cars had gone over the man’s prone body, which had surely been juiced by the powerful locomotive. However, when the train workers dragged the presumed carcass from under the train, it (to quote the engineer) “got up, grabbed his beer, and was on his way,” like a drunken, whistling Sasquatch.

After the man was picked up by the authorities, they realized what had happened. Turns out that he had gotten into a booze-fueled argument with his girlfriend, gone for a walk, and decided to take a nap on the tracks (as one does). The alcohol had taken hold of this system so violently that he remained completely unconscious and utterly paralyzed as the train went whooshing over his head. If he’d awoken, moved slightly, or rolled over to scratch his butt, he would have been killed.

Instead, the worst thing he woke up facing was a bitching hangover, “mischief” charges, and the prospect of having to go through life not remembering his greatest drinking story.

5 Epic Bouts of Drunkenness That Made The History Books

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Canadian Senator Wants Toys In Your Happy Meal Gone For Good
"Obesity is a crisis."

Plastic toys in your McDonald’s Happy Meal will be gone for good if a Conservative senator gets her way.

Contests, games, and fun surprises in the cereal boxes that marked your childhood will also be banned.

These are necessary actions to limit obesity rates and encourage healthy living, says B.C. senator Nancy Greene Raine, a former Olympic athlete.

Earlier this week, Greene Raine introduced Bill S-228, the Child Health Protection Act, in the Senate. Her bill prohibits marketing techniques aimed at getting kids under 13 to eat foods that are too salty, too sweet or too fatty.

No more cartoon characters or bright colours that catch the eye. The aim is to make packaging as plain as possible to prevent children from demanding one brand over another, she said.

Current laws are too lax and put parents in an impossible position when they go to the grocery store with their young ones, Greene Raine told The Huffington Post Quebec.

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Studio Identity by Par Hasard

“Par hasard (french) could be translated to: coincidentally or by any chance. Based on that, we decided to play with a grid of random dice numbers.”

Olivier Charland and Cécile Gariépy make images that both move, and don’t. After working at ValléeDuhamel and Sagmeister & Walsh (Olivier) and directing films at Les Enfants (Cécile), they launched their own design studio, Par hasard, in Montreal. The studio produces images, spaces, and videos with a handmade, minimalist and lively aesthetic. They are also pretty good at mini-golf, but that’s another story.

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Montreal Just Delivered A Death Sentence To Thousands Of Dogs
For animal people. Pass it on.
By Christian Cotroneo

“City councillors in Montreal just signed a death warrant for thousands of dogs in the Canadian city.

At a council meeting on Tuesday afternoon, legislators voted in 37 to 23 favor of breed-specific legislation, effectively outlawing any dog that resembles a pit bull — unless owners meet a strict set of conditions.

But pit bull-type dogs currently in city shelters need not apply. Under the ban — which loosely covers American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — no dog considered a pit bull can be adopted from Montreal shelters.

“For dogs that don’t have an ‘owner’ on the day of the passing of the legislation, the way the legislation is drafted, the dogs have to be euthanized,” Alanna Devine, of the Montreal SPCA, told The Dodo last week.”

Please sign the petition, write to the mayor, DO SOMETHING. Pit bulls have done nothing wrong except to be what they are!!

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Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition 'outraged' by Ottawa police handling of Pootoogook death
The Facebook comments “betray an utter lack of respect or acknowledgement for the struggles of Indigenous people,” the group said.

A local group seeking justice for Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man who died after a police confrontation last summer, says it is “outraged” by the Ottawa Police Service’s handling of an Inuit woman’s suspicious death and a scandal that has reignited accusations of racism within the force.  

A Facebook account linked to Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar added comments under an Ottawa Citizen article on the discovery of Annie Pootoogook’s body in the Rideau River on Sept. 19.

Pootoogook, 46, was a renowned artist whose drawings chronicling modern indigenous life gave her international recognition and praise, including a $50,000 Sobey Art Award in 2006 and a review in the New York Times which called her work “disconcertingly autobiographical.”

The controversial online comments, which have since been deleted, said her death “has nothing to do with missing or murdered Aboriginal women” and said that “much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”

In light of the social media posts, Ottawa police confirmed an officer was now the subject of an internal investigation brought on by a complaint from Chief Charles Bordeleau. Police have not publicly named the officer.

The Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition released a statement Thursday strongly condemning the comments, saying they “betray an utter lack of respect or acknowledgement for the struggles of Indigenous people.”

The group is also raising concerns that the Ottawa police major crime unit did not initially rule Pootoogook’s death as suspicious.

“The fact that an Indigenous woman found dead in a river, especially in light of the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, was declared at first not to be suspicious is astounding,” the group said in the statement.

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