Prime Minister Stephen Harper was prepared to make a triumphant announcement Friday night about Canada joining the largest free-trade zone in history, and use that as a launchpad into an anticipated weekend election call.
But the planned event in Parliament’s Centre Block never happened.
That’s because a few thousand kilometres away, negotiators couldn’t close the deal. Ministers from 12 countries left Hawaii without a Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, and without a date set for their next meeting.
Now the Conservative government finds itself in a rare position: instead of campaigning on a free-trade deal, it might have to negotiate one in the midst of a national election.
Right now I am getting married (scheduled post) when I got engaged 17 months ago i swore I would get skinny and be a skinny bride. I was sure that a wedding dress wouldn’t look beautiful on my 185lb frame. I worked hard but things didn’t go my way and I ended up gaining weight but then I realised I look fucking fantastic in my wedding dress and ultimately marriage is about being with the person who loves you at any weight.
growing up I was sure that I wouldn’t find a partner because I was FAT and no one wants a fat girl, the media around me confirmed it, movies told me that fat girls only ever get fat boys (because abnormal people need to stick together? Because a fat girl can’t end up with a conventionally attractive man?) I felt like an outsider even before I was properly interested in men because I was so sure that I was hideous and unlovable. But I was SO wrong! I have been in many different loving relationships with men who loved me for ME not my size and I only wish I could go back to teenage me and tell her that it’s okay. don’t worry, be healthy and most of all be fucking happy because when you are happy you are at your most attractive!
To any women out there who feel like their weight holds them back from finding a partner, I promise you there is someone out there for you and you DO NOT have to settle! (Sorry movies but some fat girls do end up with straight up hotties I can attest to that!)
HAPPY FAT ATTACK 2015 and HAPPY WEDDING DAY to me!
The #mypubliclandsroadtrip in Wyoming first heads to The Hole-in-the-Wall and Middle Fork for western legends and outlaws!
The Hole-in-the-Wall is a spectacularly scenic part of the Old West. A red sandstone escarpment dominates the area, which is rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s. It was a favorite hiding place for the infamous Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang. The “hole” is a gap in the Red Wall that, legend has it, was used secretly by outlaws to move horses and cattle from the area. This remote area is located about 40 miles southwest of Kaycee.
The Middle Fork Powder River is located about 20 miles southwest of Kaycee. The Middle Fork Powder River Management Area contains such notable sites as Outlaw Cave, rumored to have been used as a hideout by various folks attempting to avoid the law, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The region contains diverse topography and vegetation, ranging in elevation from 5,000 to over 8,000 feet with numerous steep incised canyons.
The Middle Fork of the Powder River lies at the bottom of a fairly steep canyon. But, if you can make your way down, the fishing at the bottom is excellent! This is a “blue ribbon” trout stream containing brown and rainbow trout. Only artificial flies and lures are allowed; no natural bait.
The Hole-in-the-Wall and Middle Fork region together contain approximately 80,000 acres of public land, including lands managed by the BLM, the State of Wyoming and Wyoming Game and Fish Department. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Over the last week we had so many amazing applicants contact us for our next fundraising partnership, and let us tell you… it really was hard to choose when it came down to it. We had to pick someone who we felt we could really help but also someone who can help propel our brand so that we can continue to aid more LGBTQ people in our community in the future.
Drum-roll please…. (out of our 30 or so applicants, about 25 of you said you’d be a drummer in our queer band, so apparently we are starting a drumline).
We at FLAVNT Streetwear are excited to announce that our new partner for fundraising as of July 21, 2015 is Tyler!
You can find his tumblr here, his photojournal tumblr here, his instagram here, and his youtube here. We were searching for someone who not only stands behind our brand’s principles, but also someone who is active and gives back to the LGBTQ community. Tyler applied last time we accepted applications (in January) and we had responded to him saying that we would love to work with him in the future, so we were thrilled when he applied again this time around.
We really thought it was important to choose Tyler because he is raising money for bottom surgery so we can help shed light on a different gender-confirming surgery during this partnership with him. Tyler is active on social media, especially on his YouTube channel, and he plans to document his phalloplasty journey across his social media. We are certain that Tyler is going to be an amazing partner for us not only because he reaches so many people in the community across his social media platforms, but also because he is so awesomely positive-minded. Tyler knows the importance of hard work when it comes to raising funds, this being his third gender-confirming surgery, and being that he currently works 40 hours a week at his job to save on his own. We needed someone who understands the hard work that goes into FLAVNT on a daily basis and who was willing to give us as much as we hope to give them!
We hope that everyone who was supportive of our last fundraiser with Caden will give Tyler the same love and support, and hopefully we will be able to reach even more people this time around. We want this movement to grow; we want to be able to continue helping people reach their goals and be who they really are so they can unapologetically FLAVNT themselves!
So just like our last fundraiser, put Tyler’s name in the “comments” section (or a cute supportive note) when prompted at the checkout of your purchase, 15% of the profits from that order will be donated to Tyler’s bottom surgery fund. So head on over to flavnt.com and get yourself a tank or cutoff or tee to look hella good and help a good cause!
Tyler is saving for RF phalloplasty with Dr. Chen, and his surgery is scheduled for December 9, 2015. He currently has $1500 saved and his goal is $6,000. We hope to be able to help him raise at least half of the remaining amount through FLAVNT ($2250) by his surgery date (and Tyler will continue to raise additional funds on his own through work and donations).
Signal boost the hell out of this y’all. Let’s make a difference.
(PS- everyone else who applied we will be answering your emails personally and don’t worry we are keeping your info on file for future fundraising partnership possibilities. Thank you all for your interest and we love you all).
Today the #mypubliclandsroadtrip visits areas where the BLM Wyoming and local partners protect and manage wild horses and burros - considered “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West” - according to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
In Wyoming, BLM manages approximately 3,000 wild horses in 16 different herd management areas or HMAs. In northern Wyoming, the McCullough Peaks HMA, located just east of Cody, is home to a popular, highly visible and easily photographed wild horse herd that attracts local, national and international interest. In spring 2011, the Cody Field Office implemented a field darting fertility control program for the McCullough Peaks HMA. The size of the HMA, the small herd size and the relative approachability of the horses makes field darting a viable alternative here. The success of the fertility control program is made possible by the BLM’s partnership with the non-profit wild horse advocacy group Friends of a Legacy. FOAL was formed in 2005 with a mission to protect and preserve the wild horses of the McCullough Peaks. (Read the BLM’s national news about New Research to Curb Population Growth and Improve Health of Wild Horse and Burro Herds.)
BLM Wyoming is also home to the BLM’s first wild horse ecosanctuary. The Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Ecosanctuary near Centennial is a 4,700-acre ranch which offers a refuge for almost 300 geldings. Rich and Jana Wilson opened the ecosanctuary in 2012 as a place that safely provides a natural and healthy habitat for excess wild horses where they will be properly cared for, yet allowed to roam freely, while conserving the environment and ecology of the lands. The Wilsons also welcome visitors; tourism is a key component of the ecosanctuary concept. The Wilsons accept reservations throughout the year and visitors can come meet the horses up close and personal.
And amazing wild horses and burros are available for adoption to approved homes in Wyoming and nationally.
“The very mission of the CBC – telling the bilingual and multicultural story of Canada – will be reduced to simple profit making. Likewise, Canada Post will no longer function as a nation builder, but as a private company. The essence and mandate of our Crown corporations are being traded away in favour of private corporate profit.”
TPP Trade Deal Proposal Would See CBC, Canada Post Exist Solely For Profit - huffingtonpost.ca
Countries that pride themselves on their human rights records, particularly for LGBT people, are endangering lives through patent rule changes in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP, one of the major multilateral trade deals that Canada is a part of, will introduce rules on patents for medication that critics say will reduce the availability of affordable generic brands. Such policies would restrict access to antiretroviral medication, used to treat HIV, which disproportionately affects LGBT people.
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) plus will raise prices for antiretrovirals by forcing governments to implement protectionist policies. These policies will block unpatented generic brands from reducing prices through competition while also blocking any chance at price regulation by government.
“If you claim to be concerned about the rights of LGBT people, you also have to be concerned about the right to health of the people you profess to be concerned about. Adopting more restrictive policies on generic medications undermines maternal health, but also undermines the health of population disproportionately affected by HIV, including gay men and men who have sex with men and transgender people,” says Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS legal network.
“It’s true, you know. A partnership as close as ours is almost like marriage. You’ve heard about couples who have been married so long they begin to look alike. It’s like that with us. In six years of working together, practically living together, we’ve grown to know one another almost as well as we know ourselves. We begin to take on each others characteristics. I do things now that would have been impossible for me a few years back but which have always come natural as breath to Dean- speaking sharply to someone, for instance, if he really has it coming. I would have been afraid, before I got to be more like Dino, to hurt anybody’s feelings, even somebody in the wrong.
On the other hand, I catch Dean worrying about things occasionally- things I have always worried about, to which previously he wouldn’t have given a thought. How do I know? I always know what’s going on in his head, even if his head is fifty miles away as I’ve said- and do you know why? I love him. He’s a big jerk sometimes but in the clinches there are few people in the world who could touch him. I knew when I first saw him that this was no ordinary Broadway character. I thought then he was kind, nice… as very few people really are nice. I thought this man is warm, and really friendly, and it would be great to have him for a friend. I’ve had him for a friend for a long time now- and I still think it’s great.” - Jerry Lewis