Montreal police officer's threat to tie homeless man to pole ruled 'excessive'
Incident happened in January 2014 with temperatures hovering around -35 C

Quebec’s police ethics commission has ruled a Montreal police officer used intimidation and showed disrespect when he threatened to tie a homeless man to a pole outside a metro station.

The incident happened in January 2014  on a day when temperatures hovered around –35 C.

Cellphone video posted to YouTube by a passerby shows officer Pierre-Luc Gauthier reprimanding a disheveled man who had been asking people for change. The man was dressed only in shorts and a T-shirt.

The officer tells the man he has to calm down and find a place to warm up. Then he tells the man he will tie him to a pole for an hour if he gets another complaint about his panhandling.

In its decision released Monday, the tribunal ruled Gauthier’s threat was “excessive” and an “abuse of authority,” regardless of his motivation.

Gauthier’s partner, Vincent Marcotte, was also reprimanded for not stepping in to intervene.

anonymous asked:

I am just curious, on the subject of sovereignty of Quebec, has the government ever talked with the first nations that are living in the province? Or have the first nations there ever spoken out about the issue?

I don’t know if the government has consulted them but First Nations in Quebec have been very vocal on the issue:

Quebec sovereignty: First Nations want to decide own future

Quebec Mohawks likely to declare own independence if PQ wins sovereignty referendum: Grand Chief

If Quebec Separates, The First Nations People And Their territories Will Not Be Joining

I’m bright and early today, ready to work on some “French” phonetics ( or more exactly on the differences between the pronunciations in Quebec, Belgium and France)
We are lucky to be a whole team today at work so I won’t enter the Cave until 11 AM… Lots of time to work!
And to relax, I brought this awesome book on medicinal plants which I HIGHLY recommend to anybody that can read French and is interested in botany or medecine or… who is just curious! :D
I guess this excuses me for drawing flowers as my main decoration for yesterday’s page on my bullet journal!

First Nations woman exposes Tinder racism on Twitter
Jessica Deer says she started #S**tWhiteGuysTellMe to help other aboriginal youth dealing with racism

A Mohawk woman started a Twitter hashtag, #S**tWhiteGuysTellMe, to expose the racist comments she was receiving on the dating app Tinder.

Jessica Deer, 25, is from the small community of Kahnawake, just outside of Montreal, and describes herself as blonde, blue-eyed, and pale skinned. She uses her Kahnawake name on Tinder, which sometimes prompts unwanted attention.

She says people would try to make her First Nations identity into something exotic, or make references to their love for Pocahontas.

“Those are issues that a lot of other people who are single and indigenous are facing,” she said.

In some instances, suitors don’t believe Deer is First Nations at all. Deer says she often has to defend her identity because her looks don’t match First Nations stereotypes.

“I think it’s just really a constant hassle to have to constantly explain my identity and defending my own identity when people don’t believe me,” she said.

“If I’m saying I am, please stop questioning it.”

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Minorities excluded from hate-speech bill hearings
Minority groups are upset about hate speech bill hearings.
By Elysia BryanBaynes

The [Quebec] government’s anti-hate speech law isn’t getting much love from some Montrealers.

Many ethnic communities, including Asians, Blacks, First Nations, Jewish and Muslims groups, except for one, weren’t asked to take part in hearings on Bill 59.

On Tuesday, representatives from Arab, Black and Muslim groups asked to be included in hearings which start in August.

They’re dismayed that as people who are often the target of hate speech, they’re not being included.

“We’re worried that the bill will marginalize those who are already victims,” Black History Month Rountable’s Michael Farkas told reporters Tuesday.

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Excerpt from Tom Mulcair’s forthcoming election-timed memoirs in the Toronto Star:

Jack would constantly remind us that what motivated him, particularly after the birth of Beatrice, was the responsibility he felt toward future generations. He summed up brilliantly his dogged determination to never let up: “Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done!” More than a slogan, it became our inspiration.

Originally posted by ryuzaki-lester