Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Reason: The misconception that CF affects only white men, and Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) doesn't want to discriminate. In actual fact, CF is the most common, fatal, hereditary disease affecting young people in Canada. While it is true that it does predominantly affect Caucasians - but Caucasian doesn't necessarily mean 'white'. It affects boys and girls equally, and is generally affects children, not men. And it does PRIMARILY affect Caucasians, it has been known to affect people of all races.
CUSA is now doing a little backpedaling, saying that they may reconsider the decision - but their primary reason for making it was because they want to focus on other fundraising efforts.
Now, I personally am not directly affected by CF (although a very good friend has two cousins with CF and I am sure this situation has been very trying for her family), but I do have Multiple Sclerosis, and while there are no real comparisons as far as the actual disease - MS is not life threatening - the implications of halting fundraising is very real.
MS is most commonly found in women between the ages of 20 and 35...how does that translate to inclusivity and political correctness according to CUSA standards?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ellie Karkouti who owns the pool has suddenly come under fire for not allowing breastfeeding at her pool. A protest was scheduled for November 7 and, not sure what to expect, she hired security guards to make sure the situation didn't get out of hand. Unfortunately for Ellie, the security guards reported for duty wearing bullet proof vests - one even had handcuffs. Cinira Longuinho, the breastfeeding mother, claims that Karkouti did it on purpose, "as an act of intimidation."
Poor Ellie. She is pregnant with her first child, and I don't think she intended for this to happen.
There have been so many of these situations lately, people protesting at La Senza and H&M among others, citing human rights violations. I do agree that feeding your baby in public is something that has to be done - you certainly can't explain to a baby that they have to starve because it makes other people uncomfortable, but in a pool?
Ellie claims that she was only looking out for the best interest of the baby, and quite frankly, I would have to agree. Just because mothers have the right to feed their babies where ever they want, doesn't mean that they should. I can't stop thinking about the pee and the chlorine. I bet that baby is not thinking, "Mmmm...pee and chlorine...tasty." Eww.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is a beautiful little community, about 15 kms east of Belleville. I have many fond memories of visiting my grandparents, swimming in the Bay of Quinte (back when you could still swim in it...) with friends that I had made from the territory, and yes, I even remember Shawn Brant - he and my uncle have been friends for a long time (and yes, my uncle is STILL friends with him and is still being arrested for Shawn's many causes).
I don't even know where to start in talking about Shawn's many "causes" - it goes back many years and I'm not even sure where or when it started, but I do know that our community seldom agrees with his antics. He has become the face of Tyendinaga - he is always in the news, always criticizing, always challenging, always threatening horrible outcomes such as those at Ipperwash.
Recently, there have been a few situations that have been facing the residents of Tyendinaga.
A quarry on Deseronto Road that has seen protesters camped out at the entrance since March, 2007, protesting its establishment on tract land. The Culbertson Land Tract is a land claim that Tyendinaga has filed with the government. As discussions have slowed down, protesters have caused a number of negative impressions of the people of Tyendinaga, including a blockade being set up in April, 2008, preventing people from getting in and out of the entire town of Deseronto. The residents of Deseronto were both frightened and angry - many were forced to call in "hostage" to work that day. Protesters even went so far as to set up a blockade on the CN lines in 2006, halting all VIA and freight trains (and making thousands of people very angry) in an attempt to call attention to their perceived injustices.
And now, there is the issue of the new Police station. Money from the Federal and Provincial government was allotted, along with dollars from Casino Rama to buy a new police station for Tyendinaga. The prefabricated building was originally brought in from Grimsby, ON on September 23, but Shawn and his cronies wouldn't allow the trucks to enter the site - they said it was because the community was not consulted about how the Casino Rama dollars should have been spent and it should have been used to ensure clean drinking water for the community. Again, on October 29 they attempted to bring it in but to no avail. So now, the band has to spend MORE money to store the building - it has been bought and paid for. It's not like they can pull the receipt out of their back pocket and say, "Uh, I'd like to return these nine truckloads of prefab building please."
That being said, I do know that things are in motion for treating the water and that the issue is not the water itself but the treatment system - but it does take a whole lot less time to move in a prefab building than to figure out a way to bring in clean water. A water treatment strategy isn't always as easy as that, and the fact that the police station made it here first had more to do with that it was done faster than that it was higher on the priority list.
And so Shawn Brant has become the face of our community, regardless of whether or not we want him there.
Someone I know (I don't want to name names, just in case) pointed out that Shawn only gets involved in a situation when the grunt work is done. After all the research has been done, after all the necessary leg work has been done, then he steps in and takes the ropes and when there is a victory, he says "Look what I can do".
Recently (which is what prompted me to write this), I was reading a letter to the editor and realized that it's not just me who is annoyed at this, that the greater community (Belleville, Napanee, Kingston) are getting exceedingly tired of Shawn's antics
I don't always disagree with his causes, I just seldom agree with the way he approaches things. Our community, as a whole, is not like Shawn Brant. Not at all.
Monday, October 27, 2008
One of the re-branding tools that the church has used is something called the Alpha Course. The Alpha Course is a program offered to educate people on the basics of the Christian faith (although at first glance, one is led to believe that it is more of a philosophical discussion on the "Meaning of Life" than a lesson in Christian doctrine). It promotes that these discussions take place in a "relaxed, friendly setting" and that people of all faiths, backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome to participate.
The Alpha Course was founded by Charles Marnham, a clergyman at Holy Trinity Brompton, London, a Church of England parish in London in 1977. It was a program originally designed for members of the church. Alpha was taken over in 1990 by Nicky Gumbel and it was at that time that they realized the evengelical opportunities and it was then used to educate non-churchgoers in the fundamentals of Christianity. While it was started by The Church of England (an Anglican Church), Alpha has now spread to over 164 countries in a variety of denominations - including the Roman Catholic Church.
Alpha is organized in a series of ten weekly discussions - each session begins with some sort of refreshment, and then moves on to a short "talk" about some aspect of the Christian faith, be it Jesus, God or resisting evil. About halfway through the course, there is a day or weekend "Holy Spirit Retreat", in which the discussion focuses on who the Holy Spirit is, what the Holy Spirit does, and how you can welcome the Holy Spirit into your life.
So, I have tried really hard to explain the re-branding of the church to include people like me without being critical, without being judgemental, keeping an open mind. It has taken me a long time to write this, as I keep looking back and realizing that I am allowing personal opinion to infiltrate this blog. I must admit, I am a little curious - not so much about the content of Alpha, I have, after all, heard it all before - but whether or not we non-Christians would in fact be welcome at these meetings as their website says. I am also curious as to whether their "Convert in Ten-Weeks or Less" method is actually working.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
But, the thing is, it wasn't even a REAL phone call - a standard recording was all that I warranted from Ken Cole, not even a real person on the line. I would have been happy with a representative of the Ken Cole campaign. Instead, all I got was an auto-dialer - which of course, made me think of Homer's AT-5000. At least the other candidate that called me at home used a real person (although I didn't understand a word this representative said - but at least he was a person and not a machine).
In my opinion, that's just bad public relations - showing your constituents that they are not even worthy of actual human contact. The purpose of this blog is NOT to discuss politics, so I will just leave it at that, but seriously...I just hung up. I would never be that rude, hanging up on an actual person - I'd at least listen to what they had to say.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It was last October when Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace took to the streets of Toronto, busking for change for War Child Canada and publicizing his new album, The Hunter's Lullaby. In the twelve hours he spent on the streets, he raised $22,000 which was used to build the Abala School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His effort was the inspiration for this year's event, one that has spread to not only include a variety of musicians (the entire list will be announced on October 1st), but also students from all across Canada can register to participate by busking at their schools and in their communities. Best of luck to them with this effort, and I will certainly keep everyone posted on the outcome!
Monday, September 22, 2008
It all started way back in early February, long before they announced their reunion. I have long been a member of the online NKOTB community and I got an email from them that simply said "Are you ready?" Nothing else, just those three words - and those three words sent out to every member of the NKOTB fanclub started the wheels in motion...there was an undeniable excitement in the air. Well, for the fans anyway - and there are a surprising number that have survived.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I am a student in the Public Relations program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario and my blog is going to focus on news, events and other tidbits of interest in the PR world - wish me luck!