Rainbow people…

April 29, 2022

 Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories

The link is to Stats Can’s latest offering on Canada’s population, its growth and directions for the near future.  https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/220317/dq220317e-eng.htm?HPA=1&indid=4098-1&indgeo=0  At the link https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/220317/dq220317e-eng.htm?HPA=1&indid=4098-1&indgeo=0  there is a real time clock on population change as well.  “The population estimate is now 38.5M, less than a year after the census was taken (a 4.1% increase).”  Tweet from Armine Yalnizyan https://twitter.com/ArmineYalnizyan/status/1519295578747940864?s=03  (Follow the thread)  Related article: Toronto Star – Maria Iqbal   What does the latest census mean for you? Here’s a generational guide – We delve into the data to find out what it means for baby boomers, Gen X, millennials and Gen Z.   https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/04/27/what-does-the-latest-census-mean-for-you-heres-a-generational-guide.html

The Conversation.com (UK – Cambridge) – Mark de Rond
I spent three years in a paedophile hunting team – here’s what I learned

De Rond is a professor of Organizational Ethnography at Cambridge University.  His focus is on the on-line detection and exposure of pedophiles trying to groom children into a sexually explicit relationship.  He looks at how the trap is set and the aftermath as well as an assessment of how helpful the police view the activity by volunteer activists.  https://theconversation.com/i-spent-three-years-in-a-paedophile-hunting-team-heres-what-i-learned-176290?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2028%202022&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2028%202022+CID_a442d9a0c699e8799e41a8bafbad6329&utm_source=campaign_monitor_ca&utm_term=I%20spent%20three%20years%20in%20a%20paedophile%20hunting%20team%20%20heres%20what%20I%20learned   Related article: Passblue (An independent news agency at the UN) – Damilola Banjo   In Lockdown With Their Rapists  https://www.passblue.com/2022/04/27/in-lockdown-with-their-rapists/?utm_source=PassBlue+List&utm_campaign=ec20d55f43-RSS_PassBlue&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4795f55662-ec20d55f43-55077933   Related article: The Conversation (Queen’s U) –  Ashrafee Tanvir Hossain   CEOs are hindering LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace   https://theconversation.com/ceos-are-hindering-lgbtq-equality-in-the-workplace-181679?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2028%202022&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2028%202022+CID_a442d9a0c699e8799e41a8bafbad6329&utm_source=campaign_monitor_ca&utm_term=CEOs%20are%20hindering%20LGBTQ%20equality%20in%20the%20workplace   Related article: Toronto Star – Jacques Gallant   Health Canada lifts ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men – The new policy will screen all donors, regardless of gender or sexuality, for “high-risk sexual behaviours.”  https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2022/04/28/health-canada-lifts-ban-on-blood-donations-from-men-who-have-sex-with-men.html?source=newsletter&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=404CAADEF7EB839FC77B1B04F0C251E1&utm_campaign=bn_120606

 On-line workshop: Victim Justice Network and the Vega Project of McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

Recognizing and Responding to Violence against Children   

Tuesday, May 17th 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST  Keynote Speakers: Dr. Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Dr. Melissa Kimber, PhD, MSW, RSW, McMaster University  and others.  Register:  (The workshop seems to be free to participants.)  https://sway.office.com/X1UBO7rb5CALLcMS?ref=email

 National Public Radio (US) – The Associated Press
U.N. takes step to put veto users under global spotlight

There are five members of the UN Security Council who have a veto over the decisions coming from the Council: US, China, England, Russia and France.  To this point in history, a single veto could close down a major and widely accepted course of action.  The Veto Initiative, led by tiny Lichtenstein, now requires that the exercise of a veto calls for a disclosure to the General Assembly following the veto in which the country invoking the veto call explains the rationale to the broader assembly.  Many welcome the change and see the exercise of the veto by one of five members, without accountability, as undemocratic, especially when the agenda item then disappears.  https://www.npr.org/2022/04/27/1094971703/u-n-takes-step-to-put-veto-users-under-global-spotlight

Human Rights Watch (Nova Scotia, Canada)
It’s time for Canada to truly welcome people seeking safety or a better life

This Nova Scotia initiative is protesting the practice of jailing immigrants and refugees because of the lack of documentation with which they arrive until their case if adjudicated, sometimes for a considerable time, often done to a person with much trauma behind them, and often in provincial jails and prisons because there is no holding facility in that province.” But the feds pay well – $400 per diem for such services.  The link tells the story of Sara and invites people to resist by protesting the practice to the Nova Scotian provincial government over the agreement with the feds.  https://www.hrw.org/welcometocanada

Truth Out (US) – Ella Fassler
A Survivor of Violence and Her Sibling Share How the Legal System Punishes Them

The shadow claim here is that women who defend themselves and their children from an abusive person – “gendered intimate violence” – stretch the notion of self-defence as it is currently constituted and practiced.  The link offers an interview between the author and Leah Eggleson on intergenerational violence and response.   “These laws “were not designed with the lived reality of gendered intimate violence in mind because legal protection for self-defense was originally meant for property-owning white men,” writes Survived and Punished, a national coalition working to decriminalize survival, in a new report. “Therefore, domestic and sexual violence are often rejected as legitimate justifications for self-defense, either by the law’s design or through its interpretation and application in courts.”  https://truthout.org/articles/a-survivor-of-violence-and-her-sibling-share-how-the-legal-system-punishes-them/   Full report: Defending self-defense: A Call to Action by Survived & Punished   (A 84 page downloadable pdf)  https://survivedandpunished.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DSD-Report-Apr-2022.pdf

Two Reflection pieces:

Toronto Star – Michael Levitt

Yom HaShoah: A searing reminder of the human capacity for inhumanity – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemorates the bravery of Jews, both those who survived and those who perished at the hands of the Nazis.  https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2022/04/28/yom-hashoah-a-searing-reminder-of-the-human-capacity-for-inhumanity.html?source=newsletter&utm_content=a02&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=404CAADEF7EB839FC77B1B04F0C251E1&utm_campaign=top_12060 4

Chicago Tribune – Lori Waxman

Art behind bars: ‘Tea, Torture & Reparations’ at DePaul makes connections between police violence in Chicago and torture in Guantanamo  https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-torture-reparations-dpam-art-review-20220427-djagmphmpzew7dijqqt4ao7ggi-story.html?mc_cid=826f7394ab&mc_eid=2a0f14705d