Inclusion is held up as the ideal learning environment, and rightly so. Successful integration is possible, yet it doesn't magically happen when you throw a child with high-functioning autism into a class of 20 children, cross your fingers and hope for the best. In many cases, though, in schools across the country, this is exactly what is being passed off as inclusion.
The Circles of Support and Accountability model matches released high-risk sex offenders with three to five volunteers who generally meet weekly to offer support, friendship and no-nonsense accountability. Two per cent of CoSA participants sexually reoffended over the three years following release from prison, compared to 28 percent among similar populations not enrolled in the program.
Following my complaint to Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, Valerie Jepson, Toronto's 64th mayor and (now) City Councillor, Rob Ford, offered a "sincere, specific and public apology" this morning. His apology was based on racial slurs he made in 2012. Ford needs to understand words -- and in particular, racial slurs -- are powerful and hurtful to all Canadians.
All research advances are to be applauded but we do worse with brain cancer than with other cancers and deaths are on the increase. At the moment only 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease, yet tumours in the brain kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat.
A dying breed of self-proclaimed 'foodie' still shamelessly defends its obsession with this torture in a tin, no matter how many videos surface showing ducks and geese in abject misery. But the future for foie gras producers and aficionados is bleak. Even the French, a nation once synonymous with the cruel foodstuff, are turning their backs on foie gras.
With families to look after and housing rents in Hong Kong among the highest in the world, some asylum claimants risk fines and imprisonment by working. For many, it is the only way to survive.
A friend recently asked me how can a patriarchal country that abuses its women, and destroys girls even before they are born treat its animals compassionately? The question inspired me to delve into this conundrum and I found some parallel realities between the mistreatment of women and elephants in India. While elephants are being killed for ivory and exploited for profit, in the name of culture and religion, women are being exploited for dowry.
Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."
Being something of a naturalist some of my most memorable trips have involved seeing birds such as the endangered resplendent quetzal in Costa Rica or the beautiful rose-coloured grosbeak in Alberta. So we wanted to find the facts behind the claims you often hear about just how bad wind farms are for birds and wildlife in general.This took us down a rabbit hole of research and browser tabs that landed us in the workshop of John Bowman.
Recently, the documentary "India's Daughter" by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin was banned in India as it was stated to be a "conspiracy to defame India." At its rotten heart, the country is more concerned about hiding the shame than protecting its women. Women like me -- irrespective of where they are located now -- who grew up in India, know this oh-so-well that India's pride lies in worshipping the mute goddesses rather than empowering the voices of the suppressed gender.
For many developing communities, like those in South Sudan animals are walking bank accounts, dowries and life insurance policies. To lose your livestock is to lose everything. Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) tackles a problem many don't even realize exists.
Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the "can't be done" refrain repeated over and over -- especially in the only debate over global warming that matters: What can we do about it? Climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry apologists often argue that replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy is beyond our reach. The claim is both facile and false.
On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.
It is a fact of history that African people were enslaved, sold and brought to North America, Europe and the Caribbean through the exploitative and brutal economic enterprise of slavery, slave-trading and empire-building
Homeowners in Regina, Saskatchewan, discovered Bruce Almighty on March 18. He was found with black electrical tape wrapped so tightly around his legs that severe tissue damage was causing infection.