Jul. 29th, 2009
11:07 am - Please sign this petition
As of January 1 2008, Winnipeg Police Services’ CrimeStat service changed the definition of sexual assault to “ an offence that combines the components of assault with circumstances of a sexual nature where the suspect is not known to the victim ” (emphasis added) from the definition based on the Criminal Code which includes sexual assaults where the suspect is known or unknown to the victim. Over 78% of assault in Winnipeg is perpetrated by a suspect known to the victim (Statistic found in “Mean Streets?” Comak, Chopyk and Wood, p.7). This definition change is not in line with Crimestat’s stated principles of disseminating accurate information and promoting transparency and accountability. Winnipeg is the only Canadian city which reports on sexual assaults in this way (As reported by Gabrielle Giroday in the article “ Board wants police website to report all sexual assaults” in the Winnipeg Free Press, May 29, 2009)
We encourage you to sign a petition demanding that Crimestat and Winnipeg Police Services restore the original definition to include those sexual assaults perpetrated by someone known to the victim. We believe that finding holistic and effective solutions to domestic and sexual abuse begins with being given accurate information.
Jul. 14th, 2009
09:26 am - Absentee Journal-writer
So, it would seem that I have not written in here since April 29th. OY...well, all I can say the things going on are wonderful, but also on the down-low for the time being. I am very bad at following through on journal type things so I'm trying my best to correct this over the next few months as I do like to look back on these things down the road and there's nothing to look back on if I don't write. Too true.
So, just got back from a week Staycation with my lovely hubby and little cat- we started off my going to Halifax last weekend for Magnus' cousin's wedding. It was, well...a bit exhausting. Then the next day as we were getting ready to leave, I was making fun of this dude in the lobby to Mag and was all "Hey check out Jim Steinman" ('cause the dude had really long greasy, grey hair) and he turns around and it's friggin' J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr....So...we nervously stalked him in the lobby before going over and telling him that we were both big fans of his music. That dude is possibly more awkward than I am- talking to him in person was like talking to Stephen Wright. Hee hee...Still, it was kinda stellar.
So apart from that, it's just been a week of relaxing, eating and sleeping and being sicky-poo. Just what I needed.
Hope you are all well.
Apr. 22nd, 2009
Hi all, it's Leah.
I want to warn you all about a scam on the go. Please take the time to read this message, I know it's long.
It is actually very embarassing for me to admit that I was recently frauded as I feel incredibly stupid for having fallen for it. Having spoken to my lawyer, however, I have been informed that this is a prevalent scam at the moment so I felt it warranted to tell you all what happened to me.
Please let your friends know so that nobody else has to experience this. I am very angry that this happened to me and I will do everything in my power to ensure this company gets what's coming to them.
On Sunday April 19th a man came to my door claiming to be the distribution company for Enbridge Gas with a logo substantiating this claim. He stated that he only needed to verify my contact information that was with Enbridge to ensure that I received my first bill. I responded that my lawyer had given them the information and went to close the door, and he then claimed that he only required me to verify the contact details and sign. After doing so, I was handed a pamphlet as he left. It turns out that he was not from Enbridge but from a company called 'Summit Energy' and that he had misled me into signing a 5 year contract with them. A quick google on the internet demonstrated that hundreds of people have fallen victim to this scam and many don't realize until they are stuck.
According to the pamphlet I was free to cancel within 10 days but after sending several faxes, emails and registered letters I was told by their customer service that they could not find my account in the system and that I should 'call back in a couple of days.'...This is what they do so that your 10 days expire.
Subsequent calls to the company were immediately disconnected without anybody answering. (As in somebody would pick up the phone and hang it up again)
After speaking with my lawyer I elected to get in touch with head office and began calling them every 30 seconds on speed dial from several different phones, hiding my number so that I would not be disconnected and leaving messages on absolutely every extension and voicemail I could reach telling them that I HAD spoken with my lawyer and would explore legal actions. Finally, after doing thsi for several hours, they cancelled my contract, mostly just to get me to stop calling.
Other people have not been so lucky, or did not realize until after the 10 days had expired and ended up paying a great deal of money.
Let everybody know, if a representative from the utilities company calls or comes to your door take their business card and call them back. If it is Enbridge, (or whatever utility company they claim to be) you wont' have to worry as you'll have their contact- but they do not go door to door. It is likely a scam.
very embarassing, I know.
Mar. 10th, 2009
Jan. 27th, 2009
I got a little teary when they were talking about this on Democracy Now (Granted, I cry easily ha ha). I'm sure loads of people are writing about this today, so suffice it to say, I am very encouraged.
*Note: the cut text option doesn't seem to be working for me today, so just skip the article below if you already know the details.*
President Obama wisely kills abortion "global gag rule"
President Obama signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions. It is an important move by the new president that sets a different tone.
A new president and new era mean it is time for a refreshing new approach on the shortsighted gag rule, the provision banning federal funds for international groups that promote or perform abortion.
President Obama changed the rule, a swift move early in his administration that makes enormous sense. The new president has an undisputable mandate for change and that includes reasonable policy on women's reproductive rights.
The ban on federal funding to any group that even mentions abortion or abortion counseling has always represented a ridiculous limit on the kind of information that needs to be distributed.
Few people favor abortion. But sometimes women need that kind of information and medical attention. Obama is right to make this important change.
In the early days of his administration, Obama wisely tried not to wade too deeply into sharp divisions on ideological issues. He has, however, done a few targeted things that set a different tone, such as suspending trials at Guantánamo. Keeping a campaign promise to women's groups, he quells the gag rule.
The federal rule is one of the most narrow-minded federal policies, one that flips and flops from one administration to the next, from Ronald Reagan, who established it in 1984, to President Bill Clinton, who ended it in 1993, to President George W. Bush, who changed it back in 2001.
The gag rule is so contrary to wise planning that it precludes international family-planning groups from providing abortions, counseling or even referring someone to another organization that performs abortions. The rule is so stringent that federal money could not go to a group even if the money was targeted for a different health-care need. This is exactly the kind the head-in-the-sand policy the public is tired of.
Obama also is preparing to loosen federal restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research. Good for him and for many individuals who may benefit from this important research.
The voters said they wanted change. These policy adjustments are overdue.
Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company
Dec. 30th, 2008
Oct. 24th, 2008
Sep. 2nd, 2008
Being back at work is awful. God, I was having a panic attack this morning when I had to go!
My week off was good, hung out with the Newfoundlanders at the family reunion and then spent some time in Montreal with Krista. Went and saw her do a live painting in Quebec city. Unfortunately, going on holiday sometimes only serves to make one all-the-more-aware of how unhappy one is with one's present circumstances.
Daydream of the day: Buying a duplex in Hamilton where they're super cheap and renting out the other half so that I can just dance/scream/have babies.
*sigh* I like that idea...
Aug. 18th, 2008
YAY, just got the word that U.T.I is playing Ladyfest this year :)
Aug. 10th, 2008
03:48 pm - Iggy review from eye
Surely this wasn’t a Toronto audience. But there they were — about 75 thirty-somethings, crying tears of joy to “Real Cool Time” and “No Fun,” ecstatically pogo-ing onstage at Iggy’s behest. Some were even jumping off the balconies to get in on the action. Ushers also had their hands full, breaking up any auxiliary dancing going on in the aisles (it’s apparently forbidden on the hallowed ground that is Massey Hall). And despite there being more music critics-per-square-inch present than at a free SXSW BBQ, our city’s notoriously staid music fans were giggling like schoolgirls at the sight of the reformed Stooges.
Earlier on, Toronto hardcore kingpins Fucked Up also couldn’t disguise their giddiness at landing such an auspicious booking. But this hadn’t stopped stout singer Father Damian from roaming the still-empty hall with a wireless, announcing that he was Iggy Pop and that he’d “let himself go.” And despite his sudden reluctance to balcony dive (“it looks a lot higher up here than it did from down there,” he joked), these high-octane punks proved themselves worthy successors to the Stooges’ legacy.
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