Gender, White Racism, CRT

“Tree equity”: Ottawa wants race-based tree planting

By Valerie / June 20, 2024 /

The City of Ottawa hopes to dictate which neighbourhoods deserve more trees based on race and other identity factors, ensuring that even the urban forest canopy aligns with its diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities.

A report by Ottawa’s climate change and forestry officials is headed to City Council on Jun. 26. The report calls on the city to undertake a “tree equity analysis” across all urban areas to govern Ottawa’s tree planting strategy.

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Brampton city council shrugs off concerns over “gender inclusive” changerooms

By Valerie / June 20, 2024 /

Brampton, Ont. councillors shrugged off a concerned citizen’s issues with the building of several all-sex changrooms in the city’s recreation centres.

Beata Kostka, a mother and Brampton resident, helped to organize a delegation to a city council meeting in which she spoke about her experience of sexual harassment at one of the “universal” changerooms that had been built in recent years.

As part of an initiative to revitalize the city’s community

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Why did the Edmonton Public School Board encourage families to fill out a survey about a new Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Policy if the results didn’t seriously interest them?

By Sarah / June 20, 2024 /

At its May 14, 2024 session, the Edmonton Public School Board held the first reading of a series of additions and modifications to their policy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

They then invited EPSB families to provide feedback on this new material, which includes a new glossary of terms.

The survey closed on Wednesday, June 12. It received a very high response rate as such surveys go: over 1100 responses.

Almost the entire survey instrument comprised a sequence of yes/no questions. I wish I had taken screenshots as I filled it out, but I did not.

The last item in the survey was a text box. You were allowed 250 characters to provide written feedback. I am assured by my Ward Trustee, Saadiq Sumar, that this is standard for EPSB surveys although it struck me as unduly limiting.

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Montreal Mayor Denounces Antisemitism After Restaurant Allegedly Targeted

By Sarah / June 20, 2024 /

Politicians are denouncing violence and intimidation against Montreal’s Jewish community after bullet-shaped holes were found in a restaurant window on June 19 morning.

Yoni Amir, co-owner of Falafel Yoni, said his employees arrived to work in the morning and called police after they founds holes that were made by some kind of projectile.

“It’s a pretty upsetting and unnerving and unsettling thing for the staff especially,” he said in a phone interview.

While he can’t say for sure why he was targeted, Mr. Amir, who is Jewish, said the incident comes after his restaurant appeared on a list circulating online that urges people to boycott specific businesses that they claim support Israel. He said he’s found stickers referring to genocide and calling for a free Palestine have been stuck to the front of the restaurant in recent months.

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Surgeon general’s social media warning raises eyebrows

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

A warning label on social media could be as easy to ignore as an explicit music lyric notice.

Why it matters: The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent call for a tobacco-style warning on social media platforms falls flat, some tech researchers and writers argue.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a label on social media sites warning that they’re “associated with significant mental-health harms for adolescents.”
The call echoes parents’ struggle on how to handle social media use for teens w

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Decolonizing the Drugstore “This feels like indoctrination.” By Madeleine Rowley June 17, 2024

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Mandatory ideological training has now come to the drugstore. In California, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, in order to keep their license, must study the latest in gender identity, colonialism, and white privilege. Such “cultural competency” courses are required by a state law that went into effect this year.

When the bill was introduced, Democratic Assemblyman Christopher Ward, the lead sponsor, said that the continuing education class would help “ensure pharmacists are looking out for the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals.”

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Chinese Regime-Linked Joe Tsai Sells Stake in Brooklyn Nets to Koch Family

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Taiwan-born billionaire and China booster Joe Tsai is selling a minority stake in the New York Nets to David Koch’s widow, Julia, after the sports concern was assessed at a massive $6 billion valuation.

BSE Global owns the Nets, the Barclays Center, and the WNBA’s New York Liberty. And Joe Tsai has controlled it all. And now, in one of the highest valuations in American sports, BSE has been upgraded to $6 billion.

Now, Tsai is looking to dole out some stakes to others, and his first move was to offer a fifteen percent share to Julia Koch, the widow of Koc

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Disney’s Abandoned $1B Florida Relocation Plan Breeds Employee Class-Action Suit In Fallout From DeSantis Dust-Up

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Disney‘s now-abandoned Florida relocation plan for staffers has created some pretty dark legal skies.

More than a year after the once again Bob Iger-run Disney dropped its Bob Chapek-era initiative to consolidate some California operations and employees in a new campus in Orlando’s Lake Nona area, a current VP of Product Design and a director of Product Design are taking the company to court in a potential class action.

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ESG Investing and Financial Returns in Canada (ESG: Myths and Realities)

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

ESG investing incorporates environmental (E), social (S), and governance (G) considerations into investment decisions. Until recently, ESG-themed investing comprised an increasing share of investments made by professional money managers and retail investors.
Financial industry executives and regulators who have promoted ESG-themed investing argue that it will enhance investment performance either by increasing asset returns and/or by reducing investment risk.
However, empirical studies, on balance, find no consistent and statistically significant evidence of a positive relationship between the ESG rankings of individual companies or portfolios of companies and the financial performances of those companies or investment portfolios.
Most empirical studies have focused on US-based publicly traded companies. To our knowledge, this study is the first to focus on returns to ESG-themed investing for Canadian-based public companies.
Using data from MSCI, a leading ESG ratings provider, we estimate the statistical relationship between changes in ESG rankings of companies and changes in equity returns for those comp

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Bikers’ sentencing delayed by Indigenous connections claim The sentencing of the former president of a local bikers club has been delayed while officials investigate his Indigenous connections Author of the article:Jane Sims

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

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The former president of the local Outlaws biker club won’t be sentenced until the court learns more about his past.

Specifically, his Indigenous connections.

Ryan (Big Red) Daigneault, 48, and fellow biker Daniel (Tattoo) Bell, 37, were supposed have their sentencing hearing Wednesday in London after they pleaded guilty in February to two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of transferring or offering to transfer a handgun. They were charged as part of a police biker enforcement sweep in March 2021.

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