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ManUp @ManUpLDHSS

Last week I had the honour to attend a ManUp meeting in Ottawa to discuss the role young men play in ending violence against women. Rehtaeh's life mattered to these guys enough that they've taken it upon themselves to do something about her tragic story and do what they can do so it doesn't happen to someone else. When I look back at the past [...]

A Message to Young Men About False Accusations

There are a lot of things you need to fear growing up. The man down the street or a visiting uncle. Driving home from a game or movie late one night and getting murdered by some drunk. Your leaders sending you to die in a war they could have avoided and would never have had the courage to fight in themselves. The fear of rejection. Most of us [...]

Adopt a Dog

Sometimes you have moments in life and years later you look back and think, "Oh, that's what that was." I had that happen last night watching an episode of This Is Us. Dogs know. Dogs know who's sad, who is hurting, and they know who needs a friend to sit with. Our home in Halifax was an emotional mess after our daughter died. It was the kind [...]

2018-09-30T17:45:40+00:00September 30th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health|0 Comments

Northlands Victim Blames a Child for Being Sexually Assaulted

Blaming a 13 year old girl for being sexually assaulted by one of your employees on your property while your other employees watched and did nothing as he carry her partially clothed unconscious body to a ditch is unforgivable. What law firm did Northlands hire and how could they possibly think a defence like this would be in their clients int [...]

2018-09-20T13:48:10+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ontario’s SexEd isn’t about Parents – it’s about Children

"Sex ed curriculum should be about facts, not teaching Liberal ideology... Parents are our first educators when it comes to our children.” - Ontario Premier Doug Ford The Ontario 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum was based on consultations with 4,000 parents, numerous students, teachers, faculties of education, universities, colle [...]

2018-09-19T18:27:02+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Understanding Ontario’s Sex Ed Curriculum by @NadineThornhill

Nadine Thornhill has been helping families and educators talk to kids about sex for over a decade. She has a Doctor of Education in Child and Adolescent Sexuality and is a member of The Sexuality and Information Council of Canada. About Nadine After twenty years working in theatre, Nadine’s career in sex education began with part-time job a [...]

2018-09-18T22:44:26+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Random Posts, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , |0 Comments

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay

Today in Canada, 10 people will end their lives by suicide; 200 others will attempt so. For each death by suicide, between 7 and 10 people left behind are profoundly affected. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, [...]

2018-09-10T10:41:46+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Dog

This touching tribute to "The Dog" is in a Toronto park where we walk Alice. Willy must have been a very special companion. My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, It comes from the love in my dog's eyes. Unknown Poet If you find yourself in a bad place please reach out to a safe person. If you know someone who could use a listener [...]

2018-09-03T21:24:57+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Random Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

Judge Nancy Spies Rules Intoxicated Men Not Responsible For Rape

As if going to court wasn't hard enough for victims, Ontario Superior Court Judge Nancy Spies has ruled intoxication is now a defence for rape. The ruling clears the way for anyone accused of sexual assault to simply say they were to drunk to be guilty. This right on the heels of Nova Scotia Judge Gregory Lenehan's not guilty verdict after a c [...]

2018-08-30T15:50:32+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Random Posts, Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Healing from Assault Is Almost Impossible Without Family Support

This is an article I was interviewed for to share my thoughts on how families can support survivors of sexual assault. *Trigger warning* This article contains references to sexual assault Article by Katherine Singh for FLARE Magazine (AUG 17, 2018) “There was kind of a moment of regret,” recalls Madi Fuller. She was sitting in a police stati [...]

2018-08-29T23:21:18+00:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , |0 Comments
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