Recently the CBC aired a video about Andre Arruda that showed he was being harassed for the mere fact that he is disabled. Arruda, a Toronto comedian suffers from a rare genetic disorder which left him with a height of a little over 3 feet. He uses a scooter as a mobility aid to get around.
The following is the video of Arruda. One will note the many insulting and ignorant comments and stares that he was continually forced to endure. It was a normal day for him.
As a person with a physical disability, this struck a chord with me. I recall the countless times that rude and demeaning comments were made against me by purely ignorant people. One day as I was exiting a building in downtown Toronto, an elderly lady came up to me and as she was sizing me up, said: “Dear what happened to you”? My response to her was that as God made you ugly and ignorant, this is the way he made me. Continue reading
Members of Lev Tahor
Information concerning the search warrants executed by the Sûreté du Québec and Chatham- Kent Regional Police on January 29th on 2 homes within the Lev Tahor community in Chatham, has now been released, but much of the information has been censored to protect the privacy of individuals. Lev Tahor will be filing their appeal on February 25th.
Although no information about what was seized is included, we may be able to speculate on the purpose of issuing that search warrant from the information that has been made available. The allegations highlight the use of force, intimidation and relocation to other families to keep children and community members in line. Continue reading
The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of history’s greats who dedicated his life to freedom, human dignity, respect and correcting injustices by using the weapon of reconciliation. Throughout his life, as leader of peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in the racially divided country of South Africa, this activist and former president helped bring an end to apartheid and had become a moral compass for other nations.
With statements of sympathy and focus on the reflections of world leaders such as Barack Obama on “Mandela the legacy”, Canada in its true style of quiet, reserved, and unpretentious, and “refusing to assume the spotlight” diplomacy has once again been ignored internationally on its long standing history of taking initiatives on global issues involving human rights and injustice. Continue reading
Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s law banning non-traditional sexual relations which will be extended to, and include all athletes attending the 2014 Games in Sochi. This will be applied to anyone attending, be it athlete, spectator, vendor, or the man in the moon. I called it “discrimination and harassment based solely on a person’s sexual orientation. Nothing more and it is totally wrong! It’s repressive and oppressive!”
Now, along comes Russia’s ambassador to Canada, Georgiy Mamedov, saying that Western nations “overreacted” in their concerns that gay athletes would face discrimination at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which open in Sochi in February 2014. Continue reading
Speak Up and Speak Out at Sochi!
We have all heard the comments about Russia’s new law banning non-traditional sexual relations which will be extended to, and include all athletes attending the 2014 Games in Sochi. This will be applied to anyone attending, be it athlete, spectator, vendor, or the man in the moon.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Russia’s return to the dark ages, as a heterosexual, I was quite “ticked off” because it goes against my central beliefs from a human rights perspective. As far as I’m concerned it is discrimination and harassment based solely on a person’s sexual orientation. Nothing more and it is totally wrong! It’s repressive and oppressive!