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Canadian dad cancelled the babysitter when he found out it was a man; now being sued for breaching babysitter’s human rights

From Daily Mail: A single Canadian father has been accused of violating his province’s human rights act by questioning a prospective babysitter about his gender and age, according to court documents.

The father-of-two, identified only as ‘Todd F.’, is being investigated by the Alberta Human Rights Commission after a complaint was filed against him in 2017 by the babysitter, James Crynowski.

Todd posted an advertisement on Kijiji.com, a popular classified Canadian ad site, seeking a ‘babysitter wanted for evening Friday September 1’ for his two sons, then five and eight, as he was planning to meet a friend for dinner.

According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the posting and among them was Crynowski’s, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years experience of caring for children.

Todd responded to Crynowski with a series of basic questions, asking him where he lived, how old he was, and if he was male or female.

‘Hi, I live in Edmonton. I’m male and 28 years old,’ Crynowski replied, but received no further responses from Todd.

According to his legal counsel, Todd’s dinner plans fell through and he no longer required a sitter, so felt no need to continue the interaction.

Instead of following up with Todd, Crynowski instead filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission on September 1, claiming to have been discriminated because of his age and gender.

‘There have been many sleepless nights,’ Todd said in a statement to the Edmonton Journal Saturday. ‘I did not realize that people could object to me finding out all the relevant information I can about a potential babysitter, including their age and sex. I thought I was doing what was best for my young children.’

Todd, who is self-employed, said he rarely uses babysitters and in light of Crynowski’s complaint, he’s unlikely to use one again. ‘Just trying to learn enough about a potential new babysitter can get me in trouble and I need to ensure that my children are safe,’ he added.

The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), a Canadian conservative legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, is representing Todd on a pro-bono basis and sent a letter to the commission on Monday to have the complaint dismissed.

‘Thwarting parents from even inquiring about a babysitter’s gender or age is inconsistent with giving ‘utmost deference’ to parents’ preferences concerning a babysitter for their children,’ the letter said. ‘It is also inconsistent with the fact that both gender and age may each be bona fide occupational requirements in this context.’

As of Friday, the commission has not dismissed the case.

This is also not the first time Crynowski has filed such a claim. In a similar case back on May 23, 2014, he attempted to claim discrimination in relation to a mother’s advertisement seeking a babysitter for her five-year-old son.

When Crynowski replied to the ad, he was told that the woman was looking for a female sitter. He filed the complaint two days later, and the case went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court until it was dismissed in May this year.

JCCF president John Carpay said parents need to be able to hire whoever they feel is appropriate to babysit their children. ‘The parents should have full discretion,’ he said. ‘If it is for a service in the home, you have to feel comfortable with a person coming into your home.’

He added: ‘It is unclear why the Human Rights Commission has now accepted Mr. Crynowski’s complaint against Todd, giving the precedent set by the test case.’


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Canada to apologize and give $8m to youngest Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering US soldier

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Killer Omar Khadr: Laughing all the way to the bank

I swear, up is down and down is up in this world.
From Daily Mail: The Canadian government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around $8m (Canadian $10m) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
A Canadian citizen, Khadr, now 30, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the US military prison in Cuba. Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States. (According to ABC News, the abuse included sleep deprivation during interrogations.)
Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers reached the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.
Khadr had sued Ottawa for around $15m (Canadian $20) on grounds of violating his human rights. News of the settlement was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops went to their compound. The father was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces in 2003.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ireland for a visit, said the judicial process should be ending soon but declined further comment.
Spokespeople for Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nor did Khadr’s lawyers. The U.S. Embassy was closed for the July 4 U.S. holiday.
‘It is the right decision in light of the callous and unlawful treatment meted out to Mr. Khadr with the complicity of Canadian officials,’ said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

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Woman Stops Grizzly Attack– With 25 Cal Pistol.


This is a story of self control and marksmanship with an itsy bitsy pistol
by a woman against a fierce predator.
What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself?  And do we 
really want the government telling us we can’t carry a gun?
While out hiking in Alberta Canada with my boyfriend we were surprised by a huge grizzly bear charging at us from out of nowhere. She must have been protecting her cubs because she was extremely aggressive.
If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire with me I would not be here today! 
Just one shot to my boyfriend’s knee cap was all it took!!!!!
The bear got him and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.   
It’s one of the best pistols in my collection.
~Steve~                                       H/T    FOTM’S  K.L


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A True Duck Story

Something wonderful recently happened in downtown Edmonton, Alberta.


Michael R. is an accounting clerk at a bank and works in a second story office. Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air above the sidewalk below.

Mommy duck dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

With ducks, typically mom will bring her babies to water in the first 48 hours after hatching. Michael worried all night how the mommy duck was going to get her little babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take them to water.

Tuesday morning, Michael watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off.

Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.

The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Michael watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below.

Michael couldn’t stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall.  Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

As the second baby took the plunge, Michael jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down by its mommy and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap.  (The mother must have sensed that Michael was trying to help her babies.)

One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Michael hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene, the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to a standstill. Time after time, Michael was able to catch the remaining eight little ducklings and set them by their approving mother.

At this point Michael realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the River, site of the famed “River Walk.”

The onlooking office secretaries and several Edmonton police officers joined in. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies. They carefully corralled them, with the mother’s approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the River, with mommy waddling behind, keeping her babies in sight, all the way.

As they reached the river, the mother took over. She quickly ran passed Michael, jumped in the river and quacked loudly.

At the water’s edge, Michael tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother.

All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water, paddled up and snuggled next to mommy. The mother duck swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and quacked in gratitude.

At last, all present and accounted for: “We’re all together again. We’re here!  We’re here!”

And here’s a family portrait before they headed outward to further adventures….

Like all of us in the big times of our life, they never could have made it alone without lots of helping hands.


Michael R. is my hero!

A big h/t to beloved fellow Joseph!


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