Tag Archives: Canada

Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Via Daily Mail: Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.

The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.

Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency. Barbra claimed she was ‘astounded’ by Trump’s popularity and hopes his American supporters will ‘come back to sanity’.

The Funny Girl star added: ‘He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada’.

Michael responded jovially that Barbra would be ‘very welcome’ to live in Australia.

Elsewhere during the interview, Barbra gave Michael a lesson on how to properly pronounce her surname. ‘You said it with a Z,’ she said, politely correcting him.

‘Can you say “Barbra STREI-sand”, not “Strei-SAND”? “STREI-sand”‘, she said with emphasis. ‘Barbra STREI-sand,’ Michael responded. ‘That’s right. He’s got it. My gosh, he’s got it,’ she says with a mock relief.

Meanwhile, Barbra is releasing her new album this month, including duets with Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman and Melissa McCarthy among others.


Canadian lawmakers vote to make national anthem gender neutral

I’m sure all the Canadian women feel so much better now.


Via Reuters: Canadian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to alter the country’s national anthem to make the lyrics gender neutral, a move that comes as the new Liberal government focuses on being more inclusive toward women.

The bill would change the English version of “O Canada” to remove the words “in all thy sons command” and replace them with “in all of us command.”

The changes, brought forward as a private member’s bill by a Liberal Party lawmaker, passed easily in the House of Commons, which is controlled by the Liberals. It now goes to the appointed Senate, which generally approves measures passed by the elected House.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender inclusivity a focus since he was elected last October and named an equal number of men and women to his 30-member Cabinet. It was the first time gender parity had been achieved by Canada’s team of ministers.

Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu, speaking before the vote, said the change was an important step toward ensuring inclusivity in Canada’s cultural symbols. “I think it’s really important as a very strong symbol of our commitment to gender equality in this country,” she told reporters.

Some Conservative lawmakers opposed the change, which they said was being made without adequate consultation with Canadians. The former Conservative government suggested changes to the anthem’s lyrics in 2010, but backed off after a public outcry.

The song was composed in 1880 and the original lyrics were in French. The English-language version, which is not a direct translation from French, was penned in 1908 and tweaked over the years. It was adopted as Canada’s official anthem in 1980.

After the vote passed, lawmakers stood in the House of Commons and sang the anthem in both national languages.


Mom Devastated After Being Investigated For Allowing Her Kids To Play Alone In Backyard


Via the Inquisitr: A Canadian mom’s recent visit from Child and Family Services has caught the attention of news outlets everywhere for a number of controversial reasons. When most people think of Child Protective Services, they view the department as a safe haven for children who have been neglected or abused by their parents. So, of course, when a social worker arrived at Jacqui Kendrick’s Winnipeg home, she was quite devastated. The accusations brought against her have sparked quite a debate, because it seems as if her parental rights are being threatened without probable cause.

According to the Blaze, stay-at-home mom Jacqui Kendrick received a visit from a social worker with Child and Family Services. The social worker reportedly asked to do a “well-being check” to ensure the safety of her children. Apparently, someone contacted CFS to complain about Kendrick allowing her children, ages 10, 5, and 2, to play unattended in her fenced-in backyard.

During a recent interview with CTV News, Kendrick shared details about the “well-being check” process, which appears to be quite similar to an investigative probe. She was asked a series of questions about their personal life, her parenting style, and the disciplinary tactics used to reprimand her children. Needless to say, she was quite devastated by the time the process was over.

“We had to go through a whole interview asking so many questions — asking me about if we’ve ever dealt with CFS before, what my childhood was like, how I punish my children, whether we drink or do drugs,” Kendrick told CTV News. “[S]he had to look to see where my kids slept. She had to see if we had enough food in the house.”

She also recounted the times her children go out to play. She revealed they normally go outside to play after coming home from school. Even if she’s not outside with them, she can see them from her living room window and feels “completely comfortable” with them playing in the fenced-in backyard. Kendrick explained that she and her husband have taught their two older children about a rule they refer to as the “stranger danger” tactic, so they are quite aware of their surroundings and know what to do when they feel unsafe.

“We’ve taught both the [older] kids so far that you look after each other. That’s kind of the point. The older ones should be looking after the younger ones,” Kendrick explained to the Press, according to the Washington Times. “My 10-year-old is very responsible. We’ve taught the older ones already the whole stranger danger, and they know what to do. When my 5-year-old’s out there, she knows she’s not supposed to go up to the fence.”

But, despite having a home that depicted a healthy living environment for her three children, Kendrick claims the CFS worker continued to press for answers, which ultimately caused her to break down. Kendrick admitted the disheartening process left her in tears. “The whole time I’m sitting there, pretty much in tears, because I couldn’t understand what was going on,” she said.

Needless to say, Kendrick is quite displeased with the unknown person who reported concerns about her parenting. She also had a message for that person. “If you really had a concern, you could have knocked on my door,” Kendrick said.

To make matters worse, the seemingly awkward situation has led to the creation of a file on her family, which will always be documented. In the event another call is made to Child and Family Services, the recent well-being check will always be on file, which could possibly make things more difficult, if unfortunately, she is faced with a similar problem in the future.

Although the complaints seem relatively baseless, unfortunately, a psychologist in the Winnipeg area has admitted that the rise of the internet and social media has led many people to believe they are entitled to their opinions and feel the need to force their beliefs and perspectives on others.

mind your own business

While Dr. Toby Rutner agreed with Kendrick’s perspective, he admitted the opinionated world we live in has fueled people’s desires to push their own agenda. “With the Internet, it has not only created a situation where everyone feels they are entitled to give an opinion, but [also] this approach that says everyone’s opinion is equal in value,” Rutner said.

Regardless of how someone may oppose the idea of children playing unattended in a fenced-in backyard, Manitoba’s Child and Family Services Act only states that children 12 years of age or older can be left at home alone. There are no specifications about children being left unattended in fully fenced-in backyards while parents are home.


B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to consider striking gender designation from birth certificates

Pediatric and gender expert Morgane Oger

Pediatric and gender expert Morgane Oger

National Post: After successfully lobbying provincial and federal governments to make it easier to amend sex designations on key identity documents, transgender Canadians are now pushing for another change: to abolish gender references altogether from birth certificates.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to review complaints filed by the Trans Alliance Society and a handful of transgender and intersex individuals, who argue that doctors should stop assigning the sex of a baby based on a quick inspection of the baby’s genitals at birth when there’s a possibility they may identify under a different gender, or no gender, years later.

“Birth certificates (may) give false information about people and characterize them in a way that is actually wrong, that assumes to be right, and causes people … actual harm,” said Morgane Oger, a transgender woman in Vancouver and chair of the society. “It’s considered true and infallible when it isn’t.”

Governments have been receptive in recent years to calls to make it easier for people to change the sex on their personal records. Several provinces, including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, no longer require a person to have undergone sex-reassignment surgery before they can request a change to the gender designation on their birth certificates.

Earlier this year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that it, too, would no longer require proof of sex-reassignment surgery in order to change the sex designation on a citizenship certificate. It now will accept an amended birth certificate.



But advocates say the changes do not go far enough because governments are still certifying as true information recorded at birth which they know may be wrong in some cases. The current regime falsely presumes there are two genders, that genders never change and that you can tell a child’s gender at birth, said Vancouver human rights lawyer barbara findlay, who is representing the complainants and spells her name in all lower case.

That means that children are raised ‘as’ the birth-assigned gender, which is a crazy-making experience. Instead of living in a social reality that recognizes that gender develops, and does not exist at birth, those children have nothing to work with except that something feels profoundly wrong,” she said via email.

“Getting to the stage of being able to ‘change’ gender is an anguishing process, in which a child often experiences severe pushback from their own families.” The only way, she said, to know one’s gender identity is to ask that person. “At law, gender identity trumps what is between one’s legs.”

One of the complainants is Harriette Cunningham, a Comox, B.C. girl who was labelled “male” at birth, and was among the first in the province last year to successfully have her gender re-designated on her birth certificate. According to the complaint filed on her behalf by her parents, Colin and Megan Cunningham, “Harriette was mistakenly assigned the gender ‘male’ at birth. Having any gender marker on her birth certificate has contributed significantly to discrimination based on her gender, at school and in the world. Since it is impossible to tell an individual’s gender at birth it is discriminatory to issue a birth certificate with that information on it.”

However, those advocating the elimination of gender designations on birth certificates are likely to face big challenges, said Karen Busby, a University of Manitoba law professor and director of the Centre for Human Rights Research.

Busby said she has a lot of sympathy for those seeking to stop the practice of assigning gender at birth. But epidemiologists need to track the number of boys and girls born for statistical purposes, and the number of intersex children — those born with sex characteristics that are not distinctly male or female — is so small it doesn’t affect overall data.

Further, the removal of gender designations on key documents could run afoul of international organizations that set standards for what information is needed in travel documents, she said.

One alternative option might be to allow for someone to be identified other than male or female. But that, too, raises a number of practical issues, she said. “It’s just a minefield.”

are you serious

Neither representatives for the Canadian Medical Association nor the Canadian Psychological Association would comment Monday on the push to eliminate gender from identity documents. But both organizations said they support the right of adolescents and adults to define their own gender identity.

Oh you special transgender snowflakes. You have determined that you know best how to allow parents to celebrate the birth of their child. If their child has a possibility of being born in the wrong gendered body, you must protect them from the world! 

How dare children grow up in “a crazy-making experience”. Instead of living in a society that recognizes scientific and biological facts, you want to demand that the world works with something that feels profoundly wrong to you. 

What about those who are secure in their gender identified on their birth certificates? Guess they must conform to your standards, one that doesn’t recognize that the majority of the population does understand that gender is identified at birth. 

False information and characterization works both ways, unless you are promoting a “social justice” cause which may be wrong in many cases.


Sex offender who illegally crossed border from Canada arrested for burglary, rape

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley

Repeat, violent sex offender Stanley

MyNorthwest.com: A Level III registered sex offender who illegally crossed the border from Canada two years ago has been arrested for investigation of burglary and rape.

Michael Stanley, 49, went in through the window and confronted a 69-year-old woman in her Skyway home located in the 8400 block of S 115 St Friday morning, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police said no weapons were used, but the woman sustained minor injuries.

The sheriff’s office said Stanley, who is homeless, has been in compliance with Level III requirements since registering as a sex offender in Nov. 2013. He’s required to check in weekly and must provide an accurate account of where he stays every night.

He’ll make a first court appearance at the Regional Justice Center on Monday.

Stanley, a U.S. citizen, cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet in Canada and crossed unchallenged in to the U.S. in 2013. A warrant was issued, but Canada chose not to extradite Stanley.

In Oct. 2013, the CBC reported Stanley has a history of taking children from playgrounds, and was sentenced for luring two mentally-impaired boys to an apartment in 2006, and in the 1980s he spent time in prison for sexually assaulting an 82-year-old wheelchair bound woman.

From October 2013:

“A violent, high-risk sex offender that escaped from Canada has registered as a sex offender in King County. But other than keeping an eye on him, police say there’s not much else they can do.

“It’s unfortunate that he ended up here, but we will do everything we can in our power to ensure that he stays in line with his registration,” Renee Witt, with the Seattle Police Department, tells KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.

Stanley fled Canada after cutting off his electronic-monitoring bracelet. U.S. officials allowed him to cross the border after determining he was an American citizen and not the subject of an extraditable arrest warrant. He then made his way to Seattle.

“We’re doing everything to ensure that he is closely monitored and to make sure that he doesn’t reoffend here in our city,” says Witt. “Of course, if anyone should see him out doing anything that may fall outside of those guidelines, they’re asked to call 911.”

Yeah, how did that “closely monitoring” situation work for the 69-year-old victim?

messed up



Vancouver school board approves new policy addressing transgender students


say what

Vancouver Sun (Canada): Grammar teachers may need to amend their lesson plans after the Vancouver school board approved a policy change that welcomes a brand-new string of pronouns into Vancouver public schools: “xe (This pronoun has been independently invented by several people. Don Rickter invented the pronoun xe in November 1971)xem, and xyr.” (For the full list of gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed [but not attested] see here.)

The pronouns are touted as alternatives to he/she, him/her, and his/hers, and come as last-minute amendments to the board’s new policy aimed at better accommodating transgender students in schools.

The vote came after a brief debate that sparked unrest among opponents of the policy who shouted “dictator” and “liar” at trustees, as security guards and police officers watched from their posts at council doors. But supporters waved pink and blue-coloured flags and drowned out the detractors with their cheers once the policy passed. Three previous public meetings were similarly rowdy.

The vote may be the knockout blow in a bitter and protracted fight over the controversial plan to put gender-neutral washrooms in schools and support students in expressing their preferred gender identities.

“We’re standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive,” board member Mike Lombardi said in an interview just before the policy was voted in. He said the board was simply putting into policy protections for moves already underway in district schools.

Lombardi said the idea for a pronoun addition was raised during public hearings and was a way to bring clarity to the policy, which allows transgender students to be addressed by their name and pronoun of choice.

“I am so proud to support these policy revisions,” said school board chairwoman Patti Bacchus. “I had no idea how important they were until what we went through with this process … I didn’t realize how much opposition there was out there in our communities to keeping kids safe and included and welcome.”

Board approval came close on the heels of the final public hearing on the issue, held last week, when doctors and other experts from Vancouver Coastal Health added their voices to others supporting the plan.

Scores of angry parents and community members had attacked the plan during the first two meetings. Some said it could lead to teachers pushing an agenda on children without their parents’ knowledge. Many had called for input from medical professionals.

Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer at Vancouver Coastal, and David Hall, a medical director with the health authority, called the policy change “important and necessary” in a letter to school board earlier this month.

“We want to acknowledge that the policy revision process has not been supported by all parents. That is unfortunate and is likely a symptom of misunderstanding,” stated the letter.

Board members Ken Denike and Sophia Woo pushed Monday for another round of consultations, but found no support from fellow board members for more talk on the issue. The pair were the only two to vote against the policy.

The change expands the board’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, questioning policy, first drafted in 2004.

Monica Moberg, the head of Vancouver’s District Parent Advisory Council, said in a letter last week that the DPAC executive supported the policy.

Ken Clement, a board trustee, called comments made last week by opponents to the new policy that it would harm real estate prices in Vancouver “frustrating.”

According to the CBC:

“the guidelines outline practices that include allowing trans students to dress, within existing school rules, according to their self-identified gender and to be called by a name or pronoun that matches their identity.

Under the plan’s revisions, which will be presented for approval later next month, teachers are advised to cut down on sex-segregated activities, and trans students are permitted to use washrooms or change rooms that match their gender identity.”


St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Today we celebrate St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, a very special Canadian saint.

She was born in 1620, the sixth of twelve children in Troyes, France.  That alone is an incredible challenge, growing up in such a large family.  At the age of 20, Marguerite believed she was called to the religious life and desired to be a member of the Carmelite and/or Poor Clares Orders.  Yet, she was not accepted into either Order, wherein she was most disappointed.  But a priest counseled Marguerite advising her that perhaps God had other plans for her which would be revealed to her in His timing.

In 1654, the Governor of the French settlement in Canada visited his sister, who happened to be an Augustinian canoness in Troyes, and coincidentally, Marguerite belonged to the Sodality connected with this particular convent. (A Sodality is an organization under the patronage of Our Blessed Mother.)  This Governor invited Marguerite to come to Canada and start a school there, wherein clearly, Marguerite could then see God’s plans for her, remembering what the priest had previously told her.  Consequently, she went to Ville-Marie (which eventually became Montreal), where there was a colony of approximately 200 people, containing a hospital and a chapel served by Jesuit priests.

Marguerite determined she needed more help and therefore, went back to Troyes, recruiting some of her friends and associates to come back with her to her new school.

In 1667, Marguerite developed classes for Indian children, which of course then required more help.  She went back to France, wherein three years had gone by, and she then brought back with her six more women and a letter from King Louis XIV authorizing the school.  This important development lead to her starting the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1676, with its members actually making their formal religious profession in 1698, upon approval of their constitution and Rule.

The bishop requested that Marguerite establish a community of her Sisters in Montreal; consequently, at the age of 69, she actually walked from Montreal to Quebec to begin to effect that request.  At the time of her death in 1700, Marguerite received the honor of being known as the “Mother of the Colony.”

Marguerite was canonized in 1982, and during her canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II said, “. . .in particular, Marguerite contributed to building up that new country of Canada, realizing the determining role of women, and she diligently strove toward their formation in a deeply Christian spirit.”  Pope John Paul then stressed that she was loving towards her students, believing in them and being confident in their talents, “in order to prepare them to become wives and worthy mothers, Christians, cultured, hardworking, radiant mothers.”

When I learned about this gutsy lady, I was absolutely amazed at her determination, her strength of will and love of God as reflected in her good works and spirit.  She did what needed to be done, when she was supposed to do it, and in the manner it was supposed to be done.  May we remember her example when we have goals that seem to be unattainable, situations that are daunting and difficult tasks that are laborious and unending.  May God be praised for giving us this remarkable saint!



Source:  Saint of the Day, edited by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Franciscan Media, 2009.