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Syrian refugee charged after ‘multiple sexual assaults’ at West Edmonton Mall waterpark

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The actual headline of this article said “Man charged after…” His status as a Syrian refugee isn’t noted until almost the last paragraph. Even with multiple children being sexually attacked, the media cannot report the truth in their headlines.

From Global News: A 39-year-old man has been charged in connection with several sexual assaults that occurred at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark (Canada) over the weekend.

Police were called to the waterpark at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers allege a man followed and inappropriately touched six teenage girls while they were swimming at the waterpark. Pattison said all six girls were under the age of 16.

“The girls were very courageous in coming forward and talking to the lifeguard, that’s not always the case,” Pattison said. “It’s very traumatizing and I’m sure it made them feel extremely vulnerable so they deserve our support.” Police arrested a man on scene and took him into custody.

The waterpark was booked out by the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) at the time. The association represents non-academic staff working on the University of Alberta campus.

Nancy Furlong with NASA said the man was not a member of the association. She also said that while the organization had the waterpark booked, there were other people at the facility at the time who were not part of their group. Furlong said a note was sent out to everyone who purchased tickets through NASA informing them of what happened.

Pattison said police believe there are other complainants and he’s urging them to come forward.

The Zebra Child Protection Centre, which offers support to children who have experienced abuse, stressed the importance of reporting child abuse, believing that child and being there to support them.

“Child abuse is probably one of the most under-reported crimes in the community,” said Lauren Andrews, with the Zebra Child Protection Centre. “So it’s really up to us as the community, as a whole, to be the eyes and ears of the city of Edmonton to make sure that these children and these survivors of child abuse are getting the support that they need.”

Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, a Syrian refugee and father of six, has since been charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference.

The Edmonton Police Service Zebra Child Protection Section has taken over the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual at the pool is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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US students are getting worse at math as science and reading skills stagnate

This is what happens when school administrators are concerned that everyone receives a participation trophy and coddle special snowflakes. Maybe they should focus more on real education instead of worrying about which bathrooms transgenders should use.

American Federation of Teachers union members wear "Obama, Biden 2012" shirts as they wait in line to hear U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speak during their AFT convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

American Federation of Teachers union members wear “Obama, Biden 2012” shirts as they wait in line to hear U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speak during their AFT convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

From Daily Mail: Americans students are having major math problems and have fallen behind the rest of the world, a new study has revealed. The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S., while performances in science and reading stagnated.

The concerning findings were part of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which looks into the performance of more than 500,000 15-year-olds across schools in more than 70 countries. Just under 6,000 students took part in American schools.

The top performing country in all three categories was Singapore, while Hong Kong and Macau were second and third in mathematics. Japan and Estonia, and Canada and Hong Kong rounded out the top-three in science and reading, respectively.  The U.S. ranked 40th in math, 24th in reading, and 25th in science.

‘We’re losing ground – a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world,’ Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said after the results were published. ‘Students in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany, and Japan.’

Education Secretary John King

Education Secretary John King

Math was a stubborn concern, the experts identifying the drop off the result of something that has been building for years. The U.S. average score was 470, below the international average of 490. Singapore topped the math chart with an average of 564. The American score was 12 points lower than it was in 2012 and 18 points lower than in 2009. The tests are based on a 1,000-point scale.

‘This pattern that we’re seeing in mathematics seems to be consistent with what we’ve seen in previous assessments – everything is just going down,’ Peggy Carr, acting commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics, said.

Andreas Schleicher, director of education and skills at OECD, said the struggle of American students in math was in part due to their inability to solve more complex problems. ‘Students are often good at answering the first layer of a problem in the United States,’ Schleicher said. ‘But as soon as students have to go deeper and answer the more complex part of a problem, they have difficulties.’

Moving away from math, the study also found U.S. students were right around the international average in science and reading. Americans scored 496 in science, compared to a global mean of 493, and 497 in reading, compared to 493. Scores in both categories have remained flat since 2009. The study is the latest to document how American students are under-performing their peers in several Asian nations.

ATF President Randi Weingarten

ATF President Randi Weingarten

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) described the results as ‘disappointing but not surprising’. ‘They were predictable given the impact of the last 15 years of U.S. education policies combined with continuing state disinvestment following the 2008 recession. Thirty-one states still spend less per pupil than before the recession,’ AFT President Randi Weingarten said.

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National Center on Education and the Economy President Marc Tucker said the test proves the U.S. needs to look at what works for ‘smarter countries’ around the world and adopt those methods. ‘It is critical to look not only at their average high performance, but also at the strategies they use to achieve much greater equity across and within schools compared to the United States,’ Tucker said.

The test is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and conducted every three years. Schools included in each country are randomly selected.

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Lena Dunham proves, once again, that you can’t believe a thing she says

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Liberal Hollyweird actress Lena Dunham has a very vivid imagination. She’s said many things that were either not true or just downright made-up stories coming from her dramatic, twisted brain. For example:

  • In 2014, Dunham wrote in her book that she raped by an acquaintance in college. She said his name was “Barry.” After being called out by Breitbart, Lena had to backtrack and apologize. Dunham clarified that ‘Barry’ was just a pseudonym she designed to protect the identity of her attacker, who she never meant to identify in the story.  Instead, she says she wrote the essay to bring comfort to other victims like herself and that she intends to continue raising awareness of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.
  • Back in September, Dunham assumed a man seated with her at the Met Gala wasn’t interested in her because he was on his phone. Dunham was seated near Odell Beckham (a football player), and she claimed he was looking at his cellphone instead of her because he found her sexually unappealing. She had to apologize, again.

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Dunham’s apology to Beckham

So did we really believe Dunham would keep her word about Trump’s election?

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Back in April, Dunham said she would move to Canada if Trump was elected.

Lena said this: “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will,” the Girls star, 29, said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there.”

Turns out she’s not moving to Canada after all. Shocker, not.

The day before Thanksgiving, she posted this letter on her Instagram account:

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Remember Lena, #LoveTrumpsHate!

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Wednesday Funny: Poor Canada…they will need a wall!

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The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The election of Republican Donald Trump is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution.

Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors  global-warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.

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“I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.   “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken.  When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.

“A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Alberta border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips.  When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.

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Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.

In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ‘50s.

“If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.

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Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD’s, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones.

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“I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said.  “After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?

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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.

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Canadian lawmakers vote to make national anthem gender neutral

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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