Canadian schools are being urged to teach acceptance of LGBTQ+ students after 15-year-old Jamie Hubley commited suicide last week after being bullied because he was the only openly gay student at his school.
Hubley’s story made it to parliament when Quebec NDP MP Dany Morin questioned the Conservatives about how they would address harassment and bullying against gay students at a question period in the House of Commons recently. No promises were made on behalf of the government, however.
Insite Case impacts Prostitution Case
The recent Supreme Court ruling against closing North America’s only safe-injection site could have an implication for a recent challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws. The court stated that to close the Insite clinic in Vancouver, B.C. would violate basic rights to life and security for addicts. The ruling is expected to be cited in many cases to come, including a recent prostitution case that may end up at the Supreme Court.
“The traditional feminist assumption that women cannot consent to sex work eliminates a sex worker’s agency,” says Alexandra Sky. “They argue that either you’re deluded by the patriarchy or motivated by ulterior motives in being a sex worker for money. Ironically, I find this traditional feminist argument to be quite paternalistic in nature.”
As summer draws to a close, the annual migration to school starts ago. For some young adults, this means their first year of college or university. As the temperature and leaves begin to drop, so too will the pants of these frosh.
It is a glorious time, that first year on campus. Whether living in residence or in an apartment, this is usually a person’s first time truly away from home. It is the opportunity to spread wings, discover self, learn of the world and potentially get some.
He was inspiring.
I’m not just talking about the ‘stache heard round the country. Jack Layton was, to many Canadians a leader who could be believed in. His passing this week is a devastating blow to many people and organizations who were hopeful of a strong left presence in Parliament. Jack brought credibility, presence and success to many issues mainstream Canada is, at best ignorant of, and at worst, intolerant of.