Wise Law Blog: Damages Claims for Assault by Parents and Caregivers Upon Children

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER A recent parliamentary bill in Ontario, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act” brought changes to Ontario’s Limitations Act, and removed virtually all time limits on bringing court claims arising from sexual assault, or other related offences. But the law will also have a major impact on people who were ...

Wise Law Blog: Damages Claims for Assault by Parents and Caregivers Upon Children

BY PAUL ADAM, ASSOCIATE LAWYER A recent parliamentary bill in Ontario, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act” brought changes to Ontario’s Limitations Act, and removed virtually all time limits on bringing court claims arising from sexual assault, or other related offences. But the law will also have a major impact on people who were ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Calgary Police Service: Allegations of Harassment and Intimidation

If you’ve ever wondered why women are reluctant to bring forward allegations of sexual harassment, look no further than the furor unleashed when 15 female police officers contacted city councillor and police commissioner Diane Colley-Urquhart to discuss sexual harassment and the culture of intimidation and retaliation they’d experienced at the Calgary Police Service. Ms Colley-Urquhart ...

Montreal Simon: Roger Ailes the Head of Fox News Is Forced To Resign

For twenty years as the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes helped shaped the current form of the Republican Party.And turn politics in that country into a sewer.But today it was his turn to be flushed into that same sewer.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Ghomeshi Apology and the Shame of the CBC

And so it ends, for him. Jian Ghomeshi has apologized, and avoided another trial for sexual assault.Jian Ghomeshi stood before an open court today and apologized for his "sexually inappropriate" behaviour against a former CBC employee who had accused him of sexual assault — a charge that was then dropped by the Crown attorney. His ...

Montreal Simon: Why the RCMP Commissioner Still Doesn’t Get It

It seems only appropriate that on the very day Mike Duffy returned to the Senate, the RCMP Commissioner should appear before a Senate committee and show once again why he still doesn't get it.And that a time when the RCMP is being rocked by allegations of incompetence and sexual harassment.He should defend the force.Read more »

centre of the universe: Addendum

Okay, so following the breaking news yesterday that one of the fellows who thought it was a laugh riot to shout “Fuck her in the pussy” at a television camera pointed at a female reporter (a friend mentioned that this has happened to male reporters too; I am now aware of one instance of that ...

Montreal Simon: The Dirty Sexist Game and the Woman Who Fought Back

It's a dirty game, a bestial assault on women, and one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on TV.One that began just over a year ago with this video in Cincinnati, as a female reporter covered a train derailment. The video got more than five million views, more than 31,000 thumbs up, and ...

centre of the universe: Waitaminute, do what to whom? In the where?

TL:DR – (sexual) harassment isn’t funny. It’s illegal.

The Canadian Progressive: Jian Ghomeshi’s abusive behaviour condoned by CBC: Report

An independent report on the Jian Ghomeshi scandal accuses the management of the CBC of condoning the former Q host’s abusive workplace behaviour. The post Jian Ghomeshi’s abusive behaviour condoned by CBC: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: International Women’s Day 2015: Ontario’s bold anti-sexual violence plan

This powerful anti-sexual violence ad, released just in time for the 2015 International Woman’s Day, is part of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s ambitious $41-million plan to combat sexual violence. The post International Women’s Day 2015: Ontario’s bold anti-sexual violence plan appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Violence Against Women: Why We All Need to Look in the Mirror

I'm ashamed to admit that when the stories about the ghastly harassment of women in this country began to emerge, first at the CBC and then on Parliament Hill, I was shocked and horrified.But because I'm a gay guy, and I've never harassed anyone let alone a woman, and sex for me means love not violence, the idiot thought ...

Montreal Simon: The Scandal on the Hill and the Old Boy’s Club

As if Stephen Harper hadn't degraded the image of our Parliament enough. Reduced it to a fascist circus where the Big Lie rules, and shame goes to die.Mocked it, muzzled it, or just crapped on it like a monstrous alien monkey from outer space. Now we find out it's also a place where power corrupts even basic ...

Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

I know we don’t agree often. We have a love/hate relationship dependent on my mood and whether or not it’s cold and rainy outside. To be fair, you are consistently late and often leave me standing out in the rain. You have just been voted 3rd best public transit in Canada, which is not saying ...

The Canadian Progressive: Eight Measures Against University of Ottawa’s Burgeoning Rape Culture

by: Obert Madondo A student member of the University of Ottawa’s board of governors says the university’s response to recent report sexual violence against women is not enough. Anaïs Elboujdaini, a political science student who spearheads the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture, proposes eight measures against rape culture on campus and in society. The measures include ...

Melissa Fong: Harassment on Translink

One of the ways that many countries offer against harassment are female only cars on transit. While this option has proven to make women feel safer, there are a few barriers such as transgendered people’s access to these cars and the fact that not all harassment on transit is male directed to females (although a ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, testifying before a Senate committee investigating sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP, has dismissed allegations of harassment and bullying. “I can’t be continually defending against outlandish claims that have not been tested or established, but yet are being put forward as though they are gospel and representative of the modern ...

Cowichan Conversations: RCMP Sexual Harassment Investigations Long Overdue

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Canadians have been hearing about wrongdoing within the ranks if the RCMP for far too long. Now, finally a class action lawsuit commences on behalf of women who have had their careers ruined and lives and well being denied. It is disconcerting that our national police force whose reputation was once a ...

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP (VIDEO)

A Liberal roundtable on sexual harassment within the RCMP, hosted by the party’s Women’s Caucus. The Canadian Progressive recommends: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim We recommend:High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuitHundreds […] The post Liberal roundtable ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Australia’s Female PM Assails “Misogynist’ Opposition Leader & Sexism

A political master-stroke of epic proportions. That’s my take on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s take-down of opposition leader Tony Abbott in this 15-minute speech on sexism in Parliament. OK, let’s put aside the fact that Gillard’s passionate and personal take-down followed Abbott’s attack on the embattled Speaker of the house, Peter Slipper, who resigned following ...

Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Earlier this week, I blogged that hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada had launched a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. Yesterday, Valerie MacLean, a well-known British Columbian and former head of the Better Business Bureau, joined the lawsuit, according to the CBC News. MacLaren’s story echoes that of Corporal Catherine Galliford, who filed a claim of being ...

Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

That was part of Ottawa Senator Colin Kenny‘s take on the ongoing harassment and reputational issues bedeviling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In an opinion piece published by the Ottawa Citizen today, the Senator posited that: “When it comes to harassment at the RCMP, sex is only the tip of the iceberg.” Canada’s national ...

Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

In March, Janet Merlo, a 19-year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), filed a lawsuit against Canada’s national police force. In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with the RCMP. Now hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada have launched ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Gillford Sexual Harassment Claim

In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with our national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Predictably, the responses from the four accused Mounties is denial. But, in this country famous for compassion, how are we supposed to understand ...

Boot to the groin earns 7-year-old sexual harassment charge

I’m sorry but a pre-sexual 7-year-old male charged with ‘sexual harassment’ for kicking another same-age boy in the groin is beyond ridiculous. Kicking another in the nuts is punishable for sure but it is not a sexual act. It is a boot to the groin. It is also sometimes a woman’s last, best defence against ...