Our Glorious Dead

In times of war we are called upon to honour our glorious dead. Indeed the memory of the fallen is used to raise our collective patriotic ire at anyone who does not support any military action. This has become known colloquially as "not supporting the troops." It does not matter if the cause they were fighting is just. If the people they killed were innocent. If the war they fought a sham. … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Dalton McGuinty

Dear Mr. McGuinty, My name is Devon. I am a 12 year old girl attending elementary school in Ontario. In the past election you said your government would be best for education. I recently watched this video, Writing on the Wall, by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. I don't think that schools should have to be in a draw to get books for kids. School libraries should never get like … [Read more...]

“Well, you’re not going to solve the problem if you even refuse to say what it is.”

The Star carried this article yesterday about The War on Women: Elly Armour, Jane Hursham, and Criminal Domestic Violence in Canadian Homes, by Brian Vallée. Stephen Lewis wrote an impassioned foreword for the book, urging the creation of a fully funded United Nations international agency for women that would provide "a tremendous force for advocacy and intervention" and would "inevitably … [Read more...]

Children and Sexual Assault

Three stories are on the CTV site just now. ((Scout Volunteer| Peter Whitmore| Victim resisted death threats )) Each story details a violation of a child's life. Often sexual assault is spoke of in hushed tones, sometimes more so if the victim is male. I think perhaps homophobia comes into play, both in a child's willingness to report and in the way they are treated. Sexual assault steals … [Read more...]

Sweet sixteen and ready for raping

From BBC Children's charities have reacted with anger after a window cleaner who raped a girl of 10 was jailed for two years. Keith Fenn, 24, will be free in four months after a judge said the girl, who was attacked in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, had appeared older. The charity Kidscape accused Judge Julian Hall of "trying to find excuses" and said a child must never be … [Read more...]