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February 1, 2010

Bullying – Stop the young ones now too..


 A Kanata mother of a 10-year-old girl, who says her daughter was bullied to the point of severe mental and emotional trauma, has launched a $325,000 lawsuit against the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Krisha Stanton is also suing her daughter’s Grade 3 teacher and others from St. Isidore Catholic School for not acting strongly enough to stop it. The statement of claim alleges Jaclyn Stanton suffered at the hands of a girl who constantly called her names and assaulted her.


School staff now required by Ont. law to report bullying –  As of Monday all school staff in Ontario are required to report serious student incidents such as bullying to the school principal.

Serious School Incidents, Including Bullying, Must Now Be Reported CityNews
 New Rules For Reporting Student Incidents CD98.9
Government of Ontario News – February 1, 2010 9:00 AM

McGuinty Government Making Schools Safer, More Positive Places To Learn

Ontario is the first province in Canada to require all school staff to report serious student incidents — including bullying — to the principal.

Principals are also required in these situations to contact parents of victims — another first in Canada.

The new reporting measures came into effect today. They are part of the Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act. The legislation makes schools safer and helps students achieve their full potential by:

  •  Addressing the reporting gap between principals, teachers and parents about all serious student incidents that must be considered for suspension or expulsion.
  •  Ensuring that parents are kept informed and principals are aware of serious incidents in the school so they can respond appropriately.
  • Requiring school staff to respond to inappropriate, disrespectful behaviour among students as well as activities which can lead to suspension and expulsion.

The legislation builds on Ontario’s safe schools strategy and is part of a comprehensive response to the Safe Schools Action Team report.

  • The Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act was passed in the legislature on June 1, 2009, and comes into effect on February 1, 2010.
  • Staff at schools and school boards have received training on the new requirements.
  • Bullying and harassment can affect a student’s health, mental well-being and school success, according to a 2008 study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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    Apple vs Google, Adobe


    Once sworn friends and now sworn enemies..  First Google announced their Android mobile software (direct threat to the iPhone), then GOOG announced a new web browser (direct threat to Safari), then a shocking announcement of a new Chrome operating system (direct threat to OS X), then came a rejection of Google Voice from the iPhone app store, and finally the resignation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple’s board.  Obviously Android has tremendous appeal. It is an open operating system with third party application development without Apple’s tightly monitored app approval process. Plus, Android’s ability to operate many mobile devices will be a direct threat to Apple’s mobile market share. App developers could simply grow weary of Apple’s obsessive regulations and start coding for a different platform. That is entirely possible with some of the iPhone’s app stores many developer problems.

    As usual Apple likes to convey the image it is number one, even if it is clearly not, it is number one in certain limited  areas only, MS computers still rule the waves.. so does Google 

    Google music services compete with I tunes. So does Google android phones, Google chrome browser, Googles you tube all commpete with Apple, and Google Chrome OS is a viable alternative to Mac OS.. Google seemed to have  to realized now  it does not need Apple realtionships at all ..

    and so now Apple chief Steve Jobs has lately come out swinging , reacting to the release of Google’s Nexus One, which has apparently angered him by being now fairly cool, and by actually having a decent reception – unlike a certain apple iPad. Google  “They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them. This don’t be evil crap: It’s bullshit.” yeah and ‘How dare someone else try and sell a phone'” especialy a very decent one .

    Flash has all the advantages any entrenched technology enjoys and remains the standard multimedia language for a vast majority of developers and programmers. The new iPad would not display videos, animations or any other features created using Flash, a type of multimedia software made by Adobe. Flash is one of the world’s most prolific  applications, appearing on 98 percent of all computers. YouTube videos run on it. It is what animates millions of graphics and advertisements on Web sites around the world. Adobe says the technology supports nearly 75 percent of video on the Web and 70 percent of online gaming sites.  Flash would not be used on the iPhone. Apple has argued that the Flash technology is too slow and unduly taxes laptops and netbooks. The company also has concerns over Flash’s vulnerability to viruses and other malware, as well as the way Flash-based content can voraciously consume battery life.. but what about the real monetary concerns? Adobe, said Apple’s opposition was a way for the Apple gouging company to control its iTunes system. “I think it’s pretty clear that Apple wants to regain control of the content consumers see online and the content Apple offers for their devices,” Many persons also do maintain  it is impossible for Apple to maintain a walled garden around the content and advertising people consume on the iPad.  The same  Jobs once again threw  a couple of insults against Adove too. “They (Adobe) have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy”, he is reported as saying. “Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash”. Sadly there are constant updates required for Adobe flash, which do slow down your computer if you do not install them too..

    Mismanagement the Key word in Canada’s civil and public services today?


    Is Mismanagement the Key word in dealing with Canada’s civil and public services today,  or is it rather still a pretentious management where the politicians, supervisors get paid for promising to look after the good welfare of all Canadians but in reality it seems pass the buck by doing mostly nothing about it?.
    Look we have had in Canada and Canada wide for decades abusive Police officers, abusive, insulting, unacceptably bad  rather internal police reviews and yet nothing has been done about it by the rather pretentious, incompetent it seems police managers themselves and the elected politicians too, justice ministers. 
    Both the cops and crown lawyers are even the perevrts now..  TORONTO-A panel of three Ontario Court of Appeal judges was urged on Monday to order a new trial in a double murder case because of secret vetting of potential jurors by the Crown and police.  “This is a case about the Crown cheating. This is a case about the Crown breaking the law,” said defence lawyer Greg Lafontaine during the appeal court hearing Monday morning. Mr. Lafontaine was arguing on behalf of Ibrahim Yumnu, who was convicted along with two other people of first-degree murder in 2005 by a jury in Barrie in the slaying of two people suspected of taking money from a marijuana grow operation. Local police services in the Barrie area searched confidential databases to uncover information about hundreds of potential jurors, which was passed on to the Crown in the Yumnu prosecution and dozens of other cases. The information was kept from the defence. The broad background checks of potential jurors, which was contrary to the provisions of the Juries Act, was first reported by the National Post last spring. An investigation by the Ontario Privacy Commission revealed that one-in-three Crown offices engaged in improper jury vetting since 2006. Mr. Lafontaine stressed that the state is not permitted under Canadian law to use police databases to try to gain an advantage during jury selection. “The prosecution was controlling the investigation of potential jurors, using a powerful information machine in the hands of the police. The playing field was not level,” said Mr. Lafontaine. Justice Karen Weiler asked whether it might be okay for police to conduct background checks, as long as the Crown did not obtain the jury lists until 10 days before jury selection, as allowed by law. “Don’t open the door to large scale inquiries,” of potential jurors, responded Mr. Lafontaine. “Shut it down.” There are at least a dozen other outstanding appeals in Ontario where jury vetting took place, including the case of a young man convicted of killing a police officer, all awaiting the outcome of the Yumnu case. Crown attorney Michal Fairburn is scheduled to make her arguments Monday afternoon. But the Crown is downplaying the significance of the secret checks, in written arguments already filed with the court. “The Crown was executing its responsibilities to ensure juror qualifications,” writes Ms. Fairburn, a senior lawyer in the Ministry of the Attorney-General. “Jurors with criminal records are not simply an abstract concern,” she adds. None of the 800 people investigated by police in the Yumnu trial were found to have a conviction for an indictable offence, which would have made them ineligible to serve as a juror.  
     Ont. top cop pushed for charges against protester   Tuesday, February 2, 2010 | 6:16 PM    CBC News  OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino encouraged his officers to lay charges against a protester — before there was any evidence the man had committed a crime — during a clash between natives and residents of Caledonia, Ont., in late 2007, according to emails made public this week in a court case. “At some point McHale has to go,” Fantino wrote Deputy Commissioner Chris Lewis, a half hour after a protest began on Dec. 1, 2007, referring to Gary McHale of Richmond Hill, Ont., who was leading a campaign to hold the OPP accountable for its policing decisions. On Feb. 28, 2006, native protesters occupied disputed land in Caledonia, next to the Six Nations reserve. Ensuing clashes with Caledonia residents led to a standoff that has continued for almost four years. Gary McHale is still banned from Caledonia under bail conditions imposed after he was charged by the OPP with counselling mischief, not committed. (CBC)When a native woman attacked McHale during the Dec. 1 protest, claiming that he had assaulted her, the police were almost giddy in their email exchanges that they finally had what they wanted. “There is a hidden gem here,” officer Rick Barnum wrote to OPP Supt. Bob Goodall. “It appears on the ground the sentiment is that McHale may have pushed a female FN [First Nations] lady who was close to him.” Another officer reported to Barnum: “Gary McHale viciously beaten by [native leader Clyde Powless]. He appears hurt.” McHale went to hospital but Fantino, who was kept abreast of every action at the scene, was mistakenly told that McHale had been arrested. Fantino wrote to Goodall: “I want every avenue explored by which we now can bring McHale into court seeking a court order to prevent him from continuing his agenda of inciting people to violence in Caledonia. “We should be able to prove to court that McHale’s forays into Caledonia have been planned and executed for purposes of breaching the peace which today also resulted in violence. We can’t allow this vicious cycle to continue to the point where time and again we have to expend an inordinate number of police resources to keep people from killing themselves,” Fantino wrote. OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino is to appear in Ontario Superior Court on Feb. 3 in Cayuga to answer to a charge of trying to influence politicians. (Canadian Press)Although Fantino was told the Dec. 1 protest was organized by Caledonia resident Doug Fleming to challenge an illegal native smoke shop on disputed land, the OPP commissioner was preoccupied with McHale, claiming his visits to Caledonia led to $500,000 in extra policing costs.  Still banned from Caledonia McHale submitted the emails, which he obtained through disclosure, to a court on Feb. 2 in an attempt to review his bail conditions on an obscure charge of counselling mischief, not committed. More than two years later, his bail conditions still prevent him from setting foot in Caledonia. McHale has also filed a private prosecution to instigate a criminal charge against Fantino for trying to influence Haldimand County Council and its treatment of him. Fantino is to appear in Ontario Superior Court Feb. 3 in Cayuga to answer to that charge. “It’s taken two years to get emails that clearly show the officers were told to arrest me, regardless of the evidence,” said McHale, adding he was disturbed, but not surprised, to find the police focusing on him. On Dec. 2, 2007, a day after the clash in Caledonia, Fantino wrote an email to his deputy commissioner to say he was slow to respond because he had to “cool off.” “What are we doing in Caledonia? … If it isn’t us being told what to do by feeble Crowns, it is our own lack of fire. It seems to me we are reactive to the point that McHale is the orchestra leader while we are almost captive to his nonsense. Ahh, I can’t believe this!!!!!” Fantino wrote. Lewis sends this message to his officers: “I’m with the boss [Fantino] at dinner tonight and we’re discussing McHale. He’s enquiring (sic) about the timing of charges. Is there any way that charges could be laid sooner than later?” Based on his correspondence, Fantino wanted to be informed as soon as possible so he could pass on the news to Deborah Newman, then Ontario’s deputy minister of community safety and correctional services. He even wrote he would like to emulate an infamous Los Angeles police chief who made arrests “and go out and arrest the goof myself.” Police disappointed As the week wore on, police became disappointed that they could not charge McHale with assault. Supt. Ron Gentle weighed in on Dec. 3 in an email to the deputy commissioner: “The assault of McHale by Bullet [native protest leader Clyde Powless] was caught on all kinds of video as people turned the cameras on when the action happened. Unfortunately, the alleged assault committed by McHale, to this point, is not on video. The best we have is the victim claiming verbally to have been assaulted on at least one tape. We have witnesses on both sides that say he did and didn’t commit an offence. “We want to ensure, when we arrest and charge Bullet we do the same with McHale to eliminate any of the usual issues.” It was up to Goodall to pass on the bad news to Fantino: “McHale did not assault [Camille] Powless. She assaulted McHale and then committed public mischief by making a false report to police. Charges pending. “McHale tried to set us up in that he anticipated that we would charge him with assault and then he would release a videotape showing him being assaulted by [Camille].” Goodall told Fantino police could get McHale with an obscure charge for counselling mischief, not committed. Police also wanted charges against Clyde Powless for assaulting a police officer and assaulting McHale.  Powless was never charged with assaulting a police officer. McHale told CBC News on Feb. 2 that Fantino was ordered by a court in October 2008 to turn over his emails, but it took him more than a year to do so. “Why are they hiding this stuff when there’s a court order?” asked McHale, who said he has about a dozen outstanding requests for disclosure. “It leads me to wonder: How much more material are they hiding from me?” Fantino did not respond to requests for an interview. .. Put him out to pasture, he was good for a while, but he’s become some sort vigilante, judge and jury eh. He got TOO BIG for his chair. Time to turf him! Inside view of when the cops want to railroad someone. Deserved or not (maybe he deserves it, but we need to get rid of these crooked cops that are willing to do whatever they want). Why the double standard? I lost faith in Mr. Fantino. He was a good cop back on Toronto. Now he seems to be a puppet for the government.  Shame on the OPP for not enforcing the law. Remember, they took an oath to uphold the law and protect ALL citizens. Those that sit back and watch illegal activites unfold without doing a thing should be ashamed of themselves. “OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino encouraged his officers to lay charges against a protester — before there was any evidence the man had committed a crime”  This in itself is a criminal code offence. If the crown does not file additional charges, then it is time for the rest of us to stand up to this putz, and get a writ of mandamus to force the corrupt AG to do his job. Another sneaky cop story. What are we averaging nationally? About 1 a day? Fantino has to go. He has gotten too big for his britches.

    In Canada and Canada wide for decades now also we have had unacceptable poor medical services from our Hospitals, doctors, nurses and I know I have been writing about it now for about 20 years too to all as well  and yet nothing has been done about it by the rather pretentious, incompetent it seems medical managers themselves and the elected politicians too, Health  ministers.

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