Tuesday 29 December 2015

The Force is dormant.

The Force Awakens was great.

I love Harrison Ford (Han Solo).

But it is such a disappointment to learn that Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa / General Leia Organa) has earned less then both Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). Remarkably less. All Luke Skywalker did was turn around and he got paid more. You'd think 40 years later some of this shit would change. And don't even get me started with Hollywoods "request" that she lose weight for the role. 

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Multiple Birth Children and the EI Act Discrimination

When someone says your complaints are vexatious, which really means that you are whining without out cause, I wonder how equitable the situation is. When privileges are allotted to one group are not the same allotted to another group it is very easy to want to deny any extension of benefits. For example, if each pregnancy is given 35 weeks maternity leave and most pregnancies result in singleton children then if the same amount of maternity leave is given to families who have multiple birth children, they are only receiving half of the same benefit. When multiple birth families request for equal application of the EI act it is not DOUBLE as the media likes to portray it is, its is actually just equal to what parents of single born children receive.

When people talk about EI parental benefits they often take the perspective of the parents. It is the parents who earn the benefit and so they say “I only got so many months leave, why should you get anything different?” But with everything else, we consider the needs of the child(ren) first and foremost. The children’s needs are paramount, so from the perspective of the kids, the application of the EI benefit is unequal when there is a multiple birth. When people reject this idea, they see the benefit as some kind of luxury benefit being provided to the parent. However, it is not about the parents needs as much as the childrens needs. Everything else we do is with the focus of what is in the best needs of the child(ren) and clearly the EI act application is unequal in meeting the needs of multiple birth children.

Requesting the distribution of benefits to be equal to singleton children is not double when multiple children are considered, it is simply equal. To meet the needs of multiple birth children, the EI act needs to change to include multiple births! Otherwise systemic inequality continues to exist.

Thursday 8 October 2015


Wednesday 16 September 2015

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty Doll.  Just what every little girl needs. A doll whose purpose is to sit there and look pretty. Included with a dose of ethical manners "I am honest" and "I am kind." Is this shit for real?

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Fall Office Hours

New Office Hours This Fall. Starting September 1.

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 2:30pm (last session starts at 1:30pm)
Wednesday 2pm to 7pm
Thursday 9am to 2:30pm
Friday 9am to 2:30pm
Thanks Every-Body!

This photo of a clothing store was taken in Oxford, England.

Thursday 4 June 2015

Princess Leia's father

I Love Star Wars.

But hey, why do we not talk about Princess Leia being the leader of the Rebels? A Woman a Leader of a group called the Rebels. Very cool.

And why do we not talk about the fact that Darth Vader is also her father?

This is what we teach boys

Why is this okay as a message for young boys? Is it meant for sports? Will it reinforce the belief that testosterone is responsible for poor behavior? 

Would anyone want their daughters or sons to date someone who wore this shirt? It just rings of the lack of responsibility, the lack of self control, the lack of respect. Date rape.

It's not okay to reinforce these subtle messages.

If you think this children's t-shirt is not related to any of the above actions, then when and where do boys and men learn that they aren't responsible for their behavior? Can't Stop, Won't Stop reinforces lack of accountability.

We could pretend that it is meant as a positive message, that perseverance, go-getter, to-the-death trying with whatever positive activity they are engaged in is what is meant, but this message appears more often in the news related to abuse, rape, sexual assault, and violence. Let's teach boys that they can stop, they CAN stop, they CAN STOP. Let's allow them to show up with their good hearts, their good intentions and stop brainwashing them into macho, sexist behavior.

Friday 23 January 2015

New Increased Office Hours

I have increased my office hours!

Monday 9am to 8:30pm

Tuesday 9am-2pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday 9-2pm

Friday 9-4:00pm
With the option of some late afternoon / evening appointments when there is spill over from earlier in the week.

Some of you might also notice that I finally painted the hallway where I welcome you in! Feel free to create your own messages on the magnet board.