Language often tells a story—and perhaps no more so than in the world of police media relations.
Words like home invasion, targeted, and person of interest are laden with meaning.
If it's a targeted attack, it's a way of reassuring the public that they don't have to fear that this will happen to them.
A person of interest may not always be a suspect, but it's a nifty way for police to highlight someone who's wanted without facing the wrath of their lawyer afterward.
The term home invasion conveys something far more gruesome and violent than a standard break-and-enter, though the words "home invasion" do not appear in the Criminal Code of Canada.
The anticlerical feminist group Femen has caused a ruckus in San Juan, Argentina, by mocking Rosary-praying men outside a Catholic cathedral.
Topless women involved in the pro-choice protest used markers to paint Hitler-style mustaches on the men's faces.
The feminists also draped panties over the head of one of the Catholic men. (See video below.)
The anti-abortion website lifesitenews.com has claimed that some women chanted: "To the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, who wants to get between our sheets, we say that we want to be whores, travesties, and lesbians. Legal abortion in every hospital.”
Remember "Hurricane", that great Bob Dylan tune about the imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter?
Bob Mercer sure does.
Dylan's 1975 protest song came out five months after a notorious hostage-taking incident at the B.C. Penitentiary that took the life of 32-year-old prison social-worker Mary Steinhauser. Three years later, finding major inspiration in "Hurricane", Mercer wrote a song called "Wilson, Lucas & Bruce" that told the inside story of the 72-hour standoff, including Steinhauser's death "from a prison guard's gun" and the fact that B.C. Pen's extensive use of solitary confinement was what led to the hostage-taking in the first place.
Perhaps this is what TransLink means by "public consultation".
The regional transportation authority is taking a page—or episode, rather—from reality TV as it awards busker licenses for the coming year.
Buskers are set to audition on Wednesday (December 4) at TransLink HQ. While a panel of judges will select the winners of seven available licences, four buskers will be chosen to compete for an eighth licence.
TransLink plans to post videos of the four contestants' performances on The Buzzer Blog. The public will vote from December 5 to 15, and the winner will be named on December 16.
An instructor at a Minnesota community college has been reprimanded for highlighting white privilege in class.
English teacher Shannon Gibney has spoken out in the video below about the incident at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
"I was in the middle of speaking when I had a young white man in the class interrupt me and ask, 'Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?'," Gibney said. "I was shocked."
She added that his remarks weren't made in a calm manner.
Here's a roundup of LGBT news from around the world.
Croatians vote to support same-sex marriage ban On December 1, two-thirds of voters in a Croatian referendum voted to change the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Also, 104 out of 151 members of Croatia's parliament voted for maintaining a ban on same-sex marriage. Croatia became a member of the European Union on July 1; LGBT rights are protected under EU treaties and laws, but marriage and adoption rights differ in various EU states.
If you look at politicians' websites as much as I do, you know that they are often devoid of up-to-date information and interactive features. Indeed, some politicians only seem to refresh their sites around election time.
Samara, a Toronto-based organization that aims to improve political participation in Canada, visited MPs' sites in August and September in order to see if our elected federal politicians are taking advantage of the web's potential. Unsurprisingly, many are not.
The group used a 14-point checklist to grade the sites. Here's Samara's overall findings:
This was not your usual political protest.
In Paris, topless activists from Femen decided to squat down near the pavement to demonstrate their disrespect for Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych—a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The antipatriarchal, anticlerical demonstrators appeared to pee on Yanukovych's portrait, though they might have been releasing liquid from a pouch hidding under their skirts.
It followed Yanukovych's ban on protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Yanukovych has enraged many of his countrymen by suspending work on a deal with the European Union.
Femen leader Inna Shevchenko blamed the decision on Putin.
It's World AIDS Day today (December 1).
Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS, filmed this video and penned this open letter to mark the occasion:
I invite you to join me today in uniting with people around the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
We want all those in need – wherever they live, whoever they love, whatever their drug use history, however they earn a living – to have supported access to the best HIV treatment and care, and the most effective prevention strategies, in a stigma and discriminatory free society.
As anticipation for the fast-approaching Sochi Winter Olympics steadily mounts, so is attention towards gay-rights issues in Russia.
A new social media campaign, We Are Gay Propaganda, has been launched by social media strategists Kevin Dolan and Joe Babarsky who are working with LGBT activists in response to homophobic Russian legislation.
They're hoping to draw attention to the escalating violence against LGBT people in Russia.