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Bullying Needs To Stop

Nova Scotia Premier Responds To Rehtaeh Parson’s Tragedy

Rehtaeh Parsons

The horrible story of a seventeen year old driven to suicide by photos of her sexual assault that was sent around to her classmates continues to reverberate across Canada and around the world. There has been outrage at her humiliation and the failure of almost every child protection department in our governments.

The Nova Scotia Premier, Darrel Dexter, said as a father first, who lives in the same community as Rehtaeh’s family, he felt, like most of us, indescribable, unimaginable grief. He could not imagine anyone going through this.

There was a cascade of events that led to the ultimate sad, and tragic death of Rehtaeh. As the Premier this is what his government is trying to do.

“We are trying to design a response that looks across the lines of individual departmental responsibilities. This is a question we’re going to address through the department of education, through health, through justice, through community services, with our partners on police forces and in school board administrations.”

“Young people move almost effortlessly – just living their lives – through the various areas of responsibility that the ones who look out for them hold.” – NS Premier Darrel Dexter

In the CTV Power Play interview, at counter time 1:00, the Premier mentions that on the last page of the 2011 Nova Scotia bully report Professor McKay noted sadly that “Technology has led to a deterioration of human relationships.”

The federal justice minister says the administration of justice is a provincial matter. Premier Dexter says that the communications laws and criminal code issues fall under federal jurisdiction. The Premier also says that there were so many agencies involved and so many opportunities to provide support and assistance, it obviously begs the question where were the gaps, why were the supports not there for this young woman.

PM Harper on Rehtaeh Parson’s Death

An Emotional Steven Harper Responds To Rehtaeh’s Tragedy

It was a busy day in politics and may change our history. Our Prime Minister joined in our global dialogue on bullying, saying when he heard the word bullying he thought of kids misbehaving. He said this was more than bullying, this was youth criminal activity: violent, sexual, internet criminal activity. One CBC news reporter commented that bullying may not be in the Canadian criminal code, but the Prime Minister was calling it criminal activity. For all parents, part of the challenge is to guide children growing up in a changing world where pictures never go away and one needs to navigate the Internet the way we would navigate our streets. Another part is working with teens substance use and club drugs – the type of alcohol and drug used by and against teens. Cole Harbour HS

Barbara Coloroso defined bullying in her book, The Bully, The Bullied and The Bystander. She describes it as “arrogance in action” and “contempt” for another person who is deemed unworthy of one’s consideration. What makes bullying different from the normal conflicts kids have with one another is the fact that bullying is comprised of the following key elements: the intent to harm; an imbalance of power; repeated aggression and/or the threat of further aggression.

You can watch the Prime Ministers remarks on CBC News Nova Scotia.

The Amanda Todd case in British Columbia and the Audrie Pott case in Saratoga, California have been held up as eerily similar high school bullying cases.

Rob Nicholson

Making A Difference In Canada

Communities Giving Voice To Sexual Assault Victims

I heard Prime Minister Harper’s discussion about Rehtaeh while he was in Calgary naming a child advocacy centre after Sydney Sheldon, saying “Our efforts to eliminate child abuse are being informed by brave people like Sheldon Kennedy.” The headline for this item comes from a report by the Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Women discussing the effects of violence on high school students. The first line of the report states violence can be either physical, such as rape, or psychological, including photographs, repeated insults meant to demean and erode self-esteem, and forced isolation from friends and relatives as happened to Rehtaeh.

NDP Vote with Conservatives to Kill Cyberbullying Bill

Many Schools May Need School Conduct Code Updates for 2013

We try to rehabilitate students aged 12 – 17 under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Where there is a link to schools, school authorities are expected to apply their Codes of Conduct. Many schools may need to update their Codes of Conduct to deal with life in 2013. Parliament is trying to update the Criminal Code to include cyberbullying, through Vancouver MP Hedy Fry’s private members bill. Criminal behaviour by students over the age of 18 is subject to the Canada Criminal Code. Unfortunately, the cyberbullying bill has been delayed.

The February 2013 agenda of the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition shows we were all talking about the death of Dr. Clyde Hertzman, early childhood education and happy about Pink Shirt Day instead of watching the progress of the cyberbullying bill. The multiple and convoluted layers of child protection laws highlights how much we value children.

Breaking News!

RCMP will agree to work with Anonymous on Rehtaeh’s case if the Internet Hacker group will remove their masks.

CBC’s Anna Marie Tremonti asks how is Anonymous affecting police investigations.

Annonymous Masks

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Thursday’s news report was the first time I had ever heard of Bitcoins, but apparently people are using this alternative currency to buy pizza, haircuts and even houses. It was created by persons unknown to assist drug dealers get paid. One man in the news report says he keeps all his savings $60 – 100,000 in Bitcoins. A Bitcoin used to be worth about $10 – $20, but since it hit the news this week, so many people have been buying in, the value has risen to $160 per Bitcoin. Reporters point out this makes it just as volatile as the stock market, but without any taxes. While average Canadians worry about hackers and online banking, early adopters are enjoying the freedom of carrying a cell phone instead of a wallet.

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