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Mi’kmaw man urges N.S. golf club to remove Indigenous imagery from logo

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A Mi’kmaw man is calling on a Cape Breton golf club to change its century-old logo, saying it’s disrespectful to Indigenous people.

The logo for the Lingan Golf Club in Sydney depicts an Indigenous person wearing a headdress superimposed over a map of Cape Breton.

« It kind of left a sour note in my mouth, » said Bryson Syliboy, who is from Sipekne’katik First Nation but now lives in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

TV ads showing the logo caught his attention in recent months.

« The headdress that they’re depicting is not even a traditional Mi’kmaw headdress, » he said.

« They’re not honouring us, they’re not using our image properly. And it just reaffirms stereotypes. »

Syliboy tweeted his disapproval this week, urging his more than 2,700 followers to contact the golf club and express their disappointment.

« So fed up with companies using native mascots, » he tweeted along with the hashtag #notyourmascot.

The Lingan Golf Club describes itself on its website as one of the oldest golf clubs in Canada « with a strong history and tradition. »

Moe Brygidyr, club president, said the logo is 110 years old and the club means no disrespect by using it.

« The logo itself is not a caricature, » he said. « But rather is a symbol of a chief wearing the proper regalia and is a symbol of leadership. » 

The Lingan Golf Club in Sydney. (Facebook)

Benita Bunjun, an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University in the department of social justice and community studies, noted the use of logos that may offend isn’t unusual.

« It’s very common to have these inappropriate images, especially associated with sports, all over North America, » said Bunjun.

« Maybe today it can be said that it’s seen as leadership, but certainly 110 years ago, Indigenous people’s knowledges, ways of living, their histories, were being erased. »  

Bunjun said the logo should be removed.

« At the end of the day, we’re in 2019. This is not appropriate. »

Brygidyr said no one else has ever complained about the logo. He said many of the club’s members are Indigenous and the golf club has hosted the Mi’kmaw Summer Games in the past.

However, he said the board will consider the request to change the logo at its next meeting in May.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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