‘Significant snowfall’ a possibility for tonight in GTA, Environment Canada warns

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The city may be in for yet another down comforter of snow — Environment Canada put out a special weather statement Sunday warning of the potential for “significant snowfall” later today.

The statement was put out shortly before 2 p.m., explaining that “localized pockets of flurries” could affect areas near the west end of Lake Ontario as northeast winds increase this afternoon.

Torontonians at the intersection of Yonge and College Sts. make their way through a snow storm in Toronto on Feb. 13. The city could receive another gust of snow Sunday night as flurries move in.
Torontonians at the intersection of Yonge and College Sts. make their way through a snow storm in Toronto on Feb. 13. The city could receive another gust of snow Sunday night as flurries move in.  (Steve Russell / Toronto Star file photo)

The snowfall is expected to pick up in the evening and continue through to Monday morning before tapering off.

The general expectation is 5-10 centimetres of snow across Toronto, but areas near Oakville, Hamilton and Grimsby could get as much as 15 cm, as well as areas of the city closer to the water.

The greatest amount of snowfall for Toronto on this date, according to historical records, was 11.2 cm in 1941.

The weather agency is warning that travel could be dangerous as the blowing snow increases, particuarly on the Monday morning commute. Fortunately, Monday is the Family Day holiday.

Temperatures are expected to hit a high of -5 C on Monday, with a low of -15 C with the wind chill.

Alexandra Jones is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexandraMaeJ

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Roofs collapse across Quebec after province struck by heavy snow, rain – Montreal

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There have been several roof collapses across Quebec in recent days.

The most recent was in Saint-Jérôme, roughly 50 kilometres north of Montreal.

Firefighters were called to a two-storey building on La Salette Boulevard at around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

The mixed-use building houses a butcher shop on the ground floor and seven apartments on the second floor.

The residents made it out of the building before the arrival of emergency crews.


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There were no reports of injury but the building will likely need to be torn down, according to Nicolas Stevi, chief of operations for the Saint-Jérôme fire department.

The Red Cross was assisting four of the building’s residents to find alternate accommodations, while two others sought help from family or friends.

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On Friday, the roof a grocery store in the Québec City suburb of Lévis also partially collapsed, sending two people to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Then, on Saturday, an arena in Quebec City was evacuated as a preventative measure after a beam fell. In Trois-Rivières, the roof of a warehouse caved in.

A canine unit specializing in search-and-rescue operations was deployed Trois-Rivières to help search the debris. It was believed a person might have been inside, but officials later confirmed the building was empty.

The roof of a warehouse collapsed in Trois-Rivières on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Courtesy TVAIt is believed heavy snow and rainfall in the past week may have contributed to the string of recent incidents.

On Sunday, however, the residents of Saint-Jérôme weren’t taking any chances. Global News spotted several people shoveling off their roofs.

St-Jérôme residents clearing snow from the roof of a building on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Mike Armstrong/Global News

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For its part, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) says that while our roofs are generally built to withstand the heavy snow of Quebec winters, it’s important to remain vigilant when snow accumulation is “exceptional or atypical.”

Signs to watch out for that could indicate stress on the structure include the following:

  • Cracks appearing on interior walls
  • Inside doors jamming or rubbing against the frame
  • Noticeable creaking noises
  • Warping or buckling of a ceiling
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In case of multiple signs, the RBQ says the first thing to do is to evacuate the building and then take the necessary measures to have the snow removed from the roof.

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While it’s possible to do the job yourself in some cases, the régie strongly recommends hiring qualified professionals to do it for you.

It’s a hazardous operation, the régie warns, “as much for the person who is up on the roof as for anyone who circulates around the house.”

It is also reminding residents to be aware of electrical wires and installations that could be in close proximity when clearing snow.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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Plus de 100 000 $ pour un original de Super Mario Bros

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Une copie originale du jeu Nintendo Super Mario Bros, lancé en 1985, a été vendue 100 150 $ aux enchères.

Encore scellé, le coffret est en excellente condition, ce qui explique son prix élevé, peut-on lire sur le site Internet de Heritage Auctions (responsable de la vente).

Il s’agit aussi de la seule copie connue à porter l’autocollant original des deux premières éditions du jeu. Cet autocollant ne figurait que sur les copies d’essai vendues à New York et à Los Angeles en 1985 et en 1986, avant que Nintendo ne commence à utiliser de la pellicule plastique pour l’emballage.

La boîte est notée 9,4 par Wata Games et l’autocollant porte le grade A++.

Ce jeu n’est pas le premier de Nintendo à susciter l’intérêt des collectionneurs. En 2014, une copie de Nintendo World Championships avait été vendue 100 088 $ sur Ebay, rapporte The Verge.

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Des opposants réclament un recul de Québec pour la maternelle à 4 ans

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Des organisations liées aux centres de la petite enfance (CPE) exhortent le gouvernement Legault à reculer sur le déploiement universel de la maternelle pour les enfants de 4 ans.

En conférence de presse, dimanche, le Conseil québécois des services éducatifs de la petite enfance (CQSEPE) et la Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ) ont fait valoir que les CPE offraient déjà tout ce qu’il faut aux enfants de 4 ans.

Ils étaient accompagnés de trois députés de l’opposition : la libérale Jennifer Maccarone, le solidaire Vincent Marissal et la péquiste Véronique Hivon.

Une journée de mobilisation est prévue lundi pour faire pression sur le gouvernement.

Le CQSEPE réclame aussi des excuses de la part du premier ministre François Legault, qui a semblé dévaluer les compétences des techniciens de garde en chambre cette semaine.

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Hurricanes respond to Don Cherry calling team ‘a bunch of jerks’

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Coach’s Corner star Don Cherry made his feelings known about the Carolina Hurricanes’ elaborate victory celebrations on Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday, calling the Hurricanes « a bunch of jerks. »

The Hurricanes have adopted a few different celebrations after winning at home, including games of « Duck, Duck, Goose, » and simulating a walk-off home run:

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Cherry is not a fan.

« These guys, to me, are jerks, » Cherry said. « And I’ll tell you one thing, they better not do this in the playoffs. This is a joke. »

The NHL’s 1976 Jack Adams Award winner for coach of the year also took issue with those defending the celebration.

« ‘Young men expressing themselves for joy of winning,' » he said. « You don’t do this in professional hockey. »

Apparently the word of Cherry’s unhappiness with the « Storm Surge » celebrations reached whoever runs the team’s Twitter account.

The team’s Twitter bio was also updated to reflect their new status:

The Carolina Hurricanes have a new Twitter bio. (Twitter/@NHLCanes)

It’s safe to say they’ll take Cherry’s comments into consideration, but don’t expect any changes to the tradition any time soon.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould kept word to visit veterans despite resignation from Veterans Affairs

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VANCOUVER—Just two days after resigning as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould was still keeping up with plans to visit with veterans.

On Thursday, Wilson-Raybould visited the George Derby Centre, a senior care centre located in Burnaby, B.C., to help distribute Valentine’s Day cards made by students. The visit was planned while she was still in office.

Wilson-Raybould visited a senior care centre in Burnaby where she met with veterans and heard their stories.
Wilson-Raybould visited a senior care centre in Burnaby where she met with veterans and heard their stories.  (Casey Cook/Twitter)

Casey Cook, president of the board of the George Derby Centre and who was present during the visit, said that despite being in the middle of national political controversy, Wilson- Raybould did not mention politics and kept her focus on the veterans that day.

“I was just impressed with her, for operating in what must have been an extremely stressful situation … she never mentioned politics, she asked all the veterans where they were from and where they served; she spent considerable time with them,” Cook told The Star.

On Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould, who is also the MP for Vancouver-Granville, handed in her resignation has head of Veterans Affairs, just a month after she was moved to the job from her previous post as Attorney General. The move has been viewed by many as a demotion, possibly influenced by the Prime Minister’s Office to prevent the prosecution of Quebec company SNC-Lavalin.

Cook estimated that Wilson-Raybould spent close to two-and-a-half hours speaking with “every veteran in the room,” which he estimated to be approximately 40 in total. He thanked Wilson-Raybould for her visit on Twitter.

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Cook said that it was the first time that he knew of, in over 10 years serving on boards of senior care homes in the Metro Vancouver area, that any representative from the federal ministry had visited veterans.

“Frankly, I have not even seen a federal minister come to a centre,” he said. “I would venture to guess 90 politicians out of 100 would have cancelled this appointment.”

In her statement of resignation on February 12, Wilson-Raybould underscored her commitment to veterans.

“To Canada’s veterans and their families: I have the deepest admiration and respect for you. This decision is in no way a reflection of my desire to see your service and sacrifice upheld and honoured.”

With files from David Ball.

Cherise Seucharan is a Vancouver-based reporter covering health and safety/youth. Follow her on Twitter: @CSeucharan

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Activists says a still-active human rights case in N.L. speaks to the lasting homophobia in Canada

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Just over 14 years ago, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador issued the province’s marriage commissioners an ultimatum: agree to perform same-sex marriages or resign.

At least seven commissioners, many of them mayors, chose to quit, arguing overseeing such marriages would contradict their religious beliefs.

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But one former commissioner, Desiree Dichmont, also filed a human rights complaint, claiming discrimination based on religious creed. The case has been snaking its way through the courts ever since – and even though Dichmont has died, the case remains alive.

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An Alberta-based free speech advocacy group, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, recently won the right to intervene in the appeal proceedings, arguing the public has an interest in the outcome. The latest appeal in the case will be heard next month.

LGBTQ activists who championed the issue of same-sex marriage more than a decade ago say the case’s renewed life speaks to lingering homophobia in Canada that has since moved under the surface.

“I feel like I’m in a time warp,” said Newfoundlander Gemma Hickey, who was president of advocacy group EGALE Canada in 2004 when same-sex marriage was legalized and fought for legalization across Canada.

“I wasn’t surprised back then and I’m not surprised now,” Hickey said in an email from Tokyo.

Should the case set a precedent for future objections based on religious belief, Hickey said the consequences would be dire for LGBTQ people in rural parts of the province.

For example, then-mayor Claude Elliott was Gander’s sole marriage commissioner when he resigned his duties as a marriage commissioner in 2005.

“My concern is for same-sex couples in rural areas who don’t have a choice between marriage commissioners. They shouldn’t have to travel elsewhere to find someone to marry them in a civil ceremony,” Hickey said.

“A wedding is something to celebrate and regardless if someone agrees or disagrees, same-sex marriage has been a reality in the province of N.L. since 2004 and in Canada since 2005.”

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Winding its way through the justice system

Dichmont’s complaint arguing discrimination based on religious creed was filed in 2005, and was at first dismissed by the Human Rights Commission for insufficient evidence.

After an appeal, the province’s supreme court ordered a hearing by the commission’s board of inquiry. A ruling finally came down in 2017 in the province’s favour.

Dichmont passed away before the adjudicator released his report, but her estate appealed the decision. A January hearing on the Dichmont estate’s latest appeal was pushed back to March following the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms’ application for intervener status.

The group cited the estate’s notice of appeal, which argues the outcome of the Dichmont appeal raises matters of “broad public and societal concern.”

It argues the human rights adjudicator unfairly placed charter obligations on Dichmont, and that her employer failed to accommodate her individual religious views by making her act as a representative of government first.

It also argues the duty of state neutrality was not applied to her.

Justice Rosalie McGrath of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador said she agreed to grant the Justice Centre intervener status because it has experience acting as an intervener and can make a “useful contribution.”

“The Justice Centre has identified a different perspective it can bring by focusing on the evolution of case law, particularly from the Supreme Court of Canada, on the issue of how the Charter applies to public servants,” McGrath wrote in a Feb. 1 ruling.

McGrath said “the issue of mootness as well as the standing of the estate remain live issues to be argued at the hearing of the matter.” That hearing is scheduled for March 4-5.

A lawyer with the province’s Human Rights Commission said in an interview that the organization’s stance, laid out by adjudicator Robby Ash in his 2017 decision, has not changed.

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Ash dismissed Dichmont’s complaint, saying her request for a system that would assign same-sex couples to a non-objecting marriage commissioner would contradict the province’s duty of neutrality in delivering public services.

“To borrow a phrase from the Ontario Court of Appeal …. requiring minorities to reveal their differences for the purposes of accommodating those who oppose what makes them different only serves as a ‘subtle and constant reminder’ of unacceptance and intolerance. A ‘single point entry’ system would do just that,” Ash wrote.

“Each marriage commissioner, vested with the authority of the state, is required to provide the service on behalf of government to all those eligible under law to receive the service.”

A spokesperson for EGALE Canada said the organization is watching the case and considering next steps, including the possibility of legal action.

Gerry Rogers, then a film-maker and activist and now the outgoing leader of the province’s NDP, wrote to the premier in 2005, requesting marriage commissioners declare their willingness to perform same-sex marriages.

Rogers and several others became marriage commissioners in response to the objectors’ resignations.

Rogers, a former acquaintance of Dichmont, said she was bewildered and disappointed by her decision to pursue the case, and by continued efforts from outside groups to push back against a human rights matter that has already been decided upon by Canada’s highest court.

“They’re absolute dinosaurs and they should simply take their case and go home,” said Rogers, who was the province’s first openly gay party leader. “It’s time to move on. This has already been settled in the courts.”

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Hickey said instances like this show how rights awarded to minority groups are not simply given, but are the result of ongoing, hard-won fights for change.

“I try not to let my fear paralyze me. But our rights are never given to us. We have to fight for them.”

The issue of LGBTQ rights hasn’t completely left the public square in Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly in rural areas.

Last spring, the province and country rallied in support of Springdale, N.L., teenagers after town councillors voted down the Gender-Sexuality Alliance’s bid for a rainbow crosswalk, igniting fierce debate.

“Homophobia and transphobia never went away,” Hickey said.

“In my experience, laws change faster than attitudes.”

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‘I felt helpless’: Teachers call for support amid ‘escalating crisis’ of classroom violence

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Last fall, a Grade 2 teacher was with her class when a student planted himself in front of the doorway.

The seven-year-old boy yelled, « No one’s gonna leave the classroom! »

« It was a hostage situation, » the Ontario teacher recalled.

When she called the office, the student began to kick and punch an educational assistant, yelling « in a fit of rage » as 17 other students watched helplessly.

It’s difficult to pinpoint why young children act out against their teachers, said Judith Weiner, a psychology professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

She filed a report and spoke to representatives from her school board and union, but she said nothing happened.

After working as an elementary teacher for over 20 years, she recently took medical leave due to stress.

« I absolutely feel like I failed, » she said. « I’m still beating myself up about the fact that I couldn’t cope. »

The Sunday Edition has agreed not to name the teacher, who fears being identified could affect her employment.

Root of violence complex

Educators say incidents of verbal and physical violence by students targeting staff and fellow classmates are leaving them exhausted — and they’re calling on governments and school boards to provide more support.

Sherri Brown, director of research and professional learning at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), describes the current state as an « escalating crisis. »

Last year, the national organization compiled the results of a survey conducted for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). The online survey, which polled its 81,000 members, found that 70 per cent of Ontario elementary teachers reported experiencing or witnessing violence during the 2016-17 school year.

Verbal threats, physical assault and incidents involving weapons were among the most frequently reported, according to Brown.

These were the results of an online survey conducted for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario in relation to the 2016-17 school year. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

But it’s difficult to pinpoint why young children act out against their teachers, said Judith Weiner, a psychology professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Elementary students, in particular, struggle with « emotion regulation » and may be « modeling » behaviour learned at home.

« They hear parents issuing verbal threats at each other, » she said. « That’s a very big part of what the kid has learned of how to deal with issues when someone doesn’t do what you want. »

As for physical violence, Weiner explained, younger children are more likely to display this kind of aggression because of how socialization works.

Children have challenges and complexities, and the system is just starved.– Sherri Brown, Canadian Teachers’ Federation

« Kids just don’t know how to problem-solve in any type of conflict situation, » she said. « As kids get older, they know not to use their fists. They realize that is going to have bigger consequences. »

While CTF’s review of its survey did not identify a root cause, Brown said a child’s socio-economic background, mental health and special needs all possess « escalation potential » for violence.

« Children’s disabilities manifest in behaviours when they don’t have access to proper supports and services, » said Brown.

Larger class sizes have also « exacerbated » the potential for violence, she said.

« It’s not about children somehow being in the wrong. Children have challenges and complexities, and the system is just starved, » Brown said.

Last spring, Ontario’s former Liberal government released the Workplace Violence in School Boards: A Guide to the Law to help schools develop workplace violence policies. At the time, the province also pledged to fund an online reporting tool to simplify the process. The Sunday Edition reached out to Ontario’s ministries of education and labour regarding the status of these measures, but did not receive a response.

Reluctance to report violence

Educators are also reluctant to report incidents of violence by students for « fear of repercussions, » Brown said.

Results from ETFO’s members showed only 22 per cent of teachers said they would report cases of verbal or physical violence, and less than a quarter said steps were taken to prevent future incidents.

« Many feel reporting isn’t going to garner new supports or services, so why would they report it? » Brown said.

The Toronto District School Board declined an interview with The Sunday Edition, but said in an email statement « when incidents happen, the principal investigates and then works with staff, students and/or their families to address the issue.

« As each case is unique, there is no one solution. However, any act of violence can and does result in discipline, which can include suspension, » said TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird.

« Depending on the circumstances, additional supports can also be offered to help support the students and/or classroom. »

I am not a trained psychologist. I am not a trained social worker. But I am expected to provide these roles for these students every day.– Kindergarten teacher

But a kindergarten teacher, who The Sunday Edition has also agreed not to name, decried « a shortage of support. »

She said she is « kicked, punched, slapped, hit with objects, thrown chairs at, spat at, sworn at » on a daily basis.

Behavioural consultants at the school have suggested calming corners, dimmed lighting and meditation, she claimed, but did little to calm an angry child.

« The list is really endless of what I’m trying and it’s very sad not to be able to have an answer or a strategy that’s working. »

« I am not a trained psychologist. I am not a trained social worker. But I am expected to provide these roles for these students every day. »

Verbal threats, physical assault and incidents involving weapons were among the most frequently reported incidents of verbal and physical violence, according to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

The teacher recalled an incident when a seven-year-old boy was hitting other students with a shovel in the schoolyard.

When she intervened, he « hit me with a shovel on my right leg, repeatedly, over and over again, while he swore at me, » she said.

The teacher called for help from staff, but in the meantime, stood motionless in the hopes the boy wouldn’t turn his attention back to the students.

She filed the required reports, but nothing happened, she said.

The kindergarten teacher recently took an extended leave, though she’s now back in the classroom.

« I don’t want to be forced out of my profession and my love of my job because of a lack of support. »

David Mastin, ETFO’s Durham local president, says his region is losing teachers within their first five years on the job.

« We have so many of our members off on long-term disability because of the anguish and mental strain that is part of their jobs, » he said.

Teachers, unions leery of training

Some Ontario schools and boards are encouraging educators to take Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training, a de-escalation program, run by the Milwaukee-based Crisis Prevention Institute. The training can range from a one-day classroom seminar to four days to become certified to teach it.

Trainees learn how to calm a child in the midst of a crisis by detecting signs of anxiety and anger, and how to respond to a physical altercation, including how to safely hold a child. 

« I really don’t believe half a day or a day is enough, » said Terri-Lynn Platt, health and safety coordinator with the Elementary Teachers of Toronto. « It can become very violent, very quickly. »

The training stresses that physical intervention should only be used if the child is in « imminent danger, » Platt said. Regardless of that caveat, teachers and unions remain leery of the program.

Platt argued that whoever takes the training ends up becoming the school’s defacto crisis person.

« I will tell teachers it is wise not to have that training. »

Chris Broadbent, a former health and safety manager at the Toronto District School Board who is part of the province’s Working Group on Health and Safety, stressed that in the case of a violent incident, teachers can always « summon immediate assistance, » whether it be from principals, educational assistants or other staff.

« There’s no doubt that there are issues in our province and some of our schools. But to paint the situation that this is happening every day in a majority of our schools in the province is probably not accurate. »

I felt helpless not being able to reach out and wrap my arms around these kids and say, ‘We’re going to have a good day.’– Grade 2 teacher

Broadbent said where the safety of a child is in danger, teachers are required to intervene just as a judicious parent would.

« The Education Act is pretty clear about the expectations of a teacher, » he said.

« I understand … the hesitation … because there have been situations in the province where a teacher is seen to have violated that expectation and is sent home pending an investigation. »

« But, if they have followed [training], then there should be no further consequences. »

Students are ‘the victims’

For the Grade 2 teacher, the last straw came when her vice-principal gave her a package that included a protective jacket, with padding in the chest and shoulders.

« As I opened it up, I’m looking at it, going, what the hell is this? »

Personal protective equipment can include Kevlar jackets, neck, shin and wrist guards, helmets and spit guards.

« Nowhere in my teaching career did I ever expect to have to put one of these on in a classroom, » she said.

She went on medical leave shortly after.

But wants to make it clear that despite the physical and emotional duress she has endured, she worries most about the students — those who act out, and others in the classroom.

« I felt helpless. I felt helpless not being able to reach out and wrap my arms around these kids and say, ‘We’re going to have a good day; we’re going to learn; we’re going to have fun; we’re going to feel safe; it’s going to be OK, » she said.

« They are the victims. »

The Sunday Edition wants to hear your thoughts and experiences about violence in the classroom. Send us a message here.

‘Hard Lessons’ is produced by The Sunday Edition’s Alisa Siegel. Story written by Jonathan Ore and Amara McLaughlin.

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Halifax artist apologizes for controversial cartoon of Jody Wilson-Raybould

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A popular Halifax political cartoonist says he will “strive to do better” after one his cartoons, depicting the SNC-Lavalin controversy, caused an uproar on social media.

“Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” wrote Michael de Adder in a series of tweets on Saturday evening.

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“I assure people who have supported over the course of my career that I’m not tone deaf to concerns about this cartoon.”

The cartoon at the centre of the controversy shows former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on opposite sides of a boxing ring. Trudeau is being advised to “keep beating her up, solicitor-client privilege has tied her hands.”

But what had people most upset was the depiction of Wilson-Raybould tied and gagged — with some saying it draws an ugly parallel to violence against women and Indigenous women in particular.

READ MORE: Halifax artist faces backlash for cartoon of Jody Wilson-Raybould tied and gagged

Former Dartmouth-North MLA Joanne Bernard called the cartoon “in extremely poor taste and offensive.”

“I’m a fan of Michael de Adder, but violence against women should be off-limits. Simple as that,” Bernard told Global News.

“Add in the context of Jody … being an Indigenous woman. There’s a sensitivity around missing and murdered Indigenous women in this country that is completely unacceptable to make jest of in any way, shape or form.”


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Wilson-Raybould resigned from her position as minister of veterans affairs following a Globe and Mail article that alleged Trudeau’s aides pressured her to cut a deal to save SNC-Lavalin from criminal prosecution.

de Adder says he will not stop drawing the cartoons related to the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but says that he did not intend to “offend women, make light of domestic violence or trivialize indigenous issues.”

“I am human, I make mistakes, I will strive to do better.”

Noting that the backlash prompted “a lot of self-reflection,” de Adder said that he will no longer depict women in violent situations going forward.

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Similar cartoon faces backlash 

Hamilton, Ont. cartoonist Graeme MacKay, meanwhile, released a nearly identical cartoon of Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould inside a boxing ring together, with the former justice minister tied and gagged while the prime minister holds his arms up in victory. MacKay’s cartoon shows Wilson-Raybould on the ground with a ball and chain around her feet reading “solicitor-client privilege.”

MacKay’s cartoon was also ridiculed, with social media users saying violence against women should be vetoed when it comes to political satire.

Bernard told Global News that this type of political satire sheds light on a different type of issue.

“He could have got his point across in various other ways. But then you add the contextual piece of Indigenous women in this country who overwhelmingly represent missing and murdered females in the country, it really added insult to injury and I think he’s way off base on this,” Bernard said.

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Chicken and Rice Soup with Garlicky Chile Oil Recipe

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Time to make the garlic-chile oil! (Doubling or tripling it wouldn’t be a bad idea, just saying.) Heat ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add garlic and cook, swirling pan often, until golden brown, 3–5 minutes; the garlic will continue to cook and darken slightly after it’s off the heat, so be conservative here. Transfer to a small heatproof bowl, leaving 1 Tbsp. garlic oil in pot. Stir 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes into garlic oil in bowl; set aside.

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