Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School hosts fair to guide students toward career options – Montreal


Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School picked up where the Lester B. Pearson School Board dropped off.

The school held its own career fair day for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 when the school board cancelled its career day last fall.

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Hundreds of kids had a break from class as they toured more than a dozen kiosks made up of CEGEPs, trade schools and vocational job opportunities.

The annual event aims to help students continue their education or find future job opportunities as traditional career paths often don’t fit all student needs.

“I have taken pamphlets and have people explain stuff, so it’s cool,” Jayden Alleyne, a Grade 11 student, told Global News.

This year, only students from PCHS could attend after the school board cancelled its event in November due to bad weather.

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Staff members and students of PCHS were thrilled to attend and be part of the abbreviated career day.

“It’s not a one size fits all thing for kids,” said PCHS principal Colleen Galley. “Every kid is different and I think what has happened over the years is we’re moving from thinking you have to go CEGEP and university to be successful.”

“There are so many different pathways to success.”

LBPSB officials hope to host a much larger career fair day next year with students from all of its member schools.

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#MeToo won’t last if it isn’t fair


What is the future of #MeToo?

As we mothball 2018, the social movement remains a cultural force, one that has reshaped attitudes, fortified HR policies and placed bullhorns in the hands of sexual-abuse victims. Many men who once traipsed the corridors of power are now living ghosts, stripped of their careers and reputations, banished to purgatory.

In the last three months of 2017, as allegations of sexual misconduct gripped the news cycle almost daily, #MeToo was hailed as a seismic event, a watershed, a reckoning, a point from which there was no return.

Those last three months of 2017 felt like a mass exorcism.

We were purging demons.

By contrast, the movement is now a hot-air balloon in a pewter sky: it is moving slower and basked in grey. This is not necessarily bad. It might even be good. The speed of #MeToo in 2017 was unsustainable. But if the ultimate goal is to stop harassment and abuse, this year’s loss in momentum is a blessing in disguise: we can now exhale and poke holes into #MeToo to make it stronger.

The first problem, which emerged with allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari in January, is that we probably need to have a conversation about what constitutes mistreatment and what is just a bad date.

In the marketplace of human sexuality, what is a toxic hard sell and what is buyer’s remorse? What is transactional and what is stolen? Where do we draw the line between criminality and clumsy attempts at courtship?

Published on babe.net, the effort to put Ansari in the #MeToo rogue’s gallery came from a feature that recounted in graphic detail a pseudonymous 22-year-old’s date with the celebrity that “turned into the worst night of my life.”

But if you read the piece, waiting for the gotcha sins, you’re still waiting.

There was something about this story — the Atlantic would later dismiss it as “3,000 words of revenge porn” — that did not dovetail with the spirit and exhaustive reportage of so many 2017 investigations.

This seemed less like abuse and more like character assassination.

The same might be said of bizarre allegations against TVO’s Steve Paikin the following month. Former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson claimed Paikin propositioned her during a lunch meeting. TVO launched a probe. The charge was “not substantiated.” In the words of Paikin, it was “complete fiction.”

Instead of lifting the #MeToo tide, the Ansari blip muddied the waters. But with Paikin we had tumbled into a treacherous riptide: the possibility an accuser was lying. And as the year rumbled on, this became a refrain from many who denied misconduct allegations while notably still championing #MeToo: David Copperfield, Michael Douglas, Ryan Seacrest, Jamie Foxx and others.

As James Franco told Stephen Colbert in response to allegations against him in January: “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long.”

Around the same time, 100 female writers, academics, producers and actors in France — including Catherine Deneuve — signed an open letter arguing that the movement was going too far and now posed a danger to society: “In fact, #MeToo has led to a campaign, in the press and on social media, of public accusations and indictments against individuals who, without being given a chance to respond or defend themselves, are put in the exact same category as sex offenders.”

The “pendulum effect,” discovered by Galileo more than 400 years ago, was underway in Europe. And the #MeToo backlash would build throughout the year, steamrolling to other corners of the world where, as the Washington Post recently noted, the movement “either fizzled or never took flight.”

But while the French letter was condemned in woke parts of North America, the cautionary subtext — the need for due process — became obvious in 2018. An internal investigation cleared Seacrest. An internal investigation doomed Les Moonves. An internal investigation is now underway over Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In all three cases — exoneration, guilt and to be determined — the lesson is clear: if #MeToo is to remain a powerful force it must navigate a bedrock of the West: innocent until proven guilty. To allow that principle to be inverted in the court of public opinion is to do grave injustice to actual victims of abuse.

Any lessening in the burden of proof will also worsen gender relations and create a chilling effect in workplaces if people begin to believe, as actor Liam Neeson told a late-night TV show in Ireland this year, #MeToo is “a bit of a witch hunt.”

Throughout 2018, there were stories of male managers confiding they no longer felt comfortable mentoring young females or even getting into elevators with them. This anxiety over being alone with a woman — something Chris Rock jokes about and Mike Pence lives by — is not an antidote to sexual misconduct.

It is an affront to true equality.

But this fear of being wrongly accused — which in part triggered the #HimToo movement this fall and unleashed a polarized debate around Brett Kavanaugh — became an inextricable part of #MeToo in 2018.

There can be no doubt the movement has changed the way we think. It has achieved more in 15 months than was accomplished this century. It is an undertaking that is long overdue. Sexual harassment and abuse is repugnant.

But if #MeToo is to charge full speed ahead next year it must also accept that not everything is black-and-white. Some points of no return are actually forks in the road. And, ultimately, there can be no justice without due process.

Vinay Menon is the Star’s pop culture columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @vinaymenon


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Lindsay Wellness Fair hosts 45 vendors to promote health and screening – Peterborough


The City of Kawartha Lakes held its 2nd Annual wellness fair on Thursday. From health screenings to live demonstrations, its purpose is to bring health and wellness, together with businesses, under one roof.

“We have a naturopath, chiropractor, physiotherapists, sleep specialist in CPAP, individuals that are dealing with orthotics and footcare,” said Samantha Yip, a workplace health and safety officer, with the City of Kawartha Lakes

Among the vendors, the City of Kawartha Lakes paramedics featured an automated CPR device.

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“It doesn’t get tired like a human being would get. It plugs into the back of an ambulance and it does perfect CPR — it frees our hands, so we can now give medications, we can manage an airway,” said primary care paramedic, Evan Forbes.

Meanwhile, the Community Care Health and Care Network was highlighting the importance of screening.

“Some of the programs we screen for is breast, cervical and colorectal screenings, so if you’re eligible for a pap test, or if you’ve had a mammogram recently, those are some of the things our primary care team can help connect the dots with,” said health promoter, Jordan Prosper.

Even though colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in Ontario, Prosper says most people aren’t familiar with its screening process. He says it isn’t just as simple as going for a colonoscopy.

“There’s actually a simple at-home test that you can do called an FOBT kit that we’re really encouraging our clients that are eligible for colorectal screening to complete,” said Prosper.

Another at-home test comes from LEX Scientific Inc. which offers a way to detect radon levels in homes.

The company says one in 16 homes in the city of Kawartha Lakes has high radon levels. The radioactive gas comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and can accumulate in homes.

“It can reach cancer-causing levels in our basement, so it’s the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and the first if you’re a non-smoker,” said Elyssa Loewen from LEX Scientific Inc.

This year’s fair featured more than 45 vendors and even included a free flu shot clinic, and was held at the Lindsay Armoury.

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Caledon candidate cries foul over rival’s distribution of free fall fair coupons


Cheery yellow coupons offering children free admission to the Brampton Fall Fair have been sent to Ontario Provincial Police for an investigation into a possible breach of municipal campaign laws.

Ten candidates running for election in Caledon and Peel Regional Council signed a letter alleging that incumbent councillor Johanna Downey broke Ontario election rules by giving potential voters the free-admission coupons stapled to her campaign literature.

A Brampton Fall Fair coupon is stapled to campaign literature belonging to Caledon councillor Johanna Downey. Election rival Kevin Corrigan has filed a complaint.
A Brampton Fall Fair coupon is stapled to campaign literature belonging to Caledon councillor Johanna Downey. Election rival Kevin Corrigan has filed a complaint.  (Supplied photo)

Downey said she did nothing wrong because the vouchers “have no cash value. They sometimes go home from school, you can get them at the grocery store or the hardware store.”

In an interview, Downey said the Brampton Fair Board (run by the non-profit Region of Peel Agricultural Society) agreed to let her distribute the coupons. Calling herself a long-time supporter of the agricultural community, Downey said she was trying to help the fair attract urban residents so they could learn about the rural life of Caledon.

On its website, the Brampton Fall Fair says it charges $5 for each “single day pass” for children aged 5 to 12, while children under 4 are “always free.”

Kevin Corrigan, who is running against Downey for the job of Peel regional councillor representing Caledon’s Ward 2, said he was surprised to see pictures of Downey and her campaign volunteers holding up the vouchers stapled to campaign material, after being alerted by another candidate.

“It’s like stapling a $5 bill to campaign literature,” said Corrigan, a long-time automobile journalist.

Corrigan said that “even one of my own supporters said that the vouchers are a nice gesture for children.” That shows, he said, that the coupons are giving Downey an unfair advantage in the election.

A Sept. 24 letter sent to the Region of Peel’s clerk was signed by Corrigan and nine others, including regional councillor Barb Shaughnessy, who is now running for the Caledon mayor’s job.

The letter said the “discount coupons were stapled to Regional Councillor Downey’s campaign brochures which were then distributed widely throughout the ward.”

The 10 candidates asked that Downey be investigated under Section 90 of the Municipal Elections Act, which says that “no person shall directly or indirectly … offer, give, lend or promise or agree to give or lend any valuable consideration, in connection with the exercise or non-exercise of an elector’s vote.”

Downey and Corrigan both said they asked for legal advice.

Downey said her lawyer, from the downtown Toronto law firm of Aird and Berlis, told her she did not break any campaign laws.

“I have a very sound legal opinion on the municipal act and where that falls in line,” she said. “As it is not a corporate resource nor is there a monetary value, it is a non issue.”

Corrigan said he consulted a lawyer who told him the vouchers were a breach of the municipal act.

Two days after the letter was sent, Peel responded, saying it was forwarding the complaint to the Town of Caledon, which oversees the election of regional councillors. Corrigan said Caledon staff told him to take the complaint to police.

In an email, a Caledon spokesperson told the Star that the Municipal Elections Act falls under provincial laws and as a result, “any potential contravention of (the act) needs to be dealt with through the court system.

“The onus is on the individual that believes there is a contravention of the (act.) While the town is aware of the situation, the town has no role in investigating it,” the email said.

Corrigan said he followed the town’s direction and went to the Caledon OPP detachment to file a complaint. After a discussion, he said a senior officer told him it would likely be sent to a detachment outside the area for investigation.

An OPP spokesperson confirmed that the complaint went to the Nottawasaga OPP major crime unit on Friday.

Shaughnessy, elected as a regional councillor in 2014, said she wants an investigation done in order to ensure fairness.

“What worries me is, if this goes unchallenged, what will the next candidate do?” Shaughnessy said.

Moira Welsh is a Toronto-based investigative reporter. Follow her on Twitter: @moirawelsh


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‘Our government sold us out’: Critics at Ontario agricultural fair fearful of USMCA


With major concessions from Canada on dairy, some Ontario critics say they’re concerned about what NAFTA’s proposed replacement means for the industry.

The provisional deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has plunged some dairy farmers into uncertainty, with some now concerned that they might not be able to survive.

The new deal would give U.S. farmers greater access to Canada’s dairy industry, worth about 3.6 per cent of Canada’s current dairy market, according to the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Dairy farmer Vicki Cork has heard from Dairy Farmers of Ontario that the number could even be as high as 3.9 per cent and says the higher figure gets her worried.

« The bigger the number, the worse it’s going to be, so we’re just sort of [bracing] for the worst, » she told CBC News Saturday at the Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe, Ont. — one of the largest agricultural fairs in the province.

« We’re a sixth-generation dairy farm, and we’re probably not going to survive this, so I guess it just sucks to be us. »

Dairy farmer Vicki Cork speaks to CBC about the impact of the USMCA trade deal. 1:36

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that farmers will receive compensation from the federal government, but details weren’t immediately available.

Cork claims that she hasn’t received any communication on what compensation may look like outside of a « pretty vague » email she got from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

« I look after the books for the farm, so I’m terrified, » she said. « Until they actually say something official, we really have no idea what the compensation will look like. »

Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman told CBC News that consultations will be made with the province’s agriculture community to determine the cost associated with the new deal. He said he plans to ensure the federal government foots the bill.

Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman says consultations will be made with the province’s agriculture community to determine the cost associated with the new deal. (Keith Burgess/CBC)

« It is quite obvious that opening up the market to the American market is going to hurt our producers, » he said at the Norfolk County Fair. « They made the deal, they should pay for the penalty that is caused by the deal. »

Some critics say the deal also erodes the supply management system, which puts quotas on the amount of milk farmers are allowed to produce. The quotos prevent overproduction that would otherwise hurt prices and farm incomes.

The system also put high tariffs on foreign producers trying to sell in the Canadian market, limiting foreign products on Canadian shelves.

Cork says Canada’s supply management system has been successful and the envy of countries around the world.

« The quota system was put in place because the government told us to manage our own system and we did and we were successful. We were too successful, » she added. « Other countries wanted into that. They wanted access to it, and our government sold us out. »

Cork says she has no animosity toward other dairy farmers or American dairy farmers, but rather the government.

The new USMCA deal would give U.S. farmers greater access to Canada’s dairy industry. (CBC)

« [Americans] envy our supply management and they want the government to help them implement supply management in the United States, » she said. « So why not help them do that instead of taking away from us because we had something successful? »

The deal would also eliminate Class 7, which essentially created a discounted price on Canadian-produced milk ingredients, so they could compete with similar products exported into Canada from the United States. The pricing system was introduced in March last year, which made the American equivalents uncompetitive.

Now with the new trade deal in motion, Cork is asking that Canadians specifically look for products that are made in Canada to help farmers at home.

« I would really hope that the general public would just really support your Canadian farmers, » she said. « You might pay a few cents more, but it was grown here. It was grown ethically and safely, and you’re supporting your neighbour. »


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