American police department to give coupons for “good behaviour”
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a marginalized person, squeamishly waiting for an officer’s heavy boots to pace over to your vehicle, gesture for you to roll down your window, and shoot you directly in the chest, even though you didn’t do anything wrong?
Well, the lucky people down in Tempe, Arizona are going to be able to experience just that! Except rather than a .223 calibre bullet into your heart’s left atrium, you’ll get a friendly Circle K coupon from an officer who wants nothing more than to make a friend!
Alberta’s unemployment rate, especially for young men has rapidly shot up since April.
According to Statistics Canada, over the last few months, the province has seen the rate of unemployment for young men shoot up from one in ten to one in five. Meaning that roughly 20% of Alberta young men have become jobless, outside of a recession. The gender split between men and women for job loss has largely been due to the drop in the oil and gas sector, an area commonly dominated by men.
This high level of youth unemployment has not been seen in the province since the early 1980s.
While the oil drop is important, the rate could get far worse for both genders.
A recent study by Statistics Canada revealed that Alberta has lost 18,000 jobs in November alone. The decline in jobs was across numerous industries but was affected most in wholesale and retail trade, according to the Labour Force Survey.
While Statistics Canada does warn against looking at monthly rate changes, the consistent change since April makes this matter extremely important, and potentially long-term.
Former employee Aaren Jagadeesh was paid $3,332.30 by CIBC after claiming he was told by his manager that male promotions were reserved for either gay or bisexual men.
Jagadeesh’s case was evaluated by The Canadian Human Rights Commission, who the federal court of Canada ruled, inappropriately dropped his case. They instructed the commission to start a new investigation and a reassessment.
Jagadeesh had been refused promotions multiple times while working at the Toronto branch. He was a financial services representative. He said that his “mental stress and self-dignity” was impacted by not being treated equally.
Jagadeesh’s position demanded that he call around 60 to 70 customers per day, reading things like product information along with legal disclosures. He started to experience throat and vocal chord problems. After his doctor suggested his responsibilities be altered to accommodate his condition, Jagadeesh was instead urged to go on short-term disability. He was later diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia by a specialist and told to take consistent breaks to encourage his recovery.
Shortly after his diagnosis, Jagadeesh said that the bank took away his bonuses along with his incentives. Jagadeesh felt that his original conversation with his manager about sexual preference “was the primary reason for his discrimination and explained why, despite his qualifications, experience, and excellent performance, he was denied workplace accommodation for his disability, and not offered any alternative position,” said Justice Janet M. Fuhrer
He filed his complaint after being fired in May of 2016. It was a human rights complaint alleging discrimination from CIBC due to disability as well as sexual preference.
An initial investigation was started by the Human Rights Commission which interviewed CIBC employees, but not the manager that Jagadeesh had had the initial talk with (about sexual preference-based promotion). The manager was on an “extended leave of absence.” Jagadeesh’s complaints were dismissed in November.
Jagadeesh represented himself in an appeal to the federal court. He wanted a review of the original decision made by the commission. Fuhrer ordered that the commission redo the case with a new investigator in September, due to the unfair treatment of Jagadeesh’s original investigation.
Jagadeesh said that his expenses for representing himself were $438.10, while CIBC’s were over $5000. Jagadeesh asked CIBC to pay him $6,646.57 for his troubles.
On November 19, Fuhrer ruled, “Self-represented litigants are eligible for a moderate allowance above the costs of their direct disbursements to reflect the time and effort they devoted to preparing and presenting their case.”
CIBC commented, “While we are unable to comment as the matter is still before the commission, no form of harassment or discrimination is acceptable at our bank.”
“You people” were supposed to be Cherry’s last words but they weren’t.
Once again, cancel culture missed the mark.
Mainstream media still hasn’t gotten the memo that podcasting will eventually be their demise. If you got fired for something you said on a network twenty years ago you were pretty much out of options for reaching the public on a mass scale after that.
Twenty years ago, people weren’t getting fired for misspeaking or a controversial opinion so it wasn’t a big issue. These days, everybody on a network starts out on thin ice and there they stay. What is interesting, however, is that as the networks continue to tighten up their leashes the technology for an open and honest dialogue is expanding. Anybody can start a professional sounding podcast for no more than a couple hundred dollars. It’s a one time fee and you’re set for life.
So it’s no surprise that the canning of Cherry from Sportsnet won’t be the last time his fans will get to hear from him. The downside of Cherry’s new podcast is that there is no video to see him in his flambuoyant suits and it’s missing his once-loyal sidekick, Ron MacLean.
That being said, the podcast feels like you are in the living room with Grapes. So at a moment in time when the mainstream media would have you believe that Cherry is just a loud, obnoxious one-trick pony, listeners are actually now getting a calm, lucid and sentimental Don. He talks with his son and daughter on the podcast about all things hockey.
The first podcast saw Cherry briefly address the firing but he didn’t seem bitter about it, “when one door closes, another opens,” he said. Then it was back to hockey. Cherry shared an old interview between himself and the man of hockey folklore – Maurice “The Rocket” Richard.
In another episode, Cherry recounts his dog, Blue, getting into it with a skunk and having to wash out the stench with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, then it was back to discussing hockey.
One can only suspect that Cherry, 85, is going to put more money into the podcast and get a small studio up and running. There’s no shortage of legendary players both past and present who would want to be guests on Grapevine 2.0.
If Ron MacLean remains a good boy perhaps Sportsnet will even let him go on as a guest one of these days. And why wouldn’t they? Grapevine 2.0 was the number one podcast in the country two weeks ago, beating out the Joe Rogan Experience. Rogan’s podcast averages approximately a billion downloads annually so it’s no small feat to top him in Canada, if only momentarily.
Grapevine 2.0 has remained in the top ten streamed podcasts in Canada since its inception. I guess some people still really like Cherry after all.
Unpredictable weather is in store for Ontarians this week. There will be a little bit of everything coming down the line, snow, rain, freezing rain and a couple mild days as well.
This snow is rapidly melting throughout Toronto and southern parts of Ontario have anywhere between 5-15 millimetres of rain en route for Monday.
That won’t last long however according to the Weather Network. Tuesday will see snow hitting The Big Smoke and the temperature will drop below freezing in the days following.
Wednesday will feel like -10 C in Toronto, as opposed to today’s feels like 7 C.
Northern Ontario has a freezing rain warning issued Environment Canada. North Eastern Ontario is expecting 5 to 20 centimetres of snow throughout Monday.
It’s also supposed to rain again on Saturday in Toronto so the falling snow is bound to melt. Snow squalls will be travelling from the north down to Southern Ontario over Tuesday and Wednesday.
What’s more surprising still is that trend of freezing rain and snow is supposed to continue for about the next three months, making for one slushy season.