American teacher follows in Trudeau’s footsteps, does blackface
A teacher who wore a blackface costume to Halloween has been suspended from the school he teaches at in California. The teacher, who was attempting to impersonate the rapper Common, was soon captured on video by his students.
Hazel McCallion has expressed her support for Don Cherry stating that “I want Don back on Hockey Night in Canada.” McCallion has also encouraged a rally to support Cherry outside Sportsnet’s studio, according to the Toronto Sun.
McCallion, who is 98-years-old, became a Canadian icon after being the much-loved mayor of Mississauga from 1978 until 1997. Despite McCallion supporting the rally and encouraging Canadians to attend, she will not be attending herself as she has a board meeting.
Over 200 people were expected to turn up to the rally already, however, McCallion’s encouragement may spur a greater turn-out.
Speaking to Newstalk 1010, McCallion said that “I hope many people go … Don Cherry deserves a chance to explain himself.”
McCallion went on to say that “I feel I have to say something because all of this has been blown way out of proportion over the interpretation of what he said.”
Cherry’s firing has created an outrage across Canada. A petition that was created immediately after Cherry’s firing has reached close to 200 thousand signatures.
South of the border, Tucker Carlson also expressed his support for Don Cherry, calling those who went after him “fascists who have no feelings.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a man who is not known to shy away from a good costume party, will not wear a costume for this year’s trick-or-treat photo op.
Trudeau will be “trick or treating with kids, but not going to Rideau Hall or doing a photo op,” a spokesperson told the Canadian Press.
Trudeau’s office did not provide a reason for the decision, though some are pointing to obvious reasons that remain in the public consciousness, specifically the blackface scandal.
The 2019 Canadian federal election made international headlines in September due to Trudeau’s admitted wearing of racist blackface makeup on multiple occasions, as well as lying about the number of times he wore the makeup.
“I should have known better but I didn’t, and I’m really sorry,” said Trudeau to reporters hours after the photo had surfaced. “The fact of the matter is that I’ve always … been more enthusiastic about costumes than is somehow — is sometimes appropriate.”
Trudeau and his costumes made headlines again in 2018 during his trip to India in 2018. The leader was subject to fierce backlash for him and his family’s traditional Indian attire, a full wardrobe made up of multiple different outfits that had many wondering if his enthusiasm may have crossed into mockery.
Indian politician Omar Abdullah even shared several photos of the Trudeaus on Twitter during the trip, stating: “FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood.” He added that the “choreographed cuteness” was “a bit much.”
In other years of his leadership, Trudeau has dressed up along with his family to go trick-or-treating. Trudeau has dressed up as Clark Kent, Han Solo, Sherlock Holmes, and the pilot from The Little Prince in years prior.
If Trudeau did want to dress up for the occasion, though, TPM has compiled a nice list of six totally appropriate costumes for Trudeau to wear this Halloween. Just saying!
Dr. Micheal Baden, the pathologist hired by Jeffery Epstein’s brother, has stated that Epsetin’s death looked more like a homicide than a suicide. Ever since Jeffrey Epsetin was found dead in his New York jail cell in August, conspiracy theories have been circulating about the manner of his demise, despite official pathologists ruling the death as a suicide.
When stating the reasoning behind this claim, Dr. Baden pointed to specific bones that were broken, as well as an eyeball hemorrhage, which is more in common with strangling rather than a hanging death.
Before his death, Epstein had been facing charges for various crimes related to sexual misconduct. Due to Epsetin’s high profile, various public figures have been associated with his crimes, Prince Andrew being one of them.
Speaking to Fox News, Dr. Baden stated that “Hanging does not cause these broken bones. Homicide does … those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation. I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
This new revelation to the Epstein death will inevitably cause more rumors and conspiracy theories to swirl on social media. The New York State government has yet to comment on Dr. Baden’s claims.
Following a support worker strike on Monday, eighteen schools in the Vancouver Island district of Saanich have closed. The eighteen schools educate roughly 7,300 students, according to CBC.
Teachers have thrown their support behind the support workers. A teacher’s union has said these workers have a right to protest their current wages, which are lower than those of their counterparts in other districts. This also means that parents will have to find alternative means of care during the day.
According to Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 441 president Dean Coates, these low wages are a decades-old problem, which has negatively impacted recruitment for the district and retention problems with support worker staff.
“So, we’re overworked, postings go unfilled, no replacements because they can’t retain them, they go to the other districts,” Coates said. “So, we’re in a constant state of triage as a result of the low wages.”
Conversely, district superintendent Dave Eberwein says that the district has offered the union “everything possible under the government-directed mandate of two per cent in each of three years,” reports CBC, and that the district has looked for alternative means to boost salaries.
“There isn’t another support staff offer out there in the province that is as good as this one,” Eberwein said. “It doesn’t completely bridge the wage disparity, but this is step one of two that we’re looking at.”
Eberwein says that the lower wages for support workers in his district are a result of unions going after more benefits at the expense of worker’s wages decades ago. This has led to support worker’s earning between 30 cents and $4 per hour less than support workers in other districts.
While the district has tried to remedy the situation by increasing the wages by 6 percent over three years, there are currently no new negotiations plans. As such, it isn’t clear how long the support worker’s strike will last.
With that said, Coates is optimistic that the problem will be resolved, and that the district is working towards a solution that doesn’t open up the school board to the potential of other districts going on strike.
“I empathize with the frustration that they’re feeling. Our goal is to come to a resolution as quickly as possible,” Coates said.