Eco-radicals block traffic and turn Toronto street into bike lane
The radical environmental group Extinction Rebellion, along with several other protestors blocked traffic in Toronto on Tuesday turning King St. into a four-lane bike route.
Meteorologists say Toronto and Southern Ontario will soon see the coldest weather it’s seen so far this year. Temperatures will drop and there will be a good deal of snow to top it off.
An extreme cold weather alert was issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa.
Environment Canada issues these alerts when the temperature is forecast to be -15 C or lower. They are also issued if wind chill is predicted to make the air feel colder than -20 C.
The temperatures will be felt throughout the GTA.
Environment Canada says that on Thursday night there will be a low of -12 C in Toronto and the wind chill will make it feel like -19 C, accompanied by flurries.
The cold temperatures will carry on into Friday. The Weather Network said it will be “the coldest air we’ve seen so far in 2020.”
It is estimated that Toronto will see the most snow it’s seen all season with 20 cm expected through Saturday and Sunday.
De Villa’s alert from Thursday morning says, “Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health.”
“Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness or those under-housed, those who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, elderly people, infants and young children.”
Toronto Public Health is asking people to stay dry, wear layers and try to stay indoors if possible.
It is also advised that people keep tabs on friends, neighbours and family who may be more vulnerable to the dropping temperatures.
Chair girl, the infamous stool tossing super villain of Toronto (though not as infamous as another alleged stool tosser) has had her sentencing delayed until February 7.
Chair Girl, whose real name is Marcella Zola, pleaded guilty to a mischief charge for throwing a patio chair from a downtown Toronto balcony in late 2019. She admitted to being the person in the video onto the Gardiner Expressway.
She turned herself in days after the video went viral.
Zola, though, has not admitted to posting the video herself on social media, which has thrown a wrench in the sentencing process.
Zola’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, says he did not have the opportunity to review whether or not Zola actually posted the video. It is now up to the Crown to prove whether or not she had posted it.
“They will call the witness, they will examine. I will cross-examine the witness and then it’s up to Her Honour to decide whether or not the Crown has been able to prove Ms. Zoia posted that,” said Leslie.
“The reason that the Crown feels this is important is because it would be an aggravating feature, an aggravating circumstance that would assist the crown in sentencing.”
Zola threw the chair from the 45th floor of a highrise, barely missing a busy highway below. Luckily, no one was struck below.
Prosecutors are aiming for a six-month jail sentence, whereas Leslie is aiming for a suspended sentence with probation and conditions set by the judge.
The University of Toronto has become the centre of attention after frustrated students revealed that a professor required them to purchase his book and follow him on social media for better grades.
According to Reddit user XdaZxz, who will be referred to as Daz, Professor Mitchell Huynh made 5 percent of his course reliant on whether or not students followed through with the social media follow and the book buy.
In a photo posted by Daz, the breakdown of the course can be seen with the requirements being labelled as “Pinnacle of Participation.”
The book accounts for a boost of 1 percent, with Twitter and Instagram also each being worth one percent, as well as a LinkedIn connection.
Having the book signed by Huynh also accounted for another 1 percent of the marks.
Other students replying to the post voiced their displeasure, as many felt as though the demand of following a professor on social media was crossing the line.
“Marks for social media follows is definitely not allowed,” one user wrote in the U of T Mississauga thread. “Presumably the book signing is so that students can’t buy a used copy and it would not be appropriate to so blatantly tie this to the students’ grades.”
“I think the main issue here is that he’s blatantly trying to profit off his students by increasing his followers count AND attributing marks to buying his book,” said another post.
Huynh is a U of Toronto Alumni himself who has since entered wealth management and condo development.
Cancel culture has come for humanity. An op-ed in The Guardian calls for voluntary human extinction. Written by Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEM), the idea is that the world and its biosphere would be better off without people on it, so we should all stop breeding. Knight writes that he is “advocating for voluntary human extinction,” because there are too many people fighting over inadequate resources. This is one of many calls of late for human beings to extinguish themselves.
VHEM is just one of the abundant anti-human groups proliferating in the western world today. Their mission is that the “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense.” These sentiments are veiled in altruism and care for the planet, but really it is hated of humanity. Population Matters, #NoFutureNoChildren, Birth Strike, Population Connection, Extinction Rebellion, all tout the idea that breeding is irresponsible.
The Post Millennial reached out to Les Knight for clarification on some of his ideas. When asked what he means by “better” when he says the world would be better off without us, he replied “in this case, the world refers to Earth’s biosphere: all the life systems of the planet. Whenever we leave an ecosystem biodiversity increases, as does the resilience of that system. We’re not evil, but where we live not much else lives.”
Knight’s take is that human beings are too human-centric, that we should not put the good of humanity at the center of our view. “We are just one of at least 10 million other life forms which have co-evolved with us,” Knight said. “Putting our species’ interests at the center of our considerations is the mentality of sociopaths and narcissists.”
We know that suicide is on the rise, among teens, young adults, and those in middle age. Our ability to find meaning is in decline as we lose religion at record rates. Divorce rates are decreasing, but so too are marriage rates, which means we’re not finding and committing to long term partnerships. Women are delaying having children to the point where it’s harder for them to conceive. Transgender identity is on the rise for teens, indicating that young people aren’t comfortable with who they are. And most American kids want to grow up to be YouTubers, whereas kids of the same age in China want to be astronauts.
The climate crisis is held responsible for countless problems, and the blame for that crisis is laid at humanity’s feet. We berate ourselves for holding biases, even those of which we aren’t consciously aware. News stories and op-eds abound about everything we are doing wrong, and all the ways we can punish ourselves for it.
Despite gains in racial equality we search for ways to divide ourselves further. What we don’t do to intentionally punish ourselves is taken care of by opiates, meth, and this new phenomenon, “death from despair.” We engage in continuous confirmation bias about how much we suck. The constant barrage of self-hatred can be overwhelming.
The Post Millennial asked Knight how the cultural barriers would be overcome to convince people that ceasing breeding is the right course of action. “Extinction of Homo sapiens has to be global,” Knight replied. “There were only 10 to 15 thousand of us about 70,000 years ago. Now look. We’re just so freakin’ fecund. Methods of getting there need to be tailored to each culture, but reproductive freedom, especially the freedom to not procreate, is a prerequisite for all. Restrictions on not procreating exist in every part of the world, ranging from inconvenient to violent and deadly. The patriarchy and natalism must be addressed globally as well.” He noted that “these issues will be difficult to overcome, so the odds of our succeeding are slim: about the same odds as adequately providing for 10 billion people in 2100.”
The mere fact that this collective, progressive suicide is being so thoroughly thought out, and not just by Knight and VHEM, but by so many groups, is disconcerting. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addressed the guilt that comes with breeding on her livestream, The Guardian published this op-ed from a man who thinks humanity is a scourge upon the earth, and rhetoric abounds as to the many myriad maladies of mankind. It is a persistent cry of humanity’s unworthiness.
We don’t just despise ourselves individually, we reject our whole culture. These groups that urge us to stop having children want to steal the future from humanity and give it to other species. We are so fueled by self-hatred that we can’t see how beautiful and truly glorious humanity is. We are not polluting machines intent on destruction, but beings who strive for grace, live for love, and yearn with all of our being to matter, to each other, to our God, and to our children. We want our hearts to be full of joy, not fleeting, simple happinesses, but real joy and revelation in the wonder of this world and the breadth and scope of the human spirit.
We are innovators, leaders, missionaries for grace and compassion. We don’t need to crush ourselves, we need to grab hold of ourselves and remember that we are human beings, and there is nothing we cannot do, either individually or collectively. Humanity is just so beautiful, and the evidence of that is in every child’s eyes. Without our children, there is no reason to try to better the world. There is no meaning without new life. The love that life brings is the only reason to live. To crush ourselves is more mindlessly destructive than wildfires or rising tides could ever be. We are the mission. We are the reason. Let’s hold ourselves in the light, revel in our capability, and forge a path to the future with human kindness and love as our driver.