Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ontario families file human rights complaints against York school board over allegations of racism

A community group representing seven Ontario families have filed a human rights complaint against the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) on Friday over its inability to properly address incidents of Islamophobia and systemic racism within the institution’s ranks.

“The culture that exists relies on the code of protecting their system even if that system is negatively affecting our children,” Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA) Executive Director Shernett Martin told reporters at a news conference Friday morning in Toronto.

“Staff cover for each other, defend each other, ignore criticism and fail to follow up on community concerns in order to protect the reputation of the board.”

The community group says the human rights complaint stems from the school board’s lack of conviction to manage and resolved incidents of racism.  (more...)

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Does your pro-family agenda stop when immigrants are concerned? Does Canadian social conservatism harbor John Birchers and closet Nazis?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Police identify 10 suspects in English youth soccer sex abuse scandal, where 350 victims have come forward

David White (R) and Paul Stewart (L) came forward with sexual abuse allegations.
MANCHESTER, England — Ten suspects have been identified by one of the 17 police forces investigating a sex-abuse scandal in youth soccer that is engulfing the British game.

Greater Manchester Police said on Thursday it was following up reports from 35 people, and its inquiry was growing “on a daily basis.”

Since former professional players went public over the last two weeks about the ordeals they went through as youngsters, around 350 people across the country have reported cases of child sexual abuse in soccer clubs, the National Police Chiefs’ Council said.

A hotline set up by a children’s charity in response to sex-abuse claims has taken more than 860 calls in its first week.

The English Football Association is funding the hotline and has started an internal review to re-examine its response to convictions of soccer coaches in the 1990s.

That includes investigating whether clubs paid off victims of sexual abuse in return for their silence.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said action will be taken against any club found guilty of “hushing up” victims of a growing scandal in British soccer.  (more...)


Former Ontario teacher charged with another sex offence involving young girl: police

A 48-year-old former teacher from Kitchener, Ont., faces an additional sex offence charge related to a young girl and police say they believe there may be more victims.

Geoffrey Burnet was charged with eight other people in southern Ontario last month, following an investigation police said was triggered by the sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl who was being made available for sexual services on Craigslist.

“It’s a very unique case because we’re not used to a victimization of this nature — it’s really graphic,” Dunbar told The Canadian Press last month.

“It’s one of the worst, most heinous crimes we’ve seen because we’ve got multiple offenders and one young victim.”  (more...)

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Ontario College of Teachers Hearings -- December 2016

Three-member panels of the Discipline Committee conduct public hearings into cases of alleged incompetence or professional misconduct... Discipline Committee panels have ordered that summaries of these recent disciplinary cases be published in Professionally Speaking. Copies of the full decisions are available at

A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Wayne Thomas Bodley, a former teacher at the Durham District School Board, for sexually abusing a student on numerous occasions... The panel heard that in 2006, while on a field trip to attend a conference, Bodley made a pass at the student. The student told Bodley something to the effect that he was not interested and asked him to drive him home. Bodley continued to make contact with the student. They “hung out” and engaged in sexual activity on numerous occasions, which included oral sex, mutual masturbation, watching pornography and sexual intercourse. As the relationship progressed between the two, Bodley gave the student marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, beer and clothing. He also bought the student “poppers,” which is a liquid drug that lowers one’s inhibitions. They continued the personal and sexual relationship until the student graduated. In 2013, the student notified the board and the College of the personal and sexual relationship between the two. The same year, Bodley resigned from the board. The Discipline Committee panel found Bodley guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar to revoke his Certificate of Qualification and Registration. In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member’s repeated horrendous conduct over a number of years involved the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of an already vulnerable student. Moreover, the Member’s conduct jeopardized the public’s confidence in the teaching profession.”

A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Christine Ann Collini, a former teacher at the District School Board of Niagara, for sexually, physically and emotionally abusing vulnerable students... The panel heard that during the 2012–13 academic year, Collini invited two students to her house. She straddled one student on the couch and began to kiss him. She and the student got up and went to her bedroom. While they sat on the bed talking, she began kissing and touching his groin area. The student felt uncomfortable and left the bedroom. The second student went upstairs to her bedroom. When he arrived, Collini was lying on the bed undressed. They then had sexual intercourse. The board terminated her employment in November 2014... In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member brought shame to the teaching profession through her abuse of her position of trust and authority.”

Discipline Committee panel revoked the teaching certificate of Christopher Charles Parkin, a former teacher employed by the Toronto District School Board, for sexually abusing students.... In the 2011–12 and 2012–13 school years, Parkin’s repeated misconduct involved the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of students, which included grooming of three students, inappropriate communications that started out as “friendly” and led to communications that were sexual in nature, and sexual contact. In 2014, he was found guilty of two charges of sexual exploitation and one charge of luring a child under the age of 16. He was sentenced to 15 months’ incarceration... In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member brought shame to the teaching profession through his abuse of his position of trust and authority.”

A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Robert Michael Highill Woron, a College member and former teacher in Manitoba, for sexually abusing a student... The panel heard that from September 1 to September 30, 2009, Woron engaged in an sexual conduct with a student. In September 2013, Woron was criminally convicted for his actions and in October 2013 he was sentenced to six months’ incarceration and three years’ probation... In its written decision, the panel stated, “In addition to the harm that he has done to Student 4, the Member’s conduct has jeopardized the public’s trust in the teaching profession. Accordingly, the Member has forfeited the privilege of holding a teaching certificate in Ontario.”

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MPP Randy Hillier regrets retweeting so-called 'dehumanized' photo of NDP leader at mosque

A Dr. Strangelove arm
Local MPP Randy Hillier says he regrets his decision to retweet a photo of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wearing a head covering while speaking to a Muslim cleric, and commenting that it was “quite the image.”

“Without reservation I regret my tweets on Friday night, being offensive is not my nature and I’m Sorry. Posts have been deleted,” Hillier tweeted Saturday night.

The original tweet, by @Banks-Todd, featured of a photo of Horwath speaking to an imam. She is shoeless and wearing an orange head covering.

“Meet Ontario NDP leader @AndreaHorwath bare foot and dehumanized with head gear, as she submits to the will of a Muslim male,” said the tweet from Bank, who describes himself as “Dark days. Moron in the Prime Minister’s office + criminal gang in charge of Ontario.”

Hillier, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, retweeted the post and added the comment: “That’s quite the image looks like she swallowed Cheri’s message hook line and sinker.”  (more...)

Dehumanized with head gear?
 Get a reading on Hillier family values here:

A man in uniform can do pretty much as he pleases. Just don't be a woman in a head covering:

Does social conservatism need to be conflated with this?

Studied at the Michael Coren School of Comparative Religion and Buggery

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Panama Papers: Europol links 3,500 names to suspected criminals

Almost 3,500 individuals and companies in the Panama Papers are probable matches for suspected criminals including terrorists, cybercriminals and cigarette smugglers, according to a document seen by the Guardian.

The analysis, which was carried out by Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, sheds more light on the breadth of criminal behaviour facilitated by tax havens around the world.

“The main point here is that we can link companies from the Panama Papers leaks not only with economic crimes, like money laundering or VAT carousels, but also with terrorism and Russian organised crime groups,” Simon Riondet, head of financial intelligence at Europol, told a committee of MEPs.

The Panama Papers, leaked files from the offshore services company Mossack Fonseca, revealed that hundreds of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals had used offshore companies to hide their riches.

While the use of offshore structures is legal, critics have long alleged that they can also be used to facilitate improper or unlawful behaviour.  (more...)

Not a safe topic for journalists, particularly in the Cayman Islands:

Jehovah's Witnesses: Internal judicial process 'catastrophic' for members alleging child sex abuse

Mélanie Poirier and her father, Benoit
Mélanie Poirier was 10 when she started taking piano lessons and it would prove to be an experience that changed her life forever. At that very first lesson, she said, her piano teacher sexually assaulted her. It went on for five years.

"Week after week, at every piano lesson, he would masturbate in front of me. And he would ask me to touch him," Poirier told Radio-Canada's investigative program, Enquête.

Her father, Benoît Poirier, was in the next room waiting for her lesson to be over, completely unaware, she said.

Poirier said she couldn't tell her father, who was a Jehovah's Witness elder, or anyone else what was happening because her piano teacher was also an elder in the congregation that her family belonged to in a Montreal suburb.

"He was well-known, an elder, an example to follow," she said.

The biggest obstacle, however, was the fact she didn't have a second witness to the alleged abuse — a key requirement of the church's internal judicial system.

"If I told anyone, nothing would have happened. I wouldn't be believed. The elders wouldn't have even stopped to listen to me," Poirier said.

The Poiriers are among several former Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec and the United States who spoke to Enquête about the church's policies for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse and their failure to protect victims.  (more...)