Here's an idea.
I'm from the UK originally, and it wasn't until I came to Canada that I had seen so many crosswalk/collision incidents. The reason?
In the UK, NO cars can turn left or right on a red. At these times, ALL traffic must yield to pedestrians. This makes complete sense. The only time there is a collision is if 1) a car goes through the red and 2) if a pedestrian jaywalks. In both cases, extremely dangerous and so these incidents are rare.
Pedestrians don't have to worry about cars turning left or right on them when they have the freedom to cross - and cars don't have to worry about looking out for other cars and pedestrians. Plus, pedestrians often feel obliged to hurry when a rare is impatiently hovering and revving as it waits for you to cross.
Turning left here, when the "WALK" signal is on, it a complete nightmare and is an accident waiting to happen. Drivers are concentrating on the oncoming traffic and finding the window to turn, that they don't even see a pedestrian walking out until the almost swing into them at the last second.
As a pedestrian, I had never felt fear crossing at a crosswalk in the UK as unless a car breaks through a red, there is no way you can get hit.
Change the traffic light rules and problem solved.
You know, how much more aware can they make people...people know the difference, they are either too preoccupied, too busy, too rushed, etc. to make good decisions. And this is about both drivers and pedestrians. Not going to blame just one as it is everyone's responsibility. Here is an idea though...make a an electronic signal so that when a car is going, cell phone won't turn on. Car off, phone on! Simple. We don't even have phones and hey, we survive...like all the time!!! Imagine that...a world without phones EVERYWHERE...oops, that's another topic. But don't know how I have lived my 51 years of life without one...just sayin'.
This is a fun show, and grown up students attend it. We can not do anything in this world anymore without someone trying to stop us from having fun. This show is hilarious and deserve an article in the paper yes but surely not one like that.
"We don't need no thought control. You're just another brick in the wall " Pink Floyd
This is ridiculous. There is one department who should be able to not only review all this at a glance but also put it in its proper context using long term analysis and knowledge of national trends.
That is the Traffic Authority.
The problem is that organization, caught during amalgamation between the city and the province, has gone rogue, it is the most dysfunctional of all government in Nova Scotia and that is saying something.
The petty potentates who run this bureaucratic fiefdom, power mad, are in constant conflict with citizens, elected officials, other parts of government and common sense. Whether the issue is winter parking bans, road-widening, speed limits in town, street directions, traffic calming, stop lights, roundabouts, crosswalk safety or transportation policy in general, these made men are at the centre of a big box government system that has completely disconnected from the city and its people.
The Traffic Authority is empowered to work by act of provincial government yet is paid by the municipal, ultimately answering to neither. They live in a bureaucratic wasteland that spills across our city. Their communications practices range from authoritarian soviet to fantasies of benevolent dictators.
If anything comes out of trying to make sense of these pointless and seemingly constant tragedies it should be a bottom up reform of the Traffic Authourity to completely rethink its mission, responsibilities, purpose and accountability.
Send your MLA or Councilor a note asking them to support Traffic Authourity Review and Reform before more people are maimed and killed by their bumbling ineptitude, their 1950's commuter suburb vision and inability to keep our city streets safe.
Lauren: I'm really concerned by your comment about our generation needing to learn to let things "roll off our backs." These problems are all only still relevant because every generation before us has just let it roll off their backs. And that has allowed a menality of complacency that has prevailed, making these very serious issues of respect and sexism just get bigger and more and more internalized. If we let it roll off our backs, nothing will ever be solved, and nothing will ever get better.
@cuja; What group may you be referring too? As far as I know Tim Basquet is not a person of color (black), neither are any of the people he referenced in his article. If you look at the majority of comments, they all seem to be in favor of this being an over the top PC perpetual victim situation. Considering all of this my assumption is most commentators are not black, but since we are all anon, that cannot be verified one way or the other (ie you cannot assume any of the commentators are black). Taking into account that it doesn't appear that too many people of color are even talking about this, in the article or in the comments, there doesn't seem to be this faux outrage that you, and most in the comments section, have attributed to the group so sensitive about "their" culture.
All this to say I'm pissed off. As a person of color we can't win. Here for example, you have a bunch of hipster douchebags, faux academics, and people who think their opinion means more than it does, debating and arguing the merit of this tradition and if it is racist. Yet somehow, even though we (black people) aren't really engaging in this discussion, "black" culture/people are being slandered for being offended, even though there is no real evidence of any "black" people (in the article or in the comments) being offended by this. I love how these situations have attention brought to them by people not of color, and then gets debated by the same, only to have the people of color denigrated, for what? WE HAVEN'T EVEN SAID ANYTHING AND WE DIDNT MAKE THIS ISSUE AN ISSUE! Hell the majority of black people I know, myself included, wouldn't bother to tell anyone in the general public, of what we feel is racist, because we know in this day and age nobody will ever take the claim seriously, and brush it off as us being too sensitive, taking it the wrong way, or we are being "reverse racist" which is one of the stupidest concepts ever imagined. We may say it amongst ourselves, in our communities, but nobody is running out to tell people they know aren't going to agree with them, so again, can someone point me to the "outlandish" backlash from the black community, confirming that the black community in NS is actually offended by this? Please anyone? If not, I would kindly ask you stop assuming all black people are making a big deal about this and stop assuming that the entire black community are always the ones crying racism. Good Day.
having spoken to the dutch guy i work with, he explained that black Piet is just black because of chimney soot, that nowhere in the story does it mention (nor is it practiced) that the "person" is any race at all. imagine that, a 50+ guy born in Holland and immigrated to canada with the personal experience of this tradition explaining it in detail. Why is it one culture trumps another because of this stupid idea that everything is hate related... for a group so sensitive about THEIR culture, they sure dont show any sort of sensitivity for this culture who are asking what the fuck? This isnt racism unless its MADE to be racism. food for thought.
For 100K a year you would think the guy would have more sense than to pose with a blackface racist character and then hide behind the traditions of his homeland. The makings of a new Rob Ford. Maybe too much Christmas cheer clouding his judgement.
"How does Pete manage to get so dirty and not get any on his clothes?"
Do you want to field this one, Hans Gruber?
"It's Christmas, Theo. It's the time of miracles so be of good cheer..."
If hw wants to sit on Black Pete's lap, that is his choice. If he wants to have his picture taken, again, that is his choice. If he wishes to post such a picture, for what reason one can only imagine, then that is a bad choice. I believe he had underlying reasons to post this pic. His remorse is obviously not very sincere.
Abdur Rahman needs to change his name to Tyrone Jackson for that dumb comment. Visit emtecfilms.com to learn the TRUTH about Farrakhan.
Abdur Rahman. Really? Negro hitler? Look in the mirror. You sound pathetic and hateful. Go pray and stop hating.
Ah yes, clueless or "unconscious" racism. That's a well that just is never going to run dry now , is it. Trust me, most people are smart enough that when they really want you to be offended, you will know it. There will be no ambiguity. Fighting pissant battles like this cheapens your cause and demeans the word "racism" Offended by racist caricatures? Try taking public transit though Highfield or hang out at Uniacke square after sundown. You'll find them a'plenty and every one more of hindrance to black progress than poor old Zwarte Piet.
Working with Minister Negro Hitler is not "awesome." It's showing that this guy spent too much time playing basketball and not enough time study and working to know his history. True Islam is his history. MLK is his history. When he works to expose young minds to Farrakhan, he joins those who are a problem and a plague upon the black community.
This is utter BULLSHIT. This is not early American theater/TV/film where blackface is used to depict African-Americans and usually in a derogatory way. This is a depiction of a chimney sweep who covered in soot. This has NOTHING to do with race or African-Americans. To say it is so then I guess we better ban Walt Disney's Mary Poppins for the same reason. And ban the profession of chimney sweep.
How very sad when demeaning ourselves in the name of so-called fun is considered valid entertainment. That poor girl in the photo has consented to participate, but odds are when she is more mature she will cringe with embarrassment at the choice her younger self made, with online photographic evidence of her poor judgement. I am no prude but I am cringing for her. Is alcohol being served at these events? Inebriated consent is NOT consent.
How does Pete manage to get so dirty and not get any on his clothes? Even if he changed outfits for the photo op you'd think he'd at least get some soot on the new clean clothes, right? Oh, right, "magic" I bet.
According to the entry in wikipedia, originally "black Pete" was white or black, and was actually a devil forced by St. Nicholas to do good. Things changed over the centuries, but Black Pete works for St. Nick, essentially. So, Santa Claus is racist. By extension, so are everyone who like the Santa Claus tradition and gift giving.
Time to go back to celebrating the birthday of Sol Invictus on Dec. 25th, people.
I thought @allisomething's original post was important and valid, but I also think Stroink's response struck the right note.
Discussions of racism must cope with simultaneous contradictory realities:
(1) We are all racist, and
(2) It is socially unacceptable to be racist.
It's a good thing racism has become socially unacceptable, because as Tim points out, this was not always the case. The irony is that, since racism became socially unacceptable, most people find it impossible to reflect on and confront their own racism.
Thus, when someone else decries some racist thought, word, or action, people feel they have been accused of something heinous, and go on the attack, saying, "Why do you always make everything about race? YOU'RE the racist!"
I think Stroink avoided that trap, and for that I give him credit.
Joachim, you cannot win on this so best keep quiet and avoid all the groups wanting to set up 'conversations' with you. They just want to lob verbal grenades at you.
Just be a decent MLA, don't post personal photos on FB or Twitter and make sure all postings to such sites are pure pablum.
And plan for one term, voters here are fickle and expect instant results and no pain.
And thank you for coming from a country that I know is very open and welcoming.
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