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Re: “Why I choose not to celebrate Canada Day

This land belongs to everyone and no one. Ownership is imaginary. Everyone's ancestral past includes displacement. The past of every individual and nation includes actions that caused more harm than good. We should each be mindful of our wrongdoings and attempt to not repeat past mistakes, but we should not let the burden of our shame hold us back from pressing forward together. Earth is a hostile environment, and every living thing must struggle for survival, but some places are relatively less hostile than others. Some of us celebrate Canada Day because, of all the possible countries we could live, we are grateful to live here and we wish to express our gratitude.

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Posted by Lystra Matthews on 07/02/2015 at 2:48 AM

Re: “Why I choose not to celebrate Canada Day

I am Native and proud of it..I choose to celebrate Canada day because my Father fought in WW2 for our country...Yes my ancestor suffered and we are still fighting for our rights but i choose to celebrate on the account of my Dad i am so proud of him ..He passed away 2010 but I will always celebrate for him.

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Posted by Jeannie Thomas Neathway on 07/02/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Why I choose not to celebrate Canada Day

No country is guilt-free. Every country committed "atrocities" in its inception. Sadly, even today (!!!) millions are abused all around the World. Whining about the past, pointing fingers and blaming will not make the World a better place. People living today are not responsible for what others did many years ago. Canada Day is a celebration of what Canada has accomplished and built on the past including its mistakes. Canada Day is not the celebration of a military victory over anybody (unlike July 4th). No system is perfect, but Canada is still doing much better than any other part of the World. Happy Canada Day. Enjoy this wonderful country that many just dream about. :)

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Posted by Petra Antal on 07/02/2015 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Boys aren’t boys at Dalhousie dental school

as a very recent male grad of dal I'm not suprised by this idiotic misogynistic behaviour at all. I hung out/partied with dudes like this all the time: "bros" who thought they were the shit - and thought they could have their way with any woman they chose, simply because they were going to make a lot of money soon, or maybe they played intramural football. It's an old boy's club and sadly they never really seem to grow out of this kind of behaviour. I see it in the workplace all the time.

Expel em all. Let em deal with their student loans (most of which they would have spent on booze and weed) and make em actually learn a lesson at school for once.

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Posted by TorontoExPat on 12/16/2014 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Why I choose not to celebrate Canada Day

Yes this is right!! I am too a First Nation Women!! But, today is Canada's 148th Birthday Lets put things aside and celebrate our country for one day. It is still beautiful. I am proud to be a Canadian First Nation Woman. I will celebrate and enjoy the day. We should all unite together all nationalities and celebrate this day. Hostility will only bring heavy hearts. I feel bad that you cannot recognize what a joyous day this could be for you instead your hurtful. Knocking down fellow human beings is not right. Hope you can fine inner peace. It is only one day!!

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Posted by Elaine Sago on 07/01/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

Just my two cents but expel these students now. I have heard the argument that "no crime has been committed" and this "was a private Facebook group" but it does not matter. As future professionals in their chosen fields, they are held to high standards of conduct like any other professionals such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, et al. This should not stand in this day and age and the university has duty to do the right thing lest they be seen as condoning this sort of behaviour for their graduating students.

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Posted by Bartlett Mk on 01/04/2015 at 7:37 PM

Re: “People want Cindy Day fired because of her Frankie MacDonald comments

People in Nova Scotia tend to be just plain stupid! Frankie is a nice guy but not a professional. It's the nice guy we respect. Forget this garbage over whether Cindy or Frankie is a better weather conjurer! Did you ever ask yourself where Frankie gets his information? Give it a break, folks! There must be better things for you to worry about!

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Posted by Ray MacLeod on 02/13/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

As a mother to daughters, this infuriates me to think these men will have females literally helpless in their chairs, I read something about nitrous oxide with reference to hate fucking! And the school wants to do restorative justice? This is beyond that, some of these men have criminal minds and hate women and they should never be allowed alone in a room with any female while nitrous is around! I am against restorative justice for the men who continued to sneer at the school knowing, those men are of the same mindset as the Polytechnique killer! They should not be allowed to be Dentists in Canada. And for those who say "oh they just made comments" so did terrorists on Facebook before they murdered a soldier!"

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Posted by Angela Black on 01/04/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

"Kick every guy out of fourth year" - might as well, because if Dal doesn't do any expulsions, I don't see how any Dental Practice would hire any male student within the next 4 years.

If I were one of the "good" male students I would be pushing for expulsion of the "bad" in order to save my own career.

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Posted by John Andrea on 12/26/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Why I choose not to celebrate Canada Day

While the writer, Killa Atencio, certainly has the right to dismiss Canada Day because of her heritage, it does not follow that the rest of us must do the same. Atencio has a very particular experience of Canada, and she is entitled to that, but I have a different view of my country and one that, dare I say, is broader and more positive. I see Canada as part of a global community, and a country that has been remarkably successful in maintaining a constitutional democracy longer than most other countries. I see a set of public institutions (eg. health care, education) that are undeniably imperfect and under fire, but are nevertheless remarkably successful compared to the rest of the world. Our degree of safety and personal freedom are, again, imperfect and under fire, but are relatively quite advanced. We have a beautiful country that is physically and demographically diverse, and therefore is extraordinarily gorgeous.

If we have a genuine weakness in our country, it's giving cultural priority to Canadians who, through the accident of birth, are deemed more worthy than other Canadians. We have thankfully moved beyond the British and French "two founding races" nonsense, but I fear that Atencio and her ilk would like to reinsert a new political and cultural priority for Aboriginal people. And this I will resist categorically and to the end of my life; no other persons in Canada - Aboriginal, British or French - are politically and culturally superior to others, including recent immigrants. The pejorative label of "colonist" is just another way of saying "latecomer", and that just drips with second-class status. And you know what? It's very similar to the same racist, hate filled, first-class vs. second-class categorization that we saw in Yugoslavia in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

So I don't like second-class status, do I? Well, what about the Aboriginal peoples? Am I not being a hypocrite?

Well, all I can say is that Aboriginal people have indeed been treated poorly in the past and in the present, but mutual denigration will only make things worse. Atencio's argument is a diatribe because I see no space in it for reconciliation; it's simply a matter of Aboriginal good, non-Aboriginal bad. And as a result, it only hardens both sides. My rights, work and heritage are as important to me as hers are to her. Yet, since she utterly denigrates my rights, work and heritage, what does she realistically expect other than bewilderment and hostility?

When I pick up the dirt beneath my feet and sift it through my fingers, it is as much my land as hers. I'm not going home; this is my home. If people want to insinuate that I am a visitor, well, we have a serious problem.

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Posted by grapemanca on 07/01/2015 at 8:21 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

“What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

No, just the dozen A-holes on Facebook.

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Posted by AlbertE on 12/24/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “To my classmates: I’m sorry

First, I don't agree with anything that was said in this Facebook group. It's flat out wrong and there is no excuse for it. That said, I can't believe all the stone throwers in this comment thread. Everyone is looking at the specific words he chose and challenging his sincerity and questioning the words he chose to explain himself, trying to find hidden meaning by the words he chose and that's not what people should be focusing on.

If you want to read it for what it really is here is what he is saying: "I didn't participate, but I stood by and watched for too long. However, I did come forward once I realized things were getting out of control and he apologized for not coming forward sooner."

As for anonymously posting, this was a letter he sent to his classmates to which he would have published his name and a 3rd party brought the letter to the Coast and he agreed to let it be published anonymously. This wasn't an apology letter meant for you or me so the expectation that he publish his name is ridiculous. It wasn't created for our eyes in the first place. Get over it.

Now, how does ANYONE have a right to criticize this man? If he didn't participate in the hateful conversations then this man hasn't done any more wrong than you or I have in our lives. I mean honestly, do you call the authorities when your spouse breaks the speed limit? Should you have points on your driving record because you didn't stop the driver from speeding while you were in the car? How many of you have been in a circle of people when someone makes a sexist, racist or otherwise offensive comment and you simply think to yourself, "wow, that was bad" and then kept on going with your life? Should we be calling you a racist, sexist or otherwise because you were within earshot and didn't call the human rights commission or the police? Everyone needs to get off their high horses and cut this guy a break. As far as I am concerned, if he didn't do or say any of the comments, or participate in those specific conversations then this man should not be punished. If it turns out he did then his feet should be put to the fire then and he should be judged on his specific participation. What I gather from this letter though is that he wasn't a participant.

This is exactly why mob justice is flawed and why I'm happy to see that Dalhousie is approaching the situation in a manner where they're gong to get all the facts first, they're going to evaluate the impacts on all parties involved and THEN make decisions on punishment. When the dust settles there will be punishment, but let's let the University do their job and get all of the information before they make life altering decisions for those involved. Actual rapists and murders still get a trial you know.

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Posted by Voice of Reason1 on 12/24/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

Why would I go to a dentist that jokes about chloroforming women and hatefucking them? Does that make me crazy because I would not trust someone like this? Why are people (mostly men) so intent on standing up for these guys? If they were threatening to hatefuck their male peers, would any men want to have them as their dentists? They need to be expelled because they are no longer credible as dentists. They are obviously psycho. Or do all men joke about these things? I can say I don't joke about raping anyone or drugging anyone. Why don't men take rape seriously? A lot of men/boys experience sexual assault and rape too! Its a serious issue and one that should NEVER be joked about regardless of gender! Why is that so hard for people to understand?

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Posted by Kaela Noelle on 12/23/2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

Realist in Dartmouth... I get it. Men talk shit about women, have rape fantasies, and joke about women being good for only a handful of things that are subservient to men. I understand you are defending that men will always degrade women to some degree, whether for entertainment or to discuss real fantasies they may or may not act upon for various reasons. It is precisely for this reason that the word "culture" is used to refer to issues of violence against women. The word recognizes that these beliefs are deeply entrenched in our society, reinforced, as you mention, by pop culture such as magazines, tv, and movies which affirm and inspire these views toward women, and which some men DO act upon. 2014 has been an epic year for showing us all just how prevalent violence toward women is, and it's not over yet.

Unfortunately, what many people fail to recognize is that the same messages that condition men to have these views and beliefs about women are the same ones that are conditioning women to have them about themselves, most notably young women. Both men and women are deeply affected by the messages of sexism and gender roles that surround us, and they set up a dynamic between the sexes that continually reinforces these beliefs. This is not about man-hating or man-blaming. This is about people, and in particular women (since, at present, sexual violence is most broadly and frequently directed at women) not being subject to degrading and demeaning comments and threats, whether from men OR women. This is a broad, societal issue. And a HUGE one.

It saddens and scares me to have learned from your post that this is such a comfortable subject for men. That men enjoy joking with each other about degrading and raping their female peers. That men believe it's natural for men to have sexually violent thoughts about women. That it is completely acceptable amoung many men to have and share these thoughts with each other. I was already completely bummed that young women are believing and reinforcing the view that they are hyper-sexualized beings, here to serve the sexual whims of men, their currency being their bodies and looks.

With the flurry of news stories on violence directed at women in the last 12 months alone (ie. Aboriginal women, Bill Cosby, Jian Ghomeshi, #beenrapedneverreported, Boko Haram kidnappings, and just today the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl!! WTF?? ...and on and on) can we help but want to change the culture of degrading attitudes toward women? Whether they be predicated by men or women, they are degrading and costly to our culture and to the health of our society.

This is not a disproportionate response to the issue being addressed. I would argue it's an understated one.

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Posted by zoeetal on 12/22/2014 at 10:11 PM

Re: “White supremacy in Halifax

LOL...What a joke this publication has become. "white supremacy rally"? Don't even try to disguise your leftist liberal mental health disorder. Thank you for making it clear what The Coast represents.......fake leftist fear mongering.

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Posted by Victor Strand on 01/31/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “People want Cindy Day fired because of her Frankie MacDonald comments

Oh dear! All this hate, name calling and sexual slurs forgets entirely the truth of this situation - that Frankie is not a meteorologist. That Cindy was not hating on Frankie, merely saying we should be aware of that point when listening to his broadcasts. The Internet is literally eating our brains.

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Posted by Gloria Wesley on 02/13/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Boys aren’t boys at Dalhousie dental school

The damage done to the dental profession by these moronic male students is bigger than most realize. As a result of their actions all male Dal dentistry grads of 2014-15 are cast under the same microscope of suspicion. How would a female patient (especially sexual assault victims) know if they were being treated by one of those who participated in this despicable behaviour? They wouldn't.

"Boys will be boys?" Oh, so that makes rape okay, does it? Wrong answer.

The actions of a few affect so very many, those students who do not share the offending student's criminal views, female patients, and those who HAVE been sexually assaulted by their dentist while under the effects of chloroform or nitrous oxide. Those students who participated in these criminal posts do not deserve the title of doctor. Dalhousie has an onus to protect the public by denying those who are guilty of harbouring these rape-is-okay ideals their doctorate. Anything less is unacceptable.

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Posted by Oceanchick on 12/16/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “White supremacy in Halifax

Having been there myself, there are some discrepencies with the authors comments. I would say the female to male ratio was MUCH different (go closer to 60 men 40 women). Climate change was addressed and referenced in this Global article (https://globalnews.ca/news/4864722/maxime-…). He was also questioned on his stance following his speech during the question period. This is not the white-supremacist party Alex speaks of and frankly, despite knowing the leanings of The Coast, this is extremely disappointing that the author would go into outright lies regarding the event. Like or dislike the guy, we should be talking facts rather than fiction to get clicks.

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Posted by rabbitseverywhere on 01/31/2019 at 5:35 PM

Re: ““What are they going to do...kick every guy out of fourth year?”

This is not about censoring speech or boys will be boys; it is not solely about justice for the female classmates either. It is about violence against women, pernicious sexual violence! There are many reasons to believe what people say in jest. It doesn'necessarily mean that a person who jokes about incapacitating a woman to have sex with her will act on that but they ARE telling you the truth of what they would like to do!

Let's remember when we excuse this behavior as boyish that it was aided and abetted by some faculty members or are they just boys too? Dentistry as practised in Canada is less than an honourable profession. It's practised and controlled mostly by privileged white men. It betrays a shameful disregard for the oral health of anyone whose income is below the median.

Dalhousie as an institution is, sadly, just the most recent example of protecting privilege over justice. They are not even adhering to their own rules of conduct.

Most of what needs to be said had already been said; little of what needs to be done has been done. Let's put the following into effect everywhere: No justice; no peace!

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Posted by Patrick Corbett on 12/25/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Tory leadership candidate worries weed will make Nova Scotians lazy like Jamaicans

those same "lazy Jamaicans" that farm our fields in the Valley every year? the fields that white Nova Scotians are too lazy or "above the work" to do themselves. those same Jamaicans? nothing lazy about travelling thousands of miles to perform gruelling work for long hours and little money in the baking sun. those lazy Jamaicans? give me a break!

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Posted by MT on 04/18/2018 at 7:36 PM
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