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Election hangover: How to cope with not getting the leader you wanted – National

by BBG Hub

The Liberals won the most seats in Monday’s election and Justin Trudeau was re-elected as Canada’s prime minister.

The Liberals will form a minority government — winning 157 seats — and will need to negotiate support from at least one other party in order to pass any legislation while they are in office.

The Conservatives took 121 seats, the Bloc Quebecois 32 seats and the NDP 24 seats. The Green Party won three seats and Jody Wilson-Raybould was the only independent candidate to capture a seat.

READ MORE: Live Canada election results 2019

For some, the results are welcomed. But those not happy with the outcome may be waking up with post-election stress and disappointment.

“I’ve heard people have extreme anxiety to the point of having severe panic attacks the day after the election when they realize who is going to be their new president or prime minister,” says Dr. Ingrid Söchting, a clinical psychologist and director of the University of British Columbia Psychology Clinic.

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According to Rana Khan, a Toronto-based registered psychotherapist, it is common for people to feel personally impacted by the results of an election.

“This is particularly true if the elected party has major implications for you as an individual, or it has major implications for a specific group that you belong to or interact with,” Khan says.

“Generally, people have feelings of uncertainty or a general sense of loss, defeat or hopelessness.”

Söchting says she’s seen such reactions in her clinical experience, too, and points to these types of responses south of the border following the 2016 U.S. federal election.

After Donald Trump became president, politics-induced anxiety was given the unofficial name of post-election stress disorder. Several mental health professionals also wrote a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, which examines the “mental health consequences” of Trump’s presidency.

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Federal Election 2019: Trudeau greets supporters at Metro station following election win

While these cases may be more extreme, Söchting says people may experience more general symptoms of depression, or feel demoralized and discouraged by election results.

So how can you cope with not getting the political outcome you desired? The first step is accepting your emotions.

Process and accept

“Absolutely pay attention to your feelings and give yourself permission to feel them,” Söchting says.

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Feelings are not permanent, Söchting says, and for people who do not have a pre-existing anxiety or mood disorder, these emotions are typically short-lasting.

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Still, it’s important people sit with their post-election feelings so they can process them. Ignoring them is not a helpful response.

“They may be kind of ugly feelings of anger or even despair, but don’t feel you have to rush into some kind of action mode or new belief about what people are like or our country is like,” Söchting says.

Avoid thinking traps

While dealing with disappointment or anxiety, it’s common to fall into “thinking traps,” Söchting says. These can include “black and white” thinking, catastrophizing or “fortune-telling,” which is when you think you can predict the future.

READ MORE: Trudeau won the most seats, but not a majority. What now?

“Human beings are prone to cognitive biases,” Söchting explains.

“We humans tend to catastrophize when we are feeling something intensely. So for elections, when the party we voted for doesn’t win, we may catastrophize and believe that our country will be ‘ruined’ or ‘pushed back into the dark ages’ or led ‘by immature people.’”

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It’s important for citizens to recognize these thinking traps and challenge them. These exaggerated ways of thinking are not helpful and usually not true, Söchting says.

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Federal Election 2019: Justin Trudeau FULL victory speech

“We need to de-catastrophize and remind ourselves we live in a strong democracy and we can influence, hold our politicians accountable and follow fair and responsible media outlets over the next four years before the next election,” she says.

Take a break from screens

Leading up to elections, TV and social media are flooded with political news. Once election results are revealed, it’s perfectly OK to take a break from your screens.

“When you are feeling raw and vulnerable, it’s never good to be too obsessed with media and social media,” Söchting says.

READ MORE: Full results of the 2019 federal election

“The election outcome has happened; there’s nothing you can do at this point. … The analysis and what people are saying, you don’t need to know all that on day one or two. It can wait.”

Practise self-care

It’s important to look after your well-being at all times, but especially when your mental health is suffering.

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To help cope with anxiety, sadness and feelings of disappointment, do things that make you feel good. This may be exercising, seeing friends or spending time doing something you enjoy, like baking.

Federal Election 2019: Jagmeet Singh full concession speech

Federal Election 2019: Jagmeet Singh full concession speech

“Get into your routine. Keep moving. Don’t neglect eating well [and] if you are prone to unhelpful ways of coping, maybe this is not a day to drink more,” Söchting says.

“Be really kind to your body and your mind.”

Söchting says it’s also important to spend time with people you trust, like family and friends. These people don’t need to vote the same way as you, but they should be folks whom you feel safe sharing your feelings with.

Khan echoes this, and says a sense of community can “go a long way in being able to deal with uncertainty, loss, defeat and hopelessness.”

Get involved

Once you’ve allowed yourself to process your emotions, you may want to take action.

Federal Election 2019: Andrew Scheer full concession speech

Federal Election 2019: Andrew Scheer full concession speech

If you’re unhappy with the election outcome, you can get involved in local political groups or grassroots organizations to spark change.

“What can you do on an individual or day-to-day level to contribute to the change that you want to see at the macro-level?” Khan says.

Picking a cause you care about can help ease feelings of powerlessness, Söchting adds.

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“It’s always healthy to confront and to engage,” Söchting says.

“The worst is probably just to become detached and increasingly hopeless and isolated.”

— With a file from Amanda Connolly 

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Canadians are hitting the polls — and they have the selfies to prove it – National

by BBG Hub

Canadians went to the polls on Monday to decide which party will form the next government of Canada.

As the day progressed, more and more people shared their #VoterSelfies on social media, encouraging friends and families to get to the polls.

READ MORE: Canada election: Here’s what you need to know to vote

However, Elections Canada warned voters that pictures with ballots are strictly prohibited.

“The vote is secret,” the agency said on its website. “If people were allowed to show how they voted, they could be forced to vote in a certain way or votes could be bought.”

According to Elections Canada, you can take a selfie with poll signs, but you should avoid snapping pics anywhere near the ballot boxes.

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“If you’re enthusiastic about voting and want to share your experience with your friends, take a photo of yourself outside the polling station,” the agency said.

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The pictures are inspiring, with many of them depicting excited first-time voters, including 18-year-olds and new citizens.

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Even some of the federal party leaders got in on the trend.

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Roughly 4.7 million Canadians voted early

New numbers released by Elections Canada last week found voter turnout during the four-day advance polling period was up 29 per cent over numbers recorded during the last federal election in 2015.

According to Elections Canada, preliminary figures show 4.7 million electors turned out to vote between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14.

READ MORE: Real-time results in Canadian election

Over the four-day early voting period during the previous election, a total of 3.65 million Canadians voted, representing 20.8 per cent of all votes cast.

In a previous interview with Global News, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs Darrell Bricker said advance polling numbers have been “going up steadily” for some time.

“In 2006, about 10 per cent of us voted early. In 2015, it was up to 20 per cent of us voting early,” he said. “It’s just been a general trend. I don’t know that it’s necessarily specifically related to this campaign.”

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Timelapse of Global News’ Decision Canada Election night set

Bricker said, however, that parties have been getting “much better at getting out their vote early” and that the numbers may be, in part, a reflection of that.

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He added that it is too early to know whether the increase is indicative of an increasing level of interest in the election.

“It could be,” he said. “But we won’t know until after the election.”

How many seats does a party need to win?

A party needs 170 seats in Parliament in order to win a majority government.

A minority government is won by a party that gets fewer than 170 seats but still has more seats than any other party.

Real-time results

Global News will have live, real-time election results for all 338 ridings as polls begin to close across the country, starting with results in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Polls close at 8:30 p.m. local time in Atlantic Canada, 9:30 p.m. local time in Quebec and Ontario, 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time and 8:30 p.m. Central Time in the Prairies and Alberta, and 7 p.m. local time in British Columbia.

We will have live results by party and province, so you can see who will be representing your riding. Find out who will form the next Canadian government and who won in your riding.

Read the Global News guide to the election in the following languages:

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Parents feel squeezed by child-care costs. Here’s where they want help – National

by BBG Hub

Steve, 32, knows all about the struggle to find affordable, high-quality child care.

The new father lives in Ottawa with his wife and 11-month-old son. Until recently, both of them worked full time, Steve in marketing and his wife in child care. (Global News has agreed to withhold the family’s last name to protect anonymity.)

Things drastically changed when Steve’s wife had to leave her job because they couldn’t afford daycare, and the irony of the situation isn’t lost on the young parents.

READ MORE: Paid leave, tax credits, more benefits — What the parties are promising parents

“Child care in Ontario is so expensive … with how little she makes teaching 10 other kids, it made more sense for her to stay home with our son than to go back to work,” Steve told Global News.

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It would have cost the young couple more to pay for daycare while earning dual incomes than it did for Steve’s wife to remain on maternity leave.

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Cameras in daycares: pros and cons

Steve works a typical Monday-to-Friday workweek, but his wife had shifts that changed all the time. For this reason, he says their “ideal” child-care program would prioritize flexible hours.

“Our ideal program would have hours that reflect a typical workday [and] costs that would allow the daycare workers to earn a decent wage.”

Unfortunately, Steve’s experience isn’t the exception — for most Canadian parents, it’s the rule.

Lindsay Williams and her partner live in Toronto with their two kids, aged five and 10 months. She’s currently on maternity leave but she worries what will happen when she needs to go back to work soon.

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She’s started the daycare search, but it’s tough to find somewhere that checks all of her boxes.

“We both work full time [so] we need an extended day spot for my five-year-old and an infant spot for my 10-month-old. We need care Monday to Friday,” she told Global News.

“Preferably, we’re looking for care close to our home or close to my work … [and] we’re looking for a clean, safe environment with a registered early childhood educator. We’re [also] looking for centre-based care with play-based learning.”

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Do kids need preschool? Early childhood education professor weighs in

Williams placed her first child on daycare wait lists when she was pregnant, but she still had to wait 17 months before securing a spot.

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“I had to harass daycare [centres] by calling them non-stop,” she said. When she finally found a spot, she was forced to end her maternity leave two months early in order to qualify for the centre.

Williams took the spot because it was the only one she could find, but the service has been less than ideal.

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“The timing of daycare for my son has always been a struggle with my work hours … I’ve had to pay people to take him to daycare or pick him up on top of paying the daycare fees,” she said.

The “ridiculously high” cost of care has also been a struggle for Williams and her husband.

“To send both our sons to daycare — if we find a spot — we calculated that we would be paying $2,600 a month. At that point, is it even worth me going back to work?” Williams said.

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“We would struggle financially on my partner’s earnings as he’s a contractor … his work is up and down and his hours vary. I would lose my career — something I worked so hard for — my paycheque, my adult interaction.”

Williams is looking for affordability and accessibility, but it’s also important that her children are well taken care of.

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“We’re leaving our sons with strangers for the majority of the day,” she said.

About 60 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six received some form of child care from January to March 2019, a recent Statistics Canada survey found. That’s nearly 1.4 million children in just three months.

According to child-care experts, the care services available aren’t good enough to handle this many children across the country. There’s a lack of options, and when care is available, it’s typically a massive monthly expense.

To improve child care for Canadian families, experts say there needs to be more of a focus on three main principles: making child care affordable, accessible and high quality.

Affordability is most important

Unfortunately, the high cost of care is a major issue for parents, and the price tag varies widely across the country.

According to Statistics Canada, the average monthly cost of full-time care in 2011 ranged from $152 in Quebec to $677 in Ontario, and that’s not even 10 years ago.

(Editor’s note: When Global News asked Twitter users if they had this problem, the response was overwhelming. Read some of their stories below.)

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Sharon Gregson, a spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, joined the fight for more affordable child care when she became a single mom of four children in the early 1990s.

“I needed affordable child care to go back to university [and] to work,” she said.

She quickly realized good quality, affordable and accessible child-care centres were few and far between.

“There are a few basic tenets that are true of all quality child-care systems: they are affordable — or even free — for families, educators have good levels of education and are well-paid, and they’re publicly funded.”

High child-care costs can impact all aspects of how a family lives, Gregson said — from how they eat to the kinds of extracurricular activities they can access and everything in between.

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For Diana Sarosi, Ottawa manager of policy and advocacy for OXFAM Canada, affordable child care is actually a women’s rights issue.

“Care responsibilities are a huge barrier to women’s economic equality,” she said. “[Women] often have to make tough choices when it comes to working or caring for children … this still disproportionately falls to women.

“Women do double the amount of unpaid care work that men do.”

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For Sarosi, it’s critical to provide better child-care options so that women don’t have to make these difficult sacrifices.

Accessibility is critical

Right now, finding daycare with flexible hours close to your home or work is an extremely difficult task.

Sarosi believes making child care in Canada more universal would be one way to make this process easier.

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“This doesn’t mean that in every municipality, the exact same program needs to be in place … It means that everyone who wants child care has access to child care,” she said.

“In municipalities, there are different needs. [Child care] has to be tailored to those specific needs.”

For Morna Ballantyne, executive director of Child Care Now, making child care affordable and accessible can be made possible by creating a publicly owned and operated system.

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“The current situation is that child care is really left to … what we call ‘the market,’” she said. “The child care that’s available is available because individuals or organizations — it could be for-profit or not-for-profit, like a church — decide to set up a child-care service.”

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There are some government stipulations regarding how these businesses are allowed to run — like limits to how many children they’re allowed to care for at once — but the service isn’t publicly delivered or publicly funded, and that concerns Ballantyne.

“People set up shop in a variety of ways, and then parents have to go and find those services and pay money,” she said. “Some parents will get some assistance from the government, depending on where they live, but the service itself isn’t 100 per cent funded by the government.”

Voter trust low among party leaders

Voter trust low among party leaders

Ballantyne believes this can lead to widely varied costs across the country and unregulated, inconsistent services.

“We have a situation now where there are lots of communities that are being under-serviced. When there’s limited supply, it tends to be those with the highest income levels who are serviced,” she said. “With a publicly managed system, we can manage the supply and demand.”

High-quality care must be a priority

While affordability and accessibility are certainly necessary, Don Giesbrecht, CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation, believes high-quality child care is equally as important.

“This isn’t just about throwing money at [the problem].”

High-quality child care can be “really beneficial for young children in terms of their development,” he said. “The first five years of [life] are the most important years in human development.”

Research bears this out. According to a 2010 study, good-quality child care can have a positive impact on peer socialization, and it can help prepare young kids for school.

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Geisbrecht said high-quality childhood educators are needed to create strong curriculum and pedagogy for young children, but “recruiting and retaining” continues to be one of the long-standing issues in this sector.

This is due, in part, to low wages.

“It’s not just about compensation, but that is a primary motivator,” Giesbrecht said.

Ballantyne agrees.

“You want to make sure the caregivers are qualified … that they’ve actually had training in early childhood education,” she said. “You also want to make sure that there’s not high staff turnover because we know that really impacts the quality of care.

“For all of that, you need to pay sufficiently high wages to attract people into the sector and to keep them there.”

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Will childcare costs in the GTA ever come down?

Ultimately, it all comes back to funding.

“We want public funding, public management and planning … so that these three things can happen simultaneously: the number of spaces can be expanded, the quality can be assured to be good and … the fees are actually affordable,” said Ballantyne.

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“You can’t do one without the other.”

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What women care most about in this election, and how the parties stack up – National

by BBG Hub

While “women’s issues” should be everybody’s issues, experts say, there are certain matters that disproportionately affect women.

From a lack of affordable child care to higher rates of gender-based violence, the upcoming federal election highlights some of these problems — and the demand for policy-based solutions.

“Being a woman is not a universal experience,” says Amanda Kingsley Malo, the founder of PoliticsNOW, an organization that works to get women elected in Ontario municipal elections.

“But a lot of the things that concern women when they’re voting don’t always come up on the campaign trail.”

Here are some issues political experts say women may be thinking about when heading to the polls on Oct. 21.


Women often experience a different quality of healthcare than men do, research shows, with one study even finding they are less likely to receive CPR in public.

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In clinical medical trials, women have historically been largely absent, too.

Velma Morgan, the chair of Operation Black Vote Canada, points to research that shows black patients’ pain is often taken less seriously than white patients.

For black women, this can be compounded as women’s pain in general is more often dismissed than men’s.

READ MORE: Canada election — What federal leaders have pledged on health care

Women-centred treatment should be used to help close the gender gap in healthcare, the Canadian Women’s Health Network says.

During the first leaders’ debate, health care was not among the five topics raised. Abortion, on the other hand, was mentioned.

Where do the parties stand?

The Liberal’s health-care platform pledges to improve access to abortion and reproductive health care, mental health services and primary care providers, and to create a national institute for women’s health research.

If re-elected, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau also says his government would come to the rescue of an abortion clinic in Fredericton that could be forced to close its doors without the support of the province.

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Why voting is so important for Canada’s generation Z

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh‘s campaign platform is promising a range of policies, including a national pharmacare plan. The NDP has also pledged to declare a public health emergency on the opioid crisis and provide coverage for gender-confirming surgeries and health care for transgender people.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promises to spend $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment for facilities across the country. He also vows to maintain and increase health transfer payments to provinces and territories.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says her party will enact pharmacare by 2020, expand access to abortion services, implement improved health care systems for Indigenous people, declare the opioid crisis a national health emergency and establish a national mental health strategy.

Affordable child care

A lack of affordable child care affects everyone, but it disproportionately targets women. The Canadian Women’s Foundation points out that becoming a mother can hurt a woman’s earnings and career — especially if she has to take extended time off work due to child-care costs.

READ MORE: Paid leave, tax credits, more benefits — What the parties are promising parents

Even when mothers do go back to work, they’re often the ones caring for kids once they get home, according to Melanee Thomas, a professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

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Thomas says research shows that women spend more time doing unpaid labour, which includes child care and caring for aging parents.

Kingsley Malo says that affordable and accessible child care would “change the lives of women all over this country.”

“Affordable child care is imperative to our success because, unfortunately, so many of us are still more on the hook for familial matters,” she adds.

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Federal Election 2019: Majority of Canadians surveyed say mostly heard negative news about PM candidates

The issue of affordable child care is not new, but federal party leaders are pledging change.

Winning the Canadian female vote – Part 2: Child care

Winning the Canadian female vote – Part 2: Child care

Winning the Canadian female vote – Part 2: Child care

Where do the parties stand?

Singh says if elected, he would spend $10 billion over the next four years to create 500,000 new child-care spaces in Canada, with the goal of offering free services for some parents.

Trudeau promises that a re-elected Liberal government would invest $535 million yearly to create up to 250,000 more spaces for before- and after-school child-care programs.

READ MORE: Toronto parents want more child care commitments from federal parties

Sheer has pledged to help young parents by bringing in a 15 per cent tax credit for maternity and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

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May’s Green Party says it will invest $1 billion annually “to ramp up federal child care funding” to achieve the international benchmark of at least 1 per cent of GDP.

Diversity and representation

More women need to run as elected officials, experts say, in order to ensure their perspectives are heard. A lack of female representation affects the issues that get covered, and the policies put in place.

Thomas says research shows that women in elected positions talk about different topics than men do, and are more likely to talk about gender, poverty and LGBTQ2 issues.

Quebec is a key election battleground

Quebec is a key election battleground

Kingsley Malo says that women, just by virtue of being women, bring forward a viewpoint that is often missing when only men are in power.

“When issues of health care come up or specific legislation that needs to be passed, we can be sure that women’s perspective are being considered,” Kingsley Malo says.

It’s also incredibly important that women of colour and Indigenous women hold political roles, too. For example, Morgan says that anti-black racism can be better addressed by having more black candidates in all levels of government.

READ MORE: Conservative platform gets a failing grade, Liberal’s barely passes on poverty and health, report

“They have the lens of a black person who has lived experience and can help shape policy,” she says.

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The lack of representation is reflected in the issues that receive mainstream political coverage — especially during debates.

“I think for a lot of the parties, issues that affect racialized women are not things they think impacts their base, or the base they’re interested in, not realizing that we are part of their base,” Morgan explains.

“We do vote and the fact that our issues aren’t seen as important enough to discuss in an election is very sad and why we need more representation.”

Where do the parties stand?

The Liberals say they will continue to have a balanced cabinet, and use a “Gender-based Analysis Plus” lens when developing policies and programs.

Voter trust low among party leaders

Voter trust low among party leaders

The NDP platform pledges to “tackle obstacles to women’s political participation by reforming the electoral system and introducing legislation to encourage political parties to run more women candidates.”

The Green Party pledges to make advancing gender equality one of its key issues.

It is unclear what the Conservatives will do to combat a lack of representation in cabinet.

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Winning the Canadian female vote – Part 3: Environment

Winning the Canadian female vote – Part 3: Environment

Violence against women

Research shows that women are disproportionately affected by domestic violence — and things aren’t getting any better.

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A recent study by the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative revealed there’s been no change to domestic homicide rates in the last nine years. Women made up three-quarters of domestic homicides during that time period, with 52 per cent of women belonging to at least one vulnerable group the researchers identified — those with an Indigenous background, new immigrants or refugees, northern or rural residents and children.

READ MORE: Why isn’t violence against women an election issue?

report from Women’s Shelters Canada also showed that the places offering refuge and support for women at risk are increasingly underfunded.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation says violence against women “costs taxpayers and the government billions of dollars every year,” as Canadians spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence.

Indigenous women are at even greater risk of experiencing gender-based violence than non-Indigenous women, the foundation says.

This is a serious social problem, and Kingsley Malo says parties need to do a better job at addressing violence against women.

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Significance of advance polls in elections

“The fact that it’s rarely come up on the campaign trail is atrocious, considering the results from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report,” she says.

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“We need to be talking about that a lot more, and women know that because we’re the ones who are disproportionately affected by that gender-based violence. We keep saying we want this brought up, and it keeps getting pushed to the wayside.”

Where do the parties stand?

The Liberal platform includes a promise to put forward $30 million to a Gender-Based Violence Strategy.

The Green Party platform promises to develop an action plan to end violence against women and implement the recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report. The party also pledged to invest $40 million over four years in order to provide more than 2,100 new or renovated shelter spaces for women.

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The NDP also says it would work with Indigenous groups and implement the MMIWG inquiry’s calls to action and also develop a national action plan to end gender-based violence.

The Conservative Party says it will develop a national action plan to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

— With files from Jane Gerster and Global News

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Don’t like any political party leaders? Here’s why you should still vote – National

by BBG Hub

The 2019 federal election is just around the corner, but some Canadians may feel uninspired to head to the polls.

Maybe you dislike all of the political party leaders, or you’re frustrated with debates turning into personal attacks.

So what do you if you don’t like any of the political party leaders and don’t want to vote? Here are some things to consider.

You vote for an MP, not a leader

Alex Marland, a professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, says it’s important Canadians remember that they don’t directly elect a prime minister, they elect Members of Parliament (MPs).

READ MORE: Here’s what you need to know to vote 

While media attention is usually focused solely on party leaders, Marland says, it’s actually quite useful for Canadians to think about individual candidates.

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“Reality is, research suggests that it’s anywhere from four to 10 per cent of Canadians who do actually consider their local candidate when they’re voting,” Marland says.

“I think it comes down to recognizing that the leader is powerful, yes, but the power that an individual MP can have comes from the ability of that MP to be willing to stand up, and willing to challenge authority.”

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Federal Election 2019: Majority of Canadians surveyed say mostly heard negative news about PM candidates

With this in mind, Marland says voters should choose a preferred local candidate who is likely to represent their interests irrespective of party affiliation.

Don’t destroy your ballot

Destroying your ballot because you don’t like candidates isn’t the best option, according to Laura Stephenson, a professor of political science at Western University.

“It doesn’t have any bearing on the outcome of the election because it’s still going to be decided by everyone else who did cast a ballot,” she explains.

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Elections Canada does not consider spoiled or destroyed ballots, therefore making them essentially useless.

Marland echoes Stephenson’s stance, and says destroying a ballot is an “ineffective act of signalling dissatisfaction.”

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Instead, they both suggest voting for the candidate you dislike the least.

Vote for the person you dislike the least

“Recognize that elections are about trade-offs and making imperfect choices,” Marland says.

Marland says research shows that when people say they dislike all their options, chances are they haven’t fully read all parties’ platforms.

He says that people often don’t like someone because of how they physically look — not because they truly dislike all their policies.

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Why voting is so important for Canada’s generation Z

“If you were to take a look at any political party leader or party’s policies, inevitably, there are policies that we are going to disagree with and you just choose the best of the available options,” Marland says.

“To me, that’s the best possible way to express frustration, because you say, well, I don’t like these alternatives, therefore this is the alternative I’ll support.”

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(If you’re frustrated with your options, Marland says citizens can volunteer to help a local candidate on their campaign or connect with other members of the community.)


Stephenson argues that voting is often a better option than sitting out the electoral process. The point of a democracy is to voice your opinion, not withhold it.

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“There’s lots of different forms of political expression out there when it comes to the ballot box,” she says.

“But the best form of political expression is actually just saying who you like better.”

For more information on when, where and how to vote, Global News has created this voter’s guide.

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Generation Z: What Canada’s youngest voters are worried about – National

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Ahmed Dirie spent years thinking voting didn’t matter.

The 23-year-old of Toronto says his mindset changed when he started realizing how much an election could impact his day-to-day. “As people got elected, [their] policies are directly affecting my life … and my little brother’s and mom’s life,” he tells Global News.

Dirie is part of generation Z: a group of first-time voters who are amped about issues like tuition fees and climate change. People in this generation can range from ages 14 to 24, but experts haven’t pinpointed an exact start and end time.

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Dirie says he sees the impact an election can have on his little brother, who is just entering university. Things have shifted since the Progressive Conservatives won the last Ontario election and made changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which will make it harder for his brother to pay for school. “He doesn’t have as much OSAP money as my sister did … we have to work harder to get him through school.”

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“I found out [we’re one of] the biggest generations to vote,” he said.

“We have the most power, but we think we don’t.”

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The largest voting bloc of 2019

When it comes to this year’s federal election, generation Z, along with millennials, will make up the largest voting bloc of 2019. More millennials are eligible to vote than baby boomers, Ottawa-based research and strategy firm Abacus Data reported in September,

But this year’s young voters don’t show the same motivation as last election’s young voters, according to Abacus Data.

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I don’t know that we can say definitively one way or another whether millennials will come or won’t come out to vote in droves [in 2019],” Ihor Korbabicz, researcher and executive director at Abacus, previously told Global News.

For the first time, millennial voters will make up the biggest voting bloc in a federal election

For the first time, millennial voters will make up the biggest voting bloc in a federal election

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Sean Simpson, vice-president of Ipsos, previously told Global News if millennials, for example, don’t vote on Oct. 21, the Conservatives can easily form a government.

An Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News from Sept. 20 to 23 found young voters, between the ages of 18 and 34, were more likely to vote Liberal, NDP or Green.

Bryn de Chastelain, vice president of academic and advocacy with the Saint Mary’s University Student’s Association in Halifax, previously told Global News he has more hope.

“The Canadian Alliance of Students Associations — which we’re a part of — put out a poll in March that shows 93 per cent of post-secondary students are planning on voting in this year’s election.”

Why these Gen Z-ers are voting this year

But this generation seems hopeful as well.

Dirie says he will encourage his own friends to vote on Oct. 21 — whether this means letting them know how to register to vote or even simply showing them how “easy” it is.

Darren James Aning, 19, works with Generation Chosen, a Toronto based non-profit organization focused on young adults from marginalized communities. Aning says through the organization, more young people are learning about federal leaders, policies and the importance of voting in general.

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He is excited to vote on Oct. 21, adding he truly feels like his vote matters.

“I feel like when we don’t vote … it’s not helpful to anyone.”

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Sarah Kinchlea, 18, says it almost feels like there is pressure for her generation to vote in this upcoming election.

“For young people … it’s almost like it’s their hands to turn the world around, that’s what everybody keeps saying,” she said. “It feels like it’s our responsibility to change the world. And that is a big responsibility.”

For university student Eunice Yong, 18, voting is not only a democratic right, but something she says we should all encourage others around us to do — especially people who typically don’t vote.

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Yong herself is committed to making sure her own friends vote, even if they don’t know who to vote for. And even if data suggests young people won’t come out and vote this year, she sees it differently.

“Yes, we’re young and we might not have all the degrees or expertise [in the election], but we have that passion and that leads us to somewhere big and great in the future.”

Engaged and under 18

It’s not just Gen Z-ers who are the legal age to vote who feel a need for change. Several students in this generation under 18 tell Global News they feel much more engaged with politics in general. Whether this means mock elections at school or classes that focus on news headlines, many under 18 have this upcoming election on their radar.

Sam Kaplun, 16, of Toronto says whether you can vote or not, the impact of the election will still affect young people.

It affects everyone above and under the voting age,” he said. “Tuition costs, for example, [is] the easiest example that comes to mind.”

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Hanna Ekrami says sometimes her generation doesn’t get enough credit for how much they actually understand about what’s going on in the world. The 13-year-old is eager to vote when she turns 18.

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“We are even more concerned than other [older] people, because we’re growing up and we have to see this all happen.”

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Julian Bauer-Kong, also, 13, adds his generation and age group generally are more in tune with what’s going on because of social media. “We see a lot of news … this is how we learn about the world and how people our age share what they care about.”

Lauren Nathens, 16, says while some people in her generation don’t care about the world around them, it is becoming harder and harder to avoid these conversions, especially in school. Her school in Toronto, for example, has everything from a women’s empowerment club to a Black Student Union to several other activism groups and clubs that target youth.

“I wouldn’t even call it activism at this point… it is such a specific term,” she said. “You don’t need to be active, you just need to understand what’s happening.”

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What worries Gen Z? The climate

But the one issue that stood out for all students is climate change.

From discussing the Amazon fires to drastic weather changes to banning plastic, generation Z can be very outwardly passionate about the climate. In September, hundreds of people across Canada took part in a climate strike, bringing awareness to climate change.

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Kaplun says he is learning a lot more about science and the climate in his classrooms. He can see why people in his generation are overly concerned.

“We’re going to live longer and we’re more likely to see the serious impacts that climate change is going to have.”

Kinchlea agrees, adding social media — and really the constant reminder of climate change — is one of the strongest driving forces to make people care. She is personally inspired by young climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

“It’s a huge thing because people are seeing themselves in her,” she said. “The fact that she was so young and able to get to such a high position … that’s motivating young people.”

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Generation apathetic?

There are often links between young people, general apathy and low voter turn out, but some Gen Z-ers think it’s changing.

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Aliya Varma, 21, of Montreal says as a political science student, she feels like she is constantly surrounded by news.

“The notion that youth do not care about politics is completely false. If anything, we are a group of people who worry about our futures not only in terms of employment, but the state of the environment and its future,” she said. “Everything nowadays is political.”

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Kieran Morgan, 19, of Ottawa agrees. “I’ve seen more passionate discussion about politics among people my age than any other demographic.”

But Perushka Gopalkista, 22, says federal leaders could be doing a better job appealing to young people.

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“It’s not that [generation Z] doesn’t care, I think there’s no interest,” she said. “Because every party has different policies and beliefs, and it’s not so much directed towards students … I can see why there would be no interest in the election from young people.”

— With files from Taz Dhaliwal, Jesse Thomas 

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When political differences create family drama — and how to handle it at Thanksgiving – National

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With the federal election just around the corner, Thanksgiving dinner will likely come with a side of political debate.

“There’s often that one relative who always has to be right … or a relative who is insufferable, won’t listen and wants to pontificate,” says Melanee Thomas, an associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

While some families have more civil discussions than others, Thomas says, research shows Canadian society may be becoming more polarized.

A recent political study found evidence of “affective polarization” among the Canadian public, which is described as a “dislike of parties or their supporters on the other end of the political spectrum simply because they belong to an opposing group.”

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This trend is troubling, researchers say, because it suggests “polarization does not just influence people’s opinions about the parties, but also how they view ordinary Canadians.”

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Thomas says this is happening in the U.S., too, and points to research that shows political polarization has caused people to adopt an “us-versus-them” mentality.

So how can you talk out political differences without turning Thanksgiving dinner into the first leaders’ debate? The first step is setting pure intentions.

Come from a place of curiosity

You may think your cousin is a tool for his views on tax reform, and that’s OK. But don’t jump into a heated argument with someone just because they have different views than you, says Ottawa-based etiquette expert Julie Blais Comeau.

Instead, approach the conversation from a place of genuine curiosity. If you want to understand why someone believes what they do, ask.

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Which federal leader has post-debate momentum?

Blais Comeau suggests using prompts like, “Tell me more,” “That’s really interesting, I never thought about it that way” and “Can you give me an example?”

By using neutral language, you are not coming across as combative. This helps promote healthy discourse, Blais Comeau says.

Use evidence, not emotion

If you’re going to talk politics at the table, educate yourself on issues and be prepared to back up your points. Insults and below-the-belt remarks do not move conversations in a productive manner.

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“Present evidence and try to have a dispassionate conversation,” Thomas suggests.

“Ask people to explain why they feel a certain way to get them into a position where they consider they might not actually be correct.”

This tactic does not always work, Thomas says, especially if someone holds polarized views. When it’s clear you and another person are not getting anywhere, take a step back and regain your cool.

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Don’t take things personally

It’s easy to say and harder to do, but try not to take someone’s political views personally, says Blais Comeau.

“People take [politics] very personally because what they feel is being ‘attacked’ are their own beliefs and values,” Blais Comeau explains.

“So if we’re going to talk about politics at the table, we should approach it from a fact-based point of view and we should definitely keep context in mind.”

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Thomas also suggests pivoting the conversation when it’s heading in a direction you find offensive.

“Try to find some common ground or pivot so that people can talk about a general issue without it necessarily being partisan versus partisan,” she says.

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Know when to walk away

If you know a certain family member is prone to taking a constructive conversation to a nasty place, you might want to speak to them beforehand. Blais Comeau says ringing up a relative and politely telling them that you want to keep Thanksgiving dinner civil can help prevent fights.

“Set the expectations that you don’t intend things to go into a negative direction,” Blais Comeau says. “Make it clear from the outset that the purpose of this gathering is to be grateful, to enjoy each other’s company and not to start a fight.”

How to vote in the 2019 federal election

How to vote in the 2019 federal election

If things do get heated at gatherings, it’s perfectly OK to put an end to the conversation. If your Uncle Jeff does not listen to opposing stances — no matter how well argued they are — you may have to accept that his mind isn’t going to change anytime soon.

In these cases, take the diplomatic “agree-to-disagree” stance.

“Say, ‘I recognize that we’re both passionate, and we can go back and forth on this for a long time, so why don’t we agree to disagree?’” says Blais Comeau.

“Or just put an end to it by saying: ‘You know, that’s interesting. I’m going to have to let that simmer for a few days.’”

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Majority of Canadians believe in climate change — here’s why some still don’t – National

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Scientists around the world are warning countries of the effects of climate change, yet some people still aren’t convinced global warming is real.

Recently deemed as one of the biggest issues of our time by the United Nations, experts say we are seeing the consequences of a warming planet in 2019: melting glaciers, wildfires and endangered species, to name a few.

While the majority of Canadians believe in climate change, there is some debate around how much humans have contributed to the state of the environment, said Matto Mildenberger, an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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While he teaches in the U.S., Mildenberger is Canadian and his research focuses on climate change beliefs in Canada. He says there are some common reasons why people may be global warming skeptics or outright deniers.

One of the main reasons? Politicians who downplay or deny environmental issues.

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“Many people form their policy preferences listening to politicians and to leaders who they rely on to help them make sense of difficult issues like climate change,” Mildenberger told Global News.

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“When you have political leaders who are promoting climate skepticism, or climate denial, that’s going to trickle down and become part of the public’s perspective — particularly the public that relies on those leaders.”

In Canada, Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, has expressed doubts about the legitimacy of climate change. As a result, Elections Canada recently warned that discussing climate change during the upcoming federal election could be deemed partisan activity.

In the U.S., President Donald Trump has previously called climate change a hoax and pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017.

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Mildenberger said that both in Canada and the U.S. groups and sectors that depend on producing carbon pollution for their profits lobby hard for their interests. In turn, this can affect a politician’s stance on environmental issues.

This is a problem, Mildenberger explained, as climate change policy should not be up for debate; our planet needs protective measures.

“Those companies are seeking to try and delay climate reforms even at the expense of the public well-being,” Mildenberger explained.

“They’ve been successful in and sort of inducing or recruiting political leaders to join them in this quest to delay action, and then those political leaders, in turn, are communicating climate denialism and climate skepticism to the public.”

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A 2018 Gallup poll found that global warming has become a partisan issue in the U.S.: “about seven in 10 Republicans think the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated in the news.”

For Democrats, 64 per cent think the seriousness of global warming is underestimated.

Misunderstanding of the seriousness of climate change

While some people may not understand the science behind climate change, resulting in denying its existence, Mildenberger thinks the larger issue is that people underestimate how many scientists believe in climate change.

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The majority of scientists say climate change is human-made, but not everyone realizes that, he explains.

“Ninety-seven per cent or more of scientists are certain that climate change is real and human-caused, but the public often estimates far more division within the scientific community than that,” Mildenberger said.

This is largely because of the way climate change has been covered in the media.

For example, Mildenberger says that over the last few decades, newspapers and TV news shows have created a “balanced” perspective on climate change, meaning they would share the views of a climate scientist as well as the views of an industry official or someone to counter the scientist’s point.

This has made the issue look like it was up for debate when it isn’t.

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“The whole way that climate coverage has been structured for the last few decades has actually misled the public and done them a disservice by giving them a sense that there is controversy when in fact there isn’t any controversy,” Mildenberger said.

Climate changes affects more people every day

The bad news is that climate change is affecting more people every day, but experiencing the effects of global warming can affect how seriously you take it, Mildenberger said.

For those who have survived a wildfire or watched floods wash over their community, they may be more likely to take action and advocate for environmental policies.

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On the other hand, if you’re a climate change denier, losing your home to a fire or seeing images of starving polar bears doesn’t mean your mind will be changed.

It doesn’t necessarily convert people who are not already engaged in thinking about climate change an issue, because they’re not filtering or experiencing these events through with an understanding that they’re actually victims of a changing climate,” Mildenberger said.

The need to take action

Canada is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world and that warming is “effectively irreversible,” a recent scientific report from Environment and Climate Change Canada noted.

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This means that it’s incredibly important for people to understand the realities of climate change, and work to take action — regardless of political lines, Mildenberger said. Leaders need to communicate the realities of global warming so skeptics or deniers can better understand its threat.

“There is a threat to the economic prosperity and well-being of Canadians… over the coming decade, and the capacity to talk about the science behind that threat [as a] partisan issue just strikes me as remarkably short-sighted,” he said.

“It’s an issue that cuts across political and ideological divisions as it should. It’s something that’s going to harm everyone equally.”

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Straight Pride is an ‘attack’ on the LGBTQ2 community, experts say – National

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June is celebrated as LGBTQ2 Pride month, but a group in the U.S. wants to recognize heterosexuals in August.

Super Happy Fun America, a Massachusetts-based group, whose slogan is “it’s great to be straight,” is organizing a Straight Pride Parade in Boston on Aug. 31.

City officials approved the controversial group’s application for an event permit despite widespread outrage, including from politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and actor Whoopi Goldberg.

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The Straight Pride Parade route will begin at Boston’s Copley Square and end at city hall, following the same route as the Boston Pride Parade that took place on June 8.

Who are the members of Super Happy Fun America, and why are they organizing a Straight Pride Parade? Here’s what you need to know.

How did Straight Pride start, and what does it stand for?

According to Super Happy Fun America’s website, their parade “is a festive occasion that will be used as a platform to educate the public on the unique problems facing our community and to fight against heterophobia.”

The group was founded by John Hugo, who says he started Super Happy Fun America “in order to advocate on behalf of the straight community,” according to the group’s website.

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ThinkProgress reported that the parade’s organizers have “close ties to far-right groups,” including white nationalists.

In an email to Vox, Hugo said he is organizing a Straight Pride Parade because straight folks are not represented at Pride parades.

“Perhaps, one day, straights will be honoured with inclusion and the acronym will be LGBTQS. Until that time, we have no other choice but to host our own events,” he wrote to the outlet.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial alt-right figure who was banned from Facebook in May for violating its rules against hate and violence, is the parade’s grand marshal.

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Yiannopoulos is openly gay but said in a statement to Vox that he is partaking in the parade because he has “spent [his] entire career advocating for the rights of America’s most brutally repressed identity: straight people.”

While Super Happy Fun America received a permit for its parade, Boston officials turned down the group’s request to raise a Straight Pride flag at city hall. The group says all are welcome to attend the event.

Why people feel Straight Pride is so problematic

According to Olivia Nuamah, executive director of Pride Toronto, Straight Pride is just another example of a majority group trying to argue they’re oppressed in similar ways as minority groups. This is not true, as members of the LGBTQ2 community are much more likely to be victims of harassment, discrimination and violence than straight people are.

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Recent government data found that “the odds of being a victim of violent victimization were two times higher among lesbian, gay or bisexual Canadians than among their heterosexual counterparts.”

People who identify as bisexual were almost nine times more likely to be sexually assaulted, the data showed.

“As soon as a group that experiences institutional oppression decides that they’re going to make their voices heard, the counter-narrative says somehow, the majority of the population in any given community suffer themselves [and] needs to celebrate their own identities,” Nuamah told Global News.

“[It’s] as though, somehow, they are equally oppressed for not being able to take up space around their own sense of oppression.”

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Straight Pride also dismisses the fact that members of the LGBTQ2 community do not have the same lived experiences as straight people. This includes romantic relationships, professional experiences, access to health services and human rights. (Same-sex marriages were only legalized in Canada in 2005.)

The Canadian Mental Health Association highlights data that shows members of the LGBTQ2 community face higher rates of mental health issues as well as discrimination when trying to access health services.

Other U.S. research has found that LGBTQ2 youth are at a higher risk for substance use, sexually transmitted infections, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Helen Kennedy, executive director at Egale, says the idea of Straight Pride is an “attack on the LGBTI community” and highlights the need for more education around the issues marginalized groups face.

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“We need to look at the broader issues around the LGBTI [community] like homelessness, our suicide rates, our hate crimes and really understand the lived experience of LGBTI people in Canada and around the world,” Kennedy told Global News.

“It’s not a healthy situation for many of us.”

Nuamah adds that Straight Pride helps “legitimize” the idea that heterosexual people should celebrate their sexuality, too, while missing the point that Pride is about more than sexuality. Nuamah says Pride is also about advocating for equal rights and fighting against systemic oppression.

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“[Straight Pride] is actually saying that queer people are the same as everybody else and somehow aren’t entitled to seek to find solutions for the issues that oppress their community,” she said.

The Straight Pride Parade in Boston

In Boston, Nuamah says the fact the city agreed to grant Straight Pride a permit for its parade is an issue in and of itself.

The city said it approves event permits on “operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of belief,” the Washington Post reported.

But by letting a Straight Pride event even happen, Nuamah says Boston is ignoring the fact that Pride exists because LGBTQ2 groups have been discriminated against for so long. She says the city is making Straight Pride an issue of free speech, even though the rhetoric of Super Happy Fun America is harmful to the LGBTQ2 community.

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“The most problematic aspect of Straight Pride is the fact that the City of Boston decided that if queer people are going to be able to say, ‘We are struggling,’ then straight people can say, ‘We are struggling, too’ — even though there is absolutely no evidence to corroborate that,” she said.

“To give them a permit because they are a group and they are allowed to be able to express themselves however they like is… ignoring the fact that [Straight Pride] exists to be counter to the LGBTQ2+ community.”

How to steer the conversation in a meaningful way

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will not attend the parade, the city told the Washington Post, and celebrities including Chris Evans have publicly denounced the event.

While Kennedy says it’s important to not give groups like Super Happy Fun America an elevated platform, she also believes it’s important to talk about their beliefs to understand how they’ve formed. Kennedy says it’s crucial that people don’t shy away from these tough conversations.

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“We don’t have a broad enough education base that is really inclusive and intersectional,” she explained.

“We’re not bringing that critical analysis into the classroom, where our young people need to be having these conversations, and we’re shying away from discussions around gender identity, sexual orientation because people align these conversations with sex, and that’s not where they should be aligned at all.

“It’s a much broader conversation.”

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Allies of the LGBTQ2 community also have a responsibility to help advocate for equal rights, foster inclusive societies and stand up against homophobia and transphobia. Kennedy says that while Pride parades are only one day a year, the issues the LGBTQ2 community faces are year-round.

“Allies to the community on a day-to-day basis  can be our greatest champions [as they] can participate in events and conversations, push for a broader curriculum in our education system and can make sure that our youth are getting the type of education that reflects our broader society,” she said.

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Global News launches daily news podcast ‘Wait, There’s More’ – National

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Global News is excited to announce the launch of its first original daily news podcast: Wait, There’s More, hosted by journalist Tamara Khandaker.

Demystifying the day’s biggest headlines by providing all the context listeners need to have a deep understanding of current events, new episodes of Wait, There’s More will be available daily – Monday through Friday – starting Monday, June 10, 2019 on all major podcast platforms.

The world moves way too fast and it’s easy to fall behind the news cycle. Wait, There’s More is here to change that.

Khandaker, a Toronto-based journalist at Global News, takes you inside the headlines to reveal the full story, explore new angles, ask tough questions, and talk directly to the people most affected by the big stories.

For the past three years, Khandaker has penned sharp, modern coverage of politics, Canada’s role on the world stage and the rapidly changing social climate around the world.

“The world today moves incredibly fast, and it’s easy to fall behind the news cycle,” she said. “With Wait, There’s More, we’ll keep listeners informed by taking them inside the headlines to reveal the full story, explore new angles, ask tough questions, and talk directly to the people most affected by the biggest stories.”

“People are demanding more high-quality news content that goes deeper into the big issues of the day, that they can experience on their schedule – at home, at work or on the road,” said George Browne, Director, Online News Content, Global News.

“With the daily podcast Wait, There’s More, Global News will do just that, and on a growing medium that’s perfect for those wanting much more from their news.”

A daily Global News podcast released every afternoon just in time for your commute home.

A collaboration between Global News and the Curiouscast podcast network, Wait, There’s More is available for download now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox, and all other major podcast platforms.

The award-winning Curiouscast network launched in 2018 and is home to internationally recognized brands with diverse audio storytelling, including: the #1 music podcast in Canada*, The Ongoing History of New Music; top true crime podcasts Crime BeatNighttime and Dark Poutine; ASMR podcast Nothing Much Happens; and Super Awesome Science Show (2019 Canadian Podcast Award Winner for Outstanding Science and Medicine Podcast).

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