Free to Be; Ontario Students Opposing Quebec’s Charter of Values

Say show who you are; don’t hide it
By Rahman Mohamed

On September 3, 2013 the Globe and Mail reported that Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary, Alberta stated Quebec’s Charter of Values was “social suicide” and “intolerance”. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters “It’s very important to me that Ontario is a diverse province, that our laws and our policies reflect that diversity.” Today students at York University support them.

A group of students that have formed an organization known as “Free to Be” have been seen canvassing on campus, gathering signatures and promoting an online petition on Change.org to show the Quebec National Assembly their opposition to Bill 60, the Secular Charter or Charter of Values.

As part of their campaign they’ve been posting pictures of students wearing religious garments on a Facebook page.

What is the Charter?

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Snow Can Make Some SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Moods that shift with the season and sun; how to recognize it and manage it

Edited; first published in Artichoke Magazine, March 2014, Volume 3, Issue 5, Page 36

By Rahman Mohamed

It was winter and Toronto was cold; so the professional forecasters decided to finally speak. But CBC reported they didn’t agree; Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia said Spring would spring but Ontario’s Wiarton Willie said “6 more weeks of winter”.  America’s most famous underground predictor, Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania decided to agree with Willie.  So people across the country were wondering, “Should we smile wide, hoping for an early spring, or should we be prepared for 6 more weeks of snow?”

But did you know there are people who are depressed when spring starts and some who don’t smile whenever there’s snow? Continue reading

Happy Nowruz: A New Year has Now Begun

Google First Day of Spring Doodle - EndAn official UN holiday celebrated by people around the world

Nowruz is a holiday celebrated annually on March 21 internationally.  Why?  It’s the first full day after the “vernal equinox, [and] is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world”; the first official day of spring, a holiday that goes back over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East, now spreading to Europe and North America.  In 2010 the UN declared March 21 International Day of Nowruz.

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