If you are Muslim, or know someone who is, you likely know that Ramadan started on Sunday night (July 31st) and that it will run for a month. While it isn't a religious observance that requires absence from work, it can impact the workplace. For those of you who don't think religion has a place at … [Continue reading] Ramadan @ Work
Yesterday I overheard a fascinating conversation on the streetcar. It was about a restaurant and the part where my ears perked up went something like this: "It's a cool restaurant. You can get white food and Asian food." White food? I didn't see who was speaking, and since the streetcar was nearly … [Continue reading] White Food
We're back at Wordpress! So the Conservatives invited multicultural groups to come to a photo op in Ethnic Costumes!Wow. I'm speechless...but not really. Besides the flap about being used for political gain, the question on my mind is "Ethnic costumes? Really people? Are we still using words like … [Continue reading] Ethnic Costumes
If you're wondering where we've gone - we've moved to a permanent home on the Beeing.ca website. Check us out there! www.beeing.ca Thanks! … [Continue reading] See More has moved!
Last year a university student studying to be a guidance counsellor filed a lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University when she was dismissed because she refused to affirm homosexual behaviour of clients on religious grounds. Yesterday, the Judge dismissed the lawsuit. Thank God ! (pun … [Continue reading] It’s not ok to not serve gays – judge upholds ruling
Ah yes, Jason Akermanis.... I'm a little behind the news, I admit, but I have to comment on Jason Akermanis' column. Having just read the column in the Herald, a few things stand out. Firstly, he is right in suggesting that coming out as an athlete presents some different challenges. We've seen … [Continue reading] Homophobia in Football
Last week, a colleague of mine said that she felt like she was in a third world or paramilitary country when she visited the skydome. Those may not have been her exact words, but that is the gist of it. In preparation for the G20 here in Toronto, her baseball experience was marred by the presence of … [Continue reading] G20 Afterthoughts
It's getting hot in here.... The recent unrest about happenings at Pride Toronto leave me questioning how far we have come from our roots. Pride parades began because of discrimination and injustice. They marked a turning point in visibility and demanding equal rights. We are fortunate to live in … [Continue reading] What’s happening at Toronto Pride?
Today marks the international day for the elimination of homophobia. Fittingly, Egale Canada launched their new website today that is a national resource for setting up/supporting Gay-Straight Alliances in high schools. www.MyGSA.ca. Very exciting! A few notables for the morning's … [Continue reading] International Anti-Homophobia Day
The Pros and Cons of Automated Attendants. My partner has lost her luggage on the way from Chicago to Toronto. In the course of tracing the elusive bags, we have had the pleasure of the popular automated attendant. On a whim, my partner decided to speak with an accent. To be fair, her accent … [Continue reading] Automated Attendants in a Multicultural Age