Last week I read Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin's column (The Ramadan kids go to the cottage). What struck me most about what he writes is how words alone fail us. He writes about having 2 Muslim children spend a few days at the cottage with his son and himself, and the experience of fasting … [Continue reading] Ramadan – and the importance of sharing experience
We continue to make strides in understanding the needs of, and increasing access for people with disabilities. In Ontario, we have the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). But what does accessibility really mean? While it may be easy to consider aspects of physical accessibility … [Continue reading] Hiring People with Disabilities
Two weeks ago, I assisted at a workshop called The Mastery of Self Expression. One of the main themes of the workshop is connecting with others. At one point, Larry Gilman (the facilitator) spoke about how quickly we look away when we pass people on the street. The fact that few people say hello … [Continue reading] Connecting with People
Religion or Faith may be the last thing you expect to hear about at work. Faith is still seen as something private and something which has nothing to do with your work life. But think again. Religion or Faith can inform someone's values and how they move through the world. This, in turn can … [Continue reading] Religion (Faith)…. @ Work?
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