If this pig could fly he'd be H1N1
The pork industry cry fowl and asks for swine-flu to be renamed H1N1 virus
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, May 4, 2009
CTV, along with China View and Times of India, get the wiener award from Oscar Meyer. It’s not swine flu. That upsets the hog industry. Continue reading
Afghan law strips women of rights, echoes of Taliban
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, April 2, 2009
with story and video from CBC
A new Afghan rape law, supported by President Karzai, would make it illegal for women to refuse sex, strips them of property rights, grants custody to fathers and grandfathers. While reported in Canada, it is virtual unknown in US media. Women cannot leave their homes without permission from the husband. Canadian politicians are raising red flags along with women’s groups. Does this signal Canada is looking for a back door out of the war or real concern for women’s rights. The latter is hard to believe when Harper and Ignatieff allowed Pay Equity laws in Canada to be rescinded last week. Ignatieff is especially wishy washy on the issue. Will he ever stand up for anything other than getting power? Continue reading
Protect your right to free speech and freedom of the press over the internet
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, February 16, 2009with story from Canadian Press
Plans to review Federal Canadian regulation of internet and cell phone media is waste of time and dangerous to the economy. While the old economy of newspapers, television networks and cable are dying, the internet is supporting a whole new world of creative media. Government control only benefits the established providers who are boring young Canadians to tears. Continue reading
Jesus said “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
By Stephen Pate
Since I was quoted on camera by CTV using the word “cripple”, some have questioned the political correctness of that statement. It is perfectly acceptable for a person with a disability to use the term “cripple” in the proper context.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKt5JHBQ_H0]In the CTV clip, I said “Cobblestones or cripples?
CTV News coverage of UPEI removing disabled parking from the inner campus.
Eowyn a playful five-year-old living with autism, plays with a CTV microphone Monday
Amanda Ferguson, CTV Edmonton.ca Mon Jul. 07 2008 16:23:27
A popular family restaurant vowed to give their staff sensitivity training Monday after an employee kicked out a family because their autistic child was making too much noise. The ordeal began shortly after Sarah Seymour took her family, including her autistic daughter Eowyn, to a Smitty’s Restaurant in west Edmonton on Saturday. Continue reading
The speed with which Smitty’s Restaurant turned around the gaffe at an Edmonton restaurant can be attributed to the power of the media and social media like Facebook.
Kicked out of a restaurant because the manager didn’t feel the autistic child was normal enough, the mother Sarah Seymour, fought back with a media campaign. She gave interviews to CBC, CTV and the Edmonton Journal. Seymour formed a Facebook group that grew to almost 500 members in a few days.
Smitty’s turned the problem around almost on a dime and will be developing more appropriate policies towards people with autism, even participating in a fund raiser.
Kudo’s to Smitty’s and to Seymour for using social media and regular media to achieve a positive outcome.