Tattoos & Stereotypes: The Workplace

Tattoo Acceptance

Judging a person based on their tattoos is not different then judging a person on their skin colour, gender, or sexual orientation.

Roughly 14 percent of Americans have tattoos and the majority of them have heard at some point, “you will never find a job…” or “you better cover that up for the interview…”. However, as times change has the perception of tattoos in the workplace? 

In this modern era there is a trending push for workplace diversity. “Equal Opportunity Employers” attempt to include individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicity, sexual orientations, abilities etc. Yet, why do so many individuals feel the need to cover up their tattoos, or forgo getting one all together?

The reason, body image and modification are still viewed as social taboos. 

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Pacific Trash Vortex

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch and the Pacific Trash Vortex, lies in a high-pressure area between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California. This area is in the middle of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. 

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Urban Farming

CANADIAN URBAN FARMER GROWS 50,000LBS OF FOOD ON LESS THAN 1 ACRE OF LAND

“What if I told you that there was a way you could live off the land, farm commercially, be a direct solution to food security, economic inequality, and environmental degradation, build community ties and social capital, and make a living out of it?”, says urban farmer Curtis Stone, CEO of Green City Acres.

Green City Acres grows vegetables on donated plots of land throughout Kelowna, B.C., and transports them to consumers using only bicycles and custom-built trailers. In 2012, they grew over 50,000 lbs of food on less than 1 acre of land, using organic methods and only 80 litres of gasoline (used to run a rototiller).

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‘Extreme’ Levels of Roundup Detected in Food

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A new study finds worrisome levels of Roundup inside of people food.


You probably wouldn’t knowingly eat a substance known to induce death in human cells. But that’s what millions of people are doing every day, even when they’re enjoying foods with “natural” on the label.

Norwegian scientists just published a new study that will appear in the June issue of Food Technology showing high levels of glyphosate—the active weed-killing chemical in Roundup—are turning up in genetically engineered (GE) soy. That herbicide-laced soy winds up in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods and in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, and turkeys.  

Why is this happening? Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Roundup in food that people and farm animals eat.  Continue reading

Feminism: The Stereotypes Involved – Burnt Bras and Birkenstocks

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(Just Another Common Misconception)

In this modern era many individuals question why we need feminism. Many people assume that women no longer suffer from social inequality, yet that assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth. Unfortunately, feminism is often associated with negative stereotypes and outdated information. The following stereotypes actively contribute to feminism’s unfavorable image. Let me clarify the truth.

Feminists Are Ugly & Parade Around In Birkenstocks Burning Their Bras:

Untrue. No, feminists are not too ugly to get a man. However, societal pressure to conform to ever changing beauty standards has been actively advocated against by various feminist movements. Having a strong passionate mind that challenges the status quo is admirable and beautiful. Feminists come in all shapes and sizes – just like the general population. Birkenstocks – well they are comfy, but no, not every feminist owns a pair. Burning of bras did happen during the 1970’s during movements of liberation, though it wasn’t all that common. Most feminists like the added support of bras – besides they are too expensive to burn now!

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Mindfulness and Self-Development

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What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist meditative practice that works to achieve self-enlightenment. The term mindfulness can often be used to refer to a psychological state of awareness. The use of mindfulness is about awakening the body and mind and living within the moment. The practice of mindfulness consists of two components.

The first component of mindfulness focuses on self-regulation of awareness; causing one to target the immediate experience. While focused on immediate experience this allows for heightened perception of mental events of in moment experience.

The second component involves adopting a certain orientation towards ones involvement in the present moment. The practicing individual must learn to accept their own mind stream without judgement.

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Why Universities Are Unsafe: A Canadian Context

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Post-secondary institutes are a community within themselves. Individual universities and colleges have their own gyms, pubs, housing, restaurants, rules, regulations and campus policing. All communities whether they are small rural towns or large cities are unfortunately affected by crime. The government of Canada, both federally and provincially enforce protective policies and laws to ensure the safety of the citizens of Canada. Post-secondary campuses, with the support of the Canadian government, have added additional measures to ensure the safety of its students. Despite these safety precautions, “4 out of 5 undergraduate students said that they had been victims of violence in a dating relationship” (Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario, 2013). Also, recent newspaper headlines state, “Sixth sex attack rocks UBC as campus searches for assailant” (Bains, 2013). Acknowledging that students are susceptible to campus violence and creating awareness is the first step in creating safer campuses. The purpose of the paper is to examine three distinctive issues on post-secondary campuses: sex crimes (sexual assault and rape), intimate partner violence (IPV), and murder. Finally, suggestions to assist in ending this problem will be examined.

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Same Sex Partner Ships: Lesbian Mothers and Families

 


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Modern and Unique Challenges 


 

On July 20th 2005, Bill C-38 was given royal assent. The passing of Bill C-38 by the Chrétien Liberal government of Canada gave same sex couples the legal right to marry. Canada was the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage; following the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. However, this historical event was not implemented without opposition. One month prior to the passing of Bill C-38 the leader of the opposition Conservative party stated if his party was to be voted to power during the next election, Bill C-38 will be revisited.

Same-sex rights have always been a source of debate both in the parliament of Canada and out. The majority of same-sex couples have encountered some form of scrutiny during their lives. These challenges are often enhanced when same-sex couples enter parenthood. As the author, a lesbian and strong supporter of equal rights I feel compelled to outline the issues faced by same-sex families, specifically examining lesbian families. Credibility is supported through my own personal interactions within the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer (LGBTTQ) community, as well as distinct relevant sources from peer reviewed journals, newspaper articles, published books and credible internet sources.

To best understand the unique issues facing modern lesbian families several keys factors will be examined. First, the decisions and steps required to have children in a lesbian relationship. While examining these decisions and steps, the paper will closely outline the legal barriers, social barriers and sexual barriers that hinder the birth process. Second, the issues surrounding raising a child as lesbian parents. This section will focus on the attachment process, acknowledging there are two female role models. It will also look briefly at the Canadian educational system and their receptiveness to lesbian parents and their children; and lesbian families and their relation to mass media.

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Why We Need Bees

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Bee-Friendly and Save the Honey Bee.

When beekeepers suit up to check their apiary and hives there’s a haunting realization of changing times. As each frame is removed from the hive and inspected there is only one sad conclusion, their honey bees are vanishing. Leaving the once flourishing hives sparse and with empty frames. Alberta Einstein said “if the honey bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Although, Einstein’s hypotheses weren’t always right the question still stands, is this statement that far from the truth?

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We were made for this

 

hope-1024x640My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

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