The Walrus profiting from slave labour

               Today’s blog post is going to examine the labour practices relating to unpaid internships at the Walrus, one of Canada’s pre-eminent magazines, to unmask one of the most prolific illegal unpaid internship scams currently in existence in Canada. For the uninitiated, the Walrus is a magazine that positions itself as the Canadian equivalent to Harper’s or The Atlantic Monthly. It derives funding from donations, advertising, and circulation. Over the course of its existence the Walrus has become a financially sustainable enterprise with a sizeable reserve fund.
             John Macfarlane, the Editor of the Walrus, posted a bizarre article yesterday defending the practice of using a revolving stable of unpaid interns at the magazine. The piece trumpeted the benefits of these internships and highlighted that many of the interns have gone on to careers in the magazine industry. Absent in Macfarlane’s piece was any acknowledgement that the Walrus’ use of unpaid interns is utterly illegal under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 as it’s tantamount to wage theft and employee misclassification (it’s clear that points one and three of the six-prong test aren’t being met).
              The Walrus uses interns in all aspects of its operations – in the art, digital publishing, marketing, and editorial departments – with the currently website advertising five separate internships. These aren’t internships targeting students, no the internships explicitly target graduates who are starting their careers. These internships aren’t terribly educational, rather the interns are doing work and performing functions critical to ongoing operations of the magazine. Simply put, without interns the Walrus wouldn’t be able to function or would face severe operational restrictions. One interesting point is that originally the Walrus had a paid internship program, but decided to stop paying their interns around 2007 for unknown reasons.

Former MAC president Wael Haddara was senior advisor to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and member of the Egyptian delegation at the United Nations

On his Twitter account, Wael Haddara introduces himself as an “ICU physician (and other things).” In recent months, one of these “other things” done by Haddara has been advising ousted Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. In an interview to Canadian network Global TV on August 15, 2013, Wael Haddara was introduced as a “former advisor to Mohammed Morsi.” According to his own professional profile, Haddara was born in Egypt.

Haddara’s mandate for Morsi likely started after he resigned for “personal reasons” his position as president of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) on December 12, 2012. Besides his involvement with MAC, Wael Haddara has also been associated with the following Islamist organizations in the past: Muslim World League, CAIR-CAN, London Moslem Mosque, IRFAN-Canada and the Muslim Students Association (National). Appropriate references about Haddara’s leadership roles with these organizations are available in our previous article announcing Haddara’s resignation from MAC’s Board. This may not be a complete list of Islamist organizations with which Haddara has been involved in North America.

So far, the oldest official mention of Wael Haddara’s role as an advisor to President Morsi that we found is dated December 28, 2012. On an official United Nations document, Wael Mahmoud Haddara is listed as a member of the Egyptian delegation at the UN.

Wael Haddara’s older brother, Yaser (also spelled Yasser and Yasir), was likely an advisor to president Morsi also. A person by the name of Yasser Haddara was identified as a “Presidential aide” by the BBC and as “a Communications adviser” to Morsi by Ynetnews at the beginning of July 2013. In this case however, we do not have a picture or other information that could confirm without a doubt that we are dealing with the Yaser Haddara active in Muslim Brotherhood circles in North America. In 2012, Wael Haddara’s brother Yaser was on the Board of directors of Islamic Relief USA and, on the most recent (2011) Islamic Relief Canada’s financial statement available on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website, he is also on the Board of the Canadian branch.

Both branches belong to Islamic Relief Worldwide headquartered in London, one of the main charities controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. On its British and Canadian websites, Islamic Relief lists eight categories of beneficiaries for the zakat (charity) that it collects. Besides various expected groups of needy people and the zakat collectors themselves, Islamic Relief openly promises to fund “those struggling in the path of Allah”, Muslims involved in jihad.

Hollywood Whitewashing: CW is whitewashing Sin Lance in Arrow season 2

The CW‘s “Arrow” adds another DC Comics character to its roster, with actress Bex Taylor-Klaus debuting as Sin in the upcoming second season. According to TV Line, who first reported the news, Taylor-Klaus is scheduled for the third and fourth episodes of the new season.

Sin debuted in 2006’s “Birds of Prey” #92, by writer Gail Simone and artist Paulo Siqueira. The character was introduced as a young girl trained to be the next Lady Shiva, then subsequently rescued and raised by Black Canary.

Based on TV Line’s details, it looks like Sin’s relationship with Black Canary continues into the small screen: “Described as a wayward youth, Sin is befriended by the Black Canary and has a connection with fellow street urchin, Roy Harper.” Fellow “Arrow” newcomer Caity Lotz plays the show’s Black Canary, as first announced last month.

Taylor-Klaus co-starred on the recently-wrapped third season of AMC’s “The Killing.” “Arrow” season two debuts on The CW on Oct. 9.

In the original comics Sin lance is Asian

the white lady they picked to play Sin Lance