Intern’s death after overnight shift sparks outcry

slavery has returned!

 

 

The sudden death of a 22-year-old Alberta practicum student, who crashed while driving home after being made to work long hours, has his loved ones pushing for laws to protect unpaid interns from exploitation.

“He was taken advantage of,” said his brother Matt Ferguson, from St. Albert, Alta. “If this hadn’t happened the way it happened, it might be easier to deal with.”

 

Andy Ferguson’s car crossed the centre line and hit a gravel truck head-on at 6 a.m. in November 2011. He was halfway through his hour-long commute after working a morning shift and then all night.

“Andy wouldn’t want this to happen to somebody else.”

Records show the highway was clear and the weather was good. The young student had no alcohol or drugs in his system and was not on his phone when he crashed.

His family is convinced he didn’t make it home because he’d put in 16 hours in a 24-hour period — with very little rest in between shifts — and was too exhausted to drive safely.

“We believe he fell asleep while he was driving,” said Ferguson.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/09/06/bc-interndeath.html?cmp=rss

The pitfalls of piety: New York tenants’ association objects to a “Jewish” elevator

why can’t they create their own bronze age community apartments?

http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/09/08/the-pitfalls-of-piety-new-york-tenants-association-objects-to-a-jewish-elevator/

A TENANTS’ association at an Upper West Side building owned by a Jewish College are at loggerheads with Touro College over the proposed “Jewification” of one of the two elevators on the premises..

The college wants to one modify one so that it would automatically stop at every floor in the six story building from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday as a way of circumventing the Orthodox law barring observant Jews from operating electrical switches on Shabbat.

A total of 43 of the 82 apartments in the building are used by the school’s Sabbath observant students.

When virtually all of the non-student tenants opposed the request, Rabbi Moshe Krupka, Touro’s executive vice president, said:

In April, a deputy commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal upheld an earlier ruling that sided with the tenants, saying the other tenants rented their units with the expectation that there would be “two regular elevators at all times.”

In addition, he found that the slower Sabbath elevator would “inconvenience” other tenants because it would operate when they do their “weekend chores, socialise and recreate”.

ISNA in Mississauga selling books dehumanizing women

These are friends of Pot Head Justin Trudeau Federal Liberal Leader

 

 

Variety of books sold by the “Islamic Book Service Canada (IBS)”, a division of ISNA Canada, present a coherent mainstream Islamic perspective regarding women status in accordance to Islamic Law.

The authors of these books, some of them are recognized as a supreme religious authority in the Muslim Sunni world, regard the husband as the “leader of the family”, who has the obligation of enforcing the “family laws”, following the Sharia in all aspects of life, including wearing the hijab and disciplining his wife (and children), who “can be a source of honor or depravity for the whole family.”

In certain circumstances, dealing with rebellious and disobedient wife in marital relations and in implementing the Sharia, the husband is permitted resort to using controlled and limited physical force against his wife as an act of discipline and education.

 

http://jonathanhalevi.blogspot.ca/2013/09/isnas-bookstore-in-mississaugaoffers.html

 

 

 

 

Ordway’s ‘Miss Saigon’ angers Asian-American artists

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When she first saw it as a teen, Sara Ochs loved “Miss Saigon.” Twenty years later, the musical disgusts her.

A Korean adoptee, Ochs recalled the thrill of seeing a stage filled with Asian actors. But over the years the thrill gave way to a rough reality: “Miss Saigon” portrays Asian women largely as helpless, submissive and oversexed.

Ochs won’t be in the audience this fall when Miss Saigon plays at St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Instead, she and other Asian American artists will protest the production. They say the award winning musical – the 12th longest running show in Broadway history – perpetuates damning stereotypes, and glosses over the realities of human trafficking in order to pull at heart strings and sell tickets. Others, including some who will act the roles at the Ordway, see “Miss Saigon” as an accurate if painful look at lives broken by the Vietnam War.

Written by the creative team behind “Les Miserables” and inspired by the opera “Madame Butterfly,” “Miss Saigon” features a love story between an American G.I. and a Vietnamese girl at the end of the war.

Its big opening number takes place in a club called Dreamland, where American G.I.s come for the girls, which they call “slits.” One G.I. buys a girl for his buddy. Her name is Kim, and she just happens to be new to the business – an orphan of the war. That night she and the G.I. sleep together, and fall in love. They plan to marry, but he’s evacuated, leaving her behind, pregnant.

Three years later, desperate to help her child find a better life, she commits suicide so her boy can join his American father — and his father’s new American wife.

“I just felt so connected to the story and really moved by it,” Ochs said recently as she sat in a St. Paul cafe a few floors below the offices for Mu Performing Arts, the Twin Cities Asian American theater company where she works. Her feelings changed with age. “It’s just in poor taste,” she said.

“The Asian woman as a prostitute, the over sexualization of the Asian woman … I can’t tell you how many times I have been harassed by people on the street because I am Asian, so they think I’ll be submissive and I won’t talk back to them, or they think that I’ll be sexy, and it’s just like – oh gross!”

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/artists-to-protest-miss-saigon