Daily Archives: October 11, 2017

Protesters call on Congress to send more aid to Puerto Rico amid humanitarian crisis [VIDEO]


Published on Oct 11, 2017

Thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power, food, water and other necessities three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. On Wednesday, protesters gathered in Washington, DC to call on Congress to send more aid to the US territory amid the growing humanitarian crisis.

A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals [VIDEO]


Published on Oct 10, 2017

Ontario lawyers/paralegals: Indicate your objection to the Law Society demands (confidentiality ensured) at http://bit.ly/2xuZKOj. Please forward this video URL to your colleagues.

Concerned non-lawyers, please contact the Law Society at: lawsociety@lsuc.on.ca

(It can be difficult for individual lawyers to stand up against such unwarranted intrusion singly. In consequence, we established the website to generate an estimate of the degree of dissatisfaction and resistance. The number of signatories will be made public, on that same website, within the first week–and updated regularly–but no personally identifying details will be released. )

Summary: Recently, the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) has made major revisions to their requirements for the annual submission for legal practitioners in that province. As part of a five-part strategic program known as “Accelerating Culture Shift,” all lawyers are now required to write, submit and abide by a “Statement of Principles.” The details can be viewed here https://www.lsuc.on.ca/EDI/ — a site which indicates what lawyers now need to “KNOW AND DO” (caps in the original) for 2017.

In this video, I discuss this new demand (enforced by the power of government and law) with practicing lawyer Jared Brown and Professor Bruce Pardy of Queen’s University, both of whom testified, along with me, last year at the Canadian Senate on the compelled speech required by federal Bill C-16.

The content of the now-mandatory “Statement of Principles” has been dictated and will be reviewed for compliance by the Law Society itself: Acknowledgement of the “obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in… behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.” This is part of a broader claim by the same society of systemic racism endemic in the legal profession in Ontario – a claim for which very little credible evidence has been collected and distributed.

Furthermore, the Society now requires every legal workplace of 10 or more licensees to “develop, implement and maintain a human rights/diversity policy” and to undergo an “equality, diversity and inclusion self-assessment for their legal workplace, to be provided to the Law Society” (which will also “encourage legal workplaces to conduct inclusion surveys by providing them with sample templates.”)

Failure to do comply brings with it the threat of serious penalties, including reputational damage and, more seriously, loss of the right to practice.

By implementing such requirements the Law Society has shifted from an organization ensuring competent practice to one dedicated to policing political and philosophical attitude and behavior. This is a clear and egregious example of compelled speech, and should be rejected as unacceptable by those at whom it is aimed.



Published on Oct 11, 2017

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | Jack Davis for Western Journalism reports, Weeks of player protests sanctioned at every level of the game have helped make the National Football League the least popular major sports brand, according to a new poll.

See the report here:

Split Up: British-American relationship seen as ‘joke’ by Obama [VIDEO]


Published on Oct 11, 2017

The US-UK relationship has always been branded as ‘special’. American and British leaders have made sure to stress how important and strong it was.
However, a former adviser to Barack Obama has revealed it was seen as a joke.
RT’s Polly Boiko has more.

Day of Pride: Iceland becomes smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup [VIDEO]


Published on Oct 11, 2017

It is a day of national pride for Iceland – the country has qualified for the World Cup for the first time in its history. Qualification was secured when the team beat Kosovo 2-0.
Iceland’s PM revealed the secret of just how his tiny nation (Iceland’s population is less than 400,000 people) surprised the pundits and defied the odds, to footballer-turned-presenter Stan Collymore.

Reconciling Rivals: Russia offers to mediate in Iran-Saudi relations [VIDEO]


Published on Oct 11, 2017

Russia has offered to act as a mediator between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The two countries have long-standing diplomatic differences, which some have compared to a modern ‘cold war’.
RT’s Ilya Petrenko explains the scale of the issues that Russia hopes to help resolve.