Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Vic Toews & The Rights of Youth

Like many who have no direct investment in the process, I ended up watching the American elections last night, despite my annoyance with the saturation levels of coverage. It may be that we don't want to look at our own house, but in fact, that is what we as ever need to do.

Vic Toews needs to go. Any mind that can look at a child throwing crab apples, ending up with literally years of rough treatment and turmoil at the hands of prison staff who have not the training nor the time to deal with the human struggling toward adulthood, and assert that her death equates with justice having been not only served but seen to be served, is a complete incompetent. This is far beyond the party line, and deep into mental health issues of his own, which are endangering Canadians as a whole.

Speaking of Canada's mental health problems, recent coverage of the strong feelings against filling up the coast with petroleum of a greater amplitude than has ever been seen in past, have a familliar note to them: again and again, speakers state that they do not feel that the government will heed the word of the people, and they do not feel that any form of protest or wake-up call will have an impact on the hellbent for our waters progress of the petroleum companies.

Imagine a country where the fedgov takes into it's confidence, not the wives and brothers of the petroleum corporations and wealthier lobbists of all kinds, but the leaders of the people: we have been seeing in recent years both CSIS and the conservative media whipping up fear and hatred of indigenous people and First Nations groups, and environmentally concerned popular groups, in a way very similar to the socialist and leftist people of an earlier era, and the early Quebec struggles toward independence: this is where we are heading, with a government that believes it is in place to protect the interests of major corproations, and not the harmonious co-existence and health of all the peoples of Canada.

Canada's Spy Groups Divulge Secret Intelligence to Energy ...
10 Oct 2012 – Speakers at the event were from the RCMP and CSIS, as well as the .... which represents nearly 100 oil and gas companies including Shell and ...

Energy companies get briefed by Canadian intelligence agencies ...
2 days ago – of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the RCMP, ... public opinion - and I understand and why oil companies might be ... [with documents]

Perhaps now that the election is over, the mainstream media will begin to kick around some of the household tasks that remain to be attended to. 

Here's something for Vic Toews, a little bedside reading:

About Canada: Children & Youth

Bernard Schissel

Canada is a signatory on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which guarantees the protection and care of children and youth. About Canada: Children and Youth examines each of the rights within the Canadian context — and finds Canada wanting. Schissel argues that although our expressed desire is to protect and care for our children, the reality is that young people, in Canada and around the world, often lack basic human rights.

The lives of young people are steeped in abuse from the education and justice systems, exploitation by corporations, ill health and poverty. And while the hearts of Canadians go out to youth in distant countries suffering under oppressive circumstances, those same hearts often have little sympathy for the suffering of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, within Canada. This book explores our contradictory views and argues that we must do more to ensure that the rights of the child are upheld.


The Rights of Children • Freedom from Want • Freedom from Ill Health • Freedom from Legal Discrimination • Freedom from Labour Discrimination • The Right to Learn • The Right to Protection from Corporate Aggression • Children, Youth, Rights and Social Inequality • References

About the Author

Bernard Schissel is a professor in and head of the Doctor of Social Sciences Program, Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences, Royal Roads University.  He is co-editor of the first edition of Marginality and Condemnation. His research focuses on the marginal position that children and youth occupy in western democracies and how such institutions as law, education, medicine, the political economy and the military exploit children and youth in very subtle, politically acceptable and publicly endorsed ways. His most recent books are Still Blaming Children and The Legacy of School for Aboriginal People (with Terry Wotherspoon) and Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Critical Criminology (with Carolyn Brooks).
He works and writes extensively in the areas of youth crime and justice, the sociology of children and youth.

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