A petition calling to erect a life-sized Wolverine statue in Edmonton’s City Hall has garnered more than 1,000 digital signatures.
The fictional comic book character is said to have been born in Alberta — which, according to the petition, is good reason to erect a statue.
“Not many popular or exciting fictional characters are born Canadian,” the petition reads. “But superhero and adventurer Wolverine isn’t just Canadian, he’s an Albertan too.
“I think it would make a lot of people really proud to live in Edmonton and raise morale to erect a life size statue of this character in City Hall, or even perhaps Churchill Square or the Alberta Legislature Grounds.”
The petition also said the statute would serve as a “symbol of strength, perseverance in the face of tragedy and overall heroics.”
Hockey Canada is changing its co-ed dressing room policy in Ontario after a transgender teen filed a complaint with the province’s human rights commission about problems he’s had using change rooms.
"I’m just so happy and so excited for everyone in Ontario," said Jesse Thompson, who was born a girl but now identifies as a boy. He started playing hockey when he was four years old and now plays for a boys’ team.
He had trouble finding his place in the locker room. The boys’ room was off-limits and he often wasn’t welcome with the girls either.
"I was always stuck in a hard place," he explained, adding that he would miss out on team conversations and post-game parties because he was "forced off into another change room."
The frustrated player complained to the Ontario Human Rights Commission with the help of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.
Thanks to a settlement with Hockey Canada, Thompson will be able to use the same dressing room as the rest of his team this season.
Hockey Canada agreed to amend its Ontario dressing-room rules to allow players to use a change room that best corresponds with their gender identity.
Players will also be called by their chosen name and referred to by the pronouns of the gender they identify with.
As well, Hockey Canada will train all of its trainers and coaches in the province on gender identity, gender expression, and discrimination and harassment.
Currently, the settlement only applies to Ontario.
But Janina Fogels, a lawyer with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, said “it is our hope that Hockey Canada will rethink the policy for all over Canada.”
Hockey Canada said it has no plans to expand the changes beyond Ontario.
While the first day of fall is still a few weeks away, it seems as though winter is on its way in Alberta after areas in the mountains saw snow this week.
Environment Canada also issued frost advisories for a large area of southern Alberta on Wednesday.
"Clearing skies combined with a cool air mass will allow temperatures to fall close to the freezing mark in portions of central Alberta. Patchy frost is expected," said the national weather agency on its website.
Pardon my ignorance, but who is Stephen Harper? What did he do?
He’s the Prime Minister (the equivalent of the President of the USA) of Canada. He’s been in power 8 years now.
He’s one the worst politicians that Canada has ever produced.
He blindly supports everything israel does (which is why he’s been nominated for a noble peace prize by a pro-israel group). He even actively blocked a request to treat Palestinian kids who were injured or dying in Canadian hospitals (the Ontario government and Toronto Hospitals all agreed to help).
He made Canada leave the Kyoto protocol; the only country in the world to do so.
Also under Harper’s control, environmental regulations have been slashed and the entire government’s focus seems to be on promoting the oil sands in Alberta; AKA one of the most energy and water intensive methods of oil extraction plus it is poisoning the environment and water supplies locally.
He doesn’t care about aboriginal rights in this country. He’s declined to do anything concrete about the epidemic of aboriginal women who continue to go missing or murdered in this country.
He is anti-science and muzzles government scientists from talking about their work. Most of this work is environmental in nature or related to climate change. The government has also been radically changing the National Research Council; now it only focuses on profitable science; no longer is basic research considered. Oh yeah and they defunded several world famous environmental research facilities in Canada.
The government is the only one in the entire british commonwealth’s history to be found to be in ‘contempt of parliament’. It has never happened anywhere in any of the former british colonies until Stephen Harper prorogued parliament to save face.
He’s been involved in numerous major scandals; including cheating during elections, allegations of robocalls to mislead voters and paying off canadian senators in a secret cover up.
I can’t even list all the terrible things he’s done, but here is a quick list of just what I could think of off the top of my head.
Here’s some more info on why Stephen Harper is bad news for Canada:
Not sure what part of Canada you're in, but I have to ask someone: what is the national attitude in Canada (or specifically Alberta) regarding Enbridge expanding capacity through the Great Lakes region? I never know if it's just the US that has a few powerful oil mongers, or if I'm not alone in hating what these few powerful imbeciles are doing to my country.
Alberta is generally for expanding pipelines because oil makes that province super rich.
I’m from BC and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway is strongly opposed here. I know there are plans in the works for an ‘energy east’ pipeline which would go from Alberta all the way through Ontario to the coast. But its not heavily known because its still in the theoretical/planning stage. Some groups have come out to oppose it this early, though.
Canada has a HUGE oil lobbying scene in Alberta’s oilsands. The government is in deep pockets with the industry and big oil companies from other countries have put huge investments into the oil in Canada, despite how energy intensive, difficulty of transport and dirty this oil can be.