By Bret Botham
By Bret Botham
Arturo Update: The Polar Bear Dubbed ‘world’s saddest animal’
Last year Arturo made headlines when Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Conservancy contacted the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina hoping to move him to their zoo in Canada.
Noting blistering summer temperatures in Mendoza and very evident stereotypy movements seen in YouTube videos, indicating Arturo appeared to be in distress.
But the Mendoza Zoo lacked the medical records Canada required for the move. The Mendoza Zoo also said that Arturo is not healthy enough to withstand the transfer, the Government of Mendoza accepted that assessment and decided that Arturo would remain in Mendoza.
Recently the Assiniboine Park released a statement clarifying they were not invited to participate in that assessment nor were they given access to any health records.
This year the Assiniboine Park also had a planned trip for the end of March to evaluate the Mendoza Zoo and provide recommendations; but that trip cancelled by Mendoza officials and has not invited them to reschedule the trip. The offer still stands.
Over a year later Arturo is starting to go viral after being dubbed “world’s saddest animal” and a change.org petition has reached over half a million signatures.
In case you missed it, a video went viral of ASU professor Ersula Ore being slammed to the ground and arrested for assaulting an officer after jaywalking.
1. ASU released a statement vindicating ASU police officer Stewart Ferrin, stating “the officer involved did not violate protocol and no evidence was found of racial motivation by the ASU Police Department officers involved”. Stewart Ferrin has since been placed on paid administrative leave by ASU.
2. Stewart Ferrin’s stepmother Angela Ferrin is the Dispatch Supervisor at ASU’s Police Department, whose responsibilities include evaluating “employees performance”.
3. Elder Ferrin is Mormon. (In the Mormon Church “Elder” is actually considered one of the lowest office of the priesthood )
“For My People” is a reference to one of the most popular poems in African American literature by Margaret Walker.
Using The Book of Mormon as a radar gun.
4. Stewart Ferrin has been connected to another incident in late November 2013 in which an ASU student was trying to avoid being thrown to the ground. The student Jason Heckendorn, who recently graduated from ASU in May, is facing several felony charges including aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Heckendorn told 3TV news “He grabbed me, and tried to throw me to the ground. I resisted being thrown to the ground. I resisted being pushed by natural instinct”.
5. Ersula Ore teaches a course in (among other subjects) Critical Race Theory, which recognizes that racism is engrained into American society.
By Bret Botham
A veteran Peel Regional Police Service (PRPS) officer, Michael Klarenbeek, 53, is seriously injured, but in stable condition after being shot by a male suspect, wearing a trench coat, at the Brampton courthouse.
At about 11am today the man entered through the lawyer’s entrance, pulled out a gun and fired while in the screening area. The still unnamed suspect was shot by a PRPS officer and pronounced dead at the scene.
OPP, Mounties, and PRPS were seen in full force, heavily armed with a convoy of black vans and an armored truck. PRPS Staff Sgt. Dan Richardson confirmed they are not looking for any additional suspects.
— B.Rashdi (@RashdiLaw)March 28, 2014
— Bhahi (@sbhahi)March 28, 2014
The investigation has been turned over to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which has assigned 18 investigators to the incident. The SIU will identify the name of the suspect and has asked any witnesses with any additional information to come forward.
After ending a relationship all of the physical items are easy to purge. But when it comes to “deleting” your ex from your digital life, its not so simple. According to studies, deleting the baggage can make it easier to move on and can help to avoid damaging a new relationship.
Research from Lancaster University and the University of California, “Deleting everything eliminates contact awareness and reduces painful reminiscence. Often performed immediately after the breakup, it provides space for dealing with loss and reconstruing identity “.
In a study by the University of Missouri, Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism said “Facebook-induced jealousy may lead to arguments concerning past partners. Also, our study found that excessive Facebook users are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating.”
Here is a quick guide for anyone that has recently ended a relationship.
Facebook and other social networks:
Update: Check out this app KILL SWITCH to assist you with removing posts tagged with your ex from Facebook.
1. Unfriend them on all social networks.
2. Remove all photos of you and your ex from all social networks.
Here are a few Facebook search terms to help:
· Photos by me
· Photos tagged with me
· Photos I have liked
· Photos commented on by me
· Photos of
· Photos liked by
· Photos of people named “”
· Photos liked by people named “”
3. Search through photos your friends have taken and request relevant photos be removed.
4. Unfriend contacts related to the ex.
5. Delete them from any messengers.
6. Block them to prevent snooping.
(Done last so you are able to access content you would like removed)
1. Delete old emails from your inbox, sent and folders.
2. Delete their email address and remove it from “autofill”.
1. Delete all photos/video.
2. Delete all text messages.
3. Delete them from your phone.
4. Delete contacts related to ex.
Finally search through any computer you have for remaining photos, video, documents, etc. related to your ex and delete those.
Congratulations you are now well on your way to moving on.
By Bret Botham
The practice began in 2005 as a part of the Festive R.I.D.E. program when Durham police began publishing an annual report of individuals charged with impaired driving, exceeding the limit or refusing a blood / breath sample. This was publicized as a service to help deter impaired driving but sparked controversy giving it the nickname “name-and-shame”.
In 2009 the Privacy Commission of Ontario ordered Cornwall police to stop placing drug-search warrant signs outside homes they searched, before they were convicted.
June 7, 2011 the GSPS (Greater Sudbury Police Service) launched a weekly report “Impaired Related Incidents” which details the name, age and description of the individuals charge.
Last year the NRPS (Niagara Regional Police Service) started a weekly “Criminal Impaired Driving Offences” report. NRPS released the first 29 names, ages and hometowns of any individual charged with impaired driving, exceeding the limit or refusing a blood / breath sample on Dec 23, 2013.
GSPS and NRPS go one step further by releasing the full list on Facebook and NRPS cross promotes on Twitter. NRPS has since released a total of 91 names of individuals charged. According to StatsCan 1 in 5 cases of impaired driving are found not guilty this would mean about 18 people have been listed and could be damaging their reputations.
Abby Deshman, of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association told the Toronto Sun “The practice is concerning,” “The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is a cornerstone of our justice system.”
Regardless of public opinion Canada’s future will likely have more Social Media Officers, managing your local police department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and sharing your neighbor’s charges.
Note: Winnipeg police also started releasing names, ages and cities of suspected drunk drivers during the holiday season in 2007.
By Bret Botham